Urban Planner: January 7, 2011
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Urban Planner: January 7, 2011

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Acrobatic dodges such as this will be less common towards the end of this weekend’s thirty-six-hour dodgeball marathon for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Photo by Ryan Tacay.

In today’s Urban Planner, learn about opera via a discussion, military matters via a documentary, and American presidential assassinations via an award-winning musical; also, help Out of This Spark celebrate their anniversary (and support the Tranzac) and a dodgeball marathon get into the Guinness Book (and support the Stephen Lewis Foundation).

OPERA: CBC’s Brent Bambury interviews star soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian about her role in the Canadian Opera Company‘s upcoming production of The Magic Flute, and her opera career in general, as part of the COC’s Opera 101 discussion series. Duke of Westminister (77 Adelaide Street West), 6 p.m., FREE.
FILM: Our Movie Mondays column profiles the best at the rep cinemas from week to week, but now and again a good film pops up at an unexpected venue. Cinema Politica is hosting a lecture by author Peter Langille (“Changing the Guard: Canada’s Defence in a World in Transition”) and a screening of Eugene Jarecki’s 2005 documentary Why We Fight. Centre of Gravity (1300 Gerrard Street East), 7:30 p.m., PWYC.
THEATRE: A musical called Assassins doesn’t sound like it’s going to be funny, but everything Stephen Sondheim writes is infused with his trademark wit and wordplay. This bold production from Birdland Theatre, in which four successful and five failed killers try to justify their actions, was originally staged at the beginning of 2010, winning the Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Musical. By popular demand, Assassins is back until January 23; tonight is the final preview before tomorrow’s sold-out opening. The Theatre Centre (1087 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., $30.25 ($41.55 after opening).
MUSIC: Local record label Out of this Spark is celebrating its fourth anniversary with a bunch of friends and label acts (like Jenny Omnichord, Evening Hymns, The Phonemes, and many more). The night, which will also support the Tranzac’s fundraising campaign, concludes with a performance by supergroup The OOTS Family Band. Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Avenue), 8 p.m., PWYC.
SPORTS: The Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Dare Campaign has inspired some pretty wild and wonderful things, like Pat Thornton’s twenty-four-hour stand-up set. This weekend, dodgeball players plan to go twelve hours longer with a Guinness World Record attempt at longest consecutive game; you can cheer them on, or take part in pick-up games on an adjacent court (for a minimum ten dollar donation). Just 4 Fun Sporting Club (213 Sterling Road), 10 p.m. Friday January 7–10 a.m. Sunday January 9, minimum $5 donation (all proceeds to Stephen Lewis Foundation).