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Detail of Michael DeForge’s Scott Pilgrim release party flyer for tonight’s Beguiling launch.
In today’s Urban Planner, Scott Pilgrim‘s final chapter inspires a street festival, Trampoline Hall raises funds for This Ain’t The Rosedale Library, We Are Scientists play the ‘Shoe, and Marcia Johnson hosts an evening of music, comedy, and karaoke in support of her upcoming Summerworks play Say Ginger Ale.
LECTURE: This month’s edition of Trampoline Hall is a fundraiser for This Ain’t The Rosedale Library, the embattled and beloved indie book store whose doors remain chained shut. Curator Kelly Jenkins has selected Amanda Happé, Buffy Childerhose, and Chris Reynolds to lecture on (respectively) “Winging It,” “Lovesickness,” and “My Pet Worms”; as we’ve frequently warned our readers, Trampoline Hall always sells out, so plan to get there with plenty of time to spare. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), tickets at the door on sale at 6:30 p.m., doors at 7:30 p.m., showtime at 8 p.m., $5.
FUNDRAISER: Playwright Marcia Johnson, busy of late writing Dora-nominated operettas for Tapestry New Opera and plays for the Blythe Festival, will be revisiting her stand-up career for the first time in years tonight, in support of her play Say Ginger Ale, which is being produced for the Summerworks Festival next month. Tonight’s fundraiser will also feature live music by Chris Tsujiuchi, raffle draws, and karaoke late into the night by DJ Cajo (anyone who hasn’t gotten the chance to sing by last call could always head upstairs to XO Karaoke). Clinton’s Tavern (693 Bloor Street West), doors at 8 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m., $10.
COMICS: It’s finally here. As of midnight tonight, the sixth and final book in the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World series hits bookshelves. Local store The Beguiling is throwing a big bash to celebrate, with guest of honour author (and former employee) Bryan Lee O’Malley in attendance. The store has gotten a number of their neighbours in on the festivities, with The Central hosting local indie bands, The Plum Tomato serving up a special menu, and Butler’s Pantry hosting the Toronto Hand-Eye Society, who will be playing classic 8-bit games all night (yes, you can play, too). It all sounds like the evening is shaping up to be a Scott Pilgrim–inspired street festival that will go into the wee hours of the night, with O’Malley signing copies of his new tome after midnight, and we can’t hardly wait—we’re on record as being pretty big fans of the series, after all. The Beguiling (601 Markham Street) and other venues, 9 p.m. start, 12 a.m. signing, FREE.
MUSIC: NYC’s We Are Scientists are bouncing back and forth across the Atlantic this summer, touring in support of their new album Barbara. For their show tonight at the Horseshoe Tavern, they’ve brought UK ex-pat Lightspeed Champion with them. The show gets underway at 9 p.m., with opener Rewards. The Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., $18.