Films, theatre and music
to see and hear this week

Festival du Nouveau Cinema, a lecture on Sammy Davis, Pericles and one jazzy lady

By Byron Toben

Entertainment slowly returns to live, but streaming still predominates in early October.


The oldest Montreal film festival, Festival du Nouveau Cinema, celebrates its 50th anniversary. In person audiences can attend four cinemas – Imperial, Du Musée, Du Parc and Cinémathèque Québécoise – from October 6 to 17. However, the showings will also be available online until October 30.

Special films under the “explore” category involving Virtual Reality will be at the Phi Centre. Some outdoor shows will be available for free.

Individual tickets are about $14 in person and $10 online (less for short films). “Bundles” of six or 15 films are also available at substantial discounts.


Sammy Davis Jr.

Sammy Davis Jr. – Image: Jay Bernstein Public Relations, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

In addition, film publicist David Novek is back, courtesy of the Cummings Centre, with his film lectures including many key clips. He leads off with Sammy Davis, Jr. Yes, I Can on October 14 at 1:30 pm. The cost is $10 for Cummings members. (Membership for six months is $25 and includes free or discounted admission to many other lectures, films, exercise videos, etc.)



New York’s Red Bull Theater streams a two-part series of Shakespeare’s classic, Pericles. Part One can be viewed on October 11 and Part Two on October 18. This play, the most “Jacobean” of the Bard’s scripts, was also the first production of Red Bull back in 2003.

As usual, viewing is free for those who cannot afford it at this time, with voluntary donations gratefully accepted. Film versions usually continue for four days.


Mary Ann Lacey Quintet - WestmountMag.ca

Mary Ann Lacey – Image: courtesy of Mary Ann Lacey


Jazz standard soloist Mary Ann Lacey appears twice this month: on October 9 at 7 pm at La Petite Marche, 5035 St-Denis (220 capacity), with her quintet; and on October 13 at 7:30 pm at Bistro Sophia, 6701 De Chateaubriand, with famed pianist Felix Stussi.

Ms. Lacey has appeared internationally from Argentina to Japan. In addition to her jazzy repertoire, she also will warble songs from the Weimar Republic era (Shades of Cabaret and Three Penny Opera!)

More information at 438 380-2551.

Feature image:  Dune movie promotional material.  The film closes the Festival du Nouveau Cinema.Bouton S'inscrire à l'infolettre – WestmountMag.ca

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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.

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