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Are you pondering what he’s pondering? Chris Gibbs brings his dimwitted detective’s sidekick Antoine Feval back to Theatre Passe Muraille. Photo by Kurt Firla.
In today’s Urban Planner, learn about the Atlantic (and drink like a fish) at the Toronto Reference Library, play trivia to benefit a children’s charity, help Sonja Mills’ upcoming play The Bird fly by attending a star-studded fundraiser, and catch one-night-only revivals of hit plays at the Suitcase Series.
READING: Simon Winchester, the author of Krakatoa, will chat with CBC’s Quirks and Quarks host Bob MacDonald about his new book, Atlantic: The Biography of an Ocean. There’ll be a cash bar reception beforehand (how often do you get to openly drink booze at the library?), and MacDonald will sign books after the conversation and Q&A. Toronto Reference Library, Bram & Bluma Appel Salon (789 Yonge Street), doors & reception at 6 p.m., event at 7 p.m., FREE.
FUNDRAISER: Union Eight Theatre has enlisted some funny and fearless women (and one guy) to help with their fundraiser, For THE BIRDs. Musician Evalyn Parry, actor/playwright Edwige Jean-Pierre (co-winner of Summerwork’s 2010 Spotlight Award), and co-hosts Maggie Cassella and Shawn Hitchens will be participating in a tribute to playwright Sonja Mills‘ film (and stage series) Dyke City, with many more special guests slated to appear. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street), 8 p.m., $25.
TRIVIA: The Pour Boy Pub has a weekly Monday night trivia game, the profits from which benefit the Horizons Children’s Centre. It’s a cozy spot (with a decent selection of draughts), the game’s fun, and several Torontoist contributors are regulars, putting their accumulated, mostly useless knowledge to good use, for a good cause. Pour Boy Pub (666 Manning Avenue), 8 p.m., PWYC.
THEATRE: National Theatre of the World member and Fringe Festival favourite Chris Gibbs brings his hit one-man comedy Antoine Feval, his most accomplished play, back to Toronto for one night only as part of Theatre Passe Muraille’s two-day Suitcase Series. Gibbs has just returned from performing his show (about a bumbling sidekick to a Sherlock Holmes–type anti-hero) in Nelson, British Columbia over the weekend, so it’s tuned up and ready to delight new viewers (or fans looking for another fix of his exceptional comic timing); it will follow a 7 p.m. performance of The Middle Place, which recently ended its successful run. Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue), 8:30 p.m., $10.