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Allison Hogg and Stephanie Tolev get into the spirit of Movember. Tolev’s Do the Fu Manchu show tonight offers free admission to all moustache wearers (fake, full-bodied, or budding). Photo by Richard Erlich.
In today’s Urban Planner, a fundraiser to support literacy (and readings on film and theatre), a fundraiser to replace a stolen guitar, and a comedy show celebrating those growing moustaches for Movember.
READINGS: Choices abound this evening if you’re interested in film or theatre. NOW Magazine plays host as David Yee, Mary Vingoe, Michael Healey, and more read their work, at the Playwrights Canada Press Fall Launch Party at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street), 7 p.m., FREE. A little farther up Yonge Street, Tarragon Theatre playwright-in-residence Brendan Gall will be discussing his recently opened new play Wide Awake Hearts at the Toronto Public Library’s On Stage Performing Arts Series, at the Reference Library (789 Yonge Street), 7 p.m., FREE. If film is your fancy, This Is Not A Reading Series is showcasing two new entries in the Queer Film Classics series, Fire by Shohini Ghosh, and Montreal Main by Tom Waugh & Jason Garrison, at the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $5.
BENEFIT: Parkdale Project Read, an adult literacy and education initiative, is producing The People’s History of Toronto, a night of poetry, music, and speakers. Guests include Elliott Clarke, Marilo Nunez, and Gaetan Heroux, musical act The Max Metrault Trio, and host Garvia Bailey; NOW called it a “can’t miss event.” Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas Street West), 8 p.m., PWYC (suggested donation of $5–$20).
MUSIC: Instrument theft might not be as rampant in Toronto as it is in Montreal, but it’s still a real kick in the teeth for a musician. Strummer John Borra recently had his guitar nicked, so the Rattlesnake Choir‘s Dakota Tavern residency tonight will be fundraising (with special guests, and an earlier start time) to get him a new one. The Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Avenue), 8 p.m., PWYC.
COMEDY: If you’re seeing lots of fuzzy upper lips this week (and the rest of the month), that’s because it’s Movember, when men attempt to grow moustaches to raise funds for prostate cancer. Comedian Steph Tolev, so fond of soup strainers that her sketch duo is named Ladystache, has a monthly comedy showcase, Do the Fu Manchu, that encourages upper lip hirsuteness; tonight’s show, with guests Michael Balazo, Diana Love, Conor Holler, and more, is free to anyone who shows up ‘stached (real or fake). Augusta House (152A Augusta Avenue), 9 p.m., FREE with ‘stache, $5 without.