Urban Planner: May 16, 2011
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Urban Planner: May 16, 2011

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Playwright Coleen MacPherson’s The Selfsame Hour is one of four new plays getting their first public reading at the ’11|HOTscrawlsFestival in the Distillery District tonight. Photo by Dan Abramovici.

In today’s Urban Planner: Toronto Tweeters meet IRL; the 11|HOTscrawlsFestival debuts new plays-in-progress; Joan Rivers talks about her half-century in “the biz”; Lion King actors lose the fur for a one-night-only performance of Art; Nick Flanagan launches a new comedy night; and Makeout Videotape headline a Snakes and Ladders showcase.

MEETING: Tonight’s your chance to meet some of Toronto’s more active (and extroverted) Tweeters face to face, at the recurring Tweetgasm social gathering; this month’s edition is focusing on the CONTACT Festival, and work by local “phototweeps”. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 7 p.m.–10 p.m., FREE.
READING: The 11|HOTscrawlsFestival, TheatreKairos‘ annual evening of new works, will tonight present readings from four emerging playwrights—Dan Daley, Amy Lee, Coleen MacPherson, and Blain Watters. The Young Centre (55 Mill Street, building 49, Distillery District), 7 p.m., $10 in advance with RSVP to [email protected], $12 at the door.
TALK: Joan Rivers, she of the biting wit, many plastic surgeries, and more than 50 years in a constantly changing comedy business, talks about her enduring career for the Unique Lives Lecture series, celebrating accomplished women in North America. Roy Thompson Hall (60 Simcoe Street), 7:30 p.m., $38–$85.
THEATRE: On their night off, three cast members of Mirvish’s musical Lion King production—Nicholas Carriere, J. Anthony Crane, and Ben Lipitz—are performing Yasmina Reza’s celebrated play ART as a fundraiser for The Actors Fund of Canada. There’ll be a chance pre-show to bid on prize packages (including Lion King tickets, natch), and a post-show talkback with the cast about the play’s divisive arguments about the worth of modern art. Factory Theatre Studio (125 Bathurst Street), 7:30 p.m., $25.
COMEDY: Nick Flanagan, the fellow who created such popular Toronto comedy shows as Joke Club and Laugh Sabbath’s Hour of Power, has a new (as-yet-unnamed) series launching at West End bar Unlovable, and he’s stacked the first night with clever comics like Makesi Arthur, Tim Gilbert, and Adam Christie. Unlovable (1415-B Dundas Street West), 9 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Dirty fuzzy party bands Makeout Videotape, TONSTARTSSBANDHT, and HUT play the latest Snakes + Ladders concert showcase, this one arranged in conjunction with legendary promoter Dan Burke. The Silver Dollar Room (486 Spadina Avenue), 9:30 p.m. (HUT’s set start), $5.