Urban Planner: January 20, 2012
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Urban Planner: January 20, 2012

In today's UP: noted film critics answer questions at a TIFF panel discussion, three new exhibits debut at XPACE, Andy Kindler returns to Comedy Bar, new music from Tomboyfriend and pals, and classic tunes from Loving In The Name of.

Stand-up wit Andy Kindler pulls his own strings (and maybe some of his audience's) all this weekend at Comedy Bar. Image by Kurt Firla.

DISCUSSION: TIFF’s Cannes Critics Week celebrates 50 years of the festival’s special screening series, with films selected by eight local critics. Today you get a free opportunity to grill some of those opinion-makers, as Fabien Gaffez, Peter Howell, Liam Lacey, and Jonathan Rosenbaum will participate in “Higher Learning—Cannes Critics Week Panel: Film Criticism Today,” a free panel discussion on film criticism that TIFF is hosting at the Lightbox. Tiff Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), 11 a.m.–1 p.m., FREE.

EXHIBITION: XPACE Cultural Centre hosts not one, not two, but three different exhibit openings tonight in their various spaces, so the place is going to be hopping with fine art aficionados. In the Main Space is Magnetic Impulses; in the XBase, it’s It Happened In The Woods; and in the Window Space is The “RedOne” Project. All three openings get underway at 7 p.m., and you’ll of course be able to wander through them all. XPace Cultural Centre (58 Ossington Avenue), 7 p.m., FREE.

COMEDY: Andy Kindler may be a self-deprecating fellow, but he’s frequently cited as a favourite of many people who’re professionally funny themselves (or aspire to be). Kindler’s back for another weekend residency at Comedy Bar with four main stage stand-up shows on Friday and Saturday, and as guest host of Sunday Night Live (with musical guest Will Whitwham). Tonight’s 7:30 p.m. early show is already sold out, and the late night 10:30 p.m. set is close, but since Comedy Bar now has that nifty cabaret space, you have solid alternative options; Ladystache Gone Wild is on the cabaret stage at 8 p.m., followed by a stand-up showcase at 10 p.m. by up-and-coming local comics Dylan Gott, John Hastings, Garrett Jamieson, and Rhiannon Archer. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 7:30 p.m. onwards, $5–$20 per show.

MUSIC: Real Estate’s show at Lee’s Palace tonight is completely sold out, but not to worry—we can point you in the right direction if you want to catch great pop music, either new or fan favourite. Local queer-positive pop band Tomboyfriend are releasing both an EP and a new video tonight, supported by Vag Halen and Fitness (The El Mocambo, 464 Spadina Avenue, 8 p.m., $5.) If you’d rather party to “the greatest hits of all time”, both DJed and covered live by a baker’s dozen of local musicians, then Loving In The Name Of is your bag. The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West), 10 p.m., $10.

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