Urban Planner: June 4, 2014
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Urban Planner: June 4, 2014

In today's Urban Planner: photo parties, sexy stories, and holodeck follies.

Get an insider’s look at all the best parties through Steam Whistle’s Clubscape exhibit. Photo by Conrad Stokes.

  • Art: Get a glimpse of some of the biggest, sweatiest, pyro and glitter–filled parties on earth with Steam Whistle’s June art show, Clubscape. Photographers Tobias Wang and Conrad M. Stocks have been documenting festivals and nightclubs for years, focusing on the rising popularity of electronic music and the almighty DJ. Drop by the Roundhouse for the launch party or visit the exhibit any day before the end of the month. Steam Whistle Brewing (255 Bremner Boulevard), 7 p.m., FREE. Details
  • Performing Arts: Polite people may not kiss and tell, but where’s the fun in that? Tell Me Something Good: Sexy Storytelling Slam nights are all about relishing the naughty details from our personal histories. This month’s theme is Baby Got Back: Celebrating the Behind, so if you’re feeling brave, bring your sexy butt-related stories to share with a live audience. Participants will be picked by lottery and will each be given five minutes to wow the crowd with their completely true anecdotes. A panel of judges will rate each performance and pick a winner at the end of the night. Gladstone Hotel (1214 Queen Street West), 8 p.m., FREE. Details
  • Comedy: The crew of the Albatross gets themselves into a whole lot of trouble, as well as a bubble bath, in The Dandies’ Star Trek–themed improv show, Holodeck Follies Episode 5: Best of Bath World. Come for the sci-fi nerdery, stay for the music, stand up, and other non-Trekkie performances. Proceeds from the event will support the Fresh Air Fund, which helps send underprivileged and special-needs children to summer camp. Social Capital Studios (Formerly Black Swan Tavern) (154 Danforth Avenue), 8 p.m., $8 suggested. 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
  • Art: “The greatest art always returns you to the vulnerabilities of the human situation.” – Francis Bacon

    “In the human figure one can express more completely one’s feelings about the world than in any other way.” – Henry Moore

    These quotations, which welcome visitors to Francis Bacon and Henry Moore: Terror and Beauty,” immediately establish the exhibition’s tone and focus. Each artist’s distortions of the human figure, shaped by their wartime experiences, capture the vulnerability of our mortal forms. Art Gallery of Ontario (317 Dundas Street West), all day, $25 adults. Details

  • Performing Arts: Few fads have stood the test of time quite so well as dance movies from the 1980s. Now, one of the best films from this era has been adapted for the stage. Flashdance—The Musical revisits the story of a young female steel welder with a desire to dance, set to a score of iconic songs such as “Flashdance… What a Feeling,” “Maniac,” “I Love Rock and Roll,” and many more. Ed Mirvish Theatre (244 Victoria Avenue), 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., $36–$130. Details
  • Theatre: If we’ve learned anything from slasher flicks, it’s that having sex leads to death. Returning to the stage to mark its 25th anniversary, Brad Fraser’s Love and Human Remains pursues this dark train of thought. Set in Edmonton, the play tells the story of a bunch of sexually frustrated and dysfunctional twenty- and thirty-somethings grappling with life and love, while a killer lurks in their midst. Unit 102 Theatre (376 Dufferin Street), 8 p.m., $20 + fees. Details
  • Theatre: Unexpected sparks fly when Aboriginal palliative care worker Hunter meets and falls in love with anxiety-ridden addictions counsellor Jake in A Spirit’s Face. Watch as the characters remove their masks in this story of heartbreak and discovery, brought to the stage by Spiderbones Performing Arts. Aki Studio Theatre (585 Dundas Street East), 8 p.m., $10–$20. Details
  • Theatre: The dead metaphor in George F. Walker’s Dead Metaphor is the term “freelancer.” As government bureaucrat Oliver Denny explains, it originally referred to a knight in the joust who didn’t belong to any particular family or military—a free lancer. For those without a full-time employer (and there seem to be more and more of them every day), this is a pretty bad-ass piece of information to bring with you out of the theatre. Unfortunately, there’s very little else in this production that feels new—although the play, on now as part of the Off-Mirvish series, does have a long list of positive qualities pulling in its favour. Panasonic Theatre (651 Yonge Street), 8 p.m., $19–$79. Details

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