See what’s purported to be the first Canadian-Caribbean sci-fi film, Brown Girl Begins, a movie that proposes an alternate post-apocalyptic vision of 2049 from the recent Blade Runner sequel. Cinéma Beaubien (2396 Beaubien E.), 7 p.m., $15
The Atwater Library’s Atwater Poetry Project welcomes noted poets Trish Salah (Lyric Sexology) and Kai Cheng Thom (Fierce Femmes and Notorious Liars: A Dangerous Trans Girl’s Confabulous Memoir) for a special literary evening of readings from their works. 1200 Atwater, 7 p.m., free
Tangente Danse presents the double program Technologies of Contemplation including two new works that combine technology with dance, including the robot-accordion accompanied Èbe by Sarah Bronsard and Patrick Saint-Denis followed by Kaléidoscope, a languid, psychedelic work from Kim-Sanh Châu, viewed through special kaleidoscope glasses. 1435 de Bleury, 7:30 p.m., $28/$20 reduced
The Jim Beam Make History Talent Search showcases the top five Montreal acts in their annual battle of the bands. La Vitrola (4602 St-Laurent), 8 p.m., free
Tonight through Saturday, le Nouveau International, Montreal’s “theatre for people who hate theatre,” presents a new bilingual play by Alain Mercieca called The United States of America Doesn’t Exist, which imagines a world where one Québécoise woman has the power to bring down an empire simply by quitting her shopping habit. Théâtre Sainte Catherine (264 Ste-Catherine E.), 8 p.m. nightly, $15/$10 students
For more concert recommendations, see this week’s edition of Hammer of the Mods.