Urban Planner: December 21, 2012
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Urban Planner: December 21, 2012

In today's Urban Planner: choose between pairs of choirs, closing theatrical performances, and legendary live-music acts.

Gray Powell. Photo by Scott Gorman.

CHOIR: Which choir best suits your holiday spirit?

  • Young and hip choral group That Choir performs their annual Christmas concert tonight, joined by actress Nicole Underhay, who will read Dylan Thomas’s “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” St. Patrick’s Church (141 McCaul Street), 8 p.m., $15–$20.
  • The Ontario Philharmonic collaborates with the Amadeus Choir for a performance of Handel’s Messiah. Christ Church Deer Park (1570 Yonge Street), 8 p.m., $35–$45.

THEATRE: Here are two shows wrapping up their runs this weekend:

  • The National Theatre of the World’s It’s a Wonderful Toronto, a holiday parody that takes some easy digs at our casually villainous chief magistrate (played wonderfully by Paul Bates), wraps up its controversial run this Saturday. Theatre Passe Muraille Backspace (16 Ryerson Avenue), 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday PWYC matinee, $20–$30.
  • With Mirvish and Outside the March’s Terminus closed, the other Conor McPherson play in town, Cart/Horse Theatre’s This Lime Tree Bower, is your last chance this year to take in the red-hot Irish playwright’s storytelling skills. Particularly effective in his role is Gray Powell as an unabashedly caddish college professor. Canadian Stage Berkeley Theatre Upstairs (26 Berkeley Street), 8 p.m., $25.

MUSIC: The godfather of hip hop, or the chainsaw-wielding rascals of (local) southern-fried rock?

  • As a rapper, DJ, and father of the electro-sound movement, Brooklyn’s Afrika Bambaataa ranks among hip hop’s most venerable figures. He brings his Soul Motivators to Toronto tonight. Revival (783 College Street), doors at 9:30 p.m., $25.
  • White Cowbell Oklahoma’s annual X-Mess Xplosion will have plenty of their trademark lewd, crude, and hard-rocking shenanigans on full display. Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor Street West), doors at 9:30 p.m., $15.

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