Urban Planner: October 14, 2011
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Urban Planner: October 14, 2011

In today's UP: Those Who Can't Do... does sex ed on stage, Phillips & Crown and other funny ladies (and gents) in Canadian Comedy Award showcase, Diamonds in the (not so) rough at the Sinfonia Toronto opener, Sceneopolis promises a good night out tonight (and in the future), Sheezer DJs a night of dancing to other bands' tunes (other than Weezer's), and Braids and Yukon Gold stack their competing bills with great openers.

Born Gold opens for Braids at the Horseshoe Tavern tonight.

THEATRE: Writer/performer Erin Fleck’s new solo show Those Who Can’t Do…, which opened this past Tuesday, looks at sex ed in a high school—a hot-button issue in the recent provincial election—and how a teacher learns a thing or two from her students. Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue), 7:30 p.m., $25.

COMEDY: The Canadian Comedy Awards has five full days of showcases in the lead-up to the industry awards night on Monday, and tonight’s schedule at Comedy Bar has some real contenders, particularly from the ladies; Pick of the Fringe, which was one of ours in 2010, is on at 9 p.m. after a special edition of Catch 23 Improv, followed by kooky ladies (Kathleen) Phillips & (Katie) Crown in their musical sketch show Our Lives Work! Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 7:30 p.m. onwards, $12 per show (or $35 for full fest pass).

CLASSICAL: Sinfonia Toronto opens their season tonight with Diamonds, a selection of “Jazzy Shostakovich, sparkling Mendelssohn and the famous ‘Diamond Music,'” with guest pianist David Jalbert and trumpeter Guy Few. Glenn Gould Studio (250 Front Street West), 8 p.m, $39 ($32 seniors, $12 students.)

SCENE: Sceneopolis is a new service offering discounts and exclusive offers on cultural events around Toronto, supported by nearly two dozen founding organizations like Soulpepper, TIFF Bell Lightbox, and the ROM. Tonight, the subscription-based cultural planner throws a coming out bash, with complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and the chance to mix with the city’s cultural elite, including actors, dancers, musicians, and more. Brassaii (461 King Street West), 8:30 p.m., $20 (or FREE with annual $45 subscription.)

ROCK: (At least) two great shows at local clubs tonight: Vancouver rockers Yukon Blonde have picked up local-boys-made-good Great Bloomers and Sandman Viper Command to fill out their bill at Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor Street West, doors at 9 p.m, $11.50); while over at the ‘Shoe, Polaris shortlisters Braids have L.A.-based synth duo Pepper Rabbit and former Gobble-Gobblers Born Gold. Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West), doors at 9 p.m, $12 advance ($15 at the door).

PARTY: The ladies have the reins at Songs: A Dance Party tonight. First-ever S:ADP live act Rouge gets things going with an 11 p.m. set, followed by the women of Sheezer taking turns on the turntables. Sneaky Dee’s (431 College Street), 10 p.m., $5.

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