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In today’s Urban Planner: get caught up on how to Bixi, get drunk on experimentation and fun (and booze), get down with some Austrians in the Music Gallery courtyard, get revolutionary with the Specials, and get schooled in rhyming burns at Rap Battlezz.
BIXI: It’s been a month since the Bixi Toronto system launched, and while we’re getting accustomed to seeing people cruising around town on the bikes, some people still aren’t clear on how it works. If this video doesn’t do the trick, there’s a free information session this morning at Union Station as part of Bike Month—head to work (or take lunch) a little early, and you can have someone show you in person. Union Station (Front Street and Bay Street), 8 a.m.–11 a.m., FREE.
DRINK: The Drinks Show opens this evening (and runs Saturday, too), promising all sorts of boozy experimentation and fun. Canadian whiskey features in many of the new creations and contests (mixology being a hot topic in T.O. right now). You might want to go with a number of the $2 sampler tickets rather than the $7 full-size drinks—no one has much sympathy for a girl-drink drunk. 99 Sudbury Street, 6 p.m.–1 a.m., $23.
MUSIC: The Music Gallery launches its outdoor Summer Courtyard series this evening with Radian, an Austrian electro-rock trio making their first visit to Toronto in seven years. Sitting on the grass watching experimental rock music in a secluded spot in the middle of Toronto—or maybe even dancing on the grass barefoot?—sounds like a great kick-off to a summer season to us. The Music Gallery (197 John Street), 7 p.m.–11 p.m., $10–$15.
CLOWN: The Specials, a bouffon-inspired sketch troupe, are the primetime headliners at the Toronto Festival of Clowns tonight. We profiled the eclectic performance festival earlier this week, and Specials cast member Sandra Battaglini was given high praise yesterday in our female-focused comedy feature. (We recall first meeting Battaglini as a clown, when she pulled us onstage to slow dance with her, took a package of girl guide cookies out of her pants, and preceded to shove as many as she could in our mouth. Point is: expect the unexpected.) The sketch troupe aims to get political with this new show, La Revolución; it’ll be followed by the Masters of Clown speaker series. Scotiabank Studio Theatre (6 Noble Street), 8 p.m., $10.
RAP: The fifteenth edition of Rap Battlezz tonight features Actual Dracula (Jon Blair, who’s played with rap as comedy before) facing Pops SICK (Norm Sousa), the return of audience favourites like CoCoa PUFF (Kevin Dowse) and CanAbilL (Alex Tindal), and a headline bout between current champ Killerette (Kayla Lorette) and a mystery challenger. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 10:30 p.m., $5.