Can you believe Fashion Cares is in its 18th year of fundraising in support of the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT)? Well, this hu-u-uge event, with a matching-sized name - Fashion Cares 2004 M.A.C Viva Glam Superstar! - unfolds next Saturday, May 29, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and is being hosted by Canada's original supermodel, Linda Evangelista . The organizers hope to raise a million, so if you've got $350 and need the write-off, snag a ticket to the gala (416-340-9255). Or pay $100 for general admission. Or hit the infamous after-party for $45 (416-870-8000 or www.ticketmaster.ca). With more than 5,000 people expected to attend, and a hardcore electro/disco theme, what are you going to wear?
If you lack the time or stamina to go shopping for clothes, you might be interested in the services of Joanne Maharaj of Edit Style: Personal Styling & Shopping . She's like a shopping genie who comes to your house, takes your measurements and returns with a selection of perfect clothes for you to choose from. Maharaj can also organize your closets, buy presents, get your kids packed for camp and your household set up for a new baby. 416-463-5858.
Looking for an alternative - or air-conditioned - way to spend an afternoon? Get the lowdown on the ancient history of oriental carpets at the Textile Museum of Canada 's (55 Centre) exhibit All The Beauty Of The World: Rugs From The Land Of The Caucasus . Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 11 am to 5 pm, Wednesday 11 am to 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday noon to 5 pm. $8, stu/ srs $6. Wednesdays pay-what-you-can. 416-599-5321.
Dial M for museum
Go on, do something cultural; celebrate Museum Month and visit one of the 40 participating Toronto museums, art galleries and heritage institutions. Check www.museumsontario. com or call 1-800-ONTARIO for event information.