In today's Urban Planner: the arts community celebrates good news at City Hall; a week of "trying something new" workshops begins with anti-gravity yoga; and local comedy acts get old-school gangster.
JAM: Beautiful City’s organizers came up with the idea of holding a town hall for arts supporters on the eve of the City’s budget vote. The hope, initially, was to sway councillors into finally committing funds to a long-awaited increase in municipal arts funding. Except, as it turns out, the funding is now all but assured, so the town hall has become a celebration party, with guests like Shad and Jully Black announced. The event will end in an hour-long jam session that all are encouraged to take part in. City Hall Rotunda (100 Queen Street West), 6 p.m.–9 p.m., FREE.
WORKSHOPS: As part of their New Year’s resolutions, lots of people make vague plans to try something new. This week, online marketplace Uniiverse has organized “Rookie of the New Year,” a slate of activities to fit that bill. These discounted intro classes deal with subjects as diverse as 3D printing (Tuesday) and molecular gastronomy (Friday). The series starts with this evening’s class on anti-gravity suspension yoga. The Flying Yogi (007-245 Carlaw Avenue), 7 p.m.–9 p.m., $28 (advance booking required).
COMEDY: Sketch troupe British Teeth headlines the first Jokebox event of 2012, a ’30s-gangster themed evening entitled Gangsters of Comedy. Other guests include standup Dave Merheje, character comic Emma Hunter (of sketch troupe She Said What), and improv duo RN & Cawls (Rob Norman and Adam Cawley of improv troupe Mantown). Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., $5.
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