Urban Planner: March 1, 2013
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Urban Planner: March 1, 2013

In today's Urban Planner: Clybourne Park and Rhubarb wrap up, while the Laws of Motion launches; tunes and grub at Academy of Lions General Store, Polyhaus, and Caplansky's; and birthday girl Rhiannon Archer's stand-up weekend.

Juno nominees The Strumbellas play Caplansky’s Deli tonight. Photo by Shawn Jurek.


  • It’s the final weekend of the Rhubarb Festival—Buddies in Bad Times’ “annual critic-free festival,” as our preview put it. Highlights could include Michael Rubenfeld’s collaboration with his mother Mary Berchard, or the Peachy Coochy symposium on “rituals.” Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street), Friday to Sunday, 6 p.m. onwards, $20 evening pass.
  • This weekend is also your last chance to catch Studio 180’s production of Clybourne Park. The Pulitzer Prize-winning comedy about racial tension in a neighbourhood is being co-presented by Studio 180 and Mirvish Theatre’s Off-Mirvish series. Panasonic Theatre (651 Yonge Street), 8 p.m., $20–$79.
  • And a new offering starts up tonight! The Canadian premiere of Ashlin Halfnight’s Laws of Motion, about an accident that sparks a chain reaction of events, boasts a powerhouse ensemble assembled by Small Elephant Co-Op and director Chris Stanton, and staged in a jam shop in the east end. Jam Factory Company (2 Mathilda Street, 2nd floor), 8 p.m., $23.53


  • It’s been a long while since we talked to Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire and Bell Orchestre, and he’s been busy. His latest project is a classical composition, Music for Heart and Breath, and it’s being presented in a general store. The show is part of the New Music in New Places Festival. Academy of Lions General Store (64 Ossington Avenue), doors at 7:30 p.m., $10.
  • This month’s edition of Feast in the East features rappers More or Les, Onakbazien, and Fresh Flesh, plus music from Miles Jones and DJ Serious. The gourmet banquet beforehand is courtesy of chef Jiva MacKay. Polyhaus (388 Carlaw Avenue), 9 p.m., $7 in advance (includes dinner), $10 at the door.
  • Recent Juno nominees The Strumbellas are going to be the first band to play a headlining set at Caplansky’s Deli as part of a new concert series the purveyor of fine smoked meat and other delicacies is presenting. There will be CD-and-sandwich combos available, and the band has made no secret of the fact that they plan on chowing down between songs. Caplansky’s Deli (356 College Street), 10 p.m., $10.

COMEDY: Stand-up comic Rhiannon Archer celebrates a birthday this weekend by headlining two shows at the LOT Comedy Club, joined by her comedy BFF Amanda Brooke-Perrin, who will be the night’s MC. (Archer was featured in our 2012 edition of Local Ladies Who Make Us Laugh.) The Lower Ossington Theatre Cabaret (100 Ossington Avenue), Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m., $10.

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