In today's Urban Planner: Small Wooden Shoe previews a new piece, while Suburban Beast and Kids on TV open a performance space; Morro & Jasp and Brian Posehn both perform doubleheader shows; and Hooded Fang plays a show at Soybomb.
THEATRE: Multimedia performance company Small Wooden Shoe‘s latest in-development project, Antigone Dead People, opened last night. SWS playwright Evan Webber has re-imagined the characters from the Greek tragedy as ghosts who’ve been re-enacting their doom for millenia—until, in a modern environment, as they’re surrounded by technology and surveillance, something changes. There’s a matinee performance today for arts workers (and others who work evenings), then a final evening performance. The Tranzac Main Hall (292 Brunswick Avenue), 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., $15 in advance.
LAUNCH: The minds behind another multimedia performance company, Suburban Beast, are opening a dedicated cinema, gallery, and performance space in Kensington Market. Videofag will be “devoted to all things queer and transgressive,” and it already has a strong slate of film and performance exhibits scheduled in November and December. Tonight’s launch party will also serve as the opening for the space’s first show, Kids On TV: Hidden Histories and Spectacular Misfits. The band Kids on TV has created an immersive exhibition, and they’ll play songs off their forthcoming LP Pantheon. Videofag (187 Augusta Avenue), 8 p.m., FREE.
CLOWNS: Two of our (and Canada’s) favourite clowns, Morro & Jasp, are performing two of their biggest hit shows from the past few years in a one-night-only double-header, Two Much Fun. They’ll start with the show that marked their “graduation” from the KidsFringe, Morro & Jasp Do Puberty, and end the night with their unique take on Steinbeck, Of Mice and Morro & Jasp. The two performances are being taped “for posterity”, and since the two have been known to wander into the audience, the invite suggests you “make sure you look your best!” Factory Theatre Studio (125 Bathurst Street), 8 p.m., $20 for both shows.
COMEDY: The Dark Comedy Festival, which we previewed, doesn’t open fully until October 31. But popular stand-up and TV/film personality Brian Posehn (Mr. Show, The Sarah Silverman Program) is in town two weeks early to give comedy fans a taste of what’s to come. Posehn will headline two shows. The Annex Wreckroom (794 Bathurst Street), 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., $20.
MUSIC: Popular local pop-punk outfit Hooded Fang are headed out on a European tour this fall (their tune Tosta Mista has already been heard on the streets of Barcelona in a commercial starring tennis player Rafael Nadal). When they get back, they’ll probably be in seclusion as they work on a new album. But before they blow town, they’re headlining a blowout show, and giving away samplers from their label, DAPS Records, at the door. The samples will include new tracks from bands like Phedre, Odonis, and Beta Frontiers. “CD or Vinyl. Your Choice.” Soybomb (156 Bathurst Street), doors at 9 p.m., $10 at the door.
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