Urban Planner: June 14, 2013



Urban Planner: June 14, 2013

In today's Urban Planner: the Luminato Festival, an arty scotch tasting, and stand-up comedy from Sabrina Jalees.

Sabrina Jalees. Photo by David Leyes.

  • Art: Theatre, Dance, Opera, Music, Magic, and so much more; the 2013 edition of the Luminato Festival has something for just about everyone. You can read our preview coverage, or keep track of our ongoing coverage right here. Multiple venues, 12 p.m., FREE—$125. Details
  • Art: Presenter Melissa Owac has collaborated with chef Christopher Matthews and eight different single malt distilleries on Blending Creations: Scotch & Art, a hybrid scotch tasting and art exhibition event. And $100 tickets seem like a very good deal when you consider you’ll be sampling eight top-shelf scotches, plus food pairings, while taking in the current exhibit at the Norman Felix Gallery, Reality Vs. Illusion. Norman Felix Gallery (627 Queen Street West), 6:30 p.m., $100. Details
  • Comedy: Stand-up comic Sabrina Jalees is a Toronto hometown gal, but she hasn’t been here much the past few years. She’s been in New York and all over the United States, getting called things like a “Top Ten Female Comic to follow on Twitter” by the Huffington Post, and appearing on NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Now, she’s on her “Brownlisted” Canadian tour, and her first stop is T.O., appearing at Innis Town Hall with openers Kathleen Phillips and Sara Hennessey. Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Avenue), 8 p.m., $20. Details
  • Theatre: A poetic and acrobatic one-woman show, Sappho…In 9 Fragments has already played to acclaim in London, England. Directed by Jessica Ruano and starring Victoria Grove, this show by Jane Montgomery Griffiths plays with myth and modern day romance, juxtaposing Greece’s first female poet with the seduction of an American chorus girl. The play has a brief two-night run at Videofag before moving on to dates in Ottawa and Montreal later this month. Videofag (187 Augusta Avenue), 8 p.m., $15. 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
  • Theatre: Passion Play is an epic cycle of three plays that explores how religion, politics, and theatre intersect. The three-act play, which starts off in Withrow Park before moving down to Eastminster United Church, depicts traditional passion plays throughout three historical periods. This play by Sarah Ruhl is presented by Outside the March, Convergence Theatre, and Sheep No Wool. Multiple venues, 7 p.m., $25. 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
  • 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: 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), 7:30 p.m., $5–$68. 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

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CORRECTION: June 14, 2013, 4:00 PM This post originally said Chris Locke would be appearing alongside Sabrina Jalees at her stand-up show on June 14. Locke has now been replaced, on the bill, by Kathleen Phillips.