Urban Planner: January 18, 2012
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Urban Planner: January 18, 2012

In today's Urban Planner: See a series of shorts about the days of yesteryear, critically acclaimed musical Avenue Q is starting a short run at Lower Ossington Theatre, and see a performance of Mozart's final piece, Requiem.

Avenue Q performer Kira Hall and Puppet 'Lucy T. Slut'. Photo by Seanna Kennedy Photography.

FILM: It’s a short film extravaganza at NFB Mediatheque. Presented by the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival, Past Perfect features six shorts from around the globe that explore the past through characters that can’t seem to let go of favourite songs or buried memories. NFB Mediatheque (150 John Street), 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., $4–$6.

THEATRE: Broadway favourite Avenue Q is coming to the Toronto stage courtesy of the Lower Ossington Theatre. A local cast, directed by Seanna Kennedy and featuring Adam Norrad, will tell the story of Princeton, a college grad who moves to New York with big dreams, but little money. The show explores a number of important topics, including dating, racism, internet porn, being gay, and finding your purpose in life. Expect some full puppet nudity and lots of laughs from the Tony Award–winning musical, which will be on stage until February 4. The Lower Ossington Theatre (100A Ossington Avenue), 8 p.m., $45–$60.

MUSIC: Mozart’s Requiem—his final and unfinished composition—is hitting the stage for four nights, courtesy of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra. The mysterious and controversial composition will feature teenage piano sensation Jan Lisiecki, whom BBC Music Magazine called “perhaps the most ‘complete’ pianist of his age.” Roy Thomson Hall (60 Simcoe Street), 8 p.m., $28–$179.

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