Urban Planner: February 27, 2013
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Urban Planner: February 27, 2013

In today's Urban Planner: Talking space rocks at ROMCafé, a discussion with people nominated for the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction, and The Pillowman premieres at The Propeller Gallery.

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DISCOVERY: The brilliant minds behind the Royal Ontario Museum made a discovery: not all intellectual discourse has to take place in a formal setting. And just like that, ROMCafé was born. Join ROM experts as they emerge from their labs to chat with the public in coffee shops, restaurants, and bars. Tonight, grab a pint and talk meteorites with ROM Technician Ian Nicklin. 7 West Cafe (7 Charles Street West), 7–8:30 p.m., FREE.

TALK: Tonight, join all five finalists competing for the 2013 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction for an engaging discussion. Moderated by Dr. David Staines, the panel will feature Carol Bishop-Gwyn, Tim Cook (no relation), Sandra Djwa, Ross King, and Andrew Preston. One writer will be awarded $25,000 on March 4. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 7:30–9 p.m., $10.

THEATRE: Tonight, Rarely Pure Theatre premieres its five-night production of The Pillowman. Written by Martin McDonagh, the play revolves around Katurian, a victim of twisted childhood experiments carried out by his parents, and a writer of brilliant but grotesque stories. Now suspected of killing three children, he finds himself blindfolded and subject to questioning by two brutal detectives. The Propeller Gallery (984 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $10.99.

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