In this Urban Planner: have some sexy, interactive fun with a customizable burlesque show, the Primo sketch comedy show returns, singer Carolyn Mark plays a gig in support of her upcoming album, and the SummerWorks Festival continues.
BURLESQUE: Looking for a fun and unique way to spice up your Thursday? If so, check out Impromptease 4—a burlesque event where you get to decide the performer, songs, and costumes (this certainly takes “choose your own adventure” entertainment to the next level). The event also features musical guest Big Rude Jake, burlesque performer Dolly Berlin, and more. Augusta House (152 Augusta Avenue), 8 p.m., $15.
COMEDY: If you’re feeling blue because the end of summer is only a few weeks away, here are some laughs to turn that frown upside down. Primo is a sketch comedy show that showcases some of the best comedians in the country, as well as some musical guests. This particular instalment features Mark DeBonis (Canadian Comedy Award winner), Rob Baker (Second City Mainstage) and local musician Maylee Todd, among many others. Also, expect video sketches (think In Living Color), DJ sets, dance pieces, and more. Supermarket (268 Augusta Avenue), 9 p.m., $10.
MUSIC: The summer festival season is slowing down but that doesn’t mean there aren’t great solo gigs still sprouting up around the city. To promote the release of her latest record, The Queen of Vancouver Island, country singer Carolyn Mark will be performing tonight. Check this out if you’re a fan of Neko Case–like music (the two used to play together as The Corn Sisters). Luther Wright and the Wrongs will open. The Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Avenue), 10 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: The 2012 SummerWorks Festival, running August 9 to 19 at several venues along Queen Street West, features a dizzying abundance of local, national, and even international theatre, performance art, music, and more. To help you zero in on the hottest events, we’ve previewed the Theatre Series, the Music Series, and the Live Art Series & Performance Bar. Prices and times vary; visit the festival website for more details.
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