About Town Nov. 5 – 20th

Scrivener & McGill Improv Present: A Live & Hearty Starlit Eventide of Muse-Hallowed Verse Enacted by the Spontaneous Thespian ClubScrivener Creative Review and McGill Improv are combining forces! Join them for a night of fun times, live poetry reading, and improvised scenes inspired by their poets’ work. Also, there’s food! It will be on Nov. 11th, 7:30pm at Le Cagibi. 

Cité sans frontières / Solidarity City / Ciudad Solidaria (Montréal) présente ★ Party de financement et danse reggae // Reggae dance party fundraiser ★ Vendredi le 6 novembre, Cafe l’Artere (7000 avenue du Parc - metro Parc), à partir de 22h (jusqu’à tard!) $5 à $10 ou payez comme vous pouvez.

Eastern Bloc Lab is hosting a DECONSTRUCTING THE SCIENTOLOGY E-METER (workshop). The workshop is given by Jamie Allen and Shintaro Miyazaki, in the context of BPLTC II. The technological presents itself as the forward image of our desires, and these projections often cause us to hide what should be resolute disappointment or dissatisfaction. Often things that don’t work simply must, as we’ve invested so much time, effort, emotion and money in them. (We would feel rather silly admitting how cumbersome and dysfunctional our new laptop is, after spending several thousand dollars on it… yet it still can’t connect to the printer!). This rather legitimate disappointment we moderns often hide from ourselves is part of what makes all technologies in some sense ‘apocryphal’: dubiously authentic, spuriously reliable, and suspectly ‘functional.’ All thinking is speculative, and technologies absorb this speculation: from truth telling, to bodily enhancement, to cognitive amplification. (Saturday November 7, 2015, 1pm – 4pm – Sunday November 8, 2015, 10am – 4pm. Price: $30) To reserve your place, please email lab@easternbloc.ca (10 people max!)

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly presents Carrie Brownstein launches Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl in conversation with Jessica Hopper on Nov. 16th, 7-9pm (doors close at 5:30pm), at the Ukrainian Federation Hall. Carrie Brownstein is the guitarist in pioneering rock band Sleater-Kinney and the creator/co-star of the wildly popular television show Portlandia. Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl (Riverhead Books) is Brownstein’s debut, a candid, funny, and deeply personal look at making a life—and finding yourself—in music. Brownstein will be in conversation with Jessica Hopper, senior editor at Pitchfork and author of The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic (Featherproof Books). Tickets on sale 10am, Friday, October 9th. Available at 211 Bernard Ouest or online https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/carrie-brownstein-launches-hunger-makes-me-a-modern-girl-tickets-18998718679 $15 or free with a purchase of Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl (in store only) stop by (211 Bernard Ouest) or call (514-279-2224) to reserve a ticket with a credit card.