Urban Planner: May 5, 2014



Urban Planner: May 5, 2014

In today's Urban Planner: Elizabethan galas, future Mother's Day for future mothers, and rocking out on a school night.

Sketch duo Tall Sigh (Meredith R. Cheesbrough and Nicole Elsasser). Details of a photo by Shannen McNee.

  • Fundraisers: East-end outdoor theatre company Shakespeare in the Ruff has already begun prepping for its third annual show since its 2012 resurrection, following well-received productions of The Two Gentlemen of Verona and Richard III. Cymbeline will be its 2014 production, and in order to stage the lesser-known Ancient British drama, the company is holding an Elizabethan Gala to raise necessary capital. The food will be prepared by L’Eat Catering; the entertainment will be courtesy of members of the company and a few special guests. A limited number of discounted arts worker tickets are available, so if you qualify, you’ll want to contact the company ASAP. Enoch Turner Schoolhouse (106 Trinity Street), 6 p.m., $30–$90. Details
  • Comedy: Fledgling comedy duo Tall Sigh are doing it for their moms, and all the moms to be, at their Future Mother’s Day Party for Future Mothers. Their host for the evening’s festivities will be Space Rider Dan Bierne; their musical guest will be Sarah Burton; and their sketch openers will be The Palcoholics. Baltic Avenue (875 Bloor Street West), 8 p.m., $5. Details
  • Music: After a month of “spring break,” Danny Michel’s School Night Mondays return to their weekly residency at the Dakota Tavern. The previous March residency had special guests like astronaut Chris Hadfield and fellow local songwriter Royal Wood, and given that every previous edition has sold out (it’s door tickets only, so get there early), the night is likely to continue to feature quality guests (plus Michel and his band, of course). Dakota Tavern (249 Ossington Avenue), 8 p.m., $20. Details


  • Art: If The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors has a mascot, it’s Emperor Yongzheng. The image of the 18th-century Chinese ruler dominates the promotional material of the exhibition, which is one of the centrepieces of the Royal Ontario Museum’s centennial year. His portrait certainly has visual appeal, but Yongzheng is also a figure associated with surprising elements of life within the former imperial palace. Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queens Park), all day, $27 adults. Details
  • Theatre: Broken people, obsession, loss, war, and poverty don’t usually make for the most uplifting stories. But what if love were thrown in? Of Human Bondage does just that. Regarded as one of the world’s greatest novels, it has been brought to life by playwright Vern Thiessen, and will make its world premiere on the Soulpepper Theatre stage. Young Centre for the Performing Arts (50 Tank House Lane), 7:30 p.m., $29–$74. Details

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