An urban planner, a flâneur, and a cultural director walk into a salon… The Toronto Public Library welcomes the City of Toronto’s Chief Planner Jen Keesmaat, writer Shawn Micallef, and Regent Park’s Cultural Hub Director Seema Jethalal to a special edition of its Star Talks series, entitled Toronto Ideas Jam, for a wide-ranging discussion of ideas for Toronto’s future. There will be a cash bar reception from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., at which point the discussion, moderated by Toronto Star columnist Royson James, is set to begin. RSVP is required for the limited number of (free) tickets.
One of Toronto’s theatrical highlights last year wasn’t held on a stage, didn’t cost any money, and appeared once every four weeks or so, for just a single night at a time. It was indie theatre company Small Wooden Shoe‘s Difficult Plays and Simple Songs, for which the company and its friends would gather together in a Parkdale home in the midst of renovations to read plays aloud and sing. Artistic director Jacob Zimmer spoke to us about what inspired the series, what makes a difficult play so difficult, and what can be expected when Difficult Plays resumes on November 25.
Theatre company Nobody’s Business is presenting Scheherazade, a new adaptation of the classic 1001 Nights, this coming January at the Next Stage Theatre Festival. To raise funds for the large ensemble production, the company is hosting a storytelling fundraiser, complete with a fine meal. At 1001 Bites, attendees will get to be among the first diners to visit the new Playa Cabana Barrio, a Mexican restaurant in Koreatown. Stories will be spun in between courses by local talents like Paul Hutcheson, Erin Fleck, and Sam S. Mullins.
It’s too rare that comedians and theatre actors share a stage, though it happens far more often in TV and film. For the comedy show Mixed Company, veteran improvisers like Colin Mochrie, Aurora Browne, and Sandy Jobin-Bevans pair off with stage actors like Christine Horne (Farther West), M. John Kennedy (No Exit), and Grace Lynn Kung (Yukonstyle). Given that many of these performers have shared screen time in shows like Rookie Blue, Murdoch Mysteries, and Being Erica, they’ll no doubt enjoy tripping each other up for laughs.
This event’s price was originally listed as $8, when it should have been $10. We regret the error.