In today's Urban Planner: Hanna Barberic at Steam Whistle, the first WordStage of 2013, and a tasty chocolate making workshop.
ART: Alex Currie (aka “Runt”), the man responsible for the Lee’s Palace mural, has teamed up with some fellow artists for Steam Whistle Brewery’s January art exhibit. Indie Outsider Art: Hanna Barberic celebrates pop culture, film, music, and urban life through the eyes and artwork of Mike Parsons, Menno Krant, David Irvine, John Abrams, and, of course, Runt. Steam Whistle Brewery (255 Bremner Boulevard), launch party 7–11 p.m., exhibit runs all month, FREE.
WORDS: WordStage, a monthly reading series that promotes upcoming and established creators of poetry, prose, and drama, kicks off its first event of 2013 tonight. Join Sarah Beaudin, Robert Colman, Jennifer Pitas, and Jay MillAr as they read selections from their work. Q Space (382 College Street), doors at 7:30 p.m., readings at 8 p.m., FREE but donations encouraged.
CHOCOLATE: Though it’ll probably lead to a few broken resolutions, Chocolate Tales would like you to indulge in a chocolate making workshop. Learn a short history of the sweet treat (complete with tasty samples), then make your own bonbons, truffles, soufflés, and chocolate-dipped marshmallows. All supplies will be provided, and everyone will go home with a neatly-wrapped package of their creations. Registration required. Swansea Town Hall (95 Lavinia Avenue), 8 p.m., $82 for adults, $49.99 for children plus tax.
NEXT STAGE: The Next Stage Festival, a curated “best of” offshoot of the popular Toronto Fringe Festival, runs daily to January 13, and features cutting-edge theatre about hockey, subway interactions, suburbia, and more. We’ve interviewed several of the artists, and reviewed all ten of the festival’s shows, which you can find here. Many shows are selling out, so buying tickets in advance is highly recommended.
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