Urban Planner: November 9, 2010
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Urban Planner: November 9, 2010

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Actor/comedian John Leguizamo brings his bottomless comic energy to Toronto in his new one-man autobiographical show Ghetto Clown.

Today in Toronto: a youth-centric theatre takes a hard look at bullying, the Reel Asian Film Festival kicks off, and actor/comedian John Leguizamo begins his new one-man show.

THEATRE: Bullying has been a hot topic in recent weeks, inspiring thousands to contribute to the It Gets Better Project, including several Canadians. In response to this critical issue—as well as in anticipation of Bullying Awareness Week in Canada on November 13—the Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People will be staging Routes, a one-man play that explores the issues of isolation and violence in high school. The performance explores not only violence in schools, but also the violence that occurs at home and in the community, and how it’s processed through the eyes of a fifteen-year-old boy. The Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People (165 Front Street East), 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., $15–$20.
FILM: The Reel Asian Film Festival gets off to a high-kicking start tonight with an opening night screening of Clement Cheng and Derek Kwok’s martial arts pastiche Gallants. The screening kicks off a week of films collected from across Asia and Canada, including a medley of vignettes about Toronto’s Asian diaspora in Suite Suite Chinatown. A ticket to tonight’s film also includes access to the opening night gala party at Century Room, featuring DJ Jun on the tables. For a quick cheat sheet on what not to miss in this year’s lineup, check out our festival preview. Bloor Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), 7 p.m., $20.
COMEDY: Actor and comedian John Leguizamo has worn many hats in his cinematic career, be it a Shakespearean chapeau in Romeo + Juliet or a demonically clownish cap in Spawn. Though best known for these big-screen roles, Leguizamo also has a strong history of bringing more personal material to the stage, having created and performed several autobiographical works. Ghetto Clown is the latest of these efforts, a tale of how the comic used his humour to get from Queens to Hollywood. Directed by his friend and fellow actor Fisher Stevens (who just won an Oscar for his hard-hitting documentary The Cove), Ghetto Clown begins an eleven day run in Toronto tonight. If you can handle a few f-bombs (and loved The Pest as much as us) then this is a show for you. Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street), 8 p.m., $65.