In today's Urban Planner: zombies ride the not-rising-from-the-dead Jarvis bike lanes; Kat Sandler's brainy comedy Delicacy; The Wilderness of Manitoba's spooky harmonies; a terrifying night of Avril and Chad mash-ups; and the Time Warp on stage and screen.
CYCLING: Zombies on cars, zombies on walks, and now, zombies on bikes. This month’s edition of the Critical Mass bike ride is soliciting participants to dress up as the undead and ride the soon-to be dead bike lanes on Jarvis Street, demonstrating to drivers that the lanes will live on, for cyclists will just take the full lane they’re legally entitled to instead. Bloor Street West and Spadina Avenue, 6 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Most of the live music venues in town are hosting Halloween-themed shows and acts tonight (NOW has a pretty good round-up of those), so for something a little different you’ll want to go to church to hear the eerily beautiful music of The Wilderness of Manitoba. The group’s four-part harmonies should send chills of a different sort up your spine in the acoustically pristine venue. Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church (427 Bloor Street West), doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8 p.m., $18 in advance, $22 at the door.
THEATRE: We published a round-up of Halloween-appropriate theatre yesterday, and here’s one more for the list—though the horror is less chills and thrills, and more of a dinner party gone horribly wrong. Kat Sandler follows up her Fringe Festival hit Help Yourself with Delicacy, a comedy of manners starring Andy Trithardt, Tennille Read, Kelly McCormack, and Kaleb Alexander (who also co-hosts a Halloween fundraiser party for theatre company Birdtown & Swanville after tonight’s performance). Factory Theatre Studio (125 Bathurst Street), 8 p.m., $20.
CABARET: Now this is scary—a night of covers and tributes to the upcoming marriage of Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger. Songbook Series 4: Songs for Avril & Chad will feature mash-ups of the famous duo’s music, as well as a few other pop music treats, cabaret style, including a dramatic reading of a Justin Beiber and Selena Gomez mash-up. Theatre Passe Muraille (16 Ryerson Avenue), 10:30 p.m., PWYC.
ROCKIES: The weekend before Halloween is the weekend for Halloween parties, but there’s another seasonal tradition, too—cult classic Rocky Horror-themed events. Here are a few:
- Fallen Rock Productions has been at this annual Rocky stage show game for a while now, and they’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of their stage production this year, with all proceeds benefiting the Pediatric Oncology Group of Toronto. Randolph Theatre (736 Bathurst Street), 8 p.m., $25–$50.
- As we mentioned in our Halloween Theatre guide, The LOT’s Rocky production is back for the fifth year in a row for a limited run. Lower Ossington Theatre (100A Ossington Street), 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., $35–$45.
- For many fans, Halloween wouldn’t be complete without a screening and shadowcast show of the iconic film. A limited run begins at the Bloor with a midnight showing tonight. Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), 11:55 p.m., prices vary—see website for details.
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