Urban Planner: January 9, 2012
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Urban Planner: January 9, 2012

To do today: Michael Ondaatje on adapting his work for the stage; Trampoline Hall on worms and cults; Next Stage continues celebrating theatre; and Second City, the newbie edition.

Improviser Darryl Hinds plays with Nicole Elsasser at the Wheel of Improv show. Photo by Ann Pornel.

LECTURE: Two Canadian giants in their respective fields—author Michael Ondaatje and theatre creator Daniel Brooks—will be speaking about the process of adapting Ondaatje’s novel Divisadero into a play. David Young, the Reference Library’s most recent playwright in residence, will be interviewing the creative duo. Toronto Reference Library Beeton Auditorium (789 Yonge Street), 7 p.m., FREE.

LECTURE: The first Trampoline Hall of 2012 is even more difficult than usual to peg when it comes to the lecture topics, but here’s what we do know: Mayana Slobodia is talking about Cargo Cults, Nadia Moss has become an expert on worms, and Laura Perlmutter will tell everyone what she knows about Pleasing Mama Olga. The usual Trampoline Hall warnings apply (show sells out in advance, door tickets must be lined up for early, don’t show up late, et cetera). The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), doors at 7:40 p.m., show at 8 p.m., $5.

COMEDY: The Second City Training Centre, just around the corner a block from the busy Second City Theatre, has been teaching aspiring comedians for years, but it’s only in the past few that they’ve started to host regular public performances. It’s a major benefit for the comics, as stages on which to perform in Toronto have dwindled (and improvisers only get better with stage time in front of an audience.) Tonight, The Wheel of Improv series is celebrating its third year with a special show on the Mainstage; alumni from classes and the Mainstage will be on hand to watch, play, and party. Second City Toronto (55 Mercer Street), 10 p.m., $5 in advance, $10 at the door.

THEATRE: The Next Stage Theatre Festival (which is the curated winter edition of the Toronto Fringe Festival, complete with heated beer tent) features a selection of previously produced hits, and is programmed to be all killer, no filler. Check out our preview here.

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