Thurs. Oct. 20
The Fall of the House of Usher – Experience a walking tour of Craigdarroch Castle’s interior and exterior as scenes of Poe’s tale unfold around you. THURSDAY 8pm, FRIDAY & SATURDAY 7pm & 9pm, SUNDAY & WEDNESDAY 8pm. To Oct. 31 at the Craigdarroch Castle (1050 Joan). $25/$22 Castle members. 250-592-5323.
Sat. Oct. 22
Monster Bash Variety Show – Burlesque and music by the Manny Modesto Quintet. 9pm at The Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $20. 250-380-1280.
Sun. Oct. 23
Sunday Night Improv – Hosted by Dave Morris. 7:30pm at The Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $10. 250-380-1280.
TUES. Oct. 25
CARIBOO BUCKAROO – The true tall tale of an 1864 cattle drive full of surprise, magic and beans. TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY 7pm. To Oct. 30 at the Intrepid Theatre Club (1609 Blanshard). $20/$10 children. 250-383-2663.
Dance Training – In a new unique style and technique. Talent required, but no prior schooling required. SATURDAY. Email email@example.com for details.
ROMP – A festival of interpretive dance. To SUNDAY at venues throughout Victoria. $20/$25. suddenlydance.ca.
Love Kills – A critically acclaimed rock musical and psychological drama bringing audiences inside the jail and inside the heads of two teenage lovers accused of murder. THURSDAY-SATURDAY 8pm, matinee SATURDAY 2pm. To SATURDAY at the Phoenix Theatre (UVic). $22/$13 students. 250-721-8638.
Nana’s Naughty Knickers
– A cute comedy that sparkles with quick wit, hidden compartments, sexy innuendo and mistaken identity. THURSDAY-SATURDAY 8pm, matinees SATURDAY & SUNDAY 2pm. To Oct. 23 at St Luke’s Hall (3821 Cedar Hill X).
And Slowly Beauty – Mr. Mann, is quietly passing through life. A random office draw wins him tickets to the theatre, to see Chekhov’s The Three Sisters, where his quiet yearning for happiness seems to take on new meaning. THURSDAY-SATURDAY 8pm, matinees SAT 4pm, SUN 2pm. To Oct. 23 at the Belfry Theatre (1291 Gladstone). $23-$38. 250-385-6815.
Gormenghast – The story of a kingdom determined to remain untouched by change and time until murder threatens to extinguish the Groan family and all they hold dear. FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS 7:30pm To Nov. 12 at the William Head Institution (6000 William Head). $20. 250-391-7078.
Comedy night – Get your belly aching with Paul Myrehaug and Garret Clark. FRIDAY & SATURDAY 9pm at Heckler’s. $10. 250-386-9207.
Thurs. Oct. 20
Anna Jacquet & Friends – The Spirit of Canada People’s Choice winner returns. THURSDAY & SATURDAY 7-9pm at The Well (821 Fort). $6. 250-590-4995.
Solar Colwood – Learn about solar hot water, ductless split heat pumps and grants available for solar installation. 7pm at the Colwood City Hall (3300 Wishart). Free. 250-884-0784, solarcolwood.ca.
Elizabeth Rhett Woods – Launch for her latest novel, Coyote. 7pm at Moka House Coffee (103-1633 Hillside). Free. 250-385-3378.
Vic Slam – So you think you can slam? It’s you, a mic and three minutes to impress the audience judges. Cash prizes. 7:30pm sign up. 8pm at Cabin 12 (607 Pandora). $5. missiepeters.com.
Fri. Oct. 21
Planet Earth Poetry – Featuring Shane Rhodes reading from his latest collection, Err, after open mic. 7:30 at The Moka House (1633 Hillside). $3. planetearthpoetryvictoriabc.blogspot.com.
Sat. Oct. 22
The Business of art – Chris Tyrell speaks on the business of art. All artists welcome. 10am-2:30pm in the Art Centre at Cedar hill Rec Centre (3220 Cedar Hill). $30/$20 Community Arts Council members. 250-475-7123, cacgv.ca.
Adrienne Clarkson – Introduces her latest work, Room For All Of Us. 7:30pm at Fairfield United Church (1303 Fairfield). $5. 250-382-2464.
mon. Oct. 24
The Victoria Filipino-Canadian Association – Presentation by Dr Oscar Perez de Tagle, The Pacification and Evangelization of the Philippine Islands, with a focus on Martin de Goiti and Juan de Salcedo. 7pm at the Banyanihan Community Centre (1709 Blanshard). Free. bayanihan.ca.
TUES. Oct. 25
Life Writing – Join writers Barbara Stewart, Jane Johnston and Lynne Van Luven for an evening discussion of the challenges, pleasures and art of life writing. 7pm at the Cadboro Bay Book Company (3840B Cadboro Bay). Free.
Bob Lenarduzzi & Jim Taylor – Book launch for Bob Lenarduzzi: A Canadian Soccer Story. 7pm at the GVPL, Central Branch (735 Broughton). Free. gvpl.ca.
Megan Lane – An evening of words and sounds. 8-10pm at The Spiral (418 Craigflower). By donation. 250-386-9303.
Wed. Oct. 26
Copernicus, Galileo and Beyond – George Saliba of Columbia University discusses renaissance interactions with Arabic and Islamic science. 7pm in room A120, the Social Sciences and Math Building (UVic). Free. 250-721-6325.
Investigating the Migration of Rufous Hummingbirds – Join ecologist Dr. Jonathan Moran in exploring the migration of these fascinating birds and learn how the use of feather characteristics can help unravel some of the mysteries of their travels. Bring a coffee mug. 7:30pm in room 159 of the Fraser Building (UVic). Free. naturevictoria.ca.
Victoria Anarchist Reading Circle – Discuss the latest in anarchist reading. TUESDAYS 7pm at Camas Books (2590 Quadra). Free. 250-381-0585.
trivia pub quiz – General knowledge, guess the song, who said it, (or our variation) who tweeted it! Free. TUESDAYS 8pm at Felicita’s (UVic). 250-721-8626.
Open mic – Poetry night. WEDNESDAYS 7-9pm at The Well (821 Fort). Free.