Urban Planner: June 13, 2012
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Urban Planner: June 13, 2012

In today's Urban Planner: Static Zine kicks off NXNE, authors read at Harbourfront, and Alex Stone fools Houdini.

The Indian Wars kick off NXNE with Static Zine tonight. Photo courtesy of Tosh Heath.

WORDS and MUSIC: DIY arts-and-culture magazine Static Zine is releasing its much-anticipated fourth issue. To celebrate both that and the start of NXNE 2012, the mag has teamed up with west-end record store and performance space Of a Kind. Braves, The Dead Ships, and Indian Wars will perform. Of a Kind (1037 College Street), 5 p.m., FREE.

MAGIC: Join Alex Stone as he weaves a tale of mentalists, math geeks, hidden powers of the mind, and his quest to be a professional magician, in his new book, Fooling Houdini. Stone’s writing pulls back the curtain on this quirky and secretive community, exploring human nature and perception along the way. An on-stage interview with journalist Jeff Warren will follow a reading. And yes, tricks will be performed. Dora Keogh (141 Danforth Avenue), 7 p.m, FREE.

LITERATURE: If music at NXNE isn’t what your ears want, perhaps authors reading their work is. As part of Authors at Harbourfront Centre, hear Shree Ghatage read from Thirst, a novel about love found and lost between two young strangers united in a hastily-arranged marriage, set against the backdrop of India and London during World War II. Also, author Grace O’Connell will read from her debut novel, Magnificent World, about a young woman’s struggle to cope with her mother’s suicide. York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 7:30p.m, $10.

NXNE: Forget compasses, GPS, or helpful Sherpas. From June 11–17, Torontoist is here to be your guide to everything NXNE.

LUMINATO: Toronto’s multidisciplinary arts fest is celebrating its sixth installment this summer, and though the calendar feels a bit more sparse than previous years, there’s a lot of good stuff to check out.

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