What to do this weekend: Sup with a stranger, have tea with Chagall, drink wine in Laval

Chagall tea time!

I finally checked out the Chagall: Colour and Music exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts last week, and it's as wonderful as people have told me. This is an exploration of the story, Jewish identity and creativity of the Russian painter. The exhibit features paintings, drawings as well as myriad ballet and opera costumes he designed. 

On Sunday, just for Mother's Day, the Museum is offering visitors tea and biscotti from 1 to 4pm at the exit. And Klezmer troupe  Kestenyu's Kappelye group will also be on hand to steep you in the Chagall experience. Make sure you budget at least two hours to fit it all in!

And check out the beautiful 21.45-metre tall totem pole by artist Charles Joseph, of the Kwakiutl Nation on the West Coast. It was installed a few weeks ago outside on Ste Catherine Street's north side, and pays homage to the Kanien’keha:ka territory on which Montreal is located (in tandem with the 375th birthday celebrations). 

Dimanches en musique

The free Sunday concert series at the top of Mount-Royal kicks off this Sunday!  This takes place in the picturesque Beaux Arts-style Chalet. Under the banner, “Virtuosity at their fingertips!”, you can catch teen wonders and Conservatoire de musique students violinst Annabelle Chouinard and pianist Zhan Hong Xiao, who perform 3 to 4pm with pianist Simon Larivière. 

Cuisine ta ville

A chance to grab soup with a stranger! Activist art group ATSA has set up 10 Tempo tents at the Place des Arts esplanade for the weekend in a bid to get strangers to come together, celebrate Montreal's birthday and explore the ongoing global refugee crisis. For Cuisine ta ville, the organizers invited people who came to Quebec as refugees to break bread and eat soup. You are provided with a 'three-course topic menu' to kick off the discussion. At the end, organizers will take a photo of the two people, to be put on display later as part of a  There is a visual art component: a 'timeline' of suitcases showing waves of immigration to Quebec over 300 years. Open Friday night, and 11am to 11pm Saturday and Sunday. 

Laval's Marché aux vins

Enjoy a fine glass of alcholic grape juice at the first-ever Marché aux vins at the 440 Market in Laval on Saturday. Join Élyse Lambert, who is one of the top sommeliers in Canada, for private wine tasting workshops, and Eric Gonzalez, executive chef at the tony Atelier de Joel Robuchon. The best part? The proceeds go towards feeding Laval families in need, and to help teach high school students how to cook.

Anarchist Film Festival 

The third Anarchist Film Festival takes over the downtown punk venue Katacombes on Friday, for a second evening of movies, music and chat. As to maybe be expected, the lineup of radical, feminist and anti-colonial content is not yet posted, but you can find out more on the Facebook event.

Sketchfest

Can't wait for Just for Laughs? You have two more days to check out the 12tn edition of Sketchfest, including Friday night's 8pm show at Montreal Improv, with former Montrealer and Second City alum Kirsten Rasmussen hosting a lineup that includes troupes Junkyard Dukes of Toronto, Big Britches of the Big Apple and Pickle Party of Montreal. Full lineup and tickets here.  And on Saturday at fest home base, Theatre Ste Catherine, comic duo Daniel Carin and Chris Sandiford retire their long-running weekly show Ladies & Gentlemen at 8pm, followed by an all-star showcase. 

In the burlesque world, check Cabaret Noir on Friday night, with host (and birthday boy)  Pinot Noir. Fairy Floss and Raven Moonway. Saturday, start up your Summertime Sadness with the Gangster Nancy Sinatra! It's a Lana Del Rey-theme night. Dancers include Lolita Blanca and Rosie Bourgeoisie.