What to do this weekend, May 10-12
Look up, way up! Saturday is International Astronomy Day. Celebrate with free activities at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. The Royal Astronomical Society of Canada is facilitating workshops, talks, exhibitions (as well as outside observation if the weather co-operates). From 11am to 2pm, there will also be a Women in Astronomy session. Kid's content includes make-your-own rocket and comet workshops. Full lineup here. Saturday, 11am-11pm.
While you're at the Planetarium, check out a brand-new show Passport to the Universe, which explores large structures in our universe like the Orion belt.
Looking for something last-minute for Mum? Indie craft sale Puces Pop is back for its spring edition! Pick up some artisanal chocolate, a delicious candle in a teacup or bath milk from Dot & Lil, some modern jewelry from Evelyne B, or a cold-pressed syrup to mix Mom a well-deserved drink. Friday to Sunday, at Église St-Denis (5075 Rivard).
You have a few more chances to catch the 14th annual Sketchfest, which brings together sketch troupes from Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and beyond. Performers on Friday include My Chemical Bromance, Crying Alone in the Shower and legal comics Brown & Ass & Sons, as well as all-Filipina troupe Tita Collective as part of a Ladyfest special. At Theatre Ste-Catherine and Montreal Improv until May 11.
At the theatre: play-about-a-play Indecent involves singing, dancing, forbidden love and the Yiddish language, at the Segal Centre. Lakeshore Players Dorval continues the show-about-a-show theme, with Canadian author Norm Foster's comedy Opening Night, on now at Lakeside Acadmey. A couple revists the spot where they connected every anniversary in the bilingual premiere of Encore, at MainLine Theatre. Snowglobe Theatre wraps up Hamlet at Espace Knox in NDG. And the campus drama What Rough Beast, by rising Montreal playwright Alice Abracen, is a timely tale. The play about whether a controversial speaker should get the right to lecture students will get a staged reading Friday through Sunday at Centaur Theatre.
What is more cathartic than reliving the spelling bee experience as an adult, and while you strip no less? Strip Spelling Bee returns with a Eurotrash theme! Contestants get sesquipedalian words, then take off an item of clothing when they slip up...think strip poker meets Scripp's. Friday, 9pm at MainLine Theatre.
REBEL GXRL: Femme-Fronted 90s Alternative Party is a cover night devoted to women's alt-rock anthems from the 90s! Montreal musicians (including our own Matt Gilmour) do their best versions of Alanis, Sheryl, Dolores, Hole, Bjork, Gwen and more. Saturday, 9pm at The Diving Bell Social Club.
How did an orphan from the Holocaust become the most pre-eminent sex therapist in America? Hot doc Ask Dr Ruth explores the extraordinary life of Dr Ruth Westheimer...how she found love and become a mom as well as an advice icon. Screening Sunday at The Segal Centre, 2pm and 7:30pm.
Course pour la compassion is raising money for tthe West Island Palliative Care Residence, Saturday morning at Valois Park in Pointe Claire. Pick the 1, 5 or 10 KM and get moving!
Before dawn on Saturday, walkers and joggers will journey to the Clock Tower in the Old Port for The Dark into Light. Founded in Ireland a decade ago, the walk raises money and awareness around suicide prevention, and also supports those who have lost loved ones. Now taking place in 19 countries, The Dark Into Light walk here will raise funds for Suicide Action Montreal. You can register on-site, and the walk begins at 5am.
When the King vanishes, different factions in his court vie to take control in Alegria, Cirque's revamped take on the show that was a hit around the world. Be wowed by the acrobats, the outlandish costumes and the fire-eater. At the Big Top in Old Montreal until July 21.
The British are coming! Host Divine Danny D takes the reins of British Burlesque Invasion, an evening of burlesque and cabaret acts inspired by British musicians. Lineup includes Miss Enchanté, Isa Strawberry and Jack Rabbit Slim of Sudbury. Saturday at 9pm.