Urban Planner: March 19, 2012
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Urban Planner: March 19, 2012

In today's UP: singing along to Whedon, Ryeberg Live at the Drake Hotel, and Micheal Healey's controversial play Proud gets its first public reading.

A packed house at Ryeberg Live's recent Vancouver debut. Photo by Christine McAvoy.

GEEKERY: Geek Love‘s first night devoted to the musical output of Joss Whedon, director of the upcoming Avengers movie, was such a hit, they’re doing it all over again. Participants are encouraged to come in costume as their favourite Buffy or Dr. Horrible characters (bonus points to anyone dressed as a character from the Smile Time episode of Angel). The Ossington (61 Ossington Avenue), 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show, FREE.

LECTURES: Curated video series Ryeberg features writers discussing the YouTube videos that inspire them. Ryeberg had its live West Coast debut last week, and tonight’s hometown edition of Ryeberg Live features contributors Jowita Bydlowska, Sean Dixon, Lynn Crosbie, Nick Mount, and more. The Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen Street West), 7 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show, $10 ($12 at the door.)

THEATRE: The second event in Theatre Passe Muraille’s Dancing Without Mary fundraising series—which is helping defray costs incurred by comedy star Mary Walsh’s cancellation of her one-woman show due to hospitalization—is high profile indeed; it’s the first public reading of Michael Healey’s new play Proud. The Globe has an excerpt, and an explanation of the firestorm it’s already created. Advance tickets are sold out, but there may be a small number of rush tickets at the door—we recommend you line up absurdly early. Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue), 8 p.m., $15 (Limited rush tickets available one hour before show.) UPDATE, 3:30 PM: We’re now being told there are no rush tickets but the theatre will start a waiting list at 6 p.m. in the event there are no-shows or cancellations.

MUSIC: Lining up absurdly early may also help if you want to get into the highly touted and sold out bill of buzz acts Grimes, Born Gold, and Moon King at the ‘Shoe tonight. Moon King is scheduled to begin at 8:35 p.m., so if you already have tickets, make sure you don’t miss out. Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West), 8:30 p.m., $8 (but you’ll probably need to pay more to a scalper.) UPDATE, 4:42 PM: Due to Grimes’ illness and Moon King’s car breaking down in Sulphur Springs, Texas, this show has been cancelled.

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