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Lisa Ray stars in TAJ, opening tonight as part of the Luminato Festival. Photo by Sid Sawant.
In today’s Urban Planner: Luminato starts at the lunch hour, the Music Gallery’s Dublab goes from dinner to tomorrow’s breakfast, late-night literature and music combo events, and fundraisers to bring burlesque acts to town, marry two clowns, and send improvisers to E-Town.
LUMINATO: The Luminato Festival, Toronto’s “Festival of Arts and Creativity,” officially opens today, with shows like Andromache and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland premiering, concerts from the Kronos Quartet and the Joel Plaskett Emergency, installations like Habit, and much more. To help you make sense of the sprawling range of Luminato offerings, the first topic in the Luminato Lunchtime Conversation Series is the festival itself: artistic director Chris Lorway will be talking about this year’s themes and programming choices. Chapters (142 John Street), noon–1 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: The Music Gallery is holding a 12-hour event to mark the end of their season (and raise funds for the next one), with dozens of local artists taking part in a continuous performance of light, sound, and performance art, engineered by the Dublab Collective from Los Angeles. Organizers actually recommend bringing a pillow and sleeping in the open Courtyard or inside, though there’s a free can of Red Bull for every attendee, should you choose to stay eyes-wide-open all night. The Music Gallery (197 John Street), 6 p.m.–6 a.m., $20–$30.
BOOKS: Two book celebrations this evening, both incorporating music: David Lester’s graphic novel The Listener‘s launch party features a Q&A between Lester and Broken Pencil editor Hal Niedzviecki, plus Lester’s musical project Mecca Normal (Type Books, 833 Queen Street, 6–8 p.m., FREE). Later in the night, there’s a 10th anniversary reissue party for Have Not Been the Same, all about the mid-’80s–mid-’90s Canrock renaissance, featuring period-appropriate headliners Weeping Tile and King Cobb Steelie. Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor Street West), doors at 9 p.m., $15.
FUNDRAISERS: There are three shows promising oodles of entertainment if you’ll give them a boost with their fundraising goals tonight. Clowns Lu and Fesso of Lunacy Cabaret are holding a social in support of their upcoming nuptials, with many circus acts expected to perform (Centre of Gravity, 1300 Gerrard Street East, 7:30 p.m., $20). The burlesque community is rallying, too, with performers pitching in and stripping down to raise funds for the upcoming Toronto Burlesque Festival (Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, 1214 Queen Street West, 8 p.m., $25). And, lastly, improv troupe Standards and Practices are looking to raise gas money to get to the Edmonton Improvaganza, aided by funny people like Mae Martin and Kayla Lorette. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 10 p.m., $10.