What to do this weekend, October 18-20
Scarlett James' Montreal Burlesque Festival throws back with a series of shows and workshops. Friday's show at Club Soda includes headliners Scarlett Martini, Jett Adore and Frank Fictitious, and you can catch Electrik Poodles and Candy Applebottom on Saturday. Dancers teach workshops of all levels on Saturday at DG Studio77 in Westmount. The festival runs Friday and Saturday.
Dreamy singer-songwriter Tom Speight from London performs at L’Escogriffe Saturday.
The Montreal Intercultural Storytelling Festival is one of the biggest bilingual storytelling festival in the world! More than 75 artists are taking part in over 70 events, like Les Combat des Contes on Friday at the BanQ, and spate of events in English, including a show Saturday at Victoria Hall in Westmount, with stellar speakers Bruce Sinclair, Marta Singh, Lynn Kozak and Matt Goldberg. Until October 29.
Speaking of stories, the Stewart Museum at Jean Drapeau Park gets creative with Nights, a new exhibit that brings to life unpublished stories by four Montreal writers, including Heather O'Neill.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 themes, 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.
This weekend is your last chance to see the wondrous Seul Ensemble, a circus tribute to the music and world of Serge Fiori. The Cirque Éloize show features 20 acrobats and a lot of perfect psychedelic moments. Théâtre St Denis, until Sunday.
Grande Braderie de Montreal celebrates 25 years of fashion at a discount with its seasonal fall sale. Pick up a jacket from Mackage or Nuage, to wear over your Ary Pastelle lingerie, or pick up yogawear, kids clothing and some accessories. At Marché Bonsecours until Sunday.
Sorry, did you say 'two days of unlimited coffee?' The East Coast Coffee Madness - Festival du café de Montréal is for coffee lovers who want to dig a bit deeper into their beans. For $20, you get a day pass and unlimited coffee at this conference, which will include latte art competitions, classes and speakers. Local brewers include Le Bruloir, Kittel and Saint-Henri. Saturday and Sunday at the Montreal Science Centre.
Rich offerings from the theatre world, including the Rocky Horror Show live musical, a wildly popular musical that returns to MainLine Theatre each Halloween. Until November 2. A brand new show from Montreal playwright Alex Haber opens Friday 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 paths ahead of her.
Blue Stockings is about the barriers facing women who just want to get an education. Set at Cambridge's Girton College in 1896, four young students overcome many challenges, including sexist teachers. Until October 27 at Studio Jean-Valcourt du Conservatoire.
Beside is a dance show that questions how mass media is transmitted. Three performers wear headsets connected to a live radio; they regurgitate exactly what they hear as they go through their choreographed motions. Surprisingly funny, but also terrifying as it explores rote messaging. Friday at La Chapelle.
Ahoy mateys! Rated Arrr! Burlesque, features the likes of Miss Kinky Karma, Jim Tribal and The Crimson Duchess walking the plank! Friday, 9pm at The Wiggle Room.
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.
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.
And please tune in to The Trivia Show this Sunday, where I will be hosting 9am to noon, alongside Dan Laxer!