Sarah's Weekend List, October 16-18
Festival international Nuits d'afrique is streaming concerts recorded at Club Balattou and Le National on their Facebook page, releasing them every Thursday. See the latest shows: chanteuse Naxx Bitota from the DR of Congo and Afroblues singer ILAM from Senegal. Until October 31.
MTL Connecte wraps this weekend...this series of panels and talks explores the online world, with themes like tackling climate change with AI and the future of the Internet. And be sure to check out the interactive sound walk on Mount-Royal. Online until October 18. You can access many of the events with a free pass.
The Royal Montreal Regiment and Le Royal 22ieme Regiment look back on the October Crisis through the eyes of soldiers deployed after the kidnapping of James Cross. This virtual exhibit is geared to students and teachers, but anyone can check out The October Crisis 1970 online.
Last chance to see the livestream of Prélude à La Nuit des rois at Theatre du Nouveau Monde. It's a riff on what was supposed to be the opening show for this season - now delayed until 2022 - an experimental piece riffing on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, a comedy that featured romantic confusion and gender bending. Until October 17.
Cavalia's Illumi is a colourful escape through a 3-kilometre labyrinth, starting with spooky skeletons, meandering through pleasant forests to icy fields and a spooky town. Your drive includes a stop with food trucks at the midpoint. It's kitschy, but fun for kids and anyone who just really needs a safe adventure outside the house. In Laval off Boulevard des Souvenirs, until January.
Saturday Night Live is back for episode three... newly-minted Crocs pitchman Justin Bieber sings and red-hot actress Issa Rae hosts. Saturday, 11:30pm.
Cinemas have closed, but Royalmount Drive-In Theatre is open! Extra precautions include guests staying in their cars and no more food truck service. See The Mask and Goodfellas on Friday, Clueless and Pulp Fiction on Saturday.
Tiny Plateau arthouse Cinema Moderne is still releasing new content, including one Korena feature film about a woman in her 40s who has to reinvent herself after she loses her job. Check out the full list here.
Festival du Nouveau cinéma has moved its films online, streaming until October 31. See Philippe Falardeau's 1994 film Octobre, about the October Crisis, for free. Other films stream for $10, like the macabre Polish animation Kill It and Leave This Town.
Performance art and Mile End festival Phenomena has just had to cancel its outdoor shows, but since organizers had anticipated a lockdown to some degree, they created online shows, including two cabaret shows filmed at Sala Rossa and a podcast that walks you through Mile End to look at the iconic tiny art creations that go up in storefronts every fall. Until October 23.
And the Friendship Circle of Montreal is hosting their Walk4Friendship this Sunday...a irual walk via the Strava app... followed up by a drive in celebration at the Royalmount. They are approaching the fundraising goal! Sunday, 10am.
Explore McGill and get a thrill with a virtual escape room compiled by the university's librarians, archivists and game developers. A mysterious poisoner is on the loose, and you have to track them down! Starting at the pathology lab, then solving puzzles (based on McGill and Montreal history) all over campus. You can play Raising Spirits with a browser. The game got a fresh update this week! For ages 12 and up.
Now on Netflix:
Adam Sandler stars as a kind but slightly odd small-town volunteer in Hubie Halloween. Frequently targeted for pranks by his fellow citizens in Salem, Massachusetts, Hubie finds himself in the middle of a mutder investigation. Noah Schapp of Stranger Things joins a wild cast of comic actors, including Kevin James, Julie Bowen, Ray Liotta, Rob Schneider, June Squibb, Kenan Thompson, Shaquille O'Neal, Steve Buscemi, and Maya Rudolph.
And there's a new series from the creators of the terrifying series The Haunting of Hill House. Based on Henry James' The Turn of the Screw, The Haunting of Bly Manor follows an American au pair as she arrives at a mysterious manor home to look after a young pair of siblings. Then creepy apparitions show up and creepy dolls start to move.
I can't recommend enough My Octopus Teacher, about a man who was depressed so he started diving every day in the same spot off the coast of South Africa hear his home. He eventually befriends a cool octopus. A totally riveting look at an elusive creature.
Other things you can do online that will be more enriching that scrolling endlessly through your Instagram feed...a bevy of Canadian museums are putting their offers online: Winnipeg's Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Art Gallery of Ontario and The Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau are making their works and exhibits available online. The Calgary Zoo is also sharing their Panda Cam, where you watch their two giant pandas, Er Shun and Da Mao, frolic for a few hours every day.
International museums like the Louvre, the Sistine Chapel, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, the British Museum in London and the Hermitage Museum are also online. The Metropolitan Opera has a nightly stream. And visit Yayoi Kusama's mesmerizing Infinity Mirror installation.
And if you're looking for something different visit Open Culture, a fantastic website that lists hundreds of free books, audio books, movies and online courses. The selection here is a mix of the classic, indie and the offbeat. Pick up a Jane Austen novel, watch the original A Star is Born or browse through videos of poets like Maya Angelou reading their work.