Urban Planner: July 5, 2011
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Urban Planner: July 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].

The Arkells at Busking for Change 2009. Photo by mandrs from the Torontoist Flickr Pool

In today’s Urban Planner: a free concert by the Arkells in the lead-up to Edgefest; poets get their geek on at the Toronto Geek Poetry Slam; Hugh Jackman is in town for the start of his two-week Hugh Jackman In Concert run; and a free post-sunset film screening at Yonge-Dundas Square.

MUSIC: Edgefest is happening this coming weekend at Downsview Park, but if you can’t wait that long, you can get in the spirit early with a free concert tonight. Hamilton-based band the Arkells will perform live at Sugar Beach to start the countdown to the upcoming rock festival. Sugar Beach (25 Dockside Drive), 7:30 p.m., FREE.
POETRY: Pull out that pocket protector or Star Wars costume because tonight is the Annual Toronto Geek Poetry Slam. Anyone can sign up to participate, with the only stipulation being you have to talk about something geek related. This year’s Slam also has an anything-goes component, so start searching for that dusty Klingon mask in the back of your closet. The Boat (158 Augusta Avenue), 7:30 p.m., $5.
PERFORMANCE: Hugh Jackman In Concert begins its two-week run at the Princess of Wales Theatre today and continues until July 17. The performance will showcase Jackman—backed by an 18-piece orchestra—as a triple threat: he sings, dances, and shares anecdotes from his acting career. The Princess of Wales Theatre (300 King Street West), 8:00 p.m., $49–$130.
FILM: Yonge-Dundas Square is having a movie night as part of its Dancing in the Dark film series, which offers movie-goers the chance to catch a classic film for free just as the sun goes down every Tuesday this summer. Tonight’s flick is Beach Blanket Bingo, which features “sky diving surfers, love struck bikers, and a mermaid named Lorelei.” Yonge-Dundas Square (1 Dundas Street East), approximately 9:00 p.m. (movie starts at sundown), FREE.