Urban Planner: May 31, 2012



Urban Planner: May 31, 2012

Today, an art exhibition tackles the question of naked vs. nude, a new opera explores Canadian involvement in the Afghan war, and world-touring act Lazer Sword brings its mega beats to Toronto.

Don't miss Lazer Sword, tonight at The Drake. Photo by Kit Crenshaw.

ART: With a heatwave that’s been threatening to grill Torontonians for the past few days, it’s unfortunate that society frowns upon strutting naked in the streets. How about we just say we’ll go nude instead of going naked. Is there a difference? A new art exhibition, “Exposure,” seeks to answer that very question. The show, which explores notions of the body, is made up of photographic and digital works created by Scott Lyall, Arnaud Maggs, Liz Magor, and Althea Thauberger. Susan Hobbs Gallery (137 Tecumseth Street), 7 p.m.–9 p.m., FREE.

OPERA: With Stephen Harper’s recent announcement that no Canadians will be in Afghanistan after 2014, this opera becomes all the more relevant. When This War Ends explores Canada’s role in the Afghan war and how it was presented to Canadians through the media. There will also be a pre-concert chat with Globe and Mail correspondent Graeme Smith and former Canadian diplomat Richard Colvin (7:30 p.m.). Al Green Theatre (750 Spadina Avenue), 8 p.m., $20.

MUSIC: It’s the last day of May and things are certainly heating up in Toronto. To help get you into the summer music scene, check out tonight’s set from Lazer Sword–an electronic (definitely experimental) duo originally from San Francisco; they’re currently touring the world in support of their most recent album, Memory. As assessed by Pitchfork: “They’ve developed the approach of making high-energy tracks with subdued and subtle components—beats that move with grace instead of brute force.” The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West), 11 p.m., $10.

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