National Post columnist Ben Kaplan is proof that regular guys can become competitive marathon runners. Feet, Don’t Fail Me Now: The Rogue’s Guide to Running the Marathon—a product of his experience—straddles the line between memoir, guidebook, and inspirational self-help bible. Containing weekly training schedules, and pro tips on nutrition, shoes, and running form, this book aims to transform the greenest amateurs into advanced runners in just one year. Staying true to his music journalist background, Kaplan also includes a list of great running tracks recommended by artists like the Black Keys and Dolly Parton. Join him for an evening of music, celebrity appearances, and sneaker giveaways at the launch party.
You can surmise a couple of things from the title of Stewart Lemoine’s play, receiving its Toronto debut 18 years after its Edmonton premiere. Like The Exquisite Hour, which producing company the Theatre Department launched with in 2012, Pith! is not much more than a hour—brevity being the soul of wit, after all. Pithy does in part mean concise, but “pith”? Well, it can mean “the essence,” and this play is concerned with getting to the essence of play, and by extension, a play.
Jack Vail (Ron Pederson) is a sailor and adventurer who, on a whim, decides to see what sort of adventures can be had in Providence, Rhode Island, in the summer of 1931. He’s just disembarked from a long sea voyage, and craves more genteel company, which he decides he’ll find at a Sunday church service and social. His attention is quickly drawn to a woman in mourning cloth and to her slightly less subdued companion, whom he finds sobbing over a plate of pie outside after the service. She introduces herself as Ms. Nancy Kimble (Amy Matysio), and shares the sad tale of her employer Mrs. Virginia Tillford (Daniela Vlaskalic), who has held out hope for a decade that her husband will return from a trip to South America, where he vanished.
If we know Torontonians, we’re sure that everyone is dying—er—undying for an opportunity to see a zombie host a late-night television program. Which is why we want to tell you about Mullet’s Night Show, a variety showcase for comedians, musicians, and other performance artists. Hosted by Mullet the Zombie Clown, this debut event at the Rivoli will see appearances by sketch and improv group 2-Man No-Show, musician Alissa Vox Raw, spoken word artist Bruce Hunter, and Marvel comic book artist Leonard Kirk, and stand-up by Sandra Battaglini and Mullet’s co-host Robin Archer.