democrats abroad Chris Earle remounts his acclaimed solo comedy set in the near future about U.S. war resisters in Canada. Till Feb 5 at Factory Studio. $12-$25. 416-504-9971.
+imogen heap Former Frou Frou fille turned breathy pop crooner floats into the El Mocambo. $15. 416-870-8000. +meligrove band Wiry, tightly wound rocker dudes celebrate the release of their new Planets Conspire disc at the Mod Club. $7. 416-588-4663.
rom renovated galleries Everyone's talking about the first stage in the ROM's big makeover. Sneak in there for free night (from 4:30 pm) and check out the new galleries. 416-586-8000. +we are scientists Brooklyn buzz band try to extend the post-punk revival's 15 minutes at the Horseshoe. $10.50. 416-598-4753.
+gulu walk benefit Local lights like BrassMunk, Mathematik, Starting from Scratch and more raise funds for northern Ugandan kids. Drake. $20. www.guluwalk.com. under the mink Burlesque troupe the Scandelles pay tribute to cinema's women, on view at Buddies till Jan 21. $10-$15. 416-975-8555.
+the passenger Antonioni's lost classic, starring Jack Nicholson, returns to T.O. in an exclusive run at the AGO's Jackman Hall. Till Jan 18. $11.50. 416-968-FILM. Radical perspectives on the mass media Rev your inner rebel. 10-week Anarchist U course starts today. Free. 457 Bathurst. www.anarchistU. org.
+TRINITY-SPADINA ALL-CANDIDATES Watch NDPer Olivia Chow take on Lib Tony Ianno. Free. Hart House. 416-671-8063.
+PARKDALE all-Candidates NDP unionist Peggy Nash faces off with Lib Sarmite Bulte. Free. Parkdale Collegiate. 416-588-1195.
sketchcomedy lounge Todd's Lunch, KK(WT?)C!, the Minnesota Wrecking Crew and others make for one of the best sketch comedy lineups around. Pwyc. Rivoli. 416-596-1908.
junebug One of the 2005's strongest indie films -- an unsentimental look at family -- comes out on DVD today. +THE LEFT AND THE ELECTIONS Air your frustrations on the social justice and anti-war issues bypassed in the election. Free. OISE. 416-972-6391.
spin NOW publisher Michael Hollett and the Village Voice's Michael Musto take part in the student journalism conference. Till Jan 24. $50/day. Holiday Inn on King. www.cup.ca/spin.
kama 2006 Giller shortlister Joan Barfoot and GG winner David Gilmour read at the ROM in a benefit for World Literacy. $40. 416-977-0008.
blue rodeo Everyone's favourite Queen West cowboys sidle up to Massey Hall for the first of a three-night stand. $35-$45. 416-872-4255.
the rat king The ambitious rock opera by awesomely talented Maggie MacDonald kicks off at Alchemy Theatre. To Jan 22. $15-$17. www.ratking.ca. the new world Terrence Malick's gorgeous new epic about native Americans and English settlers opens on screens today.
eden robinson Stellar First Nation writer reads at the Toronto Women's Bookstore. Free. 416-922-8744. sybris Fiercely melodic Chicago art-rock squad storm the hallowed halls of the Silver Dollar. $8. 416-763-9139.
the rocky horror show Feel like doing the Time Warp? Head on over to Hart House Theatre, where Dr. Frank-N-Furter and others add sex and sass till Feb 4. $12-$20. 416-978-8849. hilary duff See if the fawnlike teen queen has undergone a makeover since coming out about her relationship with Good Charlotte's Joel Madden when she floats into the ACC. $45-$55. 416-870-8000. +federal election Be sure you make your voice heard. You can even vote online. www.elections.ca.
+a number Shawn Doyle and Gary Reineke star in Caryl Churchill's taut thriller. Pay-what-you-can night. Till Feb 11 at the Berkeley Theatre. 416-368-3110. TORONTOTHEBETTER Movie series kicks off with Between Midnight And The Rooster's Crow, an exposé of what Canada's EnCana oil corp is doing in the Ecuadorean rainforest. Pwyc. NOW Lounge. www.planetfriendly.net.
the world of apu The final film in Satyajit Ray's astonishing Apu Trilogy (other films on Jan 20-21) screens at the AGO's Jackman Hall. $5.50-$10.10. 416-968-FILM. TALL BUILDINGS: WHO IS PLANNING OUR CITY? Get the scoop on all those new towers dotting our cityscape. Do we love 'em or hate 'em? Free. St. Lawrence Centre. 416-366-1656.
stink mitt Crass cougars from Surrey bring their over-the-top electro-trash raunchfest to the Drake. $8-$10. 416-531-5042. james frey Author of A Million Little Pieces and My Friend Leonard and big Oprah fave appears at the Winter Garden. $40-$79. 416-872-5555.
priestess Montreal metal maulers lay waste to the El Mocambo. $10. 416-777-1777.