Urban Planner: February 22, 2012
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Urban Planner: February 22, 2012

Today in Toronto: stop by a morning showing of Everything Under the Moon, Nathan Englander talks about his new collection of short stories, head back to the future at an improv show, and it's the official opening of Obeah Opera.

Shary Boyle and Christine Fellows from Everything Under the Moon. Photo by Marc de Guerre.

PERFORMANCE: You never know what’s coming at Everything Under the Moon, the latest project by visual and performance artist Shary Boyle and songwriter and performer Christine Fellows. The production uses overhead projectors, costumes, and puppets, and is accompanied by an original score featuring xylophone, timpani, wurlitzer, ukulele, cello, trumpet, percussion, and voice. The story is about two small creatures on an adventure to rescue their species. The all-ages show started on Saturday and runs until tomorrow night. Enwave Theatre (231 Queens Quay West), 10 a.m. 7 p.m., $10–$15.

LITERATURE: Stop in for a talk by PEN/Malamud and Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction winner Nathan Englander, as he shares his new collection of short stories, What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank. The stories range from provocative to dark, including one about vigilante justice by a group of geriatric campers. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 7:30 p.m., FREE.

COMEDY: Some of the best improv comedians in the city are taking to the stage for Back to the Future: The Improv Show. The show’s premise is a love story that goes off script (with a little time-travel thrown in for good measure). Performing tonight are Sean Tabares, Alexandra Wylie, Julian Frid, Ken Hall, and Isaac Kessler. Black Swan Tavern (154 Danforth Avenue), 8 p.m., PWYC.

OPERA: Officially opening tonight is Nicole Brooks’s original Canadian work, Obeah Opera. The performance is a look into black history through music and movement and tells the story of women silenced by the 17th century witch hunt. Toronto soul singer Saidah Baba Talibah stars, alongside Nicole Brooks, Sapphire Dimetro, Joni NehRita, and Calypso Queen Supreme Macomere Fifi. The show is on stage until March 4. 918 Bathurst Centre (918 Bathurst Street), 8 p.m., $25–$30.

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CORRECTION: 10:20 AM Today’s performance of Everything Under the Moon, originally scheduled for 10 a.m., has been moved to 7 p.m. due to popular demand.