ocad mystery art sale A big bash supporting OCAD features artists in the mystery sale, an auction and music. $125. 416-977-6000 ext 821.
performers for life Cocktail reception with live music and a silent auction benefits Fife House. $25. National Ballet of Canada. 416-205-9888 ext 41.
lyle lovett Country balladeer brings his dark humour to Massey Hall with John Hiatt, Guy Clark and Joe Ely. $49.50-69.50. 416-872-4255.
+Paradise now Powerful film tracking two men recruited as suicide bombers opens today. One of the best of the year.
+lcd soundsystem DFA dance rock crew, not Daft Punk, is playing at our Kool Haus with pal the Juan Maclean. $25. 416-870-8000.
aerosmith The man who gave the world Liv Tyler's lips joins the rest of his leathery rock pals onstage at the ACC. $59.50-$119.50. 416-870-8000.
who's your santa? Elvira Kurt hosts an auction for Buddies in Bad Times that includes celebrity Santas like the B-Girlz, RM Vaughan and others. $10. 416-975-8555.
Sleep-out in solidarity Homeless protest with music and speakers. Nathan Phillips Square. Free. 416-530-4487.
Climate change Help devise strategies against car culture and other industrial blight. Free. Earth Sciences Blg, U of T. 416-596-0660.
santa claus parade Good luck parking anywhere near the parade route (begins at Bloor and Christie). Free. www.thesantaclausparade.com.
command j Last chance to catch the acclaimed multimedia show about Jewish culture. Free. Xpace. 416-978-7986.
utopia: Towards a New Toronto Launch of a new anthology devoted to remaking our public spaces includes music and panels. $5. Gladstone Hotel, 416-979-2217.
rent A cocktail party and advance screening of the 90s musical raises funds for the Inside Out film fest. Varsity (film), Le Petit Liban (reception). $15. 416-977-6847.
+Cream of comedy 2005 Five of the funniest new comics - plus host John Dore - take to the mic in the annual Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award night. Second City. $20. 416-343-0011. +Toronto dance theatre TDT's collaboration with the Hidden Cameras' Joel Gibb kicks off tonight and runs till Nov 26 at the Premiere Dance Theatre. $17-$38. 416-973-4000.
passion Jean-Luc Godard's 1980s masterpiece gets a rare screening as part of Cinematheque's big retrospective on actor Isabelle Huppert. $10.10. 416-968-FILM. cabaret for kashmir Drama, comedy, film, song and dancing benefit earthquake victims. $15-$45. Lula Lounge. 647-292-8549.
other people's stuff The comedy funder kicks off the T.O. Sketch Comedy Fest at the Gladstone. $12. www.torontosketchfestival.com.
Robert Fisk brings his radical Mideast journalism to a meeting at U of T's Edward Johnson Bldg. $5-$10. 416-777-2665.
Barenaked ladies Local goof-pop institution bring their Barenaked For The Holidays tour back to Massey Hall. $42.50-$69.50. 416-872-4255.
women fully clothed One of the funniest shows of this year returns to the Winter Garden. $44.50. 416-872-5555.
margaret atwood/graeme gibson Partners read from their respective new books, The Penelopiad and The Bedside Book Of Birds. $5. Church of Holy Trinity. 416-777-2665. the polar express If you missed last year's sleeper holiday hit, you can catch Tom Hanks playing a kazillion roles, now being rereleased in theatres in 3-D.
bear with me Diane Flacks workshops her show about motherhood, at Buddies till Dec 4. Pwyc-$25. 416-975-8555. styrofoam Relax and kick back to the soothing strains of the Morr Music indietronica outfit at the Rivoli. $12. www.rootmeansquare.ca.
the most serene republic The gleefully hyperactive Arts & Crafts posse deliver their ambitiously off-kilter indie pop at Lee's Palace. $10. 416-870-8000. rogue wave Zach Rogue and his pals thrill the Horseshoe crowd with songs from their new Descended Like Vultures disc. $10. 416-870-8000.
one of a kind Don't miss the first weekend of the crafts, gift and clothing show, at Exhibition Place till Dec 4. $6.50-$12. 416-960-3680, www.ntc.on.
john legend Neo-soul crooner makes the ladies in the Massey Hall house blush with his smooth tunes. $38.50-$57.50. 416-872-4255.
BUY NOTHING DAY Rally and potluck promote smarter, more sustainable consumption. Free. Yonge-Dundas Square. www.publicspace.ca.
+bettye lavette Ballsy but unsung Detroit R&B heroine gets a much-deserved comeback at Lee's Palace. $15. 416-532-1598. arthur golden/lori lansens The authors of Memoirs Of A Geisha and The Girls share the Robert Gill stage for a free night of readings. 416-777-2665.
BUS Rider's Union See the film and discuss the implications with the Public Space Committee. $9. Bloor Cinema. www.publicspace.ca. +sarah harmer Kingston's favourite Saddletramp gets intimate and acoustic for her four-night stand at Harbourfront Centre. $31. 416-870-8000. magic numbers Hirsute sibling act show off their updated spin on sunny 60s Cali-pop at Lee's Palace. $13.50. 416-532-1598.
depeche mode The brooding synth-rock icons still have tons to sulk about. ACC. $59.50-$89.50. 416-870-8000.
memoirs of a geisha A preview screening of the new film raises funds for World Literacy of Canada, with author Arthur Golden interviewed before. $50-$125. Isabel Bader. 416-977-0008.