+International festival of authors The big Harbourfront literary event heats up with appearances by Adrienne Clarkson, Louise Welsh, Thomas King and others. $15-$25. Till Oct 28. 416-973-4000.
Apple Vern Thiessen's drama about a rocky marriage opens at the Factory and runs till Nov 12. Pwyc-$35.50. 416-504-9971.
+born ruffians Fresh-faced 'n' frenetic Toronto indie rock trio prepare to blow up big at Neutral. $5. 416-926-1212.
the killers Watch amusingly 'stached Brandon Flowers indulge his Springsteen hard-on at the Kool Haus. $35. 416-870-8000.
+xiu xiu Jamie Stewart and his art-rock crew clang and whisper prettily about S/M, incest, suicide and boy sopranos. El Mocambo. $12. 416-777-1777.
+UNCENSOREd PEN Canada hosts an International Festival Of Authors gala featuring Wayson Choy, Wole Soyinka, MG Vassanji and more. $20-$175. 416-978-8849 decadance Fetish night celebrates Northbound Leather's 20th anniversary and more. $45-$55. The Docks. 416-972-1037.
up darling 3 Aimée Dawn Robinson and Barbara Lindenberg host a contemporary dance series, till Oct 23 (opens Oct 19) at the Winchester Street Theatre. $10. 416-534-4509.
GARBAGE TOWN HALL Trash Festival presents a free-for-all on what we shoul do with our trash. MaRS Discovery District. www.alphabet-city.org.
+AUTHORS FESTIVAL Booker winner Kiran Desai joins Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jonathan Safran Foer on a round table, at the Lakeside Terrace; NOW's Susan G Cole interviews Booker shortlister Sarah Waters at the Brigantine Room. $12-$15. www.readings.org.
arcfest The fest devoted to art for social change opens in the Queen West 'hood with Judith Thompson, d'bi.young, Drew Hayden Taylor and others. Till Oct 29. Free-$20. 416-978-8849.
+of mice and men Don't miss the pay-what-you-can Monday performance of the Steinbeck classic, CanStage's season opener, at the Bluma Appel. Till Nov 11. Pwyc-$95. 416-368-3110.
+jumpin' johnny sansone Rambunctious N'Awlins blues blower takes a break from rebuilding his hometown to heat up the Silver Dollar. $12. 416-763-9139. lady sovereign Be the first on your block to hear the pint-sized rhymer's Def Jam breakout Public Warning disc. Opera House. $20. 416-870-8000.
the l word/the o.c. Vid stores will be busy this week, as the third seasons of the Sapphic soap and the tween fave come out on the same day.
Afghanistan, iraq, missile defence Slide show on our complicity in the war business with Richard Sanders. St Andrew's Church. Donation. 416-535-6605.
los straitjackets Lucha libre-loving instro-mentalists throw a rockin' twist party at the Horseshoe with the Pontani Sisters. $10.50. 416-598-4753.
nathan lawr Thoughtful roots-rock rambler brings his Minotaurs to Supermarket for an eclectic evening of entertainment. $5. 416-840-0501.
the sean schau Inimitable comic and singer Seán Cullen debuts his monthly gig at the Drake. $10. www.seancullen. com. out of bounds Choreographers Nova Bhattacharya and Jenn Goodwin team up for four eclectic dances, at Harbourfront Centre till Oct 28. $17-$28. 416-973-4000.
spotlight on the creator/performer The second week of Buddies' works in progress series shows pieces by Andrew Kushnir and Nathalie Claude. $10-$15. 416-975-8555.
7a*11d Final week of the international fest of performance art, till Oct 29 at various venues. Pwyc. 416-822-3219. the be good tanyas Watch BC's finest newgrass babes launch their new album at the Danforth Music Hall. $24.50. 416-870-8000.
girls school Elvira Kurt, Dawn Whitwell and some of the funniest women around take over the Diesel Playhouse. $17. 416-971-5656.
the rapture Trying to ride out the last gasps of the punk-funk revival, the once and future Jealous Lovers rock asymmetrically at the Guvernment. $18. 416-870-8000.
GILLER READERS Authors short-listed for the prize read at IFOA at the Premiere Dance Theatre. $12-$15. www.readings.org.
dixie chicks The loudmouthed, fiddle-happy triumvirate say goodbye to new country with their latest brand of rootsy rock. ACC. $69.50-$89.50. 416-870-8000.
fantasy worldwide film fest Day two of the three-day blowout of fantasy and sci-fi, at various venues. $8-$10. 416-405-8809.
love is all Swedish ensemble team up with Crystal Castles at the Horseshoe. $10.50. 416-598-4753.
fucked up T.O. punk assault force descend on the El Mo for one of many CD release shows this week. $10. 416-777-1777.
professionally ethnic Bobby Del Rio's play about visible minorities gets a reading, followed by a panel with Phil Akin, Nina Aquina, NOW's Glenn Sumi and others. Donation. Great Hall. 416-978-8849.
stone's throw tour Get your dance on with rare groove purveyors and hiphop heavies like Madlib and Peanut Butter Wolf at the Phoenix. $24.50. 416-870-8000.
fiery furnaces Carnival-pop sibling act bring their fractured narratives and off-kilter hooks to the Opera House. $17.50. 416-870-8000.
the babysitter Eric Woolfe's slasher puppet play opens at the Factory Studio and runs till Nov 12. Pwyc-$20. 416-504-9971.
timecode break Lots of tricks and treats are in store at this local premiere of Toronto Dance Theatre's latest, at the Premiere Dance Theatre till Nov 4. $15-$38. 416-973-4000.
death cab for cutie Heroes to pasty sensitive strummers everywhere, the Washington indie rock stars hit Massey Hall. $32.50-$42.50. 416-870-8000.
sierra leone refugee all-stars Feel thankful after hearing the uplifting reggae/West African soul fusion of these refugee camp survivors. Opera House. $18.50. 416-870-8000.
planet in focus The international film and vid fest opens with a screening of Dr Bronner's Magic Soapbox, and runs till Nov 5 at various theatres. $5-$10. 416-968-3456. moving pictures fest of dance on film and video The last instalment of the festival includes works by Moze Mossanen, Tim Southam and Thierry De Mey. Till Nov 4 at the Gladstone. $10. www.movingpicturesfestival.com.
the story of my life Neil Bartram and Brian Hill's small-scale musical opens at the Berkeley Theatre and runs till Dec 9. $20-$55. 416-368-3110.