Urban Planner: November 30, 2012
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Urban Planner: November 30, 2012

In today's Urban Planner: Critical Mass becomes a memorial ride for slain teacher and cyclist Tom Samson, final showings of different plays, Molly Johnson, and The Great Bloomers.

Ballet Creole's dancers in Soulful Messiah. Photo by Peter Lear.

MEMORIAL: The monthly Critical Mass bike ride is supposed to be a celebration, but there hasn’t been much for cyclists to celebrate this month. Toronto lost the bike lanes on Jarvis Street (lanes that had made the street safer for all users), the “replacement” Sherbourne bike lanes are still nowhere near complete, and, most tragically, schoolteacher and bike commuter Tom Samson was killed in a hit-and-run incident last Friday. Tonight’s Critical Mass will double as a memorial ride for Samson, with participants biking silently from Bloor Street and Spadina Avenue to the accident site at Davenport Road and Lansdowne Road, where ARC (that is, Advocacy for Respect for Cyclists) will install a “ghost bike.” Start at Matt Cohen Park (332 Bloor Street West at Spadina), 6 p.m., FREE.

THEATRE: This has been another busy week of theatre, and now several shows are in their “last chance” final weekend:

  • Classical Theatre Project is presenting a short remount of a perennially popular show, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged). The cast includes multi-faceted performer Matt Drappel, who recently won the Sports Network’s Drafted competition. Casa Loma (1 Austin Terrace), 7 & 9:30 p.m., $34–$49.
  • We thought Boblo did a great job of celebrating the titular vanished theme park, right down to the Faygo pop references. (The Juggalo’s drink of choice was given out for free to the first 50 attendees at last night’s show.) The Great Hall Black Box Theatre (1087 Queen Street West), 7:30 p.m., $20–$35.
  • We also endorsed Modern Times’ production of Eugene Ionesco’s The Lesson, especially the strong performances by David Ferry and Michelle Monteith as a teacher and student whose tutorial takes a turn for the very, very dark. Lower Ossington Theatre (100A Ossington Avenue), 8 p.m., $25–$35.

DANCE: Ballet Creole‘s annual holiday performance, Soulful Messiah, is described as “a fusion of Afro-Caribbean and traditional North American dance styles.” The seasonal show opens tonight at the Harbourfront Centre. It’s set to Handel’s “Messiah,” as re-interpreted by R&B legend Quincy Jones. Fleck Dance Theatre (207 Queens Quay West), 8 p.m., $20—$45.

MUSIC: We previewed jazz singer Molly Johnson’s headlining Massey Hall show earlier this week, and tonight’s the big night for the hometown star. If you’re looking for something a little more country and/or rock n’ roll, Gordon Lightfoot–approved locals Great Bloomers have their official hometown release for new album Distant Fires. Horseshoe Tavern (370 Queen Street West), doors at 9 p.m., $10 in advance ($12 at the door).

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