Weekly Arts Listings – Jan. 27-Feb. 2

Stage

The Impromaniacs – Live improv comedy. THURSDAY 8pm at The Fort Café (742 Fort). $10/$5. 250-382-3130.

The Laramie Project – A powerful production of the iconic play produced in the wake of the 1998 beating of Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming, an apparent anti-gay hate crime. To SATURDAY at 805 Langham Court. $16-$18. 250-384-2142.

THE CRYPTOGRAM – (see ARTS) Set in 1959, a journey back to childhood and the moment of its vanishing. Opens 8pm THURSDAY To February 27 at The Belfry Theatre (1291 Gladstone). $27-$37. 250-385-6815, belfry.bc.ca.

Comedy night – Get your belly aching with Sam Easton and Sean Proudlove. FRIDAY 9pm at Heckler’s. $10. 250-386-9207.

LES GRANDS BALLETS CANADIENS – More than 30 exquisitely trained dancers in a newly minted interpretation of Vivaldi’s classic The Four Seasons. FRIDAY-SATURDAY 7:30pm at the Royal Theatre (805 Broughton). $30-$100. 250-386-6121.

The LOLA Projects – (see CITYSOMETHIN’) Premieres of new works by Constance Cooke, Lori Hamar, Leah Wickes and Joe Laughlin. Part of Dance Days. SUNDAY 7:30pm at The Metro Studio Theatre (1411 Quadra). By donation. 250-383-2663.

Theatresports – Local improvisers bringing their “A” game. SUNDAY 8-10pm at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $10. 250-380-1280.

When Smiles are Done – Full of humour and incisive dialogue, this play tells a story of family conflicts. Goh is among the pioneer Singaporean writers and one of the first to use “Singlish,” the characteristic Singaporean popular language. SUNDAY 8pm at Belfry Studio A (1291Gladstone). By donation. 250-592-4367.

SIN CITY the Live Improvised Soap Opera – Be there for the first of 20 episodes. It’s a completely improvised comedy, and anything can happen. TUESDAY 8-10pm at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $12/$10. 250-480-3709.

CALL FOR NON-PROFESSIONAL ACTORS/ MODELS – Open call seeking everyday people (male and female), extreme hobbyists and fans to participate in an art project. SATURDAY 11am-5pm at Open Space (510 Fort). Free. 250-383-8833.

WORDS

Tongues of Fire – Featuring David Fraser and Matthew Christopher Davidson and the usual open mic. THURSDAY 7pm at Solstice Café (529 Pandora). $5.

Classical Association of Vancouver Island – Professor Barbara Reeves, Department of Classics, Queen’s University will present The Nabataean and Roman Civilian Communities at Hawara, Ancient Humayma in Jordan. THURSDAY 7:30pm in room C122, David Strong Building (UVic). Membership $10. 250-721-8514.

endless growth to steady state: defining a transition – A short conference for those concerned and interested about the changes we must make to the ways we live on this planet. FRIDAY 7pm, SATURDAY 10am-5pm in C103, the David Strong Buildling (UVic). Free. 250-592-3715, persian_moose@hotmail.com.

THE friday QUIZ -A surreal quiz show with live music and $150 of Ditch Record vouchers to be won. Hosted by Benji. FRIDAY 7:30pm at Fort Café. 250-382-3130.

Planet Earth Poetry – Pays tribute to P.K. Page and helps The Malahat Review to launch their winter issue. FRIDAY 7:30pm at The Black Stilt Coffee House (1633 Hillside). $3. planetearthpoetryatblackstilt.blogspot.com.

Victoria Anarchist Reading Circle – Discuss the lastest in anarchy reading. TUESDAYS 7pm at Camas Books (2590 Quadra). Free. 250-381-0585.

conversations with activists – What are they really like? With Katie Shaw, Mike Sheehan and Cole Little. TUESDAY 7-9pm in B143, Cornette Building (UVic). Free. 250-592-3715.

Rebecca Belmore – This multi-disciplinary artist shares her wisdom. Her work addressed history, place and identity through the media of sculpture, installation, video and performance. TUESDAY 8pm in A162 Visual Arts Building (UVic). Free. lgammon@uvic.ca.

Quiz Whiz Night – Test smarts and friends with a supreme trivia challenge. TUESDAYS 9pm at Ocean Island Café (791 Pandora). Free. 250-385-1784.

Storytime – Enjoy fun, participatory stories for children and plenty of pages for kids of all ages. SATURDAYS & WEDNESDAYS 11am at Tall Tales Books (795 Fort). Free. talltalesbooks.com.

EBOOKS, BOOK DESIGN, AND POD – Three Victoria self-publishing specialists (Melody Poirier, Iryna Spica, and Eileen Young) give the latest scoop on what is becoming easier and more mainstream every day. WEDNESDAY 7pm at Oaklands Community Centre (2827 Belmont). Free. 250-592-6558.

galleries opening

Ministry of Casual Living – Moon Drawings, by Kimberly Simpson. With music by Rob Moir. THURSDAY 6-11pm. One night only at 1442 Haultain.

Coast Collective Gallery – Salon des Refuses, a show of works rejected by other major juried shows in the area. Opens THURSDAY. Reception SATURDAY 2-4pm. To February 13 at 3221 Heatherbell.

art gallery of greater victoria – The Lab: 250 Remix, exhibition by Tegan Forbes. Opens FRIDAY. To April 3 at 1040 Moss.

Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria – More Naughty Bits Showing, erotic art exhibit by Island Illustrators Society. Opening reception FRIDAY 7pm. To February 9 at G6-1001 Douglas.

Martin Batchelor Gallery – Dance Magnifique, five of Victoria’s award winning visual artists present their unique interpretations based on performances of nationally and internationally acclaimed dancers. Opens TUESDAY. Reception February 5 7-9pm. To February 24 at 712 Cormorant.

galleries- Cont.

art gallery of greater victoria – Agnostic Objects (Things Persist) by Daniel Laskarin. To SUNDAY. Communist Paradise: Chinese Propaganda Posters & and exhibition of works by Sara Robichaud and Ben Van Netten. To February 6. Focus on the Collection, prints by Albrecht Dürer. To February 27. Serenity: the Asian Garden, exhibition showcasing objects for the Asian garden. To July 2. On the Edge of Nowhere by Emily Carr, semi-permanent. All shows at 1040 Moss.

Winchester galleries – Collector’s Choice, group exhibition, and Selected Paintings, by Joe Norris, at 2260 Oak Bay. Retrospective, by Percival Ritchie at 758 Humboldt. Collector’s Choice, group exhibition at 796 Humboldt. All shows to SATURDAY.

west end gallery – A special group show celebrates the abundance and diversity created by artists from across British Columbia. To SUNDAY at 1203 Broad.

Xchanges Gallery – Terra Nullius, art by Jillian Player. To SUNDAY at 2333 Government.

Mercurio Gallery – Part of the Experiment, paintings by Sophia Morrison. To MONDAY at 602 Courtney.

absolute underground gallery – Twisted Christmas, featuring all local talent like Trust36, Ory, Cam Kallos, Amanda Schurman, Genghis Shawn, Robin Thompson and more. To MONDAY at Trounce Alley, downstairs.

GOWARD HOUSE – Youthful Expressions IV, artwork from Frank Hobbs, Arbutus, Lambrick Park and Mount Douglas Schools. To WEDNESDAY at 2495 Arbutus.

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Collective Works Gallery – New Year’s Show. To February 3 at 1311 Gladstone.

MARTIN BATCHELOR GALLERY – The Sappho Series, by Kristina Campbell. To February 3 at 712 Cormorant.

View Art Gallery – Outside.rs, outsider art from around the world. To February 5 at 104-860 View.

Legacy art gallery – Architecture and Power, art and architecture exhibition taking inspiration from artistic trends, architects, and technical aspects of parliamentary building construction. To February 6 at 630 Yates.

legacy art gallery – An exhibition on parliamentary buildings from sea to sea to sea. To February 6 at 630 Yates.

Polychrome Fine Arts gallery – Samatha Miniatures, a solo exhibition of photographs by Duane Prentice. To February 10 at 1113 Fort.

Deluge gallery -(Se CITYSOMTHIN). The Whites, by Mike Andrew McLean. To February 12 at 636 Yates.

Dales gallery – Everyday Eclectic – Street Level – Sky Wide, works by Stephanie Harding. To TUESDAY. Exhibit of Rachel Berman and Roberta Pyx Sutherland’s artwork for Artists for AIDS lottery. To February 14 at 537 Fisgard.

Maltwood Gallery – Stage, photographic portraits from the UVic Art Collections, featuring Frank Pimentel, Ulli Steltzer and Nina Raginsky and a selection from the University Archives and Special Collections. To February 16 at The McPherson Library (UVic).

Gallery at the Mac – The Remembering Gardens, works by Bryony-Wynne Jones and Laurie Ladmore. To February 21 at 3 Centennial Square.

Legacy Art Gallery – Connect the Blocks, a community-based exhibit. Opens WEDNESDAY. To February 22 at 630 Yates.

eclectic gallery – All Sorts, by Jennifer McIntyre. To February 26 at 2170 Oak Bay.

gallery at mattick’s farm – Textured mixed media works by artist Maggie Cole. To February 28 at 109-5325 Cadboro Bay.

morris gallery – Featuring new works by Keith Hiscock and David Goatley. To February 28 at 428 Burnside East.

Royal BC Museum – Behind the Scenes exhibition will bring the museum’s inner workings out to the public. To October 2, 2011, at 675 Belleville.

Maritime museum of BC – Visual Trickery, the art of photo manipulation. To March, 2011, at 28 Bastion.

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