What to do this weekend, October 25-27
You have until Halloween 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 (like the spooky one pictured above!). Both events continue until October 31.
Astronomers of all ages are invited to don their space-themed costumes and explore the mysteries of the night sky at the kid-friendly Spooky & Starry Haunted Evening: Ancient Constellation Mythologies. Hosted by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada Montreal Centre and the John Abbott College Space Club. Friday, 6:30-8:30pm at John Abbott College Agora in the Casgrain building. (Sweet treats are included!)
Theatre Ouest End, a brand-new theatre company, presents Something Scary? A soirée of spooky readings from emerging and established storytellers like Kate Hammer, Pepita Capriolo and Merlin Simard. Westmount Park United Church, Friday at 7:30pm.
Punk bands Deathnap, Fractured, Chou and Cystic Embalment join forces at a fundraiser at Les Katacombes. They are raising money for their colleagues, the band Dropdead, who were robbed off a laptop, cymbals and snares earlier this month. Also, you can pour one out for Katacombes: the DIY punk venue and co-op is going to close at Christmas! Friday, 9pm.
The Comedy Nest celebrates 40 years of laughs with a constellation of comedy stars who can say they cut their teeth on the club's stage: Heidi Foss, Martha Chaves, Jeff Rothpan and Bowser and Blue. Friday and Saturday, 8 and 10:30pm.
The Montreal Intercultural Storytelling Festival is one of the biggest bilingual storytelling festival in the world! It continues until Tuesday, including an interesting, one-off restaging of Happy Hour Homer, four-hour recounting of The Odyssey at a McGill ghetto bar. McGill professor Lynn Kozak has regularly performed snippets of the epic here in the past, but this weekend she will go longform - with breaks for food and drink, of course! Saturday, 4pm at Bar des Pins, 3741 du Parc.
Kozak will be one the panelists at Sunday @ the Segal, the pre-show talk I will be moderating at the Segal Centre. This time, we explore the challenging of updating Greek myths for present day audiences. It's tied into the launch of Mythic, a rock musical that 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 Hades is an appealing bad boy. Join us for free coffee, pastries and conversation at 11am on Sunday, and stick around for the first show at 1:30pm. The musical officially launches on Halloween.
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. I was there opening night, and I was riveted by the mountainous set and Dany Brochu's fine acting.
And kids can also have fun at Centaur... the theatre's TD Saturday Morning Chilren's Series continues with Bruce Sinclair's On The Buffalo Hunt Métis Style. Saturday, 10:30pm.
Beam Me Up! Halloween Disco plays spooky, obscure songs from the worlds of funk, jazz, boogie, reggaie and more...costumes are encouraged! Saturday, 10pm at Groove Nation.
Tribute band Cadillac Music play the best of the 60s and 70s, from The Beatles to The Temptations to Roy Orbison - and more! The Wheel Club on Friday, 8pm.
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, 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.
Blue Stockings is a play about the barriers facing women who just want to get an education. Set at Cambridge's Girton College in 1896. four young friends encounter all kinds of challenges, from sexism to school fees. Until October 27 at Studio Jean-Valcourt du Conservatoire.
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 just to note: the Rocky Horror Show live musical, the wildly popular show at MainLine Theatre each Halloween, is sold out this weekend - which means if you want to go next weekend, you should pick up your tickets now!
Also - vote for Youppi! to get into the 2020 Class at the Mascot Hall of Fame. We spoke to Orestes, the executive director at the Hall, and he says the Habs/Expos mascot is getting a lot of love. Voting closes after Saturday.
Don't forget: you can ride for free with Bixi on Sunday - the final one of the 2019 season!