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Grown-up Rob Simone reads child Rob Simone’s creative writing. Photo by Dan Misener.
In today’s Urban Planner, Food Forward throws a party for the gastronomically (and locally) inclined, Foundry Theatre’s monthly playreading series, Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids, Thom Allison’s farewell cabaret, and She Said What says new stuff in a new show.
FOOD: The Food Forward Advocacy Alliance is partnering with the Backyard Urban Farm Company and Not Far From the Tree for a get-together and nosh, featuring locally certified foods and brews, at the Gladstone Melody Bar tonight. All proceeds will be going towards Food Forward’s efforts to promote sustainable local food policy advocacy. The Gladstone Hotel (1215 Queen Street West), 7 p.m.–10 p.m., PWYC.
THEATRE: Tonight, Foundry Theatre’s monthly reading series debuts playwright Douglas Campbell’s Little Crickets, a play about teenage and fugitive Romanian sisters in 1990 Paris who are taken advantage of by a wealthy Canadian businessman—or perhaps who intend to take advantage of him. The reading will be directed by Byron Laviolette (who’s re-helming Morro and Jasp Go WIld in March at Theatre Passe Muraille). The Detour Bar (193 Baldwin Street), 7 p.m., PWYC.
SHOW ‘N’ TELL: Time eases all wounds, and makes many things funny (or precious) in retrospect. This is the idea behind Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids, which is exactly what it sounds like. Advance tickets are sold out, but if you show up early enough you should be able to get a rush ticket. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), doors at 7:30 p.m., $5.
CABARET: Local lounge singer extraordinaire Thom Allison is performing in his last cabaret in Toronto tonight, as he’s going to be busy for the foreseeable future on the Great White Way with a production of Priscilla Queen of The Desert: The Musical (an experience he’s documenting on his blog). He announced the show fairly last minute, and hints that there are going to be a wide variety of guests from the local cabaret scene; Thom’s last few shows sold out, so you’ll want to be there early to get a chair or stool in Tallulah’s. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street), 8 p.m., $20.
COMEDY: The gals of She Said What—Megan Deeks, Carly Heffernan, Emma Hunter, Megan MacKeigan, and Marni Van Dyk—are back with a new sketch show, She Said What’s That Supposed to Mean? Hosted by Bob Kerr, tonight’s show will see the popular troupe debuting new material for a run at the Toronto Fringe this summer. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 9 p.m., $12.