What to do this weekend, July 19-21
Just for Laughs heats up this weekend with tons of standup, improv and sketch shows - it's a real comic smorgasbord, from buddy cop improv Precinct, to camp/horror social critique in Lesbian Speed Date from Hell, to Extravanganza Eleganza, and storytelling classic, Confabulation. Stellar standups like Matteo Lane and Cameron Esposito take to the stage at Theatre Ste Catherine. And you can catch the ongoing Ethnic Show at Club Soda (loved former Montrealer Robby Hoffman) and Nasty Show at MTelus (omg Bobby Lee).
Sci-fi and fantasy dreamworlds come to life at Fantasia Film Festival, up and running at Concordia... on Friday, catch Alien Crystal Palace, a French film screening just before midnight about a crazy scientist is on a quest to create a new, immaculate, androgynous being. Also on Friday: Black Magic for White Boys, where an ageing magician tries to save his small New York theatre with a devilish plan.
Saturday marks the 50th anniversary since the lunar landing! Canada's latest astronaut, the very talented David St Jacques, and his peer Robert Thirsk, will discuss the achievement at the Montreal Science Centre Saturday afternoon. (Tickets are sold out, but you can see it live on YouTube, more info here.) You can also celebrate this milestone by checking out the Feux-Loto Quebec, when Canada presents its tribute to this achievement with a 60s-influenced fireworks show! Saturday, 10pm rain or shine.
In Measure for Measure, the people in charge of Vienna want to eradicate all the vice and libidinous activities running riot in the 'suburbs' of the city. But a crackdown means a young man is sentenced to death for getting his fiancée pregnant... when his poor sister tries to save his life, she receives a very awkward proposal. Shakespeare's exploration of morality, vice and hidden identities is a tight and fun show, travelling to a park near you until August 11. This weekend, Shakespare in the Park heads to Park Ex, Cornwall and Knowlton.
Film Noir au Canal screens the 1952 movie Casque d'or, a Belle Époque tragedy about a love triangle between a lady of the night named Amélie and two gang leaders. Before the film rolls, my pals at Montreal's Ukulele Club will be playing music! In the original French with English supertitles. Sunday at St Patrick's Square, beginning at dusk... around 8:45pm.
Our weather specialist Eramelinda Boquer dropped me a note about a talented folk artist Cat Jahnke, who is touring her new album, The Boy, The Girl, The Wolf. Catch her at Auberge Lac du Pin Rouge, 81 ch du Lac du Pin Rouge in Saint-Hippolyte, on Saturday at 8pm.
Divine Danny D's Old-Fashion Burlesque celebrates speakeasy culture, vaudeville and of course, cocktails,by throwing back to another era on Saturday, 9pm at The Wiggle Room. Talent includes Genie Emerald, Magenta Haze and Satine Simone
Wrapping up at the Old Port is Alegria, Cirque's revamped take on its global hit. Be wowed by the acrobats, the outlandish costumes and the fire-eater. At the Big Top in Old Montreal until July 21. Nearby, the immersive sound-and-light show Through The Echoes is at the PY1 Pyramid in the Old Port (next to the Clock Tower).