Thursday September, 14 atmosphere Hear the future sound of Midwestern hiphop when the Rhymesayer rocks the Phoenix with Psalm One and Mac Lethal. $26.50. 416-870-8000.
+nouvelle vague Revisit the 80s, bossa style - the French post-punk-gone-lounge lizards perform new-old hits at the Mod Club. $15. 416-870-8000.
Coalition against psychiatric assaulT holds a forum, the kick off to the four-day Mad Pride fest, OISE. Free. 416-516-4740.
margaret atwood Claim a seat early at the Manulife Indigo for this free launch of Atwood's new book of related stories, Moral Disorder. 416-925-3536.
queen west art crawl More than 500 artists, crafts people and musicians display their stuff from Roncesvalles to Spadina. Free. Till Sep 17. www. torontoartscape.on.ca/qwac.
+hawksley workman The debonair metrosexual brings his lupine rock to the Phoenix. $29.50. 416-870-8000.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
+dan reeder Wry Germany-based tunesmith opens for his mentor, John Prine, at Massey Hall. $39.50-$56.50. 416-872-4255.
reefer madness the musical The musical based on the campy cautionary film gets smokin' at Hart House, till Sep 30. $12-$20. 416-978-8849.
+CLOTHING SHOW Stock your closet for the fall! It's day one of the two-day extravaganza at the Automotive Building, Exhibition Pl. $8-$10. www.theclothingshow.com.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 +jandek A mystery cloaked in an enigma, prolific but reclusive outsider musician appears at Centre of Gravity. $27. www.rotate.com.
canadian idol finale Will it be Eva Avila or Craig Sharpe? Find out on CTV's 90-minute finale.
BEATLES CONVENTION This celebration of all things Fab Four-related hits Queen Eliabeth Hall. $20-$25. www.toron- tobeatlescelebration.com. MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 +dengue fever Cultural bricolage alert! Hailing from hipster-central Silver Lake but fronted by a Cambodian pop idol, the psych-rock hooligans make like a mosaic at Sneaky Dee's. $tba. 416-603-3090.
+celtic frost Metal maulers (with a penchant for melody) lay waste to the Opera House. $37.50. 416-466-0313. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 generous Michael Healey's Tarragon season opener - a comedy about helping, both personal and political - begins previews tonight, opens Sep 29 and runs till Oct 29. Pwyc-$38. 416-531-1827.
my name is earl The first season of the recent Emmy Award winner comes out on DVD today. WEDNESDAY, sEPTEMBER 20
+Here lies henry Daniel MacIvor and Daniel Brooks's award-winning show about a compulsive liar opens at Buddies and runs till Oct 15. Pwyc-$35. 416-975-8555.
+elizabeth shepherd trio Rising jazz-piano threat brings the scorching grooves of her new Start To Move disc to Supermarket. $10. www.doright.com.
+asobi seksu Motown meets Manga meets My Bloody Valentine when the NYC crew hit Horseshoe. $8.50-$10. 416- 598-4753 . THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 MICHAEL REDHILL Toronto-based author launches his excellent new book, Consolation, at the Gladstone. Free. 416-531-4635.
slip Anna Chatterton, Yvonne Ng, Juliet Palmer and Christie Pearson create performance works for the Harrison Baths (also Sep 20 and 22). $15-$20. Starts at Music Gallery. 416-204-1080.
condo boom! Artists, architects and urban planners send up the condo craze, till Oct 1 at the Great Hall. $tba. 416-534-9261. FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22 the science of sleep Michael Gondry's one of the most imaginative directors around, and the trailers for his latest - starring Gael García Bernal and Charlotte Gainsbourg - look amazing. Opens today.
opera briefs 6 Tapestry's series of 10 short operas by Leanna Brodie, Lisa Codrington and others begins its two-night stand at the New Work Studio. $5-$25. 416-537-6066. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 winston spear The quirky stand-up and Comedy Inc regular finishes his three-night headlining gig at the Laugh Resort. $10-$15. 416-364-5233.
corb lund Real (not new, not alt-) country star gets off the prairies and tears it up at Lee's Palace with his Hurtin' Albertans. $18.50. 416-532-1598. SATURDAY, SUNDAY 24 WORD ON THE STREET Visit NOW's 25th anniversary tent and walk Queen's Park during this huge, free, all-day literary love-in. Free. www.wordonthestreet.com
patrick decoste Final day to catch DeCoste's handsome paintings of male bonding at Spin Gallery. Free. 416-530-7656.
billy bragg Heavily accented Brit folk-punk prophet wins converts at Danforth Music Hall. $30-$35. 416-870-8000.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 be your own pet Tennessee garage rock 'n' snarl prodigies prove you can kick arse even when you can't legally drink in the U.S. Horseshoe. $12. 416-598-4753.
red hot chili peppers Sadly, the days when Anthony Kiedis and co. performed nekkid with socks on their cocks are over, but they'll still rock the ACC. $43.75-$73.75. 416-870-8000. TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 tiny dynamite Abi Morgan's play about two damaged men and the woman between them gets its final preview, opens Sep 27 and runs till Oct 8. $14-$20. Tarragon Extra Space. 416-531-1827.
lady vengeance Chan-wook Park's brilliant third film in his "vengeance trilogy" comes out on DVD today. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 honouring theatre Native Earth's triple bill of plays by Yvette Nolan, Makerita Urale and David Milroy opens at Theatre Passe Muraille, till Oct 1. $tba. 416-531-1402, www.nativeearth.ca.
kasabian Robert Plant loves the Brit rock revivalists, and so will you after you catch their blistering set at the Phoenix. $23.50. 416-870-8000. THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 malajube The only francophone act nominated for the inaugural Polaris Prize, the Montrealers kick out les jams at the Drake. $10. 416-531-5042.
memphis Stars' Torquil Campell performs with his similarly dreamy side project at Lee's Palace. $12. 416-532-1598.