Urban Planner: February 8, 2011
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Urban Planner: February 8, 2011

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They’re blue, da ba dee da ba dee. They’re also some pretty amazing performers. Photo courtesy of Ciarlo Communications.

Today in Toronto: poets share some new work, three quiet blue dudes rock out, Michael Ondaatje debuts his new play, and Simpsons enthusiasts get romantic.

WORDS: Providing a forum for both new and established artists, AvantGarden will be offering up works ranging from renovated sonnets to an interrogation of Walt Whitman. Taking to the microphone at the event will be Fenn Stewart, David Peter Clark, and Zarmina Rafi. It may be winter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t spend some quality time in the garden. The Ossington (61 Ossington Avenue), 6:30 p.m., PWYC.
THEATRE: Winter got you blue? Well, at least you still have ears. That said, members of the Blue Man Group are showing no sign of the seasonal blahs, instead bringing their energetic, percussive performance to Toronto for a three-night run. The shows will be the only Canadian stops on the group’s first theatrical North American tour, featuring both classic performances and new material. Attendees can look forward to a live band, a proscenium-sized LED curtain, and a splash zone (ponchos provided). Not since Tobias Fünke blue himself has there been such a cerulean spectacle! Living Arts Centre (4141 Living Arts Drive), 7:30 p.m., $70–$100 (children, $44 and up).
THEATRE: Michael Ondaatje adapts his 2007 Governor General Award–winning novel Divisadero for the stage, in a performance presented by Necessary Angel. Musician Justin Rutledge contributes his lyrics to the story of a family shattered by a single violent event. Liane Balaban, Maggie Huculak, Tom McCamus, Amy Rutherford, and Aviva Philipp-Muller make up the cast of Ondaatje’s first theatrical work in more than two decades. Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue), 8 p.m., $25.
TRIVIA: Looking to offer your valentine something other than complete and utter dependence this year? Why not take him or her to an especially romantic Valentine’s Edition of Woo Hoo! Classic Simpsons Trivia. Just choo-choo-choose a team of up to six friends for three rounds of questions, drawn from the first eleven seasons of the show. Three classic love-themed episodes will also be shown! Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., FREE.