Urban Planner: November 18, 2011
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Urban Planner: November 18, 2011

In today's Urban Planner: blue-collar protesters meet white-collar thinkers at Occupied Economics, Mammalian Diving Reflex dares the Torontonians to dare, Glee and Broadway star Idina Menzel performs, The Atomic Weight of Happiness opens, and Dutch Uncle Puppetry pulls some strings.

Dancer/multimedia artist Meagan O'Shea "lives" sustainably onstage in her show The Atomic Weight of Happiness. Photo by Lindsay Anne Black.

DISCUSSION: In a tentative step towards outlining concrete changes to address the concerns of the Occupy Toronto movement, U of T’s Faculty of Law and Gilbert’s LLP are co-sponsoring a panel of leading civic thinkers, including former mayor David Miller, current OCAD president Dr. Sara Diamond, and National Post deputy editor Matt Gurney, to discuss problems and solutions with an (anonymous) representative from the nascent Occupy movement. The Occupied Economics forum is the first in a new series of public discussions the Design Exchange‘s chair is hosting. Design Exchange (234 Bay Street), 4:45 p.m., FREE.

DARES: Darren O’Donnell of Mammalian Diving Reflex has joined with a group of Parkdale-based teens, the Torontonians, in devising a dare night. No “truths” here, just a box full of courage-testing challenges for participants, from whom a King and Queen will be anointed, with “bragging rights for ETERNITY.” Not only is this a free event for adults and teens, but teens can get volunteer hours credited. Gallerywest (1332 Queen Street West), 7:30–10:30 p.m., PWYC.

BROADWAY: Tonight’s the second and final night in a short stand by Broadway singer and Glee guest star Idina Menzel, who rose to fame for her turn as Elphaba in the smash Oz adaptation Wicked. Menzel will have tonight’s talk and concert taped for an upcoming PBS special, and she’ll be accompanied in the musical numbers by the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Koerner Hall (273 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., $49–$125.

DANCE: Dancer and mutimedia artist Meagan O’Shea opens her remount of The Atomic Weight of Happiness tonight at Theatre Direct. O’Shea’s fascinating autobiographical show looks at her formative years, including being born with six toes on each foot, and leads up to the unique career she’s developed for herself—a career that’s included, among past solo works like Based On Actual Unrelated Events, creating dance-in-public-space projects like Dance Like No-One Is Watching for Nuit Blanche and SummerWorks. Running during the week for school audiences, as well, the show incorporates sustainable eco-movement ideas; the energetic O’Shea occasionally hops on an exercise bike to power electric devices. Artscape Wychwood Barns, studio 174 (601 Christie Street), 8 p.m., $12–$20.

PUPPETS: Tonight the Dutch Uncle Puppetry troupe presents a late-night cabaret, Gregori’s Pfantastik Big Time Show! A puppet gravedigger turns MC for an outrageous variety show, with actor-creators Aviva Armour-Astroff, Daniel Briere, Erin Fleck, and Marcus Jamin getting their hands in and pulling some strings. Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue), 10 p.m., PWYC.

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