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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTH­ING CanS­tage’s pro­duc­tion of the Bard’s great com­edy stars Tara Rosling and Juan Chio­ran. At High Park till Sep 4. By do­na­tion. 416-368-3110, www.cans­tage. com.

SWING SPACE: ME­DIA ART SPACE Jen­nifer Steinkamp’s video works and new me­dia look at space and per­cep­tion. At the AGO till Oct 16. $5-$8. 416-979-6648.


DARK WA­TER Os­car win­ner Jen­nifer Con­nelly stars in a sus­pense hor­ror flick about a New York apart­ment full of haunted... wa­ter! Open­ing week­end.

BLACK EYED PEASWill. i.am, Fergie and their hip-pop crew get it started at the Mol­son Am­phithe­atre with Talib Kweli and Fatty Koo. $40-$50. 416-870-8000.


SUN­DAY NIGHT LIVE Whose Line Is It Any­way’s Colin Mochrie hosts a spe­cial Fringe ver­sion of the weekly sketch show. Poor Alex. $tba. 416-923-1644.

CAGE­MATCH Some of the best comics in the city com­pete in the sum­mer-long im­prov show­down at Clin­ton’s Tav­ern. $5. www.long­form.ca/shows/ cage­match/


SOUNDS OF THE UN­DER­GROUND Steel your ten­der eardrums against the brain-crush­ing as­sault of maulers like Lamb of God and Clutch at the sum­mer’s most mas­sive metal fest. $35.50. Ar­row Hall, Mississauga. 416-870-8000.


THE SCREAM IN HIGH PARK Smokin’ lit­er­ary lights, in­clud­ing Trey An­thony and Karen Hines, let loose. Sug­gested $10 or pwyc. High Park Am­phithe­atre. www.the­scream.ca.


MARK KNOPFLER For­mer Dire Straits dude and cur­rent film sound­track go-to guy brings his breezy Amer­i­cana to the Mol­son Am­phithe­atre. $49.50$79.50. 416-870-8000.

BEEF­CAKE Let’s hope this ret­ro­spec­tive of hot pho­tos is, er, well hung. On at the O’Con­nor Gallery till Jul 16. 416-921-7149.


BUCK 65 Gruff-voiced Haligo­nian hiphop in­no­va­tor un­veils the tracks from his new Se­cret House Against The World disc at the Mod Club. $16.50. 416-870-8000.

SEÁN CULLEN The Pro­duc­ers didn’t take off, but Cullen’s still one of the best comic en­ter­tain­ers around. Catch his mu­sic-filled act at the Laugh Re­sort till Jul 16. $10-$15. 416-364-5233.


THE TEM­PEST/ELEC­TRA The two clas­sics run in rep at U of T’s out­door Philoso­pher’s Stage. Pwyc-$10. 416-978-8849, www.canopy­the­atre.ca. THE WILD PAR­ROTS OF TELE

GRAPH HILL Tired of sum­mer block­busters? Set­tle down with this smart, mov­ing doc about an ex-mu­si­cian who takes in wild par­rots.


THE UP­SIDE OF ANGER Joan Allen de­liv­ers an Os­car-wor­thy per­for­mance as an al­co­holic mom. DVD comes out to­day.

THE WILD DUCK Lás­zló Mar­ton di­rects a cast that in­cludes Brent Carver and Maggie Hu­cu­lak in Ib­sen’s master­piece. Till Sep 3 at the Har­bourfront Cen­tre Theatre. $25-$51.50. 416-973-4000.


FRINGE OF TORONTO FES­TI­VAL 138 lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional shows take over the city’s the­atres till Jul 17. $10. 416-9661062, www.fringe­toronto.com. ROBERT PLANT & THE STRANGE

SEN­SA­TION Led Zep leg­end flails through the sub-Sa­ha­ran rock fu­sion of his lat­est disc at the Mol­son Am­phithe­atre. $39.50$85.50. 416-870-8000.

FREE FLICKS Har­bourfront’s out­door screen­ings of fave movies kicks off and runs ev­ery Wed night till Aug 10. Free. 416-973-4000.


HUS­TLE & FLOW Ter­rence (Ray, Crash) Howard gets his break­out role as a pimp who tries to make it in the rap biz. Opens to­day.

THE GO! TEAM The de­light­ful Brighton elec­tro-pop squad’s Toronto de­but at Lee’s Palace is sure to be one of the year’s most gen­uinely fun shows. Don’t miss it. $13.50. 416-532-1598.


AMER­I­CAN IDOLS LIVE De­cide whether Alabama rock sweet­heart Bo Bice was robbed. He and his fel­low fi­nal­ists join win­ner Car­rie Un­der­wood at the Air Canada Cen­tre. $35$49.50. 416-870-8000.

STEVE PAT­TER­SON One of the most like­able stand-ups does a week at Yuk Yuk’s Down­town, till Jul 24. $10-$17. 416-967-6425.


BRIAN JON­ESTOWN MASSACRE Fans of this year’s rock ri­valry doc Dig! will be stoked to catch An­ton New­combe’s manic may­hem in per­son at Lee’s Palace. $10.50. 416-532-1598.

JUST MY IMAG­I­NA­TION Stephen An­drews, Sheila But­ler, Lu­cie Chan and oth­ers ex­hibit works atMOCCA. Free. 416-395-7430.


NEKO CASE If last year’s The Tigers Have Spo­ken live al­bum whet­ted your ap­petite for the twangy torch singer’s on­stage an­tics, catch her at Har­bourfront Cen­tre. $20-$25. 416-973-4000.


GERRY DEE One of NOW’s best com­edy acts of 2004 head­lines at Yuk Yuk’s Down­town till Jul 17. $10-$17. 416-967-6425. BEACHES IN­TER­NA­TIONAL JAZZ

FEST The fab­u­lous, free 10-day bo­nanza of live jazz in the east end kicks off to­day. To Jul 24. www.beach­es­jazz.com.


KENNY ROGERS Road trip time! The chicken-shillin’, coun­trysin­gin’Gam­bler shows his hand at Niagara Fallsview Casino. To Jul 23. $63.67$74.36. 416-870-8000.

A MID­SUM­MER NIGHT’S DREAM It’s worth the trip to Oakville to see lo­cal ac­tors Matt MacFadzean, Deb­o­rah Hay and oth­ers in the Bard’s comic gem. Till Aug 6 at Coro­na­tion Park. $22. 905-815-4049.


DOU­GLAS COU­P­LAND Dystopiaob­sessed Cou­p­land opens two fu­tur­is­tic art shows at Monte Clark. Till Sep 11. 416-703-1700.


CANADA DAY EX­TRAV­A­GANZA Torchy Feist and Na­tive Earth Per­form­ing Arts head up the birth­day cel­e­bra­tions at Har­bourfront Cen­tre. Free. 416-973-4000.

EDGE­FEST Head down to the Mol­son Am­phithe­atre for an alt-rock bo­nanza with a ros­ter rang­ing from T.O. punks Billy Tal­ent to epic prog met­al­heads Co­heed & Cam­bria. $25.50-$47.50. 416-8708000.


FAN­TAS­TIC FOUR An­other comic book gets a screen adap­ta­tion. Yes, straight boys, Jes­sica Alba’s in it. And, yes, straight girls, Nip/Tuck’s Ju­lian McMa­hon is in it. TORONTO OUT­DOOR ART EX­HI­BI­TION The three-day show of works by new and es­tab­lished artists sets up shop at Nathan Phillips Square. Free. 416-408-2754.



FAC­TORY Tim Bur­ton reimag­ines the Roald Dahl story, but un­like the 1971 day-glo ver­sion there won’t be songs! Whew. With Johnny Depp.

DAARA J Mad Pro­fes­so­rap­proved Sene­galese hiphop fu­sion­ists get Har­bourfront’s All Over The Map fest off to a killer start. Free. 416-9734000.


BAD NEWS BEARS Last sum­mer itwas se­quels, this year it’s re­makes. Billy Bob Thorn­ton plays an al­co­holic lit­tle league base­ball coach in Richard Lin­klater’s up­date of the Wal­ter Matthau/Ta­tum O’Neal com­edy.

DIM SUM Fes­ti­val of con­tem­po­rary Chi­nese cul­ture has mu­sic, dance, read­ings by Chi­nese-Cana­di­ans. Har­bourfront Cen­tre. www.har­bourfront­cen­tre.com.


AIMEE MANN Will the mourn­ful alt-pop singer/song­writer’s new The Forgotten Arm con­cept al­bum work live? See for your­self when Mann hits the Phoenix. $30. 416-870-8000.

THE BROTH­ERS GRIMM Ma­jor man­babe alert: Matt Da­mon and Heath Ledger star in Terry Gil­liam’s lat­est. Open­ing to­day.


LHASA No­madic ex-Mon­trealer treats fans to a mul­ti­lin­gual smoky world-jazz ser­e­nade along­side crooner Made­line Pey­roux. $30. Nathan Phillips Square. www.toron­to­jazz.com.

JULES ET JIM Truf­faut’s master­piece star­ring Jeanne Moreau and Oskar Werner screens at Cine­math­eque as part of the se­ries fea­tur­ing 10 great French ac­tresses. $5.50-$10.10. Jackman Hall, AGO. 416-968-FILM.


AFRO­FEST Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi, King Men­sah, Al­lakomi and more per­form at one of the sum­mer’s best free events, through Jul 10. Queen’s Park. 416-469-5336, www.afro­fest.org.

QUANTIC SOUL ORCHES­TRA UK DJ Will Hol­land and his kick­ass live band treat crowds to their ver­sion of rare funk as part of Har­bourfront’s Beats, Breaks & Cul­ture fest. Free. 416-973-4000.


BILLY ROBIN­SON Un­sung Canadian jazz sax great gives a rare per­for­mance to help launch Do Right!’s awe­some Ready Or Not com­pi­la­tion of archival CBC jazz. Free. Har­bourfront Cen­tre. 416-973-4000.

THE BAD DOG SES­SIONS Kerry Grif­fin hosts the weekly latenight Sat show­case of in­no­va­tive and ex­per­i­men­tal im­prov com­edy, at Bad Dog Theatre. Pwyc. 416-491-3115.


KID KOALA Turntable whiz kid demon­strates his inim­itable style, with rap­per Jin open­ing, at Har­bourfront Cen­tre. Free. 416-973-4000.

THE MER­CHANT OF VENICE Shake­speare in the Rough mounts the con­tro­ver­sial play, with fe­male na­tive ac­tor Jani Lauzon as Shy­lock. Pwyc. Till Sep 5 in Withrow Park. 647-438-6742, www.sitr.ca.

10 DAYS IN JULYVar­i­ous artists un­der 30 shake up Gallery TPW. Free. Till Jul 30. 416-504-4242.


CARIB­ANA PA­RADE Is­land­flavoured ex­trav­a­ganza dances its way over more than 3 kilo­me­tres of T.O.’s streets. $5-$15 at Ex­hi­bi­tion Place, free along the Lakeshore. www.carib­ana. com.

WARPED TOUR Pack kneepads, sun­screen and earplugs if you plan to catch the day­long punk and ex­treme skate­board­ing ex­trav­a­ganza at Bar­rie’s Mol­son Park. $32.75-$41.25. 416-870-8000.

Aimee Mann plays the Phoenix, Jul 29

Har­bourfront’s Free Flicks series screens The Wizard Of Oz, Jul 13

Johnny Depp goes Wonka Jul 15

Kenny Rogers, Fallsview Casino, Jul 21

Lhasa, Nathan Phillips Square, Jul 2

Tuku plays Afro­fest, Jul 9 and 10

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