Friday, Sept. 2

* Women’s flat-track roller derby playoffs begin
* Art and music at Nocturne
* Karen Tam vernissage
* Kid Koala’s Nufonia Must Fall begins
* Earthbound wrestling show
* Kanye West live
* Xenia Rubinos and Lido Pimienta live


Kanye West

The women’s flat-track roller derby playoffs are going down at Centre Pierre Charbonneau this weekend, beginning today, with games at 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Look here for more details about participating teams, and to buy tickets. 3000 Viau, $85 for a three-day pass, $35 for a full day ticket, $25 for Friday evening only

The MAC hosts a late summer Nocturne tonight, where some of this year’s biggest exhibitions are on display including works by Edmund Alleyn, Liz Magor, Jean-Pierre Gauthier & Ryoji Ikeda and Lizzie Fitch & Ryan Trecartin. DJs Ghostbeard, Poirier and FunkyFalz will be manning the decks, plus there will be bar service and snacks into the wee hours. 185 Ste-Catherine W., 5 p.m.–2 a.m., $15 or free for MACarte holders

Head to Articule for the vernissage of Montreal artist Karen Tam’s new installation, “Terra dos chinês curio shop,” where Tam recreates scenes of Western conceptions of Chinese culture such as restaurants, karaoke lounges, opium dens and curio shops to reflect how our corporeal experience determines our perceptions of ‘the other.’ 262 Fairmount W., 7 p.m., free

Kid Koala’s live adaptation of the graphic novel Nufonia Must Fall, a robot love story told through puppets and music and filmed live onstage, opens tonight at Cinquième Salle in Place des Arts and runs nightly (with weekend matinees) through Sept. 5. Check out our interview with Kid Koala here. 175 Ste-Catherine W., 7 p.m., $33.25–$42.25

Don’t miss your chance to see some live wrestling action at tonight’s Earthbound wrestling show with Lilac and Ula, two warriors from Venus who will encounter a band of other characters including the Guardian, MadSi, the HIPstar and Godberd, all set to a live soundtrack from Douce Angoisse and DJ JNNBNNRCK. 2050 Joly, 8 p.m., $5–$15 PWYC

Megalomaniac celebrity and awesome rapper Kanye West brings his Saint Pablo tour to the Bell Centre, and as polarizing a figure as he is, the haters will occupy themselves with fuming over Kim-Kardashian-in-Montreal gossip today, and the fans will be at the show. 1909 Avenue des Canadiens de Montréal, 8 p.m., $39.75–$222

Brooklyn-based vocalist Xenia Rubinos, whose sound combines R&B, hip hop, Caribbean rhythms, jazz and punk, performs at Newspeak tonight with Toronto’s Lido Pimienta. 1403 Ste-Elisabeth, 8 p.m., $10

For punk, metal, noise and indie rock concert recommendations, see his week’s edition of Hammer of the Mods.

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