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Chris Craddock’s Public Speaking (pictured) and Morro and Jasp Gone Wild rank among the best Fringe shows we’ve seen since our Cheat Sheet to the Fringe Festival came out on Tuesday. Both play at noon today. Photo by Ian Jackson, courtesy of Beefy Geek Productions.
In today’s Urban Planner, the Fringe enters its final weekend; Show & Tell Gallery displays comic book and heavy metal–inspired exhibitions; Just For Laughs shows off the best of international, national, and local comedic talent; and Beats, Breaks, and Culture brings the party.
FRINGE: Overwhelmed by the sheer enormity of the Fringe Festival? Daunted by the overflowing programme? We are here to help! Our guide to some of the very best of this year’s Fringe shows will help you have a better festival experience.
ART: The Show & Tell Gallery opens a pair of exhibitions this evening that are designed to appeal to a crowd that might not normally check out fine art. Australian artist Anthony Lister’s The Beauty of Failure features comic book icons like Wolverine and Wonder Woman as trashy twenty-first century celebs, and internationally exhibited Toronto local Niall McClelland’s Sabbath Sold Soul is inspired in part by Ozzy Osbourne’s old heavy rock band. Show & Tell Gallery (1161 Dundas Street West), 7–11 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY: The Toronto Just For Laughs Festival started as an offshoot series of showcases in 2007, almost as an afterthought to the main Montreal festival. Now, the Toronto version has become a full festival in its own right. Along with internationally known comics like Russell Peters and Aziz Ansari, local talents are getting their shot at stardom—some unexpectedly. Comedy Bar proprietor and Sketcherson member Gary Rideout Jr., faced with a last-minute hole in his schedule when headliner Phil Nickol cancelled due to illness, will be performing his own one-man show Beer League tonight. The show has had just two workshop performances to date. We’ve seen it, however, and can attest that Rideout, who strips to his skivvies out of hockey gear (several times) while regaling the audience with stories of being the mouthy, little troublemaker in his dad’s rec league, has a good shot at impressing some JFL talent agents. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 9 p.m., $10.
MUSIC: Harbourfront Centre’s Beats, Breaks, and Culture Festival runs all weekend, featuring a selection of Canadian and global hip-hop and electronic music talent. The MixMotion series in particular sounds fascinating; the free late-night party will allow participants to use projection technology to draw and animate all over the space while bands (like tonight’s Sports: the Band and Rich Aucoin, who has a penchant for getting the audience involved in his sets) keep the dancers (and artists) grooving late into the night. Harbourfront Centre Brigantine Room (235 Queens Quay West), 11 p.m.–2 a.m., FREE.