04/25/2014 05:06 EDT | Updated 06/25/2014 05:59 EDT

Pierre's picks: 5 don't-miss events in Montreal this weekend

Every Friday, CBC Montreal’s Homerun arts reporter Pierre Landry brings you the top five things to see and do in Montreal this weekend.

Here are Pierre's picks for April 25, 26 and 27.

1. The Vues d'Afrique festival celebrates its 30th anniversary with over 100 films that range from fiction (long form and short form) to documentaries. The fest opens with the animated film Aya de Youpougon on Friday at 7 p.m. at Cinéma Impérial. Vues d'Afrique runs until May 4th. 

2. Cirque du Soleil's latest creation, Kurios, takes the audience back in time to the industrial revolution at a time where many inventions (the steam train, the light bulb and the airplane) changed the world. Michel Laprise, who worked on Madonna's last tour, directs this cabinet of curiosities. In the Old Port until July 13th.

3. For 20 years, Montreal's The Planet Smashers have been a staple of the punk and ska scene here. It's only natural to throw an anniversary party and invite friends such as The Creepshow, The Skinny, and The Hunters to perform as well. Saturday at Corona Theatre (2490 Notre-Dame West) at 8:30 p.m.

4. The contemporary art fair of works on paper, better known as Papier14, presents works from 44 different contemporary art galleries from across the country, including many local ones. Until Sunday at the corner of Ste. Catherine West and Clark.

5. To close out its season, Westmount theatre company Persephone Productions is staging a play by Évelyne De La Chenelière in French and in English with the same cast. Presentations of Strawberries in January and Des fraises en janvier will alternate until May 3rd. At Centre Calixa-Lavallée (3819 Calixa-Lavallée).