Urban Planner: October 21, 2008
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Urban Planner: October 21, 2008

PERFORMANCE: The Music Gallery launches its Space is the Place–themed X Avant New Music Festival tonight with a special collaboration between The Sun Ra Arkestra and Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie. The gala world premiere performance of “Hymn to the Universe” features the space-jazz sounds of the original 13-piece Sun Ra band, led by Marshall Allen, and the dance movements of Coleman Lemieux & Compagnie, choreographed by Toronto’s Bill Coleman. Palais Royale, (1601 Lake Shore West), 8 p.m., $40–$60.
COMEDY: Eight comics have had one week to deliver material on three pre-determined topics for tonight’s Stand-Up Showdown at the recently minted Comedy Bar. The battle of sharp wit will be hosted by Craig Brown and Tal Zimerman of the Sketchersons and judged by Mark Forward. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 9 p.m., Pay-what-you-can.
DESIGN: Ministry of the Interior, the Ossington Avenue interior design outfit, has begun leasing spaces around the city for short-term projects they are calling pop-up stores. This week, the hand-carved work of Swedish furniture designer Jens Fager is available for viewing and purchasing today until October 26. 368 Davenport Road, 10 a.m.–6.p.m., FREE.
LITERATURE: Bilingual author and feminist literary critic Lola Lemire Tostevin will be reading from her latest novel, The Other Sister, this evening, followed by a reception and book signing. Nicholas Hoare Books (45 Front Street East). 6–8 p.m., FREE.
Photo by Arieh Singer from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.