As February marches toward March…
Mid to end-of-month offers a wide variety of entertainment
By Byron Toben
February 15, 2023
The second half of February still has much to offer in entertainment events.
February 16, 18 and 19
The Segal Centre presents a guest production by Opera McGill of The World Goes Round: The Music of John Kander and Fred Ebb (Cabaret, New York, New York, plus many you may not know of), a musical revue directed by Montrealers Jonathan Patterson and Chris Barillaro.
February 16 to March 5
Montréal en Lumière celebrates its 24th edition. Its purpose is to get Montrealers outdoors in winter with restaurants, shows, and art displays, including the Nuit Blanche on February 25 (see below).
February 21 to March 12
The Centaur Theatre presents At The Beginning of Time by Steve Galluccio (Mambo Italiano and St-Leonard Chronicles), about three aging gay men caught up in a changing world. Ever-popular Nadia Verrucci is the sole female in the cast, directed by Peter Hinton-Davis, a past director of the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.
February 22 to March 26
At the Segal Centre, the Black Theatre Workshop and Tarragon Theatre partner in a guest appearance of Our Fathers, Sons, Lovers and Little Brothers. A black teenager goes out to buy a snack, and tragedy ensues.
At La Petite Marche, the Mary Ann Lacey Jazz Trio keeps Jazz classics alive during pandemic closures with its twice-monthly outings at this spacious restaurant. This one is at 5 pm. No cover, no minimum.
Cine Gael Irish Film Series continues with its third screening, Wolfwalkers, a feature-length animated film which was nominated for best such at the Academy Awards and 55 other animated film festivals, winning 19 with four runner-ups. This beautifully crafted film based on ancient myths is also a subtle criticism of British colonialism made by the creators of other animated winners (The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea).
Nuit Blanche celebrates its 20th Anniversary. Originally conceived in Paris France in 2002, it spread to North America in Toronto in 2005 and later to New York, Miami, San Francisco and Chicago, as well as six other European cities. This all-night affair draws millions each year to appreciate displays of contemporary art and, in Montreal, takes place within the 17 days of Montréal en Lumière above.
Feature image: frame from Wolfwalkers
Byron Toben, a past president of The Montreal Press Club, has been WestmountMag.ca’s theatre reviewer since July 2015. Previously, he wrote for since terminated web sites Rover Arts and Charlebois Post, print weekly The Downtowner and print monthly The Senior Times. He also is an expert consultant on U.S. work permits for Canadians.