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Say It Ain’t So: Sheezer’s show at the Garrison tonight will be the last for a while, as Laura Barrett (first from left) is relocating to the West Coast. Photo by Michael Fil.
In today’s Urban Planner, you could spend eight dollars on the first day of the Ex, or the last day of a longtime host and player at Catch 23 Improv, or the first blockbuster Batman film, or the last day for an all-girl cover band that comes Rivers Cuomo–approved.
EXHIBITION: The Canadian National Exhibition opens today, and everyone has one thing on their lips (or hopes to soon): deep-fried butter. Seriously—we were there for the day yesterday as the booths and exhibits along Princes’ Boulevard were being set up, and it was all anyone could talk about. This year’s Opening Day special, available only at the gates, gets you in for the same price as a repertory cinema film (or a comedy show, or an indie rock concert, as we’ll explore), and you can get ten rides for twenty dollars today only, too. Exhibition Place (Princes’ Gates, 20 Princes’ Boulevard), 10 a.m.–10 p.m., $8.
COMEDY: Catch 23 Improv tonight is hosted by Peter Stevens, who holds a record for most solo wins at the “friendly improv deathmatch.” The lecturer and sketch performer is leaving Toronto for Northern Ontario next weekend, but before he does, he’ll be seeking our scores for scenes from PB&J, The Black Alley Brawlers Gang, and the Lost Sleep Gang (at least two teams are taking this quite seriously). Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., $8.
FILM: The Toronto Underground Cinema kicks off a week-long series of the Caped Crusader’s film appearances, starting with tonight’s 1989 version of Batman (from director Tim Burton), and culminating next Friday with an appearance by Adam West himself. Apparently, advance tickets for the West appearance are moving very quickly—like, Zzzzzwap! Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue), 9 p.m., $8.
MUSIC: Both Eye and NOW are fascinated with Sheezer, who have yet to put a song up on their MySpace page. Alright, we admit it, we’re obsessed too—we’ve been to both their first two appearances. Tonight’s show could be it for a while for the all-gal Weezer cover band, as the ladies have busy falls with their other projects, particularly Laura Barrett, who’s heading west to British Columbia indefinitely in several weeks’ time. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), doors at 10 p.m., $8.