In today's Urban Planner: lots of laughs at One Night Stand; lecturers make their case at Trampoline Hall; Best of the Dark Comedy Fest at the AltDot Comedy Lounge; and The Weeknd runs a night more at the Sound Academy.
BENEFIT: The producers behind the in-the-works indie film Portrait of a Serial Monogamist are holding a fundraising cabaret tonight called One Night Stand. It’ll feature comedians Dawn Whitwell, Carolyn Taylor, and Kathleen Phillips, drag performers Fluffy Souffle and Fay Slift, musical guest Vanessa Dunn of Vag Halen, and host Elvira Kurt. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 7:30 p.m., $20.
LECTURE: Margaux Williamson has tapped three new amateur experts for this month’s edition of the long-running speaker series Trampoline Hall. Sagan MacIsaac will revisit grade-nine science, Haide Aide will examine spiritual history, and Lesley Grant will explore midlife crises. What few at-the-door tickets there are will go on sale at 6:30 p.m. tonight. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), 8 p.m., $5.
COMEDY: Starting tonight, rising local talent has a chance to shine, with the AltDot Comedy Lounge playing host to a showcase of acts from The Dark Comedy Festival. The lineup includes comics like Aaron Berg, Terry Clement, Rhiannon Archer, host Tyler Morrison, and more. The Rivoli (332 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., PWYC (FREE to festival pass holders).
MUSIC: Enigmatic Toronto-based R&B performer The Weeknd has spent the weekend playing The Sound Academy. He wraps up his four-night stand there tonight. Tickets are scarce, but there may be some available at Rotate This and Soundscapes. Last-minute fans had best act fast. Sound Academy (11 Polson Street), 9 p.m., $36.
This post originally implied that The Weeknd consists of a multiple performers. The Weeknd is, in fact, one man. Torontoist regrets the error.
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