Urban Planner: July 27, 2012
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Urban Planner: July 27, 2012

In today's Urban Planner: Critical Mass rides again; futurists of the world gather; Jacob Bannigan reads fortunes and makes up stories; and Uma Nota celebrates five years of music and dance parties.

Internationally renowned improviser Jacob Banigan uses tarot-card readings as the basis for his solo performances. Photo by Johannes Gellner.

RIDE: It’s the last Friday of the month, which means cyclists from across the city will converge at Spadina and Bloor this evening and cycle en “mass” for an hour or more through the downtown core. The goal is to remind everyone that people on bikes are entitled to full lanes if they choose to take them. Love it or hate it, it’s Critical Mass. Matt Cohen Park (Bloor Street & Spadina Avenue), 6:30 p.m., FREE.

FUTURISM: A mammoth gathering of innovators, forward-thinkers, and prognosticators meets for three days at the World Future 2012 Society Conference. The programming features a diverse selection of talks and panels for those with pricey full-access passes, but there are also free events like the BetaLaunch, a “technology petting zoo” featuring demonstrations of innovative new projects. One of those will be ZED.TO, which debuted to great acclaim with ByoLogyc at the recent Toronto Fringe Festival. Sheraton Centre (123 Queen Street West), Friday 9 a.m.–10 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.–9:30 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m., conference registration fees $125–$850, some events FREE; go here for more details.

COMEDY: Globetrotting improviser Jacob Banigan, whose roots are in Edmonton, brings his solo improv show Game of Death to Toronto for a two-night stand this weekend. (This will be the show’s Canadian premiere, after a sold-out run in Austria.) Banigan “reads” audience volunteers with tarot cards, and then uses the results to spin a yarn on stage. Part of the act involves him interacting with himself on video, but we won’t say anything more, because we don’t want to spoil too many tricks. Comedy Bar Cabaret Space (945 Bloor Street West), Friday & Saturday at 9:30 p.m., $10.

MUSIC: Genre-bending world-music series Uma Nota marks five years of getting Torontonians grooving to international acts tonight, with a typically eclectic bill of guests, including Mexican “reggae-blues poet” QuiQue Escamilla, and a Rio de Janeiro-style band, Batucada Carioca, led by Maninho Costa. DJ eLman will be spinning music well into the night. The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West), doors at 10 p.m., $12 in advance, $15 at door until 11:30, $20 after.

CORRECTION: July 27, 2012, 11:10 AM This post originally stated that QuiQue Escamilla’s band was led by Maninho Costa. This is incorrect. QuiQue Escamilla is one band, and Maninho Costa leads his own band, Batucada Carioca. Both bands are playing at tonight’s event. We apologize for this mistake.

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