Urban Planner: November 7, 2012
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Urban Planner: November 7, 2012

Tonight: Both the Regent Park Film Festival and The 416 Toronto Creative Improvisers Festival kick off their programming, Hart House Theatre premieres Romeo and Juliet, and Steam Whistle debuts TorontoTransformed.

BOL! is one of over 50 films screening in the Regent Park Film Festival this week. Photo courtesy of Meghna Haldar.

FILM: The Regent Park Film Festival kicks off its tenth year with a special opening ceremony that celebrates veteran and amateur filmmakers alike. Starting the night is the Star Panel, featuring Atom Egoyan, Sudz Sutherland, Jennifer Holness, and Clement Virgo. Community Stories: Youth Media Arts Program will follow, with 11 short films that capture the essence of Regent Park and inner-city life, all from filmmakers under the age of 26. Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas Street East), 6:30 p.m., FREE.

ART: Take a trip back in time with TorontoTransformed, the Steam Whistle Brewery’s November art exhibition. Artist Harry Enchin has merged photographs from 2008 through 2011 with images from the City of Toronto Archives, some of which are almost 100 years old. Landmarks and points of reference have been retained in each image to showcase the city’s growth and maturation. Steam Whistle Brewing (255 Bremner Boulevard), opening party 7–11 p.m., exhibit runs till the end of November, FREE.

THEATRE: The University of Toronto’s Hart House Theatre is tackling what is perhaps the world’s best-known love story: Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Catch Paolo Santalucia and Darwin Lyons as the young star-crossed lovers during the play’s three-week run, directed by Jeremy Hutton. Hart House Theatre (7 Hart House Circle), 8 p.m., adults $25, students/seniors $15.

MUSIC: If you lean more towards the music side when it comes to festivals, have no fear, there’s something for you this week, too. The 416 Toronto Creative Improvisers Festival has four solid nights of concerts, showcasing some of the best music you’ve never heard. Tonight, check out Fern Lindzon 3, DO!, and Vespaziani/Bull with special guest vocalist Tena Palmer. Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Avenue), 9:30 p.m.–1 a.m., $7.

CORRECTION: November 7, 2012, 1:10 PM This post originally misidentified the film from which the still above is taken. The still is from Meghna Haldar’s BOL!, not The Interrupters.

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