Urban Planner: August 19, 2010
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Urban Planner: August 19, 2010

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Cuban rap artist Telmary performs tonight as part of the Havana Cultura Festival, running from today until Sunday.

Tonight, the Toronto After Dark Film Festival updates a gory classic, Open Roof Films continues its screening series, Joe Orton’s What the Butler Saw premieres at Soulpepper, and the Havana Cultura Festival brings Cuba to Canada.

FILM: The Toronto After Dark Film Festival ends tomorrow, so why not take in a gory double bill while you’ve got the chance? First up is Black Death, which takes place in medieval England and revolves around a monastery that hires a notorious witch-hunter, played by Sean Bean, to get to the bottom of suspected witchcraft in a pagan village. Following that is I Spit On Your Grave, a gruesome remake of the famous and controversial 1978 rape-and-revenge classic about a young woman who seeks vengeance after being gang-raped and left for dead. As a bonus, director Steven R. Monroe will be on hand after the film for an audience Q&A. Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), Black Death: 7 p.m., I Spit On Your Grave: 9:45 p.m., $13 per film.
FILM: Open Roof Films continues its delightful outdoor screening series tonight with Bryan Poyser‘s Lovers of Hate. The pitch-black comedy focuses on Rudy, a struggling writer who goes to surprise his hotshot brother, only to discover that his brother is schtupping Rudy’s ex. The bigger problem? Rudy is hiding in the apartment while they tryst. The film premiered at Sundance to rave reviews and received further acclaim during its wider release earlier this year. As always, the screening will be preceded by a musical performance, this time from singer-songwriter Michael Kulas. Sorry, kids, tonight’s screening deals with mature themes, so only adults over the age of eighteen will be admitted. Amsterdam Brewery (21 Bathurst Street), box office at 7 p.m., doors at 7:30 p.m., band at 8 p.m., screening at 9 p.m., $15.
THEATRE: In a career that spanned only three years (1964–1967), British playwright Joe Orton made a name for himself with his outrageous, farcical black comedies, whose scandalous and often sexual humour made him both adored and reviled in the British theatre scene. Soulpepper takes on Orton with its production of What the Butler Saw, which originally premiered in the London’s West End in 1969, two years after the playwright’s death. The comedy, combining Orton’s particular brand of cheeky irreverence, focuses on the wily attempts of a psychiatrist to seduce his sexy new potential secretary. Although previews begin tonight, the show officially opens on August 25 and runs to September 18. Young Centre for the Performing Arts (55 Mill Street, Building 49), 7:30 p.m., $31.20–$49.50 (preview price).
FESTIVAL: Now in its third year, the Havana Cultura Festival showcases some of the best of what Cuban culture has to offer—cigars, rum, and rumba. The four-day festival kicks off tonight with an event celebrating one of the most coveted Cuban imports at the Havana Cultura Cigar Lounge, which will take over Reposado’s back patio and feature cigar-rolling demonstrations and a complimentary cigar for each guest. Reposado (136 Ossington Avenue), 9–11 p.m., FREE. Also happening tonight is a free concert by Cuban rapper Telmary, known for her signature style combining hip hop, trip hop, and jazz, known as “mucho flow Cubano.” Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., FREE.