Urban Planner, December 12, 2011
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Urban Planner, December 12, 2011

Today you can: learn about Toronto's waterfront future at a public meeting, or about its past at Fort York's Parler Fort series; celebrate Christmas with the senior entertainers at Belmot House; hear author Michael Morpurgo read from War Horse; and see comedy based on Postsecrets.com from Bad Dog Theatre.

Members of the Belmont House Drama Society, who'll be taking part in the residence's annual Christmas Variety Show. Photo by Rebecca Buttigieg.

MEETING: Waterfront Toronto, which had a rollercoaster of a summer thanks to Doug Ford’s fantasy Ferris wheel, has launched a series of public meetings to keep Torontonians engaged in the planning process as it continues. There’s a public consultation tonight at the Reference Library for anyone interested in the progress of current projects and the organization’s plans for the future. Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street), 6:30 p.m., FREE.

VARIETY: More than 50 residents are taking part in this evening’s Belmont House Christmas Variety Show, which will feature the Drama Society’s presentation of “My Boyfriend’s Home for Christmas,” song selections from the house choir, and readings and vaudeville acts, including some from “former cabaret girls.” There’ll be eggnog and homebaked festive treats served after the show, and a chance to chat with the performers. Belmont House Auditorium (55 Belmont Street), 7 p.m., FREE.

THEATRE: In advance of next February’s opening of Mirvish Theatre’s production of War Horse, Michael Morpurgo, author of the novel the award-winning West End production is based on, will be reading selections from his book tonight on stage, accompanied musically by John Tams, who composed songs for the play. (A paperback copy of Morpurgo’s book is included in the ticket price.) Panasonic Theatre (651 Yonge Street), 7 p.m., $15.

TALK: If you cab it, you might be able to make it from the Port Lands meeting earlier in the evening to Fort York’s Parler Fort series tonight, and hear a discussion about Toronto’s architectural and development past between John Bentley Mays, Phil Goodfellow, and Mark Osbaldeston. All three men are authors and experts on Toronto landmarks and building design, and will be tackling the theme “Toronto: Built and Unbuilt.” Fort York (250 Fort York Boulevard), 7:30 p.m., $10 (FREE for students.)

COMEDY: Bad Dog Theatre Company has been using its Monday night shows to test out all sorts of creative new improv formats, including one based on a 19th century author’s list of dramatic situations. This week, they’re going with a much more modern inspiration—the website postsecret.com, where anonymous readers post embarrassing secrets. Veteran improvisors Aurora Browne and Marcel St. Pierre join younger Bad Dog players Pat Smith, Chris Besler and Alicia Douglas to play Toronto Secrets, based on anonymous confessions. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), doors at 8 p.m. (show at 8:30 p.m.), PWYC.

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