Wednesday, Dec. 7

* Playbag pop-up shop
* Pints for Pups Xmas party for charity
* Screening of classic martial arts film Touch of Zen
* Music by Montreal experimental composers live
* Comedy/crafts night Arts and Laughs
* Saxsyndrum live


Touch of Zen

Czech-based bag manufacturers Playbag arrive in Montreal for a two-day pop-up shop at Espace POP, where you can find fine handcrafted bags, backpacks and other accessories in leather and vegan options, available for the first time in North America. 5587 Parc, 10 a.m.–11 p.m., continues through Thursday

Greenland Productions invites you to Divan Orange for their Pints for Pups holiday party, with proceeds going towards pet rescue groups SPCA Montérégie and the Pussy Patrol Cat Adoption Page. There will be lots of prizes on hand to be raffled off from vendors like Local Jerk, Evenko, Pizzeria Magpie, photographer Susan Moss and MAC cosmetics. 4234 St-Laurent, 5:30 p.m. till late, free

The Cinémathèque screens King Hu’s Touch of Zen, a 1971 Taiwanese wuxia film credited with being a huge inspiration on Chinese and Taiwanese directors like Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Zhang Yimou (House of Flying Daggers). A restored copy of the film will be shown in its original Taiwanese with English subtitles. 335 de Maisonneuve E., 7 p.m., $12/$9 students & seniors

Villeray’s Espace Projet hosts the first evening of their new series Lieu Commun, which will focus on giving the public a chance to hear live music by Montreal’s under-known experimental composers. Tonight’s inaugural edition will feature a quintet playing compositions by Joseph Kidurka and Simon Labbé. 353 Villeray, 8 p.m., $8

Tonight’s edition of the Brunch Club’s stand-up comedy/art contest event Arts and Laughs is happening at Turbo Haus, with a great line-up of local talent. See the details here. 5011 Notre-Dame W., 8:30 p.m., $5

Rolling through for a hometown show in the middle of a North American tour, local electronic jazz project Saxsyndrum take the stage at Club Balattou with openers Exit Someone (feat. members of Forever and Vesuvio Solo) and Drowzy. See our brand new interview with Saxsyndrum here. 4372 St-Laurent, 9 p.m., $7

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