On the walls: The week in cult/ure

A guide to cultural events happening around town this week, including the Omnivore World Tour at the SAT, Montreal Italian Week, a 2-QTPOC art show and new shows hitting gallery walls.

“Arlene” by textaqueen, on exhibit at 2-qtpocmontréal

The ongoing 2-qtpocmontréal festival is holding the vernissage for its art show at articule this Thursday, Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m. The group show includes works by six artists, including Kahnawake painter and illustrator Walter K. Scott. Featured artist Kesso Saulnier will give a talk about her textile embroidery work, situating her art practices in the context of her identity as queer, francophone and Guinean.

The show will also feature presentations by African Rainbow, a non-profit that works with LGBTQ Quebecers of African and Caribbean extraction and Massimadi, the annual LGBTQ Afro-Caribbean film festival that runs during Black History Month each February. Articule, 262 Fairmount W., free

Montreal’s Italian week runs this year from Aug. 10–19 in Little Italy, with a slew of events including a tiramisu competition (CAKE PARTY!) on Aug. 19th, Ferrari owners’ parade and circle jerk (Aug. 18, along St-Laurent), a series of classic Italian cinematic screenings, a fashion show by Italian-Canadian designers (Aug. 18, 10 p.m.) and an outdoor staging of the Opera Ilisir d’Amore (Aug. 19, 9 p.m., Loto-Québec Stage on St-Laurent). Check out the full program for details.

This weekend, from Aug. 17–20, the SAT will host a crew of international chefs for the Omnivore World Tour. Book ahead to score your place at the table for a series of cooking demos by star chefs from around town and the world, including Salle à Manger’s Samuel Pinard, La Gazzetta’s Petter Nilsson and Canoe’s John Horne. The tastings are $43.05 a day and featured chefs vary, or you can buy a pass for the weekend for $104.

Saturday night is the Omnivorous Party, where 10 featured chefs will be concocting perfect bouchées for 1,000 diners to DJ Panton’s beats. If you’re more keen to sample some treats on a budget, there will be a slew of food trucks and kiosks set up the afternoon of Sunday, Aug. 19, both in the Espace SAT and outdoors in the adjacent rue de la Marché. SAT, 1201 St-Laurent

Work in progress at Under Pressure.
Photo by Allison Staton
After some summer downtime during which the gallery was closed, L’espace contemporain galerie d’art is ushering in two new solo shows. The first is a series of abstract canvases by Sébastien Louis Côté, which officially opens Thursday, Aug. 16 from 4–8 p.m., but runs Aug. 14–19. A second show, featuring new painted portraits by Martine Côté, hangs from Aug. 14–26, with an afternoon launch party on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2–4 p.m.

And, if you haven’t taken in the pieces created last weekend downtown as part of Under Pressure, take a wander through the streets and alleys around Ste-Catherine near Foufounes Électriques to see some of the city and the world’s top graf writers flex. Check out Cult MTL’s gallery of works-in-progress here. ■

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