In today's Urban Planner: The Naughty Nutcracker, Handel's Messiah, and The Write Club hosts a live-lit writer battle.
DANCE: If your name perpetually shows up on the “Naughty” list rather than the “Nice” one (let’s be honest, it’s more fun that way), The Naughty Nutcracker is your sort of seasonal entertainment. Curl up with a loved one and let The Love Letters Cabaret enchant you with the classic (OK, not really) story of toys who are too badly behaved to make it into Santa’s bag. Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas Street West), 6:30 p.m., $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
MUSIC: When a show’s run has lasted over 75 years, it’s probably pretty good. Such is the case with Handel’s Messiah, a beloved Toronto Christmas tradition. Five straight nights of performances feature the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in partnership with The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, with highlight performances from Yulia Van Doren (soprano), Daniel Taylor (countertenor), Michael Schade (tenor), and Russell Braun (baritone). Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe Street), 8 p.m., $38—$105.
STORYTELLING: Tonight, The Write Club hosts a battle of the literary variety. Two writers and their opposing ideas will be pitted against each other during a series of seven-minute rounds. The audience chooses the winner, and donations are made to that writer’s charity of choice. Featuring Arianne Schaffer, Roger Bainbridge, Brie Watson, Jordan Sowunmi, Nick Flanagan, Bob Kerr, Spencer Gordon, and Andrew Kaufman. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), 8 p.m., $10.
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