Urban Planner: January 30, 2012
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Urban Planner: January 30, 2012

In today's UP: we've got mild weather for the Coldest Day of the Year Bike Ride; artists gather for a luncheon, talk, and performance at the Artist's Soup Kitchen; and Laura Caswell premieres Acting Up Stage's Dark Night Cabaret at the Berkeley Street Theatre.

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BIKE: Today’s date on the calendar is traditionally the coldest day of winter. Since the roads are clear and the forecast calls for it to be -3 degrees (and climbing) as of midday, the Toronto Cyclist’s Union organized “Coldest Day of the Year Ride” doesn’t seem like such a crazy idea, after all. Cyclists who’ve put their bikes away for the winter can participate by riding a Bixi Toronto bike; the bike-share system is waiving extra fees for members who participate in the ride. Departure from City Hall North-West side (Armoury Street and Chestnut Street) as of noon, estimated arrival at the Royal York, south side (100 Front Street West) at 1:30 p.m, FREE.

LUNCHEON: We wrote last week about the Artist’s Soup Kitchen, and how it aims to nourish artists’ bellies, and stoke their own appetite for creation. The fourth edition is today, and features storyteller and activist Naty Tremblay as the guest performer and host. Raging Spoon (761 Queen Street West), noon–3 p.m., FREE.

CABARET: The Acting Up Stage Company, which is close to selling out its current run of Caroline, or Change, is making use of the show’s Monday night off to give the stage over to Dark Night Cabaret. Tonight’s the first performance, and features Laura Caswell and friends presenting Tales From a Suitcase, telling stories from Caswell’s life on the road. Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street), 8 p.m., $15 in advance (w/ code “BAGGAGE”), $20 at the door.

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