The Sound Unseen Festival—one of our favorite happenings of the year—kicks off its schedule of films-on-music tonight and it continues through the weekend with world premieres, sold out screenings, live music performances, and even power ballad karaoke. The entire festival offers more than 20 amazing documentaries and fictional flicks shown at the Trylon Microcinema and McNally Smith (very fitting), with a special screening at Amsterdam thrown in for good measure. Sound Unseen’s line-up has something for every musical taste—jazz, metal, new wave, even a piece about Theremin master Armen Ra. (We’re especially excited for Instrument, a documentary about Fugazi, and Eternity: The Movie, a cheesey Hall & Oates inspired spoof of ’80s musicals featuring a cameo from Eric Roberts.)

Tonight’s opening night film is Heaven Adores You, an intimate look at the life and music of indie hero Elliott Smith, and the showing will have Director Nickolas Rossi and producer Marc Smolowitz in attendance. It’s frankly shocking to us that this picture isn’t sold out yet, so we recommend getting your tickets online quick. The film is followed up with the opening night reception at the Hotel 340/St. Paul Athletic’s Club. $20-25. 6:30 PM.—Taylor Carik

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