Peacemaking is the very best reason to get together and rejoice.
This week you won’t be wanting for something to do, I can promise you that, and I suggest you top your list with the launch of Peace Under Fire, a new book documenting the work of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM). ISM is a Palestinian-led movement of international activists working toward peace in Israel. The Montreal launch features live music by the super Sam Shalabi, and a film screening and presentations by ISM activists including a reading by Radhika Sainath, a New York-based activist and one of the editors of the book. It all happens tomorrow night, Oct. 15, at Café Esperanza, 7 p.m., for a mere $3.
If you want to get a jump-start on your weekend, though, and need to blow off steam quick, do it at the same place tonight, Thursday, for Fishpiss‘s 10th issue launch. Café Esperanza hosts the festivities starting at 6 p.m. for free, promising "a 45 r.p.m. DJ party"… in a coffee shop? That warrants a look-see. The theme is inspired by their 164-page large current issue featuring coverage of Amon Tobin, Sixtoo, Kid Koala, the Dirtbombs and more musical madness. Check it out.
And lastly but not leastly: There’s a fresh reason to gawk at flesh in town thanks to Montreal’s new retro burlesque troupe, Blue Light Burlesque. Their inaugural show happens at the appropriately atmospheric Lion d’Or on Monday, Oct. 18, doors at 9 p.m., $12. The night was inspired by ’40s- and ’50s-type burlesque and promises to put the "tease" back in "striptease" thanks to a bevy of girl- and boy-next-door beauties doing torrid tangos, exotic belly dance and classical ballet, but sexy. Retro-wear is suggested.