Urban Planner: July 15, 2013
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Urban Planner: July 15, 2013

In today's Urban Planner: comedy sets from Alex Nussbaum and others, Elvis Mondays at the Drake, and plenty of other stuff.

Alex Nussbaum preps for his Just For Laughs set at Laughable. Photo courtesy the Toronto Fringe.

  • Comedy: Last week, the 19-day Just For Laughs comedy festival kicked off in Montreal. For this edition of Laughable at Unlovable, Alex Nussbaum, Julia Hladkowicz, Graham Chittenden, and more are testing out their festival sets for a hometown crowd (and host Steph Tolev). Unlovable (1415 Dundas Street West), 9 p.m., PWYC. Details
  • Music: Let’s roll down the price of concerts on this day, shall we? You’ll shell out $125-$350 to see Guns n’ Roses at The Sound Academy. It’s a far more reasonable $49.50-$89.50 to see Bob Dylan with guests Wilco and My Morning Jacket at the Molson Ampitheatre. Seeing Blonde Redhead at new venue Adelaide Hall is a wallet-friendly $22.50. Or, you could take a chance on some local talent at the venerable weekly Elvis Mondays showcase at the Drake, where admittance is free. This edition features Heartbeat Hotel, Dumb Moms, Texas Kings, and more. Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen Street West), 9 p.m., FREE–$350. Details

Ongoing…

  • History: The name “Mesopotamia” derives from a Greek term meaning “land between the rivers.” The Royal Ontario Museum’s latest major exhibit, which opens on June 22, takes this literally, as visitors flow between painted representations of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers on the floor.

    Presented by the British Museum and rounded out with pieces from institutions in Chicago, Detroit, and Philadelphia, “Mesopotamia: Inventing Our World” covers 3,000 years of human development in the cradle of urban civilization. Most of the 170 artifacts on display have never been shown in Canada. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park), 12 a.m., $27 (Includes general admission). Details

  • Art:To Be Near You” is a new art exhibition that explores the relationship of colours and experiences to our existence. These uniquely abstract pieces of art come to you via artist Christina Wollesen. The opening reception is on July 4 at 7 p.m. While you’re at Hashtag, you also have the chance to check out their “Send-A-Postcard Wall”, which lets you send art to anyone in the world so they can enjoy the show too. #Hashtag Gallery (801 Dundas Street West), 12 a.m., FREE. Details
  • Theatre: Soulpepper Theatre collaborates on a Joe Orton play, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre’s artistic producer Brendan Healey. Guest director Healey has coached some Soulpepper theatre stalwarts—Stuart Hughes, Fiona Reid, Michael Simpson, and David Beazley—for this dark comedy about a charming lodger who incites illicit passions among his other housemates. Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane), 8 p.m. and 8 p.m. and 8 p.m., $5-$68. Details
  • Theatre: If Fringe and SummerWorks aren’t enough to satisfy your summer theatre cravings, the world-renowned Stratford Festival is now only a bus ride away from downtown Toronto, thanks to the new Stratford Direct bus route (“the best thing [the Festival] has done in years” according to one usher at the Avon Theatre). Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino has put together a season to please tastes from the traditional to the extravagant. Here’s what we think about five of Stratford’s current productions. Multiple venues, 12 a.m., $25–$175. Details
  • Art: Flight: A Thrilling History of an Idea is a new exhibition from the Toronto Reference Library that gathers a number of rare items that explore the theme of the possible and the impossible. Some of the highlights on display are La vingtième siècle: la vie électrique (a rare French book that shows how scientific discoveries would have affected people in 1955), Tame (a sci-fi pulp magazine), and Worldly Wisdom (watercolour that depicts a Leonardo da Vinci-like figure creating a winged flying machine). You’ll find the exhibition in the library’s TD Gallery. Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street), 12 a.m., FREE. Details
  • History: Looking to brush up your cultural and history knowledge on all things Toronto? Heritage Toronto 2013 Tours offers you an enormous chance to learn tons and tons about the city you love via walking tours, bike tours, and more. Some of the events on the agenda of this weekly series include tours of Fort York, Korea Town, Don Valley, and Black Creek. It’s running all summer long so don’t miss out! Multiple venues, 12 a.m., FREE. Details
  • Dance: Like something out of a movie (except, you know, Footloose), you can spend your summer nights dancing in the open air of the Town Square. Join Dexter and Janice of DjDance as they lead Latin Salsa classes twice a week, all summer. Shops at Don Mills (1090 Don Mills Road), 7 p.m., FREE. Details

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