Tuesday, May 31

* Spiffy Moves magazine launch
* Quebec Cultural Policy Public Consultation
* Dirty Dancing stage production
* The Scroll Downers play Casa
* La Jour de la Bétoine music and literary event
* FTA’s Bowie dance party


Dirty Dancing

Spiffy Moves, a locally made visual art and experimental writing magazine, launches its second issue with a party at Espace POP — expect music and video projections, snacks and drinks. The new issue features articles and visuals by over 20 contributors including Joani Tremblay, David Balzer, Penelope Smart and Celia Perrin Sidarous. 5587 Parc, 7 p.m., free

The provincial culture and communications ministry will soon update its policy for the first time since 1992, and today local organization ELAN (English Language Arts Network) hosts a Quebec Cultural Policy Public Consultation to lay out the issues at stake, open the floor to questions and opinions and hang out for an evening “mixer.” Café Resonance (5175A Parc), consultation 6–7:30 p.m., mixer 7:30–9 p.m., free

It’s opening night for a six-night run of the touring stage adaptation of the classic 1980s Patrick Swayze/Jennifer Grey film Dirty Dancing at Place des Arts, directed by James Powell and choreographed by Michele Lynch. Expect plenty of sexy dance moves to famous songs on the film’s soundtrack, including “I’ve Had Time of My Life” and “Hungry Eyes.” 175 Ste-Catherine W., 8 p.m., $42.54–$131.01

Baltimore rockers the Scroll Downers (Dope Body, Lexie Mountain) play Casa tonight with local openers Heathers and Gashrat. 4873 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $6–$10 PWYC

Head to the Plant for a mixed bag of programming to celebrate La Jour de la Bétoine, (a flowering plant) including conversations with writers Jeff Miller and Olivia Wood, short film screenings by local filmmakers and performances by Toronto’s Hooded Fang (launching a new album) and HSY plus locals Holy Data. Secret location, 9 p.m., $8/PWYC

Bowie party alert! As part of the Festival TransAmériques, and timed to follow Mille Battailles, a dance performance by La La La Human Steps alumnus and onetime Bowie collaborator Louise Lacavalier, DJ Benoît Landry selects tunes from Bowie’s vast discography to party to. Quartier General du FTA (175 President Kennedy), 10:30 p.m., free

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