Tipsheet June 2-16
kiran ahluwalia Captivating contemporary ghazal stylist tries out the tunes from her new self-titled disc on the Hugh's Room crowd. $20-$22. 416-531-6604.
antony & the johnsons Ethereal cabaret crooning androgyne teams up with Current 93 at the Music Gallery. $65. 416-204-1080.
CHIAPAS: The People and the Land features liberation theologist Bishop Samuel Ruiz. $5. Alumni Hall. 416-875-3017.
matt mays & el torpedo Go check out the shaggy Haligonian answer to Neil Young & Crazy Horse at Lee's Palace. $12.50. 416-532-1598.
+clorox girls Portland punk rock wreckers lay waste to Cinecycle alongside Fucked Up, Brutal Knights and others. $10. www.smartguyrecords.com.
banana boys The play adapted from Terry Woo's novel about Chinese-Canadian men gets three shows at the Factory Studio before an Ottawa run. $16-$22. 416-504-9971.
+fashion cares The theme for the AIDS funder is Bollywood Cowboy. $125-$375. Metro Toronto Convention Centre. 416-870-8000.
Riverdale Art walk Tour the studios, shops and galleries on and around Queen East, till tomorrow. Free. 416-465-0302, www.RiverdaleArtWalk.com.
+sonic bloom A gala funder with Oscar Peterson, Ron Sexsmith, Esthero and others raises funds for the TSO at Roy Thomson Hall. $45-$150. 416-593-4828.
+spoon Britt Daniel and co. try to interpret their raw, restrained, rock minimalism on the Opera House stage. $17.50. 416-870-8000.
the lord of the rings symphony Howard Shore's symphony based on his Oscar-winning scores for the epic film cycle comes to Roy Thomson Hall. $45-$85. 416-872-4255.
Non-violent resistance Learn the fine art from the city's greatest practitioner, Matthew Behrens. Friends House. Free. 416-596-7328.
big Pharma and suicide Angela Bischoff and Don Weitz honour Tooker Gomberg. Woodsworth College Residence. Free. www.planetfriendly.net.
blanche Jack White's pals, the creepy-good gothic country crew get their twang on at the Horseshoe. $10.50. 416-598-4753.
amos lee A male Norah Jones? Blue Note's banking on the soul/folk threat to pull it off. El Mocambo. $12.50. 416-870-8000.
+white ribbon benefit Join Shawn Hewitt, Billy Talent, Bruce Cockburn, Matt Mays and many more musicians at this benefit to help stop violence against women. Phoenix. $25-$75. 416-870-8000.
toronto italian film festival The seventh annual fest kicks off tonight with a screening of Mare Del Sud and runs till Jun 12. $10. Bloor Cinema. 416-657-0100.
+digable planets Early-90s jazzy hiphop faves Doodlebug, Ladybug and Butterfly reunite at the Phoenix. $18. www.ramosent.com.
no deportations for torture Protest sending refugees back to countries where torture is a possibility, 24 hours starting at noon. Minister Joe Volpe's office. 416-651-5800.
+NXNE This year's edition of the fabulous three-day film and music fest and conference kicks off with over 400 bands at 30 venues in the downtown core. All-access wristbands $24. www.NXNE.com.
funniest person with a day job is crowned tonight at the Laugh Resort. $10. 416-364-5233.
OIL KILLS L'Action Terrorist Socialement Acceptalbe make an artful dis of the the petroleum biz from today until Jun 12 at Yonge-Dundas Square. 416-534-9261.
mr. and mrs. smith Whether Angelina lured Brad from Jennifer is unclear. What's not is the pair's smokin' onscreen chemistry in this savagely funny flick.
the dears Morrissey has clued in to the awesome power of the homegrown brood-rock faves. Check 'em out yourself at the Phoenix. $17.50. 416-870-8000.
strictly skateboarding video fest Yeah, Lords Of Dogtown is on screens, but apparently these vids show you the real thing, dude. Innis Town Hall. $5. 416-978-0591.
daniel lanois Hamilton-bred production guru gets back to his steel guitar roots with tunes from his new disc at the Winter Garden. $45.50. 416-870-8000.
new york dolls David Johansen and his resurrected band play the Phoenix. $29.50. 416-870-8000.
heavy trash See Jon Spencer at his best, backed by the Sadies, with his new rockabilly outfit. Horseshoe. $17.50. 416-598-4753.
festival of fun and footwear The Bata Shoe Museum turns 10 with a free day of shoe "readings," crafts and music. Step to it! 416-979-7799, www.batashoemuseum.ca.
ivy Fountains of Wayne's Adam Schlesinger brings his French pop-infused side project to Lee's Palace. $12.50. 416-532-1598.
juana molina Argentine comedienne turned bossa-tinged pop chanteuse swings by the Horseshoe. $15. 416-598-4753.
caesars The band behind that ridiculously hooky song from the iPod commercial tries to prove they're more than just a one-hit wonder at the Mod Club. $12.50. 416-870-8000.
jimmy buffett If Margaritaville's just too far a trek, head down to the Molson Amphitheatre to see one of the world's richest men croon summery tunes. $40.25-$119.75. 416-870-8000.
jaws: 30th anniversary edition The film that started the summer blockbuster trend comes out in a new DVD issue. Just in time for beach season.
blue mAn group The performance art trio show they're more than an Intel ad in their big controversial show at the new Panasonic Theatre. Final preview week (opens Jun 19). $59. 416-872-1111.
batman begins Christian Bale, pumped up again after his weight loss for The Machinist, stars in this flick about the early days of the caped crusader. Let's hope it's better than Batman & Robin. On screens today.
toronto worldwide short film festival Size doesn't matter. The acclaimed short film fest continues till Jun 19 at various theatres. $8.50 (regular screenings). 416-967-1528.
youth group Death Cab for Cutie-approved Aussie angst-rockers upstage revivalist countrymen Jet at the Opera House. $20. 416-870-8000.