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Today at Varsity Centre: Perdita and Priscilla are way better and stronger than you. Photo Courtesy of the University of Toronto.
In today’s Urban Planner: a high jump that won’t hurt your self esteem, the random kickoff of Random Acts, Bixi dreamin’, and remembering your twelve-and-a-half-year-old self.
SPORTS: The University of Toronto pairs with our pals at Athletics Canada to host the 2010 Canadian Track & Field Championships. If track and field brings back terrible memories of sucking at high jump in elementary school, good news: you’d need only sit on the sidelines as Canada’s best track and field athletes—including Perdita Felicien and Priscilla Lopes-Schliep, and not you—hurdle and triple-jump at Varsity Centre. Even better: no condescending participation ribbon. The Varsity Centre (299 Bloor Street West), 10 a.m.–6:30 p.m (and through until Saturday), $10 (Wednesday–Thursday), $20 (Friday–Saturday), tickets here.
FILM: The Capitol Event Theatre—one of the oldest venues in Toronto—is tonight’s home for Random Acts of Culture: a kickoff of, uh, random events of, you know, culture. Tonight’s show is a movie night, and we’re going classic with George Melies’ A Trip to the Moon and Salvador Dali’s Un Chien Andalou. Too weird? Pulp Fiction’s playing later, and we know you remember that one. Oh, and Random Acts is always seeking random thoughts, so those with artistic skills, talents, and aspirations—we know you think you have them—are invited to speak up already and use this awesome space. The Capitol Event Theatre (2492 Yonge Street), 7 p.m.–late, FREE.
PARTY: Toronto’s bike share dream Bixi—that would be part bicycle, part taxi—needs your support tonight at the Gladstone Hotel. It’s worked thus far in Montreal, London, and Melbourne, but the tentative 2011 Toronto initiative still needs a hefty $600,000 in sponsorships and a thousand interested individuals for their year-round, hassle-free bike trade—all yours for a bargain $95 annual subscription. For just three round-trip cab-rides to the Ossington Strip, you’ll get unlimited use of the Bixi system in convenient thirty-minute intervals—not to mention better thighs. Show your interest (there’s free food and entertainment at the BIXI Bash, too) on Queen West. The Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Kristen Thomson performs the one-woman phenomenon I, Claudia for just two hometown shows (the super-successful play is off next to Edinburgh, lucky thing). It’s a heart-wrenching mapping of one misfit adolescent: Claudia, age twelve-and-a-half, who suffers threefold from puberty, unpopularity, and her parents’ divorce. Thomson uses masks to portray not just Claudia, but her grandfather, her dad’s new squeeze, and the school janitor—no wonder the Crow’s Theatre darling scored the Dora. Theatre Centre (1087 Queen Street West), 8 p.m. (through until tomorrow), $60.