Urban Planner: June 12, 2013



Urban Planner: June 12, 2013

In today's Urban Planner: a tour of the Grange, some Star Trek–themed sketch comedy, and Seinfeld trivia.

Jeff, Gene, Franco, Lana, Byron, and James à la Star Trek: The Text Generation  Photo courtesy of Asiansploitation

Jeff, Gene, Franco, Lana, Byron, and James à la Star Trek: The Text Generation. Photo courtesy of Asiansploitation.

  • History: Once an elite colonial park property, the Grange is now home to many immigrants and working professionals. Join ROMWalks for a guided tour of the area and learn its history, while appreciating the varying architecture which ranges from the 19th to 21st century. Dundas and McCaul (Dundas Street West and McCaul Street), 6 p.m., FREE. Details
  • Dance: Succumb to temptation, if only for one night at the Mad Hot Ballet: Dangerous Love gala. Programmed by Artistic Director Karen Kain, the evening features Carmen-inspired performances by the National Ballet of Canada. A Spanish-themed reception will follow the show. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (145 Queen Street West), 6:30 p.m., $55 – $133. Details
  • Theatre: Set your phone to vibrate and prepare for a voyage into uncharted territory with Asiansploitation: The Text Generation. Self described as “sketch comedy with a slant,” the show tackles important issues such as our culture’s dependency on technology, while imagining what the love life of Star Trek‘s Data might be like. Audience-influenced scenes and song parodies abound! George Ignatieff Theatre (15 Devonshire Place), 8 p.m., $20. Details
  • Books: WordStage is taking the summer off! So if you’re a big fan, or have been meaning to attend one of their events, this is your last chance until the Fall. Enjoy an evening of readings from both established and amateur prose, poetry, and drama writers. This edition features pieces from Susan L. Helwig, Chris Marks, David Peter Clark, and Ariane Blackman. Q Space (382 College Street), 8 p.m., FREE but donations suggested. Details
  • Trivia: If you know too much about the show about nothing, you need to check out Super Terrific Happy Hour Trivia, the Seinfeld edition. Teams of up to six members will face 50 straight-up trivia questions about the show over the course of three rounds, separated by Seinfeld episodes. Unlovable (1415 Dundas Street West), 8 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), 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $40-$110. Details
  • Theatre: One of the Fringe Festival’s greatest successes, and definitely Soulpepper’s biggest post-millennial hit, Ins Choi’s corner store comedy Kim’s Convenience returns for another extended run into the the summer season. Most of the principal cast, including Paul Sun-Hyung Lee as larger-than-life patriarch Appa, are back. Here’s our review of the first Soulpepper remount. Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane), 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $5–$68. Details
  • Art: HUNTCLUB brings Montreal artist Fred Caron’s Trust Isn’t an Issue to its gallery for a two-week exhibition, beginning with an opening on Monday, June 10. The street artist is focusing on aspects of Stockholm syndrome for his installation’s short run in Toronto; later this summer, he’ll be the co-curator for on-site art at the Osheaga Festival. In addition to the opening, Caron is also doing an artist’s talk on Tuesday, June 11 at 7 p.m. HUNTCLUB (709 College Street), 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: It’s a sure sign of summer when theatre productions start popping up in green spaces across Toronto. Launching into their eighth season, Bard in the Park is happy to present The Merry Wives of Windsor. In this Shakespearean comedy, the vain, yet cowardly, knight Sir Falstaff attempts to pursue two wealthy women in hopes of financial gain. Embarrassment ensues. Kew Gardens Park (2075 Queen Street East), 7 p.m., $10 suggested donation. Details

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