Sarah's Weekend List, October 23-25
Adele's been fairly quiet of late... so fans are excited to see her helm Saturday Night Live as host this Saturday at 11:30pm. This is her first time hosting... could a new album be on the way? R&B singer H.E.R. is musical guest.
Cinemas have closed, but Royalmount Drive-In Theatre is open! Extra precautions include guests staying in their cars and no more food truck service. The SuperDogs are presenting their spooky Howl-O-Ween presentation, with two showings on Saturday, 11am and 1:15pm.
Hop on the Hogwarts Express to Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Fight Club on Saturday. Shazam screens on Sunday, part of a fundraiser.
Jewish foodie group Wandering Chew hosts a workshop focusing on Brazilian-Jewish cooking. Join special guest Mauricio Schuartz, who shares his bubbe Clara's honey cake recipe from his home in Sao Paolo. Reserve in advance and you'll get the ingredient list so you can bake along during the Zoom. (Pay-what-you-can, suggested price $18.) Sunday, 12 to 1:15pm.
Au Contraire Film Festival spotlights mental health through the power of cinema. View over 20 films gratis, from features to shorts to animations. See Lucie Plumet's musical The Girl with OCD or the NFB's tribute to an eccentric relative, Uncle Thomas: Account for the Days. Until Friday.
This Opéra de Montréal is kicking off its new season by is re-airing its 2011 performance of La Boheme. An all-Canadian cast brings to life Puccini's story of starving artists palling around at Christmas in Paris. (The inspiration for Rent!) Stream anytime until November 5.
S8er girl Avril Lavigne (the pride of Napanee) helms a fundraising concert for victims of Lyme disease, a potentially debilitating illness she contracted from a tick bite in 2014. Lavigne says she spent two years battling the illness, which can make victims feel fatigued and weak, among other symptoms. Money goes to Global Lyme Alliance and her foundation, which aids others battling Lyme. Joining her are fellow Canuck Alessia Cara, rockers OneRepublic, Rob Thomas and host Wilmer Valderrama. Saturday, 8pm.
Teen sensation and Bond singer Billie Eilish performs Saturday, 6pm... for a cool $30, you can watch the livestream and rewatch it to your heart's content.
Rita Wilson - not only Tom Hanks' wife, but also a musician and breast cancer survivor - joins the lineup at the Grand Ole Opry Saturday, 8pm. The staple country show is marking its 95th anniversary this month, and this weekend's performance is also its 12th annual Opry Goes Pink show to raise money in the fight against breast cancer.
Stevie Nicks, Foo Fighters, The Flaming Lips, Norah Jones, Lenny Kravitz and Adam Sandler are just some of the many stars getting together to celebrate what would have been Tom Petty's 70th birthday with a livestreaming party on Friday, 7 to 9:30pm. Proceeds are going to good causes, like supporting digital literacy and imperiled arts venues.
Wow, it's been 14 years since cringey, hairy Kazakh tv host Borat Sagdiyev stormed into our lives wearing a mankini, forcing everyone to repeat, 'very nice' to each other for years. Although his alter ego - ahem- creator Sacha Baron Cohen had said Borat has been retired, he's back with a new feature film. Borat returns to the US of A in the midst of the 2020 election (hello, Rudy) and covid-19, ready to wed his teenage daughter to VP Mike Pence. Stream Borat Subsequent Moviefilm on Amazon Prime starting Friday.
To get your theatre fix, check out Festival Tout tout court, a bilingual Montreal series with short, virtual works in both visual and audio formats. Online until October 31. And Centaur Theatre has put up their live read of Mambo Italiano playwright Steve Gallucio's latest work, At The Beginning of Time. Set the month before covid-19 exploded, this personal piece is a love letter to Gallucio's husband, Yves, who was struck with Alzheimer's. It's online until October 28.
And Friday is the last day to view the online offerings of performance art and Mile End festival Phenomena, 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. (The podcast walk Promenade Phenomenale, will be up until November 8.)
New to Netflix: In Rebecca, British ingenue Lily James is the new bride of Maxim de Winter (Armie Hammer), a wealthy guy with a big beautiful home haunted by the memory of his first wife. The new lady of the house feels haunted and crushed by the memory of her predecessor in this update of Daphe du Maurier's classic novel (Hitchcock won Best Picture in 1940 for his adaptation). Look for Kristin Scott Thomas as the creepy housekeeper Mrs Danvers. And Aaron Sorkin's latest is The Trial of the Chicago 7, based on the true story of the 1969 trial of antiwar organizers who protested at the Democratic convention the year prior. Sacha Baron Cohen plays Abbie Hoffman, and Frank Langella the stern Judge Julius Hoffman.
Are you between 16 and 35 and thinking about starting or switching up your career? The Forum for Youth Insights is offering keynotes, workshops and panels from Montreal-based leaders in the arts, health, tech and vocational education fields. Ask questions and network! Sunday, 1 to 4pm. Free, but you need to register for your ticket!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.