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In today’s Urban Planner: indulge in food and music at David Pecaut Square; ponder happiness for sale, watch a tale of two rock stars, commemorate a long-running literary festival, and dive head-first into the Fringe.
MARKET: Indulge at Metro Square has a farmers’ market in the perfect location for cubicle workers to pick up some fresh fruits, veggies, snacks, and lunch on their breaks, while Mike Branton plays the blues in the background. David Pecaut Square (55 John Street), 8 a.m.–2:30 p.m., performance at 12:30 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: As part of the Fringe Festival, the Barking Birds Theatre presents No Time for Dreams, a series of stories and flashbacks revolving around a happiness salesman, the life that could have been, and what happens when one is unclear about what they want and what true happiness is. The production starts tonight and runs until July 17. Factory Studio Theatre (125 Bathurst Street), 7 p.m., $10–$11.
FILM: Screening as part of the Open Roof Festival, the Bruce MacDonald film Trigger, starring Molly Parker and the late Tracey Wright, chronicles the tale of two women who form a band akin to the Go-Go’s and Siouxsie and the Banshees. They have a meteoric rise to fame and consequently implode due to egos, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. However, the majority of this tale happens 10 years later when the two estranged leads met again at a benefit concert. Local musician Betty Burke will open with a pre-film set. Amsterdam Brewery (21 Bathurst Street), band at 8 p.m., movie at 9 p.m., $15.
WORD: After 18 years of literary programming, the Scream Literary Festival will run for the last time this year. This opening night will feature a retrospective and readings, followed by a wake. Over the course of the week to come, the literary community will also come together to create a series of unofficial events constituting Wreck Our Brand: The Scream Unfestival. The Lounge (99 Sudbury Street), 8 p.m., FREE.
FRINGE: Want to see more of what Fringe has to offer? Check out our preview to track down the best of the fest.