The ninth edition of Pop Montreal has its sticky fingers in every pie around town, whether we like it or not. There’s plenty to like though. For instance: Songwriting and Arranging With Van Dyke Parks!, at the Agora Hydro-Québec at UQÀM (175 Président-Kennedy), 1 p.m., free – part of the Pop Symposium, popmontreal.com – and don’t miss Ubuweb’s Kenneth Goldsmith on Oct. 2 either. Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse and David Lynch collaboration Dark Night of the Soul premiers as an audio-visual installation at Trusst (6341 St-Laurent), 6 p.m., to Oct. 3. And the Strip Spelling Bee schools us real gud, at Mainline (3997 St-Laurent), 9 p.m.
Laura Lima’s Ornamental Philosophy explores beauty with geometric masks that anyone can wear (you too!), at La Centrale (4296 St-Laurent), 7 p.m., to Oct. 31. Peter Gnass’s Progressions and Projections examines effects of time and motion on shapes, often using optical illusion, at Galerie SAS (#416-372 Ste-Catherine W.), to Oct. 30. Koudlam synth-rocks the Musée d’art contemporain, 6 p.m. Solid State Breakdance‘s The Reunion brings together artists from the group’s 10 years of dance creation, at Tangente (840 Cherrier), 7:30 p.m., to Oct. 3. And Faggity Ass Fridays wants to blow your… mind! Dance your worries away at the Playhouse (5656 Parc).
I know it’s common weekend practice to make the kids clean chimneys and entertain us with ditties on the harpsichord, but, c’mon, let them out for Kids Pop: fun with radio, printmaking, music and a Sunday show by Fred Penner! Artist Stephen Talasnik talks about "Panorama: monolithe intime" and links between architecture and visual arts, at Battat (#100-7245 Alexandra), 4 p.m. The Luyas make it a psychedelic Saturday alongside wild dancers and visuals, at Red Bird (135 Van Horne), 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Shake it all out as Lady Miss Kier (of Deee-Lite), Plastik Patrik, Cherry Cola and Shaydakiss deejay Pop’s Farrah dance party, at the Rialto (5723 Parc).
German holocaust-memorial doc Expansive Grounds screens with Milton Glaser: To Inform and Delight, at the Museum of Fine Arts, 2 p.m. Anthony Fabian’s Skin, a dramatic look at race in South Africa, closes the Montreal International Black Film Festival, at Imperial Cinema (1430 Bleury), 7 p.m. Get off that ass and take a Bounce Class with Big Freedia, DJ Rusty and Altercation, at Pop Montreal’s Espace Reunion (6660 Hutchison), 4 p.m. Swayzak mixes it up at Piknic Électronik! And Pop plays God at Sacred Sunday, calling in Patrick Watson, Katie Moore, Li’l Andy, Socalled, The Barr Brothers and more, at the Ukrainian Federation (5213 Hutchison), 4:30 p.m.
If you’ve been Pop-ing all weekend, this is probably not your favourite day. But then, it’s not a lot of people’s favourite day. I’m pretty sure Mark Zuckerberg didn’t invent Facebook on a Monday either. David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin tell that billion-dollar tale in The Social Network, at Cinéma du Parc (3575 Parc). Film venue and community-building rabble-rouser Blue Sunshine wants to edumacate our youth! In great new and safe-but-gruesome ways. The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies starts its first session – Introduction to Horror Film Criticism for Teens – on Tuesday, for anyone under 29 years old, see miskatonicinstitute.com to register.
Through mime, dance and drama, Omnibus Theatre’s Rêves, chimères et mascarade spins a weird tale about the turmoil of being 20-something, at Espace Libre (1945 Fullum), 8 p.m., to Oct. 16. Joel Miller directs Vittorio Rossi’s Paradise by the River, an epic story of an Italian immigrant forced into a prison-of-war camp in Ontario during WWII, at Centaur Theatre (453 St-François-Xavier), 8 p.m., to Oct. 31. Local author and host of CBC radio’s Wire Tap, Jonathan Goldstein relaunches his first novel, Lenny Bruce Is Dead (now with forward by Ira Glass), with the live sounds of Nutsack, at Casa del Popolo (4873 St-Laurent), 9 p.m., free.
Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge transports us to an Italian-American neighbourhood in Brooklyn where a longshoreman unleashes his violent jealousy on his family, at the Segal Theatre (5170 Côte-Ste-Catherine), 8 p.m., to Oct. 24. CNN broadcaster Larry King shares his stories as part of Federation CJA’s fundraising campaign, at Place des Arts, 7 p.m. Laugh with and at brave improv actors as Mprov: The Fifth Annual Montreal Improv Festival bounds into Mainline (3997 St-Laurent), 8 p.m. and 10 p.m., to Oct. 9, mprov.ca. Fact: No one loves metal more than Quebec: Bullet For My Valentine, Escape The Fate, Black Tide and Drive A play Métropolis.