The monthly First Fridays food truck meet-up at the Olympic Park Esplanade is going off today, with tons of edibles on offer and music by a great group of Montreal DJs: Poirier, Ghostbeard, Lexis and Riddim Wise. See the full list of vendors and details about a slight change to the site’s access point here. 4141 Pierre-de-Coubertin 4–11 p.m., free entry
Dark Star: HR Giger’s World, a German documentary about the legendary artist who designed the iconic aliens of the Alien/Prometheus film franchise, begins its four-day run at Cinéma du Parc. 3575 Parc, 4:15 p.m., $12/$10
A brand-new art and cultural space called ArtGang Gallery is opening on the St-Hubert Plaza with a vernissage tonight featuring works by Miss Van and Nuria Mora and music by DJ Scott C. This one is hosted by DL Jones and the Knife and Fork Crew. 6524 St-Hubert, 5 p.m., free before 11 p.m./$10
Montreal-ish electronic act Purity Ring plays Metropolis with Born Gold and (hopefully) Braids, who cancelled last night’s show in Burlington, VT because singer Raphaelle lost her voice. Here’s hoping she finds it in time for tonight’s show. 59 Ste-Catherine E., 8 p.m., $27
Dinosaur Jr. frontman and distortion fiend J Mascis takes it down a notch as part of Suoni per il Popolo, with opening acts Matt Valentine and Birds of Prey. (He’s also playing la Vitrola tomorrow night with his Heavy Blanket project, feat. members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor.) La Sala Rossa (4848 St-Laurent), 8:30 p.m., $23
It’s your last chance to dance to Rollie Pemberton’s rap picks at his City Music DJ night at Notre Dame des Quilles — the Mile End scenester (aka Cadence Weapon) who moved here from his native Edmonton back in 2008 is doing the Toronto thing in a couple of weeks. 32 Beaubien E., 10 p.m., free
For a thorough rundown of art events across Montreal, see Art This Week, here.
For a list of recommended rock, punk, noise and metal shows, see Hammer of the Mods, here.
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