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Urban Planner: July 5, 2013

In today's Urban Planner: dark comedy from Soulpepper, confessional humour at Comedy Bar, and Uma Nota celebrates an anniversary.

David Beazely and Stuart Hughes in rehearsal for Entertaining Mr  Sloane  Photo by Nathan Kelly

David Beazely and Stuart Hughes in rehearsal for Entertaining Mr. Sloane. Photo by Nathan Kelly.

  • Theatre: Soulpepper Theatre collaborates on a Joe Orton play, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s artistic producer Brendan Healey. Guest director Healey has coached some Soulpepper theatre stalwarts—Stuart Hughes, Fiona Reid, Michael Simpson, and David Beazley—for this dark comedy about a charming lodger who incites illicit passions among his other housemates. Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane), 8 p.m., $5-$68. Details
  • Comedy: Scott Yamamura (Space Janitors) hosts The Life Of…, a night of confessional humour, or embarrassing stories (for someone). Comics on the bill telling true-life yarns include Evany Rosen, Jon Blair, Ashley Comeau, and more. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 10 p.m., $5. Details
  • Music: Uma Nota‘s dance and live music events have gotten to the point that they fill large venues now, and have their own festival. But for a four year streak, they were held at the Gladstone Hotel’s Ballroom. Now they’re headed back to the Gladstone for an Uma Nota Throwback Edition, to celebrate the sixth year of the series, with returning guests like Mar Aberto SoundSystem and General Eclectic, and new guest Andycapp of Bang the Party. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 10 p.m., $5–$15. Details


  • 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

  • Theatre: So we’ve had a few long weekends, a few Jays wins, and a few sweltering days followed by a few rain showers…so why doesn’t it truly feel like summer yet?

    Because the Toronto Fringe Festival has yet to begin! But don’t worry, it will soon. Soon being Wednesday, July 3. Multiple venues, 12 a.m., Tickets $11 advance, $10 door. Details

  • Music: If you need further proof that Toronto hosts some of the best music festivals in the world, look no further than Toronto Urban Roots Fest. This multi-day, multi-stage event features over 30 bands to satisfy your indie-rock needs. Among some of the biggest performers are She & Him, The Hold Steady, Belle & Sebastian, and Neko Case. Fort York, Garrison Common (100 Garrison Road), 12 a.m., Prices vary. Details
  • Art:To Be Near You” is a new art exhibition that explores the relationship of colours and experiences to our existence. These uniquely abstract pieces of art come to you via artist Christina Wollesen. The opening reception is on July 4 at 7 p.m. While you’re at Hashtag, you also have the chance to check out their “Send-A-Postcard Wall”, which lets you send art to anyone in the world so they can enjoy the show too. #Hashtag Gallery (801 Dundas Street West), 12 a.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), 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., $29-$34, plus tax.. 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
  • Music: Cover band extraordinaire Dwayne Gretzky kicks off Indie Fridays, Yonge-Dundas Square’s weekly summer music night series, on June 28. The eight-piece rock ‘n’ roll cover band most recently played Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours album from beginning to end. Later in the summer, Indie Fridays’ feature acts include soul singer Saidah Baba Talibah (August 2), Polaris Prize shortlisters Plants and Animals (August 23), and hip hop innovator Cadence Weapon (August 30). Yonge-Dundas Square (1 Dundas Street East), 8 p.m., FREE. Details
  • Performing Arts: Henri Fabergé’s Feint of Hart is an epic cabaret/punk opera that combines music, theatre, and film to tell the tale of a young aristocrat “whose Dionysian free spirit meets the resistance of firm Edwardian rule.” Featuring a long list of performers who you’re probably already familiar with including Doldrums, Maylee Todd, Bob Wiseman, Kathleen Phillips, and more. The show will be broken up into multiple episodes over multiple days though the ticket price covers both parts. Click here for the full schedule. Videofag (187 Augusta Avenue), 8 p.m., $20. Details

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