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Urban Planner: December 13, 2012

Today: Anthony Rapp returns to the Toronto stage, discover new books at Toronto WordStage, and Nerd Nite Toronto throws a holiday bash.

READING: Ah winter, the perfect time to curl up with a good book. If you agree with that sentiment, don’t miss the next instalment of Toronto WordStage. This month’s edition features readings of short stories, poetry, and novels by people including authors Misha Bower, Barry Olshen, Tim Conley, and Hoa Nguyen. Q Space (382 College Street), 7:30 p.m., FREE.

THEATRE: While there has been no shortage of productions of the musical Rent since it left Broadway, here’s something that should especially please all you bohemians. Anthony Rapp, the first actor to play Mark, is coming to Toronto to put on his new solo show, Without You. The show tells the tale of Rapp’s experience with the musical, its audition process, and how he dealt with Jonathan Larson’s death at the tribute performance the night after. Panasonic Theatre (651 Yonge Street), 8 p.m., $45–69.

COMEDY: Nerds of Toronto (and anyone who enjoys a good laugh) are in for a treat. Nerd Nite Toronto is throwing a Holiday Nerdtacular. There will be a talk that asks the age old question, “Why Does Elmer Fudd Talk Like That?”, as well as live music, an ugly sweater contest, and a presentation from Legoland’s master model builder, Graeme Dymond. TRANZAC (292 Brunswick Avenue), 8 p.m., $7.

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