Wednesday, May 23

*Festival TransAmériques (FTA) opens with 6 & 9 by Tao Ye
* FNC screens The Last Picture Show and Les faux tatouages
*The Bright Road EP launch
*Second edition of Kickdrum’s Backyard Sessions at Café Blanc de Blanc
* Drunken Cinema MTL screens Mars Attacks!
*The Royal Cabaret hosts local musicians
*Screening of Dan Savage’s unconventional adult short films HUMP!










6 & 9 by Tao Ye. Photo by Fan Xi.

Montreal’s premiere contemporary theatre and dance fest, Festival TransAmériques (FTA) offers up two weeks of trailblazing performances by leading choreographers, directors and playwrights from Montreal, the ROC and as far as China, Iceland, Brazil and South Africa. Tonight’s opening performance is 6 and 9, a tribute to the perseverance of the human body by young Beijing choreographer Tao Ye and the TAO Dance Theater — there will be two more performances of these shows, this Thursday and Friday. See all the show details here, and see information about the festival kick-off party (and other parties, which are free and open to the public) here.

Kickdrum presents the second installment of their outdoor concert series Backyard Sessions at Café Blanc de Blanc. This week’s show features Cherry Monday, Abigail Lapell and Patrick Dunphy. 248 Villeneuve W., 6:30 p.m., $5–$10/PWYC

The Festival du nouveau cinéma presents a double-header of Peter Bogdanovich’s The Last Picture Show and Pascal Plante’s Les faux tatouages, both films about young love in the dog days of summer. Plante hand-picked the Bogdanovich film to feature alongside his debut, which will be screened at Cinéma du Parc with running commentary detailing the film’s production.  3575 du Parc, 7 p.m., $18 (for both screenings)

Monthly film drinking game series Drunken Cinema MTL returns with a screening of Tim Burton’s classic 1996 comedy/sci-fi film Mars Attacks! at Bar le Ritz PDB. 179 Jean-Talon W., 7 p.m., $7 (includes cards and props)

Montreal indie pop band the Bright Road launches their new EP You’ve Heard the Noise with a show at Casa del Popolo featuring opening act Foisy. 4873 St-Laurent, 8 p.m., $10/$12

The Royal Cabaret collects a range of local singers, musicians and rappers for a showcase hosted by Montreal scenesters Connie Lingua and Felli XO of Trans Trenderz. Among the acts in the line-up are trap/soul artist Lucas Charlie Rose (who curated the event) and folk singer-songwriter Corey Gulkin. Check here for the complete line-up as well as info about merchandise and gift baskets being raffled off tonight at La Vitrola. 4602 St-Laurent, 7 p.m., $10/PWYC

American sex columnist and broadcaster Dan Savage brings his touring showcase of unconventional adult short films — HUMP! (featuring 21 new films) — back to Montreal’s Cinéma l’Amour. 4015 St-Laurent, 8 p.m., $20

For more concert recommendations, see this week’s edition of Hammer of the Mods.