Urban Planner: November 7, 2011
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Urban Planner: November 7, 2011

In today's Urban Planner: Pat Thornton kicks off 24 hours of comedy for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, Toronto Public Library's History Matters Lectures address Building Postwar Toronto, Studio 180 and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre take part in a worldwide play reading, and the Cream of Comedy show will anoint a new up-and-comer.

The nominees for the Tim Sims Award all perform tonight at the Cream of Comedy taping, at Second City Toronto. Photo by Dan Abramovici.

MARATHON: We talked with Pat Thornton last week about his third annual absolutely nuts personal dare for the Stephen Lewis Foundation, which has well and truly become a communal event. People gather in person, coming and going over the 24 hours to watch the event live, and also check out what’s happening online, as his team of writers and fans comment on the live feed or monopolize Twitter. Your wristband gets you unlimited in-and-out privileges from this afternoon’s kickoff until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, but bring your checkbook, too, so you can turn the writers’ room into your own personal joke machine on any topic of your choice. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 5 p.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday, $5 all-access wristband (donations strongly encouraged).

LECTURE: The Toronto Public Library’s History Matters Lectures turn their focus to city building after years of rationing and war efforts. For Building Postwar Toronto: When Planning and Politics Collide, Trent University professor Stephen Bocking will talk about how Toronto’s architectural landscape changed after the Second World War and how 60-odd years ago many of the same arguments playing out currently about our waterfront happened in regards to public and private land throughout Toronto. Toronto Public Library, Annette Street Branch (145 Annette Street), 7 p.m.—8 p.m., FREE.

THEATRE: New York company Tectonic Theatre Project, the company best known for creating the acclaimed Laramie Project, has enlisted more than 30 theatre companies across 24 states in the U.S. and beyond (like in Australia and our own country) to participate in readings tonight for their new project, Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays, a fundraiser and awareness campaign for worldwide marriage equality rights. Here in Toronto, Studio 180 and Buddies in Bad Times Theatre are staging Toronto’s edition, with cast members of the just-concluded and sold-out run of The Normal Heart taking part. There will be a live-streaming introduction from New York City and following the performance here, a Q&A. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street), doors at 7 p.m. (show at 8 p.m.), PWYC.

COMEDY: The annual Tim Sims Encouragement Award will be handed out tonight to one of the five finalists who moved on from the Fresh Meat Showcase to tonight’s gala presentation, the Cream of Comedy special. The five finalists, chosen by a jury of comedy veterans (and last year’s winner, Mike Rita), are stand-ups DJ Demers, Mark Edwards, and Kirk Jorgenson and sketch acts British Teeth and Fratwurst. Hosted by Ryan Belleville, the winner tonight will receive a substantial cash prize and a scholarship to study at Second City. Second City Toronto (51 Mercer Street), 8 p.m., $15.

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