Urban Planner: July 28, 2014



Urban Planner: July 28, 2014

In today's Urban Planner: eat, drink, and learn on a green rooftop, and converse with Colm Feore.

Colm Feore. Photo by Ann Baggley.

  • Technology: Green Roofs for Healthy Cities is hosting a night of lectures, a screening, and an outdoor BBQ for its Green Roof Gathering. It’ll all take place in Carrot Common’s rooftop garden—and feature a screening of the documentary Brooklyn Farmer, lectures by guest speakers Jennifer Mallard and Heela Omarkhail, cold-pressed juice tasting, and BBQ (included in the ticket price). Carrot Common (348 Danforth Avenue, 2nd Floor), 5:30 p.m., $25–$35. Details
  • Talks: One of Canada’s busiest actors on both stage and screen, Colm Feore sits down for a interview with Globe & Mail film columnist Geoff Pevere as part of TIFF Bell Lightbox’s In Conversation With… series. Feore, a stage veteran and sought-after film villain (he played upper-class heavies in Thor and The Chronicles of Riddick), is currently on screen in HBO Canada’s The Sensitive Skin, and on stage at the Stratford Festival as the star of its King Lear. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), 7 p.m., $18.25-$22.75. Details


  • Art: If The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors has a mascot, it’s Emperor Yongzheng. The image of the 18th-century Chinese ruler dominates the promotional material of the exhibition, which is one of the centrepieces of the Royal Ontario Museum’s centennial year. His portrait certainly has visual appeal, but Yongzheng is also a figure associated with surprising elements of life within the former imperial palace. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park), all day, $27 adults. Details
  • Film: You’d be hard-pressed to think of a filmmaker more frequently linked to his national cinema in the popular imagination than Satyajit Ray, whose work in the 1950s brought an independent streak to the production of Indian cinema as famously as Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless countered the establishment of French costume dramas around the same time. Yet prior to the 1990s, you might have found it equally difficult to name a major international figurehead who was as underrepresented at repertory screenings, so dire was the state of the films’ prints.

    Twenty years after the Academy Film Archive restored the Bengali director’s deteriorating and otherwise endangered negatives and made proper retrospectives possible, TIFF Cinematheque offers “The Sun and the Moon: The Films of Satyajit Ray,” a far-ranging program that gives Toronto audiences the opportunity to see the fruit of that labour as well as the work of arguably India’s most influential filmmaker. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), all day, . Details

  • Film: Every part of our city will be drenched in WorldPride this summer, including the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Bent Lens: Pride on Screen comprises nearly two months of screenings, exhibits, and speaking engagements that reflect the broadness of our LGBT community. Check out films under the stars in David Pecaut Square, take in a conversation with Laverne Cox of Orange is the New Black, and much more. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), all day, . Details
  • Theatre: With so many sold-out shows at this year’s Toronto Fringe Festival, there were plenty of people who didn’t get to see many of Torontoist‘s top picks. Not to worry: as they have for several years now, the Toronto Centre for the Arts is presenting Best of Fringe, a two-week additional run for some of the most popular shows at this year’s festival, including Theatre Brouhaha’s Punch-Up, Pea Green Theatre’s Three Men in a Boat, and The Howland Company’s 52 Pick-Up. We strongly suggest double billing shows over an evening (each show runs about an hour) and buying tickets well in advance, as each show gets only three performances. Toronto Centre for the Arts (5040 Yonge Street), all day, $17.75-$21.75. Details

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