Thursday, March 28

* Read the Rant Line™!
* The Act of Killing at Excentris
* Kenny
* Mile End Poets’ Fest
* Rahzel at the PHI Centre
* Lisbon Lux Records launch party
* Bareoke strip karaoke
* Crooked Fagazine launch

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Rahzel, tonight at the PHI Centre

Read the Rant Line™!

Tonight marks the Montreal launch of Bone and Bread, the heavily buzzed-about debut novel by local author Saleema Nawaz. Check out the profile of Saleema in our March print issue. Librairie Drawn & Quarterly (211 Bernard W.), 7 p.m., free

RIDM’s Docville series screens The Act of Killing, a much talked-about doc in which Indonesian war criminals re-enact their crimes in Hollywood movie style. Executive produced by documentary kingpins Werner Herzog and Errol Morris and presented here in its director’s cut, with director Joshua Oppenheimer dialling in for a Skype chat afterwards, this promises to be memorable. Excentris (3536 St-Laurent), 7 p.m., $11.75

Underground film series the NOAH concludes its month-long salute to disabled heroes with 1988 Quebec oddity Kenny (known in English as The Kid Brother, but presented in its version française here), about a legless American boy whose life is disrupted by the arrival of a Quebec documentary crew. Peut-être Vintage (6029a Parc), doors 7:30 p.m., film 8 p.m., $5, BYOB

The third annual Mile End Poets’ Festival, a series of poetry readings, music and dance events at different venues around the hood, kicks off. Tonight, see a showcase of poets and jazz musicians that channel Kerouac and the Beats, featuring Kaie Kellough, Isis Giraldo w/ 4 x 4, and a suite of guest jazz cats. Café Resonance (5175A Parc), 8:30 p.m., $8

Rahzel, maybe the best-known beatboxer in the world, will make the music with his mouth at the PHI Centre. DJ JS-1 and Random Recipe will be on hand, too.. 407 St-Pierre, 8 p.m. $26.25 in advance/$31.25 at the door

It’s a launch party for a new record label, Lisbon Lux, with DJs Jef Barbara, Heidy Pinet, Emmanuel Éthier and Joss, plus the premiere of a music video by local electro-pop outfit le Couleur. Return to this afternoon for Today’s Sounds, feat. an exclusive remix that Lisbon Lux has prepared just for us. Royal Phoenix (5788 St-Laurent), 9 p.m.

Lipster and Glam Gam Productions want you to let it ALL out at Bareoke, a monthly strip karaoke night for those with no inhibitions. Second Floor (5169 Parc), 9 p.m., $2

Head to the launch of the first edition of Crooked Fagazine, a new forum for queer cultural life, with performances by A Murder of Crows and Bitter Fruit, presented as part of Radical Queer Semaine. Coop Katacombes (1635 St-Laurent), 10 p.m., $10/PWYC, nobody turned away

Check out our complete listings for more great club, stage and gallery events.

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