Urban Planner: December 23, 2011
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Urban Planner: December 23, 2011

In today's Urban Planner: The final Toronto Poetry Slam of 2011, with a special Chicago guest artist; The Peace Maker is read at the Fringe Creation Labs; Christmas with The Headstones; and celebrating 30 years of Controversy.

This one's for Christmas, and this one's for fun; the Headstones play a reunion show at the Sound Academy tonight. Photo by Gordon Hawkins.

POETRY: For the final Toronto Poetry Slam of 2011, organizers are bringing in Deonte Osayande to perform. He’s the the man behind (and in front of, as host) the Roses and Revolutions Poetry Slam in Detroit, and he represented his city on Detroit’s team at the 2011 U.S. National Poetry Slam Championship. Unlike most slam nights, there won’t be an open-mic segment tonight; instead, the BAM! Youth slam team will have their debut performance. Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen Street West), 7 p.m. doors, 7:30 p.m. signup, 8 p.m. slam, $5.

THEATRE: Actor and playwright Natasha Greenblatt has assembled a crack team of local performers to give a workshop performance of her new play, The Peace Maker. Directed by Aviva Armour-Ostroff, actors Michael Rubenfeld, Sascha Cole, Adam Paolozza, and more will be reading for this one-night-only showing, accompanied by a four-piece band playing accordion, guitar, clarinet, and Qanun, a traditional Arabic instrument. Fringe Creation Lab (720 Bathurst Street), 8 p.m., FREE.

MUSIC: Punk rock and Christmas go together like PB & J—just think of the Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York,” or The Ramones’ “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Want to Fight Tonight).” The Headstones, Canada’s most successful punk/hard rock act of the ’90s, have a (possibly festive) reunion show tonight, with openers Spitfist. Sound Academy (11 Polson Street), doors at 8 p.m., $30–$75.

PARTY: It’s been 30 years since His Purpleness, Prince (don’t bother looking for an offical site—go here) released 1981’s seminal party album Controversy. To celebrate, the hard-partying DJs of Purplelectricity will be spinning music that spans “The Artist’s” entire career, including showing videos of signature tunes like “Sexuality” and the album title track. Clinton’s (693 Bloor Street West), 10 p.m., $5.


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