Ali & Ali: The Deportation Hearings
Following the success of 2004’s Ali & Ali and the Axes of Evil, which they toured for four years, creators Camyar Chai, Marcus Youssef and Guillermo Verdecchia bring you its sequel, The Deportation Hearings. With their first play deemed “the best Canadian political play of the 21st century, and the funniest” by the Vancouver Province, the creators continue to use comedy to provide an alternative insight into geopolitical issues. To Oct 17, Factory Studio Theatre. Tue-Sat 8pm, Sunday 2:30pm. $15-$32. 125 Bathurst. 416-504-9971.

The Young Centre’s Global Cabaret Festival
A five-day festival featuring many of Canada’s greatest talents, the Global Cabaret Festival returns for its third year. The Young Centre will be divided into four intimate venue spaces, offering performances by Sarah Slean, Carole Pope (pictured) and many others. An audience favourite, The Songbook Series returns with new interpretations of classic works by Tom Waits, Bob Marley & Stephen Sondheim. Sep 30-Oct 3, Young Centre for the Performing Arts. Various times. All concerts $20. 55 Mill, bldg 49. 416-866-8666.

Out of Site
Still not convinced by Nuit Blanche? Take back the night and check out the second annual Out of Site instead, on the stretch of Queen that is not quite west enough to be one of the official Nuit Blanche zones. There will be over 40 art installations and events along Queen between University and Bathurst, as well as a few tucked in along side streets. The feature is Earl Miller’s exhibition, “Shorts Under the Stars,” an outdoor screening of short films.Oct 2-3, Queen W. between University and Bathurst. 7pm-4am. Free. Queen W. 416-384-2946.

K’Naan @ Small World Music Festival
Since 1997, the Small World Music Festival has been bringing a wealth of musical talent from across the globe. This year, they’ve bagged K’Naan, everyone’s favourite war-surviving Somali-Canadian rapper, who in only one summer delivered both a colossal World Cup anthem and an update to charity collab “Tears Are Not Enough” all via one hit single, “Wavin’ Flag.” He and Polaris-nominated rapper Shad play the Kool Haus (132 Queens Quay E.) Friday, Oct. 1; check the festival website for additional events, locations and tickets. To Oct. 3, various venues.

Bad Cop
On paper, psychedelic blues punk may sound like a strange combination, but in Nashville, where country music is king, non-country players have got to stick together. Riding high on the success of their newly released debut, Harvest the Beast, this skinny, plaid-clad Tennessee trio delivers freshly-cut bales of sweet-sounding melodies and crunchy guitars. With The Hoa Hoas, more. Oct. 1, Silver Dollar Room, 486 Spadina Ave. $7. 9pm.

Tycho with Aton tep, Peer Pressure DJs
Scott Hansen has a healthy dual career: As Tycho, he records gorgeous, ambient-informed techno for labels including Merck and Ghostly; while under his own name, Hansen is a noted graphic designer and visual artist. He returns to the Drake for this Nuit Blanche special. Oct. 2, 1150 Queen W. Free.