In today's Urban Planner: Steven Page and friends' gala night for the SPCA; Daniel Karasik's upcoming new play gets a reading; and comedy show Laughable at Unlovable features some real-life sexy nerd girls.
BENEFIT: No longer barenaked (rather, dapper-clothed) solo artist Steven Page is headlining a charity gala tonight in support of the Ontario SPCA. Live and Unleashed will feature comedic co-hosts (and real life partners) Colin Mochrie and Deborah McGrath, plus opening acts Planet Earth and Matthew James. Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe Street), 5 p.m. reception & dinner, 8 p.m. concert, $50 (concert)—$100 (concert with dinner.)
THEATRE: Playwright Daniel Karasik, whose play The Innocents cracked our top five of last year’s SummerWorks Festival highlights, is prepping a new full-length for premiere next fall, entitled The Biographer. Tonight, attendees to the Toronto Fringe’s new studio spaces will get to hear the play’s first reading, with actors Julian Richings, Stewart Arnott, and Sascha Cole at the stands. Fringe Creation Lab (720 Bathurst Street), 8 p.m., FREE.
COMEDY: Steph Tolev and Nick Flanagan‘s weekly Laughable at Unlovable stand-up showcase features some real-life sexy nerd girls tonight—Steph Kaliner, head writer for the Sexy Nerd Girl webseries, and Sara Hennessey, for whom Kaliner guested as an unsexy casting agent in the webseries Goodbye Sara Hennessey (the two women also occasionally perform together as Sexy Girl Party). Unlovable (1415-B Dundas Street West), 9 p.m., PWYC.
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