Radar: November 11, 2009
COMEDY | Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival
Toronto has a great comedy history, having produced such giant talents as Mike Meyers, Jim Carrey, and the entire cast of SCTV. The Toronto Sketch Comedy festival continues that legacy by bringing together some of the best sketch comedians from the GTA and around the globe. The fest is into its second night tonight and will have shows going on simultaneously at three different venues. Performers include Toronto's own Grade Eight Dance, the U of T engineering faculty's perennially popular comedy troupe Skule Night, and Second City's 64th revue "Shut Up and Show Us Your Tweets."
Comedy Bar, Theatre Passe Muraille, and the Second City, $12 - $50 pass
THEATRE | No Exit
Kim Collier's update of John-Paul Sartre's existential masterpiece opens tonight at Buddies in Bad Times theatre. Collier is considered one of Canada's most talented an prolific young directors and she has not been shy in tackling this classic piece of theatre. The play has been reconceived as a "live movie" incorporating film and performance into an exciting new hybrid art form. Starring Lucia Frangione, Laara Sadiq, Andy Thompson and Jonathon Young. Runs til November 21.
Buddies in Bad Times, 12 Alexander St., $45, 8 pm
MUSIC | Peter, Bjorn and John at the Phoenix
PB and J are one of those bands who could retire on the strength of a single song. Their 2006 single "Young Folks" has been heard by anyone on the planet who has ever listened to music, watched television, or played a video game. The band stepped out of the shadow of that massive single with their 2009 release Living Thing, in which the eschewed their pop instincts in favour of more idiosyncratic influences including jazz and obscure post-punk. Their new stuff may be slightly less accessible but really, what else could it be given their earlier earth-shattering success?
Phoenix Concert Theatre, 410 Sherbourne St., $20, 8 pm
MUSIC | Songs for Jesse Presley
You probably haven't heard of Jesse Presley before, but you're definitely familiar with his twin brother Elvis. It's a little known fact that when Gladys Presley gave birth to the King of Rock n' Roll on January 8, 1935 she also delivered a stillborn twin. This concert at the music hall takes its inspiration from the idea that we all have unborn alter egos, and as such performers will play covers of songs from their formative influences as well as parallel versions of their own songs. Featuring Joe Pernice, D-Sisive and the Reveries.
The Music Gallery, 197 John St., $10, 8 pm
DEBATE | Battle on the Plains of Abraham: A Debate
Less than 10,000 soldiers fought at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham and yet the outcome of that day decided that fate of millions. And for anyone who thought the British defeat of the French that day in 1759 was all water under the three-hundred year old bridge, just ask all the Quebeckers who vetoed a historic re-enactment of the event earlier this year. Those same folks would likely be outraged at the proposal this debate at the ROM puts forth; namely that the British victory was ultimately good for New France and its inhabitants. Panelists include Bernard Landry, Quebec premier from 2001-2003.
Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park, $22, 6:30 pm
THEATRE | Cinema Kabuki
The Toronto Japanese Film Appreciation Pow-Wow brings kabuki to Toronto this week with performances by some of Japan's most famous kabuki actors shot in high-definition and screened at the Scotiabank theatre in surround sound. With its highly-stylized music and choreography the 400-year old art form might be a bit confusing for the uninitiated, but there is no denying its beauty and it would definitely be a treat to see the vivid colours of kabuki on the big screen. The five day event kicks off with a screening of Dojoji - A Lovers' Duet this evening.
Scotiabank Theatre, 259 Richmond St., $23, 7 pm
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