Urban Planner: May 25, 2010
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Urban Planner: May 25, 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].

From left to right: improvisers Meags Fitzgerald (Calgary), Hannah Spear (Edmonton), and Tim Carlson (Vancouver), the first three of an eventual ten person (and city) super-troupe gathered from across Canada. Photo by Alex Tindal, courtesy of PROJECTProject.

LECTURE: Media matters are the crux of two discussions taking place this evening. The first is a panel talk entitled “Keeping An Eye on Journalism,” featuring three news editors with over one hundred years of journalism experience between them: Vince Carlin, John Racovali, and Kathy English (who should expect at least a few questions on the Toronto Star‘s recent gaffe). That gets underway at Innis Hall (2 Sussex Avenue) at 6:30 p.m., and costs $15 ($5 for students). The second event is a chat, organized by This Is Not a Reading Series, between The News: A Groundworks Guide author Peter Steven, and Torontoist’s Senior Editor Hamutal Dotan; the two will be discussing the evolving nature of print and online news in the twenty-first century. Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West), doors at 7 p.m. (discussion at 7:30 p.m.), $5 (FREE with book purchase).
IMPROV: The third annual Combustion Festival has quickly established a reputation for bringing exceptional improvisers from all over North America together for a week of performances and workshops. The workshops up the game of local performers, and the resulting shows, often featuring a mash-up of comics who’ve only recently met, are a joy to watch. Tonight’s second evening of 8 p.m. showcase performances will feature acclaimed Chicago duo Ted and Melody, and the Toronto debut of the cross-Canada assembled Tumbleweed Project; the 9:30 p.m. late show will feature festival mixed teams competing in Comedy Bar‘s popular Friday night format, Catch 23 Improv. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., $8 (single show)–$12 (both shows).
MUSIC: Tonight makes for some hard choices for music fans. For the experimental classical fan, there’s the Art of Time Ensemble, featuring Gregory Hopkins, at Harbourfront Centre‘s Enwave Theatre. If you prefer soul to classical and jazz, then Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings over at Sound Academy might be your thing. If you want to get down to some genre-bending NYC electro-rock, LCD Soundsystem is playing Kool Haus. However, frequent Torontoist readers know we’re big fans of Woodhands, so this would be our first choice; the dynamic duo (and, according to CP24, would-be mayoral candidates) will be talking about their past two releases and their touring experiences, with the Star‘s Ben Rayner, and will also be performing an intimate set. Harbourfront Centre Brigantine Room (235 Queens Quay West), 8 p.m., FREE.
PARTY: At least there’s a clear winner for best late-night event for music fans in Toronto tonight; LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy and Pat Mahoney will DJ their afterparty, with Jeremy Glenn also spending time behind the decks. Wrongbar (1279 Queen Street West), doors at 10 p.m., $10.