Urban Planner: October 20, 2014
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Urban Planner: October 20, 2014

In today's Urban Planner: up close and personal with dance, and a laughable comedy lineup.

Niomi Anna Cherney will perform at this month’s Series 8:08. Photo by Gloria Wall.

  • Dance: Fans of the long-running new choreographic dance work showcase Series 8:08 will be able to get up close and personal with the performers for this edition, as it’s being held in the cozy and busy performance space Videofag. As of press time, choreographers and performers were not yet confirmed, but audience members will get a chance to chat and share drinks with them, post-performance. Videofag (187 Augusta Avenue), 8:08 p.m., $5-$10. Details
  • Comedy: This month’s edition of Laughable will be co-hosted by co-producers Nick Flanagan and Steph Tolev and feature comics such as Nile Seguin and Darryl Orr, and, in a departure from the usual all-stand-up lineup, a performance from spoken word sketch duo Definition of Knowledge (Hannah Younis and Bryn Pottie). Unlovable (1415 Dundas Street West), 9 p.m., PWYC. Details


  • Theatre: b current Theatre is presenting a double bill of solo shows at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre over the next two weeks, billed together as the second edition of its afteRock Plays. Veteran theatre creator Catherine Hernandez uses a playlist of music to punctuate her story of growing up as a queer woman of colour in The Femme Playlist, while Sébastien Heins performs Brotherhood: The Hip Hopera with his own rhymes, parodying rap stereotypes from the 1970s to the present day. The shows run solo (and discounted) for their first week of previews and paired together (at a combo price for both) until the end of the run; view the schedule here to pick when to see which, and in what order. Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander Street), all day, $20-$50. Details
  • Comedy: The third annual Big City Improv Festival runs for eight days this month, featuring improvisers from across the city and a number of special guests from across North America. Local headliners this year include The Sufferettes, Bonspiel, and a showcase hosted by Scott Thompson of The Kids in the Hall; special guests include Tim Baltz (Drunk History), Jet Eveleth & Holly Laurent (Chicago’s The Reckoning), and Vancouver’s Hip.Bang! Multiple shows happen nightly at Comedy Bar and Bad Dog Theatre, with some FREE early evening showcases and regular tickets between $10 and $15; a $60 pass gets you unlimited access to the festival. Comedy Bar (945 Bloor Street West), all day, FREE-$60. Details
  • Film: Some say that dark and evil things come out at night—and in the case of the Toronto After Dark Film Festival, they’re totally right. Get your fill of horror, action, sci-fi, and other genre movies for nine straight days as the fest takes over the Scotiabank Theatre. The programme features 18 new releases from both Canadian and internationally-based filmmakers. Scotiabank Theatre (259 Richmond Street West), 7 p.m., $13-$149. Details

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