In today's Urban Planner: Malcolm Gladwell talks Jamaica at the Reference Library; TINARS loves (a book about) The Beach Boys; and The Script Tease Project gets underway.
TALK: The Jamaica 50 committee has arranged for celebrated author Malcolm Gladwell to speak as part of the Toronto Public Library’s salon series tonight, about his own Jamaican roots and how they inform his work. The event is long ago “sold out” (tickets were free, but required advance reservations), but there will be a simulcast set up in the atrium of the library, and a very slim possibility of last-minute rush seating or standing room. Toronto Reference Library, Bluma Appel Salon (789 Yonge Street), FREE.
SURF-POP: Who doesn’t love The Beach Boys? Not the This is Not a Reading Series folks, and certainly not writer Mark Dillon, whose new book Fifty Sides of The Beach Boys looks at the band and 50 of their songs through interviews with band members, contemporaries, and others. At tonight’s launch event, in addition to an interview with Dillon by fellow music journalist and author Liz Worth, there’ll be some Beach Boys music played live, courtesy of Toronto’s The Roughnotes. The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), doors at 7 p.m., event at 7:30 p.m., $5 (or FREE with book purchase).
IMPROV: The Script Tease Project, which we previewed last week, opens tonight, with The National Theatre of the World reading the first two pages of a new script from Maja Ardal—and then making up the rest as they go along. As with every show in the week-long run, the group will host a free “opening and closing” party at the nearby Paddock Tavern, post-performance—all are welcome. Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace (16 Ryerson Avenue), 8 p.m., $15–$20.
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