What To Do This Weekend: Monster Trucks, Mike Paterson and Mac and Cheese

Dance away with the rain with monthly music feature Canicule Tropicale, Saturday night at 9pm at Divan Orange. organizers dig out and play original vinyl gems of African, Caribbean and Latin dance music. 

All this rain has me coveting gooey, cheesy noodles, so it's perfect that it's Mac and Cheese Week, is on until Sunday at restaurants across town. Order up specialized macaroni and cheese dishes at places like, Soeurs Grises downtown, where they are coating mac and cheese balls with Doritos crust (see above!) and Deville Dinerbar's fried lasagna mac and cheese. The festival's founding restaurant is Le Cheese in NDG, which is serving up a braised pork shoulder with cornbread - on top of a bed of mac and cheese. 

Gazette cartoonist, CJAD contributor and all-around legendary person Terry Mosher aka Aislin is celebrating his 50th anniversary - with what else - a retrospective of 50 of his works at the McCord Museum. From Leonard to René to Jean to Pauline, Aislin's work encapsulates the anglo experience. I liked the political caricatures as well as the ones. The exhibit is succinct, and you can pair it with the McCord's new show, Fashioning Expo 67.

Fill our your wardrobe at the Braderie de mode québécoise at Marché Bonsecours, which offers up local brands like coatmakers Soia & Kyo, sophisticated wear from Eve Gravel and leather goods from Rudsak. There's items for women, men, kids and accessories and jewelry. In Old Montreal, Thursday through Sunday. It's free to get in, but you gotta pony up for the goods. 

The Centaur kicked off Clybourne Park, which playwright Bruce Norris says was inspired by that theatre classic, Raisin in the Sun. to It explores race relations in a Chicago suburb when two families try to move into homes where they don't look or act like their surrounding neighbours. (Also note: it's pronounced Clyburn, not Clybourne. Learn from my mistake... I got it wrong while speaking to director Ellen David.)

From Pointe St-Charles to Hudson: Balconville, the first bilingual play in Canada, just opened at the Hudson Village Theatre.  Montrealer David Fennario’s hit play is a portrayal of French and English neighbours living along side each other one hot summer’s day in working class Pointe St-Charles.

Learn about health, fitness and other good things at the Spring into Wellness Fair, hosted by the West Island Cancer Wellness Centre. It's Saturday, 10am to 5pm at the Holiday Inn & Suites Pointe-Claire. Over 40 exhibitors will be there, along with speakers and workshops. 

Last week it was baseball, now it's big crazy cars under the roof at the Big O: the Monster Spectacular XXIII comes town Saturday night, with world champion monster truck Bounty Hunter in tow.

I bet if he wasn't already booked to work, Montreal comic Mike Paterson would be at the Big O cheering on those dirt-eating trucks. The wrestling | jokes | lipsynch enthusiast is headlining at the Comedy Nest Friday and Saturday! 

Do you sometimes call your parents and think, 'Wow, this conversation is comedy gold?' Well, there's an interesting phone-inspired comedy show happening at Psychic City Friday night. Phone Home features seven comics, like Tranna Wintour and Bianca Yates, calling home live onstage to talk to family and loved ones about 'forgotten birthdays, lifestyle choices and more.'

Netflix and Chill outside the home with a burlesque tribute to TV shows at Sala Rossa Friday night. Burlesgeek presents Toronto's own Zyra Lee Vanity on the bill, along with Golden Thunderpants, PhaelSafe and Jane Charles River.