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THEATRE: Fallen Rock Productions presents the tale of six awkward and over-achieving middle-schoolers who are duking it out in The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Fans of the documentary Spellbound will appreciate these quirky kids who share a love of language and the desire to spell exorbitantly difficult words. This one-act musical comedy also includes an improv aspect, with members of the audience acting as guest spellers and participating in the Bee. The show runs through Sunday with matinee and evening performances. All proceeds will benefit the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario. Bathurst Street Theatre (736 Bathurst Street), 12:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., $20–40.
TALK: Born out of the annual Pug Awards, which recognize the city’s best and worst in architecture and planning—voting is open until the end of May, and we already showed you our favourites and least-favourites—the first of two Pug Talks happens tonight with a conversation about public realm. “Space Between Buildings” will be moderated by local art and architecture writer John Bentley Mays and will include a panel comprised of City Councillor Adam Vaughan (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina), Marianne McKenna of KPMB Architects, Elyse Parker of the City of Toronto’s Transportation Services, Gary Switzer of MOD Developments Inc., and Ron Palmer of the Bloor-Yorkville Business Improvement Area. If you’re planning to attend, be sure to RSVP online. Bata Shoe Museum (327 Bloor Street West), 6 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: The Australian indie rock collective The Middle East bring peace in the form of heart-warming tunes laden with gentle vocal harmonies over acoustic guitar, banjo, glockenspiel, piano, and trumpet. The seven-piece ensemble has had a busy couple of months: in March, they gained notoriety after doling out solid performances at Austin’s SXSW, while in April they opened for Pavement at California’s Fox Theater, as well as playing alongside the band at Coachella. Tonight’s show will provide an intimate venue for experiencing songs from the band’s debut EP, The Recordings of the Middle East. Horseshoe Tavern (368 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $10.50 in advance or $12 at the door.
MUSIC: Lula Lounge has been a fixture on Dundas West for nearly a decade, offering an array of world-fusion entertainment. In celebration of the club’s eighth anniversary, LULAWORLD kicks off tonight with a performance by the Latin jazz ensemble, Bomba, featuring bassist Fito Garcia and vocalist Marlin Ramazzini. The festival, which runs through May 30, will showcase global music from Canadian and international musicians. Be sure to grab a bite to eat while you enjoy a show, as Lula Lounge boasts a menu as diverse and plentiful as the musical offerings. Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas Street West), 8 p.m., $10.
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