Sarah's Weekend List: January 10-12

Soul singer Michelle Sweeney explores her life through the lens of Aretha Franklin in Her Songs, My Story at Wildside Festival.
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! Submit your event to sarah.deshaies@bellmedia.ca    

Kick off the New Year by kicking off your pants! The annual No-Pants Metro Ride returns this Sunday. Riders are invited to congregate Sunday, at 2pm at Sherbrooke metro station. After 30 minutes, riders will depart through the network, with a meet-up at a bar near Berri-UQAM. The tradition was started by Improv Anywhere in 2002.

High stepping dance show Riverdance put Celtic dance on the map 25 years ago. They have re-recorded Bill Whelan's score and rejigged everything from the stage to costumes to lighting. This special anniversary show steps into Montreal, Friday until Sunday at Salle-Wilfrid-Pelletier. 

Short, sexy and totally weird: Centaur Theatre's Wildside Festival returns with demonic possession, climate change and Macbeth and a grande dame of Montreal music. Soul singer Michelle Sweeney pays homage to Aretha Franklin in Her Songs, My Story. Toronto's Hollow Mountain is about five friends fleeing a demon named Lulu. And there's Tomorrow, an atmospheric, pay-what-you-can one-night-only riff on Macbeth through the lens of climate change action - catch it Sunday at 9pm. The eclectic theatre festival runs until January 19, with various dates for different shows.  

Montreal contemporary dance festival Bouge d'ici is waltzing into its 10th year with a round of shows, showcases and classes. On Friday and Saturday, catch Inside Ethel: Outside, which explores isolation and loneliness for seniors, through clown and movement. There is So You Think That Was Dancea showcase of experimental performance pieces of 10 minute or less. Until January 18 at MainLine Theatre.

Andrew Lloyd Weber's Romantic fantasy The Phantom of the Opera will be performed entirely in French over the next few weekends as Le Fantôme de l'opéra. We open the curtains on up-and-coming soprano Christine Daaé, who is falling in love and keeping busy - while a mysterious force stalks her theatre. At Théâtre St Denis until January 26. 

Canuck comic and improvisational whiz Gavin Stephens headlines at The Comedy Nest, Friday and Saturday. 

A medley of hits from the '60s and '70s, from Roy Orbison to Elvis, The Beatles to The Temptations. Cadillac Music performs at The Wheel Club in NDG on Friday, 8pm. 

Divine Danny D brings his Old-Fashioned Burlesque to the Wiggle Room this weekend, throwing back to the smokey rooms of the Jazz Age. With performers like Butterscotch Blondie, Shimmer Jo and Satine Simone on the bill. Friday and Saturday, 9pm at The Wiggle Room. 

ONGOING

Experience a slice of Canadian history through a surreal lens with The Twentieth Century, a comedy with deep roots in Montreal. Not yet the quirky Prime Minister we now know him as, young William Lyon Mackenzie King juggles demands and faces a leadership challenge in Toronto, in 1899. Director Matthew Ranking lived in Montreal, and several of his stars and crew have connections here. Starting Friday at Cinéma Moderne and Cinéma du Parc. 

AURA, Moment Factory's immersive multimedia show, is back! Audiences get to take in a mega light-and-music spectacle within the Notre-Dame Basilica and the light show, running for about 45 minutes - favourable for fidgety kids (and adults).  Shows on Friday and Saturday, 6 and 8pm. Shows continue Thursday-Saturday through January. 

While you're downtown, head over to the Quartier des spectacles for the 10th edition of Luminotherapie, the outdoor light installation guaranteed to crack a smile on your frozen face. This year, five playful cartoon monoliths (Popo, Popup, Popli, Popette and Popotin) will entertain kids and adults alike - you just have to stand in front of them!  

Explore over 1,000 strange and exotic objects of curiosity at Pointe-a-Callière Museum. Into the Wonder Room explores the phenomenon cabinets of curiosities, until January 10. There is also a new show at the Old Montreal museum: The Incas, Treasures of Peru explores the mysterious civilization's ancient rituals, art and achievements. Until April 13. 

The Mummies are here! Learn about the average day of six people who lived along the Nile a long, long time ago in this ongoing new show, Exploring Ancient Lives. At the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

The Stewart Museum at Jean Drapeau Park presents Nights, which brings to life unpublished stories by Montreal writers including Heather O'Neill, to include a toys theme for young patrons. Riffing on nocturnal life, these theatrical stagings incorporate over 100 artifacts from the Museum's collection, like toy soldiers and old maps. Until March 7.

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