In today's Urban Planner: A special reading series with past Trillium Book Award winners takes place, two new exhibits open in honour of tomorrow's International Women's Day, and a night of laughter is on the horizon at Bad Dog Theatre.
LITERATURE: To get ready for the upcoming 25th annual Trillium Book Awards (which honour literary excellence by authors from Ontario), you can spend your night with past Trillium winners at a special reading series. There will be four evenings of readings, three of which will be taking place in Toronto. The authors hitting the stage tonight are Ian Brown, Wayson Choy, Austin Clarke, Anne Michaels, Nino Ricci, Jane Urquhart, and Richard B. Wright. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West), 6:30 p.m, FREE.
ART: Tomorrow is International Women’s Day, but you can get a head start on exploring women’s issues at the opening reception of two new exhibits called Exposed: The Female Perspective and Voices. The pieces in the first exhibit focus on examining the significance of the process of art through a female perspective, while the second explores the journey of modern women finding their voice. The evening will also include a poetry reading and a screening of the documentary Women with Wordz by Anna Piszczkiewicz. The exhibition runs until March 30. Steam Whistle Brewery (255 Bremner Boulevard), 7 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY: Some fixtures of the Toronto comedy scene are joining forces tonight as Bad Dog Theatre presents: “Falcons with Swords!” Falcon Powder members Jim Annan, Scott Montgomery, and Kurt Smeaton will be joined by recent returnee to Canada Derek Flores (who previously teamed up with Annan and Montgomery in a group called Cocks with Swords). Sara Hennessey will also be on hand to perform a guest stand-up set. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., $12 ($10 for students).
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