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Mark Andrada (centre) challenges the clearly horrified reigning champ Jon Blair (left) by guzzling a twelve-egg concoction at Gong The Show. Photo by Andrew Steenberg.
In today’s Urban Planner, get hypnotized; go back to school; watch martial arts schooling; hear pop, jazz, or punk; see stand up, sketch, or gross-out humour. Something for everyone?
ART: Local printmaking centre Open Studio is presenting a four-day symposium called Printopolis, featuring more than forty exhibitions and events across the GTA. One of the most intriguing is the Mass Hypnosis exhibit, which will include a studio covered with screen-printed patterns, painted walls, and pulsating light patterns. See how long you can appreciate the art before you fall into a trance (or develop a severe headache). OCAD Graduate Gallery (205 Richmond Street West), 6-10 p.m., FREE.
GAMES: FLASHQUIZ are obsessed with the past school experiences of adults, and are recreating them as a shared theatrical experience. They’ve “graduated” from workshops at the Summerworks Festival—and elsewhere—to their own full length participatory show called School Project, held (naturally) in a classroom. Games, sing-songs, snacks, and lessons will be part of the experiment. Bloor Collegiate Institute (1141 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., $10 in advance, $12 at the door.
FILM: Colin Geddes’ resurgent chop-socky night, now known as Son of Kung Fu Fridays, returns to Toronto Underground Cinema. Tonight features implacable superstar Donnie Yen in Ip Man 2. Yen, who plays a fictionalized version of the sensei who would eventually inspire Bruce Lee, squares off (and then teams up) with stout action legend Sammo Hung’s character Hung Chun-nam. Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue), 9:30 p.m., $8.
MUSIC: Parisian purveyors of pop perfection Phoenix—with Newmarket’s finest Tokyo Police Club , and Californian noisemakers Wavves—will pack ‘em in at Ricoh Coliseum (100 Princes’ Boulevard), 8 p.m., $41.25 at Soundscapes and Rotate This, $53.50–$59 on Ticketmaster. You can also drop a chunk of change to see noted jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela at the Royal Conservatory of Music (273 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., $25–$65. But the best (and loudest) bang for your buck will be found at Anagram’s record release party. Parts & Labour (1566 Queen Street West), 10 p.m., $5.
COMEDY: Straight talker/gay icon Margaret Cho performs at Massey Hall (178 Victoria Street), 8 p.m., $29.50–$49.50), and clown and bouffon performers try sketch as The Specials, debuting at Bread and Circus (299 Augusta Avenue), 8 p.m., $15. But we’re curious to see what comics like Kayla Lorette, Greg Cochrane, and Mark Andrada will do to unseat champ Jon Blair at Gong the Show, which features comics going to extreme (and gross) lengths to win the audience’s love, hate, or respect. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 10:30 p.m., $5.