Montpellier: music, delicious food, laughter, color and quines in the weekend excursion program
Here’s a selection of excursions of all kinds, to be found Friday 6, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 January.
Aria Da Capo at the 13 Winds Theatre
Spectacle. This play, which is the result of musical contemplation and improvisation, presents a woman and three men. One played the trombone, the other played the violin, and the last played the bassoon. The girl sings and plays the piano. For 1 hour and 45 minutes, Séverine Chavrier, director, observes this young adult apprentice musician. They smoke cigarettes, play parental roles, or tell of their first experiences fulfilling their desires. “I’m at the age where we seek ourselves”: slumping in their room acting as decoration, teenagers wondering about this age where everything is crammed together. A work that is both fun and melancholy found this Friday, January 6, followed by a meeting with the artistic team at the Théâtre des 13 Vents.
> Aria da Capo, Friday January 6th at 8pm at the Théâtre des 13 Vents, Domaine de Grammont, Montpellier. Reservation required on 04 67 99 25 00. Price: between €16 and €22.
“Le Prénom” is back to make us laugh
Comedy. “One should not reveal a first name to a loved one until the child is present.” Vincent is about to become a father for the first time. Invited to dinner with Élisabeth and Pierre, her sister and brother-in-law, she meets Claude, a childhood friend. While awaiting the arrival of Anna, his late eternally young wife, we pressed him with questions about his future as a father in a good mood. But when we asked Vincent if he had chosen a first name for the child to be born, his response plunged the family into chaos.
This play was envisioned in 2010 by Matthieu Téléporte and Alexandre de la Patellière and brought actors such as Patrick Bruel or Valérie Benguigui back to the stage of the Kawa Théâtre in Montpellier. With more than four hundred performances, one film and many awards, this time it was directed by Didier Chaix and performed by Jean-Michel Boche and Nathalie Robert. The play takes you back to the Larchet family’s living room with characters both funny and disgusting.
Whether you’ve seen the drama or the movie, the fun is second to none in dealing with this comic intrigue. Vincent’s playful tone, Claude’s aloofness, or Sister Babou’s sense of invisibility offer moments of unexpected spectacle.
> “Le Prénom”, at Kawa Théâtre at 18, rue Fouques, in Montpellier. 6 and 7 January 2023 at 19.00 and 21.00. Reservations are required, from €16 minus the fare.
The truffle festival in Saint-Geniès-des-Mourgues
Terroir. Every second Sunday in January has been held for 17 years the Saint-Geniès-des-Mourgues truffle festival. Attracting thousands of visitors, it is one of the most important meeting places for black diamond enthusiasts in the region. After strict truffle quality control, sales start at 9am sharp. The church bells started. Many activities are planned such as digging demonstrations. A historic visit to the village heritage is also planned from 2:30pm to 3:30pm. This is also an opportunity to discover the traditionally installed Nativity scene in the abbey church. Gastronomy buff or not, this event is for all types of diners.
> Truffle Festival, Sunday January 8, from 9 am to 5 pm, in Saint-Geniès-des-Mourgues.
exposure. Espace Saint-Ravy, located in the heart of Écusson, has a new exhibition. Young artist Janna Zhiri reveals works that explore the human condition. Between tormented love, illness or dreams, his pastel canvases offer a hallucinatory journey through organized chaos. During the opening on Friday 6 January, starting at 6:30 pm, the artist promised the show to “enter his universe, as a way to access it and get lost in it”.
> The Manifeste Sourire exhibition can be seen at Espace Saint-Ravy, 2, rue Cauzit, Montpellier. Free registration. 1pm to 7pm, Tuesday to Sunday, January 7th to 29th.
La Reserve lottery
Who does not. This Sunday, January 8, from 14.00 to 18.00, Halle Tropism and thrift store La Réserve are holding their big lottery. Already a fan of the raffle, the thrift store downtown now lands in the Tropism hangar which has been converted into where fairs or festivals are usually held. Thanks to this collaboration, lots of used goods, vintage clothing, and artist creations will be up for grabs throughout the afternoon. Try a full box during a sharing meeting, laughing and playing in a musical setting. Admission is free but to be able to play you have to buy a card for 2€.
> Gros lotto de la Réserve, Sunday 8 January from 14.00 to 18.00, in Halle Tropism, Montpellier. Admission is free and game cards are €2.