In today's extra-packed Friday UP: six hours of dancing for li'l Brothers and Sisters; Afrobeat queens in Fela!; Praxis Theatre serves 1%-style food & drink to fundraise for their 99%-appeal play; Second City alum play live; and bands pay homage to My Bloody Valentine.
DANCE-A-THON: Groovin’ For Charity puts the students from more than 10 university teams in a six-hour dance marathon, raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters Toronto via continuous (and sponsored) rump-shaking. Yonge-Dundas Square (10 Dundas Street East), 3 p.m.–10 p.m., FREE.
PARTY: Socially conscious Praxis Theatre has put together a posh menu for Occupy Bay Street, their upscale dining and fine art fundraiser. They’re raising money for Jesus Chrysler, an upcoming production about 1930s Communist party organizer, activist, and director Eugenia “Jim” Watts. Gourmet food, fine art created and auctioned on the spot, and a 50 per cent charitable receipt doesn’t have you convinced? How about the phrase “open bar”? 761 Bay Street, 6:30 p.m., $50–$75 (includes $25 charitable receipt.)
MUSICAL: We’ve seen Mirvish’s production of Fela! and we can confirm it’s a powerful and rousing show: lead Sahr Ngaujah is a charismatic performer, and the music gets hips shaking in their seats. There’s a welcome $25/$50 promo code (SANDRA50) for this weekend’s final run, which we’d encourage you to make use of. Canon Theatre (244 Victoria Street), 8 p.m., $25–130.
MUSIC: Nirvana’s Nevermind, My Bloody Valentine’s heavily fuzzed out Loveless is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. It may not have sold as many copies as Kurt and Co.’s benchmark album, but it was incredibly influential on future generations of music makers. A half dozen Toronto acts, including Ruby Coast, Volcano Playground, and Blood Rexdale and The Walls are Blonde are paying homage to the album at an all-ages evening tribute organized by music blog Gold Soundz. Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue), doors at 8 p.m., $10.
COMEDY: Some of Second City Toronto’s most multi-faceted alumni, like actor Rob Baker and director Chris Earle, are previewing a new comedy webseries, Live From the CenTre, with two live shows. Baker, Adam Cawley, Dale Boyer, and Brian G. Smith will be improvising live—incorporating real-time online input from tweets, emails, and viewer comments—as they act out the tribulations of running a “socially progressive business co-op.” Centre for Social Innovation – Annex, Studio 720 (720 Bathurst Street), Friday and Saturday at 8:30 p.m., $10.
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