Urban Planner: August 28, 2012
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Urban Planner: August 28, 2012

Today: a fancy beer and food tasting, the Ashkenaz Festival kicks off, and Papermaps holds an album release party.

Papermaps are a little giddy about their new album. Photo courtesy of Audio Blood.

BEER: What better way to spend the last days of summer than with a few beers? However, The Canadian Beer News Dinner Series has something a little fancier in mind than the forehead can-crushing you’ve been doing at the cottage all season. They’ve paired up a selection of North American Craft‘s portfolio with a four-course dinner, featuring foods that best complement the beer tastes. Reserve online here. Smokeless Joe (488 College Street), 6:30 p.m., $55 per person (includes all taxes and gratuity).

CULTURE: The Ashkenaz Festival, a week-long celebration of Jewish arts and culture, kicks off today with a special tribute to Chava Rosenfarb. Author of the Holocaust trilogy Tree of Life, and one of the most important Yiddish writers of our time, Rosenfarb survived the Lodz Ghetto, Auschwitz, and Bergen-Belsen before settling down in Montreal. Singer/actress Theresa Tova will host the tribute evening full of readings, photos, footage of Rosenfarb, and performances. Beth Emeth Bais Yehuda Synagogue (100 Elder Street), 7:30–9 p.m., $10.

MUSIC: Despite having just finished a month-long residency at the Drake Hotel, Papermaps is refusing to take time off. Tonight, the endearing five-piece indie outfit from Toronto takes to the stage again for Nu Music Night, in celebration of their new album Inferior Ghost. Copies of the CD will be available at the show (vinyl copies have been delayed for one week, but will be forthcoming). Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West), 11 p.m., FREE.

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