In today's Urban Planner: take the whole family to the Playground, take most of them to the Power Plant's party, take the adults to some plays, but take only the wild ones to the F*&K the Holidays cabaret, and the Da Da Da psychedelic dance night.
PLAY: As families gather in Toronto and students prepare for Christmas break, many are probably wondering how to go about entertaining visitors of all ages, especially on a budget stretched by the holidays. Well, it won’t cost a penny to take everyone to Playground Studio’s Toybox installation, where you can experiment with green screens, projectors, and other tactile toys, like Play-Doh and Lego. Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue), Friday and Saturday at 12:30–8 p.m., FREE.
PARTY: The Power Plant launches its winter slate of programming tonight with a building-wide opening party for its exhibitions. There will be special performances by Duane Linklater, Skeena Reece, and Bear Witness. Harbourfront Centre Power Plant (231 Queens Quay West), 7 p.m.–11 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: This is your last chance to see some of the year’s best-reviewed theatre, plus a dirty little holiday cabaret:
- The fact that David Mirvish picked Terminus to open his new Off-Mirvish Second Stage Series helped him secure a nomination as one of our heroes of the year. The dark and poetic fantasy will be performed for its last few crowds this weekend. Royal Alexandra Theatre (260 King Street West), Friday and Saturday 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 2 p.m., Sunday 7 p.m., $29–$69.
- John Mighton’s heady and time-bending play, The Little Years, wraps up its run this weekend. It features actress Michelle Monteith in the role played until this week by Bethany Jillard—so even if you’ve already seen it, it’ll be a bit different. Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Avenue), Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m., $13–$53.
- Clowns and character performers Melissa D’Agostino and Adam Lazarus have put together a revue show that takes aim at (and celebrates) the season, entitled F*&k The Holidays. Guests include Andrew Penner of The Sunparlour Players, Sandra Battaglini, and many more. Pia Bouman Studio (6 Noble Street), 8 p.m, PWYC.
DANCE: Psychedelic dance night Da Da Da celebrates its one-year anniversary of bashes at The Boat tonight, and will have a photo booth to mark the occasion. The Boat (158 Augusta Avenue), doors at 10 p.m., $5.
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