Urban Planner: February 1, 2013
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Urban Planner: February 1, 2013

In today's Urban Planner: the Gladstone Hotel celebrates Black History Month; Dwayne Morgan at Harbourfront Centre's Authors series; a last-chance theatre round-up; and the Globehead Tournament begins.

Bahia Watson and Tom Rooney in Kristen Thomson's Someone Else. Photo by Guntar Kravis.

Bahia Watson and Tom Rooney in Kristen Thomson’s Someone Else. Photo by Guntar Kravis.

ART & MUSIC: The Gladstone Hotel kicks off Black History Month with several different cultural events. “Reggae or Not,” an exhibition of photos by Beth Lesser, has an opening party in the Ballroom beginning at 7 p.m. Later in the evening, at 9 p.m. in the Melody Room, Donné Roberts performs in the first instalment of the Music Africa Friday night concert series. Gladstone Hotel (1215 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., FREE.

READING: Dwayne Morgan—a poet, author, and founder of Toronto’s poetry slam movement—reads from his newest book, Everyday Excellence, tonight. The event is part of Harbourfront Centre’s Authors series. After the reading, Morgan hosts an evening of soul music, backed up by his band, The Experience. Harbourfront York Quay Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 7:30 p.m., FREE.

THEATRE: With many new offerings opening this week and next on Toronto stages, there are plenty of shows closing up their runs this weekend. Here’s a sampling:

  • Kristen Thomson’s dark new play Someone Else, about a stand-up comic whose marriage is crumbling, has gotten rave reviews from the likes of us and Sarah Polley. It also features Bahia Watson, one of our People to Watch in 2013. Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street), Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., $22–$49.
  • Hannah Moscovitch’s This is War, a slow-reveal of a group of soldiers’ repressed PTSD after a gruelling tour of duty in Afghanistan, secures operations this weekend (here are our thoughts on it). Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Avenue), Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., $13–$53.
  • Monique Mojica’s Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way closes out its short run (it opened on Tuesday) at Native Earth’s studio space at the Regent Park Daniels Spectrum. Mojica and fellow Native actor (and elder) Gloria Miguel retell “cultural stories of the Grandmothers of Creation,” with modern elements. Daniels Spectrum Aki Studio Theatre (585 Dundas Street West), Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2:30 p.m., $10–$20.

COMEDY: Bad Dog Theatre‘s 11th annual Globehead improv tournament begins tonight, with preliminary matches every Friday and Saturday this month. The whole thing will culminate in a finals battle on February 23. A number of improvisers including Adam Cawley, Molly Davis, and Wayne Jones will be performing for host Nug Nahrgang and celebrity judges Brigitte Kingsley (the Dark Rising series) and Evany Rosen (Picnicface). Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., $12 each show ($10 students).

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CORRECTION: February 1, 2013 5:40 PM This post originally contained an incorrect showtime for Bad Dog Theatre’s Globehead improv tournament. We regret the error.