In today's Urban Planner: the truth behind the beauty of a ballerina, Parker and Seville team up with Vest of Friends for a week-long sketch-comedy spectacular, and the premiere of It’s a Wonderful Toronto: The Rob Ford Holiday Spectacular!
BOOKS: Throughout history, ballerinas have represented beauty, grace, and femininity. But do their lives imitate their art? Journalist, author, and internationally recognized dance critic Deirdre Kelly explores the harsh truths behind some of the world’s most celebrated ballerinas in her new book, Ballerina: Sex, Scandal and Suffering Behind the Symbol of Perfection. Join her for a reading and discussion on the topic tonight. Reference Library, Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium (789 Yonge Street), 7–8 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: During It’s a Wonderful Toronto: The Rob Ford Holiday Spectacular!, the mayor (or at any rate, an actor playing him) is having second thoughts. Convinced the holiday-themed sketches and songs will ruin his political career, he threatens to end it all by leaping off the theatre balcony. This original musical comedy is festive, topical, smart, and brought to you by The National Theatre of The World. Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace (16 Ryerson Avenue), 7:30 p.m., $25–$30 plus HST.
COMEDY: Parker and Seville and Vest of Friends, two of Toronto’s funniest comedic groups, have joined forces to present a week’s worth of madness. The show, Marc, Reid, Dave, Matt, Morgan, Tim and Evan Build a Snowman, which is primarily sketch comedy, will include a different stand-up comedian each night. Mark Little of Picnicface is tonight’s feature act. Unit 102 Theatre (376 Dufferin Street), 8 p.m., $10, or $5 for students.
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