TIP SHEET June 1-15
+tara slone Ex-Joydrop rock sweetheart helps raise funds for Sistering with Ndidi Onukwulu, Lori Cullen and others. Harbourfront Centre Brigantine Room. $30. 416-973-4000.
remembering cyclists Bring candles to commemorate cycling friends lost on our inhospitable streets. Yasi's Place. 416-536-9888.
pluralism to cosmopolitanism Forum on identity and belonging in 21st-century cities with author John Lorinc and more takes over the Cooler by the Lake tent. Free. www.livewithculture.ca/humanitas.
+an inconvenient truth Davis Guggenheim's doc about former U.S. prez candidate Al Gore's cautionary look at global warming opens on screens today.
creeping nobodies Fall-inspired local post-punk phenoms give their new Sound Of Joy disc a proper launch at the Horseshoe. $8-$10. 416-598-4753.
carlos del junco Blues harmonica ace blows his heart out at Hugh's Room. $20-$22. 416-531-6604.
+fashion cares The annual ACT funder makes a splash at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. $125. www.fashioncares. com.
series 8:08 season finale The monthly series of new dance ideas wraps up at the Winchester Theatre. $14-$18. 416-504-6429.
RIVERDALE ART WALK Take advantage of the spring weather and stroll Queen East, where over 100 local artists exhibit in 30-plus venues till Jun 4. www.riverdaleartwalk.com.
TELLING TALES OUT OF SCHOOL Jim Cuddy, Brent Carver, Ann-Marie MacDonald and others help raise funds for People for Education. $200. Yonge Centre. 416-534-0100.
free jane! Sky Gilbert's drag persona hosts a night that includes a new gay-and-lesbian-themed play and an outrageous open mic. Free. Tallulah's. 416-975-8555.
+man man Bi-city experimental rock maulers lay waste to the Silver Dollar. Oh man, it's gonna be good. $10.50. 416-763-9139.
the frantics The funny sketch troupe reunite for two weeks of shows at the St Lawrence, till Jun 17. $30 (tonight's preview),$45. 1-800-708-6754.
blue velvet Dennis Hopper with the gas mask, the severed ear -- David Lynch's early masterpiece is as powerful as ever. It ends its three-night limited run (in a new print!) at Cinematheque. $6-$10.10. 416-968-FILM.
the omen The horror remake with a classy cast (Julia Stiles, Liev Schreiber, Mia Farrow) opens spookily on 6/6/06. The sign of the beast. Get it? Scaaarrrry.
dungen Get psyched with the Scando folk-rock crew's kaleidoscopic chaos. Lee's Palace. $15. 416-532-1598.
NXNE kickoff concert Kobayashi and Turn Off the Stars launch the music fest with a free noon concert at Nathan Phillips Square. www.NXNE.com.
+willy mason Mild-mannered troubadour warms up the Hummingbird Centre for ever-eclectic Britrock figureheads Radiohead. $71.65. 416-870-8000.
posey's wig Cirque du Soleil's Helen Donnelly remounts her clown gibbberish musical, till Jun 18 at Dancemakers. $12-$15. 416-703-2773.
+North By Northeast Mammoth fest featuring the best in new music blankets T.O.'s club scene. Individual shows $6-$12, wristbands one-day $15, three-day $28. www.NXNE.com.
+the importance of being earnest Soulpepper's production of Oscar Wilde's masterpiece opens at the Young Centre and runs till Sep 5. $5-$54. 416-866-8666.
Canadian mining, free trade and popular resistance Liberation theologist Bishop Alvaro Ramazzini from Guatemala speaks. Free. Ryerson U. 416-603-3749. June 9
WORLD CUP SOCCER Watch T.O. street scenes transform depending on who wins at this year worldwide soccer tourney, starting today. http://fifaworldcup.yahoo.com
television Oblique savant Tom Verlaine leads the reunited, hugely influential rockers in an NXNE bonus performance. Phoenix. $39.50. www.NXNE.com.
+Now NXNE showcase Stars siren Amy Millan, a Do Right! hiphop throwdown and local spazz-rockers Femme Generation heat up NOW's own NXNE bash. Reverb. $10/NXNE wristband. www.NXNE.com. June 10
NXNE Music Market The mammoth mart, sponsored by NOW, includes NXNE bands performing and selling their swag, noon to 8 pm at Yonge Dundas Square. Free. www.NXNE. com.
woofstock The world's largest outdoor dog fest wags its tail at the St Lawrence Market, till Jun 11. Free. 416-410-1310, www.woofstock. ca.
hawksley workman Poetic art-pop singer/ songwriter pouts dramatically for a rescheduled show at Massey Hall. $29.50-$34.50. June 11
Take the TOOKER MASS ride Support the late activist Tooker Gomberg's vision of a bikeway from Mississauga to Scarborough through the city centre. Kipling and Kennedy subways. 416-531-3746 ext 1.
BLOODY WORDS Last day of the festival for mystery scribes and readers, featuring readings, displays and sales of the latest in crime writing. Marriott Eaton Centre. $25. www.bloodywords. com.
tilly & the wall Will the Omaha indie folk hooligans tantalize Torontonians with their tap dancing antics? Find out when they hit the Mod Club. $13.50. 416-870-8000. June 12
dirty ho What a title! Lau Kar-leung's film screens as part of Cinematheque's retrospective of Chinese martial arts pics. $6-$10.10. 416-968-FILM.
U of T history tours Explore the beauty and mystery of the St George campus, weekdays. Free. Nona Macdonald Visitors Centre. 416-978-5000. June 13
worldwide short film festival If you're not into size, come check out this bonanza of shorts, at various theatres till Jun 18. $10-$20. www.worldwideshortfilmfest.com.
BEnefit for Pakistani earthquake survivors Bollywood and South Asian music spun by DJ Amita, silent auction and more. $30. Gladstone Hotel. www.adaid.ca.
matisyahu In a perversely appropriate pairing, the Hasidic reggae rapper opens for bro-rocker Dave Matthews in a pot-friendly Molson Amphitheatre chillfest. $46.25-$73.75. 416-870-8000. June 14
Four Seasons centre inaugural concert The Canadian Opera Company's concert to mark their new home (starring Ben Heppner, Adrianne Pieczonka and others) is being broadcast live -- free -- at Nathan Phillips Square. 416-363-8231, www.coc.ca.
First Nation/newcomer relations: 1615-1660 Explore T.O.'s past in a lecture by curator Carl Benn hosted by the Humanitas fest. OCAD. Free. www.livewithculture. ca/humanitas.
bright eyes Is the Emoha cathartic songster this generation's Bob Dylan? Decide for yourself when he breaks down at Massey Hall. $29.50-$43.50. 416-870-8000. June 15
IN a soldier's footsteps Control Arms Campaign sponsors a screening of Mette Zuruneith's film on child soldiers. $5. Bloor Cinema. 416-516-2330.
the autumn execution Anthony Chan's play from the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts touches down at the Tarragon (w/ English surtitles) till Jun 18. $19-$38 (VIP $68). 416-536-5018.