Urban Planner: June 21, 2013



Urban Planner: June 21, 2013

In today's Urban Planner:

Birdtown and Swanville's Nika Mistruzzi and Aurora Stewart de Pena host Friends and Outsiders, a "little performance festival," this weekend  Photo by James DiDionato

Birdtown and Swanville’s Nika Mistruzzi and Aurora Stewart de Pena host Friends and Outsiders, a “little performance festival,” this weekend. Photo by James DiDionato.

  • Parties: In advance of this year’s SummerWorks in August, the festival is hosting a star-studded soirée in the evening for VIPs, followed by an open-to-the-public launch party later in the night, featuring talent from the festival. For the dinner, which is catered by Samuel J Moore chef Alexandra Feswick, magician Joe Culpepper, performance artist Sunny Drake, and Sook Yin Lee’s Four Words poetry experiment are featured on the bill; for the PWYC late night party, Henri Fabergé, Bluemouth Inc., DJ Yellow Fever and more will entertain attendees. Advance tickets are recommended for the VIP dinner, at 6:30 p.m.; or just show up for the party, starting at 9 p.m. The Campbell House (160 Queen Street West), 6:30 p.m., PWYC—$100. Details
  • Performing Arts: Birdtown and Swanville takes over the Videofag space for three nights for Friends and Outsiders, a “little performance festival” featuring bite-size performances from past, present, and Birdtown and Swanville affiliated artists. This includes music from Weaves, comedy from Kathleen Phillips, theatre from Nobody’s Business Theatre, and a short film by Sofia Bohdanowicz. Videofag (187 Augusta Avenue), 8 p.m., $10. Details
  • Music: Recently named to the Polaris long list (and heavy favourites to make the short list), A Tribe Called Red headlines a night of music with both electronic and native influences. The Ottawa-based trio’s brand-new album Nation 2 Nation turned heads live at SXSW this spring, and got them profiled recently in the Washington Post. The Opera House (735 Queen Street East), 9 p.m., $15. Details


  • 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
  • Offbeat: Folks who are planning on having a swim in the pool at Scadding Court Community Centre over the next few days may find themselves a little disappointed. Those who want to go fishing, however, will probably be ecstatic.

    For the rest of the week, the Community Centre will be holding its annual Gone Fishin’ event, meaning its indoor pool will be an indoor fish pond. The pool has been drained, dechlorinated, and refilled with 2,000 rainbow trout, to be caught by local children and families. Scadding Court Community Centre (707 Dundas Street West), 3:30 p.m., $2. 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: There are a lot of chefs in the kitchen for the Canadian premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play, a triptych set in three time periods that tells the stories of amateur actors (played by real actors) involved in staging performances of the story of Christ. Three different Toronto independent theatre companies, all with reputations for innovative staging and creation in their past work, each tackle one of the three acts. Ordinarily, such a complicated arrangement would be to a show’s detriment, but not in this case. While you need to be prepared for a marathon of theatre (the show runs four hours, incluing two intermissions), you’re certainly going to get your money’s worth. Eastminister Church (310 Danforth Avenue), 7 p.m., $25—$30. Details
  • Dance: Who says ballerinas can’t wear cowboy boots? Dancers of the National Ballet of Canada will do just that during the production of James Kudelka’s The Man in Black. Set to songs by the man in black himself—Johnny Cash—the choreography borrows from line, swing, and step dancing. As an added bonus, the show also includes a performance of Jorma Elo’s Pur ti Miro, Guillaume Côté’s No. 24, and George Balanchine’s Theme and Variations. Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (145 Queen Street West), 7:30 p.m., $25-$239. Details
  • Performing Arts: Cats is a challenging musical to stage for a number of reasons. The narrative is thin and strange; the lyrics are drawn primarily from T.S. Eliot’s poetry collection Old Possum’s Book Of Practical Cats, with more borrowed from some other Eliot poems, “Rhapsody on a Windy Night” (which original director Trevor Nunn adapted into the song “Memory”) and “Moments of Happiness.” The result is not so much a story as ideas and character sketches. Old Deuteronomy, patriarch of the Jellicle Cats, calls the creatures together once a year to celebrate, and for one cat to be chosen to ascend to the Heaviside Layer (essentially, to die and be reincarnated). Most of the songs detail the adventures and virtues of a single cat in particular, essentially serving as that cat’s audition for the honour of ascension. Panasonic Theatre (651 Yonge Street), 7:30 p.m., $60–$110. Details

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