Urban Planner: March 17, 2009
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Urban Planner: March 17, 2009

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Photo from Spring Awakening by Paul Kolnik, courtesy of Mirvish Productions. Pictured: Anthony Lee Medina, Andy Mientus, Matt Shingledecker, Kyle Riabko, Blake Bashoff, and Ben Moss.

THEATRE: Tony Award–winning rock musical Spring Awakening starts its month-long run tonight at the Canon Theatre. Adapted from the 1891 play by Frank Wedekind, the decidedly alternative musical (with a score by Duncan Sheik and lyrics by Steven Sater) follows the sexual discoveries of formerly oppressed teenagers living at the turn of the nineteeth century in Berlin. The play, when it was first released, was initially banned in Germany because its not-so-feel-good topics include abortion, suicide, and rape. Parents all across the province are sure to grimace as their puberty-stricken daughters and sexually ambiguous sons announce they simply have to go see a bunch of former child actors take their clothes off on stage. But seriously, this musical is supposed to be really good. Canon Theatre (244 Victoria Street), 8 p.m., $28–$89.
ART: Although visual artist Erin Finley‘s exhibit “Berlin” has been on display at the Rivoli since March 8, the opening reception with the artist in attendance is tonight. “Berlin” was inspired by late 1970s punk performer Nadia Nefariously, in particular her affair with Lou Reed; which, as legend has it, first began when Nefariously (nefariously) put out a cigarette in Reed’s back on Queen Street West in our very own Toronto. DJ-ing at tonight’s three hour reception are DJs Gay and OB/GYN. “Berlin” is presented by Downtown Art and Sound, a new organization that will showcase both international and local artists through monthly exhibitions. Until April 11. Rivoli Lounge (334 Queen Street West), 7–10 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Tonight at Rancho Relaxo, join promoter Dan Wolovick for an exciting edition of his Two Way Monologues music series. Playing tonight are the United Steel Workers of Montreal, local indie prog rock team Spookey Ruben, and Ryan Shearing (playing a solo performance). As well, the Facebook event listing promises the Rancho Relaxo will not just be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day by hanging decorations, but also Kurt Russell‘s birthday, by screening highlights from Russell’s filmography all night. For the shoegazing Irishman in you. Rancho Relaxo (300 College Street), 9 p.m., $8.
KIDS: In the interest of kids learning “real skills,” we briefly considered not promoting the gaming event for kids that dorkARMY is presenting today at the Gladstone Hotel. But then we remembered how we were when we were kids, and when we were kids we would have wanted to go to this, and we would have eventually convinced our parents. There will be gaming stations featuring Guitar Hero, Dance Dance Revolution, Mario Bros., and Lego Star Wars, among others. The drop-in event will run until 4 p.m. and is absolutely free. While this event requires that you be a kid, dorkARMY also hosts monthly gaming events for adults. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West), 10 a.m.–4 p.m., FREE.

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