Urban Planner: April 15, 2011
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Urban Planner: April 15, 2011

Urban Planner is Torontoist‘s guide to what’s on in Toronto, published every weekday morning, and in a weekend edition Friday afternoons. If you have an event you’d like considered, email all of its details—as well as images, if you’ve got any—to [email protected].

Diversity dance company Ill Nana at the 2010 Feminist Porn Awards. Photo by Jane A. Clark.

In today’s Urban Planner: a new play from 2010’s most controversial playwright, new albums from Fast Romantics and Shoot The Image, new porn nominees at the 6th annual Feminist Porn Awards, a new fundraiser for Japan (with the Elwins and ModernBoys ModernGirls), and new contestants at Rap Battlezz (at least one of whom is a ringer!)

THEATRE: The most controversial story in Toronto theatre last year (at least, in the Toronto Sun‘s opinion) was the content of (and funding for) playwright Catherine Frid’s one-act SummerWorks Festival submission, Homegrown (especially before the play had premiered). Frid has a new play, her first full length, premiering at Alumnae Theatre tonight, titled GuineaPigging; while its subject matter (drug-trial volunteers) might not provoke Stephen Harper’s condemnation, we’re curious indeed to see what she’s cooked up. Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley Street), 8 p.m., $20.
FUNDRAISER: Aftershocks, ongoing fears of a nuclear disaster, tens of thousands still homeless… there are plenty of good reasons to continue to support reputable aid organizations helping the people of Japan recover from last month’s traumatic earthquake and flooding. Local bands ModernBoys ModernGirls, Make Your Exit, the Elwins, and Hot Kid are playing a Help Japan benefit show tonight, with funds raised going to the Red Cross. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), 8:30 p.m., $5.
PORN: Six years on and still going strong, the Good For Her Feminist Porn Awards celebrate quality adult entertainment that showcases female-positive and inclusive themes. Tonight’s awards ceremony will feature, along with many indie filmmakers and rising stars, performances from Boylesque T.O. and CoCo La Creme, followed by a dance party with DJ San Fran. Berkeley Church (315 Queen Street East), 9 p.m., $17 ($22 at the door).
MUSIC: Three bands (recent emigres from Calgary Fast Romantics, their hometown pals Secret Broadcast, and new local outfit Shoot the Image), two new albums (from Fast Romantics and Shoot the Image), one (double) CD release show, and no cover: that’s the sort of math that should please any power-pop and rock fan. In fact, the Romantics say on their Facebook event invite that they’ll be giving copies of their just-pressed Kidcutter EP away. Wrong Bar (1279 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., FREE.
RAP: The lucky 13th edition of Rap Battlezz gets underway late tonight, after Catch 23 Improv wraps up, and while many returning champzz and playazz are on the bill, we’re most excited to see the match-up between laid-back Portuguese wit Norm Sousa and new contestant Sean Jordan—because he’s the first freestyler in the show with an album and rap videos already under his belt. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 10:30 p.m., $8.