Urban Planner: December 5, 2011
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Urban Planner: December 5, 2011

In today's Urban Planner: Globe columnist John Ibbitson talks politics, emPoweR throws a "bad" party for a good cause, Nightwood Theatre's Kelly Thornton explains the directing process On Stage, Laughable at Unlovable features a couple of funny guys, and Ride the Tiger plays the Drake.

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TALK: Nine candidates kicked off their campaigns for the federal NDP leadership position yesterday, and interim federal Liberal leader Bob Rae has called for open memberships to rebuild that party, which will meet in January to discuss how to do that. If Canadian politics seem particularly chaotic right now, then perhaps you’d be interested in hearing Globe and Mail columnist John Ibbitson speak this afternoon on our changing political climate, presented by the Literary Review of Canada and TVO’s Big Ideas. Gardiner Museum (111 Queen’s Park), 5:30 p.m, FREE.

FUNDRAISER: Dress poorly (and seasonally) to help disadvantaged women at the Ugly Holiday Sweater Party tonight. Student activist collective emPoweR is throwing a “bad” holiday party with all the cheesy trimmings, including festive drinks and a photo booth to capture the garish memories, in support of the Dress for Success organization. WAYLABAR (996 Queen Street East), 7 p.m., $10.

TALK: Nightwood Theatre‘s artistic director Kelly Thornton is directing that company’s Toronto premiere of Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad, which opens in January. She’ll be speaking about the process this evening in the last of the season’s On Stage lecture series. Reference Library, Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium (789 Yonge Street), 7 p.m., FREE.

COMEDY: The comedy show we featured last week has a strong lineup again, though this time it’s the men who caught our notice; Pat Thornton and Gilson Lubin are among the guests at this week’s Laughable at Unlovable stand-up show. Unlovable (1415-B Dundas Street West), 9 p.m., PWYC.

MUSIC: The Drake Hotel‘s long-running Elvis Mondays showcase, complete with the free Starvin’ Artists Buffet, continues weekly in the Underground, but there’s a new weekly residency in their lounge. Ride the Tiger features live soul and Motown music to get down to, starting an hour into Elvis Mondays at 10 p.m. The Drake Hotel (1150 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., FREE.

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