Photo of Ron Pederson, Kayla Lorette, Ted Dykstra, and Naomi Snieckus by Skye Reagan, courtesy of Impromptu Splendor.
COMEDY: The National Theatre of Canada creates a new Canadian play every week with Impromptu Splendor. Each Thursday, the cast presents a spontaneous one-act play, an improvised homage to theatre inspired by a playwright. The show takes on the selected playwright’s theatrical style and evolves from a title suggested by the audience. Colin Mochrie from Whose Line is it Anyway? guest stars tonight. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 8:30 p.m., $10.
LECTURE: Tonight, activist and rabble.ca founder Judy Rebick celebrates the launch of her latest book, Transforming Power: From the Personal to the Political as part of Pages Books & Magazines’ This is Not A Reading Series. She will moderate a discussion about social and political change in an age of globalization, mass communication technologies, and environmental crises. The panel includes Annahid Dashtgard of Anima Leadership, Debbie Field of Foodshare, Canada’s Economic Apartheid author Grace-Edward Galabuzi, and film director Velcrow Ripper. The Atrium at Ryerson University (245 Church Street), 7 p.m., FREE.
FILM: Five short films, created within five months, are being screened tonight based on the idea of “Villain.” They were commissioned by Trinity Square Video, Canada’s first artist-run centre dedicated to the production and exhibition of video. “Villain” forms part of a trilogy of new work inspired by classic film archetypes; the other themes in the series are “Icon” and “Anti-Hero.” Queer artist Keith Cole is hosting the event, and Radius and Helena are serving up a musical performance. There is also a post-screening after-party at River. Revue Cinema (400 Roncesvalles Avenue), 8 p.m., $6 members and $8 non-members.
PERFORMANCE: The Kreutzer Sonata, Leo Tolstoy’s dark novella about marriage, hatred, and sexual jealousy, gets theatrical treatment. The Art of Time instrumental ensemble performs Beethoven’s Sonata for Violin and Piano (the original inspiration for Tolstoy’s work) alongside the adaptation, which involves a series of duets performed by eleven dancers. The event is a marriage of contemporary ballet, classical music, and theatre. Enwave Theatre (231 Queens Quay West), 8 p.m., $39 or $25 for students/seniors/artists.
MUSIC: Canadian Music Week, the country’s largest annual showcase of local and international music talent, continues through to Sunday. Gene Simmons will be delivering a keynote speech this morning. Tonight’s packed line-up of gigs includes “poetic pop” musician Tanya Davis at the Cameron House, Montreal’s Jason Bajada at Clinton’s, Vancouver quintet Mother Mother at Supermarket, and the South African pop-rock group The Parlotones at the Annex Wreckroom. Please note that the show at the El Mocambo featuring Malajube is sold out. Various venues across the city, shows start from 7:45 p.m., tickets $10–$25, five-day wristband $50, one-day wristband $25 (check the schedule and specific shows for details).