In today's Urban Planner: solo shows, YAMANTAKA//SONIC TITAN, extravagant covers at Loving in the Name Of, and Rapp Battlez' three-year anniversary show.
CABARET: Three solo performers have shows tonight and Saturday night:
- Actress PJ Prudat plays 12 characters in Native Earth’s production of Kenneth T. Williams’s Café Daughter, which tells the dramatized story of Dr. Lillian E. Quan Dyck. Dyck, who faced racism growing up in the ’50s and ’60s as a result of her Chinese and Cree background, overcame prejudice to become a neuroscientist and a Canadian senator. Daniel’s Spectrum, Aki Studio Theatre (585 Dundas Street East), Friday & Saturday 8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 2:30 p.m., $10–$20.
- Chameleon comic Gavin Crawford is trying out new characters—some culled from Downton Abbey and Les Misérables—in his one-man cabaret show, Bits and Pieces. Flying Beaver Pubaret (488 Parliment Street), Friday 9 p.m., Saturday 7 p.m., $15 in advance ($20 at the door).
- Stand-up Amanda Brooke Perrin does a full-length headliner set at the LOT Stand-Up Club this weekend, with opener Garrett Jamieson. Lower Ossington Theatre (100A Ossington Avenue), Friday and Saturday 10 p.m., $10 at the door.
ROCK: Polaris Prize shortlisters YAMANTAKA//SONIC TITAN play a show tonight, supported by openers CTZNSHP, and Planet Creature. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), 9 p.m., $10 in advance ($13 at the door).
COVERS: Musicians perform their favourite covers with a big backing band tonight at Loving in the Name Of. Artists taking part include Katie Sketch, Matt Murphy, and Isla Craig; artists being covered include David Bowie, Beyoncé, and Pink Floyd. The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West), 10 p.m., $10.
RAPP: It’s been three years now since rhyming-comedy standoff show Rapp Battlez launched, and in that time it has played host to an exceedingly absurd list of characters, including Gary J. Blige, the World Cup soccer ball, and a couple different James Bonds. The anniversary show gets going late tonight. Comedy Bar Mainspace (945 Bloor Street West), 10:30 p.m., $10.
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