April showers eventually bring May flowers. Just remember that this weekend as you dash indoors to get out of a freak rainstorm. It appears there’s plenty to do inside though – like shopping for high fashion at low prices or watching naked thespians on stage! If that’s not your bag, multi-use pun intended, let Montreal’s gallery walls show you the world in art and photography or figure out first-hand what TV on the Radio really means…
[haiti in pictures] While news about Haiti may have trickled off since last year’s devastating earthquake, Montreal’s ties to the country remain steadfast and true. Montreal photographer Jean-François Leblanc, who has been visiting Haiti since the late ‘80s, shares images of everyday life in Haiti in his solo exhibition Ayiti Lavi/Haiti Alive, featuring photographs taken during the fall of 2010, as people were rebuilding their towns and lives. At Yves Laroche Galerie d’Art (6355 St-Laurent), to April 21.
[dance] Hip hop and contemporary dance fuse in Gravity of Center, a new work from Montreal’s world-traveling Rubberbanddance Group. The show, choreographed by Victor Quijada, explores freedom and interdependence as dancers express what it means to be at once the self-reliant centre of our own worlds and undeniably deeply connected to and affected by others, at Cinquieme Salle, at Place des Arts, to April 21. (As a bonus, present your ticket stub at the nearby Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal and get a 50 percent discount on admission!)
[catwalk quebec] Fashion fans have been waiting since last fall for the “Grand Braderie” Big Fashion Sale by Quebec Designers – it only happens twice a year, with clothing and accessories from over 100 local designers going for up to 80 percent off retail prices. It’s both an opportunity to bargain hunt for one-of-a-kind items – including samples, overstock, previous season items and new looks – and a way to check out almost everything Montreal offers in far-out and everyday fashion. At Marché Bonsecours (350 Saint-Paul E.), to April 17.
[horsin’ around] Harry Potter fans were all atwitter a few years ago when their precious Daniel Radcliff strode nude across a London stage in Equus. Here in Montreal, we might not have world-famous wizards, but dammit, we sure know how to do nudity justice. Local theatre hero Paul Van Dyck works with Village Scene Productions to direct the powerful, poignant and disturbing play that questions morality and societal norms. At the spectacular Rialto Theatre (pictured above), to April 24. Meanwhile… over at the Centaur Theatre, Schwartz’s: The Musical is so popular, it’s extended its run until the end of April, telling soon-to-be-fabled tales of the mighty smoked-meat deli on The Main. And Ntozake Shange’s acclaimed play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf, made a little more well known last year by Tyler Perry’s film version, hits the intimate Mainline Theatre (3997 St-Laurent) stage to April 16.
[art for sale!] One of the easiest ways to sample some of the best of Montreal’s galleries is at this weekend’s Papier 11 Art Fair, with over 30 galleries exhibiting works on paper by over 200 artists. Whether you’re in the market for art or just casually taking it all in, the sheer aesthetic array of paintings, drawings, photography and more is a wonder to behold – plus artists and gallery reps are in attendance to answer your burning art questions. At Place des Festivals (Bleury at Maisonneuve), to April 17.
[music ] Start the weekend in your right rock n’ roll mind with Black Lips, with the awesome Vivian Girls and Davila 666 opening, at Le National (1220 Ste-Catherine E.). Also on Friday night, Malian afro-pop musician Salif Keita keeps on going strong at Metropolis (59 Ste-Catherine E.). And dance to the tune of ‘80s gone neon as Tiga takes over SAT. On Saturday, Timber Timbre amaze and delight on tour for their new album, Creep on Creepin’ On, at the Corona Theatre in St-Henri. End the weekend with the seemingly boundless rock-out joyful energy of TV on the Radio, with Lissy Trulie, at Metropolis.
Photo Credit: Ayiti/Haiti- Jean-Francois Leblanc/Stock/ACDI, Rialto- Ivanoh Demers, archives La Presse
(Editor’s Note: There’s also a certain hockey game going on…)