What to do this weekend, and Andrew's wine, November 1-3
Sample over 1,500 wines and whiskeys at the annual La Grande Dégustation. The focus this year is on wines from Portugal. Top sommelier Elyse Lambert stopped by the show on Friday morning to show Andrew how to smell and swish wine, and she offered two great wines from the region of Douro: a peppery organic red, Altono 2016, and the delicate and fresh white, Lavradoes de Feitoria. (Both bottles are under $20!) Check out the wine kiosks, tastings and workshops at La Grand dégustation on Friday and Saturday at Place Bonaventure.
For foodies on a budget: over 150 restaurants are taking part in MTL a table, with three-course meals offered at four price points: $23, $33, $43 and $73 for dinner, and $17 for brunch. Check out their search function, where you can plug in your price point, neighbourhood, favourite cuisine and any specifications, like vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free. Until November 13.
And technically, it's still Halloween! Celebrate by seeing the largest Rocky Horror Picture Show ball on the continent at Cinéma L'Impérial . Dress up, see the show and chuck out your toasts and callbacks, while dancers re-enact the cult classic. Two shows each Friday and Saturday, 7:30 and 11pm. Hosted by comedian Tranna Wintour.
La Ronde hosts its first Halloween ball, Bal de la frayeur. Hop on a ride and flee from the chainsaw guy and the vampirish ghouls. Friday, 7pm to 3am. For ages 16 and up.
The hilarious comedian and voice actor Mike Paterson headlines The Wheel Club in NDG, Saturday at 8pm.
Montrealer La Force opens for indie rocker Jenny Lewis at L'Astral, Friday. Did you know: Lewis made her professional debut in a Jell-O commercial, and played Lucille Ball's granddaughter in her 1986 sitcom.
Last weekend to catch Bruce Dinsmore as a Canadian war hero and fighter pilot in Billy Bishop Goes to War, the acclaimed two-man musical. At Hudson Village Theatre until Sunday.
New rock musical Mythic updates the story of Persephone, the goddess spirited away to the Underworld by Hades himself - only here, she's a teen rebelling against her mom, Demeter, while the god of death is a sexy bad boy. The show is a rollicking good time, with relevant themes, catchy numbers - and to boot, each character gets a satisfying resolution.
Montreal playwright Alex Haber's new show at the Centaur: Alice and The World We Live In updates the tale of Alice in Wonderland, only this time she is standing, frozen on a dangerous mountain pass, vacillating between grief and the many options ahead of her.
The Stewart Museum at Jean Drapeau Park gets creative with Nights, a new exhibit that brings to life unpublished stories by four Montreal writers, including Heather O'Neill. Riffing on nocturnal, these theatrical stagings incorporate over 100 artifacts from the Museum's collection, like toy soldiers and old maps. Running until March 7, but a perfect outing for a fall evening.
The Mummies are here! Learn about the world 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.
Throw back with Divine Danny D’s Old Fashioned Burlesque, with dancing talents like Naamah Nirvana, Lady Muffin Stufff and Moonshine Sunshine hitting the vintage stage. Friday, 9pm at the Wiggle Room.