In today's UP: two new exhibitions, Transmission Lines and People People, open at the Cooper Cole Gallery; COBA's new work Les Rythmes de la Forêt opens at the Fleck Dance Theatre; and improv show About an Hour returns to Toronto.
EXHIBITION: Two exhibitions open at Cooper Cole Gallery this evening: a group exhibition, Transmission Lines, featuring American artists Ryan Wallace and Chris Duncan, and a solo exhibition of paintings by Anders Oinonen, People People. Both Wallace and Oinonen will be in attendance at tonight’s opening. Cooper Cole Gallery (1161 Dundas Street West), 6 p.m.–10 p.m., FREE.
DANCE: COBA—the Collective of Black Artists—opens a dance and music performance titled Les Rythmes de la Forêt tonight at Harbourfront Centre, loosely associated with the weekend’s Kuumba Festival. The show draws from music and dance of the Sene-Gambia region, featuring traditional drums and chants. It’s opening night, so tickets will be going fast; the show also has a Saturday evening performance and a Sunday matinee, both with talkbacks afterward. Fleck Dance Theatre (207 Queens Quay W.). 8 p.m., $18–$30.
COMEDY: It really does seem like we’ve been mentioning a lot of shows at Comedy Bar lately, but this is one we’d recommend even if it was being performed in a public washroom. About an Hour features veteran comic improvisers Rob Baker, Jan Caruana, Kerry Griffin, Alex Hatz and Jim Annan performing a made-up “real-time” long-form show based on audience suggestions. As the top-grossing show at the 2008 Fringe Festival, this is the show to see if your only experience of improv has been watching the games played on TV’s Whose Line is it Anyway? Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 10 p.m., $5.
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