The Biennale de Montréal launches its 2007 edition – subtitled Crack the Sky – under the direction of renowned independent curator Wayne Baerwaldt of Calgary. Baerwaldt has assembled a selection of recent, unpublished works from more than 60 artists using different tools – sociology, anthropology and history, among others – to interpret the aesthetic and socio-political issues affecting our society. Various locations, through July 8. Surf to www.ciac.ca/biennale2007/en/index.html. Also, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Nightlife magazine present their third 5-à-7 cocktail, Art Contemporain au MBAM. DJ Janek Bishop will spin as guests sip on wine and check out the art of Borduas, Riopelle, Molinari, Pellan and others. RSVP at email@example.com.
The Biennale de Montréal presents Daft Punk’s Electroma, a visual and musical odyssey nailed at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival. The flick chronicles the Daft Punk duo’s quest to become human. At the Cinémathèque québécoise (335 De Maisonneuve East) at 11 p.m. Or check out artistic director Peter Schubert’s Viva Voce: The Art of the Fugue, which explores Western music as it wends its way from the 13th century to the 1930s. At McGill’s Redpath Hall (3420 McTavish) at 8 p.m. But it’ll set you back $30.
Montreal’s HIV/AIDS education and prevention group for gay and bisexual men, Séro Zéro, this week launches its first annual Rendez-vous de la santé et du mieux être gai. The group hosts its Salon santé gaie (1285 Amherst) from 2 to 8 p.m. with information kiosks and a vaccination clinic. Surf to www.sero-zero.qc.ca.
The much-anticipated return of Po-lyrical, the fourth instalment of Black Theatre Workshop’s Poetry Jam Series, will feature 20 to 25 competing powerhouse performers slamming for cash at the Green Room (5386 St-Laurent) beginning at 7 p.m. Over at the MAI (3680 Jeanne-Mance), Filipino-Canadian choreographer and dancer Alvin Erasga Tolentino presents the final performance of his critically hailed Field: Land Is the Belly of Man, a homage to traditional rice harvesting. Show time is 3 p.m.
To celebrate the Montreal-based National Circus School’s 25th anniversary, Tohu-la cité des arts du cirque presents the Désir(s) de vertige exhibition, chronicling the people and events that have played key roles in the foundation and development of the National Circus School. The exhibition runs through June 29 at the Espace SSQ at Tohu, located at the corner of Jarry and d’Iberville Streets. Surf to www.tohu.ca/en/default.aspx.
Séro Zéro, in collaboration with Aids Community Care Montreal and COCQ-Sida, winds down its first annual Rendez-vous de la santé et du mieux être gai with their Les 10 ans des ateliers open house at Séro Zéro’s second-floor offices (2075 Plessis), from 6 to 9 p.m. A great way to meet gay Montreal’s AIDS education and prevention community.
Poet D. Kimm and guitarist Bernard Falaise present their project Le Silence des hommes, based on their CD of the same name, which explores not just silence, but love – the kind of love that can hurt, overwhelm and transform lives. D. Kimm and Falaise will reprise their performance at Sala Rossa (4848 St-Laurent) at 8:30 p.m. with a full band.