In today's Urban Planner: go behind the scenes of War Horse, an art exhibit takes on the advertising world, an art battle party returns, and the Fringe Festival continues.
THEATRE: Were you blown away by the sheer mechanics of Mirvish’s current run of War Horse? Well, now you have an opportunity to see just how the magic happens. Inside The Horse: Behind the Scenes at War Horse will pull back the curtain on the epic production, and give you details on its development and the workshops that led up to its first performances. Plus, one lucky audience member will get to ride the horse, Joey. Princess of Wales Theatre (300 King Street West), 2 p.m., FREE (but you have to register online in advance).
ART and ADVERTISING: This art event might possibly give Donald Draper the shakes. “Serving Suggestion” is a new art exhibit from the mind of Ben Frost (an artist responsible for a painting called White People Dancing—so come prepared for the controversy). In this, he takes aim at the media and advertising world, exploring how logos, brands, and messaging shape our society, and perhaps take away our innocence, by turning the medium on its head. Don’t Tell Mama Gallery Space, 2nd Floor (108 Ossington Avenue), opening reception, 8 p.m., FREE.
ART COMPETITION: Unsheathe thy paintbrush and prepare for colourful combat. Art Battle Toronto is back for another round of competitive painting. For those who’ve never been, the painters will be tied to their opponents as they work both with and against each other to create their works of art. So yeah, it’s a bit messy. And after the frenzy, stick around for the dance party that follows. The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $10.
FRINGE: Whether you want to see a musical or sketch comedy, stirring drama or weird performance, the Toronto Fringe Festival has over 150 different shows, with something for just about every taste—and the best way to narrow down which shows to see is by checking out our 2012 Fringe coverage.
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