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In today’s Urban Planner: the Big Save needs your precious bodily fluid; an erotic slideshow and frank chat; citizen concerns about policing in Toronto; and The Soaps ties up some loose ends.
BLOOD: Canadian Blood Services is looking to replenish its stock of plasma with 500 new units, and they’re collaborating with Maple Leaf Sports on The Big Save to make donating it more of an event today. Donors will be hooked up right on the floor of the Air Canada Centre (you can give blood where top athletes occasionally shed it!), and there’ll be players from all the major teams on hand, as well as raffle prizes and other perks for those willing to roll up their sleeve. Air Canada Centre (40 Bay Street), 10 a.m–7 p.m., FREE.
POLICING: Between accusations of wrongdoing at the G20, an officer recommending women dress modestly to avoid attacks, and a new budget that many have called bloated, the police in Toronto have had a rough year. The civilian Toronto Police Accountability Coalition is hosting a panel discussion, with guests including Councillor Adam Vaughan (Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina) and several criminology experts, to discuss how some of these issues might be addressed. 519 Church Street Community Centre (519 Church Street), 7 p.m., FREE.
BOOKS: This is Not a Reading Series is hosting an unusually risque book launch, for photographer Will Santillo‘s La Petite Mort. The evening will start with a slideshow of his work, and continue with a frank discussion between Santillo and local sexpert Sasha Van Bon Bon. The Gladstone Hotel Ballroom (1214 Queen Street West), 8 p.m, $5 (FREE with book purchase).
COMEDY: Tonight’s the penultimate edition of The Soaps at Comedy Bar; after next week’s season finale, the cast takes a much-deserved summer hiatus. Last week, we watched both a man (Jim Annan) and a woman (Christy Bruce) give birth, and saw Katy Weir (Jan Caruana) bludgeoned to death with a bottle of whiskey. What will become of the newborn clone and twins? Will Constable Wheelhouse (Matt Baram) actually manage to slip cuffs on someone for Katy’s murder? How many impromptu musical numbers will the cast be “pimped” into doing? Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 9 p.m., PWYC.