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Vintage vaudeville duo Parker and Seville have a great line-up of twenty-first century comics guesting on their show tonight. The cover price is a real throwback, too—a measly nickel. Photo by Tracey MacIsaac.
VOLUNTEER: The Backyard Urban Farm Company is helping Humewood House, a non-profit resource centre for young parents, celebrate its one hundredth anniversary by donating their time today to install a centennial garden on the historic property grounds. BUFCO owners Marc Green and Arlene Hazzan Green (yes, that’s actually the couple’s surname) will be relying on Volunteer Toronto participants to help install not just an attractive garden, but one that the resource centre can use to grow organic vegetables for its residents, while teaching them the skills to do so for themselves. Spectators (and perhaps some additional volunteers) would be most welcome. Humewood House (40 Humewood Drive), 10 a.m. onwards, FREE.
FILM: The buzz surrounding Canadian horror/sci-fi film Splice, about two scientists engaged in illegal genetic manipulation, is focused on its wrong-on-several-levels inter-species sex scene; the Toronto Sun, in typically understated fashion, proclaims it a “shocker.” But as forbidden lust goes, the film adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s novel Lolita, about a repressed man who falls for a precocious pre-teen, remains the gold standard. Cinematheque Ontario screens the Stanley Kubrick–directed dark comedy tonight as part of its summer series, which launched last Thursday. Jackman Hall, Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West), 7 p.m., $10.14/regular, $5.90/students, seniors, kids, members.
THEATRE: Soulpepper‘s production of David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross has been extended for just four shows to this upcoming Saturday, and tonight is likely your best bet to buy tickets for (or rush) the show. Audiences can’t seem to get enough of the company’s stellar line-up of actors, men who relish digging into the profanity and machismo-laced dialogue that’s Mamet’s trademark in his most popular play. Of particular note in the production is Eric Peterson; the veteran of stage and screen was just nominated for three Dora Mavor Moore Awards for his performances in Billy Bishop Goes to War, Hamlet, and Of the Fields, Lately. Young Centre (55 Mill Street, building 49), 7:30 p.m., $37–$70 ($29 students), rush tickets one hour before show ($20, $5 students).
COMEDY: Step right up, folks, and see the zany antics of those two vagabonds of vaudeville, Parker and Seville, in the fifth installment of their Ville-Park series! See the pair trade zingers with curmudgeon Mr. McGudgeon (Tim Gilbert)! See the chameleon character work of dame Kathleen Phillips, the sly and silly stand-up of man-child Pat Thornton, and much more! But what’s that, you say? Brother, you can’t spare a dime? Well, set your mind at ease, chum—you won’t need more than a nickel to take this show in. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 9 p.m., 5 cents.