Urban Planner: March 5, 2012
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Urban Planner: March 5, 2012

On this Monday: talking about Banksy, making jokes for Gilda's Club, previewing Nightwood Theatre‘s production of The Happy Woman, and improvising musical jokes.

Banksy's resilient rat, as of this most recent picture, has been both tagged over and touched up. Photo by {a href=”https://secure.flickr.com/photos/jajriviere/6372397443/”}Janine Riviere{/a} from the {a href=”http://www.flickr.com/groups/torontoist/”}Torontoist Flickr Pool.{/a}

LECTURE: Some commentary by Banksy has been making the social media rounds in Toronto of late, proving that the artist is still a subject of fascination two years after he left his mark on our city. Walrus fiction editor Nick Mount, who wrote about Banksy’s appearance here at the time, will be giving a hotly anticipated lecture tonight about Banksy, his street art compatriots, and how they figure in the more established art world. Bloor/Gladstone Library (1101 Bloor Street West), 7 p.m., FREE (rush seats available starting 5 p.m., first come first served.)

COMEDY: Some of Toronto’s most established female comics (including Sandra Shamas, Shelley Marshall, Martha O’Neill, and host Kate Davis) are appearing tonight in That’s What SHE Said, a fundraiser show for Gilda’s Club. There’s a silent auction, raffle, and reception beforehand, too, with all proceeds helping to fund the cancer support centre’s move to a new location. Hugh’s Room (2261 Dundas Street West), doors and auction at 6 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m., $30 in advance.

THEATRE: Nightwood Theatre‘s production of The Happy Woman, following just weeks after the run of their hit The Penelopiad, doesn’t open officially until Wednesday, but there are a limited number of PWYC tickets available for tonight’s preview performance, starting at 10 a.m. at Canadian Stage’s box office. Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street), 8 p.m., PWYC or $28 if those tickets run out.

MUSICAL: Clowns and improvisers show off their singing voices, and often remarkable ability to make up funny lyrics on the spot in Troubadour, the competitive improvised musical competition. Nug Nahrgang, Ashley Botting, Aurora Browne, and Alex Tindal are the starting line-up, with musical accompanist (and Torontoist music contributor) Robin Hatch playing their songs; a performer will be eliminated each round until only one is left to play their encore. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 9 p.m., PWYC.

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