What to do this weekend, October 5-8

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! 

 

The annual Great Pumpkin Ball starts today! The Jardin botanique's Halloween programming features a host of critters and bugs, as well as gourds big and small, for the kids. There's also an exhibit that explores the secrets spiders, at the Insectarium. You also have a few weekends left to take in this season's outdoor Lanterns show. *Note that tickets now have timed entry. 

 

Missed the frost warning last night? I can't imagine a better setting for Frozen! Relive the story of Anna and her magical sister, Elsa, when the insanely popular Disney tale comes to Place Bell, all weekend and Monday, too. Shows are in French and English.   

 

Don't feel like cooking on Thanksgiving? How about fancy food at Maison Boulud at the Ritz-Carlton? Executive chef Riccardo Bertolino serves up a three-course brunch menu on Sunday and Monday. $85 a pop!

 

Forbidden love, en pointe. Les Grands Ballets Canadiens opens their season with Lady Chatterley's LoverBritish choreographer Cathy Marston plumbs DH Lawrence's scandalous tale of an aristocratic woman who falls for her gamekeeper. Until October 13. 

 

It's the last First Friday of the season! Indulge your taste buds and empty your wallet for the food truck gathering at the Esplanade Sun Life at the Big O. Friday, 4 to 11pm. There will also be a Karaoke Night... you can sing anything from to Journey to Céline. There will be hammocks, and giant ping-pong and mini-putt to play. 

 

Talented writer and performer Donna-Michelle St. Bernard delves into the experience of being black and Canadian in Sound of the Beast. St. Bernard is a talented wordsmith, and her spoken word and rap music bring nuance and passion to a variety of issues, like injustice, protesting and dealing with cops. This opens Black Theatre Workshop's 48th season at the Mai until October 14. 

 

The Segal Centre starts showing Once, the Tony-winning popular musical (and movie) about a Czech immigrant and Irish musician who decide to make sweet music together on the streets of Dublin. I'll be hosting the Sunday at the Segal panel discussion, which will focus on Montreal's Irish culture and history! There will be free coffee and pastries just before we start at 11am on Sunday - see you there! 

 

Catch the 1929 silent sci-fi German film Woman in the Moon with a live music score. A woman astronaut heads to the moon in search of gold in this art-deco adventure. Friday night, Westmount Park United Church. 

 

MainLine Theatre revisits the best of the 2018 Fringe Festival with Encore. The callback features four shows that wowed audiences this summer. My fave is Dance Side of the Moon, a solo dance show choreographed to the sound of Pink Floyd. 

 

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has the first Canadian retrospective of Alexander Calder, the man who 'made sculpture move' - and who also designed the 'Man' statue on Ile Ste Helene for Expo 67. 

 

Rapper J Cole is in town, hitting up the Bell Centre tonight, along with his palls Young Thug, Earthgang and KILL EDWARD. 

 

For folks who believe alligators live in sewers, but love a bit of skin... Urban Legends Burlesque features dancers like Queeny Ives, Baron von Styck and Ariel Helvetica of Vancouver. Friday night at the Wiggle Room.