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A little poetry might expand your vocabulary for the night’s Scrabble tournament! Photo by b.t.c. from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.
In today’s Urban Planner: Schmooze with poets, show off your mad English skills, see some trashy short films, and test your knowledge of bar trivia.
POETRY: The League of Canadian Poets is kicking off National Poetry Month tonight with a launch celebrating aspiring, practicing, and professionally published poets. The event features Canadian icon bill bissett, refreshments, and several readings. Lillian H. Smith Library (239 College Street), 5:30 p.m., FREE.
FUNDRAISER: Have you ever watched someone on television and wondered if they are actually that smart in real life? Well, now you can find out. Or, at least, you can challenge their vocabulary against your own. The seventh annual Scrabble with the Stars allows you to wine, dine, and dispute the English language with various Canadian celebrities. The event is hosted by Fashion Television’s Jeanne Beker and actor Barry Flatman, and all proceeds go to support Performing Arts Lodges (PAL) Toronto. Arcadian Court (401 Bay Street), 6:30 p.m., $150 per person or $600 per table.
FILM: A special late night edition of the weekly Short & Sweet short film screening night takes place tonight. Catch some shorts, music videos, and animated flicks, all in time frames appropriate for those with modest attention spans. Promoters promise that tonight’s showing is going to be a little edgier than normal, to coincide with the later start time. No One Writes to the Colonel (460 College Street), 8 p.m., FREE.
GAMES: Those with a little less money to spend than Scrabble with the Stars participants can still take their competitive streak out for a night of drinking, eating, and competitive trivia playing at the weekly Trivia Night. Players will be tested on a variety of random subjects and compete for prizes. Pour Boy (666 Manning Avenue), 8:30 p.m., $10 per team of up to six players.