Urban Planner: November 20, 2012



Urban Planner: November 20, 2012

Today: find engaging stories at the Living Library, let the Glenn Gould School New Music Ensemble entertain you with Playful Virtuosity, and join Sheryl Kirby as she launches her book of food stories and essays.

Join The Glenn Gould School New Music Ensemble for their performance of Playful Virtuosity today at the Four Seasons Performing Arts Centre. Photo courtesy of Chris Hutcheson.

CONVERSATION: Take out the earbuds, put down the phone, log off Facebook, and engage in some real human interaction today at the Living Library. Borrow one (or more) of 18 “human books” and spend 30 minutes speaking with someone who’s been in the U.S. Army Special Forces, worked as a female Rabbi, survived cancer, or fought for LGBTQ rights while being a United Church of Canada minister. Great Hall, Hart House (7 Hart House Circle), 10:30 a.m.—3:30 p.m., FREE, but registration is required.

MUSIC: Join the artists of the Glenn Gould School New Music Ensemble for Playful Virtuosity [PDF], an engaging lunchtime concert program. Under the direction of conductor Brian Current, they’ll perform three pieces: Trame IV from France’s Martin Matalon; Der Tag mit seinem Licht, a reconstruction of the Bach original by Canada’s own Chris Paul Harman; and Acrostic Wordplay from South Korean composer Unsuk Chin. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (145 Queen Street West), 12 p.m.—1 p.m., FREE.

BOOKS: Sheryl Kirby‘s love of food began in suburban Halifax, where she learned to cook on her grandmother’s big black stove. She eventually moved to Toronto, attended chef school, ran a catering company that focused on concerts and music festivals, and became a food writer for TasteTO, NOW, Edible Toronto, TAPS, and the Toronto Star. Tonight, she launches her compilation of food-related adventures, Kitchen Party: Food Stories from Nova Scotia and Beyond. There will be tasty snacks, and books available to purchase. The invite specifies that this is a scent-free event, meaning no perfumes or colognes. Rhino Restaurant and Bar (1249 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.

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