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Urban Planner: July 2, 2013

In today's Urban Planner: Celia Palli starts a residency at Cameron House, Golden Girls trivia, and hockey-themed comedy.

The Golden Girls. Photo courtesy of TV Trivia Night/the Gladstone Hotel.

  • Music: Nelly Furtado’s backup singer and opening act since 2009, Celia Palli is stepping out of the shadows as a singer-songwriter. Born in Spain, and raised in the Netherlands, Palli will be spending July in her adopted home of Toronto for a residency at the Cameron House. Cameron House (408 Queen Street West), 6 p.m., FREE. Details
  • Trivia: TV Trivia Night isn’t just a fun get-together full of prizes and drink specials; one might even call it a support group of sorts for those with unhealthy retro television obsessions. This month’s edition celebrates all things Golden Girls. So if you can name every man Blanche canoodled with, or quote all of Rose’s best lines, this is your time to shine! Come alone or with a team of six and prepare to face trivia in the form of audio clues, video montages, and more. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., FREE. Details
  • Theatre: The hockey season may have ended only days ago, but we bet you’re already feeling the withdrawal. No doubt, that’s why the Second City had the bright idea to bring one of the most classic hockey films to the stage. Check out Slap Shot Live!, a comedic re-enactment of the Charleston Chiefs minor league hockey team’s fight for victory in its final season. Second City (51 Mercer Street), 8 p.m., $29-$34, plus tax.. Details

Ongoing…

  • History: The name “Mesopotamia” derives from a Greek term meaning “land between the rivers.” The Royal Ontario Museum’s latest major exhibit, which opens on June 22, takes this literally, as visitors flow between painted representations of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers on the floor. Presented by the British Museum and rounded out with pieces from institutions in Chicago, Detroit, and Philadelphia, “Mesopotamia: Inventing Our World” covers 3,000 years of human development in the cradle of urban civilization. Most of the 170 artifacts on display have never been shown in Canada. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park), 12 a.m., $27 (Includes general admission). Details
  • Performing Arts: Cats is a challenging musical to stage for a number of reasons. The narrative is thin and strange; the lyrics are drawn primarily from T.S. Eliot’s poetry collection Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats, with more borrowed from some other Eliot poems, “Rhapsody on a Windy Night” (which original director Trevor Nunn adapted into the song “Memory”) and “Moments of Happiness.” The result is not so much a story as ideas and character sketches. Old Deuteronomy, patriarch of the Jellicle Cats, calls the creatures together once a year to celebrate, and for one cat to be chosen to ascend to the Heaviside Layer (essentially, to die and be reincarnated). Most of the songs detail the adventures and virtues of a single cat in particular, essentially serving as that cat’s audition for the honour of ascension. Panasonic Theatre (651 Yonge Street), 7:30 p.m., $60–$110. Details

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