Urban Planner: January 6, 2009
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Urban Planner: January 6, 2009

MUSIC: Tuesdays are instrumental surf nights at Mitzi’s Sister—no doubt due to the booking inclinations of Dodge Fiasco drummer Sean Dignan. This week the crazy carnival of sound Camp Combo plays, with Great Bob Scott on drums, Rachel Melas on bass, Nichol Robertson on guitar, and Fred Spek leading on sax and vocals. Mitzi’s Sister (1554 Queen Street West), 10 p.m., pay-what-you-can.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Doom and gloom predictors warn us that we are in for economic woes similar to the Great Depression of the 1930s. For a raw glimpse of real depression-era folk from Arkansas, visit the Mike Disfarmer exhibit at the Stephen Bulger Gallery, on until January 31. Disfarmer’s glass-plate portraits were completely forgotten until the mid-’70s, but restored over a two-year period beginning in 2004. Stephen Bulger Gallery (1026 Queen Street West), 11 a.m.–6 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Drummers in Exile hosts an open drum circle every Tuesday night at the WreckRoom. The group promises freestyle fun for everyone. Look for details about an upcoming potluck/bring-your-own-art costume party. The Annex WreckRoom (794 Bathurst Street), 8–12 p.m., pay-what-you-can ($2–$5 suggested).
THEATRE: Four actors perform the parts of thirty characters for Second City alumnus Tracy Dawson’s first full-length work Them and Us (on until January 31). The play is a series of tragically funny vignettes about the improbability of love. The “them” and “us” of the title refer to “men” or “women,” depending on your own gender. Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue), 8 p.m., $15–$35.
Photo of Fred Spek by Kneil Spek, courtesy of Camp Combo.