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.
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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