Starting March 24
Know Your Mushrooms @ Cinema du Parc (3575 Ave. du Parc)
Yup, a documentary about mushrooms. More specifically: mushroom subcultures. From culinary enthusiasts to people with posters of psychedelic fractals on their wall, this film holds them lil’ funghis in high standard. Mighty mushrooms coupled with an original The Flaming Lips soundtrack: sounds excellent. To learn more, check out cinemaduparc.com.
Tuesday, March 24
Fokus film Festival @ Cinema du Parc (5375 Ave. du Parc)
Poor McGill, ivy league yet still can’t spell focus properly. Either that or they feel so unique that the normal spelling doesn’t do them any justice, hmm. Whatever the case, the festival will be screening the best shorts from the McGill community, including films shot during a 72 hour filming rush. Special price: $5. Check cinemaduparc.com for more details.
Wednesday, March 25
Qallunajatut screening @ the MAI Gallery (3680 Jeanne-Mance, suite 103), 6 p.m., free.
Qallunajatut (Urban Inuk) will be screened in English within the context of Hochelaga Revisited. The film follows the lives of three Inuit in Montreal over a torrid summer. Jayson and Charlie are homeless; they eventually meet Pitsulala, a Native outreach worker for the Native Friendship Centre. A Q & A with the filmmaker will follow.
Thursday, March 26
Rafael Lozano-Hemmer @ the Hall Auditorium (1455 de Maisonneuve W, room H-110), 6:30, free.
Award-winning electronic artist and Concordia grad Rafael Lozano-Hemmer will speak about his large-scale interactive installations that employ robotics, projections, sound, internet and cell-phone links, sensors and other devices. His work has been shown in 36 countries and commissioned for several international events.
Raw/Medium Rare/Well Done vernissage @ the FOFA Gallery (1515 Ste-Catherine St. W, room 1-715), 6-8 p.m., free.
This exhibition showcases the work of former and current students, faculty, and staff of Concordia’s Ceramics program. Raw/Medium Rare/Well Done focuses on artists who use clay in both traditional and non-traditional approaches to contemporary art.
Friday, March 27
George Elliott Clarke @ the Atwater Library Auditorium (1200 Atwater Ave.), 7 p.m., free.
Governor-General’s Award recipient George Elliott Clarke will read from his newest work, I & I, a gritty love story about the “excruciating repercussions of racism, sexism, and disgust.” A Q&A and a book signing with Lateef Martin, the book and cover illustrator, will follow. Copies of the book will be available for purchase courtesy of the Word Bookstore.