Urban Planner: March 9, 2009
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Urban Planner: March 9, 2009

Photo of Sharron Matthews by Jeremy Clay courtesy of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.

THEATRE: Musical theatre artist and camp queen Sharron Matthews hosts an all-star Canadian cast tonight. Sing Out, Louise! kicks off a month of fundraising activities in support of Buddies in Bad Times, the oldest and largest queer theatre in Canada. Thom Allison, Damien Atkins, Jenni Burke, and Patricia Zentilli, among others, will be joining her for the musical cabaret. Buddies in Bad Times (12 Alexander Street), 8 p.m., $25.
LECTURE: Jon Davies curates this month’s anything-goes mini lecture series, Trampoline Hall. The event is structured around three short lectures, each delivered by someone who holds no particular expertise on the chosen subject, to create frank and relaxed conversational theatre. Tonight, Grant Heaps speaks about the word “earnest,” Kelly Jenkins explores the origins of Mormonism, and Katie Bethune-Leamen talks slang in “I don’t like it if it don’t bling bling: Some Thoughts on Argot, Jargon & Slang.” Sneaky Dee’s (431 College Street), 8 p.m., rush tickets available at the door starting at 6:30 p.m., $5.
THEATRE: Theatre Passe Muraille’s tri-annual event, BUZZ, presents creative new works in their infancy and asks audience members to participate in and follow up with their development. Tonight’s launch party presents vignettes from Five Hole: Tales of Hockey Erotica, a show that combines hockey and sex by exploring a myriad of love stories through our national pastime. BUZZ continues until this Thursday, and each night—all of them free after this one—boasts a different line-up of artists presenting their new work. Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue), 7 p.m., tickets available at door for $15, cash only.
ART: Originated in the polyrhythmic innovations of James Brown in the 1960s, funk is making a comeback. Justina M. Barnicke Gallery’s current exhibition, Funkaesthetics, considers funk from its birth—at the time of Black consciousness and the struggle for civil rights—to its contemporary manifestations as spiritual gospel, blues, rock ‘n’ roll, and jazz. There will be a roundtable discussion tonight with curator Luis Jacob, music professor Gage Averill, and others. Hart House Music Room (7 Hart House Circle), 6 p.m., FREE.
FILM: The University of Toronto Film Festival welcomes film and video pieces from emerging artists as well as established filmmakers, and celebrates short work from students in particular. U of T alumni including Atom Egoyan, Don McKellar, and David Sector have presented in the past. Screenings begin tonight at Innis Town Hall with a celebratory kick-off party at the Duke of York at 10 p.m. Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Avenue), screenings at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., tickets are $8 or $5 for students/seniors and they cover the entire night.