What to do this weekend, February 15-17
The quirky, hit show The Blue Man Group returns to Montreal for the first time since Cirque de soleil bought up the property a few years ago. The fact that this remarkable, interactive percussion show has been touring for over 20 years around the world is a testament to its mass popularity. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Theatre St Denis. Also, watch out for the paint/water in the front row! Fun fact: there are 70 Blue Men in the world, who splash out 18,000 buckets of paint a year.
The Outdoor Adventure Show is changing locations by coming to the Palais des congres on Saturday and Sunday. Test your scuba skills in a dive tank! Catch a trout! Fire an arrow! Plan your next camping trip!
I adored Beautiful: The Carole King Story. The touring jukebox musical, fresh off Broadway, explores King's rise from a wide-eyed newbie songwriter to wife and mother to celebrated singer, all the while spinning some of her most iconic songs from the 60s, like One Fine Day and Beautiful. King's journey to find her own voice feels fresh and alive today, and the musical performances and dialogue are a total delight. Until Sunday at Place des arts.
The Last Wife is a modern telling of the story Katherine Parr, the surprisingly accomplished woman who outlived Henry VIII's murderous, divorcing, philandering royal antics. Catch Kate Hennig's play when it opens Friday night at The Centaur.
Native Montrealer Rick Miller (you loved him in MacHomer) explores the politics and pop culture of Gen X in the 70s, 80s and 90s with BOOM X. It's the followup to his hit touring show, BOOM, which concluded with Woodstock. The show starts previews on Sunday, and beforehand I will be speaking with Rick and his partner Craig Francis Sunday at the Segal, 11am. Free admission, coffee, pastries and awesome conversation!
Rock 'n roll cover band Vintage Wine celebrates the hits of the 50s and 60s at the Lachine Legion, 3015 Henri-Dunant. Saturday at 7pm. $15, with a portion going to support the Legion.
The town of Rigaud puts on a Winter Festival at Park Chartier de Lotbiniere, Saturday 3 to 10pm.
Flat? Round? The McGill Debating Union puts forward all the arguments at the Flat Earth Debate at the Redpath Museum. Free, with admission to the Museum. Sunday, 3:30 to 5pm.
Feel all your feelings about love and rejection at the second annual Anti-Valentine's Day at the Diving Bell. Darkwave hits, '80s songs about heartbreak and comics like Tranna Wintour. Friday night at 8pm.
Héma-Quebec, with the Round Table on Black History Month and the Sickle Cell Foundation, host a special blood drive to outreach to the black community. Certain disorders, like sickle cell anemia, are more prevalent in minority communities, and patients require blood donations from donors similar to them. Héma-Quebec also has a new program targeting black women, to make it easier for them to donate. Saturday, 10:30am-4pm at CEDA Centre, 2515 Delisle Street.
Professor Dan Horner, Ryerson University
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