What To Check Out In Toronto October 11-16: Late Night, Brain Candy, Horror-Rama

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The City’s Planning Division plans to share some of the results of its multi-year Public Life Study with the public being studied at the Making Cities For People meeting and talkback. The ambitious goal of the study is to knowledgeably manage growth in the core for the next 50 years, and the evening will feature presentations from such guests as chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat, and Park People‘s Jake Tobin Garrett. U of T Health Sciences Building (155 College Street), 6 p.m., FREE.

TIFF is recognizing the 50th anniversary of the expansive Star Trek franchise this year with a slew of special programming, include a Trek Talks series. The first, “An Astronaut’s Voyage To The Frontier,” takes place tonight with special guest Canadian astronaut Jeremy Hansen. Lunchtime and evening talks follow on Wednesday concerning the series’ impact on science, the arts, and diplomacy. TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King Street West), 6:30 p.m., $17-$23.50.

Dora-winning playwright Kat Sandler’s latest production is a collaboration with Moses Znaimer’s Zoomer Media, which has given the indie darling free rein of a studio space in their Liberty Village complex. Sandler is using the space for the first full production of Late Night, a biting comedy about a longtime talk show host (Alon Nashman) who’s reluctantly retiring in a live broadcast that will announce his successor (Kat Letwin). Naturally, everything goes wrong. Clearly inspired by the late-night wars (and the minor controversy of Samantha Bee not being considered as Jon Stewart’s replacement for The Daily Show), Sandler tackles ageism, sexism, and other swiftly changing mores to hilarious affect, using the stage and live broadcast feed to tell the story via multiple simultaneous mediums. Some of Zoomer’s target market may find this multi-tasking distracting. For the millennials who likely won’t, but don’t have boomer capital, there are discount shows on Wednesdays and Sundays. Zoomer Hall (70 Jefferson Avenue), to October 23, 8 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m. matinee, $25-$50.