Urban Planner: January 20, 2011
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Urban Planner: January 20, 2011

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It’s a double bill of troubled, eccentric youth with Morgan Norwich in A Maude-Lynne Evening and Johnnie Walker in Redheaded Stepchild. Photo by Greg Wong.

Take a trip through the past today with an exhibition of historical Toronto photos, or catch a lively debate on the relevance of the monarchy in Canada. Afterwards, lighten the tone with an all-star sketch comedy lineup, or a double bill of reprised Fringe favourites.

ART: All it takes is a quick glimpse at Historicist to see that we here at Torontoist are just as invested in our city’s past as we are in its present and future. As such we’re pretty excited about The Toronto Show opening at the Stephen Bulger Gallery, an exhibition that will collect snapshots of our city dating back to the nineteenth century. The historical photos will be joined by more contemporary urban portraits by Scott Conarroe, Josef Hoflehner, Dario Zini, and more. See the visual evolution of our city spanning well over a hundred years, running from today until February 26. Stephen Bulger Gallery (1026 Queen Street West), 11 a.m.–6 p.m., FREE.
DEBATE: Of course, if you’d prefer your history a little more animated then you may wish to check out the Royal Ontario Museum‘s new debate series, History Wars. Each event will have two notable personalities face off on an issue concerning the past of our proud nation, with no punches pulled. Tonight’s subject will be on whether or not the monarchy is a dangerous relic of the past, with historian and author Michael Bliss taking the pro stance opposite Globe and Mail correspondent John Fraser. Touch gloves and come out swinging! Samuel Hall Currelly Gallery at the Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen’s Park), 6:30 p.m., $20 for members, $25 for general public.
COMEDY: Just for Laughs is in town to check out the talent, which means an all-star lineup of the city’s best sketch groups at Comedy Bar. One low price gains access to two shows with sixteen troupes, each offering up their A-game. Come see the hilarity of Ladystache, Parker & Seville, punchDRYSDALE, The Sketchersons, and many more. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., $5.
THEATRE: Missed out on Next Stage? You’ve still got an excellent opportunity to catch some of the best of last year’s Fringe Festival in a double bill from Nobody’s Business Theatre: they are reprising A Maude-Lynne Evening and Redheaded Stepchild. In the former, Dora-nominated Morgan Norwich steps back into the role of Victorian literature enthusiast Maude-Lynne Favour, who must auction off her beloved collection of classical miscellany from her mother’s basement. In the latter, our very own Johnnie Walker is faced with a new stepmother, a threatening bully, and the tragic fate of being born a ginger. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street), 8 p.m., $20.