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Jesse Nerenberg as Harry Potter as Alan in Equus. Photo by Daniel DiMarco/courtesy of the University of Toronto.
In today’s Urban Planner: OCADU artists for sale, do like they do at Talking Stats, the International Pop Overthrow Festival stops at the Rivoli, Daniel Radcliffe isn’t naked at Hart House, and Save the Tranzac with your laughs.
ART: OCAD University (get used to that now) isn’t too fancy for its much-anticipated annual Whodunit? OCADU Mystery Art Sale. You know the drill: anonymous artworks—be it paintings, photographs, sculptures, textiles, graphic works, or illustrations—are all sold for a bargain $75 to raise bling for OCADU’s artsy student body. The ninth annual event doesn’t go public until Saturday, but invite yourself to the free public preview at noon or the much-less-free public gala later for some cocktails and a sneak peak, all with an auctioneer and even a DJ. OCADU (100 McCaul Street), Preview 12–6 p.m./Gala 6:30–10 p.m., FREE (Gala tickets $150).
TALK: Listen up, artists: if your dream to paint doesn’t quite mesh with your dream to pay your rent, the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery at the University of Toronto has some crazy ideas. Tonight’s talk isn’t about the nature of art, the value of art, or the social meaning of art—it’s strictly the business of art. Talking Stats 1: Artists features the fully disclosed economic reality—what they make, buy, hoard, owe, and anticipate for the future—of fourteen Toronto artists and writers. Learn how and if they fund their craft, who really funds the arts in Toronto, and whether or not they ate today. Better quit your day job right now, we say. The Music Room at Hart House (7 Hart House Circle), 7p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: It’s the city’s fourth anniversary of the International Pop Overthrow Festival—a pop music event that aims to give every worthy band the chance to play in a festival atmosphere. Popping up in many cities across North America, including Boston, NYC, LA, Chicago, Seattle, Vancouver and, of course, Toronto, the local IPO holds all shows at The Rivoli, and features thirty-something up-and-coming performers including The Strange, Dave Rave, and Broomfiller. The Rivoli (334 Queen’s Street West), 8p.m. (through until Saturday), $10.
THEATRE: It’s cheap Wednesday at Hart House Theatre! Written by Tony Award–winning playwright Peter Shaffer, Equus is the recently re-popularized production starring (a very naked) Daniel Radcliffe. Don’t expect Harry Potter to stop by, but U of T’s take on the provocative story of a psychiatrist trying to understand why a boy blinded six horses is equally revealing (metaphorically, of course) about personal values and social prejudice. Directed by MFA student Elenna Mosoff of Reefer Madness fame. Hart House Theatre (7 Hart House Circle), 8p.m. (through until November 27), $25/$10 students.
COMEDY: Beloved community venue the Tranzac, looking to solve a cash crunch, is launching their fundraiser series with tonight’s comedy showcase, featuring popular acts like sketch troupe Falcon Powder (Best of the Fest award, 2010 Toronto Sketchfest), Kathleen Phillips (best character comic in town), Daniel Stolfi, and many more. Sandy Jobin-Bevans, who’s performed in many shows on the Tranzac stage, will be hosting, and there will by club members on hand to explain how membership (with a base price of $25) has its privileges. Tranzac Main Hall (292 Brunswick Avenue), doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m., $8 at the door.