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Boot Knives celebrate bin ends, board games, and two out of three band member’s birthdays at the Drake Hotel Lounge tonight. Photo by Sasha Kay.
In today’s Urban Planner, the Next Stage Festival’s into puppets, cooking, and fairy tales; Trampoline Hall’s into inter-faith families and palmistry; musicians at Hugh’s Room are into raising money for sick children’s music therapy; and Boot Knives are into wine, board games, and birthday celebrations at the Drake.
THEATRE: Mondays are usually slow in theatre circles, but the Next Stage Festival is just coming off its opening weekend. Tonight’s performances include Catherine Hernandez in Eating With Lola, and the all-ages friendly Fairy Tale Ending. (Torontoist’s reviews of every show in the festival are coming soon.) Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst Street), 6:15 p.m. onwards, $12–$15.
LECTURE: Advance tickets were sold out days ago at Soundscapes, so you’d best get to the Garrison early if you want to get into this month’s Trampoline Hall. Tonight’s edition of the people-on-subjects-they’re-not-officially-experts-in lecture series features Heather Phenix on inter-faith parents, Tony Halmos proclaiming “Why the Fuck Do I Know?”, and Rafe MacPherson on palmistry. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), 8 p.m., $5.
BENEFIT: Ron Davis, DK Ibomeka, and Andrew Cash are playing a fundraiser show for the Canadian Music Therapy Trust Fund tonight, a charity that supports music therapy for children and adults suffering from various medical ailments. Hugh’s Room (2261 Dundas Street West); 8 p.m.; $25 in advance, $30 at the door.
MUSIC: Elvis Mondays in the Underground isn’t the only attraction at the Drake Hotel at the beginning of the week; the Lounge’s weekly 86’d nights have really picked up steam in the past couple of months, with the addition of the fun-loving Boot Knives as the house band. In December, for instance, the trio dressed up as ’50s greasers, Sha-Na-Na (as Jesus, Mary, and Joseph), sailors, and in one especially fun night, their pajamas, leading lads and lasses to strip down to their long johns and underwear to participate.Tonight’s theme, with hostess Ivy Knight, is wine and board games, but still, expect a energetic affair; two of the three band members are celebrating birthdays. Drake Hotel Lounge (1150 Queen Street West), 10 p.m., FREE.