Friday, March 9

* Bitch Club Beach Party
* Suuns CD launch
* Dimitri Nasrallah’s The Bleeds
* RapMommies
* Guillermo Del Toro double bill

Dimitri Nasrallah

New Plateau artist-run gallery LiL Pocket hosts a group show filled with summer-on-the-mind vibes called Bitch Club Beach Party with works from Cryote, Starchild Stela, Girlplague, Laurence Philomène, Paloma Dawkins, Valérie Bastille, Zuzu Knew and more. 87 Mont-Royal W., 6 p.m.–midnight, $5

Montreal experimental rock band Suuns launch their new LP Felt with openers Security at le National. See our interview with singer Ben Shemie here. 1220 Ste-Catherine E., 8 p.m., $18/$22

Award-winning author and Esplanade Fiction editor Dimitri Nasrallah launches his third novel at la Petite Librairie Drawn & Quarterly. The Bleeds, a political thriller, explores corroded power structures framing the lives of those most affected by war and insurrection. Hosted by Christopher DiRaddo. 176 Bernard W., 7 p.m., free

Throw on your sparkliest gown and get ready to take it off again at tonight’s Insane Gown Posse edition of Sherwin Tjia’s Strip Spelling Bee series, where participants are invited to put their spelling mettle to the test, with the price of every error being the shedding of a layer of clothing — prizes are in store for the best spellers and the best stripteasers of the night. MainLine Theatre (3997 St-Laurent), 9 p.m., $10, free for contestants

Check out the ladies night edition of RapMommies with DJs RrKelly, Shaydakiss, Nana Zen and Maddielonglegz laying their rap and R&B selection on the dancefloor at Artgang. 6524 St-Laurent, 10 p.m., $5 before 11 p.m./$10

Fresh off of Mexican-American film director Guillermo Del Toro’s Best Director and Best Picture wins at last weekend’s Academy Awards for his genre-defying The Shape of Water, Cinéma du Parc fêtes the filmmaker with a Parc at Midnight screening of his 2006 dark fantasy Spanish-language thriller Pan’s Labyrinth (itself a triple-Oscar winner), which follows young protagonist Ofelia as she navigates an imaginative fantasy world in parallel with the bleak realities of the post-Civil War Spanish countryside. 3575 Parc, 11:30 p.m., $12.50/$11 youth, English subtitles, continues through Sunday

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