Thursday, september 21 MICHAEL REDHILL Toronto-based author launches his excellent new book, Consolation, at the Gladstone. Free. 416-531-4635.
+joe mcphee Legendary multi-instrumentalist dazzles with boundary-pushing jazz as part of the X Avant fest. Music Gallery. $15. 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 Mothers of may square Hear human rights activist Nora Cortinas discuss the Madres and their role in Argentina. Free. York U, 416-736-5237.
world car-free day Musical costume parade, parking meter parties and other take-the-streets acts. Free. Trinity Bellwoods Park, www. streetsareforpeople.org.
bad religion Socal hardcore stalwarts celebrate over a quarter-century kicking out raucous jams at the Docks. $39.50. 416-870-8000. sATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 winston spear Quirky stand-up and Comedy Inc regular finishes his three-night headlining gig at the Laugh Resort. $10-$15. 416-364-5233.
nomeansno West Coast progressive punk pioneers get weird and wacky at the 'Shoe alongside Ford Pier and Tacoma Redd. $15. 416-598-4753.
tool Disillusioned white dudes with concave chests, hail your leader! Maynard James Keenan brings dark industrial brooding to Molson Amphitheatre. $42.50-$69.50. 416-870-8000.
sUNDAY, sEPTEMBER 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.thewordonthestreet.ca/toronto.php.
patrick decoste Final day to catch DeCoste's handsome paintings of male bonding at Spin Gallery. Free. 416-530-7656.
lambchop Be very, very quiet upon entering the Mod Club or risk drowning out the Nashville twang outsiders' hushed tuneage. $20. 416-588-4663.
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 +black lips Snotty garage squad put the "cock" (literally!) back in "cock rock" at the Horseshoe. $12. 416-598-4753.
mars volta Increasingly bewildering post-At the Drive-In prog-rockers warm up the Air Canada Centre for the Chili Peppers. $43.75-$73.75. 416-870-8000.
Save the boreal forest, protect native rights Rally hosted by Forest Ethics and Rainforest Action Network. Free. Queen's Park. 416-597-1904.
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.
swiss family guy robinson The Fringe hit performed by Brian Froud returns to the Diesel till Oct 7. $15. 416-971-5656. WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
+honouring theatre Native Earth's triple bill of plays by Yvette Nolan, Makerita Urale and David Milroy opens at Passe Muraille, till Oct 1. $tba. 416-531-1402, www.nativeearth.ca.
asabian Robert Plant loves the Brit rock revivalists. Maybe you will, too, if you catch their blistering set at the Phoenix. $23.50. 416-870-8000.
+patrick watson Montreal psych-scarred cinematic rock curiosities launch their awesome new disc at the Drake. $10. 416-870-8000
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
malajube They may have lost the Polaris, but the francophone indie pop innovators'll kick ass opening for Islands at the Opera House. $13. 416-870-8000.
memphis Stars' Torquil Campell performs with his similarly dreamy side project at Lee's Palace. $12. 416-532-1598.
ever thus Dance artist Claudia Moore explores Shakespeare's works in this piece that runs in rep with Soulpepper's King Lear. Till Oct 13 at the Young Centre. $20-$25. 416-866-8666.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 the quilt This exhibit of 120 quilts from across the country raises funds for breast cancer survivor programs. Till Oct 22 at Casa Loma. $tba. 416-923-1171.
manufactured landscapes Jennifer Baichwal's award-winning film documenting artist Edward Burtynsky's trip to China opens today.
wanda jackson Rockabilly first lady who "listened to records" with Elvis proves she's still got it at Cadillac Lounge. $30-$35. 416-536-7717.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 NUIT BLANCHE Toronto becomes a canvas as artists and performers set up shop in three neighbourhoods for this spectacular all-night arts event. www.livewithculture. ca.
dog auditions Find out if your dog is best in show at this open call for older, mid-to-large-size dogs. The gig? A role in CanStage's upcoming Of Mice And Men. Free. 416-367-8243.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1 +KIM DORLAND Catch the talented artist's new show of grunge paintings, to October 14 at Angell Gallery. 416-530-0444.
here lies henry It's pwyc day for Daniel MacIvor and Daniel Brooks's show about a compulsive liar. Till Oct 15 at Buddies in Bad Times. 416-975-8555.
emily haines CBC Radio 3 puts on a killer free show with the Metric sister, Joel Plaskett, Les Trois Accords and Les Breastfeeders. Kool Haus. www.radio3.cbc.ca.
MONDAY, oCTOBER 2 yo la tengo Pray the roof of the Phoenix doesn't cave in, or risk indie rock life imitating Onion art when the nerdcore stalwarts hit T.O. $22.50. 416-870-8000.
ladytron Asymmetrically coiffed quartet work their electro 80s aesthetic with stylish aplomb at the Guvernment. $23.50. 416-870-8000.
tUESDAY, OCTOBER 3 +generous Michael Healey's dark comedy about helping, both personal and political, continues at the Tarragon till Oct 29. Pwyc-$38. 416-531-1827.
thank you for smoking Jason Reitman's savage satire about a tobacco lobbyist (Aaron Eckhart, superb) comes out on DVD today.
james blunt Ex-soldier makes the ladies swoon at the ACC. $49.50-$59.50. 416-870-8000.
WEDNESDAY, oCTOBER 4
maple leafs hockey Hope springs eternal as the blue and white open the season at the Air Canada Centre against the Ottawa Senators. $23.80-$381.80. 416-872-5000.
climate changE AND THE GLOBAL ECONOMY A talk by David C. Korten, author of The Post-Corporate World, at OISE. Pwyc. www.greenenterprise. net.
toronto sculpture garden Winner of the most memorable exhibit in the past quarter-century gets announced today. THURSDAY, oCTOBER 5 tit tales Shoshana Sperling hosts a cabaret night featuring women from 17 to 65 and a bra fashion show to raise funds for breast cancer support group Willow, at the Gladstone. $15-$20. www.willow.org.
chekhov's heartache Theatre Smith-Gilmour bring back a reworked version of their acclaimed adaptation of stories about poverty by the Russian master. Till Oct 22 at the Factory Studio. Pwyc-$30. 416-504-9971.