Tipsheet February 9-23
CITY BUDGET Share thoughts on the city's 2006 budget. Scarborough Civic Centre. Free. 416-392-4990.
DAVID SUZUKI speaks on enviro stewardship. $25-$35. Medical Sciences Blg. www.uofttix.ca.
cabaret for breast cancer Miss Mitzy Cream, Fan Tan Fanny and others help raise funds at the Gladstone Hotel. $20. www.rethinkbreastcancer.com.
now's love and sex party Help launch NOW's Love & Sex issue with peep shows, sleaze, burlesque, DJs Will Munro and our own Ben Boles and more, at Spin Gallery. $5. www.addevents.com.
CLOSER TO THE HEART V Benefit for Regent Park School of Music with Kurt Swinghammer, Scott Anderson, Damhnait Doyle, Esthero and others. $20-$25. Club 279, www.maplemusic.com.
torchy taboo's travelling charm school This burlesque workshop at the Gladstone is for women and trans women. $35. www.skintightouttasight.com.
+australian film festival G'day, movie-lovers! It's day two of the three-day fest of Aussie cinema at the Isabel Bader. $10-$20. 416-968-3456.
+wavelength 300 Join the good vibin' Hylozoists, Picastro, Ohbijou, Woodhands and DJ Matt Blair at the Music Gallery for one of several events celebrating the indie weekly's sixth b-day. Pwyc. www.wavelengthtoronto.com.
+devin the dude Straight outta Houston, the Odd Squad MC rhymes and steals hearts at the Reverb. $22.50. 416-870-8000.
Family celebration of black history African storytelling, music, drums and more with Adwoa and Fule Badoe. Free. Hart House. 416-978-2452.
+yuk yuk's great canadian laugh off See which local or international stand-up earns the $25,000 prize. $10-$17. 416-967-6425, www.yukyukslaughoff.com.
Black Community Summit Join the Coalition of African-Canadian organizations in a discussion on police relations, the Safe Schools Act and more. Free. Harbourfront Centre. 416-973-4000.
altdot.comedy lounge Debra DiGiovanni and Mark Forward host the star-studded (Alex Nussbaum, Gilson Lubin, Seán Cullen, Jo-Anna Downey and more) ninth anniversary of the weekly comedy night at the Rivoli. Pwyc. 416-596-1908.
John Sewell offers his take on a remake of suburbia. Free. Gladstone Hotel. 416-531-4635.
romantic films A double bill of the new Pride And Prejudice and Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo And Juliet is apropos for V-Day at the Bloor. $8 each. 416-516-2331, www.bloorcinema.com.
hunter valentine Garage pop spitfires rip hearts apart and sew them back together at Supermarket. $7. www.huntervalentine.com.
+edie sedgwick Not the Warhol superstar but the Supersystem electro-pisstake side project. Check it out alongside the Great Outdoors and more at Speakeasy. $tba. 416-306-0388.
Toronto Tribute Readings from uTOpia by Deanne Taylor, Eb Zeidler, Pier Giorgio Di Cicco and Bruce Mau. $40. ROM. www.chbooks.com.
+AFUa COOPER Launch of The Hanging of Angélique: Canada, Slavery And The Burning Of Montreal with Cooper and George Elliott Clarke. Free. Gladstone Hotel. 416-531-4635.
+jay mcinerney The author of Bright Lights, Big City launches his new book at Harbourfront. $8. 416-973-4000.
the lord of the rings Hello, precious people. Catch previews of the new musical based on Tolkien's fantasy epic. Previews till Mar 22. $56-$125. Princess of Wales. 416-872-1212.
julie doiron Ex-Eric's Trip indie rock goddess whispers bilingual lullabies at the Drake. $tba. 416-531-5042.
get your 'stash on Kristian Reimer hosts a hairy night of music, comedy and facial hair. $5. Supermarket. www.reimerreason.com.
swan lake Bask in that post-Valentine's Day glow with the one you love. Till Feb 19 at the Hummingbird. $39-$133. 416-345-9595.
freedomland Julianne Moore and Samuel L. Jackson star in the screen adaptation of Richard Price's psychological thriller, on screens today.
tristram shandy Don't miss Michael Winterbottom's clever and very funny film version of the ultimate unfilmable novel, on screens this weekend.
swamperella Cajun Zydeco crew throw their annual Mardi Gras bash/dance at the Gladstone. $8. 416-531-4635.
pink martini Celeb-approved multilingual "little orchestra" shimmy over from Portland, OR, to provide cocktail-hour lounge music at the Phoenix. $25. 416-870-8000.
rhubarb! The fest of new works wraps up at Buddies. $15-$20. 416-975-8555.
the second city that never sleeps Second City performers improvise along with musicians and guests for 24 hours to raise funds for Sick Kids and T.O. Star Fresh Air Fund. $20. Second City. www.secondcity.com.
Human rights and Security Where does Canada stand? A forum with Matthew Behrens, of Stop the Secret Trials, and others. Free. St Lawrence Centre. 416-366-1656.
+psychic ills Mind-melting psych rock attack force destroy your brain at the Boat. $10. www.myspace.com/futurprimitive.
+Léo Catch This Is Wonderland's Cara Pifko in Rosa Laborde's drama about three young people affected by Pinochet's dictatorship. At the Tarragon till Mar 19. $24-$29. 416-531-1827.
jewels The National Ballet of Canada performs George Balanchine's ballet based on emeralds, rubies and diamonds. Rock on at the Hummingbird till Feb 26. $39-$133. 416-345-9595.
shad k Acoustic-strumming London MC warms up the Kool Haus crowd before Common drops his conscious rhymes. $34.50. 416-870-8000.
animal collective Fauna-loving NYC experimental rock menagerie dock their ark at the Opera House. $15. 416-870-8000.