Urban Planner: May 1, 2012
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Urban Planner: May 1, 2012

In today's Urban Planner: say hello to May with the Tennessee Project, celebrate playwriting with a reading series, rock out to Miike Snow and Penguin Prison, and get your fill of Hot Docs.

Miike Snow. Photo courtesy of the performers.

ART: An innovative culture project with the goal of connecting art, business, and community programming across the city unveils the first of seven nights of productions today. The Tennessee Project is seven nights of seven productions of Tennessee Williams’ one act plays, which will rotate though seven neighbourhoods. Head to Cabbagetown, Greektown, Roncesvalles, The Annex, North York, Leslieville, or St. Clair West—each venue will host a different production each night. Check out the project’s website for all the details and show dates. Locations vary, times vary, $18 (single ticket) $45–$85 (3 or 7-day pass).

LITERATURE: The Playwrights Guild of Canada continues its five-day reading series in celebration of its 40th anniversary. Tonight’s event features a reading by Drew Taylor Hayden, who will be reading from two of his works: Motorcycles and Sweetgrass (which was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for fiction) and Drunk White Writer on the Floor. Chapters/Indigo (142 John Street), 6 p.m., FREE.

MUSIC: Swedish trio Miike Snow will hit the Sound Academy Stage tonight along with Penguin Prison. The Swedish indie pop rock band is comprised of Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg, and Andrew Wyatt, and even if you haven’t heard the band before, you’ve likely heard some of their work: Karlsson and Winnberg have produced and written songs for stars including Madonna, Britney Spears, and Kylie Minogue. The band is fresh off a recent trip to Coachella and tonight is their only stop in Toronto. Sound Academy (11 Polson Street), 8 p.m., $26.50.

HOT DOCS: It’s North America’s biggest documentary film fest, it’s celebrating a new home cinema, and it’s got everything from the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling to a penis museum. What’s not to love? Everything you need to know about Hot Docs 2012 is at our festival hub.

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