THINGS TO DO IN MONTREAL (MARCH 31-APRIL 3)

Posted on March 31st, 2011 by .

April starts off with a day known for practical jokes and outright lies – sort of like “spring” in Montreal. But here at The Buzz, we’d never stoop to fool you, because balmy temperatures or not this weekend, the heat is on: blond-bombshell rock legends Rod Stewart and Stevie Nicks – in one show, believe it!; Bollywood goes live on stage; smoked meat sings from the heart; women be shoppin’; and, as always, this town rocks out on a music-packed weekend…

[b-ball in m-town] Whether you’re into it for the awesomely played game, the outrageous theatricality, or both, the Harlem Globetrotters are always a good time for the whole family, at the Bell Centre, April 2, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. The other b-ball hits the big screen once again as Montreal’s fabulous independently operated cinema, Blue Sunshine (3660 Saint-Laurent, 3rd floor), brings back the ragtag little-league baseball of The Bad News Bears in a 16mm print, April 1, 8:30 p.m.

[musical meat lovers] Montreal’s famous smoked-meat sandwiches, always worth standing in line for at the one and only Schwartz’s delicatessen, have no doubt inspired many an artist. In the case of playwrights Rick Blue and George Bowseron, smoked meat inspired a whole theatrical production. Schwartz’s: The Musical, inspired by Bill Brownstein’s book, “Schwartz’s Hebrew Delicatessen: The Story”, brings us the hilarious, true-to-life story of the deli and its unparalleled customers, at Centaur Theatre.

[out of india] Mumbai meets Montreal and film meets live performance in Ticket to Bollywood, a dance tribute to four decades of collaboration between Indian film, classical music and pop culture. The internationally touring show helps celebrate the “Year of India in Canada” at Oscar Peterson Concert Hall (7141 Sherbrooke West) on April 1, 7 p.m. Also that night, Irish Lord of the Dance Michael Flatley hops and skips into Place des Arts, until April 2. And in the avant-dance-meets-multimedia category, the audience takes its place among the dancers – some wielding hand-held video cameras, their images on screens around the room – in 4quART, produced by Danse-Cité and the 2e Porte à Gauche, at Monument-National (1182 St-Laurent), April 1–2.

[women of the world] How awesome are women? If you said “awesomely awesome to a degree I hardly have words for,” then you’re on the right track. The National Women’s Show, April 1–3, recognizes women’s great diversity (at least when it comes to buying things we need/want), featuring over 300 booths and exhibits on fashion, health, business, travel and more, downtown at the Palais des Congres. And, weird and womanly in the best way, the Edgy Women Festival closes with the Edgy Boum party – music, performance, drag, dancing and more – at Mainline Theatre (3997 St-Laurent), 8 p.m.

[dance off winter!] Many people come to Montreal to dance the night away, and some come to watch some of the world’s top dancers own the stage. This Sunday’s Spring Bling puts the two together: learn the latest dance-pop moves with one of Montreal’s hippest choreographers, Sasha Kleinplatz, as she leads a super-fun fundraiser dance class for Head & Hands, at La Sala Rossa (4848 Saint-Laurent), 2 p.m., sliding scale, $7 – $20.

[april fool 4 u] No foolin’, this Friday, April 1, is serious about that rock n’ roll music thing. The big news on the big names blasting back from the past: Rod Stewart AND Stevie Nicks are at the Bell Centre, and rumours have it that they do a duet or two too. The 70s return in a more modern incarnation with Vancouver’s critically adored Destroyer, a.k.a. Dan Bejar, one of the talents behind super(Canadian)group The New Pornographers, at Cabaret Mile End (5240 Parc). Meanwhile, Born Ruffians do some smooth rockin’ out at La Sala Rossa and The Raveonettes win hearts and fans at La Tulipe (4530 Papineau). And, since the 70s truly can’t be kept down this weekend, British post-punk masters of experimental, all-encompassing rock, Wire, return to town April 2, at Cabaret Mile End. Finally, reggae legend (and former back-up singer to Bob Marley!), Judy Mowatt brings the sound of sunshine, if not the sight of it, to the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall on April 3.

Photo Credit: Rod Stewart- RodStewart.com

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