Thursday, Oct. 1

* Common Aliens art exhibition and panel discussion
* Stripped: Naked Fashion Show fundraiser for the Sexual Health Network of Quebec
* Le Cypher live hip hop night at le Bleury Bar à Vinyle
* Destroyer (with a full band) and Jennifer Castle play Théâtre Fairmount
* Thelonious Monk night at Résonance
* LGBT Film Fest at Cinéma du Parc begins with Tab Hunter Confidential

Tab Hunter

Tab Hunter

A keynote panel discussion organized by Atelier Céladon, in conjunction with an opening art exhibition and conference called Common Aliens, takes place today at Z Art Space, featuring panelists Sharae Lyon (Toronto), Cheryl Sim (curator of DHC/ART), Alice Jim (Concordia professor) and Haema Sivanesan (curator of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria) speaking on the intersections of being artists, women of colour and members of diasporic communities. The talk will be followed by a vernissage for the affiliated exhibition. 819 Atwater, discussion 5–7 p.m., vernissage 7:30 p.m., free

Does a fashion show with no clothes still count as a fashion show? We don’t think it matters — go check out the second annual Stripped: Naked Fashion Show fundraiser for the Sexual Health Network of Quebec at Théâtre St-James and support a good cause while celebrating the beauty of the human form in ALL shapes and sizes in this body–positive event. 265 St-Jacques W., 7 p.m., $75

It’s the CJLO FUNdrive edition of live hip hop night le Cypher at le Bleury Bar à Vinyle, featuring performances from Strange Froots, D-Shade & Redd Dredd, Cypher house band Urban Science and more, plus treats from Deli Sokolow, with a portion of the proceeds going to Concordia radio station CJLO. 2109 Bleury, 8 p.m., $5/$4 before 9 p.m.

Canadian indie favourite Destroyer (aka Dan Bejar, who’s also a member of the New Pornographers) plays Théâtre Fairmount tonight accompanied by a full band, with an opening set by Jennifer Castle in a stellar line-up of scene stalwarts. 5240 Parc, 9 p.m., $25/$20 in advance

Jazz fans will want to head to Résonance for a night of music by Thelonious Monk as performed by a quintet that includes Al McLean, Colin Power, Andres Vial, Martin Heslop and Andre White, with guest vocalists Kim Zombik and Mira Choquette. 5175A Parc, 9 p.m., $8

The Montreal LGBT Film Festival at Cinéma du Parc begins with Tab Hunter Confidential, a documentary about the 1950s matinee idol. Watch the trailer here. 3575 Parc, 9 p.m., $12/$10 for 13-25-year-olds & seniors