City Something June 7-13
The Gift and other Fables
Atomic Vaudeville is back, fresh off a three-time win at the Toronto Theatre Critics awards for the hit musical Ride the Cyclone, with a summer cabaret featuring the song and dance routines, fight sequences and outrageous monologues that Victorians have come to know and love. The Gift and other Fables features the largest cast AV has ever put on stage, including favourites like Mike Delamont, Kelly Hudson and Chris Vickers. Thursday, June 7, to Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Victoria Event Centre. $18/22 at the door and Rebel Rebel.
Degrees of Freedom
Following on the success of last year’s 14 Little Black Dresses, choreographer Nicole McSkimming has created another number for local dancers, all of whom train (or have trained) with McSkimming at Lynda Raino Dance studios.
Performed by a cast of eight female dancers, Degrees of Freedom is a 45-minute contemporary dance piece that explores the order that many of us attempt to impose on the chaos of interpersonal relationships.
The cast includes Kirsten Brown, Allison Frith, Stephanie Gayler, Chélise Kasun, Katherine Myerscough, Kim Picard, Lara Shepard and Cloe Whittaker.
This local dance performance is accessible for all-ages and takes place Saturday, June 9 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, June 10 at 2 p.m. at the Metro Studio Theatre (1411 Quadra). Tickets are $10 and are available at ticketrocket.org or by phone at 250-590-6291.
No additives, all Natural Flavas
Victoria reggae, roots, rocksteady, ska and dancehall fans rejoice! The 13th-annual Ska Fest is almost here. And to help you feel irie, Vancouver’s premiere original reggae band is coming to Victoria to launch its first full-length album, alongside Vancouver dub, reggae and hip hop band Giraffe Aftermath.
The Victoria Ska Society presents Natural Flavas On the Road to Ska Fest. As well as being an original band, Natural Flavas also backed some legends, including Ken Boothe and Kae Sun at last year’s Ska Fest. Watch for the four-piece backing Leroy ‘Heptone’ Sibbles at the grand finale concert, as well as playing an individual show at this year’s festival.
The event kicks off at 9:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, at Lucky Bar (517 Yates). Admission is free with full festival or harbour festival passes. Purchase a pass at the door and get in free. Otherwise, tickets are $12.50 at Lyle’s Place, Ditch Records, The Reef and Ticketweb.com.
The Chocolate Soldier
Join Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre for a classic look at love and war in George Bernard Shaw's Arms and The Man, opening Thursday at the McPherson Playhouse. Starring Amanda Lisman, Dylan Smith and a host of other talented actors. Book your tickets by Sunday at midnight and get 25 per cent off with this promo code at rmts.bc.ca: OPENINGWKND25. M