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AIRES LIBRES 2011 IN THE GAY VILLAGE

Remember the saying “April showers bring May flowers”? Well we’ve stuck through the showers… so where are the flowers? Look no further than another summer of Aires Libres 2011 in Montreal’s Gay Village starting May 18th!

FLESH AND BLOOD AT GALERIE UQAM

Award-winning artist Shary Boyle shows creates art out of pretty porcelain, bringing to mind the tchotkes people have in their homes – the Lladro and Royal Doulton china pieces so loved by collectors – yet the subject matter is troubling…

PIXINESS AT THE SAT

A new installation outside the recently renovated SAT (Society for Arts and Technology) is now lighting up part of boulevard St-Laurent. Pixiness, created by the visual artist Axel Morgenthaler, is a major work that fits into the lighting attractions found all over the Quartier des Spectacles. With 960 LED lamps, this impressive artwork offers a 24-hour a day show, constantly evolving as passersby can use their iPhones to interact with this unique piece of technological art.

MASSENET’S WERTHER: A NIGHT AT THE OPERA

The Opéra de Montréal debuted their latest production, Werther by Massenet (January 22-February 3 at Place des Arts), this past weekend and the Montreal Buzz was there to take it all in… French composer Jules Massenet based his libretto, Werther, on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s The Sorrows of Young Werther, a novel so popular that its publication in the late 18th century created a “Werther Fever”, which caused young men to dress in the style of the protagonist and even, in some extreme cases, to commit copycat suicides. Massenet’s Werther stays faithful to Goethe’s narrative arc: the young artist Werther falls in love with the beautiful and caring Charlotte, even though she is already engaged to another man. Werther runs off to escape his feelings for her, but returns only to find his love for her has not diminished and that desperate measures must be taken. A story about a tortured young artist deep in throes of love? A perfect fit for a city that gave Leonard Cohen to the world…

MONTREAL IN THE NEWS

Giamatti has a city crush Probably the biggest news item about Montreal this week, though not for Montrealers, is that we’re the city dreams are made of. Seems that Barney’s Version is has muscular awards-season legs–Paul Giamatti, who plays the titular Barney in the movie, won the Best Actor award at the Golden Globes (which are widely considered to be precursors to the Oscars in March).

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (JANUARY 20 TO 22)

This weekend, January 20-22, has it all: ballet, dancing, electro bands, The Habs and even a little sunshine imported directly Cuba… [Ice Dancing] Igloofest: Once again the Old Port’s Igloofest tops our weekend party options. Click here to see a video of one of our bloggers’ initiation into this very “a la Montreal” event… [Ballet] BJM Danse, which was formerly known as Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal), gives you lots of bang for your ballet buck with a bill that includes works from Mauro Bigonzetti, Cayetano Soto and Ochoa at Theatre Maisoneuve.

THE HEAT IS ON AT IGLOOFEST

Last week I went to my first Igloofest. Or, as one friend put it, “You lost your Igloofest virginity.” [Insert happy face here.] While I can’t exactly say I’m a brand new woman, I do have a new appreciation for the month of January. How, I wonder, did the last three editions of this massive outdoor party ever pass me by?

A TEXAN’S TRIBUTE TO BUNDLED MONTREALERS

Texan-based artist Susi Brister knows Montreal well.  She attended  Concordia University’s internationally renowned fine arts program for her Masters.  Susi was back in Montreal recently for her first solo show in Canada.  While you are in town, check it out at Parisian Laundry Menagerie has lightness, wit and charm.

OLD MONTREAL GOURMAND À GO-GO

The Happening Gourmand festival is happening right now (it started Jan. 10) and will run until Jan. 31. For any Toronto-folk reading this and scratching their heads, this is sort of like your Winterlicious. For Manhattanites, think New York Restaurant Week, only smaller and wrapped up in Old World charm and ambience.

THIS WEEKEND IN MONTREAL (JANUARY 14 TO 16)

If this weekend saw last weekend in a bar it probably wouldn’t even talk to it. Here’s what’s happening in Montreal this time around… [Party Time] IGLOOFEST: If you’re wondering where Montrealers are going to be getting down this weekend, look no further… [Foodie Fun] HAPPENING GOURMAND: New York may have “restaurant week” but Montreal has “Happening Gourmand”, which is a bunch of great restos offering food at an entirely reasonable price…