Urban Planner: December 30, 2009
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Urban Planner: December 30, 2009

Urban Planner is Torontoist’s guide to what’s on in Toronto, published every weekday morning, and in a weekend edition Friday afternoons. If you have an event you’d like considered, email all of its details—as well as images, if you’ve got any—to [email protected].

20091230urbanplanner.jpg Image of The Princess and the Handmaiden designed by Key Gordon Communications and illustrated by Michael Byers. Courtesy of Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People.

THEATRE: The Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People (LKTYP) has a long-running history (forty-four years!) of providing both educating and entertaining programming. With a focus on youth, it has offered Drama School, classroom visits, and school performances since its inception. This season, the theatre is offering a number of productions especially for children and their families, including the musical The Princess and the Handmaiden. The performance, which is suitable for adults and children ages five through sixteen, is the tale of a good-hearted but pampered princess who is at odds with her rancourous and jealous hired help. Today is the closing day for this production, but the theatre also has plenty in store for the new year. Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People (165 Front Street East), 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., $15–20 (available online).
PERFORMANCE: The Free Times Cafe, an establishment that prides itself on being an intimate venue that hosts a variety of nightly entertainment, presents “The Sedina Show” tonight. Returning for a fourth installment, Sedina will offer “fierce, fabulous, and festive” cabaret, along with her special guests Amai Kuda, Jajube Mandiela, and Ania Soul, with musical accompaniment by Adam Weinmann. Free Times Cafe (320 College Street), 8 p.m., $10.
THEATRE: Join the Pevensie siblings as they embark on a journey to Narnia this holiday season, getting a taste of both adventure and Turkish Delight. The Walmer Centre is hosting a production of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, based on the fantasy novel by C.S. Lewis, which was the first from the Chronicles of Narnia series. The story comes alive through this condensed one-act play, which is suitable for adults and children ages five through eleven. Following today’s performances, the show will close with three more performances on January 2. Walmer Centre Theatre (188 Lowther Avenue), 2 p.m., 4 p.m., and 7:30 p.m., $10 in advance (available online) or $13 at the door.
MUSIC: On the fourth (and final) day of Boxing Day festivities, the Garrison is still getting things boxed up in preparation for the new year. They are showcasing some local talent for a holiday party, while collecting food items for those in need. As part of the “Boxing Day Special Festival and Food Drive” series, tonight’s lineup includes The Guest Bedroom, The I Love You Toos, Pony Da Look, Rat Tail, and a few special guests who are yet to be announced. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), 9 p.m., $2.99 and two non-perishable food items.
POETRY: Lisa Kingsley and Stephanie Malko of Toronto Poets are hosting their weekly open mic and poetry workshop tonight, “In(Side) the Veins.” Everyone is welcome to attend—both new and established writers—to explore their passion for poetry and find new inspiration. Participants should bring a pen and notepad, along with a few poems to share. Culturshoc (1205 Queen Street West), 8–9:30 p.m., FREE.