the decemberists Geeks (and those who love them) descend on the Phoenix for the hyperverbal lit-folk stylings of Colin Meloy and his merry popsters. $17.50. 416-870-8000. Pedestrian power Come and discuss the city's plan to make walking an urban wonder. Free. City Hall. 416-929-5483.
stupa Renaissance man Peter Chin debuts his new multimedia dance work, inspired by a Buddhist monument, at Harbourfront Centre till Oct 15. $16-$25. 416-973-4000. wanda jackson Rockabilly's iconic hard-headed woman shakes her tail feathers at Cadillac Lounge. $25. 416-536-7717.
+second city reloaded The sketch comedy outfit officially opens its new space at the back of Wayne Gretzky's with a revamped cast and a new show. $20-$28. 416-343-0011.
elizabethtown Cameron Crowe's latest, with Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst, opens today after an early version underwhelmed the local film fest.
+death cab for cutie Seth Cohen's favourite band sends indie kids into fits of uncontrollable weeping at the Kool Haus. $23. 416-870-8000.
ryan belleville Silly and surreal stand-up finishes up a three-night headlining gig at the Laugh Resort. $10-$15. 416-364-5233.
BOB HUNTER MEMORIAL PLANT-IN Honour the environmentalist with a planting spree. Glen Stewart Park. Free. 416-392-5323.
the optimists It's pay-what-you-can day for Morwyn Brebner's smart dark comedy starring Randy Hughson and Michael Healey, on at the Tarragon till Oct 23. 416-531-1827.
World Food day Oxfam's cocktail party features NOW's Wayne Roberts. Camera Bar. $15-$25. 416-535-2335.
Back to the Land Anarchist Free University course on building communities in the country meets Mondays to Dec 19 at Sidney Smith, U of T. Free. 905-787-8411.
+wolf parade The attack pack of Montreal anti-rock stars wage a melodic assault on the Horseshoe. $17. 416-598-4753.
+franz ferdinand The stylish Scots rockers return to show Ricoh Coliseum You Could Have It So Much Better. $32.50-$42. 416-870-8000.
the warlocks Cali-based psych-rock rippers try to induce hallucinations in the Lee's Palace crowd. $13.50. 416-870-8000.
feist La belle fille de Calgary unleashes her estimable pipes for a second night at the Danforth Music Hall. $25. 416-870-8000.
laugh lines Judy Croon hosts an all-female comedy lineup in this funder for breast cancer research. $50-$100. Yuk Yuk's Downtown. 416-946-4617.
my morning jacket Beard-folk hair bears move past It Moves with the mysteriously titled Z. Check 'em out at the Guvernment. $25.50. 416-870-8000.
les angles morts Montreal purveyors of artsy instro-rock explosions (and sometime Arcade Fire-fighters) swing by Sneaky Dee's. $6-$7. 416-603-3090.
+sun ra arkestra Is space the place? Find out with the spirit-lifting vibrations of the Arkestra's current incarnation at Lula Lounge. $30. 416-588-0307.
english beat Birmingham's skankers haul ass to the Horseshoe for a two-night stand. $25.50-$30. 416-598-4753.
+int'l festival of authors gala reception/reading includes Dionne Brand, Alice Munro and Ann-Marie MacDonald, at the PDT. $35-$250. 416-973-4000, www.readings.org.
russell peters & friends The great Indo-Canadian comic presents the second of two nights at the Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts. $45-$55. 416-733-9388.
the squid and the whale Noah Baumbach's breakthrough family drama, starring Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney, opens on screens today.
holy fuck Backpack hiphop threat Beans calls these live looptronic freaks his homies; you should, too. Mod Club. $10. 416-870-8000.
proartedanza Don't miss the last of three nights of Roberto Campanella's choreography inspired by Michael Ondaatje's poetry, with Evelyn Hart, Martine Lamy, Christopher Body and other A-list dancers. $35. Betty Oliphant. 416-872-1212.
four for fall Quadruple-threat rock tour featuring Luke Doucet, the Fembots, Shout Out Out Out Out and Whitey Houston stops by Lee's Palace on its way across Canada. $12. 416-870-8000. liz phair Don't get us started on the suckiness of la femme Phair's new album. Let's just hope she compensates with a great show at the Phoenix. $20. 416-870-8000. splash! Theatre company Nightswimming marks their 10th anniversary with a party and performances by Judith Thompson, Anita Majumdar, Richard McMillan, Jovanni Sy, Sanjay Talwar and more. $20. Lula Lounge. 416-703-5490.
habeas corpus It's pwyc night for Alan Bennett's comedy, with Sheila McCarthy, Fiona Reid, David Storch and others. Bluma Appel. $36-$80. 416-368-3110. dresden dolls Couple rockers making Threepenny Opera-tinged cabaret with a goth slant. What more can you ask for? Mod Club. $16.50. 416-870-8000..
jonathan safran foer/david rakoff Two high profile Jewish writers are interviewed at the Studio Theatre for the International Festival of Authors. Free-$15. 416-973-4000.
+vivan sundaram The Indian artist's photomontages and collages are up at Gallery 44 till Oct 29. Free. 416-979-3941.
the box Louise Bak hosts an eclectic cabaret night with Linda Griffiths, Karen Hines, Michael Turner, a mystery rock band and more. Rivoli. $5 (suggested). 416-351-0416.
the castle Claudia Moore choreographs a theatrical dance inspired by the works of Shakespeare, on at the Theatre Centre till Nov 6. Pwyc-$25. 416-504-7529. hysteria Buddies in Bad Times presents the always popular fest of women, with performances and installations by dozens of edgy artists. Curated by Moynan King. Till Nov 5. $15-$50. 416-975-8555.
matisyahu You definitely won't be disappointed when the New Yawk-bred Hasidic reggae superstar toasts supreme at Lee's Palace. $20. 416-870-8000.
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