The top 5 things to do in Montreal: May 23 to June 2
It’s raining again? Not to worry. This week, it’s pretty hot indoors, too.
1. LAST CHANCE
Ben-Hur (1925) | May 24, 7 p.m. | $9 (student rate)
Epic rivalries, ancient Rome, plus the first, and craziest, chariot race ever recorded on celluloid are on the menu as the Concordia Cinéclub / Film Society rounds out its 2013-14 season.
Ben-Hur (1925) was shot in the wild days of silent cinema, when stuntmen and horses actually died on set. Director Fred Niblo used 42 cameras to film the race — take that, McG.
An orchestra (piano, violin and percussion) is providing live accompaniment; coffee, tea, popcorn and sweet treats will be served.
2. VIDEO GAMES OF THE FUTURE
VideoVideoJam | May 23, 3 p.m. | $21.95
Do you secretly dream of making multi-screen and full-motion video games from a mishmash of film, video, animation and comic-book art?
It's time to sign up for this experimental workshop at “Science Faction,” the 6th edition of the Sight + Sound digital art festival (May 20 to 28).
No need to be an expert: the VideoVideoJam involves a tutorial from professional developers.
3. OLD SCHOOL TECHNO
The Science Fiction and Early Techno Conference | May 24, 2 to 3 p.m. | Free
A second Sight + Sound bonanza, this time for science fiction and early techno fanatics.
4. TOP DRAW
Tegan and Sara | May 24, 8 p.m. | $46.80
Here’s a clue: Calgary. Cheekbones. Indie twins.
Yup, Tegan and Sara are back in Montreal with their new album, Heartthrob. It’s their pop-iest effort yet, full of teenage affection, mutual love, solitude and regret.
As Sara Quin said in Interview Magazine, “With this record, it was sort of like, I want to blow people’s hair back in every room.” So bring your comb.
5. TOTALLY RANDOM AND POTENTIALLY AWESOME
Radio Tap 2.0 | May 30 to 31 | $37.30
Fire your imagination with an homage to two of the most influential rocks bands of all time: The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. We all love’em. But can a person really tap dance to “Satisfaction”?
Montreal’s Klaxson Tap Dance School finds out.
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About the author
Andy Fidel is a Montreal-based freelance journalist, photographer and writer with dreams of living on a submarine. She enjoys metro rides, writer's block and cold instant coffee.