Urban Planner: August 16, 2010
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Urban Planner: August 16, 2010

Urban Planner is Torontoist’s guide to what’s on in Toronto, published every weekday morning, and in a weekend edition Friday afternoons. If you have an event you’d like considered, email all of its details—as well as images, if you’ve got any—to [email protected].

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The Beautiful City Alliance is looking to fill City Council chambers with supporters for increased arts and culture funding this morning. Photo by Meghan Janushewski, courtesy of Beautifulcity.ca.


In today’s Urban Planner, Beautiful City wants YOU at the City Council meeting, Red One Theatre opens a David Mamet play, and the Second City Tour Co. opens their new show, Live in 3D.

MEETING: In light of the recent Homegrown controversy, and the prospect that the federal government might use the issue to decrease federal arts and culture funding even further, it’s more important than ever that the City of Toronto use the money from the recently enacted billboard tax to increase municipal funding to levels on par with other North American cities. The Beautiful City campaign has helped shepherd the initiative since the beginning; now, they’re looking for people who are available to show up and show support at a City Council executive meeting this morning, where the City will decide the details over how the money from the billboard tax will be spent, and how much. Toronto City Hall Committee Room (100 Queen Street West), 10 a.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Feeling some withdrawal now that the SummerWorks Festival has wrapped? A new production by Red One Theatre aims to fill that void, even on a Monday, that traditionally dark night for theatre. The company is opening their production of David Mamet’s now-classic relationship dramedy Sexual Perversity in Chicago tonight, and while it’s not an original Canadian play per se, Red One Theatre has shown itself to be adept at taking American plays and making them their own. Unit C (102 Foxley Place), 8 p.m., $15.
COMEDY: The Second City Toronto Touring Company (colloquially known as Tour Co.) is the comedy equivalent of an NHL farm team; they’re honing their chops playing for audiences all over Ontario, and are often called up to the Main Stage. On Mondays, the Tour Co. gets a chance to play their own show at home, on the Main Stage revue’s one night off, and they have a new show that opens tonight, Live in 3D. It’s directed by The National Theatre of the World‘s Naomi Snieckus (who’s just wrapped Fiasco Playhouse, plus shows in The Summit Festival—where does she find the time?), and features players who’ve put time in with Bad Dog Theatre, The Sketchersons, Mantown, and many more troupes and companies. Second City (51 Mercer Street), 8 p.m., $12.

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