Thursday, July 18

* Read the Rant Line™!
* Shield of Straw and launch party at Fantasia!
* Sarah préfère la courseat the PHI Centre
* L.E.S., Prince Akeem, Heart Streets and more at le Belmont
* Autre Ne Veut and Empress Of at Il Motore
* Birdmann and Ivana Shein at Monument National

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Heart Streets, tonight at le Belmont

Read the Rant Line™!

The PHI Centre screens Montreal director Chloé Robichaud’s Sarah préfère la course (you can read our review here). 407 St-Pierre, 7:30 p.m., $11.25

Ink MTL brings quality local hip hop to le Belmont, namely L.E.S., Prince Akeem and Heart Streets, along with Ottawa’s City Fidelia and Toronto’s Smash Brovaz, all backed up by DJs Blaster and Montrilla. 4483 St-Laurent, 8 p.m., $10

See open-heart R&B crooner Autre Ne Veut (aka Arthur Ashin) with fellow Brooklynite and electro-pop chanteuse Empress Of (Lorely Rodriguez). Il Motore (179 Jean-Talon W.), 9 p.m., $13/$15

So the Birdmann — no, not the guy from Cash Money Records, but the Australian comic — kicks off a 10-night run of his one-man murder mystery, The Events of Momentous Timing, tonight. Monument National (1182 St-Laurent), 9 p.m., $25.12

Ivana Shein takes the stage with her funny new act, Faking It, at Zoofest. Monument National (1182 St-Laurent), 12 a.m., $25.12

The Fantasia film fest presents Takashi Miike’s latest, Shield of Straw (Imperial Theatre, 1432 Bleury, 6:30 p.m., $9), and a festival launch party with DJs Thisisnotmusic, Mightykat, le Matos and B’UGO (SAT, 9 p.m., free).

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The Fantasia International Film Festival starts today. The fest runs until August 7 and is included in the Festi+Pass. When you show your pass at the Imperial Cinema, you receive a free small popcorn when you purchase a soft drink.

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

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