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Watch out for that Mouse King, Klara. Photo courtesy of Ballet Jorgen Canada.
Today in Urban Planner: Shopping gets Foxy, Ben McNally talks pervs, The Nutcracker premieres at Betty Oliphant, and Tennis docks at The Drake.
SHOPPING: Foxy Originals—the Toronto-based jewelry brand which recently landed in the glossy pages of Oprah Magazine—throws a holiday party slash super sale for Foxy fashion addicts in the city. Head to the Bata Shoe Museum to peruse the gold and silver creations of Jen Kluger and Suzie Orol, the ethically and ecologically concerned duo behind Foxy’s fame. Your ticket gives full access to the museum, of course, so rethink the above, but this time surrounded by fancy shoe displays. No wonder they won over the big O. Bata Shoe Museum (327 Bloor Street West), 6:30–10 p.m., $5–$35.
WORDS: Ben McNally Books gets heavy tonight with Institutional Lies, a conversation with Fifth Estate host Linden MacIntyre and author Richard Gwyn about abuse scandals in the Catholic Church, government secrecy, and freedom of speech. MacIntyre’s The Bishop’s Man, a novel exploring secrecy and cover-ups set in Nova Scotia, dealt with just this—and scored a Giller in the process. Hosted by journalist and Maclean’s editor Andrew Coyne. Ben McNally Books (366 Bay Street), 7–8 p.m., $25 (proceeds go to PEN Canada).
DANCE: It’s not the snow or extended holiday mall hours—you know it’s really Christmas when The Nutcracker, in its numerous theatrical renditions, hits Toronto stages. Tonight at the Betty Oliphant Theatre, The Nutcracker: A Canadian Tradition debuts by Ballet Jörgen—the only major Canadian ballet company with a repertoire exclusively of original works—taking a uniquely Canuck spin on Klara’s delicious dream. Expect snowflakes, lumberjacks, Mounties, and woodland creatures to be added to the new mix—but bet that the dastardly Mouse King’s still up to his same old tricks. Betty Oliphant Theatre (404 Jarvis Street), 7:30 p.m. (repeat performance on Thursday), $20–$65.
MUSIC: How’s this for romantic? Pals Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore were philosophy majors from Denver. After graduation, they sold their collective possessions, bought a sailboat, and spent eight months cruising the North American coastline. Needless to say, love blossomed, but less obvious was their blossoming musical talent to become your new favourite band Tennis. Sweet and uncluttered, their upcoming pop album Cape Dory is the kind of good mood you can only get when you never have to look at a spreadsheet. Oh, and they got hitched along the way too. The Drake Underground (1150 Queen Street West), $8 p.m., $12.