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Lily Frost and friends will sing duets tonight at a special Valentine’s cabaret in the Drake Hotel Underground. Photo by Robert Ciolfi.
In today’s Urban Planner, write a letter to someone you love, see life in a youth shelter from a different perspective in The Middle Place, listen to duets from Lily Frost and friends, or laugh your Valentine’s away (with or without a date) with Hard Times at the Hard Luck Bar.
LETTERS: With email connecting us all almost instantaneously, receiving something handwritten via snail mail is a rare treat these days. The Post a Letter Social Activity Club is gathering tonight to put thoughts on paper; you can write a letter to someone halfway around the world, or who lives down the block from you. Handmade local artist’s cards will be available, as will be PWYC stamps and stationary. Naco Gallery Cafe (1665 Dundas Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Fresh from the success of their Tokens 4 Change campaign on the TTC this past Friday, activist theatre group Project: Humanity launches the remount of their show The Middle Place, a verbatim-style theatre presentation incorporating anonymous interviews with youth shelter residents. Now on its third remount, the critically acclaimed show will play for a month with Canadian Stage before heading out on tour to schools across the province. Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street), 8 p.m., $22–$49.
MUSIC: Did you think we’d forgotten it was Valentine’s Day? Not quite. Tonight’s hot ticket for lovers is Love Hurts, a cabaret featuring the chanteuse Lily Frost, her paramour Jose Contreras, and many of their friends, including Buck 65, Wayne Petti, and Lindsay Fitzsimmons. The dinner package is sold out (according to the Drake’s website), but you might be able to squeeze in for the show on its own; if not, the always-entertaining Boot Knives, the Drake Lounge’s Monday night house band, will have a repertoire of tender love songs prepared. The Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen Street West), 8:30 p.m., $58 (dinner package).
COMEDY: Plenty of folks aren’t so keen on this V-Day business, even those who are partnered up. Hard Times at the Hard Luck has just the show for anyone who falls into this category, whether you’re solo or have a similarly saccharine-averse significant other. Tonight’s comedy showcase features stand-up from Arthur Simeon, sketch from The Boom, spontaneity from Bea Arthur Improv, and more. Hard Luck Bar (812 Dundas Street West), 9 p.m., PWYC.