Urban Planner: August 22, 2012
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Urban Planner: August 22, 2012

Today: Dungeons and Dragons live on stage, Bookclub-in-a-Box wants you to meet author Joshua Henkin, and things heat up at the Rochester.

Joshua Henkin's new novel The World Without You contemplates the lives that death leaves behind. Photo by {a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/bella3/5339373976/"}bella.m{/a} from the {a href="http://www.flickr.com/groups/torontoist"}Torontoist Flickr Pool{/a}.

COCKTAILS AND CABARET: The very first Cocktail and Cabaret night is a feast for the eyes and tongue with themed drinks, free eats, and sultry performances by burlesque babes “The Professional Distraction” Red Herring, “The Sweetheart of Striptease” Mina LaFleur, “International Globetrotting Showgirl” Coco Framboise, and “The Wonder from Down Under” Melody Merlot, among others. The Rochester (423 College Street), cocktail social starts at 5 p.m., show at 8 p.m., $10 for cocktails and show, $15 for show only.

BOOKS: Life goes on, as they say, but exactly how does one do that after the loss of a sibling, son, or husband? Feel the pain of a young journalist’s life lost in Iraq, and a family’s struggle to move on in The World Without You. Bookclub-in-a-Box invites you to join author Joshua Henkin as he reads passages from his new novel, about one family’s memorial for its youngest member, Leo. Deer Park Library (40 St. Clair Avenue East), 7 p.m., FREE.

THEATRE: Whether they admit it or not, more than 20 million people have participated in Dungeons and Dragons over the last 40 years, making it the most popular role-playing game ever. Now the Bad Dog Theatre aims to make their unscripted comedy adventure Dungeons and Dragons Live, Campaign 1: The Legend of T’rannah the funniest role-playing show of all time. Get into the story, roll the 20-sided die, and guide the cast of 15 improv actors through a mystical land full of hilarious adventures. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., $12 or $10 for students.

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