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Radar: Design for Toronto: Praxis II Student Showcase, This Is What Happens Next, Toronto Blue Jays Home Opener, Trampoline Hall, Vanguard Comedy Theatre

DESIGN | Design for Toronto: Praxis II Student Showcase
It's the job of engineers to solve problems, and Toronto certainly has its fair share. Today the University of Toronto's engineering science students get a chance to propose solutions to the most important issues plaguing the city in the Design for Toronto student showcase, an end-of-year exhibition focusing on urban usability, sustainability, and accessibility. And make no mistake, these students aren't just working for a "complete" on their transcripts; last year's showcase was attended by members of the TTC board and the city council, and what gets proposed today might very well be showing up in policy papers in a few months. The issues being tackled by U of T's brightest minds are ones that will shape the future of our city, and include electric vehicle charging stations, harnessing urban wind tunnels, pedestrian safety at Spadina and Dundas, and cyclist safety on Bloor St.
Bahen Centre, 40 St. George St., Free, 9:30 am - 5 pm

THEATRE | This is What Happens Next
Long-time creative partners Daniel MacIvor and Daniel Brooks have an impressive resume. Between the two of them they've won two Governor General's Awards and five Dora Awards, and their productions have garnered acclaim at theatre festivals all over the world. Together the pair have put together several successful one man shows including Monster and Cul-de-sac, with MacIvor in the performing role and Brooks serving as director. It's no wonder then that Toronto's theatre community has high hopes for their latest endeavor, another solo show that delves deep into one man's struggle with addiction and divorce, with some humourous detours along the way into the life of John Denver and the merits of the the Little Mermaid. Supposedly semi-autobiographical, MacIvor will have no problem bringing emotional heft to the role. Runs til May 8.
Berkeley Street Theatre, 26 Berkeley St., $20 - $40, Monday to Saturday 8 pm, Matinees Wednesday at 1:30 pm and Saturday at 2 pm

SPORTS | Toronto Blue Jays Home Opener
With the Leafs and Raptors' seasons fizzling out in their annual display of springtime futility, the hopes of this city's sports fans now rest squarely on the shoulders of the Toronto Blue Jays. It's not going to be easy for them to deliver either, and if they're to have any success this year they'll have to overcome the loss of one of the best pitchers in the game in Roy Halladay and triumph over some tough competition in the perennially competitive American League Eastern Division. They're off to a good start however and have won five of their first six games, all of them on the road. They return home from a successful stint in Baltimore to play their first home game of the 2010 season tonight, facing off against Barack Obama's beloved Chicago White Sox. It's a testament to the city's lukewarm enthusiasm for baseball these days that there are still some seats available.
Rogers Centre, 1 Blue Jays Way, $15 - $210, 7:20 pm

LECTURE | Trampoline Hall
Toronto artist and writer Sholem Krishtalka curates the latest edition of Trampoline Hall, our favourite monthly showcase of inexpert advice. Krishtalka's lined up some real juicy topics as well, with Margot Keith tackling the subject of wigs, John Caffery revealing the secrets to dancing in public, and Marc Bendavid attempting to define the perfect baguette. Your host for the evening will be artist and educator Misha Glouberman, the creator of Trampoline Hall who, incidentally, claims to be the world's best charades player. As always the show will sell out, but a few tickets will be released at the venue at 6:30 pm.
The Garrison, 1197 Dundas St. West, $5, Doors 7:30 pm, Show at 8 pm

COMEDY | Vanguard Comedy
Vanguard Comedy Theatre has only been around since the fall of 2009, but already it boasts a roster of over 130 writers and performers and has been instrumental in bringing top-notch talent, including writers from Saturday Night Live and the Daily Show, to Toronto to teach and perform. Vanguard presents a double bill of comedy tonight that will put some of the city's best improv talent on display. Comedians will go head to head in an improv throw-down in the Thunderdome at 7 pm, followed by the Vortex at 8 pm, which will feature 30 minute improvised sets by local improv ensembles.
The Supermarket, 268 Augusta Ave., $5, 7 pm

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