Oxford University scholar and philosopher Tariq Ramadan is in town today to speak at McGill on the topic of post-Arab Spring life in Egypt in a talk entitled 5 Years After the Egyptian Spring: A Vision for the Future. 3480 McTavish, 2:30 p.m., $10/$5 students.
Studio Béluga hosts a vernissage for a new Art Up! exhibition at Théâtre Sainte Catherine featuring paintings by J. D. Walowski, followed by a show by electro-metal outfit Father Zinger, with opener Ian Sanity plus visual video mapping by Artist MXM.6164. 264 Ste-Catherine E., vernissage 6–9 p.m. with performance afterwards, free
Head to Mile End for this month’s edition of the Résonance Reading Series, featuring contemporary Russian poet Sergey Gandlevsky, whose works will be presented in both the original Russian and in English translations. Stick around afterwards for a performance of new material by Paper Beat Scissors and Andrew Sisk. 5175A Parc, reading at 7 p.m., music at 9 p.m., $8 or PWYC after 9 p.m.
Suburban Toronto mixtape bro turned international award-winning neo-R&B star the Weeknd is playing the Bell Centre tonight, with opener Travis Scott. 1909 Avenue des Canadiens de Montréal, 7:30 p.m., $52-$221.50
If you haven’t checked out Blue Dog’s Trivia Tuesday yet, maybe tonight is the night to test your knowledge. Tommy Marshall hosts, prizes are c/o Blue Dog and Comedyworks and the rules are laid out here. 3958 St-Laurent, 8:30 p.m.
“Tons of surprise guests” has been hinted at for tonight’s Leif Vollebekk show at l’Esco, but the one sure thing is an opening set of solo material from How Sad’s Harris Shper (who we recently interviewed here). 4467 St-Denis, 9 p.m., PWYC, $5–$10 suggested