Thu 17 Fri 18 Sat 19 Sun 20 Mon 21 Tue 22 Wed 23 Thu 24 Fri 25 Sat 26 6 7 8 Sun 27 Mon 28 Tue 29 Wed 30 Thu 31 international aids vigil Honour, remember and celebrate those lost to AIDS at Yonge-Dundas Square. Free. www.ydsquare.ca. music in the garden The Kiyoshi Nagata Ensemble drums up a storm in Harbourfront's outdoor music garden series. Free. 416-973-4000.
+andre ethier Deadly Snake indulges his solo side with front-porch blues and 70s saloon rock at the Silver Dollar. $10. 416-763-9139.
CNE OPENS Sigh -- summer must be coming to an end. $8-$12. Exhibition Place. www.theex.com.
SNAKES ON A PLANE Opening today, this thriller is already causing major hissy fits.
International Aids Conference 2006 Closing session of the six-day event. Metro Toronto Convention Centre. www.aids2006.org.
3tards Street-smart punks head up an obnoxiously raucous rawk roster at the Kathedral. $10. 416-504-0744.
+ice cube NWA member compensates for his misguided acting choices with a hot-shit rap performance at the Kool Haus. $29.50. www.ramosent.com.
pirates festival They're not just in the Caribbean. Bring your eye patch and your best Jack Sparrow impersonation down to Fort York, each weekend till Sep 4. $10-$16. 416-840-6504, www.thepiratefestival.com.
+triangle forest Keytar-crazy new wave re/visionaries add a synth-tastic jolt to Wavelength at Sneaky Dee's. Pwyc. www.wavelengthtoronto.com.
Buildings That Spin Cool show features artists' imaginary architecture. To Aug 26. P\M Gallery. 416-937-3862.
john mayer Frankenberry doppelganger beloved by teen girls everywhere strums his pleasantly bland ballads at the Mod Club. $40. 416-870-8000.
jurassic 5 See whether the West Coast hiphop squad can still deliver a killer show sans DJ heavy Cut Chemist. Reverb. $20. 416-870-8000.
+AFRICANADIAN PLAYWRIGHTS FESTIVAL Tri-annual gathering features works by trey anthony, Austin Clarke and more at various venues to Aug 27. $7-$15. www.africanadian.com.
+letoya Deposed Destiny's Child warms up the Molson Amphitheatre for Drama-hatin' R&B mama Mary J. Blige. $45-$75. 416-870-8000.
+frank black World's biggest Pixie rocks solo and helps the Foo Fighters fight foo at the Hummingbird Centre. $67. 416-870-8000.
andy kim The Montreal-bred man who gave the Archies their big hit pours some singer/songwriter sugar on fans at Hugh's Room. $20-$22. 416-531-6604.
GROUNDSWELL Sonja Mills's Oil Man plays as part of Nightwood's workshop series, running Aug 20-26. Pwyc. Tapestry/New Work Studio. www.nightwoodtheatre.net
toronto international improv festival The comedy fest, running Aug 21-27, heats up today with a lineup that includes NYC's The Josh And Tamra Show and T.O.'s Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring. $20. 416-343-0011, www.torontoimprovfest.com/2006
indie unlimited Awesome three-day celebration of indie culture, from DJs (Herbert) to over-the-top pop (Hidden Cameras), kicks off at Harbourfront Centre. Free. www.harbourfrontcentre.com.
deadly snakes Local garage rock 'n' roll heroes play their final show at the 'Shoe, then go gently into that good night. $18. 416-598-4753.
GODDESS FESTIVAL Esthero, Magneta Lane, Emm Gryner and others play the Docks to benefit Yellow Brick House women's shelter. $32.90. 416-870-8000. www.spiritfestival.org.
junior boys Heart-tugging Hamilton indietronic duo launch their new disc at the El Mocambo. $15. 416-777-1777.
shakira Her hips may not lie on the radio, but can they fib on a Jumbotron? Find out when the humble-breasted global pop diva hits the ACC. $19.50-$87.50. 416-870-8000.
ward's island jamboree Toronto twang masters like the Cameron Family Singers, the Backstabbers, Atomic 7 and more take over Ward's Island for a hootenanny. $10. 416-703-0811.
hall & oates Surrender to your Yacht Rock fantasies, or just hear Sara Smile performed live with good acoustics when the soft-rock duo roll into the Hummingbird Centre. $39.50-$79.50. 416-872-2262.
+mariah carey Emancipated Mimi returns for another poperatic Adventure with buddy Sean Paul at the Air Canada Centre. $18-$109.50. 416-870-8000.
arrested development The third (and final? ya never know) season of the cult show comes out in a DVD box set today.
the chairs There are two shots today to see Soulpepper's production of the absurdist classic, at the Young Centre till Sep 2. $29-$54. 416-866-8666.
ashkenaz The fest of new Yiddish culture takes over Harbourfront till Sep 4. Free-$30. 416-973-4000.
ziggy marley Bob's boy unveils the jammin' tunes from his new Love Is My Religion disc at the Guvernment. $35.75. 416-870-8000.
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