animal collective Fauna-loving NYC electro-folk oddballs dock their ark at the Opera House. $15. 416-870-8000.
the speed of our vertigoes Cool choreographer Lucy Rupert premieres her work inspired by Albert Einstein, at Dancemakers till Feb 25. $15-$18. 416-204-1082. +metric Bruised and battered new wave crusaders play a two-night stand at the Kool Haus. $22.50. 416-870-8000.
bana y'africa Join Senegalese high-stepper Tamzin Seck, soukous star Showdo Man and others for an African music explosion at the Tranzac. $10. 416-923-8137.
BEYOND EXILE PEN Canada hosts readings and interviews with Jian Ghomeshi, Haroon Siddiqui and others at the Toronto Reference Library. $10. www.pencanada.ca.
+belle & sebastian The newly glammed-up Scottish torchbearers of twee team up with BC power pop supergroup the New Pornographers for a melodic explosion at the Docks. $25.50. 416-870-8000.
anti-Capitalist business Anarchist Free U hosts a one-day workshop on building your own alternative business. Free. 457 Bathurst. Register at planetfriendly.net/calendar. Men's Olympic hockey Catch the gold medal game at 8 am on CBC.
winston spear: the power of love Spear (Comedy Inc) hosts a night of comedy, music and vids with a ton of great guests, including Mike Wilmot and Alan Park. $10. Rivoli. 416-596-1908.
+Léo It's pay-what-you-can day for Rosa Laborde's drama about three young people affected by Pinochet's dictatorship. At the Tarragon till Mar 19. $16-$29. 416-531-1827.
+Metal: a headbanger's journey Satan's music? Working-class catharsis? Find out when one of the local hits at last year's film fest explores the much maligned musical genre. On screens from Feb 24. STRAW BALE AND SUSTAINABLE BUILDING Learn how to make your own straw house with Chris Magwood. Free. Friends House. 416-203-3106 ext 301.
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. stars White-hot Montreal-Toronto soft revolutionaries spread their dream pop love as part of CMW's Indies awards bash at the Docks. $21.40. 416-870-8000.
the old soul Warped pop genius Luca Maoloni and his cronies face off against urban cowpunks Cuff the Duke at the Mod Club. $15. 416-588-4663.
fred eaglesmith Veteran southern Ontario singer/songwriter kicks off a three-night stand at Hugh's Room. $25-$27.50. 416-531-6604.
LINDA MCQUAIG Iconoclastic journalist lectures at Atkinson College on neo-conservatism's attack on working men and women. 416-736-5612. TOOKER TRAIL Press for a bike path along Bloor and Danforth in honour of Tooker Gomberg by joining a line paint-athon. Free. Bloor and Yonge. 416-538-7413.
aesop rock Ace MC is joined by Def Jux pals Cage El-P and Mr. Lif for a CMW hiphop throwdown at the Opera House. $tba. www.cmw.net.
voices forward The fest of Israeli and Palestinian film and culture kicks off and runs till Mar 5. Various prices, venues. www.voicesforward.org. city and colour Alexisonfire's Dallas Green shows off his sensitive side with anti-screamo strumming at Harbourfront Centre Theatre. Mar 3-5. $17.50. 416-973-4000.
+isobel campbell Former Belle & Sebastian warbler unveils her solo Lee 'n' Nancy-style duets at Revival. $12. 416-870-8000. howe gelb Giant Sand main man plays material from by his Arizona Amp And Alternator project at the 'Shoe. $13.50. 416-598-4753.
PEACE AND RELEASE COFFEE HOUSE A music-plus-teach-in evening honours Christian Peacemakers detained in Iraq and all other victims of war, every Sun night till Mar 19. $10. El Mocambo. 416-528-1484. kafka and son Alon Nashman stars in this stage adaptation of Kafka's letter to his father. Till Mar 18 at the Al Green Theatre. $10-$25. 416-504-7529.
cubanismo Havana's modern son masters hit the Opera House as part of the springtime Downtown Jazz series. $30-$35. 416-870-8000. scott stapp The man whose painful groaning made Pearl Jam wannabes Creed so painful treats fans to a solo show at the Opera House. $28.50. 416-870-8000.
the good body Eve (The Vagina Monologues) Ensler performs her play about beauty, food and desire, on at the Music Hall till Mar 12. $26.75-$59.75. 416-870-8000. violent femmes Blister In The Sun with the erstwhile college rock darlings before they're Gone, Daddy, Gone. Massey Hall. $38-$45. 416-872-4255.
of montreal Athens, Georgia-based synthtastic indie pop crew spread the Sunlandic love in Canada. Mod Club. $13. 416-588-4663.
bellydance superstars Catch the internationally acclaimed troupe of 16 belly dancers as they do their thing at the St Lawrence Centre. $30-$40. 416-366-7723.
motley crue Luckily Tommy Lee didn't quit his day job when he gave going back to college the, er, old college try. Hamilton's Copps Coliseum. $39.50-$59.50. 416-870-8000.
REFORM RENTAL HOUSING A public forum on changing the hated and much mis-named Tenant Protection Act. Free. City Hall. 416-392-0108.
world of comedy film festival The fun-filled fest runs till Mar 12 at the Royal and Innis College. $5-$20, pass $85. www. worldcomedyfilmfest.com.