Urban Planner: July 10, 2012
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Urban Planner: July 10, 2012

In today's Urban Planner: The countdown to the Pan/Parapan Am Games begins, Dancap launches its last production, and a celebration of madness.

The countdown to the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games has begun. Photo courtesy of TO2015.

SPORTS: Today marks three years until the 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games in Toronto. The official countdown begins with a day of cultural festivities, starting with Mayor Rob Ford’s raising of the games’ flag. Enjoy music and culture from many of the 41 pan-American countries, with performances by Kardinal Offishall, Eliana Cuevas, and Aline Morales. Interactive areas, including some where you can try your hand at some Pan Am sports, will also be on site. Nathan Phillips Square (100 Queen Street West), 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m., FREE.

MENTAL HEALTH: Mad Pride Toronto kicks off its week-long festival and celebration of madness, including a Mad Hatter Tea Party, bed-push parade, bazaars, and more. Today, attend the first of many Mad Think Tanks with Dr. Suman Fernando, J. Stone, Dr. Kwame McKenzie, and Marian Dalalan, as they explore “Schizophrenia” as a label. Ryerson University, Library Building, Room LIB 072 (350 Victoria Street), 2 p.m.–5 p.m., FREE.

THEATRE: Dancap Productions may be withdrawing from theatre, but not without a memorable last string of performances, starting tonight. In December 1956, Sam Phillips (the “Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll” ) gathered some of the era’s top artists—Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins—for an epic jam session at Sun Records. Relive that night with Million Dollar Quartet, featuring the unforgettable classics “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “I Walk the Line,” and more. Toronto Centre for the Arts (5040 Yonge Street), 7:30 p.m. weekdays, 2 p.m. weekends, $51–$180.

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