Urban Planner: July 8, 2011
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Urban Planner: July 8, 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].

The cast of Radioactive Drag Queens From the Year 3000, which opens tonight at the Factory Theatre, vogued for us at the Toronto Fringe Festival’s opening ceremonies. Photo by Nancy Paiva/Torontoist.

In today’s Urban Planner: pick out a new pet at the Adopt-o-Thon; pick your favourite poet at the SPEAKOUT Youth Summer Slam; pick a Fringe show (or two, or three) to see; pick a Sweet Thing boy to crush on at Yonge-Dundas Square; and pick out your favourite songs that Girl Talk samples at his show.

ADOPT-A-THON: Toronto Animal Services is holding an open house at the Kennel Cafe, starting today and continuing all weekend. As well as answering questions about what they do, and showing off all manner of cute and available animals, they’re hoping the event will double as an adoption blitz. Kennel Cafe (295 Roncesvalles Avenue), Friday noon–4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.–5 p.m., FREE.
SLAM: SPEAKOUT Poetry and Unity Charity’s Raising Voices are hosting a Youth Summer Slam tonight at Ryerson University. A competitive field of aspiring young poets will be throwing down for the chance to win as much as $850 in prizes. Ryerson University, George Vari Building, room 103 (299 Church Street), 6:30 p.m., $15.
MUSIC: We wrote plenty about Sweet Thing during NXNE, including posting pictures of their Live in Bellwoods set. Tonight, the crush-worthy rock act headline a free outdoor concert, with openers the Treasures. Yonge-Dundas Square (10 Dundas Street East), 8 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Controversial and hard-partying DJ/mixmaster Girl Talk, who creates original compositions using micro-samples of a wide swath of popular songs, has all-ages shows tonight and Saturday—we’re rather curious to see if certain songs change from night to night, even. Sound Academy (11 Polson Street), doors at 8 p.m., $31.50.
FRINGE: Want to see more of what Fringe has to offer? Check out our preview to track down the best of the fest. Among the shows opening today: The Godot Cycle, Brian Froud’s One Man Celebrity Disaster Relief Charity Benefit Awareness Telethon…Show, Cancer Can’t Dance Like This, Limbo, Love Octogon, Pitch Blonde, Raton Laveur, Saved, The Soaps: An Improvised Soap Opera, Tyumen, Then, Uncalled For Presents Hypnogogic Logic, and Radioactive Drag Queens From The Year 3000, pictured above.