Tipsheet April 28-May 12
+dizzee rascal 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.
+joel plaskett Beloved Canuck indie rock poster boy ditches his Emergency band and takes it down a notch for two nights at Hugh's Room. $15-$17. 416-531-6604.
donigan cumming Get your saggy ass over to the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art to see Cumming's videos and photos of old and worn bodies. Free. Till May 22. 416-395-7430.
+the comas Watch the Williamsburg sci-fi rockers try to overshadow headlining Swede garage rock upstarts Mando Diao at the 'Shoe. $10. 416-598-4753.
rec room DJ Jared Colautti, mRoboto, Karim Zouack and others jam in this last-Sat-of-the-month party at Clinton's. $6. 416-535-9541.
U.S. Hegemony British activist/writer Tariq Ali, Judy Rebick, Leo Panitch and Jehad Allweiwi speak on Venezuela, Iraq and Palestine. $10. Medical Sciences Auditorium. 416-922-8744.
Mayworks kicks off a week of festivities with a labour history tour of the King-Jarvis neighbourhood. St Laawrence Hall. $5. 416-599-9096.
+THe strange and eerie memoirs of billy wuthergloom Eric Woolfe's solo show (with puppets!) goes pay-what-you-can at the Cameron. Till May 8. Pwyc-$20. 416-703-1725.
+an italian straw hat The National Ballet's new comedy premieres at the Hummingbird. $36-$126. 416-345-9595.
negativland Not-so-merry pranksters try to make enough dough to pay off their legal debts at the Drake. $20-$25. 416-531-5042.
+Femcab Feminist theatre company Nightwood celebrates 25 years with a stellar lineup of women headed by Gloria Steinem. $28-$125. Isabel Bader. 416-978-8849.
FAIR TRADE WEEK Hear the story on those cut flowers on your table from activists who know the South American industry. Incl screning of Maria Full Of Grace. $5. Bloor Cinema. 416-481-4064.
GREEN TORONTO AWARDS Help celebrate the achievements of companies, groups and individuals who've made eco-gains this year. Free. 416-360-0044, ex 377.
gene wilder The frizzy-haired actor launches his tell-all memoir and talks with Ralph Benmergui. Bloor Cinema. $10. 416-598-1447.
buffy sainte-marie Neko Case once had a dog named after Canfolkie Buffy Sainte-Marie. If that's not an endorsement, what is? Hugh's Room. $50-$55. 416-531-6604.
ryan adams The alt-country crooner packs out the Kool Haus. $30. 416-870-8000.
evita Don't cry for her, Argentina. The truth is the musical's already 90 per cent sold out. Till Jun 2. Princess of Wales. $26-$94. 416-872-1212.
cupe cabaret The Mayworks event includes music, comedy and spoken word by CUPE workers. $5. Winchester Pub. www.mayworks.ca.
joe pernice Keep your trap shut so as not to drown out the Pernice brother's whispery, winsome indie-folk ruminations at the Horseshoe. $10. 416-598-4753.
roots manuva The man whose prescient ragga-rap style foreshadowed the UK grime explosion capitalizes on the current hype at Lee's Palace. $17.50. 416-870-8000.
Bomb the Suburbs Author/activist/hiphop critic William Upski Wimsatt holds forth on politics, race and the grassroots. Harbourfront Centre. $5-$10. 416-973-4000.
MARCH ON SNC SHAREHOLDERS MEET Join anti-war activists sending a message to the arms industry. 10am, Metro Hall, march to Stock Exchange. www.resistoccupation.ca May 6
amy millan The Stars crooner rounds out an awesome bill with country-gospel crew Jon-Rae & the River and the Most Serene Republic at the Poor Alex. $9. www.overthetopfest.com.
weezer Nerdy pop-punk survivors prove there's life after Buddy Holly and emo cardigans at the Kool Haus. $38.75. 416-870-8000.
return to new york New Order's Peter Hook tries his hand at DJing alongside NYC electro house star Junior Sanchez at the Mod Club. $15. 416-588-4663.
toronto jewish film fest The annual fest opens tonight with The Syrian Bride (at the Bloor) and runs till May 15. $tba. 416-324-9121, www.tjff.com.
an albatross Philly noise renegades get super-heavy alongside Montreal's AIDS Wolf, Mare and Daughters as part of the Over the Top Fest at the El Mocambo. $10. www.overthetopfest.com.
house of wax Paris Hilton? In a horror film? That's so hot! Check out opening weekend.
republic of safety Shake yer tail to the frenetic strains of the Torontopian art-punk squadron's sexxed-up music for thinking people. Whippersnapper Art Gallery. $tba. www.overthetopfest.com.
the explosion Get your daily dose of emo with the Boston punk five-piece when they louden up the Kathedral. $10.50. 416-504-0744.
blue jays baseball Watch our team attempt to beat the Chicago White Sox, the team with the best record in baseball today. $9-$65. Rogers Centre. www.bluejays.com.
hip-hop 4 dumeez Job: The Hip-Hop Musical's stylin' Jerome Sable and Eli Batalion return to the Tarragon Extra Space with their new show Hip-Hop 4 Dummeez, till May 22. $12-$15. 416-531-1827.
autechre Glitchy IDM duo deconstruct their latest antimelodic opus, Untilted, at the Opera House. $23. 416-466-0313.
horror pops When's the next time you'll have a chance to catch a Danish psychobilly sextet fronted by a tattooed Bettie Page lookalike bassist? Get thee to the Kathedral, stat. $10. 416-504-0744.
we're funny that way The queer comedy fest launches in style with a gay gala modelled after Laugh In. $250 (rest of the week pwyc). Buddies. 416-975-8555.
andy kim The legendary Montreal-bred songwriter who penned hits like Sugar Sugar and Baby, I Love You plays his first Toronto show ever at the Drake. $20. 416-870-8000.
nigredo hotel Don't miss the final week of the return of Ann-Marie MacDonald and Nic Gotham's operatic thriller. At the Distillery District till May 14. $35-$50. 416-416-537-6066.