In today's Urban Planner: an abstract film about the power of art, dropping some Degrassi knowledge, and ’70s cable-access hilarity.
- Film: Cinema Politica takes a look at the power of art in Mars at Sunrise. This abstract film follows the struggles of two artists on opposite sides of Israel’s militarized borders, and explores the ways creativity can sustain one’s body and spirit in even the most treacherous of situations. Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), 6:30 p.m., PWYC. Details
- Trivia: You were there for the first times, the heartbreaks, the pregnancies, and a whole lot of other awkward teenage situations. Now, harness those memories and turn them into prizes and prestige with the Degrassi edition of TV Trivia Night. Form a team of six people and get ready to answer a slew of questions in the form of skits, audio clues, and straight-up trivia. Special treats are in store for those who come dressed up (and really, how can you resist the ’80s fashions?). Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., FREE. Details
- Comedy: Your two favourite ’70s feminists are back for another round of Terrific Women. Presented in the style of a cable access program, the night of sketch and stand-up comedy sees comediennes Steph Kaliner and Sara Hennessey welcome many of their funny friends, including Carolyn Taylor, Dawn Whitwell, Lianne Mouladin, David Dineen-Porter, Nigel Grinstead, Joel Buxton, and DJ Demmers. The Ossington (61 Ossington Avenue), 9 p.m., PWYC. Details
- Art: Virginia Woolf once remarked that “on or about December 1910, human character changed.” Whether it actually did is debatable, but the curators of “The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection 1910–1918” use that year to start their exhibition of works from a tumultuous decade of innovation in European fine art. Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West), all day, $16.50–$25 (includes general admission). Details
- Fashion: Ichimaru—once one of Japan’s most famous geishas—left the profession in the 1930s to pursue a career in entertainment. Never really leaving her past life, she became known for adorning herself in the traditional geisha garb when performing in concert or on television. “From Geisha to Diva: The Kimonos of Ichimaru” exhibits several decades’ worth of outfits and personal effects, shedding light on the woman behind the makeup. Textile Museum of Canada (55 Centre Avenue), 11 a.m., $6–$15. Details
- Art: Artist Sarah Anne Johnson delves into life’s most intimate moments in “Wonderlust.” Using photography and visual arts, she explores the emotional attachment, romance, and self-consciousness that come with sex. Stephen Bulger Gallery (1026 Queen Street West), 11 a.m., FREE. Details
- Theatre: Bollywood is the force that brings two stories of self-exploration together in Same Same But Different. After her mother’s life is changed by a run-in with the world of Indian cinema, Aisha—a Canadian-born actress—realizes that she must face her prejudices about nationality and skin colour in order to rise to stardom. Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace (16 Ryerson Avenue), 7:30 p.m., PWYC–$32.50+HST. Details
- Dance: Told through South American music and dance, Arrabal is the story of a young girl desperate to find out what happened to her father after the Argentine military made him disappear when she was just a baby. Her search leads her to the Tango clubs of Buenos Aires, where she discovers both the truth, and herself. Panasonic Theatre (651 Yonge Street), 8 p.m., $44–$84. Details
- Theatre: Is the right time to have a child simply when you’re emotionally and financially ready? Is bringing another carbon footprint–leaving creature onto our planet really the responsible thing to do? British playwright Duncan Macmillan poses these neurotic questions and more in his slightly off-kilter love story, Lungs. Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Avenue), 8 p.m., $21–$25. Details
Theatre: The image most commonly associated with Franz Kafka’s most famous work, the 1915 novella The Metamorphosis, is that of a giant insect trapped inside a bare, dirty room with a rotting apple lodged in his back—the bug was formerly a man named Gregor Samsa, and the room was formerly his bedroom. As we all know, this distressing and inexplicable transformation from man to bug happened in an instant, although its emotional and literary after-effects have been haunting English students ever since.
The stage adaptation of The Metamorphosis by the Icelandic company Vesturport Theatre and London’s Lyric Hammersmith, on now at the Royal Alexandra Theatre with Mirvish Productions, is much more watchable than this introduction would suggest. The only bug you’ll see in this version is a trick of light and shadow. And that’s not the only trick up this show’s sleeve (or perhaps antenna?). Royal Alexandra Theatre (260 King Street West), 8 p.m., $25–$99. Details
- Theatre: You can be taken out of a war, but can you truly remove the war from within you? This question is posed in Kawa Ada’s The Wanderers, a Buddies in Bad Times production about a father and son who flee a battle-worn Afghanistan. Though they start a new life in Canada, the horrors from their homeland refuse to be left behind. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street), 8 p.m., PWYC–$37. Details
- Theatre: A man, a woman, and a major life decision. That’s what makes up Tarragon Theatre’s Marry Me a Little. Set to a score of rare Sondheim pieces, this Craig Lucas and Norman René story sees a young couple grapple with love, commitment, and the daunting future. Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Avenue), 8 p.m., $21–$53. Details
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