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Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in "Star Trek Nemesis." Patrick will be at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre this weekend.

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Dancing With Rage

Early in her touring one-woman show, Mary Walsh is in just her bra and knickers, talking about an older woman's undergarments needing to make her appearance smoother and acceptable. Smoother and acceptable? Walsh, the ambushing warrior-princess comedian? Thankfully the funny Newfoundland lady is edgy (and sometimes serious) as herself and many of her beloved This Hour Has 22 Minutes characters at Panasonic Theatre. To March 24. $25 to $99. 651 Yonge St., 416-872-1212 or mirvish.com.

Tame Impala

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One of the songs off the young psychedelians' second album is Feels Like We Only Go Backwards, which might have something to do with band's time-travelling fuzz-glam direction. Mind you, the buzzy Austalian troupe is taking toward a decidedly forward course when it comes to career progression. Tonight's show at Kool Haus is sold out. March 9, 9 p.m. $35.25. 132 Queens Quay E., 1-855-985-5000 or ticketmaster.ca.

Toronto ComiCon

Talk about your star dates. The highlight of the science-fiction fandango is the reunion of the full cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation, presented by enterprising promoters who have seen the future – conventions that stretch the life of characters such as Captain Jean-Luc Picard indefinitely. March 9 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and 10 (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.). $10 to $149. Metro Toronto Convention Centre. 222 Bremner Blvd., comicontoronto.com.

The Catch: Japanese Cinema of the Eighties

The 11-film program continues this weekend, with this afternoon's Muddy River, an Oscar-nominated foreign-language drama about a young boy and his family's modest waterfront restaurant (4:30 p.m.). Tomorrow brings The Family Game, Yoshimitsu Morita's meticulously shot deadpan satire on contemporary Japanese families (7:30 p.m.). To April 6. $8 to $12. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King St. W., 416-899-8433 or tiff.net.

Matthew Shipp Trio

Admired by the avant-garde rock fans and cerebral hip-hop aficionados too, the New York-based free-jazz pianist Matthew Shipp is one of most highly respected improvisers on the planet. There shouldn't be many empty seats for the groove-happy eclecticist and his bass-and-drum partners. March 10, 8 p.m. $15 to $20. Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W., 416-588-0307 or musicgallery.org.

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