The 15th annual Victoria French Fest runs March 8-11 with a magic show by Alain Choquette March 9 at the McPherson Playhouse and Dream Circus with Ben Labarouette the following night. Visit www.francocentre.com for a full schedule of events.
Salt Spring Island resident Helani Davison has led a remarkable life. Raised by a mother with paranoid schizophrenia, she left home at a very young age and became a model in Toronto, where she later became addicted to amphetamines. Davison was also later diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, bi-polar disorder, borderline personality disorder and an eating disorder. What also makes Davison a little different is that she chooses to treat her illnesses holistically. Davison will be performing her one-woman show about her life Daughter of Chaos at the Eric Martin Pavillion, Sat., March 10 at 7 p.m. by donation. Her own daughter, who remarkably has no diagnoses, will be in attendance for a Q and A after the show.
Join the Victoria Downtown Public Market Society at Canoe Brewpub Wed., March 14 for an evening of food, farm folks, film and beer. The VDPMS is screening a documentary about the rise of the local food movement called Ingredients with guest speakers, treats from market vendors and free samples of Canoe’s new Golden Lion Belgian Ale. Tickets $10, beer tasting starts at 5 p.m,, screening at 8 p.m..
Friends of James “Jamer” Lindsay are hosting a memorial fundraiser Sun., March 11 at Lucky Bar in order to raise some cash to build an addition to the Vic West Skatepark in Jamer’s name. Local businesses have come together to offer some amazing schwag for the silent auction, with tattoos, decks, clothes and more up for grabs. Music by Rennie ‘DUB-NUT’ Foster and DJ SQUANTOS. Doors at 9 p.m.. Get there early to avoid being left out.
Scrumpy Productions is workshopping a new play by Pick of the Fringe performer Julian Cervello, Sat., March 10 at the Intrepid Theatre Club as part of the You Show. Cervello’s play, The Wyf of Bathe is described as a 600-year-old comedy similar to a fourth century Vagina Monologues. The Wyf of Bathe will continue on to the 2012 Fringe. 8 p.m.. Tickets at the door. Cash only.
The iconic Alonzo King LINES Ballet company from San Francisco arrives at the Royal Theatre with a gorgeous new piece – 13 exquisite contemporary ballet dancers and 200 pounds of salt that showers the stage, cascading off their bodies and scattering shards of light in a flurry of gorgeous movement. The company will perform two new works March 9 and 10 presented by Dance Victoria. Tickets start at $25 at DanceVictoria.com, rmts.bc.ca or (250) 386-6121. M