In today's UP, artist Junko Mizuno's Venus Cake has an exhibition opening party, and burlesque afterparty; Theatre Passe Muraille kicks off its Dancing Without Mary fundraising series; masks, outlandish costumes, and a wrestling legend dominate Comedy Bar; and Loving in the Name Of celebrates four years of epic covers.
ART/BURLESQUE: Japanese pop culture artist Junko Mizuno‘s second exhibition in Canada, Venus Cake: Junko Mizuno’s Food Obsession, opens this evening at Narwhal Projects, with the artist in attendance (Narwhal Art Projects, 680 Queen Street West, 7 p.m.–10 p.m., FREE). After the reception, the party will move down the street for a rock ‘n’ roll and burlesque afterparty, performed by Underground Peepshow and hosted by celebrity blogger Raymi the Minx. Bovine Sex Club (542 Queen Street West), 10 p.m., $10/$5 with costume or Junko Mizuno button.
THEATRE: There are some shows closing this week, including Mikaela Dyke‘s sensational solo turn in Dying Hard, and the flawed but still fascinating free as injuns by Native Earth. But the hot ticket tonight in theatre is definitely for Theatre Passe Muraille, where the company—still missing the ill leading (and only) lady of Mary Walsh’s Dancing With Rage—is launching its Dancing Without Mary fundraising series with a reading of Linda Griffith’s Maggie and Pierre. The playwright will be reading her own work, directed by Paul Thompson. Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue), 7:30 p.m., $15.
COMEDY: There are going to be a lot of masks and outlandish costumes at Comedy Bar tonight. First off, weekly improv comedy deathmatch Catch 23 Improv is going with a pro-wrestling theme, with Bret “The Hitman” Hart (yes, the REAL Hitman) judging the comedy with tag team partner Sarah Hiller, and several masked luchador participants. In the late night slot, Rap Battlez‘ packed bill includes the return of Killerette (Kayla Lorette), squaring off against frequent champ A.C. Risky (Adam Christie). Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m. & 10:30 p.m., $8 for both shows.
MUSIC: The perennially popular big band cover night Loving In The Name Of is celebrating its fourth anniversary tonight, promising covers of David Bowie, Lionel Richie, Stevie Nicks, and many more, with Allie Hughes (ALX), Luke LaLonde (Born Ruffians), and Sebastien Grainger among the participants. The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West), 10:30 p.m., $10.
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