What to do this weekend in Montreal, May 3-5

Sarah Deshaies produces the Andrew Carter Morning Show. Every Friday at 8:20am, she tells you about the big, quirky and off-the-beaten-path events happening in Montreal. Here is this week's list, with links for more information so you can get out and enjoy the city! Submit your event to sarah.deshaies@bellmedia.ca


Toronto rockers Metric perform July Talk and Murray Lightburn of Montreal's The Dears. Sunday at MTelus.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama, author of Becoming, one of the most wildly popular memoirs in recent memory, stop by the Bell Centre in conversation with Valerie Jarrett, former White House adviser and Obama family friend. Friday, 8pm.
Do you complain about the trash and dirt around town? Well, lend a hand at The Big Cleanup on Mont Royal. The Friends of the Mountain have been organizing this cleanup since 1990, which has led to a collection of over 6,000 bags or refuse. Meet at the Chalet at 8:45am on Sunday. There will be music, fun and food! 
Café Fest celebrates quality caffeine at participating coffeeshops across Canada! For a loonie, you can get an Americano or filter cuppa, and for a toonie, a flat white, latte or flat white. (Prices and availabilities at the discretion of your barista.) Many of the locations are downtown and in the Plateau, but there are cafés scattered all over, from Elementaire Cafe on Somerled in NDG, Victor Rose Espresso Bar on Cartier in the West Island and Newland Café in St Lambert. 

Every week is pasta week for me personally, but the official Montreal Pasta Week invites 17 restaurants to whip up their best takes on the classic dish cacio e pepe. Check out the likes of Brotelli Brothers downtown, Kesté in Mile End and Pastaga in Little Italy. Until May 7. 


Bagels, smoked meat, matzah ball soup - oh my!  Chewdaism: A Taste of Montreal is a documentary tracking 100 years of Jewish food in the city. After touring several film cities, the movie comes home to Montreal with a screening Sunday at the Rialto, 6pm. There will be deli food, music and special guests! 
The Beaconsfield Quilters Guild celebrates its 40th anniversary at the MacDonald Campus in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue. There will be vendors, demonstrations and lectures, and a tearoom! $10 entrance fee. Friday, 7:30-9pm, Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 9am-4pm. 

The Kentucky Derby is Saturday. Get out your biggest hat for the annual viewing party at Ye Old Orchard Pub on Prince Arthur in the Plateau, 4 to 7pm. 

The Impact host the New York City FC Saturday at 5pm, and the team is raising money to help with flood relief. For each ticket sold, the club will donate $1 to the Canadian Red Cross. (The club raised $17,508 for the same cause in 2017.)  
Last chance to catch Shame and Prejudice: A Story of Resilience, a redux of Canadian history per Miss Chief Eagle Testickle, the gender-fluid alter ego of celebrated Cree artist Kent Monkman. The show wraps after Sunday at the McCord Museum. 
When the King vanishes, different factions in his court vie to take control in Alegria, Cirque's revamped take on the show that was a hit around the world. Be wowed by the acrobats, the outlandish costumes and the fire-eater. At the Big Top in Old Montreal until July 21.

The 14th annual Sketchfest brings together sketch troupes from Montreal and beyond for 20 shows and parties. Catch fantastic Toronto troupe The Sketchersons Saturday at 10pm. Theatre Ste-Catherine and Montreal Improv until May 11. 


Nearly 100 years ago, a boundary-pushing Yiddish play about the love between two women won over audiences across Europe...and got the cast and director arrested at a performance in New York City. Playwright Paula Vogel tackles the story of Sholem Asch's God of Vengeance in the musical Indecent, which just opened at the Segal Centre. Ten actors plays over 40 different roles, singing and dancing in English, German and Yiddish. It's a heartbreaker that will also have you laughing and sighing. There will be a reading of Asch's original play on Sunday afternoon. 


Also in theatre: ballet drama Reaching for Starlight at DB Clarke, and Snowglobe Theatre puts on an ambitious take on Hamlet at Espace Knox in NDG. 


Shop designers dudes for a low price - and a good cause. Alzheimer's Group Inc benefits from its annual Vintage Sale, where donated, lightly-loved designer clothing, purses and accessories are marked down. Friday and Saturday, L'Atelier, 5500 Ferrier. 


Saturday is May the Fourth, or Star Wars Day. You could re-watch the latest trailer for The Rise of Skywalker, or come out to the Wiggle Room for Star Wars Burlesque. Imogen Quest hosts a soirée that begins with rebel burlesquers like Galadriel Caresse and Anaconda LaSabrosa. Saturday, 9pm.