In today's Urban Planner: a traditional tabla performance, Chelsea Wolfe gets gothic at Lee's Palace, and the Art Bar presents live poetry readings.
MUSIC: Tonight, Ed Hanley will introduce many to a new musical experience with his traditional tabla performance. A tabla is a set of two drums, tuned differently and played with the hands; Hanley will perform a solo in Jhaptal (10-beat rhythmic cycle) with Rattan Bhamrah accompanying on esraj (an Indian harp). Musideum Main Floor (401 Richmond Street West), 8 p.m., $15.
POETRY: The Art Bar presents a weekly poetry series featuring literary, slam, formal, and experimental works. Tonight’s special line-up includes award-winning poet Sheila Stewart, who has just released her second anthology, The Shape of a Throat; Art Bar’s 2009 Discovery Night winner Thomas Scott; and Jack Hannan, who will read from his poetry collection, Some Frames, which was shortlisted for the 2011 Quebec Writers’ Federation A.M. Klein Prize for Poetry. Pauper’s Pub (539 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Northern California’s Chelsea Wolfe is bringing her haunting, soulful sounds to Toronto as part of her North American tour, supporting bands like Russian Circles and Crypts. Not afraid to be eerie, Wolfe sounds like the gothic lovechild of Amy Winehouse and Feist. “The Way We Used To,” the first single from her new album, Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs, has already been released. Perhaps those in attendance tonight will be lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the rest of the album, which drops in October. Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor Street West) 8:30 p.m., $18.13.
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