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Sometimes it’s love, sometimes it’s a broken heart, and sometimes you can just do better. Photo by LexnGer from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.
In Today’s Urban Planner: a darling of the silent film era, a man who wants you to do better for yourself, and poets who battle it out in the name of love!
STAGE: Presented by Dean Burry and starring Denise Norman, Sweetheart: The Mary Pickford Story, is a one-woman musical based on the life and times of Mary Pickford, a darling of the silent film era. Set to a live soundtrack that recalls the Tin Pan Alley and ragtime style of the times, Sweetheart, which has our stamp of approval, recalls the height of her celebrity and how she became the first actor to score a million-dollar film contract. It starts today and runs until February 27. Spadina Museum (285 Spadina Road), 8 p.m., $17–$20.
READINGS: Wesley Williams, a.k.a. Maestro, the man behind the song “416/905,” wants you to get off your lazy backside and become something more! The hip-hop artist/author will talk about his new book, Stick to Your Vision: How to Get Past the Hurdles and Haters to Get Where You Want to Be. The title’s self-explanatory, and, hey, if it worked for Drake, it should work for you too. Centennial Library (578 Finch West), 6 p.m., FREE.
POETRY: As a warmup to Valentine’s Day, Cathy Petch of Plasticine Poetry Series hosts the Love Heartbreak and Sex Poetry Slam, where competitive poets can take to the stage and announce to the world their thoughts on swoons and dizzying love in the first round. Those who advance to the second round will masochistically recall broken hearts, and the event will wrap up with the third round, which is all about sex. Supermarket (268 Augusta Avenue), doors at 7 p.m., contestants sign up at 7:30 p.m., slam at 8 p.m., $5.