Urban Planner: August 25, 2010
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Urban Planner: August 25, 2010

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The Cowgirl Choir (pictured here in nautical fashion, for a change) will be performing a capella versions of classic roots and country songs at the Piston tonight. Photo by Stephanie Tonietto.

In today’s Urban Planner: a fundraiser for a cancer documentary features comedy, music, and magic; Rich Aucoin wants you to come and party in costume at his EP release; Carnegie Hall features comedy, music, and Naked Fridays(?); and The Cowgirl Choir will sing some sweet strains at the Piston tonight.

FUNDRAISER: Laughter and Hope, an evening of entertainment in support of a documentary detailing two families’ fights against ovarian and prostate cancer entitled Below the Belt, will feature stand-up Andrew Johnston, musician Dylan Munro, magician Bobby Motta, host Shelly Marshall, and more. A portion of the proceeds will also be going to charities fighting these two cancers. Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen Street West), doors at 7:30 p.m., $40.
MUSIC: A recent review of Rich Aucoin’s new EP Public Publication by Coke Machine Glow hits the nail on the head when describing the Haligonian party starter’s goal: “Aucoin doesn’t want everyone to hear his music, he wants everyone to be a part of it.” Watch these clips of him jumping into the audience at an East Coast Music Association show, surfing the crowd at Evolve 2010, or pulling a sizable crowd as a last-minute replacement at the recent Osheaga festival, and you’ll understand just what that means. Tonight’s EP release is Halloween Party–themed, with a prize promised to every person who shows up in costume. Tiger Bar (414 College Street West), doors at 8:30 p.m., $10.
COMEDY: The National Theatre of the World‘s weekly vaudeville variety show this week features improv from Jim Annan and Carly Heffernan, music from Marissa Gregoris and Laura Barrett (who recently collaborated with the troupe at Fiasco Playhouse during SummerWorks), and Naked Fridays (we’re as curious as you are). Bread and Circus (299 Augusta Avenue), 9:30 p.m., PWYC.
MUSIC: Fresh off appearances at the Local on Roncesvalles last week and at Fiasco Playhouse during SummerWorks (where they were one of the acts that helped make the Performance Bar our number two pick of the festival), this twelve-member choir sings songs of love and loss, including covers of Gillian Welch and Dolly Parton. There’s precious little information about tonight’s show at the Piston (is there a theme and are there other acts?), but we’re confident in recommending you show up sometime around 10 p.m. to see these ladies harmonize. The Piston (937 Bloor Street West), 10 p.m., PWYC.