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ART: With respect to actual urban planning, Gallery 1313 is hosting an exhibition on transformational approaches to architectural spaces and their impact on urban communities. “Architecture of Community” features artwork in the gallery’s main space by OCAD faculty member and mixed-media artist Paul Aloisi (a.k.a. TheSnowyOwl) and sculptor Taliya Cohen, who frequently employs waste and raw materials in her pieces. The main gallery will also host work by Alisdair MacRae and Jaclyn Meloche, while the process and cell gallery will feature pieces by Zeesy Powers, Pat Rice, and Kurt Rostek. A neon glow will emit from the gallery’s window box, which will house an installation by Derek Liddington. Following today’s opening and tomorrow’s reception (7 p.m.), there will be a panel discussion, artist talks, and storytelling sessions leading up to the exhibition’s end on January 24. Gallery 1313 (1313 Queen Street West), 1–6 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: The Fringe Festival is offering up some entertainment to get you through the long winter in anticipation of this summer’s festival. Now in its third year, the Next Stage Festival is featuring eight productions that boast a rich melange of themes: death, war, family, loss, religion, and justice. The festival, which runs through January 17, opens tonight with performances of Just East of Broadway, Buried, Quite Frankly, and Making of St. Jerome. We will be reviewing plays throughout the festival, so stay tuned to Torontoist for more coverage. Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst Street); 7 p.m.; tickets $12–15, festival passes $48–88 (available online).
MUSIC: Supermarket is a live venue that prides itself on offering fresh and often locally grown talent as part of its weekly pay-what-you-can “Wednesday’s Go POP!” series. Tonight’s show will open with Hamilton singer-songwriter Matt Paxton (9:30 p.m.), who will be playing pensive and heartfelt songs inspired by his time living in Hess Village. Terra Lightfoot (10:15 p.m.), a recent recipient of the Ontario Arts Council Popular Music Creation Grant, will follow, playing a variety of folk-infused songs from her forthcoming debut record. The Balconies (11 p.m.), who hail from Ottawa, will headline the show and deliver a high-energy set of power-pop tunes before embarking on a tour of southern Ontario and the East Coast. Supermarket (268 Augusta Avenue), Doors at 8:30 p.m., PWYC.
THEATRE: After attending a conference commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary of The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, playwright Michael Healey was inspired to write the second play of a trilogy as a follow-up to his 2006 award-winning production, Generous. In Courageous, Healey employs satire while examining the charter as it is lived by ordinary Canadians: through gay marriage, religious freedom, and a liberal immigration policy. The play opens today and runs through February 7 with evening and weekend matinee performances. Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Avenue), 8 p.m., $10–32 (tickets available online).