ART & MUSEUMS
Marilyn Monroe at the McMichael
She did wonders with subway grates, but how does she look with Mounties? Marilyn in Canada, a companion exhibit to the travelling show Life as a Legend: Marilyn Monroe, features the woman once named Norma Jeane Baker in photographs, paintings, sculpture and prints by artists who've placed the pop-culture icon in a Canadian context. To May 15. $12 to $15. McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 10365 Islington Ave., Kleinberg, Ont., 905-893-1121 .
Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women
So don't go to this touring exhibition of drawings, comic books and graphic novels by Jewish women - see if they care. Free tours and comic-book workshops for teens are offered on Feb. 20, noon to 5 p.m. To April 17, noon to 5 p.m. daily. Free. Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W., 416-531-4635 .
The Japanese jazz pianist has been known to open her appearances with I've Got Rhythm, which in her case is an upbeat statement of fact. In addition to strong melodic instincts and charismatic exuberance, the Stanley Clarke collaborator can, in the words of Globe and Mail jazz critic J.D. Considine, "toss off runs that make Flight of the Bumblebee seem like a five-finger exercise." Saturday, 8 p.m. $42 to $49. Markham Theatre, 171 Town Centre Blvd., Markham, Ont., 905-305-7469 .
Les Percussions de Strasbourg
Though none of its original members are still with the percussive chamber troupe, the drums do not bang slowly for the acclaimed Europeans. A 50th-anniversary tour finds young members looking back over a historical repertoire with new eyes and looking forward too. Feb. 24, 8 p.m. $20 to $60. Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W., 416-408-0208 .
The master U.S. blues guitarist plays with a jazzy finesse and a stylish, jumping spirit. And speaking of jumping, his appearance at Hugh's Room instead of his usual stomping grounds at the Silver Dollar Room may well signal the end of the Dollar as the city's premiere blues venue. Feb. 24, 8.30 p.m. $25.00 to $27.50, Hugh's Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., 416-531-6604 .
Ultimate MC Battle
They always had the rhyme, but now they have the reason: Eight rappers compete in the Toronto component of a national competition to determine the best at beat-driven prose. Feb. 25, 10 p.m. $10 to $15. Lee's Palace, 529 Bloor St. W., 416-532-1598 .
Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley play doubles, but not the hard-court kind. The husband-and-wife duo serves up retro beach-pop that's sun-splashed and breezy. Feb. 25, midnight. $11.50 to $13. Horseshoe Tavern, 368 Queen St. W., 416-870-8000 .
Reel Artists Film Festival
This year's package of documentary films on contemporary art and artists kicks off with KOOP, Katharine Knight's new doc that delves inside the imagination of imaginative Canadian painter Wanda Koop on Feb. 23. (6:30 p.m., $175, Koerner Hall, 416-368-8854 ext. 101). Both the painter and the director will be on hand for an on-stage discussion. Feb. 23 to 27. $8 to $12. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W., 416-599-8433 .
CanAsian Dance Festival
For the festival's 10th edition, a program of national and international artists includes the whirling Ziya Azazi from Vienna, a snazzy new piece for five Cambodian dancers by Toronto's Tribal Crackling Wind and Peter Chin, and a celebration of Mi Young Kim's 60th anniversary in dance with Korean dance and drumming performed by her company. Feb. 23 to 26. $25 to $30. Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay W., 416-973-4000.
Longer Than a Shadow
A night of contemporary dance features the Kemi Contemporary Dance Project's director Jennifer Dallas, whose solo Zetetica explores the human ability to adapt and mutate during volatile times. Feb. 24 to 26, 8 p.m. $15 to $20; Feb. 27, 2 p.m. PWYC. Dancemakers Centre for Creation, 55 Mill St., 416-204-1082.
Ain't love funny? The American stand-up finds his material in the dating rituals of young heterosexuals. Saturday, 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 8 p.m. $13 to $22. Yuk Yuk's, 224 Richmond St. W., 416-967-6425.
Not only do they have the kaboodle, they've got the KITT. Featured in the annual four-wheeled extravaganza is a salute to muscle-car icons, the Camaro and the Trans Am, with an exhibit featuring the chatty KITT car of Knight Rider fame. To Feb. 27, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Feb 27 to 6 p.m.). $7 to $20. Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front St. W., autoshow.ca.