Urban Planner: April 18, 2011
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Urban Planner: April 18, 2011

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Melissa D’Agostino’s Colbert-style “Conservative gal” Debbie is one of the contestants on Lupe’s Next Top Role Model. Photo by Kristen McGregor.

In today’s Urban Planner: multiple readings from the sixth TOK anthology, multiple characters compete for “reality TV” fame in Lupe’s Next Top Role Model, multiple musicians lend their talent to Clay and Paper Theatre’s annual fundraiser, and multi-influenced rock n’ soul outfit TV on the Radio play the Sound Academy.

READINGS: The Diaspora Dialogues‘ sixth annual compilation of set-in-Toronto stories, TOK: Writing the New Toronto 6, is scheduled for an official launch this Wednesday at the Gladstone Hotel. But if you’re in Kensington Market midday today you can catch a sneak peek, as authors read excerpts from their stories; the on-the-street preview takes place in front of St. Stephen’s House, the setting for Joyce Wayne’s When Belle Walked Along Spadina, and the location of the Diaspora Dialogues’ first ever reading. St. Stephen’s Community House (260 Augusta Avenue), 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Melissa D’Agostino—a previous Torontoist Hero for her Lupe comedy character turns—is back with a new show and five characters, most of whom are competing as contestants on Lupe’s Next Top Role Model. Opening tonight, the show pits a teased-hair gold digger, a religious teen, a cupcake chef, and a Conservative gal in a reality TV–style competition. Scotiabank Studio Theatre (Pia Bowman School, 6 Noble Street), 8 p.m., PWYC.
FUNDRAISER: Clay and Paper Theatre, the puppetry and pageantry company that has brought theatre traditions from around the world to life in Dufferin Grove Park for 17 years, has its annual fundraiser tonight a bit further east, in Kensington Market. Raise a Ruckus features award-winning jazz from Terra Hazelton and the Richard Underhill Quartet, plus other diverse music acts, and a Mask4Aid silent auction. Supermarket (268 Augusta Avenue), 8 p.m., $15 in advance/$20 at the door.
MUSIC: Their latest album Nine Types of Light (and its accompanying film) is receiving lukewarm (or “nice”) reviews, but the groundbreaking New York band TV On The Radio, who continue to defy categorization, are sure to bring a rocking show to Toronto tonight for their all-ages crowd (and 19+ VIP ticket holders). Sound Academy (11 Polson Street), 8 p.m., $26.50 (all ages) or $35 (19+ balcony).