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Radar: Urban Roots, The Art of Jack Chambers, Closer by Patrick Marber, The Darkness at The Phoenix

FILM | Green Screens: Urban Roots
We've all heard how important it is to "buy locally" where produce is concerned. It's important for our economy, and benefits our health, as well. It supports our farmers, and allows us to enjoy food that still has as much of its nutrients as possible. Urban farming is a solid step in this direction, as well, and it makes a city a little bit greener on every level. "Urban Roots" is a 'how to' documentary that holds a self-sufficient existence as a high priority, and gives all the deets on how to accomplish your own vegetable gardening in an urban centre. This was filmed in BC, but the principles and applications work right here in TO. A nice bonus is the soundtrack by Adham Shaikh.
NFB Mediatheque (150 John Street) 7PM $5

ART | Behind the Scenes: The Art of Jack Chambers
Canadian artist and filmmaker Jack Chambers died far too young, at the age of 47. He worked in a variety of styles throughout his career, ranging from surrealism to "photo-realism", after an extended period of study and travel in Europe. This evening at the AGO, an exhibition of Chambers' work opens, and you can get a little extra insight by taking a special tour with art historian an curator Dennis Reid.
Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West) 6:30PM

THEATRE |Closer By Patrick Marber
A curious web of relationships makes up the crux of Patrick Marber's "Closer," opening this evening at the The Winchester Street Theatre. It would be easy to describe the characters in this play as being involved in a love triangle, but there a four of them! Kind of reminiscent of the '70s classic "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," but with less tacky clothing. Directed by Caleb McMullen, "Closer" boasts a stellar cast of Kathleen Black, Gaby Grice, Dylan George and John Fray. Tonight is the opening night, and this show runs until Saturday.
The Winchester Street Theatre (80 Winchester Street) 7:30PM $25

MUSIC | The Darkness @ The Phoenix
The UK's heavy glam rockers The Darkness hit The Phoenix tonight! Let's face it, no one does 'glam' like the Brits. Sure you could bring up the New York Dolls, but that's just the origins - you know it was refined in the UK, for sure! At any rate, this a modern version of the genre, that fuses metal and heavier approaches with the classic 'glam' attitude and aesthetic. Foxy Shazam opens.
Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne Street) 7PM $29


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