Wednesday, July 20

* Festival d’Expression de la Rue begins
* Jake “the Snake” Roberts at ComedyWorks
* Nomadic Massive play a free outdoor show
* The Nasty Show begins
* Marinoni film screening in Little Italy

Nomadic Massive

Nomadic Massive

Check out the 20th edition of the annual Festival d’Expression de la Rue at Place Pasteur, a three-day platform of self-expression for at-risk youth living in Montreal, with performances, workshops, info kiosks and vendors with a focus on street culture and developing and showcasing talent and skills among youth. 1430 St-Denis, 3–11 p.m., free

ComedyWorks welcomes WWE hall-of-famer Jake “the Snake” Roberts for a live taping of his one-man comedy special for an upcoming DVD release. Ticket price includes a meet & greet with the man himself. 1238 Bishop, 7 p.m., $30

The Festival Nuits d’Afrique is offering a big, free lineup tonight at the Parterre du Quartier des Spectacles, featuring hip-hop fusion faves Nomadic Massive, fresh from the June launch of their new album The Big Band Theory, followed by a performance from the impressive acrobats of Afrique en Cirque. Corner de Maisonneuve and St-Urbain, 8 p.m., free

Just for Laughs is about to kick in to high gear, with local comics ruling the clubs this week before the celebrity comedy heavyweights descend on the city next week — see our guide to the local acts at JFL here. And tonight, one of the festival’s most popular series of shows — The Nasty Show — begins its run, with host Mike Ward. Metropolis (59 Ste-Catherine E.), 8:30 p.m., $42.80–$60.23

Tonight’s free film screening in Park Dante features Marinoni, a brand-new documentary following the champion cyclist and bicycle designer as the now 75-year-old attempts to set a world speed record on the bike he built himself 40 years earlier. Parc Dante, corner Dante and de Gaspé, 9 p.m., free

See our reviews of films screening at Fantasia here.

See our Event Listings for more concert, nightlife, theatre, comedy and community event options. See our Art Listings here.