Urban Planner: January 3, 2012
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Urban Planner: January 3, 2012

In today's Urban Planner: check out a reading of Coleen MacPherson's latest, The Selfsame Hour; watch comedians public nudity at Strip Comedy; and catch Friendly Rich and The Lollipop People as they start their weekly residency at the Cameron House.

Friendly Rich and the Lollipop People; image courtesy of the performers.

THEATRE: Theatre Passe Muraille is hosting a workshop reading of The Selfsame Hour; the work is Coleen MacPherson’s latest. The reading features a number of solid actors including David Christo (In The Pines and The Godot Cycle), Kate Kudelka, Viktor Lukawski, Rebecca Foreman, and Sarah Warren. The piece is inspired by Ovid’s story of Philemon and Baucis, based on questions of faith, love, and death. Theatre Passe Mureille Backspace (16 Ryerson Avenue), 7:30 p.m., FREE.

COMEDY: There’s no better incentive to be funny than the fear of having to get naked in front of a crowd of strangers. That’s the idea behind Strip Comedy, in which comics will take to the stage and, each time their jokes don’t get a laugh, take off a piece of clothing. The brave comedians are David Dineen-Porter, Joshua Elijah, Rhiannon Archer, Al Valiulis, Jeff Danson, and the event is hosted by Georgea Brooks-Hancock. The Central (603 Markham Street), 8 p.m., $5.

MUSIC: Tonight marks the return of Friendly Rich and The Lollipop People to the Cameron House, to kick off their weekly residency for 2012. From now until April, the group will hit the stage every Tuesday, with a variety of different opening acts. Joining them tonight is God’s Gift to Yoda, an indie jazz-rock band from Toronto. The Cameron House (408 Queen Street West) 10 p.m., PWYC.

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