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Five characters (and an author, Paul “P.K.” Kingston, at centre, sitting) in search of a play; The Void is one of the new one-act works on display at the Bad Dog Short Play Festival this week. Photo by Denise Grant.
In today’s Urban Planner, artists, musicians, and community friends of Musa rally to help the fire-gutted restaurant; improv venue Bad Dog Theatre hosts a week of new (written) one-act plays; and Hercules and Love Affair returns to Toronto with a deeper house sound.
FUNDRAISER: A fundraiser for the fire-ravaged Musa Restaurant happens tonight at owner Amy Fleischman’s other Dundas Street establishment, The Magpie. Musical guests will include members of White Cowbell Oklahoma and The Golden Dogs, and there will be all the usual fundraiser trimmings, including a silent auction of local artwork and a raffle. There are plenty of people in the neighborhood and local artistic communities who are still pining for the loss of Musa, so the cozy Magpie is likely to be packed (if you’re a fan, but can’t make it to the party tonight, they’re accepting donations here). The Magpie (831 Dundas Street West), 7 p.m., PWYC.
THEATRE: Normally a place where quick-witted improvisers make it up on the spot, Bad Dog Theatre plays host to a Short Play Festival this week. It makes a lot of sense when you consider that many comedy shows, such as Second City’s mainstage productions, are built around improv performance. Some of the plays on the schedule (like this evening’s Loose Connections) are premiering at the festival, and some have been produced elsewhere (tonight’s Grouch on a Couch recently played the Ottawa Fringe Festival, and Married to A Jackass Blues debuted at the Hamilton Fringe), but they’re all making their Toronto debut. Shows start every evening at 7 p.m., with a new play every hour, on the hour, with the last show starting at 10 p.m.; see Bad Dog’s website for the full schedule. Bad Dog Theatre (138 Danforth Avenue), 7 p.m., $12 ($10 for Bad Dog students).
MUSIC: Hercules and Love Affair, NYC DJ Andy Butler’s own musical romance, has wrapped their new album (due in September), and are touring this summer with a stripped-down sound, featuring Butler spinning most of the elements with vocalist Kim Ann Foxman front and centre. The duo play the Mod Club tonight, and while fans of Antony Hegarty might be a tad disappointed to hear that the Antony and the Johnsons singer isn’t featured in the new material, those fans who show up ready to groove should be excited to hear that Butler promises a “harder hitting and deeper” house sound. The Mod Club (722 College Street), 9 p.m., $18.50.