Urban Planner: February 13, 2013
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Urban Planner: February 13, 2013

In today's Urban Planner: a Valentine's Day concert with Jessica Stuart, the smokin' hot Love Letters Cabaret, and more.

Spectrum Music hosts a pre-Valentine concert tonight with Jessica Stuart. Photo courtesy of Spectrum Music.

Spectrum Music hosts a pre-Valentine concert tonight with vocalist Jessica Stuart. Photo courtesy of Spectrum Music.

OPERA: Sick of all the mushiness that comes with “love month?” Perhaps what you need is a harrowing account of obsession, downfall, and madness. Tonight, The Toronto Opera Repertoire presents The Tales of Hoffmann, Jacques Offenbach’s opera about a German poet’s three loves, and the ways in which they break his heart. Bickford Centre Theatre (777 Bloor Street West), 7:30 p.m., $28, $20 for seniors, $15 for students.

DANCE: Love Letters Cabaret heats things up tonight with their presentation of Smoke, a peek into one woman’s fantasies. Let go of your inhibitions and allow the 15 dancers and musical guests to seduce you with their celebration of love and beauty that mixes contemporary dance, traditional jazz, and old world cabaret. Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas Street West), 7:30 and 10:30 p.m., $25.

READING: WordStage, the monthly reading series that showcases both aspiring and experienced writers and poets, returns tonight. Join Matthew Tierney, Naomi Freeman, Chris Eaton, and Cynthia Gould as they read selections of their work. Q Space (382 College Street), doors at 7:30 p.m., readings at 8 p.m., FREE but donations encouraged.

MUSIC: Spectrum Music covers every angle of the impending Valentine’s Day with Love, Loneliness, and the Spaces Between. Jessica Stuart and the Spectrum house band combine classic jazz with angsty poetry in this concert for the lovestruck, and the heartsick. Al Green Theatre (750 Spadina Avenue), 8 p.m., $15, $10 for students and seniors.

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