Tipsheet July 14-28
gerry dee One of NOW's best comedy acts of 2004 headlines at Yuk Yuk's Downtown till Jul 17. $10-$17. 416-967-6425.
beaches international jazz fest The fabulous, free 10-day bonanza of live jazz in the east end kicks off today. To Jul 24. www.beachesjazz.com.
bruce Springsteen New Joisey's favourite son ditches the E Street Band to play a solo set of the sombre tunes on his new Devils & Dust disc. Air Canada Centre. $90-$110. 416-870-8000.
+the wedding crashers Make sure you RSVP to this summer comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson as playboys who prey on the singles' table at weddings. Opens today.
+daara j Mad Professor-approved Senegalese hiphop fusionists get Harbourfront's All Over The Map fest off to a killer start. Free. 416-973-4000.
+k-os The recent multiple MMVA winner heats up the Molson Amphitheatre with Crabbuckits full of hiphop. $32.50. 416-870-8000.
+billy robinson Unsung Canadian jazz sax great gives a rare performance to help launch Do Right!'s awesome Ready Or Not compilation of archival CBC jazz. Free. Harbourfront Centre. 416-973-4000.
the bad dog sessions Kerry Griffin hosts the weekly late-night Sat showcase of innovative and experimental improv comedy, at Bad Dog Theatre. Pwyc. 416-491-3115.
dinosaur jr. Has hell frozen over? More likely indie rock innovator J. Mascis is reuniting with his Dino crew to pay some bills. Phoenix. $34.50. 416-870-8000.
SUNDAY NIGHT LIVE Whose Line Is It Anyway's Colin Mochrie hosts a special Fringe version of the weekly sketch show. Poor Alex. $tba. 416-923-1644.
pedestrian sundays Kensington Market's car-free Sundays kick off with music, dance, fashions, food and more. Noon-6 pm (to 10 pm on north Augusta). Free. Augusta, Baldwin and Kensington. 416-531-5409.
+pernice brothers Former Scud Mountain Boy Joe Pernice gives Lee's Palace a taste of the gorgeous orchestral mopefests on his new Discover A Lovelier You disc. $12.50. 416-532-1598.
neva dinova Moody emoha brooders get fans at the Horseshoe spaced out with their dreamy indie rock tunes. $22.50. 416-598-4753.
glenn ligon This travelling exhibit of Ligon's conceptual paintings and photo-text works raises eyebrows at Harbourfront's Power Plant till Sep 5. $2-$4. 416-973-4000.
+bill frisell Jazz guitar guru demonstrates his genre-jumping chops when he hits the Phoenix. $32.50. 416-870-8000.
+american idols live Decide whether Alabama rock sweetheart Bo Bice was robbed. He and fellow finalists join winner Carrie Underwood at the ACC. $35-$49.50. 416-870-8000.
steve patterson One of the most likeable stand-ups does a week at Yuk Yuk's Downtown, till Jul 24. $10-$17. 416-967-6425.
Green drinks Meet other eco-heads and share strategies at this monthly drink-in. 5:45 pm. No cover. Duke of York Pub. 416-964-2441
kenny rogers Road trip time! The chicken-shillin', country-singin' Gambler shows his hand at Niagara Fallsview Casino. To Jul 23. $63.67-$74.36. 416-870-8000.
po' girl Be Good Tanya Trish Klein gets her twang on with her jazzy roots side project at Theatre Passe Muralle. $15. 416-508-1605.
a midsummer night's dream It's worth the trip to Oakville to see local actors Matt MacFadzean, Deborah Hay and others in the Bard's comic gem. Till Aug 6 at Coronation Park. $22. 905-815-4049.
Ecology, imperialism and the Contradictions of Capitalism conference hosted by York U's Department of Political Science and Faculty of Enviro Studies looks heavy but informing. $50, students, unwaged, free. 416-736-2100, ex.22643
bad news bears Last summer it was sequels, this year it's remakes. Billy Bob Thornton plays an alcoholic little league baseball coach in Richard Linklater's update of the Walter Matthau/Tatum O'Neal comedy.
dim sum Festival of contemporary Chinese culture has music, dance, readings by Chinese-Canadians. Harbourfront Centre. www.harbourfrontcentre.com.
kid koala Turntable whiz kid demonstrates his inimitable style, with rapper Jin opening, at Harbourfront Centre. Free. 416-973-4000.
ben harper Pack yer hacky sack and spruce up yer white-boy dreads -the stoner-friendly purveyor of funky folk-rock burns one down at the Kool Haus. $41.25. 416-870-8000.
the merchant of venice Shakespeare in the Rough mounts the controversial play, with female native actor Jani Lauzon as Shylock. Pwyc. Till Sep 5 in Withrow Park. 647-438-6742, www.sitr.ca.
THE SHAPE OF COLOUR The AGO's gorgeous show of Colour Field art runs through August 7. Catch it while you can. 317 Dundas W. 416-979-6648.
teenage fanclub Get on the Bandwagonesque bandwagon when the beloved Scottish power pop standard-bearers swing by the Mod Club. $22.50. 416-870-8000.
The upside of anger Joan Allen delivers an Oscar-worthy performance as an alcoholic mom. DVD comes out today.
the wild duck László Marton directs a cast that includes Brent Carver and Maggie Huculak in Ibsen's masterpiece. Till Sep 3 at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre. $25-$51.50. 416-973-4000.
common Jazzy rapper raises the consciousness of rabid fans at the Kool Haus. $34.50. 416-870-8000.
brian jonestown massacre Fans of this year's rock rivalry doc Dig! will be stoked to catch Anton Newcombe's manic mayhem in person at Lee's Palace. $10.50. 416-532-1598.
just my imagination Stephen Andrews, Sheila Butler, Lucie Chan and others exhibit works at MOCCA. Free. 416-395-7430.
sugar water festival Queen Latifah, Erykah Badu and Jill Scott team up for a delightful diva triple-play at the ACC. $49.50-$89.50. 416-870-8000.
DOUGLAS COUPLAND Dystopia-obsessed Coupland opens two futuristic art shows at Monte Clark. Till Sep 11. 416-703-1700.
death from above 1979 Popular drums-and-bass noise-rock duo warm up for their upcoming Queens of the Stone Age tour with the first of four shows at the 'Shoe. $15. 416-598-4753.