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Is the lizard Keith Richards? Buzz band Sandman Viper Command face off against The Balconies and other special guests in tonight’s Rolling Stones VS. Beatles cover night at Sneaky Dee’s. Photo courtesy of Audio Blood.
In today’s Urban Planner, the SummerWorks Festival continues into its final weekend; the Hot and Spicy Food Festival dices, spices, and raps; proponents of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones face off on stage; Kung Fu Fridays finds a new home; and a mayoral candidate puts aside his “night job” to focus on the campaign.
THEATRE: The SummerWorks Festival is still going strong. We’ve already posted our cheat sheet to the Theatre Series, and also want to point out that Torontoist contributor Johnnie Walker‘s one-man show Redheaded Stepchild is the only play to have received five N’s from NOW Magazine. But there’s something for everyone at this festival, even if you’re not keen on watching theatre; the Music Series, the Playground (which has amended its hours so that partiers can get in touch with their inner child until 1 a.m.), and the SummerWalks tours are all proving popular. For the full schedule and venue information, visit the festival’s website. Various venues, various times, various prices.
FOOD: Harbourfront Centre‘s Hot and Spicy Food Festival kicks off today, running all weekend with demonstrations, tastings, and entertainment. Today’s menu highlight will feature a medley of all three; rhyming chef Philman George will be cooking and rapping at 7 p.m. on the Redpath Stage. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 6–11 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: It’s one of those polarizing debates that can shatter relationships and turn friends into foes: who’s better, The Beatles or the Rolling Stones? Local buzz bands The Balconies and Sandman Viper Command, as well as a few friends from other bands like Dinosaur Bones, Fox Jaws, Clothes Make the Man, and more, will be taking the fight to the stage tonight. May the best band covering the best band win! Sneaky Dee’s (431 College Street), doors at 9 p.m., $5.
FILM: TIFF Midnight Madness programmer Colin Geddes has been persuaded by the fine folks at Toronto Underground Cinema to bring back the popular Kung Fu Fridays program, which is relaunching at their cinema as Son of Kung Fu Fridays. The first film to kick off the schedule is Mad Monkey Kung Fu, a personal favourite of Geddes. Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue), 9:15 p.m., $8.
CABARET: Mayoral candidate Keith Cole, whom we wrote about recently with regards to his performance in the Hidden Cameras’ SummerWorks show, is taking his candidacy seriously—seriously enough that he’s putting his popular cabaret show on hiatus to focus his abundant energy on the campaign—but not before one final blowout. Tonight’s Keith Cole Experience (subtitled French Exit Redux!) will feature a bevy of guests from previous shows, including Jonathan Osborn, Yura’s Cabaret, and Twilight. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street), doors at 10:30 p.m., $7.