Urban Planner: May 10, 2010
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Urban Planner: May 10, 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]

Cerebral and profane stand-up comic Nick Flanagan will be reading lecture notes instead of jokes from his notebook tonight, at this month’s Trampoline Hall; his topic is “happiness & misery as inspiration.” Photo courtesy of Paul Perrier.

FILM: So, Hot Docs has wrapped up, and you’ve seen your fill of real life tragedy and comedy? How about cleansing your cinematic palate with some classic horror escapism? Roman Polanski’s chilling tale of a woman and her “special” child, Rosemary’s Baby, screens at the Bloor Cinema this afternoon as the first of two Polanski films (the second being The Tenant, at 9:10 p.m.) to bookend the recent Andy Garcia–led ensemble drama City Island. The Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), 4:15 p.m., $5 members, $9 non-members.
LECTURE: It’s time for another edition of the perennially popular lecture series Trampoline Hall. The rule of thumb is that the invited speakers must lecture about a topic they’re not officially experts on. This month’s edition is curated by Daniel Vila, and will feature Val Uher, Luca Lucarini, and Nick Flanagan. Advance tickets sold out in a day or two, as per usual, so you’ll want to get there considerably earlier than 7:30 p.m. to ensure yourself a seat. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), 7:30 p.m. doors (show at 8 p.m. sharp, no latecomers admitted), $5.
READING: Tonight’s the opening of a new works festival produced by the Harold Green Jewish Theatre. In The Beginning: A Jewish Playwright’s Festival will feature a new play every night for four nights, utilizing noted local actors and directors to give the new works a solid first reading. Tonight’s opener, Michael Ross Albert’s Pillars of Salt, is directed by Joel Greenberg and features eight actresses, including Linda Kash, Rosa Laborde, and Lisa Horner. Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre (750 Spadina Avenue), 7:30 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY: Comedy Bar already has a popular competitive improv show in their calendar (Friday night’s weekly Catch 23 Improv); now, several past and present members of house troupe The Sketchersons have launched a monthly sketch throwdown. Sketch Wars features “4 troupes, 3 topics, 2 judges,” and the competing troupes are required to write all new material in less than a week. Tonight’s contestants include Elephant Empire and Shoeless, and the sketches will be judged by real life couple Norm Sousa (Punch Drysdale, The Sketchersons) and Robyn Dell’Unto. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., $5.
PARTY: Factory Theatre celebrates forty years of producing exclusively Canadian theatre with a star studded gala tonight, featuring VIPs such as Gordon Pinsent, Andrew Moodie, and Atom Egoyan. The evening will include performances by Emma Lee, the Michael Herring Quartet, and composers Allen Cole and John Roby, as well as victuals from Amuse Bouche Restaurant, Pelham Winery, and other local establishments. The full gala evening ticket ($125) includes champagne and canapes, special guests, and a VIP reception; a more frugal ticket ($75) for the still lavish after party, which gets under way at 9 p.m., offers the chance to hobnob with the city’s cultural elite after they’ve had a few drinks and loosened their bow ties. Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst Street), 9 p.m. (VIP reception at 6:30 p.m.), $75–$125.

CORRECTION: MAY 11, 2010 A small error, but one we’ve made before: Trampoline Hall does take place monthly on a Monday, but it does not take place on a schedule so fixed as the “second Monday of the month.”