Urban Planner: May 17, 2012



Urban Planner: May 17, 2012

In today's Urban Planner: the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival kicks off; a discussion reflects on the legacy of legendary Canadian author, Mordecai Richler; a photo exhibit opens with a new round of artists; and an art exhibition celebrates Toronto architecture.

Act II of Acts of Exposure, a month-long photo exhibition, has its opening reception tonight. Photo by Robert Teteruck.

FILM FESTIVAL: With Pride Month just on the horizon, the Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival—a festival that promotes LGBT film and culture—returns with another stellar line-up that includes a gala, gallery shows—and, of course, tons of films. Hope to see you there, Mayor Ford! Runs tonight to May 27, locations, times, and ticket prices vary.

DISCUSSION: Sometimes we forget just how many awesome authors call Canada their home. If the last experience you had with Mordecai Richler was reading The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz in high school, you might want to check out this reflection on the late author. Ideas in Dialogue: Funny Strange is a conversation with Calvin Trillin (the legendary New Yorker writer) and Seán Cullen, on satire after Mordecai Richler. The event will be moderated by Charlie Foran, author of Mordecai: The Life and Times. ROM (100 Queen’s Park), 7 p.m.–9 p.m., $40.

ART: With the CONTACT photography festival ongoing, here are two side-by-side exhibitions you should add to your to-see list:

  • Act II of Acts of Exposure has its opening reception tonight. The show features photos that document public spaces and their deterioration as caused by humans, the effect of branding on social landscapes, and much more. Gallery 1313 (1313 Queen Street West), opening reception, 7 p.m.–10 p.m., FREE.
  • After you’ve checked out the Acts of Exposure exhibit, walk just a few feet to another part of the same gallery to see a new exhibit that celebrates the architecture of Toronto. Building Art allows artists or photographers to tackle the theme of Toronto’s buildings using whatever medium or media they see fit. Gallery 1313 (1313 Queen Street West), opening reception, 7 p.m.–10 p.m., FREE.

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