Friday, March 6

* The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates speaks about race and reparations at McGill
* Cheap Thrillz, Mad Skillz vernissage at Café l’Artiste Affamé
* Art Matters festival opening party with live music & more
* San Francisco indie/psych act Moon Duo plays Bar le Ritz PDB
* Party & Radical Queer Semaine fundraiser at Cabaret Playhouse

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Montreal’s League of Lady Wrestlers. Photo by Alex Hakonson
After a last-minute reshuffling, a Black History Month speaking engagement with The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates has been rescheduled for this evening. Coates will speak on race, reparations and the future in the event organized in part by the McGill Black Students’ Network. McGill University Leacock Building (855 Sherbrooke W.) #132, 6 p.m., free

Tonight’s your chance to purchase an original work of art at a price you can afford, at Café l’Artiste Affamé’s Cheap Thrillz, Mad Skillz vernissage, featuring works by 20 local favourites including Emmanuel Laflamme, MC Baldassari, Mimmo Scali, Andrew Da Silva, Ether TFB and more. Live art by Iambatman and Katie Paglialunga. 3692 St-Denis, 7 p.m., free

Concordia’s artistic community invites you to the opening party of the 15th annual Art Matters festival at Théâtre Plaza. This banger features performances by Saxsyndrum, the Famines, Rollie (aka Cadence Weapon), Pascale Project (Mathématique) and the League of Lady Wrestlers of Montreal. 6505 St-Hubert, 9 p.m., $5 for the first 100 guests, $10 after

Catch some stellar psych-out indie rock in the form of San Francisco duo Moon Duo, with a pair of local openers you don’t want to miss: Moss Lime and Pang Attack. Bar le Ritz PDB (179 Jean-Talon W.), 9:30 p.m., $13

Check out a party in Mile End that doubles as a fundraiser for Radical Queer Semaine, with DJs Maité, Samos, Thomas Church and JNNBNNRCK. Cabaret Playhouse (5656 Parc), 10 p.m., $10/PWYC
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