Every weekday’s end, Extra, Extra collects just about everything you ought to care about or ought not miss.
- Too early for nostalgia? TIFF founder Bill Marshall tells tales from the heydey of Bistro 990 a few days after it closed for good, featuring sex, drugs, and the script for Flashdance.
- A couple of weeks ago, we went to the first public reading of Proud, a play in development by longtime Tarragon Theatre artist-in-residence Michael Healey—and one so controversial that Healey left Tarragon over their refusal to produce it. Others have a bit more of a stomach for taking on the prime minister, it seems: the play, which features a character based on Stephen Harper, has been picked up and will open at the Berkeley Street Theatre in September.
- A sad day for fans of Jean-Luc Picard and Joss Whedon alike: Geek Love, Toronto’s regular screening series devoted to delightfully nerdy fare, is calling it quits.
- Must-read urban planning/politics article of the day: the story of how Los Angeles geared up, got organized, passed a sales tax hike, and started building a lot of new transit—all in fewer than five years.
- Because some jokes never lose their grip, apparently—among those registered to speak at today’s Board of Health meeting: Haywood Yablome, Anita Hoare, and Ayma Moron-Mihevchana.