In today's Urban Planner: A ride across town for gelato; JESSGO's new sexually explicit exhibition; legends Dave Merheje & Arthur Simeon return home; and music, comedy, culture, and more at NXNE and Luminato.
ICE CREAM RIDE: The Toronto Bicycling Network is organizing a leisurely cross-town ride along the Beltline trail this evening, with the end stop being The Taste of Little Italy festival (and more specifically, a treat from gelato hotspot La Paloma). Start from Riverdale Park (North of Bridgepoint Health Centre, Broadview & Langley avenues), 6:30 p.m. departure, FREE.
EXHIBITION: Provocative multidisciplinary artist Jessica Gorlicky, also known as JESSGO, opens a new exhibit tonight, “Human Nature.” It’s decidedly adult-oriented, with themes of “sensuality, sexuality, and overall human nature” depicted on canvas. The opening reception will have “drinks, appetizers, music, and entertainment.” Twist Gallery (1100 Queen Street West), 7 p.m.–11 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY: Funnymen Dave Merheje and Arthur Simeon‘s Legends in the Making tour has its homecoming finale tonight at the St. Lawrence Centre, as two of the most likeable stand-ups in the country return from an eight-city engagement. Merheje’s recently been nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award; Simeon was the first guest on former mayor David Miller’s new Occupy the Mic conversation series. The two together have great chemistry, so don’t be surprised if they deviate a little from standard solo sets. St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, Jane Mallett Theatre (27 Front Street East), 8 p.m., $30.
NXNE: Forget compasses, GPS, or helpful Sherpas. From June 11 to 17, Torontoist is here to be your guide to everything NXNE. Tonight will be the busiest yet for music events, but it’s also a super busy night for comedy, including a late night set of Strip Comedy at The Monarch Tavern.
LUMINATO: Toronto’s multidisciplinary arts fest is celebrating its sixth installment this summer, and though the calendar feels a bit more sparse than previous years, there’s a lot of good stuff to check out. Here are some events that look especially promising.
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