Sarah's Weekend List: March 6-8

One of the dreamy installations at immersive funhouse HideSeek. PHOTO: HideSeek
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      

 


Ho! Hey! American folk rockers The Lumineers bring their high energy and joyous family feel to the Bell Centre on Friday. 

Montreal's lauded marionette party, Festival de Casteliers, covers everything from Elvis to a toy giraffe to Oedipus with a variety of different styles, and for kids and adults alike. Check out Lucie Emard's lively dioramas in a free show at the Galerie d'Outremont. Dates vary, until Sunday. 

See Vincent Van Gogh's colourful work writ-large in the travelling immersive show Imagine Van Gogh, at Arsenal Contemporary Art Montreal, until April 5. Note that tickets have timed entry.   

Speaking of immersive installations, HideSeek promises to recapture the joy of childhood with its colourful, kitschy set-ups. Boost your Instagram feed by stopping by at 4301 St Denis. Online ticket purchasing is encouraged. Until March 29. 

I recently visited the McCord Museum and really enjoyed two bite-sized shows: the stylish Jean-Claude Poitras: Fashion and Inspiration looks at the influences of the designer, who made perfect coats for the wives of prime ministers. Griffintown: Evolving Montreal is a photography exhibit by Robert Walker that takes a look at the condo boom while also looking back at the neighbourhood's working-class history.  

New theatre shows: In MOB, a professional woman whose career is on a break seeks respite by booking a stay at a B&B in the Townships - but, of course, she gets more than she bargained for. A hit in the French theatre world, writer/actor Catherine-Anne Toupin's psychological thriller gets its first English opening, Friday at the Centaur. And at the Segal, married performers Louise Pitre and Joe Matheson invoke the sound and feel of the '60s in a concert spectacular called The Times They are A Changin'. The show, which features music by Jewish artists like Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Carole King, runs until March 22.

The 33rd RV Show rolls into town! Buy a new RV, book a trip or pick up accessories at Palais des congres, until Sunday. 

Get to the chopper! Arnold Schwarzenegger's  cult classic Predator is getting an all-female staged reading! Actor/improviser Terence Bowman has adapted the 1987 sci-fi flick about an elite paramilitary rescue team trying to save hostages in guerrilla-held territory. The reading stars several talented Montreal performers, including Holly Gauthier-Frankel and Sehar Manji. Catch it Saturday at MainLine Thaetre, 8pm. Proceeds go to The Canadian Women’s Foundation, which promotes female empowerment and works to end gender-based sexual violence. (A fitting activity considering International Women's Day is Sunday!) 

Lakeshore Light Opera  presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe, a tale of fairies who take over Parliament, creating mayhem! Love, mischief and more...proceeds to go to the Lakeshore General Hospital Foundation.At Lakeside Academy, March 6 to 14. Visit llo.org or call 514-804-4900 for tickets. 

That weekend speakeasy feel....The Wiggle Room hosts Divine Danny D's Old Fashioned Burlesque on Friday and Saturday. The lineup includes Anthime Miller, Kinkerbelle and Mystic Reveal  

ONGOING  

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. 

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. 

Nights, which brings to life unpublished stories about what happens when the sun goes down, by Montreal writers like Heather O'Neill. At the The Stewart Museum until March 7.  

Artist Martha Markowsky is exhibiting 60 paintings from her 35-year career at a vernissage at L’Entrepôt 2901 St Joseph in Lachine on Saturday, 12 to 5pm. She is raising money for the Palliative Care Centre of Lachine Hospital. Check out her pictures of cityscapes, musicians and landscapes as her exhibit continues Saturday and Sunday until March 29.