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Clown sisters Morro and Jasp are wearing their best frocks for tonight’s Winter Formal Crapshoot. Photo by Alex Nirta.
In today’s Urban Planner, experts debate a controversial hip-hop compendium, a cornucopia of theatre and music, and the Elephants in the Room dress up for the Winter Formal Crapshoot cabaret.
DEBATE: A recent book entitled The Anthology of Rap is sparking fierce debate amongst hip-hop aficionados due to its inclusions and omissions. Rap artist Masia One, Exclaim! Magazine Beats and Rhymes editor Del Cowie, and University of Toronto professors Christian Campbell and Karina Vernon are among the participants in a round table discussion on the topic. University of Toronto South House (1 Devonshire Place), 2–4 p.m., FREE (registration required).
THEATRE: Theatre round-up! Two Calcutta beggars dream big in Roshni, Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue), 7:30 p.m., $30–$35. Rock opera Teen Sleuth & The Freed Cyborg Choir debuts tonight (and closes tomorrow), The Music Gallery (197 John Street), 8 p.m., $10–$15. Videocabaret‘s remount of The Great War wraps up this weekend, The Cameron House (408 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $15–$30. Nina Arsenault continues to pack them in for (or send them packing from) her autobiographical body modification monologue The Silicone Diaries, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street), 8 p.m., $19–$33. Vancouver’s Electric Company Theatre depicts early film’s focus on bare bodies in Studies in Motion, Bluma Appel Theatre (27 Front Street East), 8 p.m., $22–$99. Infidelity on film becomes real in playwright Brendan Gall’s Wide Awake Hearts (which boasts a powerhouse cast), Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridegman Avenue), 8 p.m., $23–$44, $10 Friday rush tickets. Lastly, Gall performs himself in the collective audio recording experiment 300 Tapes, The Theatre Centre (1087 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $15–$22.
MUSIC: Concert round-up! Zeus finish their tour, Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., $15. Katie Stelmanis’ new project Austra releases its debut EP, Bovine Sex Club (542 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., $8. Rich Aucoin ups the Grinch content for his set, Supermarket (268 Augusta Avenue), 9 p.m., $10. Plus, Hut are joined at their residency by pals Dr. Ew, Henri Faberge, and Boys Who Say No, Korova (488 College Street), 9 p.m., $8.
CABARET: The Elephants in the Room have assembled diverse acts such as The Cowgirl Choir, Morro and Jasp, Dutch Uncle Puppetry, and many more for the Winter Formal edition of their Crapshoot cabaret (formal attire is encouraged). Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue), 10 p.m., $2–$12 (a roll of the dice).