Urban Planner: March 2, 2012
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Urban Planner: March 2, 2012

In today's packed UP: exhibit openings and play closings; The Walkmen celebrate their first LP while BA Johnston celebrates his latest; plus saucy entertainment at Toronto Strip Spelling Bee and the Carnegie Hall Show.

Cleopatra Williams and the Carnegie Hall Dancers. Photo by Skye Regan.

EXHIBITION: Plenty to choose from in art openings tonight. First, there’s a large group of female artists contributing to the Women’s Day exhibit at Wise Daughter`s Craft Market (3079B Dundas Street West, 6–8 p.m., FREE). Artist Xiaojing Yan has experimented with traditional Chinese ink painting for A Grasp of Shadows at Red Head Gallery (401 Richmond Street West, Suite 115, 6–9 p.m., FREE). Finally, Matt Bahen`s new take on traditional Canadian landscape painting opens as After Wolves at LE Gallery (1183 Dundas Street West), 7–10 p.m., FREE.

THEATRE: Another weekend with multiple last chance showings. Tonight and Saturday night are the final performances of a “brief but intense” production of Hughie at the Theatre Centre (1087 Queen Street West, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., $20–$25). Also closing is Le Théâtre français de Toronto‘s final surtitled performances of La Liste at The Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 3:30 p.m., $28–$48.) Puppeteer Ronnie Burkett’s “plainly stunningPenny Plain closes on Sunday afternoon at Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst Street, Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., PWYC to $55). Also closing Sunday, at the Bathurst Centre, is the powerful a cappella musical Obeah Opera (918 Bathurst Street, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., $25–$30).

MUSIC: Veteran NYC and Philly-based rockers The Walkmen are celebrating 10 years of professional troubadouring since the release of their debut LP Everyone Who Pretended to Like Me is Gone, and they’re doing so here in Toronto at the Phoenix Concert Theatre (410 Sherbourne Street, 8 p.m., $26.) More locally, The “infamous” B.A. Johnston is celebrating the release of his new LP Hi Dudes with a release party featuring himself and fellow Toronto-bred acts The Stables, The Taste, and Toledo. The Garrison (1197 Dundas Street West), 10 p.m., $8.

CABARET: There’s an edition of popular “spell it or strip it” event Toronto Strip Spelling Bee tonight at Buddies in Bad Times (12 Alexander Street, 11 p.m., $10.) And tonight also includes the relaunch of The Carnegie Hall Show, featuring aerialist Ana Shepherd, burlesque entertainment from Jackie English and the Carnegie Hall Dancers, and the off-the-French-cuff comedy of The National Theatre of the World. Second City Toronto (51 Mercer Street), 11 p.m., $6–$12.

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CORRECTION: March 2, 2012, 12:54 P.M. This post originally stated the name of the singer in the picture as Cleopatra Jones. The singer’s name is Cleopatra Williams.