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The Weekender: TIFF, Lewis Black and five other events on our to-do list

Lauryn Hill performs at the ONEXONE fundraiser on Saturday (Image: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images Entertainment)

1. LEWIS BLACK: RUNNING ON EMPTY
If Lewis Black comes across as a shouting man more than a funny man, that’s because there just seems to be so much to shout about—and never more so than in a U.S. presidential election year, when sanity tends to leap out the window. Hence his latest show, Running on Empty, in which Black brings his signature curmudgeonly exasperation to bear on Democrats, Republicans, Tea Partiers and a host of other groups that make him sick. The Daily Show regular says he enjoys playing to Canadian audiences, since they don’t arrive at the theatre with the built-in Democrat or Republican bias his U.S. audiences have, so perhaps the anger will be toned down a half per cent or so at his Massey Hall engagement. September 7. $35.50-$55.50. Massey Hall, 178 Victoria St., 416-872-4255, masseyhall.com

2. TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Toronto’s biggest, shiniest week-and-a-half-long party kicks off tomorrow with the world premiere of the confusing time-travel thriller Looper, and doesn’t let up until the end of next week at the earliest. Film buffs have already filled out their ticket packages, but for the less organized, there are still plenty of single tickets available for the less celeb-strewn screenings (check out our guide to this year’s 50 buzziest flicks for tips). Gawkers and (celeb) stalkers of all stripes will be on the scene, and party crashers will be practising their smoothest bouncer-buttering-up all weekend long. Keep a browser tab open to tiff.to for full coverage of the insanity. September 6 to 16. Various locations, 416-599-8433, tiff.net

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Today in Toronto: Southside Shuffle, Vegetarian Food Festival and more

Southside Shuffle This 13-year-old festival once again takes over Memorial Park, even colonizing nearby Lakeshore Road for Street Shuffle (Sept. 10), which will see the street, patios and doorsteps transformed into performance spaces. Find out more »

Vegetarian Food Festival Herbivores, omnivores and even carnivores are sure to find something to tickle their taste buds at the largest vegetarian fair in North America. Find out more »

¡Patria o Libertad! This show—named, ironically, after a Chilean authoritarian group from the ’70s—uses video to investigate the meaning of patriotism and its often ugly manifestations on the world stage. Find out more »

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