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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.har­bourfront­cen­


CAGE­MATCH SEMI-FI­NALS Four im­prov teams square off in the semi-fi­nals of this com­edy com­pe­ti­tion at Clin­ton’s. $tba. www.long­ 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.toron­toim­

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.



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.

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.

CORTEO Cirque du Soleil’s new show takes root at the Grand Chapiteau, till Sep 11. $46-$95. 1-800-678-5440, www.cirque­du­


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.toron­to­


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.tas­te­ofthedan­

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.



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.



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.har­bourfront­cen­

Ru­fus Wain­wright at Kool Haus, Aug 9

The CNE opens, Aug 19

Dukes Of Haz­zard opens, Aug 5

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