+over the top fest Promoter Eric Warner's all-ages indie-pop-and-beyond fest kicks off with NYC's Japanther at Sneaky Dee's and continues to May 7 at other venues. www.overthetopfest. com.
+despair... and other conundrums Choreographer Kate Alton mixes words, theatre and movement, till May 7 at the Theatre Centre. $18-$20. 416-538-0988.
Cannabis week Launch party includes burlesque and DJ show featuring the Shameless Dames. $10. Neutral. www.cannabisweek.ca.
+PhATt AL Join under-appreciated Toronto rapper when he launches his great new disc at the El Mocambo. $10. 416-777-1777.
+art school confidential Terry Zwigoff's follow-up to Ghost World and Bad Santa opens on screens today.
Forest defence training camp Gathering provides know-how. $30-$40 (subsidy available). Kimbercote (transportation from T.O.). www.forestdefence.com. Global Marijuana March Celebrate hemp and cannabis culture and tell lawmakers prohibition's a drag. Free. Queen's Park (north). www.cannabisweek.ca.
Non-Violence Festival Humanist Movement hosts afternoon of fun to honour global non-violent resistance. Dufferin Grove Park. Free. www. nonviolencefestival.com/to.
DANKO JONES A rare chance to see righteously rockin' T.O. power trio in a decent-sized room. $17.50. Opera House. 416-466-0313.
+BEBOP COWBOYS Toronto western swingers present songs from their new Canadian Dance Hall CD, with special guests, at Lula Lounge. $10. 416-588-0307.
PARKDALE STORIES In the age of gentrification, artists offer a walking tour of the real Parkdale. Free. www.mayworks.ca.
+Clothing Show Two-day sale of indie designers, retailers and artisans ends today at the Automotive Bldg. $8. 416-516-9859, www. theclothingshow.com. MARY GAUTHIER Don't even think about missing this captivating singer/songwriter on a bill with the fab Sarah Lee Guthrie. $27-$29. Hugh's Room. 416-531-6604.
festival of ideas and creation Playwrights Sharon Pollock (Blood Relations) and Paula Vogel (How I Learned To Drive) discuss their craft as part of CanStage's week-long fest. $15. 416-368-3110. +pearl jam Seattle grunge survivors team up with My Morning Jacket for a two-night stand at the ACC. $60.50. 416-870-8000.
Elemental Spin fire and play your drum into the night. Free. Queen's Park north. 8 pm. www.cannabisweek.ca.
+david barker maltby Check out Maltby's photographs at Hart House's Justina M Barnicke Gallery, till May 11. Free. 416-978-8398. +PETER CAREY Booker winner brings his new novel, Theft, to Harbourfront's Brigantine Room. $8. www.readings.org.
MIND, BODY, SOUL Xiaolan Zhao, James Bartleman and Tom Harpur join forces to benefit World Literacy at the ROM. $40. 416-977-0008.
Hash Wednesday Comedy Cannabis Week presents a host of performers, MCed by Howard Drover. $19, 2 for $25. Montana's. www.cannabisweek.ca. peter doig Doig's powerful works on paper stay up at the AGO till Jun 18. Free. 416-979-6648.
THE STILLS Rock 'n' roll hotshots kick off the first of a two-night stand at the Phoenix. $15. 416-323-1251.
breast cancer unscripted Toronto Playback Theatre raises funds to battle breast cancer at the Jane Mallett. $20. 416-366-7723. poseidon Thar she blows! Wolfgang Petersen's remake of the upside-down-ocean-linear disaster pic opens on screens today.
ROBERT GORDON Rockabilly crooner is joined by guitar ripper Chris Spedding at the Cadillac Lounge. $tba. 416-536-7717.
deaf film and arts festival The fest of films of interest to the hearing impaired closes this weekend. Various locations. $10-$25, fest pass $65. www.tidfaf.ca. sigur ros Get chilled with the Icelandic smoothies and Anima at Massey Hall. $37-$42. 416-870-8000.
+toronto jewish film festival The fest of Jewish-themed flicks closes this weekend. $6-$20, passes $60-$200. 416-324-9121, www.tjff.com. INXS See if the addition of new frontman JD Fortune has given the Aussie rockers any more reason to exist when they play the ACC. $55-$75. 416-870-8000. Toronto cycling committee Tell city council how to make streets more bike-friendly. Free. City Hall. 416-392-7592.
Jane goodall speaks at a pre-conference event for the Natural City Conference, May 31-Jun 2. $20-$100. Convocation Hall. 416-978-8630.
one man star wars trilogy Charles Ross resurrects his hour-long solo show about a galaxy far, far away as a Fringe fest funder. $30. 416-966-1062. WOLFMOTHER Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath fans, your new favourite has arrived from Oz, at the Opera House. $20. 416-466-0313.
BLACK CROWES Atlanta soul rockers are back for another kick at the can. Watch Matt Mays kick their cans, at Massey Hall. $52.18-$62.18. 416-870-8000. +contact The month-long festival of photography continues at various locales till May 31. Free. www.contactphoto.com.
ART OF JAZZ Five-day blitz at the Distillery begins with a gala featuring the Kevin Dean Quintet at the Fermenting Cellar. $10-$50. www.artofjazz.org.
shawn phillips Folk-funk great of the 70s claws his way back from obscurity at Hugh's Room. $25-$27.50. 416-531-6604.
inside out The massive fest of new queer-themed film and vid opens and runs till May 28. $tba. www.insideout.ca.