Wednesday, July 15

* Festival Nuits d’Afrique outdoor programming begins
* Melting Pot DJs and MSO live in the Place des Festivals
* Drawn & Quarterly’s Graphic Novel Book Club does Ghost World
* Chinatown lounge Luwan celebrates its first anniversary
* Garden Scene screens Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
* The Swirlies, Cryptorips and Traces play Bar le Ritz PDB

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Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
The Festival Nuits d’Afrique kicks off their outdoor programming today with free shows beginning at 4 p.m. and happening every day through Sunday. Today, check out reggae artist Dakka, musician and acrobat Yamoussa Kora and groups Bombolessé, la Rue Ketanou and the punk and ska influenced Chico Trujillo. Loto-Québec Stage (Clark & de Maisonneuve), 4–11 p.m., free

Check out some fun free activities at the Just for Laughs zone at Place des Festivals, including a Melting Pot dance party with DJ Leticia plus an outdoor performance from the Montreal Symphony Orchestra. Place des Festivals (Ste-Catherine W. & Jeanne-Mance), 5–11 p.m., free

Drawn & Quarterly’s Graphic Novel Book Club series takes a look at Ghost World by Daniel Clowes, the graphic novel that spawned the 2001 Oscar-nominated film starring Scarlett Johansson, Thora Burch and Steve Buscemi. 211 Bernard W., 7 p.m., free

Chinatown lounge Luwan turns one and throws a party with DJs Matheus, M.Bootyspoon and Montrilla. 1050 Clark, 9 p.m.

Mile End underground venue Garden Scene screens Sergei Parajanov’s 1965 film Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors. Secret location. See link for details. 9 p.m., free

The Swirlies (American shoegazers from back-in-the-day) play le Ritz with Cryptorips (members of North of America and Holy Fuck) and Traces (members of the Besnard Lakes and Play Guitar). 179 Jean-Talon W., 9:30 p.m., $12/$15
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