TIP SHEET April 14-28
+montag Dreamy Montreal bedroom electronica whiz helps celebrate Exclaim!'s 13th anniversary with Stars, the Organ and more. Phoenix. $16. 416-870-8000.
from the mouths of babes Debra DiGiovanni, Samantha Bennett and other female comics rock the Gladstone. $10. email@example.com.
indian jewelry Houston bent hooligans give local post-punk threat Creeping Nobodies a lesson on how to rock at Sneaky Dee's. $7. 416-603-3090.
republic of safety Update your passport and travel to the sexadelic art-punk utopia founded by these local rock geniuses. Sneaky Dee's. $6. 416-603-3090.
+moolaade Ousmane Sembene's film about female circumcision in Africa plays at Cinematheque. $7.25-$11.50. 416-968-FILM.
+beat street Celebrate the 21st anniversary of the seminal hiphop flick with Grandmaster Melle Mel, DJ Serious and more at Revival. $20. 416-535-7888.
ben lee Former Aussie indie prodigy turned introspective pop tunesmith puts the "geek" in geek chic with pal Har Mar Superstar at the El Mocambo. $13.50. 416-777-1777.
+ike turner Despite his questionable personal life, the guitar god who helped give birth to rock 'n' roll is bound to deliver the goods live at the Reverb. $38. 416-870-8000.
FRAMEWORK TIMERAISER Art auction where you bid our time to help volunteer agencies. CBC Broadcast Centre. Free. www.frameworkfoundation.ca
+world stage festival The theatre fest focuses on solo shows (all plays $25 and under!) and includes informal chats plus visual arts and literary components. Till May 1. Harbourfront Centre. 416-973-4000.
+the shins James Mercer and his indie rock merrymakers bring the sunny sound of New Mexico to the Kool Haus. $21. 416-870-8000.
images festival Fest of film, video and new media wraps up at galleries and theatres across town. $5-$12. 416-967-1528. www.imagesfestival.com.
+moby Watch the mild-mannered techno-pop baldie get upstaged by Canuck slacker-hop hotshot Buck 65 at the Phoenix. $37.50. 416-870-8000.
ani DiFranco Buffalo's hardest-workin' politico folk-punk feminist godmother fights the good fight at the Hummingbird Centre. $35.50-$49.50. 416-872-2262.
When big media owns everything Celebrate Rabble.ca's fourth birthday with Dionne Brand, Laura Repo and others at the Gladstone. $8. firstname.lastname@example.org.
martha wainwright Marvellous folkie song stylist celebrates the long-overdue release of her debut LP at the Drake. $12-$15. 416-531-5042.
alice's affair Susan Coyne's new play about a haunted, middle-aged housewife begins previews at the Tarragon Mainspace. $17-$33. 416-531-1827.
the strange and eerie memoirs of billy wuthergloom Eric Woolfe's creepy solo show (with puppets!) about puberty opens at the Cameron and runs till May 8. $10-$20. 416-703-1725.
ashley macisaac The bad-boy fiddler's been behaving himself lately, but let's see if he pees on anything when he plays hard rock haven Club 279. $15-$20. 416-870-8000.
komachi Denise Fujiwara performs a solo choreographed by Butoh master Yukio Waguri, at the Betty Oliphant till Apr 24. $20-$28. 416-504-7529.
Solidarity with Haida blockades Demonstrate in support of ancient forests in Haida Gwaii, hosted by the Rainforest Action Network. Free. Exchange Tower. 416-784-9975.
End Israel's secret nuclear weapons program Show support for whistle-blower Mordechai Vanunu. Free. Israeli Consulate.
+kelly mark Final weekend to check out Mark's Glow House #3 at 323 Parliament. Free. 416-973-4949.
hot docs film festival More than 100 films screen at the international fest, one of the best in the world. Till May 1. Free-$10. 416-530-8105, www.hotdocs.ca.
kirov orchestra Valery Gergiev conducts the famed orchestra in an all-Russian program at Roy Thomson Hall. $39-$149. 416-872-4255.
Mayor Miller's community cleanup Pick any public space, gather your neighbours and clean. Register your location at 416-392-7899.
hot hot heat The BC boys who did that whole jerky dance-punk thing before everyone else crank out tunes from their Elevator disc at Kool Haus. $23.75. 416-870-8000.
andrew spice Sweet-voiced, sensitive prairie boy (and sometime Emm Gryner crony) plays his shimmering piano pop in the NOW Lounge. $5. 416-364-1301.
EARTH DAY PLANTING FESTIVAL Downsview Park. 416-954-0544.
kung fu hustle Don't miss opening weekend of the hilarious Hong Kong actioner by the director of Shaolin Soccer.
sharon jones & the dap kings Get a much-needed jolt of springtime rhythm 'n' soul when R&B belter Sharon Jones kicks it with her Dap Kings at Lee's Palace. $15. 416-532-1598.
+garbage Shirley Manson's only happy when it rains, so let's hope it's pouring when the 90s rock survivors roll into the Kool Haus. $36.75. 416-870-8000.
arcade fire Don't already have tickets to Arcade Fire's three-night stand at Danforth Music Hall? You're outta luck. The run's sold out. $20. www.rootmeansquare.ca.
minnie driver You saw her attempt to strum prettily in Good Will Hunting; now watch the actress/singer do her roots-pop thang on the Lee's Palace stage. $16.50. 416-532-1598.
clem snide Make sure you pay attention to the sudden lyrical swerves of Eef Barzelay's quirky indie pop when his band charms the Horseshoe. $10. 416-598-4753.
dizzee rascal The grime is now, so get yerself down to the Opera House to check out Mercury Prize-approved Brit-hop star Dizzee Rascal and his killer abs (really!). $20. 416-870-8000.
+caribou The indietronic mastermind formerly known as Manitoba shows off his new name and his new album at the Horseshoe. $12. 416-598-4753.