Wednesday, Feb. 25

* Free screening of and discussion about Alien (1979) at McGill
* Beats, Rhymes and Resistance indigenous talent showcase at Cagibi
* Pierre Kwenders plays a free show at Place des Festivals
* Toronto’s Cairo plays Divan Orange with the Bright Road and Blood and Glass
* Launch for Gern F. Vlcheck’s Life On the Road for the Canadian Indie Band book

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Sigourney Weaver in Alien
Find out why Ridley Scott’s 1979 film Alien has inspired so much discussion about its feminist and other social themes with a screening and panel discussion hosted by McGill Students for Feminisms. McGill University Leacock Building (855 Sherbrooke W., #232), 5:45 p.m., free

Cagibi hosts Beats, Rhymes and Resistance, a multidisciplinary showcase of native talent featuring rapper Warrior Minded, spoken word artist Tiffany Harrington and folk musician Pamela Fillion (aka Demiel Pepin). 5490 St-Laurent, 7 p.m., PWYC

The minus-teens cold is breaking briefly today, hopefully long enough to pack the Place des Festivals for a free show by Montreal Afro-electro singer-songwriter Pierre Kwenders, presented by the Montreal en Lumière festival. Jeanne-Mance & de Maisonneuve, 8 p.m., free

Toronto indie/folk/rock pop band Cairo plays Divan Orange with local openers the Bright Road and Blood and Glass. 4234 St-Laurent, 9:30 p.m., $7

St-Henri’s Bar de Courcelle devotes a night to Montreal alt-country with a book launch of Turn Right, Turn Left, Repeat: Life On the Road for the Canadian Indie Band by the United Steel Workers of Montreal’s Gern F. Vlchek, with a performance by the Leftwingers. Readings from authors Larissa Andrusyshyn and Melissa Bull round out the program, hosted by comedian Peter J. Radomski. 4685 Notre-Dame W., 9:30 p.m., free
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