+vailhalen Cowtown pop crew join Republic
of Safety, Gentlemen Reg and others at the Reverb as part of
Canadian Music Week. $8/free w/ CMW wristband. www.cmw.net.
fred eaglesmith Veteran southern Ontario
singer/songwriter kicks off a three-night stand at Hugh's Room.
LINDA MCQUAIG Iconoclastic journalist
lectures at Atkinson College on neo-conservatism's attack on working
men and women. Free. 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.
+camu tao Def Jux underdog teams up with heavyweight
labelmates El-P, Aesop Rock and Mr. Lif for a sizzling CMW
hiphop throwdown at the Opera House. $22-$30/free w/ wristband.
+mstrkrft Buzzed-about production duo add
Vice-approved electronic flair to their CMW showcase at Lee's Palace.
isobel campbell Former Belle & Sebastian warbler
unveils her solo Lee 'n' Nancy-style duets at Revival. $12.
+voices forward It's day three for the fest of
Israeli and Palestinian film an culture, till Mar 5. Various
prices, venues. www.voicesforward.org.
+the academy awards Jon Stewart hosts the big
celluloid love-in. Keep tabs on the number of Brokeback Mountain
jokes; might be worth a side bet for that Oscar pool.
+howe gelb Giant Sand main man plays material from
his Arizona Amp And Alternator project at the 'Shoe. $13.50.
city and colour Alexisonfire's Dallas Green shows
off his sensitive side with a final night at Harbourfront Centre
Theatre. $17.50. 416-973-4000.
+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 release the
horns at 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 Ensler performs her play about
beauty, food and desire, on at the Music Hall till Mar 12.
Occupation: Dreamland Doc about American soldiers
and the siege of Fallujah. Bloor Gladstone Library. Donation.
+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.
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 misnamed Tenant Protection Act. Free. City Hall.
416-392-0108. chris buck Celebrity portrait
photographer (and frequent NOW contributor) Buck talks as part of
the Kodak Lecture Series at Ryerson U. Free. www.ryersonlectures.ca.
dilated peoples Post-pothead hiphop nerds throw down
semi-conscious rhymes with Little Brother and Defari at the Phoenix.
International Women's Day Rally and march for
decent wages and an end to violence. Free. OISE. 416-969-8463.
escape to canada It's opening weekend for Albert
Nerenberg's latest, about Americans moving north. $tba. Bloor
Cinema, till Mar 16.
billy bragg See what's ruffling the prolific
Brit folk-rocker's feathers when he rants melodically at the Opera
House. $27.50-$32. 416-870-8000.
world of comedy film festival The fun-filled fest closes today
at the Royal and Innis College. $5-$20, pass $85.
www. worldcomedyfilmfest. com.
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-$20. El Mocambo. 416-528-1484. donald fagen
Itching to satiate your Steely Dan lust? Look no further
than the man behind the songs of Steel. Massey Hall. $55.50-$75.50.
prairie giant: the tommy douglas story
Don't miss the conclusion of the miniseries, airing on
CBC tonight. rhett miller/teddy thompson
What's better than one CD release? Two, especially when folk
scion Thompson and Old 97 Miller strum their stuff at the 'Shoe.
chekhov longs... in the ravine The hit
play based on the Russian novella returns to the Factory Studio and
runs till Mar 26. $20-$28. 416-504-9971. hot chip
Oblique electro-pop outfit shake the foundations of Lee's Palace
with their prettily glitchy tunes. $12. 416-532-1598. +the arab-israeli cookbook Robin Soans's
docu-style play continues at the Berkeley Theatre till Apr 1.
great big sea Celebrate St. Paddy's Day by singing
I's The Bye with Canada's fave Maritime musical mooks. First of
two concerts at Carlu. $49.50. 416-870-8000.