Urban Planner: December 1, 2010
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Urban Planner: December 1, 2010

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Yup, count ’em, 300 Tapes. Photo courtesy of The Theatre Centre.

It’s World AIDS Day in Toronto: Voices of Hope charity concert and poetry reading on CBC Radio 2, plus treating yourself well, Shakespeare gets hip with the kids, and 300 Tapes puts your life under the microscope.

WORDS: Listen up, ladies. If you’re all work, all the time, or if your high-maintenance friends always come first, or your higher-maintenance mother has you grabbing her groceries again this week, this is the pep talk for you. Women’s Post presents writer-slash-supermom Kathy Buckworth and matchmaker guru Gloria MacDonald as guest speakers with tips on how to fit bits of bliss into your wild workweek. Networking to follow. Urban Barn (275 King Street East), 6 p.m., $20 (special discount for Torontoist readers here).
MUSIC: Casey House hosts Voices of Hope, a benefit concert for World AIDS Day, featuring a cappella legends The Nylons, cabaret chanteuse Jean Stilwell, pyrotechnic electric violinist Dr. Draw, and more, all raising bling for the 1 in 120 Torontoians who are HIV positive. After the performance, linger in the courtyard for a candlelight ceremony, with a mug of hot cider and cookies, as the bell tower is illuminated by glowing red light. Metropolitan United Church (56 Queen Street East), doors open 6:30, FREE (suggested donation of $20).
THEATRE: If you’re sick of artsy snobbery and confusing metaphors, make the trek uptown (and maybe a lil’ further) to get back to basics with the students at Richmond Green Secondary School. Their musical theatre class is performing a modern take—expect to hear “Love the Way You Lie” and even Journey’s classic “Don’t Stop Believin’”—on Shakespeare’s As You Like It. They’ll be performing in their school cafeteria, but the play’s set in Kensington Market and other well-known Toronto hoods. Even better news for the theatre-phobes? It’s all rewritten in modern English with current lingo. Richmond Green Secondary School (1 William F. Bell Parkway), 7:30–9:30 p.m. (same time on Saturday too), $10/$7 for students.
THEATRE: Imagine recording your life on 100 tapes. Record. Rewind. Play. Listen. Stop. That’s the spooky premise—and spookier reality—of three men from The Theatre Centre’s Residency Program. Each recorded a hundred tapes of memories for an archive of fact (or is it fiction?) exploring how memories are shaped and warped by ourselves and others. The result is 300 Tapes, a bold experiment—performed with professional choreography and sound design—that’ll make you question just about everything in your boring little life. The Theatre Centre (1087 Queen Street West), 8 p.m. (through until December 12), $22/$15 students.
WORDS: Today on The Signal with Laurie Brown, in honour of World AIDS Day, CBC Radio 2 will broadcast a recording of the world premiere of Dark Star Requiem. The dramatic oratorio, penned by poet Jill Battson and composed by Andrew Staniland, explores a quarter-century-long history of the AIDS pandemic via mesmerizing lyrics. Critics are raving: The Star called it “artistically adventurous and intellectually provocative”; Classical Music Guide described “a work of vital dramaturgy and lasting, thought-provoking power.” Don’t miss all the hype for a good cause. The Signal with Laurie Brown, CBC Radio 2, 10 p.m.–midnight, FREE.