In today's Urban Planner: A rock 'n' roll art show, the story of Lover's Rock, and there's a new spoken word poetry series in town.
ART: Steam Whistle dulls that initial sting of September tonight with a “Rock ‘n’ Roll Art Show” party. Legendary rock photographer Bruce Cole once snapped the likes of Tina Turner, Rush, Michael Jackson, and Bob Dylan. Now, artists Brooke Opatowski and Jonathan Hiltz have incorporated these photographs into their own abstract works. Steam Whistle Brewery (255 Bremner Boulevard), launch party 7–11 p.m., exhibit runs all month, FREE.
SPOKEN WORD: WordSpell, the new spoken word poetry series presented by the WordSpell Collective in conjunction with Cytopoetics, starts tonight. This inaugural event aims to bring established and emerging female spoken word artists together; tonight’s featured performances come from First Nations hip-hop hand drum talk poetic rapologist Mahlikah Awe:ri, and Up From The Roots slam team member Serafina. An open mic will follow. Free Times Cafe (320 College Street), 8:30 p.m., $6–$10.
FILM: CarribeanTales Film Festival presents The Story of Lover’s Rock. Once a small U.K. scene fraught with racial tension, the musical genre soon became an international sensation, spawning artists like UB40 and Maxi Priest. Director/producer Menelik Shabazz uses live performance, archival footage, interviews, and comedy to illustrate the importance of the music and the time period from which it came. Studio Theatre, York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 9 p.m., $25.
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