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Veronika Swartz hosts Press Club 7 this evening, at The Press Club (naturally). Detail of a photo by Gwendalynn Lim-Brydson.
In today’s Urban Planner, our city’s theatre critics expose themselves to criticism, ex-pat music stars Gonzales and Tiga star in a film previewing tonight, Trampoline Hall’s here again, and The Press Club features an all-female comedy showcase.
LECTURE: It’s that (nebulous) time of the month—Toronto’s favourite lecture series Trampoline Hall is tonight. This month’s curator is Margaux Williamson, who’s selected Shelagh FitzGerald, Cara Eastcott, and Alex Tigchelaar to lecture on topics they are not professional experts on. Our usual caveat about Trampoline Hall applies: if you don’t have a ticket already, show up ridiculously early, as it always sells out. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), tickets at the door on sale at 6:30 p.m., doors at 7:30 p.m., showtime at 8 p.m., $5.
THEATRE: It takes a lot of guts to get up on stage yourself when you critique other performers for a living. Talk is Free Theatre has cast the chief theatre critics from the Globe and Mail (J. Kelly Nestruck), the Toronto Star (Richard Ouzounian), and the National Post (Robert Cushman) in a one-night-only performance of The Producers, as a fundraiser for The Actor’s Fund. Tonight’s show at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts also features many other local theatre producers and writers, hoofing and singing on stage (though many of them were performers before they took on their current careers). Jane Mallett Theatre (27 Front Street East), 8 p.m., $27–$125.
FILM: Everybody gets into the spirit of TIFF, even ex-pat music stars. Renaissance man Chilly Gonzales stars in Adam Traynor’s film Ivory Tower, along with fellow Canucks who reside in Berlin, Tiga and Peaches. The film, which just won a special mention at the Locarno Film Festival, has two sneak previews in the screening room at Camera Bar tonight, with the post-screening party going late into the night. Camera Bar (1028 Queen Street West), 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., $14. Torontoist’s complete coverage of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, meanwhile is all right here.
COMEDY: Comic and burlesque performer Veronica Swartz hosts the September Issue of her monthly Press Club comedy night this evening. The all-funny-femmes bill includes Laugh Sabbath’s Sara Hennessey, The Boom’s Deborah Robinson, Martha O’Neill, and more. The Press Club (850 Dundas Street West), 9 p.m., PWYC.