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Dancer Ming Hon cracks the whip in one of tonight’s six showcase pieces in THIS IS DANCE. Detail of a photo by Jasmine Graham.
In today’s Urban Planner, prop-inspired choreography at THIS IS DANCE, Sinfonia presents strong string work from Judy Kang on a Stradivarius, words and music at the Sea Change cabaret, and The Gladstone Hotel and Pop With Brains both celebrate half-decade milestones.
CLASSICAL: She’s performed for heads of state and toured with Lady Gaga; tonight, in a Sinfonia Toronto special event titled Affairs of the Heart, violinist Judy Kang will play solo selections from Mozart, Mozetich, and Fuchs on the 1689 “Baumgartner” Stradivarius, loaned to her by the Canada Council for the Arts. Glenn Gould Studio (250 Front Street West), 8 p.m., $12–$40.
DANCE: Three months ago, The Creative Republic gave six local choreographers four random objects and asked them to create new choreography around them. The results will be on display this weekend at THIS IS DANCE. The audience is encouraged to stick around and chat with the dancers and choreographers about the process of creating these new works. Winchester Street Theatre (80 Winchester Street), 8 p.m., $12–$15
CABARET: With Sea Change: A Night of New Performance, Theatre Caravel (like The Creative Republic) is hoping to engage its audience before and after the show with discussions (and homemade treats) about the work and the company’s current initiatives. Tonight’s new work comes from poets Hamza Fouad and Andy Cockburn, playwright Jason Maghanoy, musician Chere Francoise, and artist Alicia Eisen. Cinecycle (129 Spadina Avenue), 8 p.m., $7.
PARTY: It’s been five years since the Gladstone Hotel reopened its doors after a lengthy renovation period, and the neighbourhood staple has been doing well indeed. They’re throwing open their doors to the public tonight, for a look at some featured artist-designed rooms (free stays in which will be given away at midnight), a second-floor exhibition by current resident artist Bruno Billio, and a gala party in the main floor venues, featuring some of the Gladstone’s favourite recurring acts: The Elizabeth Shepherd Trio, Skin Tight Outta Sight burlesque, and karaoke with Peter Styles. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 8 p.m.–2:30 a.m., FREE.
POP: Pop with Brains is celebrating its five-year milestone too; five years of producing bi-monthly showcases of local indie music and art, with all the proceeds benefiting the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Tonight’s thirtieth edition features five bands, including local acts Babe and Parks & Rec, as well as art by Susie Love, Herotic Apparel, and more. The Rivoli (332 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., $5.