Tipsheet July 21-August 4
kenny rogers Road trip time! The Gambler shows his hand at Niagara Fallsview Casino. To Jul 23. $63.67-$74.36. 416-870-8000.
+crescent and frost Dynamic boy-girl duo reveal what happens when Brooklynites go bluegrass crazy. Theatre Passe Muraille. $15. 416-508-1605.
a midsummer night's dream It's worth the trip to Oakville to see this star-studded staging of the Bard's comedy. Till Aug 6 at Coronation Park. $22. 905-815-4049.
Ecology, imperialism and the Contradictions of Capitalism Conference hosted by York U's poli-science department looks heavy but informative. To Jul 24. Free-$50. 416-736-2100 ext 22643.
+loretta lynn Ballgown-wearin', country-croonin' Coal Miner's Daughter shows why her latest Van Lear Rose disc scored a Grammy. Massey Hall. $39.50-$59.50. 416-872-4255.
dim sum Fest of contemporary Chinese culture takes over Harbourfront Centre. www. harbourfrontcentre. com.
kid koala Turntable whiz kid demonstrates his inimitable style at Harbourfront Centre. Free. 416-973-4000.
ben harper The stoner-friendly purveyor of funky folk-rock plays the Kool Haus. $41.25. 416-870-8000.
+the merchant of venice Shakespeare in the Rough mounts the controversial play, with 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. $15-$18. 416-979-6648.
beaches jazz fest Salsa squad Caché, the Al Henderson Quintet and more heat up the Kew Gardens Mainstage. Free. www.beachesjazz.com
+oh no Madlib's little bro proves that underground hiphop skillz most definitely run in the family at the Richmond. $15. www.ramosent.com.
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.
+dance disaster movement Dude, have you heard about this crazy new disco-punk thing the kids are into? West Coasters DDM do it with style and heaviosity. Sneaky Dee's. $tba. 416-603-3090.
+hustle & flow Don't miss Craig Brewer's hot film about a pimp (Terrence Dashon Howard) who tries to become a rapper. On screens now.
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.
+Mana - Beyond Belief Toronto Public Space Committee hosts showing of doc on how humans create sacred objects, w/ a Q&A. Royal Cinema. $10. 416-690-2600.
+brian jonestown massacre Fans of this year's rock doc Dig! will want to catch Anton Newcombe's mayhem at the Phoenix. $10.50. 416-870-8000.
just my imagination Stephen Andrews, Sheila Butler, Lucie Chan and others exhibit works at MOCCA, till Aug 21. 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 drum-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. July 29
a silver mt. zion Godspeed spinoff project caps off a three-night stand at the Tranzac with radically political orchestral post-rock. $10. 416-923-8137.
aimee mann Beautifully brooding crooner takes her Forgotten Arm concept disc to the Phoenix stage. $30. 416-870-8000.
warped tour Feeling extreme? Ready for a road trip? Itching for an Offspring or Dropkick Murphys fix? Hitch a ride to the annual punk and skate fest at Barrie's Molson Park. $32.75-$41.25. 416-923-8137.
gus gus Icelandic kooks make an unexpected comeback bid, proving they survived the death of the triphop trend. Mod Club. $16.50. 416-870-8000.
+the bureau of productive arts Artist/designers Michael Baumgart and Julie Jenkinson's eclectic show closes at Xpace Gallery. Free. www.xpace.info.
doors of the 21st century Yes, we know it's not really the Doors with a new lead singer, but Ian Astbury's amusing antics are sure to leave Jim Morrison rolling in his grave. Docks. $57.91. 416-870-8000.
david gray Milquetoast Britrock bard beloved of film soundtrack producers strums his way into depressed ladies' hearts at the Carlu. $35-$40. 416-870-8000.
coldplay Are Chris Martin and his mates really responsible for EMI's stock going down? You be the judge when they hit the Air Canada Centre. $57-$71. 416-870-8000.
+dusk dances The al fresco series of inventive outdoor dance takes to Jane/Finch's Driftwood Park, till Aug 7. Pwyc. 416-516-4025, www.corpus.ca.
annie get your gun Mulletted Billy Ray Cyrus and Mamma Mia's Louise Pitre square off in this concert version of the musical. Till Aug 20 at Massey Hall. $32.50-$70. 416-872-4255.
iron maiden 'Bangers, don your gauntlets for what's sure to be the heavy metal show of the summer. Molson Amphitheatre. $20-$65.50. 416-870-8000.
the shape of colour It's free night at the AGO, a good time to check out this awesome exhibit. On till Aug 7. 416-979-6648.
summerworks More than 40 plays and oh-so-cool artists like Anna Chatterton, Ian Carpenter and Sonja Mills take over the Queen and Bathurst nabe. $10. 416-410-1048.
tokyo story Yasujiro Ozu's masterpiece is part of Cinematheque's tribute to the late Susan Sontag. $6-$10.10. 416-968-FILM.
corteo Cirque du Soleil's latest looks like it's breaking new ground. Opens at Ontario Place and runs till Sep 11. $46.25-$95. 1-800-678-5440.