Weekend Planner: June 4–5, 2011
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Weekend Planner: June 4–5, 2011

Urban Planner is Torontoist‘s guide to what’s on in Toronto, published every weekday morning, and in a weekend edition Friday afternoons. If you have an event you’d like considered, email all of its details—as well as images, if you’ve got any—to [email protected].

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The Toronto Newsgirls aren’t pulling any punches at Fight Factory XI. Photo by Nancy Paiva/Torontoist.


This weekend in Toronto: browse the closets of your favourite television characters, take a stroll through an art-infused Riverdale, check out works in progress from some talented theatre folk, see an Italian operatic classic in a Down Under dive bar, watch the Toronto Newsgirls throw down, join Bruce McDonald for a timely summertime screening, and say farewell to comedy show Let’s Get Hot with one final presentation.

SALE: You too can look like a movie star—or at least like some of the kids from Degrassi—by stopping by the Movie Wardrobe Sale, put on by the Canadian Alliance of Film & Television Costume Arts and Design. Costume departments from all of your favourite shows and films will be selling off excess stock to the public, with partial proceeds going to the Toronto Food Bank. Being Erica is all well and good, but how about just dressing like her? Pinewood Studios (225 Commissioners Street), Saturday 9 a.m.–5 p.m., $5.
ART: As anyone who has picked up a copy of NOW Magazine and had a guidebook fall out knows, the Riverdale Art Walk is this weekend. The 13th installation of the annual juried event will saturate the East End with all manner of art from more than 100 artists, filling every bit of gallery and studio space along Queen Street East from the Don to (and past) Jimmie Simpson Park. The park itself will play host to several outdoor exhibits, as well as a food court and musical performances. Queen Street East, Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.–6 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Fifteen talented creators will showcase excerpts from nine diverse works in progress at Thesp‘s indie theatre showcase, Sound It Out. From musicals to dystopic poems to movement-based explorations, these fledgling pieces will provide tantalizing glimpses of things to come in the Toronto theatre scene. If that’s not enough, you can also look forward to beer, an all-grilled-cheese barbecue, and musical interludes by Joel Battle. Toronto Free Gallery (1277 Bloor Street West), Saturday 2 p.m.–8 p.m., PWYC.
OPERA: Against the Grain Theatre strips some of the hoity-toity from opera and brings it to us common folk in their newest interpretation of Puccini’s La bohème. Fittingly, too, this tale of the tragic and beautiful lives of a group of starving Bohemian artists is transplanted from Paris to Toronto in this new translation. For more on the performance and a chat with Grain founder Joel Ivany on the perfect nature of the Tranzac as his venue, check out our post from Thursday. Tranzac (292 Brunswick Avenue), Saturday and Sunday 8 p.m., $30.
FIGHT: Recently our Sporting Goods team took a look at Toronto’s women-only Newsgirls Boxing Club, which promotes boxing as a healthy way to stay fit both physically and emotionally. This weekend the Newsgirls will be showing what they’ve learned in the 11th Fight Factory, which will pit some of the club’s fiercest pugilists—with names like Iron Monkey, Shadow Blow, and Tank Girl—against each other in the ring. There’ll be a special appearance by Joy “Tiger” Taylor as the bout’s card girl. Toronto Newsgirls Boxing Club (388 Carlaw Avenue), Sunday 3 p.m., $20 in advance, $25 at the door.
FILM: This Movie is Broken is Bruce McDonald‘s hot, sweaty love letter to Toronto, following a pair of lovelorn hipsters as they navigate the city’s infamous garbage strike to seek out a Broken Social Scene concert on a steamy summer day. With the sticky summer heat descending upon us, the time seems ripe for a screening, and Bruce seems to agree—he’ll be presenting his serene concert romance this weekend at the Drake. Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West), Sunday 7 p.m., $5 for movie, $15 for movie plus dinner.
COMEDY: Comedy showcase Let’s Get Hot celebrates its sixth anniversary this weekend, at which point it will be retiring its slot as part of the Rivoli’s Laugh Sabbath lineup. Hosts Chris Locke and Aaron Eves would like to cordially invite you to their grand finale, which will include visits from such comedic masters as Sara Hennessey, Brian Barlow, Kathleen Phillips, and more. The Rivoli (334 Queen Street West), Sunday 9 p.m., $5.

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