In this special three-day Urban Planner: a musical closes out Kensington performance space Bread and Circus; Chef Hung's in town for TAIWANfest, and Kevin Sorbo's here for Fan Expo (and the Kevin Sorbo Garbage Weekend); Colin Stetson plays the Drake, and Hollerado DJ a dance party; Fake Prom enlists upstanding men and women to Go to War; and Art Starts' young conscripts debut a new city mural.
FESTIVAL: The Telus TAIWANfest runs this weekend at Harbourfront Centre, showcasing cuisine and culture from the East Asian island. With cooking demonstrations by world-renowned beef noodle restaurateur Chef Hung and musical performances by acts such as the Chairman Band and Techno Prince, there’s all sorts of activities and events suitable for the whole family to soak up (or slurp up, perhaps). Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), Friday 6 p.m. onwards, Saturday & Sunday 1 p.m. onwards, FREE.
MUSICAL: Daughters of the Dust, a “drag country musical” that opened last night, will be the last short-run show at Bread and Circus, as the Kensington Market performance space is closing its doors as of this Sunday. The three-year-old venue, whose lease was not renewed, is going out with a FREE blowout party after the last performance of DotD on Sunday evening, with guests expected from the many shows that have called Bread and Circus home, including Fringe hits My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding and Love is a Poverty You Can Sell, as well as weekly award-winning variety showcase The Carnegie Hall Show. Bread and Circus (299 Augusta Avenue), Friday & Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 6 p.m., $12 in advance ($15 at the door).
MUSIC: Brass horn specialist Colin Stetson, a dark horse favourite on the Polaris Prize shortlist, brings his unique brand of dark, jazz-inflected music to the Drake Underground for an early show tonight. You may not have heard his solo work yet, but if you’ve listened to fellow Polaris Prize nominees Arcade Fire or Timber Timbre, you’ve heard him; he contributed to both those shortlisted albums, too. Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen Street West), Friday at 8 p.m. (over by 11 p.m.), $12.
COMEDY: It’s actually happening: after Pat Thornton and his writers made @KSorbs (actor Kevin Sorbo) a top trending Twitter subject during Thornton’s 24-hour stand-up set for charity last year, the wheels were put in motion and now the Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Andromeda star, in town for Fan Expo, is appearing in four shows tonight and Saturday at Comedy Bar, as part of the ludicrously titled Kevin Sorbo Garbage Weekend. He’ll be doing sketch and improv with some of Toronto’s top comedic talent, including The National Theatre of the World and the Sketchersons. Tonight’s Mantown 10:30 show has sold out, but at press time there were still a few tickets left for the 8 p.m. Catch 23 Improv, and for Saturday’s Impromptu Splendor. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), Friday & Saturday, 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m., all shows $20.
PARTY: Another edition of Fake Prom, called Fake Prom Goes to War!, is upon us and this one could be the sharpest-dressed yet, as attendees will no doubt be taking all sorts of liberties with the night’s theme of Second World War–era men in uniform. Encouraging the enlisted men and women to take a turn on the “government-issued” dance floor will be members of Steamboat as the night’s band, plus DJs Shit La Merde, Dougie Boom, and Scott Cudmore. There’s even a matchmaking element to the evening—and a couples photography booth, so you and your date can get snapped in your G.I. attire. Palais Royale (1601 Lake Shore Boulevard West), Friday at 9 p.m., $17 in advance ($20 at the door.)
MUSIC: A pretty simple idea—get a great indie band to DJ a dance-party night—continues to work well for the Young Lions Music Club. For Songs: A Dance Party Vol. IX, they’ve enlisted viral video rockers Hollerado to pick the playlist, with input from the audience. As they say, “It’s not so much about DJ prowess, as it is about the ultimate party playlist.” Sneaky Dee’s (431 College Street), Friday at 10 p.m., $5.
ART: Art Starts, Whippersnapper, and the City of Toronto’s Graffiti Transformation Project (see, they’re not entirely against street art) are collaborating with youths in Alexandra Park on a new mural entitled Make Your Mark on Paradise. The final project of seven semi-permanent installations created across Toronto this summer by young artists, the mural is intended to be permanent. For its launch, there will be refreshments, barbecue, and a dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony. (77 Grange Avenue), Sunday at 4 p.m.–6 p.m., FREE.
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