Radar: September 22, 2009
COMMUNITY | Toronto Car Free Day
Two wheels reign in Toronto today as the city celebrates International Car Free Day. A stretch of Yonge Street at Dundas will be closed off from 10 am to 4 pm and commuters everywhere are encouraged to leave their cars at home. There are also a ton of events happening on the U of T campus and at 1 pm in Yonge-Dundas Square Mayor David Miller will be making a proclamation. Cities like New York have recently turned parts of heavily-trafficked streets like Broadway and Times Square into pedestrian malls, so today's Yonge Street shut down may be a glimpse of what's to come in our town.
Yonge Street between Queen and Dundas, Free, 10 am - 4 pm
BOOKS AND LIT | This Is Not a Reading Series with Ian Brown
In 2007, a series of stories by Ian Brown appeared in the Globe and Mail titled "the Boy in the Moon", which explored the life of Brown's son Walker, who was born with a genetic disorder so rare it's often called the orphan syndrome. Frank and moving, the articles have now been turned into a book in which Brown strives to connect with a child whose condition makes him unable to communicate in even the most basic of ways. Brown will be interviewed tonight by his wife Johanna Schneller in what will likely be an emotional and enlightening conversation.
The Annex Live, 296 Brunswick Ave., $5, 7:30 pm
STORYTELLING | Heeb Magazine Storytelling
New York-based Heeb Magazine purports to be the largest Jewish Magazine in the world, and it comes to the Drake Hotel tonight for a night of Jewish humour, wit, and insanity. Formed by some plugged-in Hebrews in Brooklyn in 2001, Heeb is known for its edgy and hip content, so comedian Aaron Berg is a perfect choice to host the evening. Local personalities like journalist Mike Adler, TVO host Jesse Brown, and artists and scientist Ariel Garten will be telling 7-minute stories that reflect their experiences of being Jewish. Should be very komish.
The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen St. W., $5, 9 pm
THEATRE | The House of Bernarda Alba
The New Teatro theatre company was founded in 2007 with the mandate to bring Hispanic works and writers to Toronto. Tonight they are resurrecting The House of Bernarda Alba, a fascinating play by Spanish playwright Frederico Garcia Lorca. The 1936 work tells the tale of a household run by a dictatorial matriarch, and was completed only six months before Spain was overrun by a fascist dictator in a civil war which would soon claim Lorca's life. This staging at the Papermill Theatre is directed by Venezuelan Francis Orta, and blends Latin American theatrical traditions with Canadian sensibilities. Runs til October 3.
Papermill Theatre, 67 Pottery Road, $20 (Sunday PWYC), Tues.-Sat. 8 pm, Sun. 2 pm
THEATRE | The Boys in the Photograph
An all-Canadian cast stars in this rewritten version of the Ben Elton and Andrew Lloyd Weber musical the Beautiful Game. The original play was written by the hit-making duo in 1969 and tells the story of a Belfast soccer team at the start of Northern Ireland's 30-year civil war. The Canadian production has been rewritten with a more hopeful tone reflecting the peace accord reached between the British and the IRA in 1998, and gained rave reviews when it opened in Winnipeg in April. Rush tickets for $25 are available 2 hours before every performance. Runs til November 11.
Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St. W., $25 and up, 2 pm matinees, 8 pm evenings
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