In today's Planner: theatre closings include the Rhubarb Festival, The Double, and a double dose of Dragons; African roots music from Chicago's Ethnic Heritage Ensemble and roots-rock music from The Strumbellas; anything goes at STOPTALKING7; and Rap Battlez' sex robots and pizza feuds.
THEATRE: A number of shows are wrapping their runs, so tonight and this weekend are your last chances to catch ’em. This year’s Rhubarb Festival programming, both at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street, 8 p.m., $20) and elsewhere, is in its final days; indie theatre (TheatreRUN) and Canuck metal (Protest the Hero) collaboration The Double doubles down this weekend (Factory Theatre, 125 Bathurst Street, 8 p.m., $20–$28); and a pair of shows with fire-breathing lizards (in their titles) are also closing up shop: Robert Lepage’s Shanghai-set multimedia spectacle The Blue Dragon (Royal Alexandria Theatre, 260 King Street West, 8 p.m., $25–$99), and Tarragon Theatre’s The Golden Dragon, a tale of converging urban fables told cunningly by talented actor-narrators. Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgeman Avenue), 8 p.m., $20–$50 (rush tickets available at 6 p.m., $12, cash only, 2 per person).
MUSIC: Chicago’s Ethnic Heritage Ensemble fuses jazz and traditional African music styles into a style uniquely their own, and the trio are playing their final show of a two night stand tonight at the Trane Studio (964 Bathurst Street, 8 p.m., $15 in advance, $20 at the door). If however, your tastes in roots music leans more towards roots-rock, there’s a fine triple bill assembled for The Strumbellas‘ debut LP release of My Father and The Hunter; the headliners will be joined by boot-stomping rock choir The Hamilton Trading Co., and also by the literary inspired Graydon James and the Young Novelists. The Rivoli (332 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., $12.
CABARET: Tonight’s the seventh edition of STOPTALKING, a live performance event incorporating “storytelling, poetry, confessionals, stand-up comedy, performance art, personal letters, skits, and more.” Twenty individual performers are listed on the bill, and from the chipmunks-speed trailer showing footage from a previous installment, it looks like just about anything might happen. The White House (277 1/2 Augusta Avenue), 9 p.m., PWYC.
COMEDY: We always waffle over whether to call popular late-night rhyming throwdown Rap Battlez comedy or music. But the deciding factor for this month’s installment was reading this particular match-up on the bill: Sketchersons writer-performers (and real life couple) Jocelyn Geddie and Jon Blair will face off as a “Sex Robot” and “Disgruntled Sex Robot Customer.” Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 10:30 p.m., $5.
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