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THEATRE: Since 1989, the Alumnae Theatre Company has prided itself on offering playwrights, directors, and actors a venue to showcase new Canadian works with the New Ideas Festival. The festival, which runs through March 27, is divided into three week-long segments and will feature eighteen plays and staged readings. Week one begins tonight with four plays: Join The Club (Suzanne Courtney and Leora Courtney-Wolfman), An Inked Heart, Act I (D.J. Sylvis), A Very Different Place (Carol Libman), and Ashes to Ashes (M.P. Fedunkiw). Alumnae Theatre Company (70 Berkeley Street), 8 p.m., $15 or $35 for a festival pass.
ART: The Quaff Café, which opened last fall and has since become a favourite neighbourhood destination for coffee and sweets, is hosting a collaborative art project that pays homage to all the people you’ve yet to meet who cohabit the city. “1000Strangers” combines Larry Yuan’s urban photography and Hilary Leung’s stranger sketches to form playful images that capture people going about their business against the backdrop of Toronto’s streetscape. The show runs through April 2. Quaff Café (668 Queen Street West), 8 a.m.–7 p.m., FREE.
LECTURE: You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have… President Obama’s first year in office, according to Bill Fletcher Jr. Fletcher is a labour activist, executive editor of The Black Commentator, and author of Solidarity Divided who is giving the twenty-first annual Phyllis Clarke Memorial Lecture entitled, “Operating in the Obama Movement: Challenges for Progressives.” Fletcher’s talk will focus on the Obama administration’s successes and failures thus far. The event is being put on by Ryerson University’s Department of Politics and Public Administration and CUPE locals 223, 1281, and 3904. Ted Rogers School of Management, Cara Commons (55 Dundas Street West, 7th floor), 7 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY: The boys are back in town. John Paul Tremblay, Robb Wells, and Mike Smith—better known as Julian, Ricky, and Bubbles—have once again found themselves Drunk, High, and Unemployed. After seven seasons on Showcase and two feature films, the Trailer Park Boys are making a second appearance at Massey Hall (we’re surprised that they allow trash like this at such an esteemed venue). The low-brow comedy routine will include new material but the same ol’ shenanigans: boozin’, dope smokin’, and shit disturbin’. Massey Hall (178 Victoria Street), 8 p.m., $49.50–59.50.
MUSIC: Canadian Music Week, the twenty-eighth annual celebration of home-grown musical talent, begins today. The festival will feature seven hundred artists playing in forty-five clubs throughout the city. Stay tuned to Torontoist for daily preview posts, reviews, and much more throughout the week—starting later today.