Urban Planner: August 8, 2014



Urban Planner: August 8, 2014

In today's Urban Planner: a festival of zines, Parkdale takes art to the streets, and a trip-hop rising star.

Image by Cheryl Rondeau.

  • Art Festivals: The annual small press art fair Zine Dream this year includes—besides just the August 10 all-day fair at the Tranzac—weekend window installations, a panel discussion at the Xpace Centre, and a festival closing-night party at the Garrison featuring DJs U.S. Girls and Ding Dong. For the full schedule of Zine Dream programming, visit its website. Details
  • Festivals Film: The Parkdale Beauty Pageant Society presents the 16th annual Parkdale Film and Video Showcase, featuring screenings and installations along Queen Street West. Over two dozen filmmakers are scheduled to show work at the nightly screenings at the Rhino and at Albert Crosland Parkette. In addition, there are all-day installations throughout the neighborhood. All events are PWYC; for the full schdule, visit the PBPS website. PWYC. Details
  • Music: British trip-hop musician and dancer FKA twigs is making her Canadian debut at the Danforth Music Hall, with opening act P. Morris. The mid-20s twigs is still relatively unknown on this side of the Atlantic, but the British press is raving about her and her LP1 is out next week, so this could be your chance to see her at a mid-sized venue before she upgrades to stadiums. Danforth Music Hall (147 Danforth Avenue), 7:30 p.m., $22.50–$25. 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

  • Art: Before and After the Horizon: Anishinaabe Artists of the Great Lakes is a collaborative effort of the AGO and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, in New York City, where the exhibition recently wrapped up after a one-year run. The displays are organized by themes relating to Anishinaabe concepts of place and spirituality, and how they interact with the outside world. One of the most intriguing themes is “cottager colonialism,” which suggests that the colonization of indigenous land continues by way of vacationing tourists. Political statements are scattered throughout the exhibition, from Nadia Myre’s bead-covered pages of the Indian Act to the use of historical indigenous status documents in Robert Houle’s “Premises” series. Floral beaded bags and leggings, meanwhile, provide inspiration for the contemporary paintings of Christi Belcourt, an Ontario Arts Council Aboriginal Arts Award recipient. Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West), all day, $19.50 (included with general adult admission). 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
  • Performing Arts: If you were to tell a sandwich artist to give you “the works,” you’d end up with a delicious concoction overflowing with a wide range of tastes and textures. The SummerWorks Performance Festival can be described in the same manner. Over the course of 10 days, multiple venues across the city will be flooded with plays, musical performances, and other artistic productions. As a primarily juried showcase, SummerWorks brings the best and most creatively courageous pieces to the stages. Multiple venues, all day, $10-$20 per ticket. Details
  • Photography: Our fascination with fame and celebrity isn’t new—and this is illustrated in Izzy Gallery’s newest exhibit, Terry O’Neil: The Man Who Shot the Sixties. A photographer from the U.K., O’Neill snapped iconic shots of everyone from The Beatles and Rolling Stones to Brigitte Bardot and Faye Dunaway. The opening party features an appearance by O’Neill himself, and his “photographs from the frontline of fame” will remain on display until the end of August. Izzy Gallery (106 Yorkville Avenue), 11 a.m., FREE. Details
  • Dance: Celebrating 20 years of midsummer outdoor evening dance experiences, Dusk Dances returns to Withrow Park for its 20th anniversary season, featuring six pieces performed nightly for seven nights (there are also special 2 p.m. matinees on Thursday, August 7, and Sunday, August 10.) More than a dozen dancers will perform original pieces set in the park’s sunny glades, shaded areas, and splash pools. If you love what you see, there will be another run in the fall at Fort York—but there’s no guarantee the weather will be as warm, of course. Withrow Park (Bain and Logan Avenues), 7 p.m., PWYC. Details
  • Theatre: If the thought of battling crowds at the Aquarium has you feeling a little crabby, may we suggest an underwater voyage of a different kind? Bring the kids (or your adult friends, whatever) to the Lower Ossington Theatre’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. The classic story of a whimsical mermaid, a land-living prince, and her desire to be part of his world has been specially adapted for younger audiences, and will only be onstage this August. Al Green Theatre (750 Spadina Avenue), 7 p.m., $29.99- $59.99. Details

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