Urban Planner: November 6, 2012



Urban Planner: November 6, 2012

Today: Aruna Narayan shows what she can do with a sarangi, Todd Swift launches his new book of poetry, When All of My Disappoinments Came at Once, and Cinema Politica tackles carbon trading in Carbon Rush.

The sarangi is one of the most difficult instruments to master, and Aruna Narayan is the only woman to do so professionally. Photo courtesy of Aruna Narayan.

MUSIC: One of the most difficult instruments in the world to master is the North Indian sarangi. Played with a bow, it was traditionally used solely for vocal accompaniment before sarangi master Pandit Ram Narayan made it a popular solo instrument. There are only a few active solo players today, and Pandit’s daughter, Aruna Narayan, is the only existing professional female. Today, witness her talents in Many Strings Attached. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (145 Queen Street West), 12—1 p.m., FREE.

BOOKS: Having faced a series of serious life-altering setbacks, Todd Swift fought despair the best way he knew how: with poetry. Tonight he celebrates the product of his journey with the launch of his eighth anthology, When All My Disappointments Came at Once. The Globe and Mail‘s Elizabeth Renzetti and Griffin Poetry Prize winner Al Moritz will be in attendance to introduce Swift’s work. Ben McNally Books (366 Bay Street), 6—8 p.m., FREE.

FILM: Propaganda might tell us one thing about carbon trading, but what’s the real story? Carbon Rush, an introspective documentary that features the stories of those whose lives have been ruined by carbon trading, has some answers. It screens tonight as part of Cinema Politica. Director Amy Miller will be on hand to lead a discussion after the film. Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), 6:45 p.m., suggested donation $2—$10.

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