Urban Planner: April 20, 2010
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Urban Planner: April 20, 2010

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].

The Broadway company of Rock of Ages, which opens tonight at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. Photo by Joan Marcus.

THEATRE: Journey, Whitesnake, and the indelible Bon Jovi—all things the ’80s will never let us forget. But why would we ever want to? That is the reasoning behind the latest jukebox Broadway musical to come to town, Rock of Ages. The show revolves around an impressionable small-town girl and a long-haired city boy (you see where this is going…) who meet in a Los Angeles club and fall in love to songs of the ’80s. It features Yvan Pedneault as Drew, Elicia MacKenzie as Sherri, and several Styx and Foreigner songs you forgot you love. Royal Alexandra Theatre (260 King Street West), 8 p.m., $28–150.
POLITICS: With a mayoral election looming in October, the Better Ballots Initiative has kicked their campaign for ballot reform into high gear, holding a string of town-hall meetings this month to discuss their proposals. The group argues that Toronto is not being properly represented by our city council, and that ballot reform can fix this disparity. They have fourteen different proposals to show community members in tonight’s Scarborough Town Hall, with other town-hall meetings scheduled at City Hall and in Etobicoke later this month. Scarborough Civic Centre, Committee Room 1 (150 Borough Drive), 7 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Alt-country singer Kathleen Edwards has taken up residency at the Drake Hotel for the next three weeks. Tonight is the first of three consecutive Tuesday night shows for Edwards, who has been busy rehearsing songs from her fourth studio album due out later this year. The Polaris Music Prize nominee will likely include a smattering of her new work alongside favourites from her catalogue of folksy tunes full of love and heartache. Drake Hotel, Underground (1150 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $20.
ART: To celebrate the Gardiner Museum’s special exhibit, From the Melting Pot into the Fire: Contemporary Ceramics in Israel, the Consulate General of Israel has sponsored a free admission day today at the museum. You can use this opportunity to check out the From the Melting Pot exhibit (featuring thirty-seven pieces that exemplify contemporary art and life in Israel), or view some of the museum’s permanent collection. Gardiner Museum (111 Queen’s Park), 10 a.m.–6 p.m., FREE.

CORRECTION: APRIL 20, 2010 The lead photo for this article was initially captioned as “The cast of Rock of Ages, which opens tonight at the Royal Alexandra Theatre”; more accurately, it’s the Broadway cast that’s pictured (not the Toronto one).