Friday, Sept. 28

* Carmine Starnino and Julie Bruck read from their most recent books
* South African drama Otelo Burning screens at the Montreal Black Film Festival
* Two Gallants and Papa perform at Il Motore
* Django Django and Mozart’s Sister share a bill at Petit Campus
* Universal Dream Night showcases all things burlesque
* New Skids on the Block take on roller derby rivals in Vermont

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Django Django perform tonight at Petit Campus. Photo by blikeng via Flickr

Belle-lettristic types should head to D&Q for a poetry showcase and book launch for Carmine Starnino and Julie Bruck. Starnino will be reading from his new book of essays on Canadian poetry, Lazy Bastardism, and Bruck from her newest collection of poems, Monkey Ranch. Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard W.), 7 p.m., free

South African drama Otelo Burning screens as part of the Montreal Black Film Festival. Cinéma du Parc (3575 Parc), 7 p.m., $10

San Franciscan folk rockers Two Gallants and Los Angeles’ Papa perform tonight. Il Motore (179 Jean-Talon W.), 9 p.m., $14

Meanwhile, Django Django share a bill with Mozart’s Sister. Petit Campus (57 Prince Arthur E.), 9 p.m., $13.50/$15

The Montreal Burlesque Festival kicks into high gear tonight with its Universal Dream Night international showcase. Club Soda (1225 St-Laurent), doors 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m., $44.50

Feel like hitting the road for the weekend? Why not head down to Burlington, VT to cheer on our local roller derby league’s elite travel team, the New Skids on the Block? They’re co-hosting and fighting for the eastern division title and their ticket to the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association finals. Be prepared for a whole lot of neon spandex. And ass-kicking. Champlain Valley Exposition, Sept. 28–30, tickets $27 a day/$80 for the weekend.

Check out Montreal Roller Derby League’s saucy promo video for the tournament:

Check out our full Montreal music listings for more great shows, club nights and special events.

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