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Up Until Now dances in philosophical statements tonight at Winchester Street Theatre. Photo courtesy of Toronto Dance Company.
Today in Urban Planner: The Strumbellas in the Square, the tar sands get Hart Housed, a double theatre bill, and come See/come Say premieres.
MUSIC: It’s been a sweet (and free) summer of lunch hour Serenades in the Square, but Yonge-Dundas rocks out for last time today. Canadian musicians The Strumbellas, with a singular mix of alt-country harmonies, bluegrass instrumentation, and big pop hooks, will be serenading as you eat your sandwich and remember just how cold winter really is. Youge-Dundas Square, 12:30–1:20 p.m., FREE.
FILM: The University of Toronto, specifically your friends at Hart House, are launching the Conscious Activism Doc Series, which is exactly as it sounds: a weekly documentary to engage the mind, awaken the spirit, and get you thinking. Each screened film showcases the courage of the human spirit, and tonight it’s Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands, directed by Peter Mettler, a closer look at those damn dirty tar sands and what they say about Canada. Hart House Library (7 Hart House Circle), 6.30 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Smash hit Wicked, the story of The Wizard of Oz’s Wicked Witch, a bestseller turned Grammy- and Tony-winning musical (did you get all that?), lands in Toronto again following its sold-out 2005 run. The scoop: long before Dorothy falls from the sky, awkward roommate Glinda, the future Good Witch of Oz, is a stuck-up priss who turns on her green-faced friend for being different. What a total witch. Canon Theatre (244 Victoria Street), 7:30 p.m., $35–$129.
THEATRE: Or for something a little less mainstream, catch Up Until Now, choreographer Deborah Hay’s critically acclaimed work challenging the nature of performance, returning to Toronto for one week only at the Winchester Street Theatre. It’s also the launch of Toronto Dance Theatre’s 2010 season, where dancers rock “movements so basic and pure they seem like philosophical statements,” says NOW (they would). Shimmy on over to see what all the fuss is about. Winchester Street Theatre (80 Winchester Street), 8 p.m., $26 ($20 for students).
ART: come See/come Say—a monthly gathering hosted by b current Performing Arts Corp.—premieres tonight at Artscape Wychwood Barns. The art collective includes everything from performances to feedback, workshops to work mingling, or even just playing games. For today’s initial event, b current artists—filmmaker Nicole Brooks, Zambian visual artist Le’vi Lingwabo, and singwriter Rehaset Yohanes—explain their ideas and projects. Expect light refreshments and raw food treats. Artscape Wychwood Barns, Studio 251 (601 Christie Street), 8 p.m., donations welcome.