Sarah's Weekend List; July 16-18
Montreal Complètement Cirque concludes its packed lineup of indoor, outdoor and free programming. Flip Fabrique's Six° explores the theory of human connection. Led by virtuoso clown Jamie Adkins, the acrobats arrive, each with a mysterious invitation in hand. Les étoiles tomberont mines the stories of the night sky for a theatrical show held outdoors under the stars. And on Facebook: Les Canons du Cirque: Duels in the City pits performers against one another, in a variety of iconic Montreal locations.And there are a lot more shows to check out, including daily outdoor shows on St Denis at 5:30pm. Until Sunday.
Festival international Nuits d'Afrique celebrates its 35th edition with a bevy of indoor, outdoor and online shows. The outdoor site is raring and ready to go, with DJs WorldWild SoundSystem and Poirier making music all Friday. Screenings light up the Maison symphonique, with a sound and light show on Friday followed by a 9pm showing by Haiti's Tabou Combo. Peruvian group El Son Sono performs at Club Balattou Friday. Until Sunday.
Theatre Lac Brome in Knowlton is gradually reopening. This weekend, the Theatre will screen a film adaptation of Vittorio Rossi's The Chain. It tells the story about an Italian family in Montreal, anxiously awaiting the arrival of family from back home for a wedding, while the family landscaping business undergoes growing pains. Rossi and his producer Barry F Lorenzetti will participate in a Q & A with TLB executive artistic director Ellen David, accompanied by a cocktail-dinatoire Saturday at 6pm A separate screening follows Sunday at 4pm.
La boutique des vinyles et La Vacarme are the two Montreal locations participating in Record Store Day on Saturday, a celebration of music and the brick-and-mortar retailers that make shopping so much fun. Special record drops will be for sale.
Electronic music producer Maxime Dangles and visual artist Dylan bring the sea to you in Ecosysteme. This immersive journey started with a team of marine ecology researchers, and evolved into an imaginative exploration of life underwater. At the Satosphere until August 21.
New in theatres this week: 25 years after Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny teamed up for basketball cartoon adventure Space Jam, a sequel arrives! In Space Jam: A New Legacy, Lebron James and his son, Dom, are stuck in a cartoon world. But instead of facing down souped-up aliens on the court like Michael did, Lebron and the Tune Squad square off against the evil AI's digitized baddies. Nicolas Cage also stars in Pig as an isolated truffle hunter who seeks out the thief who stole his prized pig.
New on streaming this week: Ronan Farrow's reporting on disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein is getting a new look in Catch and Kill: The Podcast Tapes, now on Crave. On Netflix, a three-part docuseries takes a look at young tennis phenom and four-time Grand Slam champ Naomi Osaka. Though shooting wrapped before her withdrawal from the French Open earlier this year (prompting her to reveal her bouts with depression) the eponymous series covers a lot of ground: into her rigorous training, biracial identity, decision to speak out over racial injustice and the loss of her mentor, Kobe Bryant.
POP Montreal and Ursa are teaming up to regularly host a hybrid show at the Mile End venue. Pick up a ticket for an alleyway seat or stream online for free. Swedish-Canadian couple and experimental indie duo Erika and Simon Angell aka Thus Owls perform alongside indie producer Radwan Ghazi this Saturday, 7pm.
Bob Dylan performs an intimate show that will feature songs from his extensive songbook, his first concert since December 2019. Sunday, 5pm.