In today's Urban Planner: artificially intelligent folk music, singing along with Sandy and Danny, and celebrating Captain Canuck.
- Music: Here’s something straight out of a science fiction movie: an artificially intelligent being that composes music! LIVINGSTON has access to a database containing of all Canada’s folk creations and, having digested it, has produced transcriptions of original musical progressions and lyrics. To celebrate the release of his first album—Artificially Intelligent Folk Songs of Canada—the Vol. 1 Band, Misha Bower, Marshall Bureau, and JJ Ipsen will be performing the computer-generated tracks at Tranzac. TRANZAC (292 Brunswick Avenue), 7 p.m., $10. Details
- Film: U of T’s Cinema Studies Student Union knows that there are worse things you could do on a Thursday night than participate in a Grease Sing-A-Long. Which is (obviously) why it has organized such an event. Those who show up in leather jackets, poodle skirts, skin-tight high-rise pleather pants, and other such costumes will have the chance to win prizes! Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Avenue), 7 p.m., FREE. Details
- Comics: In anticipation of ComicCon, the Great Hall is hosting the world premiere party for Captain Canuck, the Series 1 Finale. Catch a sneak preview of the episode, find out details about series two, and take in Canuck-themed performances by Daniel Greaves (The Watchmen, Doctor), Wordburglar, and Mark Holmes (Platinum Blonde). The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., FREE. Details
- Comedy: The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival (TOsketchfest) returns for its 9th year to promote the best of scripted live comedy, with a lineup of over 40 troupes from across North America. Not to be missed are the live reading of Kids In The Hall: Brain Candy, a headlining performance of Gavin Crawford’s Sh**ting Rainbows, or the Slings and Arrows panel with Mark McKinney, Susan Coyne, and Bob Martin. Multiple venues, 8 p.m., $15-$39. 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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