In today's Urban Planner: anniversaries for Loving in the Name Of, Cash for Toronto, Globehead, and Theatresports; last-chance theatre; and late night shows from Rapp Battlez and people you've "seen on TV!"
- The Rhubarb Festival’s opening night sold out on Wednesday. You have until Sunday to check out the critic-free experimental art fest’s first week of programming (here’s our preview). Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street), 6 p.m. onwards, PWYC–$20.
- In Shakespeare’s Nigga, closing this Saturday, playwright Joseph Jomo-Pierre brings two of the Bard’s most famous black characters—Othello and Titus Andronicus‘ Aaron—face to face with their creator to consider some very pointed questions. Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace (16 Ryerson Avenue), Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., $15–$35.
- Who would have thought clowns and economic depression could blend so hilariously? Tonight’s your last chance to catch Spent (here’s our review). Young Centre For the Arts (50 Tankhouse Lane), 8 p.m., $15–$30.
- Tonight, six semi-final improv teams play for one of the three spots in the Globehead finals, which, on Saturday night, coincide with the 30th-anniversary celebrations of the long-running Theatresports series. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 8 and 9:30 p.m., $10–$12.
- A large majority of the people you see in commercials are improvisers. They have a natural edge walking into commercial auditions, because they’re able to make up new characters on the spot. Many of Canada’s top improvisers will perform tonight as part of “As Seen on TV!” including Mark Forward (Mr. D), Deb McGrath (Little Mosque on the Prairie), and Matt Baram (SEED). Second City (51 Mercer Avenue), 10:30 p.m., $18.
- Rapp Battlez had a special G-rated edition for the kids last weekend at Harbourfront Centre’s Family Day festivities, so tonight they’ll probably be going even more blue than usual. Characters on tonight’s show will be portrayed by guests like Evany Rosen (Space Janitors), Kirstin Rasmussen (The Sketchersons), and Mark Little (Picnicface). Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 10:30 p.m., $10.
- The fourth annual Cash for Toronto concert has some big guns playing the Davenport MP‘s fundraiser event, with money raised going to the riding association. Sarah Harmer, Jason Collett, and the Skydiggers are just a few of the names on the bill. Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas Street West), doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., $100.
- Loving in the Name Of celebrates five years tonight. That’s five years of playing some of pop music’s most popular hits (from acts like Def Leppard, Michael Jackson, Steely Dan, and more) with a big band, and with assistance from guest vocalists from Toronto’s music scene. Some of tonight’s singers: Katie Sketch, Bry Webb, and Janelle Monique. The Great Hall (1087 Queen Street West), 10:30 p.m., $10.
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This post originally misidentified Andrew Cash as an MPP for the riding of Davenport. In fact, he’s the riding’s MP.