What to do this weekend, January 4-6

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!   

 


Feeling nostalgic? On Friday night, there’s a tribute to rockers Rage Against the Machine at Club Soda, and down the street at Foufounes Electriques, a lineup of bands will riff on The Offspring, Green Day and NOFX.

 

Did cuffing season work out the way you planned? If you've got a wedding to organize, check out Salon Let's Get Married, a massive bridal exhibition Saturday and Sunday at Place Bonavenutre. 

 

Feeling all partied-out from endless rounds of holiday get-togethers? Pause a moment with Poetry & Tea, a video installation with a dozen artists reading their favourite poems. The avant-garde Peaches reads her poem, Vaginoplasty, and Camille Poliquin of Milk & Bone recites I crashed my bike last night, I was drunk, by Jay Winston Ritchie. All day until Sunday at the Phi Centre. 

 

This weekend is your last chance to catch a few big shows: travelling Russian extravaganza Slava's Snowshow has been seen by over five million people since it hit the road in 1993, blending clowns, bouncing balls and a love for winter. Until January 6 at Theatre St-Denis. And Passagers is a beautiful, bilingual and visually stunning circus show about how fast life moves - especially when you're on a train. The brand-new show from Les 7 Doigts de la main wraps up at La Tohu.  

 

The Stewart Museum wraps up its holiday programming in conjunction with its current exhibit, Paris on Display. Organizers have put together a snowball ornament workshop for kids and a 1pm story hour around the French fairy tale of The Beauty and the Beast. The whole family gets in for $10. 

 

Get to know the man responsible for the 'Man Statue' on Ile Ste Helene. Alexander Calder was a gifted sculptor, and Francophile American. He is best known for making sculptors that can move, or give the illusion of movement. The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has Radical Inventor a great look at his work on now. I think it would make for a fun outing for kids, too. 

 

Brian Scolaro headlines at The Comedy Nest, buoyed by the Young Guns of Comedy, up-and-coming Montreal comics like Erica Taddeo and Viveth K. And there's a bilingual comedy show Friday night with Walter J Lyng at the Artloft, 4152 St Laurent. 

 

The Musée de l'absurde hosts an evening of movies inspired by video games, like Super Mario Bros, Street Fighter and The Wizard. Friday at 7pm, 1803 St-Christophe. 

 

It's the last weekend to catch Sami Hajjar's Dream Landa wild and inventive display of Christmas lighting in a personal home in Ahuntsic-Cartierville* that seems to get bigger with each passing year. Sami has expanded to 250,000 lights this season, up from 100,000, and he is paying homage to Minnie and Mickey Mouse, Frozen, Paw Patrol, Minions, Snoopy and Star Wars. The lights are on daily from 4 to 11pm, with the synchronized to music that starts at 6, 7, 8 and 9pm. 9035 Jean-Bourdon. It's free, but please consider making a donation to his foundation, which will benefit the homeless and kids diagnosed with cancer. The light show continues until January 10.  
* My apologies: I had mistakenly listed Dream Land in Ville St Laurent. It is, in fact, close to VSL but located in Ahunstic-Cartierville. I thank Ken Connors, a life-long VSL resident, for correcting me.