In today's Urban Planner: the High Park Club celebrates 100 years of recreation; a theatre and music evening at the Tranzac (including a member of Parks and Rec); Indie Fridays wraps up at Yonge-Dundas Square; Loving in the Name Of supports UNICEF; and edgy comedy from the Specials and Touch My Stereotype. Oh... and TIFF!
SOFTBALL: The boys (and gals) of summer aren’t quite done yet, despite the downturn in the weather! The High Park Club is celebrating 100 years of recreation (especially curling), but also 20 years of softball play. There’ll be “Young Lion” and “Old Lion” exhibition games going on this evening, followed by a barbecue back at the club house at 100 Indian Road—all are welcome. Rennie Park (20–28 Morningside Avenue), 6 p.m., FREE.
THEATRE: Emerging and veteran playwrights, including Fringe Festival favourites Erin Fleck and Maya Rubinovitch, are previewing excerpts of their new work tonight at Script Scrap in the Tranzac Club’s Main Hall; interspersed between the previews will be musical acts like Jadea Kelly, and Charles Tilden of Parks and Rec. The Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Avenue), doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., PWYC.
MUSIC: Indie Fridays at Yonge-Dundas Square wraps up tonight after a summer of terrific free shows by bands like the Sadies and the Elastocitizens (who headline at Lee’s Palace tonight, actually.) The season closers tonight are veteran music maker and Broken Social Scene–ster Jason Collett, at 8 p.m., and Zeus (whose first album we loved and whom we’re eagerly awaiting a new one from, if studio sessions like this are any indication) at 9:15 p.m. Later tonight, since those early shows are FREE, plop down some cash for charity to see some of Toronto’s best musicians (like Maylee Todd, Sebastien Grainger, and Allie Hughes) take part in Loving in the Name Of, a tribute to power rock bands of the ’80s and further back, like the Rolling Stones and Van Halen (if you donate in advance online, your name will be on the guest list at the door.) The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West), doors at 10 p.m. (show at 10:30 p.m.), $10 (FREE with advance UNICEF donation.)
COMEDY: The Specials describe themselves as a “musical comedy group”, but while they’re all dolled up, at heart, they specialize in wicked humour based in part on bouffant clowning, which aims to provoke as well as titillate: hence, past shows with the cast as mock Chinese stereotypes or this video sketch about vaginal odour. This weekend’s run at The Scotiabank Studio Theatre (46 Noble Street, 8 p.m., $20) is entitled The Specials in 9/11/11 and features the troupe as an airplane crew. If you think that might push your buttons the wrong way, we’re also recommending Touch My Stereotype‘s new sketch show tonight; while the large collective’s style of comedy isn’t tame by any means, it might be a safer bet for a date (though that depends on your date, of course). Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 10 p.m., $10.
TIFF: In case you live under some sort of Toronto-sized rock and haven’t heard yet: the Toronto International Film Festival is on from September 8–18. We have loads of reviews and interviews, a survival guide, and other fun TIFF-y stuff in our TIFF hub to help make this TIFF the TIFF-iest TIFF that you ever TIFF’d.
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