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About Town : October – November events

October-November Listings
Learn about the latest events taking place in Montreal

// October 21: Live Sessions Vol. 8 by BLiSS

// October 24: ARTivismes Lesbiens Screening by Groupe Intervention Vidéo

// October 25: Tommi Parish: Artist Talk by Queer Print Club

// October 27: Words From Her Side Poetry Reading by Imago Theatre

// October 27-November 1: Rocky Horror Picture Show by Cinema Imperial

// October 28: Zombie Walk 2017 by 375e de Montreal

// October 30: Femmes & Santé Mentale: Projection du Documentaire Fragilité by Les Filiministes and Artgang Montreal

// October 31: Bad Nudes 2.4 Halloween Launch by Bad Nudes

// November 3: Neon Art Party by BLiSS

// November 5: Bridges by TEDxMontreal Women

// November 10-12: Caribbean Culture Weekend by Concordia Caribbean Student Union

// November 11: Giving Voice by TEDxMcGill

// November 14: Stand Back: A Comedy Hour by Tranna Wintour and Notre Dame des Quilles

// November 18: Jam Annuel de Contact Improvisation de Montreal by Association de Contact Improvisation

// November 29: Godot Has Come by Minoru Betsuyaku at Infinitheatre Montreal

 

 

 

 

Montreal stories reverberate in The History of Sexuality

Erika Rosenbaum Photography

Erika Rosenbaum Photography

It doesn’t matter if it’s a classroom or a strip club or a bus stop or a Mile End apartment—you can think about sex wherever you are. And not just sex as an act or a symbol but sex as sexuality, as its ascriptions and prescriptions. You can think about sexuality in relation to yourself, you can wonder about it in relation to another. The fictionalized verbatim play The History of Sexuality commands that you think about it, theoretically, relationally and personally, for its duration.

Writer, director and producer Dane Stewart is a Montreal-based, multidisciplinary queer artist and academic. Stewart’s method stemmed in part from his question, “How do you ethically write someone outside of your own life experience?” He interviewed queer folks in Montreal, transcribed their discussions, and worked their words, experiences and edit suggestions into the fictional narrative that is The History of Sexuality, shown at MainLine Theatre this September. The result is an ensemble of dynamic and dimensional characters that appear to possess real histories. Stewart’s well-timed punches through the fourth wall of theatre are facilitated by these respectful stand-ins for real experience.

The ‘quirky lesbian professor’ figure of Marie guides five on-stage students and the audience, Greek-chorus-like, through Michel Foucault’s three-volume tome charting sexuality in the western world. Between drags on her vape and jokes about Cinéma l’Amour, Marie asks her class of Concordia Master’s students to define sex, to explain power, to critique the French philosopher. They do so through the spotlight’s sudden flicker onto their own scenes of interiority.

Marie (Renée Hodgins) and Gayle (Annette Marmen) experiment with their relationship following a challenge to Gayle's physical ability. Photo: Peter Ryaux-Larsen.

Marie (Renée Hodgins) and Gayle (Annette Marmen) experiment with their relationship following a challenge to Gayle’s physical ability. Photo: Peter Ryaux-Larsen.

It is the knowledge of Stewart’s innovation that makes the production. Reminding ourselves that the characters are based on people we live with in this city (and, for some of us, on people we live with in this city’s queer community), the stories gain a heaviness. Knowledge of ‘the real’ legitimizes, and without it the characters may be read as simplified clichés: the submissive twink, the hot virgin, the ignorant straight white male who wears white button-downs and confusing shoes (compliments to the costume designer; straight white men often wear confusing shoes). The characters’ ridges and bumps of individuality protrude in the important conversations they hold between themselves. A crash course on stripping is narrated in synchronicity with an exposition of escorting. The multiple, distinctly individual modes of sexuality and approach are made visible, as are the points of intersection. While these interactions play out under the spotlight, it feels as though the characters stilled in darkness are listening in, just like us. Acknowledging that nothing happens in a vacuum is rare for theatre. Why shouldn’t the painful, pacing anxiety attack of Madeleine impact the refusal of definition made by ‘boy-girl’ Darr? And then there is the collective orgasm, characters alone and coupled in their corners of pleasure on stage, to capture that feeling of ‘everyone is fucking on a Friday night.’

While a range of lived experiences is made visible (to our voyeuristic delight and pedagogical benefit), what is unfortunately invisibilized is racial difference. Save for one character, who must carry the impossible weight of racialized sexuality all on her own back, the cast is white. This is not representative of the queer experience. Representation is a widespread problem in the Montreal arts, but The History of Sexuality is another reminder that we are not changing, or not changing enough. In Foucault’s words, revolution does not always lead to social upheaval.

But it is also Foucauldian to say that a challenge to power comes from detaching the power of truth from the forms of hegemony, social, economic, and cultural. The play possesses an academic bent that is ultimately humorous (“Don’t try to second-wave me, Alissa,” mocks Darr). In such a context, The History of Sexuality is productive because it imbues the conversation with lived experience. Lived experience is not hegemonic.

“Think about all of the people in your life,” requests Madeleine (or actor Natalie Liconti, or an anonymous interview Liconti represents—here these lines are unclear and interwoven) before the second act. “Who do you think is the happiest?” Foucault didn’t think happiness existed; it is not truly thinkable. But sometimes Marie steps off her professorial podium and offers her students tequila, and sometimes we revel in a time, or a person, or ourselves, and we see that experience as happy.

Talia (Katharine King) drags the mattress off stage after describing her experience of sexual assault. Photo: Peter Ryaux-Larsen.

Talia (Katharine King) drags the mattress off stage after describing her experience of sexual assault. Photo: Peter Ryaux-Larsen.

Watching the interplay of stories in The History of Sexuality, the individual empathizes with some more than others. Recognizing the points of puncture elucidates something about one’s own sexuality. Ask, ‘What am I focusing on the most in this kaleidoscope?’ It could be Craig’s request to see more of his polyamorous, dominant partner whom he calls ‘Sir,’ or Talia’s account of her rape. The latter is particularly powerful. Overhead audio of the interviewee echoes the words she gave Talia, and Talia drags the mattress from the bed to off-stage (a nod to Emma Sulkowicz’s Mattress Performance at Columbia University?)

The play is an echo not only during Talia’s account or Marie’s libidinous recitations of Foucault’s name (“Foo-CAULT…Fooooo-cault”). It echoes us.

Stewart acknowledges that, “antithetical to its title, the play by no means offers a comprehensive history of sexuality.” If an echo, The History of Sexuality is a story anthology carrying the voices of a few real, queer lives, reverberating off the walls and hitting us so we understand.

About Town : March – April events

March-April Listings
Learn about the latest events taking place in Montreal

// March 4
Bloquons l’extrême droite islamophobe ! Stop the Racist Far-Right
Massimadi 9, 2 icônes des 90s : Rude + Welcome to Africaville

// March 5
Syrian Children’s Art Show
Atelier des Nouveaux Membres / New Members Orientation
Sarah Mangle’s Look at These Hands : Opening Party

// March 6 – 15 : Israeli Apartheid Week

// March 6
Alternative Media, Book & Print Fair
Profiling Arabs and Muslims in Canada: A Historical Perspective
Margie Gillis – Le Projet Heritage

// March 7
Muslim Solidarity Rally
Taking What We Need Presents : Golden Shrimp Lollipop

// March, 8 : Documentaire ”Hija de la laguna” (Pérou)

// March 9 :
I Was There ! : Celebrating Montreal Hip Hop
Étranges créatures / Fantastic creatures
Fundraise hip-hop show for Solidarity Accross Borders
Vernissage ”L’intemporalité du corps” -> Exhibition until // March 28

// March 10 :
5 à 7 MENA UdeM
Holding Space : Fighting back against Islamophobia through art
Réalisme Climatique / Climate Realism International Colloquium
This is Gay Propaganda : LGBT Rights & The War in Ukraine – MTL

// March 11 :  McGill CHSP – Women’s Health Conference

// March 11 : Bringing BDS Home: Current BDS Campaigns and Our Local Terrain

// March 12 : Apartheid 101 : Israel, Palestine, colonialism & global apartheid

// From march 14 until 12 april : Caligula, Albert Camus, René Richard Cyr. TNM.

// March 15 : Pic nique contre la brutalité policière

// March 17 :
Causerie publique avec A. Woodfox et R. King des Angola 3
Women in the Quran

// March 18 – 19 : Salon du disque et des arts underground

// March 18 : Uzuri : The Journey

// March 19 : Montreal’s 194th consecutive St Patrick’s parade

//March 21 : Soirée courts-métrages LGBTQ Short movies Night- TAKE 2!

//March 21-March 23: Mcgill Tribune Journalism and media conference

//March 21 : soirée de lancement 10+10 Visages du Cinéma québecois. Exposition jusqu’au 23 avril. Cinémathèque québecoise. 

//March 21 : Mardi CulturelTD – Embodiment – Performances électroacoustiques. Arsenal Montreal.

//March 21-March 25 : Temps incongrus- Espace projet

// March 21 : Rescheduled-Concordia Hip Hop presents the Loop Sessions. John Molson school of business.

//March 22 : Le ciné-club : Soirée Spéciale GIF, Art Lounge MTL

// March 22 : Tell Your Tale, Little Bird. Film screening with Arab Lutfy.

// March 22-March 25 : Battlefield – Peter Brook et Marie-Hélène Estienne.

// March 23 : L’art de s’exprimer / the art of expression 

// March 23- April 1 : Festival International du film sur l’art.

// March 24 : Nuit des débats à la fonderie Darling.

// March 25 : Journée international de l’endométriose.

// March 25ZUGATHON (Zumba, Yoga and Dance Party!), from 2 pm to 5 pm, Concordia University – Loyola Campus, FC Building, Loyola Chapel

// March 26 : Marche pour l’égalité organisée par semaine d’actions contre le racisme et pour une comission sur le racisme systemique. 

// March 27-march 31: Sexual Assault Awareness Week

//March 28 : Our Stories: Queer and Christian Without Contradiction

// March 28 : Décoloniser le féminisme: intersectionnalité et antiracisme, Uqam

// March 29 : Rap Battle Against Consumerism

// March 30 : Marilou Gagnon : Reflexions critiques sur les effets secondaires//March 30 : Atelier Zine/ Zine Workshop. Centre communautaire LGBTQ de Montréal. 

//March 31 : La nuit de l’art : an Art Open House.

// April 1 : Daybreaker, Fairmount Theatre

//April 3 : Montreal premiere of the film With this ring. Concordia University.

// April 3 : 6@8 sur les personnes trans, 4245 av. Laval 

// April 12 : screening Creative Minds In Action (about stigma and mental health), 5-7 pm, Institute of community and family psychiatry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Voices Week Concordia (Jan. 30 to Feb 03)

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Charlie O’Connor, host of the Friday Morning After show, talks with Olivia Gennarelli, one of the organizers of the First Voices Week, an annual awareness event of Indigenous peoples and communities at Concordia University. This year, the event series is taking place from Jan. 30 to Feb. 03.

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About Town: January/February 2017

January/February Listings!
Learn about the latest events taking place in Montreal: (This list is constantly updated throughout the month)

//Group Show: Internal Landscape (Jan. 12 – Feb. 25)
//Divided Proximities (Jan. 14 – Feb. 25)
//Interventions On The Imaginary (Jan. 14 – Feb. 25)
//Lancement du Spirale hiver 2017 (Jan.18)
//La Place Commune Ruche d’Art Hive Drop-in! (Jan. 19)
//The Dead Web – La fin (Jan. 19 – Feb. 15)
//Seth’s Dominion – Screening + Q&A with Seth and Andrew Hunter (Jan. 20)
//Welcome to Indian Country – Eclectik 2017 – 10e édition (Jan. 20 – 21)
//Actes de souveraineté II / Sovereign Acts II (Jan. 21 – Apr. 01)
//Cora Siré Book Launch (Jan. 24)
//Resilience and Triumph Montreal Book Launch (Jan. 26)
//CKUT Bake Sale! (Jan. 26)
//Workshop: Reporting on Indigenous Topics w/ Emilee Guevara (Jan. 27)
//LIVE! – Is it? It is! Two Nights with Crispin Glover au Ritz (Jan. 27 – 28)
//Arts médiatiques en famille et lumière (Jan. 28)
//Visite guidée avec Cheryl Sim – Wim Delvoye (Jan. 28)
//Gothique kitsch: atelier Portes ouvertes / Open House Workshop (Jan. 29)
//Dr. Danielle Martin Talk & Signing (Feb. 02)
//Artists as Witness (Feb. 03)
//Exposition Scotopia par Emily Pelstring à La Centrale (Feb. 03)
//Black Queer Sex, Love, and Life in the Age of AIDS (Feb. 09)
//Rap Battle Against Police Brutality (Feb. 15)
//Taking a Knee, Taking a Stand: Resistance & Sports In the Age of Trump (Feb. 17)

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Kevin Deer talks about his new Mohawk language course at Dawson College and La Maison de l’Amitie

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Kevin Deer (Mohawk, Kahnawake) talks about how he became a language teacher, some of the Indigenous history of so-called Montreal, his recent trip to Standing Rock, and new Mohawk language sessions beginning January 2017 at Dawson College and the Friendship House/Maison de l’Amitie.

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Moving Picture Radio: Upcoming Screenings in Montreal

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Here’s the list of the screenings that Sami Malki, host of the Moving Picture Radio, talked about this week:

- Intervention Divine by Palestinian filmmaker Elia Suleiman at Cinémathèque québécoise [2002] >>> (Dec. 08, 9pm)

- Docteur Mabuse, le joueur 2: Inferno, un jeu de nos contemporains by Austrian-German filmmaker Fritz Lang [1922] >>> (Dec. 09, 7pm)

- Gimme Danger by American filmmaker Jim Jarmusch, with Iggy Pop, Ron Asheton and Mike Watt at Phi Centre [2016] >>> (Dec. 10, 7h30pm)

- Les Trois Lumières (Der müde Tod) by Austrian-German filmmaker Fritz Lang at Cinémathèque québécoise [1921] >>> (Dec. 16, 7pm)

The Moving Picture Radio is a weekly film-focused magazine that airs every wednesday on the Wednesday Morning After show at 8h30am.

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About Town: December 2016

December Listings!
Learn about the latest events taking place in Montreal: (This list is constantly updated throughout the month)

//Meet Stuart Marshall: Art, Activism, and The AIDS Crisis (Dec. 01)
//Poetry Night with the Center for Expanded Poetics (Dec. 01)
//Étrangers communs / Common Aliens: Diaspora in Time – Vernissage (Dec. 02)
//Qtbipoc Montreal Ancestor Night (Dec. 03)
//Marché Artisanal / Arts Market  (Dec. 03)
//Projection : The Lost Tapes du Hip Hop au Québec de Will Prosper (Déc. 03)
//Vente de doubles 2016 Duplicate Book Sale (Dec. 03)
//Can the Subaltern Read? La subalternité peut-elle lire? (Dec. 03)
//Bizaare Bazaar (Dec. 3 – 4)
//Major! – Montreal screening w/Jef Ellise Barbara! (Dec. 05)
//A Panel on Community Radio: Checking the Pulse (Dec. 06)
//A TOUCH of ZEN de King Hu présenté par Panorama-cinema (Déc. 07)
//C’EST ÇA QUI EST ÇA – Une exposition de Marie-Claude Marquis (Déc. 08)
//Marché underground vintage & d’artisans (Dec. 09)
// The VOID “3 AM” Launch (Dec. 9)
//Emmanuel Madan / Secret Keeper (Mary Halvorson et Stephen Crump) (Dec. 09)
//Two Horses: Tattoos & Hair Cuts for Project 10 (Dec. 12)
//Macrame Hanging Terrariums Workshop! (Dec. 12)
//Session info & clinique juridique pour personnes trans migrantes (Dec. 12)
// Traces: Tatouage (13 Déc. au 19 Mars, 2017)
//Première soirée-bénéfice de la Librairie Racines (Déc. 15)
//La Place Commune Ruche d’Art Hive Drop-in! (Tout les Jeudi)
//Kill The Black Snake! (Dec. 16)
//NoDAPL Fundraiser Dinner & BIPOC Story Night (Dec. 17)
//Contre-courant – Cinéma expérimental (Dec. 15-16)
//Visite commentée : Mary Sherman & Tamar Tembeck (Déc. 17)
//Le paysage ferroviaire du Plateau Mont-Royal (Déc. 18)
//Marché au cagibi craft fair (Déc. 18 et 19)
//Direct action workshop (Jan. 08)

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Les Sommets du Cinéma d’Animation (23 au 27 Nov.)

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Les animatrices du Lendemain de la Veille, Sara Fossat et Louise Kronenberger, ont interviewé Marco De Blois, le programmateur des Sommets du cinéma d’animation qui se déroule à la Cinémathèque québécoise jusqu’au 27 Novembre.

Produits par la Cinémathèque québécoise, les Sommets du cinéma d’animation sont un festival international consacré à l’animation sous toutes ses formes, du patrimoine aux nouveaux médias en passant par la production actuelle.

ÉCOUTEZ >> Chronique BD avec Marco De Blois

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