Wednesday, July 17

* Computer Chess screens under the stars
* Venus and Serena documentary
* Much Ado About Nothing and Prends ça court
* M.I.A. plays Metropolis
* Sam Shalabi & Stefan Christoff LP launch
* Miracle Fortress at Drones Club

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The Williams sisters, subject of Venus and Serena

Cinéma en plein air and Film Pop present a screening of Andrew Bujalski’s surprisingly thrilling chess tournament drama, Computer Chess. Come early for a BBQ, tunes and an exclusive video intro by Bujalski and actor Wiley Wiggins. Place de la Paix (1201 St-Laurent), 7 p.m., free, BYO blanket or folding chair

Catch a one-off screening of Michelle Major and Maiken Baird’s documentary about tennis-star sisters Venus and Serena. Cineplex Odeon Forum Cinemas (2313 Ste-Catherine W.), 7:30 p.m.

The PHI Centre screens Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing and presents Prends ça court, a selection of the best short films from festivals such as Tribeca, Cannes and Annecy. 407 St-Pierre, 7:30 p.m. & 8 p.m., $11.25 & $5 for the short film selection

M.I.A.’s fourth LP is still locked in record-label purgatory (or so the story goes), so she’s bringing it directly to the people with a tour that begins in Montreal tonight. Metropolis (59 Ste-Catherine E.), 8 p.m., $32–$36.40

Improv and oud specialist Sam Shalabi and Howl! Arts collective mover & shaker Stefan Christoff made a record together called Rodina, and it launches tonight. Return to this AM for an interview with them about this project and the situation in Egypt, where Shalabi now lives. Resonance Café. 5175A Parc, 9 p.m.

Have you been missing Miracle Fortress like we have? He headlines at Drones Club tonight, with Agor, Noni Wo and DJ Cadence Weapon. 10 p.m., $5
Check out our complete listings for more great club, stage and gallery events.

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