Saturday, Jan. 19

* The Backroom record store
* Open access to Articule
* Allegory, Folktales & Poetics of Soviet Cinema in the Work of Sergei Parajanov
* Vernissage for VInnie Smith’s Behind God’s Ear
* Final night for Ignorance marionette show @ Espace Libre
* Norton Records benefit show w/ Bloodshot Bill & the Hand-Cuffs, Jittery Jack and le Chelsea Beat

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The Backroom record store is open today, the only day this month. There’s a heap of new arrivals, and coffee and pain au fromage for sale. Dress for thinsulated walls. The Backroom (ask the internet for an address), 12 – 5 p.m.

Today, open-access artist-run gallery Articule has it’s general assembly, where collective members and the general art-loving public are invited to come discuss the centre’s projects and priorities for the next year. Mile End Library (5434 du Parc), 1 p.m.

Get some context at a meet-the-artists session for ABC:MTL, featuring artists including David Butler, Gwendolina Genest, Fiona Annis and Jonathan Sa’adah. CCA (1920 Baile), 4-6 p.m., free

Don’t let the unwieldy title Allegory, Folktales & Poetics of Soviet Cinema in the Work of Sergei Parajanov put you off; the series screens of some of greatest and most underrated films in cinema history, absolutely free. It launches today with Parajanov’s stunning 1964 debut Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors, plus Marion Delaronde Konwennenhon’s short animation Ronatehiarontie (They Grow Together) and a lecture by Masha Salazkina. See the whole program here and read our interview with programmer Marcin Wisniewski here. J.A. de Sève Cinema (1400 de Maisonneuve W.), 2 p.m., free

Check out travel photographer Vinnie Smith’s latest exhibit. Black Dot press presents the vernissage for Behind God’s Ear, documenting 10 months’ of Smith’s road tripping around the US. The show’s up through Jan. 30, but there’s free brews courtesy of Pabst if you head to the vernissage, wink wink. Galerie Nowhere (135 Van Horne, #203), 7-11 p.m., free

It’s the last night to catch Ignorance, a dark, eerie marionette show, with puppets bearing a strong resemblance to Maurice Sendak’s shaggy, creepy-cute characters in Where the Wild Things Are. The show is performed by Alberta’s Old Trout Puppet Workshop, so catch it while you can. Espace Libre (1945 Fullum), 8 p.m., $24–$34

Hurricane Sandy hit Brooklyn rock ’n’ roll label Norton Records hard, damaging loads of vinyl by legends like Hasil Adkins, Link Wray, Gene Vincent, the Sonics, ? & the Mysterians and Bobby Fuller. Help them out by attending the local benefit show with Bloodshot Bill & the Hand-Cuffs, Jittery Jack and le Chelsea Beat. Quai des Brumes (4481 St-Denis), 9 p.m., $10–$15

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