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.
+the bellrays Ass-shakin' garage soul squad flee L.A. for a sure-to-be-killer show at Lee's Palace. $10.50. 416-532-1598.
+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.
+the squid and the whale Noah Baumbach's wildly intelligent family drama, starring Jeff Daniels and Laura Linney, opens on screens today.
holy fuck Get the full Holy Fucked-up experience by witnessing their live looptronic improvisational freakout at the Mod Club. $10. 416-870-8000.
FOOD SECURITY Meet Will Allen and Erica Allen of the Milwaukee-based Growing Power, an inspiring project aimed at ecological and social sustainability. Free. City Hall. 416-978-7223.
proartedanza Roberto Campanella's dance inspired by Michael Ondaatje's poetry, with Evelyn Hart, Martine Lamy and other A-list dancers. $35. Betty Oliphant. 416-872-1212.
+four for fall Quadruple bill has Luke Doucet, the Fembots, Shout Out Out Out Out and Whitey Houston stops by Lee's. $12. 416-870-8000.
ernest ranglin The jazzy reggae pioneer flies in for a rare Toronto appearance at Hugh's Room. $35-$40. 416-531-6604.
+the clientele London-based psych-pop crew do the math with songs from their Strange Geometry album at Lee's Palace. $10.50. 416-532-1598.
shameless party Celebrate the fall issue of the kickass feminist mag for girls (and ghouls!) who get it with Republic of Safety and more at the Gladstone. $7-$10. www.shamelessmag.com.
splash! Theatre company Nightswimming marks 10 years with performances by Judith Thompson, Anita Majumdar and more. $20. Lula Lounge. 416-703-5491.
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.
SAVE THE BOREAL FOREST Slide show on Wildlands League trip up the Windigo River. Free. Sanford Fleming Bldg, U of T. 416-971-9453.
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.
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.
Mayor of Tent City Watch the film and meet the actual Tent City mayor. $5. NOW Lounge. www.tcndp.ca.
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 Queens-bred Hasidic reggae superstar toasts supreme at Lee's Palace. $20. 416-870-8000.
best of t.o. issue Pick up NOW's definitive guide to the best in the city.
FLIP SCHULKE LIFE mag photographer speaks as part of the Kodak Lecture Series. Free. Ryerson U. www.ryersonlectures.ca.
STEPHEN LEWIS UN envoy on AIDS talks about Africa and the race against time. $10. Convocation Hall. 416-870-8000.
David Korten Author of The Post-Corporate World: Life After Capitalism gives keynote at Ecological Economics conference at York U. York U Student Centre. Free. 416-932-0855.
GILLER PREVIEW Giller short-listers read from their books at the authors fest finale. $25. Premiere Dance Theatre. 416-973-4000, www.readings.org.
BORN READY/PUSHA MAN Last chance to catch these works by exciting young black writer Joseph Jomo Pierre at Theatre Passe Muraille. $15-30. 416-537-9105.
CAPOTE Biopic about writer Truman Capote, featuring the always watchable Philip Seymour Hoffman, has its all-important first weekend.
TEEN DRAMA Ed Roy's powerful coming-out story The Other Side Of The Closet plays at Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People. $15-$20. 416-862-2222
hotel canzine Ginormous alternative culture festival takes over the Gladstone. Free. www.brokenpencil.com.
+By Design Hot exhibit looks at Canuck design as a means of probing Canadian values. Design Exchange. $5-$8. 416-363-6121.
kardinal offishall Celebrate Halloween with one of T.O.'s finest hiphop talents, who'll certainly air some skeletons from his closet. Mod Club. $15. 416-870-8000.
GETTING HIS GOAT Catch a preview of Edward Albee's The Goat, in which a man has an affair with said animal. Opens Nov 3 at Berkeley Downstairs. $27-$51. 416-368-3110.
spoon Britt Daniels and his lean, mean indie rock machine show off their phenomenal (and economical) songwriting talents at the Phoenix. $20. 416-870-8000.
the constantines See the young lions perform tunes from their controversial new Tournament Of Hearts CD like a pride of Neil Youngs on fire. Opera House. $17.50. 416-870-8000.
super furry animals Welsh weirdos proffer zany psychedelia with lost-in-translation lyrics at the Phoenix. $20. 416-870-8000.
Boreal day of action Save our northern forests, join a march and rally. Free. Bay and King. 416-597-1904
back to the rack gala The Toronto Alternative Art Fair kicks off with a party featuring Tanya Mars, Andy Paterson, Miz Kitty and more. $30. Gladstone. www.taafi.org.