Montpellier: music, delicacies, laughter, colors and quines in a weekend excursion program
Here’s a selection of all kinds of walks to explore on Friday 6th, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th January.
Aria Da Capo 13 at the Wind Theater
The play. A girl and three boys participate in this play, which is the result of thinking about music and improvisation. One plays the trombone, another the violin, and the last the bassoon. The girl sings and plays the piano. Director Séverine Chavrier observes these young adult student musicians for 1 hour and 45 minutes. They smoke joints, play their parents, or recount their first experiences that fueled their passion. “I’m at the age when we’re looking for ourselves”: teenagers who play the role of decoration in their rooms are fascinated by this age when everything is mixed together. A piece as melancholic as it is joyful to discover after meeting the artistic team at the Théâtre des 13 Vents this Friday, January 6.
> Aria da Capo, Friday 6 January at 20:00 at Théâtre des 13 Vents, Domaine de Grammont, Montpellier. Reservations are required at 04 67 99 25 00. Price: between €16 and €22.
“Le Prenom” returns to make us laugh
Comedy. “The name can never be revealed to relatives until the child is there.” Vincent will be a father for the first time. Invited to dinner with Elizabeth and Pierre, his sister and brother-in-law, he meets his childhood friend Claude. As he awaits the arrival of his eternally late young wife Anna, we pester him with questions about his future paternity in general good humor… But when Vincent is asked if he has already chosen a name for the child. when he is born, his response throws the family into chaos.
Conceived in 2010 by Matthieu Téléporte and Alexandre de la Patellière and starring Patrick Bruel or Valerie Benguigui, this play returns to the stage of the Kawa Theater in Montpellier. More than four hundred performances, one film and multiple awards, this time directed by Didier Chaix and performed by Jean-Michel Bosch and Nathalie Robert. The play takes you back to the living room of the Larchet family, whose characters are as funny as they are disgusting.
Whether you’re watching the play or the movie, this comic intrigue is nothing short of enjoyable. Vincent’s joking tone, Claude’s indifference or Babu’s sense of invisibility provide an unexpected moment of spectacle.
> “Le Prénom”, at the Kawa Theater 18, Rue Fouques, Montpellier. January 6 and 7, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Booking required, from a reduced rate of €16.
Truffle festival in Saint-Geniès-des-Mourgues
Terroir. For 17 years, the Saint-Geniès-des-Mourgues truffle festival has been held every second Sunday of January. Attracting thousands of visitors, it is one of the most important meeting places for black diamond lovers in the region. After strict quality control of the truffles, the sale starts at 9 am sharp. Church bells are ringing. Many activities are planned, such as drill demonstrations. A historical visit to the heritage of the village is also planned from 14:30 to 15:30. Gastronomy enthusiast or not, this event is suitable for all types of visitors.
> Truffle festival, Sunday, January 8, from 9 am to 5 pm, in Saint-Geniès-des-Mourgues.
A smile is a manifesto
Exposure. The Espace Saint-Ravy in the heart of Écusson is hosting a new exhibition. Young artist Janna Jiri presents her works exploring the human condition. Between tortured love, illness or dreams, her pastel canvases offer a hallucinatory journey through organized chaos. Opening on Friday, January 6 at 6:30 p.m., the artist promises the performance “as a means to enter his universe, enter it and get lost in it.”
> The Manifeste Sourire exhibition can be seen at Espace Saint-Ravy, 2 rue Cauzit, Montpellier. Free entry. 1 to 7 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday, January 7-29.
La Reserve lotto
Who doesn’t. This Sunday, January 8th, from 14:00 to 18:00, Halle Tropisme and thrift store La Réserve are holding their big raffles. Already a lottery fan, the downtown thrift store now descends into a huge converted hangar, Tropism, where exhibitions or festivals are usually held. Thanks to this collaboration, second-hand lots, vintage clothing, as well as artists’ works will be on display throughout the afternoon. Try the full box during this meeting to play in an atmosphere of sharing, laughter and music. Entry is free, but you need to buy a €2 card to be able to play.
> Gros lotto de la Réserve, Sunday 8 January from 14:00 to 18:00 at Halle Tropisme, Montpellier. Free entry and €2 game card.