In today's Urban Planner: ALTdot Comedy Lounge takes over the Rivoli, Sketchfest continues, and SINGular Sensation brings (unofficial) Disney princesses to a cabaret.
- Comedy: The March 11 edition of weekly stand-up showcase ALTdot Comedy Lounge has an especially strong bill. Hosted this week by Andre Arruda, some of the comics featured include Ryan Belleville (Almost Heroes, The LA Complex), Ron Sparks (Straight Man, web series The Newsdesk with Ron Sparks), and Nile Seguin (CBC's The Debaters, Just for Laughs Festival). The Rivoli (332 Queen Street West), 9:00 pm, PWYC. Details
- Performing Arts: SINGular Sensation is a weekly musical theatre cabaret and open mic, in which a mix of professional and amateur actors/singers take turns on Statler's small stage belting and crooning musical numbers, with live accompaniment. Tonight, cabaret ingenue Jenna Warriner guest hosts, and in addition to the regular participants she'll be welcoming several (unofficial) Disney princess impersonators. They'll be previewing some of the songs from the following weekend's Happily Ever After, a benefit for Free the Children. Statler's Lounge (487 Church Street), 9:30 pm, FREE. Details
- Comedy: This year's edition of the Sketch Comedy Festival boasts headliners including Eugene Mirman (March 9), Bruce McCulloch (March 11), and Michael Ian Black (March 12). There are also visiting troupes from Winnipeg (Hot Thespian Action), Montreal (Uncalled For), and Vancouver (Peter 'n Chris), plus a wide variety of local outfits. It'll all wrap with a closing show featuring the Sketchersons,
joined by special guest host and wrestling legend Bret "The Hitman" Hart. Sketchfest runs at The Randolph Theatre, Lower Ossington Theatre, and Comedy Bar. Hart is on the sidelines recovering from knee surgery; The Honky Tonk Man has been announced as the new host for Sunday night. Multiple venues, March 7-17, $15–$50. Details
- Photography: Lovers of photography and the city can rejoice at a new photo extravaganza: the Toronto Urban Photography Festival. This gigantic event features no less than 10 exhibitions, a variety of talks on the subject of urban photography, and a number of photo walks, so you too can get in on the practice of creating urban art. The exhibition also features the Disposable Camera Project, which places many disposable cameras around the city, leaving it up to whoever finds them to take a picture in the moment. And then you might possibly see the results in the festival. Multiple venues, March 9-23, FREE. Details
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