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Photo of Bremner Duthie in his one-man show, Whisky Bars, by Peter Maur.
THEATRE: In Whisky Bars, Bremner Duthie tells the story of a desperate cabaret performer at a show that might be his last. He has the attention of only one critic, and he has to try every trick he knows to get a good review. With a mix of comedy, music, and tragedy, Whisky Bars has impressed in Fringe Festivals across the country and in Europe. Duthie’s one-man show features music by German-American composer Kurt Weill, whose generally dark material is a good fit for this performance. Whisky Bars runs until March, but tonight’s preview performance has a discounted price, which is always a good thing. Bread and Circus (299 Augusta Avenue), 8–9:30 p.m., $10.
POETRY: Admittedly, we did list Art Bar Poetry Series on last week’s Urban Planner, but tonight they’re doing things a little differently. The 11th Annual Art Bar Discovery Night is a little bit like American Idol, only there’s less tone-deaf dreamers. For Discovery Night, up to twenty poets can sign up to present their work and be judged by the audience. After three rounds of performance and voting, the last poet standing wins a feature reading at the Art Bar in April. Poets are free to work in any style, as long as each piece is no longer than three minutes, and there’s no props, costumes, or musical instruments involved. Clinton’s Tavern, Art Bar (693 Bloor Street West), sign-up begins at 7:30 p.m., pay-what-you-can.
FILM: Guy Maddin, for those not in the know, is a Canadian filmmaker whose feature film, My Winnipeg, and short, Heart of the World, were recently voted among TIFF Cinematheque’s Best of the Decade. He’s in town for a week-long lecture series on his work, hosted by the man himself. Tonight’s lecture, “May I Blow My Bugle Now? My Life in Clips,” is an illustrated lecture of his major influences and favourite films. The series will culminate in a screening of Brand Upon the Brain! this Friday night. Look for Torontoist’s coverage of Maddin’s lecture series later this week. Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Avenue), 7 p.m., FREE.
DANCE: Full Bloom is a dance performance featuring four accomplished dancers in their forties. Robert Glumbek, Kevin O’Day, Luches Huddleston Jr., and Roberto Campanella explore themes of mortality, strength, and the role of men in both society and dance, all while facing the challenges that come with aging. Full Bloom premiered at Ballet Mannheim in Germany last year, and will be performed at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts until the end of this week. Distillery District, Young Centre for the Performing Arts (55 Mill Street), 8 p.m., $30 ($20 for students).