Mr. Airplane Man
Take advantage of today’s sunny weather by checking out the first day of the three-weekend-long Terrasse Éphémère, part of this year’s Chromatic festival. This outdoor experience promises art, music, food trucks and a beer garden. Hangar 16, old port, 12–11 p.m., continues Thurs–Sun to May 22
For a different 5à7, check out the opening cocktail for the 21st edition of the Accès Asie Festival, a celebrations of Asia’s diverse cultures offering a multidisciplinary spread of shows, exhibitions and other events, running through May 29. Tonight’s launch event features Amir Amiri playing the santur (a 72-string hammer dulcimer that’s a staple of Persian classical music), Tanveer Alam performing the Kathak, a classical Indian dance, as well as music and visuals by DJ/VJ team Interstellaire II and Me Float of CISM radio and the Jeunesse Cosmique record label. Monument National (1182 St-Laurent), 5–7 p.m.
Mile End gallery Diagonale hosts a vernissage for the digital/analogue exhibition ADC/DAC by Philip David Stearns. Part of this year’s BIAN (biennale of digital arts), the show looks at the relationship between the physical and digital worlds by creating tapestries out of patterns found in corrupted data files and luminescent, neon-powered glaciers. 5455 de Gaspé, #110, 6 p.m., free
It’s launch day for this year’s Sketchfest, so head over to Théâtre Sainte Catherine for tonight’s opening festivities, featuring performances by Ladies & Gentlemen, the Don’t We Boys (Michigan, South Carolina), Employees of the Year and MARV, plus live music from Guy Beaujolais and hosts Match Made in Hell (Alain Mercieca and Lise Vigneault). 264 Ste-Catherine E., 8 p.m., $12