What to do this weekend: Style, Successions and Swinging
The Grande Braderie de mode québécoise is back for its spring session at Marché Bonsecours in Old Montreal. Browse through inventory from Quebec designers, with 50 to 80 per cent knocked off the price. Stylish standbys like Mackage, Eve Gravel and Soia & Kyo will be there, along with several new additions like costume jewelry line Tova, ethical clothing line Amanda Moss (see above!) and the venerable Montreal milliner's Canadian Hat. I wrote a preview of the event for the Montreal Gazette here. (Fun fact: organizer Anne de Shalla is a constant shopper, and estimates she owns 100 purses! A woman after my own heart.)
Snowstorm on its way? No better way to feed your feelings than with some cheesy pasta. So check out Mac and Cheese Week, with several restaurants around town offering up a special dish for the occasion. There's Lord William Pub in Griffintown (jalapeno infused blue cheese and douanier cheese sauce with pop corn chicken), Verdun's ConforTable (Cajun Mac with fried shrimp and crispy okra, smoked bacon and cheddar sausage) and the fest-founding Le Cheese in NDG (Biscuits and Mac n Chicken).
There's a lot of New Theatre to check out around town:
The Centaur just launched a brand-new show, Successions, by Montreal playwright Michaela Di Cesare. It's about two brothers - a aspiring politician and a plumber - who have to work through their differences when they lose both of their parents suddenly.
This weekend at the Segal, previews begin for The Angel & The Sparrow, a musical about the secret friendship between two major divas, Edith Piaf and Marlene Dietrich. The German actress and French singer met in a bathroom (where so many friendships begin!) and both were larger-than-life. I'll be hosting a panel discussion with the director and playwright this Sunday at the Segal, starting 11am (with coffee and pastries on offer!)
And at Espace Knox in NDG, there is an anti-colonial play shown in English, French and Cree: it's called Fight On! And there are about 7 performers performing dozens of characters thanks to about 70 masks. It's the story of a British man who comes to Canada in the 1800s, joins an early version of the RCMP and then totally changes his mind about colonialism.
Rock on at the the 33rd Annual Montreal Rock, Mineral and Fossil Show. Browse through jewelry, pearls, sculptures, beads and more. The event is kid-friendly ($4 entry for kids, $10 for adults). Friday through Sunday at the Centre Pierre-Charbonneau (Viau metro).
Are you watching the new Roseanne now on the TV screen? Well, I have something for people who liked the classic tale of the cranky family matriarch and her blue-collar squad: The Rerun: Roseanne Live Read will involve funny people bringing two classic episodes to live. Saturday, 8pm at Psychic City.
Get your swing on! Plateau dance club Cat's Corner will be hosting their annual springtime weekend workshops with two swing experts from out of town. Check out workshops like: Social Solo Dancing for All and You Do You, Pal.
Klezmer brunch is back at Fletcher's Cafe: nosh on chocolate babka French toast and shakshuka at this nouveau Jewish cuisine destination while musicians from KlezCanada serenade you, live. Served at three different times on Sunday.
And PS, the musical swings are back up at Quartier des spectacles for a weeks, right out on de Maisonneuve, between Jeanne-Mance and St-Urbain. As you swing atop the green and purple swings, you trips various musical notes, creating a pleasant cacophany!
Tina Turner! Burlesque! These performers are going to have their work cut out for them as they homage to one of the most energetic entertainers around. The headliner is Coco Framboise, and other performers include: Lady Scarlet Pearl, Lolita Blanca and Miami Minx. Saturday night, 9pm at the Wiggle Room