Urban Planner: May 17, 2013



Urban Planner: May 17, 2013

In today's Urban Planner: a sound-art symposium, a comedy fundraiser, and a TV-themed party.

Ryan G. Hinds, host of Comedy, Cabaret, and Coffee Talk. Photo by Tristan Harris.

  • Offbeat: New Adventures in Sound Art is co-presenting the Trans X Transmission Art Symposium, a four-day meeting of artists who use sound as their medium. You may not be so intrigued as to join for the full four days, but for the layperson, there are also public exhibits launching at Theatre Direct at the same time, as part of the Deep Wireless Festival. Eleanor King’s Barns opens Friday, as do weekend installations of works by Csenge Kolozsvari, Alyssa Moxley, Robert Mackay, and more; admission for these installations only is set at $15 ($10 for students.) Artscape Wychwood Barns (601 Christie Street), 9 a.m., $10–$15/$40–$70. Details
  • Comedy: Comedians Dylan Gott and Bryn Pottie are teaming up with filmmaker Dustin MacLean to make a comedic web series about conspiracies entitled Truth X-Posed. But to fund their weird “research,” they’re going out on some weird limbs. At their comedy show fundraiser, the two have committed to all manner of embarrassing tasks, including the cinnamon challenge, a make-out session, and if they hit their target of $1000, getting “tramp stamp” tattoos. (Some of Gott’s friends have already declared they’ll pay big money to ensure this happens.) Also performing and making fun of the two: Todd Graham, Freddie Rivas, Brian Ward, and more. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., PWYC fundraiser. Details
  • Comedy: Cabaret performance artist Ryan G Hinds hosts Comedy, Cabaret, and Coffee Talk monthly at the Flying Beaver Pubaret. This month, Hinds welcomes musically talented guests Bobby Hsu, Kiki Moritsugu, and El Toro. The Flying Beaver Pubaret (488 Parliament Street), 9 p.m., $10 in advance / $15 at the door. Details
  • Performing Arts: Trading on some nostalgia for “the golden age of television,” TV PARTY has paired musicians like Rae Spoon, Laura Barrett, and Vanessa Fischer (of Lioness) with filmmakers, and the collaborative works will be presented live in front of (and “on”) a 30-foot mock-up of a wooden CRT television, recalling the Saturday morning cartoons, early ’80s MTV heyday, and groundbreaking programming on cable before the rise of the world wide web. SPK Beverley Halls (206 Beverley Street), 9:30 p.m., $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Details


  • Photography: David Kaufman’s Early Sunday Morning photography exhibit simultaneously celebrates the heritage of Toronto’s architecture, while pleading for its preservation, in the face of gentrification and condo development. The building facades and structures, rich in texture and colour, are each captured at their most beautiful—basking in the light of early morning. Twist Gallery (1100 Queen Street West), 11 a.m., FREE. Details
  • Music: The Lula Music and Arts Centre’s annual Lulaworld festival kicks off on May 10 with Ethiopian jazz innovators Jay Danley and Fantahun Shewankochew. The festival travels around the world for the month of May, with performances most nights (and some afternoons) from local world music purveyors Uma Nota, Cuban player Bobby Carcasses, the Ukrainian Telnyuk Sisters, and more. (For a full schedule, prices, and reservations, visit the Lula Lounge website.) Lula Lounge (1585 Dundas Street West), 12 p.m., FREE–$25. Details
  • Theatre: Fans of the seminal 1968 horror-film classic, Night of the Living Dead, will delight in Night of the Living Dead Live, a new theatrical production of the story. Despite a weak second act, it’s a fun black-and-white romp with some inventive deaths—and even a chipper musical number. Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace (16 Ryerson Avenue), 7 p.m. and 11 p.m., $20–$80. Details
  • Theatre: David Yee examines life’s interconnectivity in Carried Away on the Crest of a Wave. The play follows an escort in Thailand, a housewife in Utah, and a Catholic priest in India, and how their lives are simultaneously brought together and torn apart by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Avenue), 8 p.m., $21-$53. Details
  • Theatre: Delve into the world of dating, love, and marriage—sans commitment—with Angelwalk Theatre’s presentation of the off-Broadway musical I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change. Offered as a series of vignettes set to music, the show focuses on the disastrous, hilarious, and touching aspects of love and dating. Toronto Centre for the Arts (5040 Yonge Street), 8 p.m., $25-$45. Details
  • Theatre: The 2012-2013 Buddies in Bad Times season goes out with a bang, and a growl, with the world premiere of Ecce Homo Theatre’s Of a Monstrous Child: a Gaga Musical. Bruce Dow plays legendary performer and master of ceremonies Leigh Bowery, with Kimberly Persona as Mother Monster herself. Using the music of Lady Gaga as a backdrop, the show is a crash course in the history of queer performance, celebrating everyone from Yoko Ono to Madonna, and Boy George. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street), 8 p.m., PWYC-$37. Details
  • Theatre: If you’ve been paying attention to musical theatre news over the past two years, you know that The Book of Mormon has a passionate and devout following of fans who swear it’s the long-awaited saviour of the artform. The show won nine Tonys in 2011, the cast recording reached number three on the Billboard chart, and tickets for its Broadway run are rare and expensive. Princess of Wales Theatre (300 King Street West), 8 p.m., Prices vary. Details
  • Theatre: Videofag, a performance venue in Kensington Market, has played host to a variety of events since it opened last November. It has transformed itself into a cinema, an art gallery, a nightclub, or whatever else has been needed. But its transformation for The Biographer, a new play from Daniel Karasik, is something else entirely. Videofag (187 Augusta Avenue), 8 p.m., $15-$23. Details
  • Theatre: The experience of watching The Charge of the Expormidable Moose is a lot like the experience of reading the play’s title. At first, it’s a little strange, a little off-putting, and very ambiguous. But eventually, its oddness becomes its appeal. Tarragon Theatre (30 Bridgman Avenue), 8 p.m., $13-$28. Details
  • Theatre: It becomes clear rather quickly in the first scene of BEA, Actors Repertory Company’s North American premiere of British playwright Mick Gordon’s 2010 work, that the title character doesn’t live on quite the same level as the nervous young man she’s interviewing for a job. As Beatrice, a young but physically infirm woman, Bahareh Yaraghi begins by bounding around a bedroom set, swinging acrobatically from the four-poster bed frame and a somewhat mysterious ladder, and dancing circles around Brendan McMurtry-Howlett’s Ray, who is applying to be her caregiver. We soon learn all this physical exuberance is an outward manifestation of Bea’s busy mind, which has been confined in the bedroom, and in a bedridden body, for years. Factory Theatre (125 Bathurst Street), 8 p.m., PWYC–$25. Details
  • Comedy: Comedy and life partners Matt Baram (CityTV’s Seed) and Naomi Snieckus (CBC’s Mr. D) are workshopping a new show format (“come see it get built right before your eyes!”) in a weekly residency in April and May at Second City’s Training Centre. The master improvisers and co-creators of Script Tease have been busy touring and on television of late, and these Baram and Snieckus shows will be a rare opportunity to see our 2010 hero nominees in a back to basics comedy format. John Candy Box Theatre (70 Peter Street), 8:30 p.m., PWYC. Details
  • Theatre: Ben and Gus are on a job, holed up in a basement, wondering who is in charge, and waiting for “the call” in Harold Pinter’s The Dumb Waiter. Presented by Wordsmyth Theatre, the play ranges from tense and claustrophobic to ridiculous and surreal, while posing the question: how do you escape from a situation when there is no exit? Odyssey Studio (636 Pape Avenue), 9 p.m., $15-$25. Details

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