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Urban Planner: March 29, 2013

In today's Urban Planner: a wandering concert with the Lemon Bucket Orchestra, an improv comedy deathmatch, and Shotgun Jimmie releases a record.

The Lemon Bucket Orchestra.

  • Music: The Lemon Bucket Orkestra celebrated three years of performing (sometimes in odd places) with a sold-out show on March 16 at Lee's Palace. But the frequent buskers have always loved playing in public, so they're collaborating with fellow merrymakers Samba Elégua on a free-for-all event called Folk the Winter Parade. The traveling show will depart from the FreshCo parking lot behind the Gladstone Hotel. It will make its way to a secret location, where there will be a surprise. Multiple venues, 6:30 pm, FREE. Details
  • Comedy: Catch 23 Improv, the long-running "improv comedy deathmatch," has been on hiatus since March 1. Now the show returns to Comedy Bar with a bevy of past champions, hosted by BiteTV's Jason Agnew. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 8:00 pm, $10. Details
  • Music: The Wavelength Music Series' 557th event (for those counting) is a record release party for Shotgun Jimmie, the deceptively redneck moniker for Jim Kilpatrick's musical output. Kilpatrick's 2011 album, Transistor Sister, was longlisted for the prestigious Polaris Prize. He'll be unveiling his new LP Everything Everything at this event, joined by friends Gregory Pepper & His Problems, Baby Eagle, and Dave Schoonderbeek. Monarch Tavern (12 Clinton Street), 9:00 pm, $7 advance, $10 at the door.. Details

Ongoing…

  • Art: If you're looking to expand your cultural knowledge of Latin America, look no further than the aluCine Festival. This showcase of all things Latin American features a wide variety of events, including film screenings, art installations, and workshops. Multiple venues, March 21-31, FREE. Details
  • Theatre: Soup Can Theatre presents a short-run double bill of two classic works that were both ahead of their respective times. Samuel Barber’s contemporary opera A Hand of Bridge focuses on themes of jealousy, unrequited love, marital infidelity, and bisexuality. Sartre’s No Exit finds three strangers in Hell, faced not with eternal torture, but with the pain each others' words, thoughts, and actions inflict. A Hand of Bridge will be backed by a live 14-piece orchestra. CORRECTION: March 28, 2013, 3:00 PM This listing originally said, incorrectly, that both No Exit and A Hand of Bridge will be accompanied by an orchestra. In fact, only A Hand of Bridge has that distinction. Tapestry New Opera Studio (9 Trinity Street, Studio 315), 2:00 pm, $16-$25. Details
  • Theatre: Soup Can Theatre presents a short-run double bill of two classic works that were both ahead of their respective times. Samuel Barber’s contemporary opera A Hand of Bridge focuses on themes of jealousy, unrequited love, marital infidelity, and bisexuality. Sartre’s No Exit finds three strangers in Hell, faced not with eternal torture, but with the pain each others' words, thoughts, and actions inflict. A Hand of Bridge will be backed by a live 14-piece orchestra. CORRECTION: March 28, 2013, 3:00 PM This listing originally said, incorrectly, that both No Exit and A Hand of Bridge will be accompanied by an orchestra. In fact, only A Hand of Bridge has that distinction. Tapestry New Opera Studio (9 Trinity Street, Studio 315), 7:30 pm, $16-$25. Details
  • Comedy: If there’s one thing that’s particularly impressive about Second City’s new mainstage show, The Meme-ing of Life, it’s how well balanced it is. As the title implies, Meme-ing is nominally a show about the internet, and certainly there is a fair bit of internet-centric humour. (One sketch, about a boy who falls into a YouTube-induced coma that can only be cured by reading, is particularly on point.) That said, it isn’t just a series of jokes about cat videos. Instead, it’s a well-thought-out show that manages to offer something for pretty much everyone, without stretching itself too thin. Second City (51 Mercer Street), 7:30 pm, $24-$29. Details
  • Theatre: fu-GEN Theatre Company presents the Canadian premiere of Lauren Yee's cheeky and insightful play, Ching Chong Chinaman. The ultra-assimilated Wong family don't quite fit the Asian-American stereotype: teenaged Upton ignores chores and homework to play video games, and his sister Desi's math scores are less than stellar. Upton's solution to both problems? Hire an Asian indentured servant with an American dream. Starring Zoe Doyle, Brenda Kamino, Oliver Koomsatira, Richard Lee, Jane Luk, and John Ng. Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas Street East), 8:00 pm, $15-$28. Details
  • Theatre: It's hardly news nowadays when an actor disrobes onstage, giving an audience a glimpse at what's underneath a costume. It's another thing entirely when the theatre itself strips down to its bare bones. For Canadian Stage's production of THIS, by Melissa James Gibson, a Canadian playwright gaining popularity in New York City, artistic director (and director of the play) Matthew Jocelyn and set designer Astrid Janson did just that to the historic Berkeley Street Theatre in Corktown. Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street), 8:00 pm, $22 to $49. Details
  • Comedy: We could watch funnyman Pat Thornton do standup for hours and hours. In fact, we have—several times. The comic headlines all this week at Yuk Yuk's Toronto alongside some hilarious guest performers. Yuk Yuks (224 Richmond Street West), 9:00 pm, $21.93. Details

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Urban Planner is Torontoist‘s guide to what’s on in Toronto, published every weekday morning, and in a weekend edition Friday afternoons. If you have an event you’d like considered, email us with all the details (including images, if you’ve got any), ideally at least a week in advance.

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