Urban Planner: April 11, 2011
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Urban Planner: April 11, 2011

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The cast of Diving Normal (L to R, Mark Roeder, Dani Kind, and Mark Wiebe). Photo by Dylan George.

In today’s Urban Planner, authors deal cards and books at a blackjack tournament/book launch, Red One Collective previews the Canadian premiere of Diving Normal, and Geoff Hendry and Associates crack wise at the Supermarket.

GAMBLING: This is Not a Reading Series is doing something a little different with tonight’s event launching four new titles from ChiZine—they’ve turned the authors (Gemma Files, Claude Lalumière, Brent Hayward, and David Nickle) into blackjack dealers. While fans try their luck at the tables, there’ll be a soundscape composed and performed by DJ Komodo, with images by Rupert Bottenberg. The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West), 7:30 p.m, $5 (or FREE with book purchase).
THEATRE: Ashlin Halfnight‘s play Diving Normal was first performed in New York in 2006, and went on to be remounted off-Broadway (as well as published), but hasn’t yet been produced in his hometown of Toronto. Red One Collective, who specialize in site-specific, intimate modern drama, is bringing the playwright’s work home and giving it its Canadian premiere, starting with a preview tonight, and tomorrow’s opening. Toronto Free Gallery (1277 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., $15 (preview price).
COMEDY: Comedian, host, and show producer Geoff Hendry is celebrating a year of comedy showcases tonight, featuring vaudeville duo Parker and Seville (who celebrate their own anniversary show tomorrow at the Rivoli), musical guest Graham Porter, and several stand-ups, including headliner Fraser Young. Supermarket (268 August Avenue), 8 p.m., $10.