The Creative Spirit Arts Festival
Oct. 21-23, Creative Spirit Arts Centre
Over 60 years later and with North America in the middle of an economic mess, Arthur Miller’s award-winning Death of a Salesman is still frighteningly relevant. The difference now is that it’s not progressive to question the American dream and the systems surrounding it; it’s just good sense. Real-life couple Joseph Ziegler and Nancy Palk play Willy and Linda Loman in Soulpepper Theatre’s presentation of this celebrated classic. Mon-Sat 7:30 p.m., Sat 1:30 p.m. $31.20-$75.33, $22 ages 21-30. 416-866-8666.

The Cho Dependent Tour, featuring Margaret Cho with John Roberts
Oct.. 22, Massey Hall
Margaret Cho has been diversifying: she was recently kicked off the reality competition show Dancing with the Stars; acts on Drop Dead Diva and has started to release music. But, when Cho visits Toronto on Friday, it’s for the dirty stand-up she’s best known for. In fact, she may be even angrier than usual in light of recent events — you know, all the homophobic news teen suicides, Don't Ask, Don't Tell — that’s been going on). 178 Victoria, 8 p.m. $29.50-$49.50 at or

Oct. 21-24, Open Studio
This four-day international symposium on contemporary printmaking features panels, artist talks and demonstrations. The symposium itself is a little expensive, but the affiliated exhibitions at over 40 locations will cost far less to enjoy. Thu-Sun, exhibitions until December. $285/$265, $100/$90 students, $65 keynote address only. 401 Richmond W, ste 104. 416-504-8238.

The Ends of Design
Oct. 22, Isabel Bader Theatre
A one-of-its-kind collaboration between U of T and The Design Exchange, The Ends of Design is a discussion on the beginnings and ends of art, craft and culture with Bruce Kuwabara (of KPMB Architects) and Bruce Mau. 6:30 p.m. Free. 93 Charles W. 416-978-3089.

Oct. 22, Ricoh Coliseum, 100 Princes Blvd.
Four albums into their career, Phoenix have traded dance-pop for indie-rock, with 2009’s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix garnering Grammy wins and prime festival slots. Rounding out the bill are Tokyo Police Club to provide a splash of Canadiana, and noise-popsters Wavves, both of whom hope to imitate the headliners’ success. $53.50-$59. 8 p.m.

Frank Turner
Oct. 22, Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen W.
Frank Turner has been touring extensively (almost every day this month, and most others) with his folk/punk solo act. No big deal, though: he still has an EP due out in December, he just recorded a cover for Centrepoint charity compilation 1969 Key to Change and he starts recording another album in January. With Eamon McGrath, The Cavaliers. $15. 10 p.m.