Urban Planner: June 19, 2013



Urban Planner: June 19, 2013

In today's Urban Planner: an exhibition of Gabor Szilasi's photos, a seminar on allergy-free cooking, and a Johnny Cash ballet.

Motorcyclists at Lake Balaton, 1954. Photo by Gabor Szilasi.

  • Photography: Photographer Gabor Szilasi has been taking pictures for half a century. Now his pieces, taken primarily in 1950s and post-1980s Hungary, 1970s Rural Quebec, and 1950s-present Montreal make up his exhibition, The Eloquence of the Everyday. Organized by the Musée d’art de Joliette and the National Gallery of Canada, and curated by David Harris, each section combines portraits with cityscapes and rural life, illustrating Szilasi’s focus on the centrality of community. Ryerson Image Centre (33 Gould Street), 7 p.m., FREE. Details
  • Food: If you’ve ever tried to stick to a gluten-free or vegan diet, you know it isn’t always easy. Join Laurie Sadowski, The Allergy-Free Cook, as she hosts a seminar on allergy-friendly baking. Armed with tips and tricks to try at home, she’ll be prepared to answer all your questions about baking without gluten, soy, eggs, and dairy. Brentwood Branch, Toronto Public Library (36 Brentwood Road North), 7 p.m., FREE. Details
  • Dance: Who says ballerinas can’t wear cowboy boots? Dancers of the National Ballet of Canada will do just that during the production of James Kudelka’s The Man in Black. Set to songs by the man in black himself—Johnny Cash—the choreography borrows from line, swing, and step dancing. As an added bonus, the show also includes a performance of Jorma Elo’s Pur ti Miro, Guillaume Côté’s No. 24, and George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (145 Queen Street West), 7:30 p.m., $25-$239. Details


  • Art: Theatre, Dance, Opera, Music, Magic, and so much more; the 2013 edition of the Luminato Festival has something for just about everyone. You can read our preview coverage, or keep track of our ongoing coverage right here. Multiple venues, 12 p.m., FREE—$125. Details
  • Theatre: One of the Fringe Festival’s greatest successes, and definitely Soulpepper’s biggest post-millennial hit, Ins Choi’s corner store comedy Kim’s Convenience returns for another extended run into the the summer season. Most of the principal cast, including Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as larger-than-life patriarch Appa, are back. Here’s our review of the first Soulpepper remount. Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane), 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $5–$68. Details
  • Performing Arts: Cats is a challenging musical to stage for a number of reasons. The narrative is thin and strange; the lyrics are drawn primarily from T.S. Eliot’s poetry collection Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats, with more borrowed from some other Eliot poems, “Rhapsody on a Windy Night” (which original director Trevor Nunn adapted into the song “Memory”) and “Moments of Happiness.” The result is not so much a story as ideas and character sketches. Old Deuteronomy, patriarch of the Jellicle Cats, calls the creatures together once a year to celebrate, and for one cat to be chosen to ascend to the Heaviside Layer (essentially, to die and be reincarnated). Most of the songs detail the adventures and virtues of a single cat in particular, essentially serving as that cat’s audition for the honour of ascension. Panasonic Theatre (651 Yonge Street), 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $60–$110. Details
  • Offbeat: Folks who are planning on having a swim in the pool at Scadding Court Community Centre over the next few days may find themselves a little disappointed. Those who want to go fishing, however, will probably be ecstatic.

    For the rest of the week, the Community Centre will be holding its annual Gone Fishin’ event, meaning its indoor pool will be an indoor fish pond. The pool has been drained, dechlorinated, and refilled with 2,000 rainbow trout, to be caught by local children and families. Scadding Court Community Centre (707 Dundas Street West), 3:30 p.m., $2. Details

  • Art: HUNTCLUB brings Montreal artist Fred Caron’s Trust Isn’t an Issue to its gallery for a two-week exhibition, beginning with an opening on Monday, June 10. The street artist is focusing on aspects of Stockholm syndrome for his installation’s short run in Toronto; later this summer, he’ll be the co-curator for on-site art at the Osheaga Festival. In addition to the opening, Caron is also doing an artist’s talk on Tuesday, June 11 at 7 p.m. HUNTCLUB (709 College Street), 6 p.m., FREE. Details

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