THE DUKES OF HAZZARD Well, I’ll be! It’s opening weekend of the film version of the good ol’TV show about cars and suspenders. Let’s jes see if Jessica Simpson can act.
BHANGRA BLAST Help close Harbourfront’s Masala! Mehndi! Masti! fest with a bang by groovin’ to Punjabi beats. Free. 416-973-4000, www.harbourfrontcentre.com
CAGEMATCH SEMI-FINALS Four improv teams square off in the semi-finals of this comedy competition at Clinton’s. $tba. www.longform.ca/shows/ cagematch/
2046 The much-anticipated conclusion to Wong Kar-Wai’s (In The Mood For Love) trilogy features Tony Leung smoking, wearing gorgeous suits and pondering failed romance. Opening weekend.
THE LAST POETS Pioneering political hiphop crew – who met in prison when they resisted the Vietnam draft – drop righteous rhymes at Harbourfront Centre. Free. 416-973-4000.
SMOG Lo-fi hero Bill Callahan brings his brainy, brooding and painfully introspective sadcore soundscapes to Lee’s Palace. $13.50. 416-532-1598.
ANNIE GET YOUR GUN Mamma Mia!’s Louise Pitre and Paul Brandt star in a concert version of the Irving Berlin musical, on till Aug 20 at Massey Hall. $32.50-$75. 416-872-1111.
JAMBOREE IMPROV FESTIVAL The annual fest of international improv artists opens and runs till Aug 21. Venues, $tba. www.torontoimprovfest.com.
DEF LEPPARD Emm Gryner’s favourite 80s hair band teach openers the Tea Party a thing or two about heavy rockin’ down at the Molson Amphitheatre. $55.50. 416-8708000.
RUFUS WAINWRIGHT The fabulously flamboyant pianopounding crooner teams up with similarly minded songster Ben Folds and Aussie strummer Ben Lee at the Kool Haus. $34.50. 416-870-8000.
ALLMAN BROTHERS Count how many original members remain when the still-popular threedecades-old Southern rockers touch down at the Molson Amphitheatre. $35.50-$55.50. 416870-8000.
CINDERELLA Hello, hair bands! Stock up on Aquanet for a hardrockin’ nostalgia trip with the 80s rockers and their pals Quiet Riot, Ratt and Firehouse. Docks. $40. 416-870-8000.
ELIANA CUEVAS Venezuelanborn chanteuse showcases her formidable Latin jazz chops at Dundas Square. Free. www. ydsquare.ca.
FFIDA INTERNATIONAL DANCE
FESTIVAL The big blowout of global dance kicks off at the Distillery District and runs there and at various off-site locales till Aug 21. $tba. www.ffida.org.
FOOL FOR LOVE Anne Shirley in a Sam Shepard play? Yup. Megan Follows joins hubby Stuart Hughes and Kevin Bundy in the acclaimed 1983 play. At Harbourfront Centre Theatre till Oct 1. $25-$51.50. 416-973-4000.
BOLLYWOOD REVIEW Yuk Yuk’s Downtown hosts a special South Asian lineup of comics, featuring Gerry Bednob, till Aug 21. $10-$17. 416-967-6425.
SUMMERWORKS The 15th annual theatre fest celebrates with past hits and new works. $10, some passes. Till Aug 14. 416-410-1048. www.summerworks.ca.
CORTEO Cirque du Soleil’s new show takes root at the Grand Chapiteau, till Sep 11. $46-$95. 1-800-678-5440, www.cirquedusoleil.com.
VEGETARIAN SPECIAL Check out NOW’s bonus food section on T.O.’s veggie havens.
RON SEXSMITH The sad-eyed songwriting icon helps launch the Toronto Zoo’s innovative Animal Trax concert series. Waterside Theatre, Toronto Zoo. $30. www.torontozoo.com.
HAMLET Albert Schultz plays the world’s most famous melancholy Dane in this muchanticipated Soulpepper production. Till Oct 1 at Harbourfront Centre’s Premiere Dance Theatre. $25-$51.50. 416-9734000.
TASTE OF THE DANFORTH Threeday fest of music and eats takes over Greektown. Free. East of Broadview. www.tasteofthedanforth.com
THE PINK PANTHER Steve Martin puts on a little moustache and goes to Paris to erase our fond memories of Peter Sellers in this comic remake, also starring Beyoncé Knowles and Kevin Kline.
FOUR BROTHERS See what all the film crews were doing last year in T.O. Mark Wahlberg, OutKast’s André Benjamin, Garrett Hedlund and Tyrese Gibson play adopted brothers in John Singleton’s latest urban pic.
GREEN DAY Billie Joe and the boys follow up their Grammy nod by preaching the punk-pop gospel of American Idiot in Barrie’s Molson Park. $48. 416870-8000.
CANADIAN NATIONAL EXHIBI
TION The first sign of the end of summer is upon us. This and back-to-school specials. To Sep 5. $8-$12. Exhibition Place. 416263-3800.
RED-EYE London, Ontario’s own Rachel McAdams stars opposite a demonic Cillian (28 Days) Murphy in this cleverly named Wes Craven thriller. Opens today.
BROKEN FLOWERS See what the Cannes buzz was about. Bill Murray plays a middle-aged man reconnecting with former lovers (Jessica Lange, Sharon Stone, et al.) after he finds out he has a 20-year-old son.
PEACE LANTERN CEREMONY Remember Hiroshima and protest nuclear proliferation at City Hall’s Peace Garden. Free. 416463-9163.
WOMEN’S TENNIS CHAMPION
SHIPS The Williams sisters join Clijsters and Navratilova at the Rexall Centre through Aug 21. $10-$140. www.rogerscup. com.
BILLY JOE SHAVER Raspy-voiced Texan country stalwart helps heat up Harbourfront’s T.O. Twang hootenanny. Free. 416973-4000, www.harbourfrontcentre.com.
Rufus Wainwright at Kool Haus, Aug 9
The CNE opens, Aug 19
Dukes Of Hazzard opens, Aug 5