Urban Planner: February 4, 2011
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Urban Planner: February 4, 2011

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Nick Flanagan will perform selected material from his new stand-up album I’m Here All Weak tonight at the Silver Dollar, in between sets by rock bands Tropics and Pkew Pkew Pkew(gunshots). Photo by Joseph Fuda.

In today’s Urban Planner, sexual politics turn a professor and his student into adversaries in Soulpepper’s production of Oleanna; sexy dancers and acrobats alongside comedy acts at Second City’s new late night burlesque revue; comics done in the surrealist style at the Paper Trails exhibition; and surreal comic Nick Flanagan and friends release his album I’m Here All Weak.

ART: The art of surrealism gets mashed up with a pulp comic sensibility in Sketchkreig!‘s new exhibition, Paper Trail. The seven illustrators all collaborated on a comic that eventually grew to sixty-three pages, taking turns illustrating, with no discussion of plot—and no dialogue allowed. Tonight’s opening reception will be licensed and music-filled, so you can party while examining the blown-up panels on the walls. XPACE Cultural Centre (58 Ossington Avenue), 7 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Soulpepper opened David Mamet’s Oleanna, perhaps his most shocking and divisive play, last night at the Young Centre; tonight’s the first regular performance. Diego Matamoros plays a blithely condescending professor who has the tables turned on him when a previously meek student (Sarah Wilson) becomes emboldened by an activist group to challenge her mark on the basis of gender discrimination. The Young Centre for the Performing Arts (55 Mill Street, building 49, Distillery District), 8 p.m., $28–$60.
COMEDY: Toronto’s infamous screwball scatological joker Nick Flanagan has put his punk band Brutal Knights on hiatus to focus on his stand-up, releasing his long-in-the-making debut comedy album, I’m Here All Weak, available via TalentMoat. Flanagan and his uncensored notebook will appear several times tonight between rock bands Tropics and Pkew Pkew Pkew(gunshots), the musical guests for his album release. The Silver Dollar (486 Spadina Avenue), 9 p.m., $8.
VARIETY: Second City is launching a monthly late night revue tonight, featuring “live burlesque, aerialists, music, comedy, circus, and more!” Hosted by Second City Mainstage alumni Reid Janisse, the night’s performers include The Carnegie Hall Show‘s Chris Gibbs, aerial dancers Angola Murdoch & Ana Shepherd, and the return of comedy duo Reid Along with Browning after a long hiatus. Second City Toronto (51 Mercer Street), 11 p.m., $12.