In today's Urban Planner, one man uses the Nintendo DS to create an entire art exhibit, shimmy to the beat of improvised music, all the world's a stage for Latin-American playwrights, and CEOs compete against each other in a standup game show.
ART: These days, video games can do a lot of cool things. They can turn people into rock stars, get people into shape (thankfully), and provide new tools for artists to create their work. Ed Chee has taken advantage of the latter and is debuting his art show entitled “Plein-Air In My Pocket: Nintendo DS Digital Paintings”—a gallery painted entirely on his DS Lite. Chee’s pieces emerge from significant moments in his life, such as when he was forced to wait many hours in the hospital while his father was battling cancer and his DS was all he had to keep him busy. (Read our story on the exhibit here.) Opening reception, Gladstone Hotel Art Bar (1214 Queen Street W.). 7 p.m.–11 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Jamming among friends: one of the most freeing aspects of being a musician. Wavelength 527 hopes to prove that it’s not just jazz artists who can make music up on the spot, but that musicians of any genre can do it. Drop in for a night of loop pedal–inspired improvisation featuring Crazy Angry and Bored, Sandro Perri, Ayal Senior, FireLionDragon, and your host, Don Pickles. Holy Oak Cafe (1241 Bloor Street W.). 9 p.m., PWYC.
THEATRE: Latin-American playwrights unite! The 2011 De Colores Festival of New Works is in town to bring new theatrical works by Latin American writers, directors, and actors to Canadian audiences. Drop in for full performances, as well as excerpts from brand new material. Wychwood Theatre (601 Christie Street). Thursday and Friday, 8 p.m., $15.
COMEDY: With Occupy Wall Street dominating most headlines, it’s only appropriate that a group of comedians are taking aim at CEOs with a new stand-up routine. Enter the first annual CEO Comedy Classic, in which several of Toronto’s “top CEOs” will take the stage to compete against each other in an American Idol–ish quest to be crowned the funniest Chief Executive Officer. The evening features special guest Dana Carvey (!) of Saturday Night Live and Wayne’s World fame, and all proceeds will go to various charities supporting at-risk youth. Winter Garden Theatre (189 Yonge Street). 8 p.m., ticket prices vary (call 1-855-622-2787).
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