Tipsheet July 28-August 11
DOUGLAS COUPLAND Dystopia-obsessed Coupland opens two futuristic art shows at Monte Clark. Till Sep 11. 416-703-1700.
+death from above 1979 Who needs guitars? The deafening drums 'n' bass noise-rock duo warm up for their upcoming Nine Inch Nails tour with four shows at the 'Shoe. $15. 416-598-4753.
+a silver mt. zion Godspeed spinoff project play radically political orchestral post-rock on the second of a three-night stand at the Tranzac. $10. 416-923-8137.
+gravy train!!!! Perfectly pervy Oakland bubblegum electro-trash crew wanna get you Wigglin' as part of Club V at Lee's Palace. $7. 416-532-1598.
aimee mann Beautifully brooding crooner takes her Forgotten Arm concept disc to the Phoenix stage. $30. 416-870-8000.
Owning our great lakes Hear an update on the movement to limit water diversion. 9:30am-2:45 pm, Munk Centre for International Studies, U of T. pre-register, www.powi.ca
+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.
+irie music fest Celebrate Caribana by heading down toOntario Place, where reggae cats like Brinsley Forde and David Rudder deliver good vibes until Monday (Aug 1). $20-$60. 416-870-8000.
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.
Car-Free Kensington Make a point about who owns the streets -- join Pedestrian Sundays. Water games and much merriment, noon-6 pm (to 10 pm on north Augusta. 416-531-5409
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.
+scout niblett Marvelously macabre Brit belter rocks out behind her drumkit at the Horseshoe. $8.50. 416-598-4753.
+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 decide when they hit the ACC. $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.
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.
Buy locally Stop your American veggie addiction. Buy from a local farmers market every Wednesday, 10am-2pm until October 5, Nathan Phillips Square, www.city.toronto.on.ca
jason collett Broken Social Scene's reliable roots-rock renegade strums beautifully summery songs at the Mod Club. $12. 416-870-8000.
nathaniel mayer Unsung Motor City old-school R&B pioneer keeps kicking it into his golden years at the Horseshoe. $10.50. 416-598-4753.
Hiroshima Day Commemorate the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, noon, Nathan Phillips Square, Free, 416-463-9163
broken flowers Bill Murray revisits old flames like Jessica Lange, Sharon Stone and Tilda Swinton in Jim Jarmusch's Cannes Fest-winner. Another Oscar nod? Find out opening weekend.
the knitters See what inspired the formation of Bloodshot Records when X's John Doe and Exene Cervenka bring their reunited country crew to Lee's Palace. $22.50. 416-532-1598.
show me It's opening weekend for Cassandra Nicolaou's Inside Out Fest fave about a queer woman who gets carjacked on her way to the cottage.
smog Lo-fi hero Bill Callahan touches down at Lee's Palace with his disorientingly moody pseudonymous one-man band. $13.50. 416-532-1598.
+the wild duck László Marton directs Brent Carver and Maggie Huculak in Ibsen's masterpiece. Till Sep 3 at the Harbourfront Centre Theatre. $25-$51.50. 416-973-4000.
ben folds Call it Two Pianos, Six Hands - the Ben Folds/Ben Lee/Rufus Wainwright hat trick at the Kool Haus is sure to be entertaining. $34.50. 416-870-8000.
destiny's child Say it ain't so, Beyoncé! Did you finally realize those other two chicks are just dead weight? Say a bootylicious buh-bye at the Air Canada Centre. $63-$83. 416-870-8000.
fool for love Anne Shirley in a Sam Shepard play? Yup. Megan Follows joins hubby Stuart Hughes and Kevin Bundy in the acclaimed 1983 play. Harbourfront Centre Theatre till Oct 1. $25-$51.50. 416-973-4000.
ffida international dance festival The big blowout of global dance continues at the Distillery District and runs there and at various off-site locales till Aug 21. $tba. www.ffida.org.