Urban Planner: June 5, 2012
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Urban Planner: June 5, 2012

Tonight: The transit of Venus, artistic journeys at Steam Whistle Brewing, and telling cancer to "sux it."

Image courtesy of Irma Kniivila, whose new work is featured in Steam Whistle Brewery's June art exhibition.

SPACE: Today, Venus will pass across the sun, completing what’s called “the transit of Venus.” Planets move around all the time, right? Wrong. This hasn’t occurred since 2004 and won’t again until 2117. Unless you plan on living another 105 years, this is your last chance to witness such a phenomenon. The best way to do so? With University of Toronto astronomers, of course! The University of Toronto’s Dunlap Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics is providing “transit glasses” for the first 4,000 attendees, and special solar telescopes will be set up for a better view of the spectacle. University of Toronto’s Varsity Stadium (299 Bloor Street West), 5:30 p.m, FREE.

ART: “Geography” is the intentionally vague title of Steam Whistle Brewing’s June art exhibition, which opens tonight. Four artists, Nimit Malavia, Martha Chan, Dave Murray, and Irma Kniivila will unveil their interpretations of the physical and metaphysical journeys between points. Steam Whistle Brewing (255 Bremner Boulevard), opening night party from 7–11 p.m (exhibit runs until June 30), FREE.

CHARITY: GLAM! A Variety Show of Epic Proportions presents its Cancer Can Sux It edition. Some of Toronto’s best performers have banded together to raise funds for the Pat McFarlane Cancer Research Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society. Hosted by Comedy Now and Video on Trial’s Diana Love, the show features standup from Video on Trial co-star Sara Hennessey, Cabbagetown’s John Hastings, Storytelling at Caplansky’s Marilla Wex, original Glamazon Emily Roach, and star of the Crowning Monkey, Rachelle Elie. Musical guests Kaitlin Lane, Lee-Anne Galloway, and Alberta Darling will also perform. Supermarket (268 Augusta Avenue). 8:30 p.m. $10.

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