Urban Planner: March 23, 2012
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Urban Planner: March 23, 2012

In today's UP: Art Metropole's launch, public conversation, and afterparty for Commerce By Artists; last chance theatre showings of The Happy Woman, The Diary of Anne Frank, and Out The Window; The Canadian International Comedy Fest's highlights (and non-fest local offerings); and Canadian Music Week continues.

The Diary of Anne Frank, which boasts a fine ensemble, closes this weekend at the Al Green Theatre. Photo by Joel Charlebois.

CONVERSATION: Art Metropole has the afternoon, evening, and late night planned for their Commerce by Artists book launch. They’re starting at Hart House with a public conversation with contributors like Jon McCurley, Carole Condé, and Ben Kinmount (Hart House Second Floor Dining Room, 7 Hart House Circle, 5 p.m.– 7 p.m., FREE); later that night, the party moves to McCurley’s Kensington Market venue Double Double Land, where there’ll be a performance by Regina The Gentlelady of Light Fires, and DJing late into the night. Double Double Land (209 Augusta Avenue), 9 p.m. onwards, FREE.

THEATRE: Nightwood Theatre‘s production of The Happy Woman wraps up this weekend at the Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., $22–$46), as does the remount of Shakespeare in Action’s The Diary of Anne Frank at the Al Green Theatre (750 Spadina Avenue, Friday & Saturday at 7:30 p.m, $18–$25.) The docudrama play Out the Window, featuring guest speakers after each performance, also wraps up this weekend, timing its finale to coincide with the launch of the Free Fall Festival 2012. Theatre Centre (1087 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., $20–$25.

COMEDY: The International Canadian Comedy Fest is running right now, and the big draw everyone knows about is the sold out show by 30 Rock‘s Tracy Morgan at the Sony Centre. But we’d also strongly recommend the Cool Chicks of Comedy showcase, with headliner Nikki Glaser (Last Comic Standing) and local support from Rebecca Kohler and Julia Hladkowicz (Friday and Saturday, Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club, 224 Richmond Street, 8 p.m., $29.) For non-fest laughs, we like the line-up of two different shows debuting in the Cabaret space at Comedy Bar: Blank City, featuring improvisers from Sex T-Rex, The Bitter End, and Sexy Nerd Girl; and Chad Mallett, a duo improv show from veterans Ted Hallett and Matt Folliott. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m. & 10 p.m., $8 & $10.

CMW: Bands, and films, and comedians—oh my! Canadian Music Week is upon us again, filling our evenings from March 21 to 25 with acts from across the world. Check out our full coverage of the festival with daily picks, nightly reviews, band profiles, and other magical tidbits we pick up, and make the most of it. It is, after all, the first CMW in recent memory that maybe won’t require an umbrella. Which is cause for celebration in and of itself.

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