COMEDY: This week’s Sketch Comedy Lounge is hosted by Andrew Johnston, former Video on Trial comic. Featured guests are The Imponderables (the clowns behind The Waldo Ultimatum). Ron Sparks, another Video on Trial alumnus, will read from his desk. The Chapuda Brothers also perform. The Rivoli Back Room (332 Queen Street West) 9 p.m., pay-what-you-can.
THEATRE: Calgary troupe One Yellow Rabbit give their opening performance of Sylvia Plath Must Not Die. The play looks at the lives of Anne Sexton and Sylvia Plath using the poets’ own words. The focus is on the height of Sexton’s and Plath’s careers in the 1950s, when both women were working as poets and as housewives. Young Centre for the Performing Arts (55 Mill Street, building 49), 8 p.m., $20–$30.
WORDS: Shani Mootoo launches her book Valmiki’s Daughter at This Is Not A Reading Series and has a discussion with Sri Lankan–born author Shyam Selavadurai about the dark underbelly of certain family relationships. Gladstone Hotel, second floor (1214 Queen Street West), 7:30 p.m., $5.
WORDS: The Art Bar Poetry Series hosts two award-winning poets and a spoken word artist. Di Brandt has ten published books of poetry behind her. Adam Sol won the Trillium Award for Poetry in 2004. Nordine Beason goes by “The Storm.” Need we say more? Clinton’s (693 Bloor Street), 8 p.m., FREE.
Photo of The Imponderables by Daniel Banko.