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Jeanne Beker and Barry Flatman host the annual Scrabble® With the Stars tournament tonight, which raises funds for the Performing Arts Lodges, Toronto. Photo courtesy of DW Communications.
FUNDRAISER: It’s time to put those hours spent on your iPod playing Words With Friends to good use. The annual Scrabble® with the Stars tournament is tonight and those of a philanthropic nature are invited to match wits with Canadian celebrities to raise funds for the Performing Arts Lodges or PAL, Toronto. Tonight’s event is hosted by Jeanne Beker and Barry Flatman, and among the celebrity wordsmiths are Jayne Eastwood, Peter Kent, Gordon Pinsent, and Colin Mochrie. PAL helps Canadian artists working in film, theatre, and television receive proper health care and affordable accommodation. It operates PAL Place Toronto, a residence that houses many members of the Canadian entertainment industry. Grand Banking Hall (1 King West), 6:30 p.m., $150 for a single seat ($500 for a reserved table)
YOGA: Centre Of Gravity—Toronto’s hub for vaudeville theatre and circus training—has added a new studio on top of their old one. With Studio G’s grand opening comes a slew of new programs for both young and old. The studio will host a variety of classes on the hoola hoop, improv, vaudeville acts (like clowning, slapstick, and buffoon), and, for this first week, they will offer their four different yoga classes for free. Today’s class, “Freedom Flow,” will be a mix of different yoga systems (like hatha, vinyasa, yin, and restorative). All you have to do is bring a mat and some friends and you’re ready to get centred. Centre of Gravity, Studio G (1300 Gerrard Street East), 10:30–11:30 p.m., FREE.
DESIGN: Last year the Praxis II Design Showcase featured the first-year Engineering Science Praxis students showing off designs they created to improve the TTC. This year, the students broadened their scope to improving the design of the entire city, including cycling and pedestrian safety, imagining a pedestrian mall, and harnessing wind power. Their finished designs and prototypes will be on display today, where you’re encouraged to question the students about their work. Bahen Centre Atrium (40 St. George Street), 9 a.m.–5 p.m., FREE.
LECTURE: Visual artist Sholem Krishtalka curates Trampoline Hall this month. Actor Marc Bendavid will lecture on the perfect baguette, makeup artist Margot Keith will divulge her passion for wigs, and John Caffery will teach everyone how to dance in public. Tonight’s lecture will feature set design by Bojana Stancic. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West); doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m.; rush tickets are $6 at the door.