LECTURE: Join urban experts Brian Andrew, Mark Kingwell, and Jay Pridmore at the ROM for a discussion on large-scale urban development. The talk, Shanghai: City of the Future?, is presented by the Institute for Contemporary Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum and complements the ROM’s current exhibition, Shanghai Kaleidoscope. Royal Ontario Museum (in the Signy & Cléophée Eaton Theatre), 7:30 p.m., $10 ($6 for Friends of the ICC, $8 for ROM Members).
THEATRE: Tony Award–winning musical Avenue Q opens in Toronto for a month-long run as part of the show’s North American tour. Best described as Sesame Street for adults, the show is absolutely hilarious and unlike any musical you’ve ever seen (numbers include “Everyone’s A Little Bit Racist,” “The Internet Is For Porn,” and the immortal classic “I’m Not Wearing Underwear Today”). The show is presented by DanCap, and tickets can be purchased through their website. Elgin Theatre (189 Yonge Street), 8 p.m., $50–$90.
MUSIC: Toronto indie band Europe In Colour are playing at the Tranzac. Joining them is electro artist/Torontoist staff member Hmmm (better known as Andrew Pulsifer). The Southern Cross Lounge at the Tranzac (292 Brunswick Avenue), 10 p.m., PWYC.
FILM: This week’s free film at Harbourfront Centre is Sofia Coppola’s 1999 hit, The Virgin Suicides. Go simply to see what might be Kathleen Turner’s best cinematic performance ever. The film also features a wicked soundtrack with songs by Air, Sloan, and Heart. Sirius Stage at Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 9 p.m., FREE.
Photo of Shanghai’s Oriental Pearl Tower by HKmPUA.