TIP SHEET May 12-26
+andy kim The legendary Montreal-bred songwriter plays his first Toronto show ever at the Drake. $20. 416-870-8000.
RAISE the Rates Rally with OCAP at Allen Gardens to demand a way-overdue increase for folks on welfare and disability. Free meal. 416-925-6939.
kirsten den hartog/camilla gibb and others read from new books at Hart House. Free. 416-640-5829.
ACT FOR THE EARTH Hear Saskatchewan agri-hero Percy Schmeiser talk about his fight with genetic modified plants and Monsanto. $5. Bloor United Church. 416-880-6245.
santa cruz Tyler Clark Burke helps hipsters hook up to the strains of the Old Soul and Ratsicule at her monthly slow-jam party. Lee's Palace. $8. 416-532-1598.
+aqualung Dreamy electro-pop Londoner Matt Hales follows up his VW commercial success by wooing North American audiences. Drake. $12. 416-870-8000.
older and reckless Claudia Moore and other experienced choreographers try out new moves at Dancemakers Studio, till May 14. $15. 416-504-6429 ext 30.
+gang of four Andy Gill rounds up his post-punk pioneers at the Phoenix. $27.50. www.rootmeansquare.ca.
the clothing show The two-day showcase of indie designers, retailers and artisans from across the province starts. $8. Automotive Building, Exhibition Place. 416-516-9859.
martha & the muffins Local 80s icons take you back to Echo Beach while compadres the Parachute Club Rise Up at Hugh's Room. $25-$28. 416-531-6604.
stereo total Do the Bambi with the multilingual pop masterminds who mix Eurotrash chic with electro-punk giddiness at Lee's Palace. $13. 416-532-1598.
Imagine 10,000 kites The Tikkun community of T.O. hosts a joint Jewish-Arab kite launch for peace and picnic lunch. Free, kite materials $10. Little Norway Pk, www.tikkuntoronto.com.
Memorial for bob Hunter Honour the eco-hero and Greenpeace founder. Hart House. Free. 416-591-7400 ext 2655.
+monade Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier shows off her other Gallic electro-pop project at Lee's Palace. $15. 416-532-1598.
+mercury rev Psych-pop crew Mercury Rev warm up the Doves crowd with the airy-fairy strains of their new Secret Migration disc at the Kool Haus. $25.75. 416-870-8000.
black crowes Chris Robinson and his buds bring their vintage rock revivalism (and silly hats) to the Kool Haus. $46.25. 416-870-8000.
sarah McLachlan Break out the ankh pendants and Sark books! BC's favourite earth mama crooner spreads her organic love at the ACC. $49.50-$69.50. 416-870-8000.
+NELOFER PAZIRA Afghani hero reads from her moving memoir, A Bed Of Red Flowers, to benefit the Afgan Women's Charity. Innis Town Hall. 416-598-1447.
deerhoof Odd 'n' experimental San Fran art-damaged noise-pop outfit unleash the tunes from last year's Milk Man album at Lee's Palace. $10. 416-532-1598.
+blood brothers Seattle art-punk screamers howl bloody murder at the Mod Club. $13.50. 416-588-4663.
star wars: episode III - revenge of the sith Be one of the millions watching Anakin go to the Darth side.
jenny whiteley The Juno-winning alt-country belter - and sometime Raffi protege - warms hearts at Hugh's Room. $tba. 416-531-6604.
RESISTING REPRESSION IN COLOMBIA Peace Brigades International's Erika Zarate offers eyewitness testimony of the human rights fight in war-weary Colombia. Free. 416-324-9737.
inside out It's the first weekend for the hot lesbian and gay film and vid fest, on at various theatres till May 29. $10.75. 416-967-1528, www.insideout.ca.
buddhist art and architecture Get Zen and check out this photo exhibit, opening at Robarts Library. Free. 416-782-8227.
trash and ready Renegade rebel girls Lisa Foad, Zoe Whittall and Hadassah Hill present a fab evening of spoken word and punk rock with Cougar Party and more. Gladstone. $5-$10. www.trashready.com.
gordon lightfoot Tenacious and iconic Canfolksinger/songwriter bouncing back from ill health, ends a four-night stand at Massey Hall. $30-$55. 416-872-4255.
+end of civilization George F. Walker's acclaimed play - part of his Suburban Motel cycle - returns to the Factory. $25-$34. 416-504-9971.
mia The unlikeliest UK grime breakout star pairs up with LCD Soundsystem to follow up her sold-out Drake gig with a super-hot show at the Opera House. $20. 416-870-8000.
milk international children's festival The annual all-ages fest of theatre, music and spectacle kicks off at Harbourfront and runs till May 29. $9-$12.590.
Hip-hop 4 dumeez Final performance for Job: The Hip-Hop Musical's stylin' Jerome Sable and Eli Batalion, at the Tarragon Extra Space. $12-$15. 416-531-1827.
wolf eyes Blistering noise-rock assault force attempt to decimate your eardrums at the Horseshoe. $10. 416-598-4753.
FIREWORKS Queen Victoria loved her fireworks and it is her day, so head down to Ashbridges Bay and check out the annual spectacle. Free. www.city.toronto.on.ca
the aviator Martin Scorsese's ambitious and unsentimental biopic about Howard Hughes comes out on DVD.
michael bublé The baby-faced, smoooooth crooner makes throngs of soccer moms swoon with his dulcet tones at the Hummingbird Centre. $42.50-$64.50. 416-872-2262.
porcupine tree Prog is back! And Steven Wilson will be taking full advantage of his new fan base by playing a show at the Mod Club. $24.50. 416-588-4663.
hedda gabler The fabulous Yanna McIntosh plays Ibsen's heroine in Judith Thompson's new adaptation of the play. On at Buddies till Jun 12. $20-$25. 416-975-8555.
women fully clothed Five of the funniest women in the country (Robin Duke, Jayne Eastwood, Kathryn Greenwood, Debra McGrath and Teresa Pavlinek) storm the Winter Garden for three nights. $39.95. 416-872-5555.
GoodBYE Coal CELEBRATION Bid farewell to the air-poisoning Lakeview plant with a stack-toppling fete hosted by the Ontario Clean Air Alliance. Fairmont Royal York Hotel. $20-$35. 416-926-1907 ext 245.