Urban Planner: May 30, 2013
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Urban Planner: May 30, 2013

In today's Urban Planner: meet a professional sneaker designer, "Paint the Halls" at Women's College Hospital, and The Barber of Seville continues.

Gregory Prest as Count Almaviva and Dan Chameroy as Figrao in The Barber of Seville  Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann

Gregory Prest as Count Almaviva and Dan Chameroy as Figrao in The Barber of Seville. Photo by Cylla von Tiedemann.

  • Talks: Think you’ve got what it takes to design the next Air Jordan? Here’s a unique opportunity to get some insight into the culture of sneaker design with Mache, a designer who’s worked with celebrities and athletes including Kanye West and Kobe Bryant. You’ll get to see a collection of his art and, following the talk, take a short tour of the Out of the Box exhibition. Bata Shoe Museum (327 Bloor Street West), 6 p.m., $10 advance, $14 door. Details
  • Parties: Women’s College Hospital are celebrating the transition to a brand new facility with a gigantic bash called Paint the Halls. This means that there will be a wall painting competition (competing for $5,000 in prizes), as well as music including the likes of Maylee Todd and the Heavyweights Brass Band (among others), and interactive art installations. It’ll also serve as a chance to party inside an empty hospital and see first-hand the new place. Women’s College Hospital (76 Grenville Street), 7 p.m., $35 advance, $40 door. Details
  • Books: Attention Toronto readers: have you ever wanted to get your hands on new books before you see them in stores? Well, now you have a chance to check out four new pieces of fiction. Quattro Books is having its final spring 2013 launch with four new books: Inheritance by Kirsten Gundlack, Terminal Grill by Rosemary Aubert, The Sandbar by Jean-Paul Daoust, and World of Glass by Jocelyne Dubois. Q Space (382 College Street), 7:30 p.m., FREE. Details

Ongoing…

  • 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), 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., $25-$45. Details
  • Film: After two years of hard work, Ryerson’s documentary media graduates are ready to share their masterpieces with the public. The DOCNOW Festival’s two nights of screenings celebrate 31 emerging documentarians who have tackled a range of current issues, all while thinking outside of the conventional film approach. Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor Street West), 6 p.m., FREE. Details
  • Photography: Canadian indie music label, Arts & Crafts, are celebrating their tenth anniversary. As part of the celebrations, they’re showing a new exhibition from Toronto photographer, Norman Wong. The exhibition features images of various artists over the years including Feist, Kevin Drew, Emily Haines, and many more. You’ll be able to buy a book of photography there and a portion of the proceeds from the event will go to Testicular Cancer Canada and MusiCounts. 1093 Queen Street West, Unit 2 (1093 Queen Street West), 7 p.m., FREE. Details
  • Theatre: Broadway’s second longest running show prowls into Toronto, boasting an entirely Canadian cast. The all-new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS combines established acting talent, a known and loved score, and holographic set design. Directed by Dave Campbell, and featuring performances by Eric Abel, and original Canadian company member Susan Cuthbert. Panasonic Theatre (651 Yonge Street), 7:30 p.m., $40-$110. 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), 8 p.m., $15-$25. Details
  • Theatre: The Accidental Mechanics Group presents an evening of dark comedy, storytelling, and confessional theatre, all rolled into one solo performance. During El Camino or The Field of Stars, Stewart Legere assumes the role of the unnamed protagonist, recanting tales of a failed relationship, a disastrous trip to Italy, love, and the complexities of a young queer couple struggling with internalized homophobia. Videofag (187 Augusta Avenue), 8 p.m., $15. 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: Hold Mommy’s Cigarette is a one-woman show written and performed by Shelley Marshall (who was also nominated for Best Female Stand Up by the Canadian Comedy Awards). It tells an autobiographical tale of a street kid who grew up to be a world-renowned comedian. Directed by Linda Kash. Alumnae Theatre (70 Berkeley Street), 8 p.m., $20-25. Details
  • Theatre: In 1996, Theatre Columbus premiered playwright Michael O’Brien’s “freely adapted” take on the famous Beaumarchais play The Barber of Seville, which was written in 1775. O’Brien’s version mixed in music from the 1816 opera of the same name by Gioachino Rossini, as well as original tunes by composer John Millard. The adaptation also propelled the story forward a couple centuries, with pop culture references galore. With Theatre Columbus co-founder Leah Cherniak at the helm, the musical ended the season with six Dora Award nominations (it won three) and plenty of critical acclaim.

    Seventeen years later, Soulpepper Theatre is remounting this zany reimagination of The Barber of Seville, updated once again by O’Brien, Millard, and Cherniak. But, for some reason—the change in decade, or company, or sense of humour—whatever had made the original so magical, has faded, save for a few key performances. Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane), 8 p.m., $32–$68. Details

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