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Urban Planner: February 13, 2012

In today's UP: a Social Media Week meet and tweet, romantic comedy classics by Buster Keaton with live musical accompaniment, big stand-up talent in a small space at the Avro, and music and more in support of The Innocents.

Composer Robert Smith provides live musical accompaniment to three Buster Keaton shorts screening tonight at Trinity St. Paul's. Photo by Nancy Winlove-Smith.


SOCIAL MEDIA: Social Media Week Toronto launches today, and they’re taking over the Gladstone Hotel tonight with a pair of launch events. The official launch party, What the F…est, will take place in the Ballroom, featuring screenings of viral videos; over in the Melody Bar, the monthly Tweetgasm TO event is holding a special SMW edition, with a dirty bingo game. How on earth will people hold their drinks, smartphones, and daubers at the same time? Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 7:30 p.m., FREE.

MUSIC: Composer Robert Bruce has done several Live Music / Silent Film shows in Toronto, but tonight’s performance is his first in T.O. scoring silent film legend Buster Keaton, who’s been one of Bruce’s most popular subjects to date on the road. Three of Keaton’s more romantic comedy shorts, including The Balloonatic and Neighbors, will be screened, with Bruce providing live, original musical accompaniment. Trinity St. Paul’s Church (427 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., $12–$15.

COMEDY: The Avro isn’t a large venue for shows—comic and producer Jon Kane estimates there’s maybe 40 seats in view of the stage. Thing is, many comics prefer small rooms to connect with audiences, so Kane’s landed some really entertaining stand-ups for his first Little Comedy Show That Could, including K. Trevor Wilson, Rhiannon Archer, and headliner Ron Josol. The Avro (750 Queen Street East), 9 p.m., $5 (FREE if RSVP’d “attending” on Facebook.)

FUNDRAISER: Playwright Daniel Karasik’s The Innocents, a favourite of ours at SummerWorks 2010, has just had a very successful run in Germany, which bodes well for the play’s remount here at the Tarragon Theatre in late April. Tonight, Karasik’s theatre company Tango Co. hosts an evening of music and partying to fundraise for the independent production, with performances by Petty Victories and Darren Eedens. Supermarket (268 Augusta Avenue), 9 p.m., $10.


Urban Planner is Torontoist‘s guide to what’s on in Toronto, published every weekday morning, and in a weekend edition Friday afternoons. If you have an event you’d like considered, email all of its details—as well as images, if you’ve got any—to events@torontoist.com.

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