Urban Planner: August 20, 2012
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Urban Planner: August 20, 2012

Today: new opera from Volcano Theatre and Classical Music Consort, new theatre from Small Wooden Shoe, new comedy from British Teeth, and new music from Sebadoh.

Scott Belluz in A Synonym For Love. Photo by John Lauener.

OPERA: Volcano Theatre and Classical Music Consort have teamed up to present A Synonym For Love, a new site-specific opera about three lovers who meet and interact (in song) in various spaces around the Gladstone Hotel. You can even specify which of the three characters you want to follow for the evening when you reserve your tickets in advance (audience members will follow performers to different locations within the hotel). The Gladstone also has a special prix fixe pre-show dinner package available. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., $30–$42.

READING: Innovative theatre company Small Wooden Shoe is producing a showcase of a new work in progress, another instalment in their Small Wooden Shoe Reads Difficult Plays and Sings Simple Songs series. Once again, they ask you to put your faith in them: the show, performers, even the location is a tightly guarded secret. You’ll get directions when you email the company to reserve your seats (which you should do soon—capacity is limited); 7 p.m., PWYC.

COMEDY: Sketch duo British Teeth and comedy producers The Jokebox present an evening of cabaret comedy tonight, Surf & Turf, featuring special guests Steve Patrick Adams, The Whiskey Dicks, and host Arthur Simeon. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., $10.

MUSIC: Lou Barlow fans won’t want to miss the return of Sebadoh to our fair city tonight. They were here last spring, but this time around, Barlow and pals have their first new material in 13 years to debut. Circle of Buzzards and Sentridoh open. The Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West), Sentridoh at 9 p.m., $23.50 in advance, $25 at the door.

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