Today: talking passion for your craft with photographer Tara McMullen, the Reel Paddling Film Festival, evening with director John Singleton, and more.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Turning your passion into a full-time job sounds like a dream, but what happens when you lose your drive? This morning acclaimed wedding and portrait photographer, Tara McMullen, talks about Reigniting the Fire for Your Craft. She’ll touch on her own experience in the business, becoming disheartened, and how to find that spark again. Strada 241 (241 Spadina Avenue), 9–10 a.m., FREE.
PERFORMING ARTS: Our very own listings editor, Steve Fisher, plays host tonight at In Conversation With… as part of Theatre Local’s WORKSPACE festival. Get to know playwright and actor Julia Lederer, singer-songwriter MJ Cyr, and Theatre Local’s principal artist and WORKSPACE creator, Rebecca Singh as they give insight into their art and creative processes. Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street), doors at 6:30 p.m., event at 7 p.m., PWYC.
FILM: Think warm thoughts and surround yourself with images of summer tonight at the Reel Paddling Film Festival. They’ll be screening some water-themed films to inspire viewers to explore nature, and all proceeds from the night support Project Canoe, an organization that engages at-risk youth in outdoor adventuring. Royal Cinema (608 College Street), 7 p.m., $12 in advance, $15 at the door.
THEATRE: Join the Studio 180 Theatre as they premiere their production of Clybourne Park tonight. Spanning over two generations in a Chicago suburb, the play offers a satirical look at race, class, property ownership, and community. Starring Audrey Dwyer, Michael Healey, Sterling Jarvis, Jeff Lillico, Mark McGrinder, Kimwun Perehinec, and Maria Ricossa. Panasonic Theatre (651 Yonge Street), 8 p.m., $25–$79.
FILM: As part of Black History Month, the Canadian Film Centre presents Celebrating Bold, Black, Risk Takers: An Evening with John Singleton. Learn about his influential films (Boyz N the Hood, Shaft, Poetic Justice, and Baby Boy), his inspiration, and becoming the the first African-American to be nominated for a best director Oscar. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), 8:30 p.m., $20.
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