THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (APRIL 21-24)

Posted on April 21st, 2011 by .

The only thing on many Montrealers’ minds this weekend involves a sheet of ice, a bunch of guys with sticks and a fervent belief in the second coming of our beloved Habs. I don’t know if hockey playoffs can or should usurp Easter, but I do know that neither should occupy a whole weekend, right? How to fill the rest of your time? Musical public art? Cowboys and clowns? Buffy sing-alongs? Live rock shows? All this and more. And some hockey…

[cowboys and thespians] Small-town life meets rock-star dreams in Cowboy Mouth (pictured above), a mix of music, philosophy and clowning – and one of Sam Shepard’s first plays, co-written in 1971 with his then-girlfriend, the awesome rock goddess Patti Smith. Fittingly, Girl Got Lost Productions and director Chelsea McIsaac take a minimal approach to the show and let the script speak for itself – about fame, youth, entitlement and happiness – at Espace 4001 (4001 Berri), to April 30.

[circus act] Avant-garde Montreal circus company Les 7 Doigts de la Main lets performer Patrick Léonard out of the three-ring to go solo in a new show, Patinoire, a spectacular blend of acrobatics, music, dance and (French-language) theatre, at Theatre la Chapelle (3700 St-Dominique), to April 30.

[theatre time] Even if your French isn’t much to speak of, the premier of Temps, by critically lauded, internationally recognized playwright and director Wajdi Mouawad – he penned Denis Villeneuve’s recently Oscar-nominated Incendies – is sure to be an emotional rollercoaster. Of course, some understanding of French might help in trying to untangle the story of three siblings living in a mining town in Labrador as they attempt to unravel the details of their father’s estate while winter rages outside and hoards of rats roam the streets. Light stuff. At Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui (3900 St-Denis), to May 14.

[sing-along cinema] It’s no secret that Montreal is a culturally rich, artistically diverse city, but our own underground cinema space, Blue Sunshine is kept a little under wraps – maybe because it’s small and friendly and sometimes secrets are fun. But I have to let the cat out of the bag right about now because Blue Sunshine is hosting The Buffy Sing-Along, this Thursday, April 21, 8 p.m. Some would argue that this all-musical episode of teen-cult TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, entitled Once More With Feeling, is one of the best things television ever did for us. And some just some just wanna sing. If you’re one of those some, stop in at Blue Sunshine, and while there, take a gander at illustrations by Winnipeg artist and animator Leslie Supnet. Also: beyond-cult classics Candy (a star-studded teen pop-odyssey from 1966) and Raôul Duguay’s great Ô: Ou L’Invisible Enfant, on Friday or Saturday respectively.

[art action] The weather seems to be doing whatever it wants these days, such is spring time, but when the sun does shine, wander down to the ever-more expansive Quartier des spectacles to see new outdoor art work from Montreal artists Mouna Andraos and Melissa Mongiat: 21 Balançoires, a game-like musical collaboration (featuring the talents of musician Radwan Ghazi Moumneh) that requires a little public cooperation to really shine, at the Promenade des Artistes (corner of Président-Kennedy and Jeanne-Mance).

Grimes – Vanessa from Arbutus Records on Vimeo.

[weird and wonderful sounds] Montreal’s Pat Jordache, a great musician who surrounds himself with other great musicians, is at Discoteque Tropicale (6512 Parc) on April 21. Weird in the best way, much-hyped local electronic artist Grimes launches a new album at Sala Rossa (4848 St-Laurent), on April 22. Synth-pop your Saturday night with L.A.-livin’, love-lovin’ husband-wife duo The Submarines at Casa Del Popolo (4873 St-Laurent), April 23. Or check out Mark Berube and the Patriotic Few, with The Unsettlers at Cabaret Mile End. On Sunday night, chart-topping, mildly annoying British crooner James Blunt is at Place Des Arts. And hey, since it’s a long weekend, and you’ve stayed for Sunday’s dancetastic Bal en Blanc anyway, then on Monday night, Mogwai does epic post-rock at L’Olympia (1004 Ste-Catherine E.), while Lady Gaga is who she is whatever that is, at the Bell Centre.

Photo Credit: Patinoire- Kim Doucet (All rights reserved by les7doigts)

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