Urban Planner: July 5, 2012
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Urban Planner: July 5, 2012

In today's Urban Planner: opening night for a graffiti exhibition, SummerWorks hosts a VIP dinner fundraiser, a poetry slam invites you to embrace your inner geek, and it's officially Fringe Festival season.

A new graffiti exhibition by artist, CASE, opens tonight. Photo courtesy of Ryan Mackeen.

ART: You know what this city needs? A straight-up graffiti flash mob. Though maybe that wouldn’t go down so well with the authorities. Until then, you can catch the opening of this exhibition by renowned graffiti artist, CASE. Over the years his work has appeared all over the world; he’s also directed and animated music videos for a number of artists like Eminem, Neil Diamond, and Arcade Fire. Twist Gallery (1100 Queen Street West), opening reception, 7 p.m.–12 a.m., FREE.

FUNDRAISER: Toronto theatre lovers are currently rejoicing with the arrival of Fringe—and with the SummerWorks Performance Festival just on the horizon. Alas, these things do cost money. If you’d like to support the arts, sign up for this VIP dinner that offers a three-course meal by the owner of Cowbell Restaurant, Mark Cutrara, and Brockton General chef, Alexandra Feswick. Award-winning playwright and actor Michael Healey will be on hosting duties. The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West), cocktails at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., $100.

POETRY: Roses are grey, violets are grey, their colour comes from light waves interacting with our eyes. See, who says that geeks can’t write poetry? If you’re ready to get your literary nerd on, be sure to drop by Toronto Poetry Slam’s annual Geek Slam, a multi-round competition that also features the poetry and music of Barbara Adler. Please somebody do a bit in binary. The Boat (158 Augusta Avenue), 8 p.m., $5.

THEATRE: Whether you want to see a musical or sketch comedy, stirring drama or weird performance, the Toronto Fringe Festival, running July 4–15, has over 150 different shows, with something for just about every taste—and the best way to start narrowing down which shows to see is by checking out our 2012 Fringe preview guide.

CORRECTION: July 5, 10:05AM Previously, we misspelled Brockton General as Brocton General. Also, the VIP dinner begins with cocktails at 6 p.m., not 7 p.m., as previously stated. The corrections have been made above.

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