Urban Planner: May 18, 2012
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Urban Planner: May 18, 2012

Happening tonight: A Great and Fabulous Display of Realness, the Toronto Underground Cinema turns two years old; and multiple late-night dance parties.

Nina Arsenault is one of the featured performers at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre's "performance intervention" at the ROM's Friday Night Out series tonight. Detail of a photo by Alejandro Santiago.

QUEER PARTY: The Royal Ontario Museum’s ROM Friday Night Live series is just a few weeks old, but already phenomenally buzzed about, attracting a diverse crowd of people who want to see and be seen, and people who just like getting into the museum for cheap. Tonight’s crowd will be even more diverse than the ROM’s typical school and tour group crowd: Buddies in Bad Times Theatre hosts a group of queer performance artists who will interact with party goers as living exhibits, as part of The Great and Fabulous Display of Realness. (There will also be a few sneak peek screenings from the upcoming Inside Out Film Festival.) Royal Ontario Museum (100 Bloor Street West), 6 p.m.–9 p.m., $9.

BIRTHDAY PARTY: The Toronto Underground Cinema has just passed the two-year mark on their grand experiment of reopening the massive and long-shuttered Golden Classics Cinema for geek and fan favourite screenings. They’re celebrating by screening two cult classics: zany comedy classic Clue at 7 p.m., followed by the delightfully campy sci-fi action flick The Fifth Element at 9:15 p.m.. And did we mention there’ll be all sorts of prizes and giveaways, and everything is FREE? Happy birthday, guys. Toronto Underground Cinema (186 Spadina Avenue), 7 p.m. and 9:15 p.m., FREE.

DANCE PARTY: There are some great regular Friday night dance parties in Toronto—events like Girl and Boy: a ’90s Dance Party or Da Da Da: a Psychedelic Dance Party. But tonight, there’s a selection of events you can shake your tail feathers at that also incorporate some element of live performance. To wit:

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