Urban Planner: February 17, 2014




Urban Planner: February 17, 2014

In today's Urban Planner: a haunted puppet show, a light-hearted play about divorce and theft, and an adult play party.

Eric Woolfe reprises the title role in Doc Wuthergloom’s Haunted Medicine Show. Photo by Dawn Weaver.

  • Theatre: Doc Wuthergloom is a mainstay of our Halloween roundups, but he and his possessed puppets performs occasionally throughout the year. There’s a one-night-only, chill-your-blood edition of his Haunted Medicine Show taking place; the premium ticket price includes entry to a “Dime Museum of the Damned.” Metropolis Factory (50 Edwin Avenue), 7 p.m., $20–$25. Details
  • Theatre: Gillian English was at the New York Frigid Fringe Festival last year in Love in The Time of Time Machines, and it must have gone over well, because she’ll be returning this year—and once again, there will be a one-night-only preview/fundraiser for her show here in Toronto. Drag Queen Stole My Dress is her autobiographical account of a pre-emptive divorce and a Fringe tour theft, and how they’re linked. Written and performed by English, the show is directed by fellow Fringe veteran Chris Gibbs. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., $15. Details
  • Offbeat: If Valentine’s went particularly well for you and your partner (or you and someone else, or just you), and you want to take things further—say, to group play, this could be the event for you. I’d Tap That is a adult “play party” hosted at Oasis Aqualounge, open to men and women (trans and cis) aged 19-35—all sexual orientations and gender identities are welcome. The evening will also double as a live sex shoot (in a sectioned-off area) for Spit Magazine—attendees interested in participating can contact the organizers and RSVP in advance. Oasis Aqualounge (231 Mutual Street), 9 p.m., $15. Details


  • Art: Virginia Woolf once remarked that “on or about December 1910, human character changed.” Whether it actually did is debatable, but the curators of “The Great Upheaval: Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection 1910–1918” use that year to start their exhibition of works from a tumultuous decade of innovation in European fine art. Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West), all day, $16.50–$25 (includes general admission). Details
  • Fashion: Ichimaru—once one of Japan’s most famous geishas—left the profession in the 1930s to pursue a career in entertainment. Never really leaving her past life, she became known for adorning herself in the traditional geisha garb when performing in concert or on television. “From Geisha to Diva: The Kimonos of Ichimaru” exhibits several decades’ worth of outfits and personal effects, shedding light on the woman behind the makeup. Textile Museum of Canada (55 Centre Avenue), 11 a.m., $6-$15. Details
  • Festivals: Celebrate all things cold and icy this Family Day weekend with the HarbourKIDS Skating Festival. Bundle up and take to the outdoors for a variety of skating shows and activities—you can even try your hand at carving an ice sculpture. When the cold gets too much, warm up indoors with dance workshops, craft classes, theatre productions, and more. Harbourfront Centre (235 Queens Quay West), 11 a.m., FREE. Details
  • Film: Film critic Shlomo Schwartzberg is spending his Mondays for the next several months on a lecture series about the career of one of America’s greatest commercial filmmakers. Defining Greatness: Director Steven Spielberg launched on January 20 with a examination (and clips) of some of Spielberg’s greatest hits (E.T. the Extraterrestrial, Lincoln). On January 27, the series looks at early films like Duel and Jaws, before moving weekly through the rest of Spielberg’s body of work. There’s a flat fee of $90 for the whole series, or drop-in prices for single lectures. Miles Nadal JCC (750 Spadina Avenue), 7 p.m., $6-$11.25. Details
  • Theatre: The word “idiot” was originally used in ancient Greece to describe a person unconcerned with public affairs like politics, but dedicated to following private pursuits. The setting of Robert E. Sherwood’s 1936 romantic comedy Idiot’s Delight, a failing luxury hotel in the Italian Alps called the Hotel Monte Gabriele, initially seems to be full of idiots: newlyweds on their honeymoon, a group of burlesque singers and their manager, a blissfully genial waiter, and a couple of ornery managers sour over the lack of business. And when a spark flies between a beautiful and mysterious Russian and a smooth-talking American showbusinessman, while the other guests dance, drink, eat, and sing, there’s another piece of juicy plot that can be used to distract themselves, and the audience, from the war that’s literally raging outside the hotel windows. Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane), 7:30 p.m., $29–$74. Details
  • Theatre: Bollywood is the force that brings two stories of self-exploration together in Same Same But Different. After her mother’s life is changed by a run-in with the world of Indian cinema, Aisha—a Canadian-born actress—realizes that she must face her prejudices about nationality and skin colour in order to rise to stardom. Theatre Passe Muraille Mainspace (16 Ryerson Avenue), 7:30 p.m., PWYC–$32.50+HST. Details

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