Sarah's Weekend List, September 25-27
Pop Montreal brings its eclectic music programming to all by making its live shows conform to the strict rules of seeing live art, while also livestreaming many of those performances for pay-what-you-can to your device. See cowboy Lil' Andy sing from the Rialto rooftop at 3pm, followed by Tyleen, LaSalle's rising anglo rapper (who also works as an orderly) at 3:30pm on Friday. Our indie faves Motel Raphael perform Friday at 8pm. Saturday: Montreal's Plants & Animals hit Le Ministère, Montreal death metal rapper Backxwash hits the Rialto rooftop and megastar Lido Pimienta plays the Rialto.
Also, check out the festival's film lineup and get a head start on your holiday gifts by shopping local at Puces Pop with an open air market at St Viateur Park and a simultaneous online marketplace. Until Sunday.
Centaur Theatre's The Portico Project features six, super-short live shows, outside on the front steps of the theatre's beautiful greco-roman entrance, the portico. There is Red Phone, where you and another person each take a seat within a phone booth at opposite ends of the space... then you read out and act out a brief play by a Montreal or Canadian writer. Reserve your spot online for $5; you can take part anytime you want.
Other live performances include: Is There Anything Else I Can Do For You?, based on Amy Blackmore's dealing with a health emergency during the pandemic. In Memoriam is a live wake for a woman named Cheddar (and most of the actors actually live together). Fanm Rebel explores Haiti's female revolutionaries, and Black Balloon features three women in dialogue with the moon. Performances are free, but you can make a donation. And look out for the flash mob! Until October 4.
More live theatre: Tableau d'hote Theatre presents En Pointe, a series of 10-minute episodic plays, all set in Pointe St Charles at different, secret locations. Writer and director Mathieu Murphy-Perron weaves in repeat characters, all people emerging in various states of quarantine. They reveal the location the day of by email and on social media. Masks are required, and if you can bring a chair if you need. Free, but donations are encouraged. The next episode is Sunday afternoon. And Zébrina is a French adaptation of Underneath the Lintel, about a librarian who goes on a Where's Waldo like journey around the world to track down a mysterious person who returns a travel guide... 113 years late. The show is being performed live at Théâtre du Nouveau monde, so you can see it in person or by streaming it from home. This is the final weekend to catch the show!
Fan of fashion? McCord launches a new show today: about how fashion house Christian Dior revived haute couture after World War II..changing how women dress all around the world. Gawk at dozens of gorgeous garments, including many luxurious ball gowns, and accessories. Until January 3.
Looking for something new and thought-provoking to watch? The 16th Montreal International Black Film Festival is now online with a full slate of films to access from home: 120 movies, from 30 countries, available for a $49 pass. There is Back of the Moon, where a gangster takes a stand against apartheid. See Ice Breakers, about racial barriers in hockey and a forgotten black league in Atlantic Canada. Or Ballet After Dark, an American doc about a young dancer. There are movies for kids, too. And don't forget the panels: tune in Sunday, 4pm on Facebook for the Black Stories Matter panel. Until October 4.
Usually at this time of year, a giant wooden horse is set on fire at La Tohu, the circus school and performance space in St Michel. It's a European tradition and has become an annual end-of-summer event at La Tohu. With La Falla cancelled due to covid, La Tohu is presenting instead The Tree of Hope, a community-produced work of art on display, along with arts workshops, this weekend. Hundreds of locals received kits this summer to make their own 'fruit', which was then collected and added to a tree by artist Geneviève Lebel. See it on display, and take part in a workshop, Saturday and Sunday.
The Time Out Market is hosting a weekly Feel Good Friday: grab a $7 cocktail while DJ spin the hits. The glorified food hall has everything from Portugese chicken to tacos to ramen to fancy burgers from popular restos all over town. Friday, 5 to 9pm.
Les amis de la montagne invites you on a 14-kilometre tour to explore the three peaks of Mont-Royal. Register in advance, it costs $26 and note the tour is in French. Bring your own lunch! Sunday, 9:30am to 4pm. Future events: October 11 and October 25.
On Netflix: wonder what the inside of Eva Longoria's closet looks like? Or how Khloe Kardashian stores her infant daughter's many toy cars? Check out The Home Edit with Clea and Joanna, a pair of Nashville-based organizers that have taken Instagram by storm with rainbow displays and by putting everything into clear boxes. Yes, it's very aspirational, but they also work with people who have cluttered kitchens like the rest of us. Also new: My Octopus Teacher, about a man who was depressed so he started diving every day in the same spot, and made friends with a cool octopus about the size of his arm. And for the kids: Stranger Things star Mille Bobbie Brown plays Enola Holmes, kickass little sister to Sherlock and Mylock (Henry Cavill and Sam Claflin) as they search for their vanished mother.
On Crave, four-hour drama The Comey Rule airs Sunday. Jeff Daniels plays FBI director James Comey and Brendan Gleeson plays Donald Trump in this ripped from the headlines drama.
I heard on the Aaron Rand Show that people who watch horror movies are handling the pandemic better. Why not get some practice in? See Slaxx, comedy-slasher about a possessed pair of designer jeans that goes on a rampage at an upscale boutique. See it at the Forum and other cinemas this weekend.
And if you want to get some fresh air on what promises to be a beautiful weekend, how about a boat ride in the Old Port? Many of the cruises and boat rides are operating until mid-October. Speed things up on Jet St-Laurent, or take a luxurious, private cruise with Absolü 80. Or a lazy ride on a Écorécréo’s pedal boats in the Bonsecours basin, or bring the kids on the Petit Navire, an electric ship.
Oh, and don't forget - The Biodôme is back, and better than ever!