Urban Planner: May 3, 2011
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Urban Planner: May 3, 2011

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Claire Brosseau, Emma Hunter, and Veronika Shwartz join Andrew Johnston for his latest Bitch Salad. Photo by Sylvia Pereira.

Today in Toronto: a new graphic novella on suicide from the people who brought you Kenk, Andrew Johnston unveils his newest cabal of comediennes, fu-GEN riffs on stereotypes of Asian masculinity, and Of Montreal get back to their live-instrument roots.

WORDS: The Next Day is a new graphic novella from Pop Sandbox, as well as a separate interactive new media project from the NFB. Both set out to explore the complicated issue of suicide through interviews with survivors, asking the question: what might happen if those who commit suicide waited one more day? Tonight, This Is Not A Reading Series hosts a discussion with the creative team behind both projects; it also serves as the opening of an ongoing exhibition of their original materials that will run through late May at Mediatheque. NFB Mediatheque (150 John Street), 7 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY: Sassmaster Andrew Johnston returns to the stage tonight with an all-new installation of his evening of couture comedy, Bitch Salad. Tonight’s lineup of salad sirens includes Veronika Shwartz, Laura Di Labio, Crystal Ferrier, Georgea Brooks-Hancock, Emma Hunter, Sarah Hilliler, and Claire Brosseau (in the home stretch of her manbbatical). It also features Zachary Pearse and Heidi Brander, as well as her adopted muppet child, Howdi. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street), 8 p.m., $10.
THEATRE: fu-GEN Asian Canadian Theatre Company takes a good look at stereotypes and misconceptions around Asian masculinity in Brown Balls. Three frustrated young men take on the roles of Charlie Chan, Bruce Lee, and Fu Manchu to scrutinize and skewer issues of race and gender, both in popular culture and everyday society. Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst Street), 8 p.m., $20.
MUSIC: Indie pop rockers Of Montreal hit Toronto for a one-night show, along with BRAIDS and Painted Palms. The group from Athens, Georgia, (surprise, they’re not actually of Montreal) are promoting their latest album, False Priest, a departure from their recent midi-heavy sounds that marks a return to live drums, strings, and pianos. Phoenix (410 Sherbourne Street), 8 p.m., $28.
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