What to do this weekend, October 11-14

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Sarah Deshaies produces the Andrew Carter Morning Show. Every Friday at 8:20am, she tells you about the big, quirky and off-the-beaten-path events happening in Montreal. Here is this week's list, with links for more information so you can get out and enjoy the city! Submit your event to sarah.deshaies@bellmedia.ca  

Worship at the altar of circus with Tabarnak. A send-up and celebration of Quebec life and the church, Tabarnak references to baptisms, knitting, hockey and incense in this hectic jaw-dropping show. The family-oriented Cirque Alphonse has toured Tabarnak around the world, and it wraps up Saturday at La Tohu. 

The very funny (you loved him in The Day After Tomorrow!) Joey Elias headlines this weekend at the Comedy Nest. 

If you're getting into the fall and Halloween spirit, you'll want to check out the dreamy lanterns at the Botanical Gardens, and while you're there, stop by the Great Pumpkin Ball. Learn about Cucurbitaceae at the Squash Kiosk, take in a story or decorate a pumpkin. Both events continue until October 31. 

My favourite haunt, MainLine Theatre, is playing host to a series of fun events: the Montreal Strip Spelling Bee OMGoth edition invites you to put on your best, funereal black - then strip it off when you make a mistake... and storytelling talk show Life Lessons: Spooky Edition conjures up real-life tales to make you shiver. Both events run Friday at 9pm. And getting dressed up for the Montreal Mixed Slowdance Saturday at 10pm. You get a dance card and full permission to ask anyone to dance. 

But if you're itching to chance, but at as a faster speed, how about French Jazzy Swing night at La Tulipe on Sunday, 9:30pm. Free entrance.

Meanwhile, over at the Bell Centre, it's a Party Disco! Franco comedian P-A Méthot is hosting a grandiose comedy and music show devoted to disco...musical acts include The Trammps and Nanette Workman, and comics like Anthony Kavanagh and Jonathan Roberge. Sunday evening at Bell Centre.

I heard the Gold Rush Treasure Hunt, which planted thousands of dollars in cash prizes across several Canadian cities this summer, made for a very challenging chase. If you missed out the first time, or you've bitten the treasure hunt bug, the Gold Rush storyline kicks up again with a new adventure. Buy your map in advance - you'll get your copy Friday at 7pm. The first person or team to get to level 10 is up for $20,000 in prize winnigns! 

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. 

Montreal playwright Vittorio Rossi's The Chain follows the Testas, an immigrant Italian family dealing with rivalry, land disputes and bad business decisions. It wraps up at McGill's Moyse Hall on Saturday. 

The biggest bowling tournament of the season returns for a second year, at the Montreal Bowling Open. There's a $10,000 prize for the first-place winner. All weekend at the Centre de quilles 440 in Laval.