While it didn’t pick up any hardware at the Academy Awards last month, this film by Quebec director Philippe Falardeau was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.┬áIt’s about an Algerian immigrant who takes over as a substitute teacher in an elementary school classroom after the previous teacher committed suicide.

Monsieur Lazhar screens tonight at 7 p.m. and Sunday night at 9 p.m. at RPL Theatre. Here’s the trailer.

It’s St. Paddy’s Day, of course. And if you’re looking for something else to do that doesn’t entail a rowdy bar, consider a show at Creative City Centre by Calgary singer-songwriter Samantha Savage Smith. Doors are at 8 p.m. tickets are $10, and Robyn Barbour will also be performing.

To give you a sense of what Smith’s about here’s the video for her 2011 song “You Always Come to Mind”.