Tuesday, Aug. 9

* World Social Forum opening concert feat. Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra, Face-T & more
* The NDG Gallery vernissage
* All-LGBT edition of Artisanal Komedy Hour
* Arabesque Burlesque workshops
* Live electronic show feat. the Resident Alien & more
* Screening of trans activism documentary Major!


Lady Josephine of Arabesque Burlesque

This week, Montreal plays host to the international social justice gathering, the World Social Forum, with events spread across town all week long such as the Eco2fFest at Jarry Park, the Original People’s Forum at Parc Lafontaine, Naomi Klein’s Leap Manifesto at various locations and tonight’s opening concert at Place des Festivals featuring the Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra, Queen Ka, Face-T, Moe Clark and more. Events at various times and locations, check the official website for details

Get ready for NDG Arts Week (happening later this month) by checking out tonight’s vernissage of the group show The NDG Gallery at Café Shäika featuring neighbourhood artists including Jesus Bejar, J-Ra, Susan Shulman and Jean Martin (Raven). 5526 Sherbrooke W., 5–7 p.m., free

Bring out your naughty side with a special one-evening series of burlesque workshops at the Wiggle Room from Arabesque Burlesque, with instructors Frenchy Jones, Jessica Rae, Scarlett James and the Lady Josephine sharing their trade secrets for burlesque beginners. 3874 St-Laurent, 7 p.m., $20

Coinciding with Montreal Pride week, Concordia Ghetto café/bar Kafein hosts a special edition of the Artisanal Komedy Hour with an all-LGBT line-up of comedians hosted by Martin Molpeceres and headlined by Tranna Wintour, also featuring DJ Mausner, Amanda McQueen, Rachel Gendron, Thomas LeBlanc, Alon Azimov, Loz Vieux and Kevin Shustack. 1429A Bishop, 8 p.m., free/PWYC

Barfly, the St-Laurent bar that tops the Best Sleazy Dive category in our Best of MTL poll annually, hosts an “electronic extravaganza” tonight, featuring Jyraph (“slippery guitar lines and eccentric beats”), Khoa Tran (“and his intricate guitar loop station”) and the Resident Alien, performing his new record The Only Constant Is Change in its entirety. 4062 St-Laurent, 8 p.m., $5

As part of Montreal Pride week, Arc-en-ciel d’Afrique and the Afro-Caribbean LGBTQ film fest Massimadi is screening Annalise Ophelian’s documentary Major!, chronicling the life and activism of former prisoner, trans woman and community leader Miss Major Griffin-Gracy. Parc de l’Espoir (1294 Panet), 9 p.m., free

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