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Lilly Flawn as Gretel and Matthew MacDonald as Hansel, surrounded by other cast members. Photo by David Smiley.
In today’s Urban Planner: listen to the internationally renowned Glenn Miller Orchestra in support of epilepsy research; take the ferry over to Ward’s Island for Shadowland Theatre’s take on Hansel and Gretel; visit Clinton’s for some evening poetry; and don’t forget to check out all that SummerWorks has to offer.
FUNDRAISER: The world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra—which recently celebrated its 55th anniversary—is taking to the stage in support of epilepsy research tonight. The fifth annual concert for epilepsy, entitled “Moonlight Serenade,” will bring back “the days of the golden era of jazz, swing, big band music, dances and smashing parties.” Palais Royale Ballroom (1601 Lakeshore Boulevard West), VIP reception at 6:00 p.m., general admission at 7:30 p.m., $88.50–$177.
THEATRE: Shadowland Theatre is presenting a spin on the classic tale of Hansel and Gretel on Ward’s Island for one week only. The outdoor processional cabaret performance of Hansel and Gretel – A Case Study is a dark and humorous take on the Grimm Brothers’ fairy tale. The shows—which run until August 14—will feature live music from Brecht and Weill’s The Threepenny Opera. Ferry Docks on Ward’s Island (Ward’s Island), 8:00 p.m., $10–$15.
POETRY: Canada’s longest-running poetry-only reading series by Art Bar is on at Clinton’s tonight. The poets on tap are Toronto-based Blair Trewartha and award-winners Michael Blouin and Kate Marshall Flaherty. Clinton’s (693 Bloor Street West), 8:00 p.m., FREE (donations accepted).
SUMMERWORKS: The annual SummerWorks Theatre Festival continues to bring edgy independent theatre and music acts to audiences eager to get a sneak peek at next year’s biggest hits. Also continuing tonight is the world premiere of Toronto-born, London-based playwright Jason Hall’s THIRD FLOOR, a version of Rear Window for the condo era, directed by Ashlie Corcoran of Theatre Smash, and Mr. Marmalade, a site-specific show that invites the audience into the make-believe relationship between four-year-old Lucy and her abusive, drug-addicted, workaholic friend played by David Storch. For musical interests, PROGRAM uses a large ensemble orchestra to tell the stories of a cast of characters—an artist, a ghost, a street youth, and a princess, among others.