Urban Planner: March 25, 2013



Urban Planner: March 25, 2013

In today's Urban Planner: Sam Shepard's True West, an indie-rock double bill, and several ongoing theatrical productions.

Mike Ross and Stuart Hughes in rehearsal for True West. Photo by Nathan Kelly.

  • Comedy: The Toronto Comedy Brawl is in the middle of a growth spurt. Despite humble beginnings, Ian Atlas’ amateur competition has grown from 64 participants to, this year, a few hundred. The Crown and Tiger (414 College Street), 11:30 pm, $5. Details
  • Music: The day after Canadian Music Week wraps up, some Torontonians may already be missing seeing new bands every night. So consider the indie-rock double bill of Espen and the Witch, with Helitropes your CMW methadone. The British headliners are back with their second album, Wash the Sins Not Only the Face. Brooklyn-based Heliotropes has several EPs to its name, and is previewing a full-length to be released later this spring. Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen Street West), 11:30 pm, $13. Details


  • Art: If you're looking to expand your cultural knowledge of Latin America, look no further than the aluCine Festival. This showcase of all things Latin American features a wide variety of events, including film screenings, art installations, and workshops. Multiple venues, March 21-31, FREE. Details
  • Theatre: It's hardly news nowadays when an actor disrobes onstage, giving an audience a glimpse at what's underneath a costume. It's another thing entirely when the theatre itself strips down to its bare bones. For Canadian Stage's production of THIS, by Melissa James Gibson, a Canadian playwright gaining popularity in New York City, artistic director (and director of the play) Matthew Jocelyn and set designer Astrid Janson did just that to the historic Berkeley Street Theatre in Corktown. Berkeley Street Theatre (26 Berkeley Street), 11:30 pm, $22 to $49. Details

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