City Something May 10-16

Monday Magazine's Top Picks for arts and entertainment in Victoria May 10-16, including Ron James, Tweed Ride, Shirley Valentine and more.

Canadian stand-up comic Ron James is going to tell it how he sees it at the Royal Theatre May 13.

Canadian stand-up comic Ron James is going to tell it how he sees it at the Royal Theatre May 13.

Ron James

There are few Canadians who know our great country as intimately as stand-up comic Ron James.

After touring the great expanse from coast to coast for more than 15 years, stopping in every nook and cranny, James knows better than most just what makes the country tick. And he’s ready to sound off Sunday, May 13 in Victoria.

“I really did glean a sense of country in my travels,” says James. “That’s the boon of this work — besides the good fortune of being able to make a living doing comedy. I’ve learned to tip the apple cart according to region and to tackle any sacred cows I can.” Like Tim Hortons: “I hit my limit with Timmy’s. I said that to someone and they looked at me like I shit on the flag,” says James. “Bilge water from a Russian tanker filtered through a prostitute’s pantyhose would taste good with a double-double.”

James has a fondness for the “wild, woolly and idyllic” Vancouver Island, and is heading back to the Royal Theatre, where they filmed his third regional comedy special West Coast Wild. “I just love that room,” says James. “It’s one of the nicest rooms in the country. I’ve got a whole new show from when I was there last time. .. let’s just say that if the ushers aren’t wiping the seats afterwards I haven’t done my job.”

Tickets for the Victoria show start at $52.50 and are available at rmts.bc.ca and by phone at 250-386-6121. M

 

 

Shirley Valentine

Nicola Cavendish is back in Victoria to present her award-winning performance of Willy Russell’s international hit Shirley Valentine. Cavendish has thrilled Canadian audiences from coast-to-coast for more than 20 years in this remarkable one woman tour-de-force about a neglected housewife that “has enough,” packs her bags and takes off on a journey of self-discovery. This role earned Cavendish wins for best actress in both Vancouver’s prestigious Jessie Richardson and Toronto’s Dora Mavor Moore Awards.

Shirley Valentine runs May 15-20 at the McPherson Playhouse. Tickets at rmts.bc.ca or by phone at 250-386-6121. M

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pacifica Housing Art Show and Sale at Island Blue

Art made by tenants of Pacifica Housing’s four supported complexes is on display for the month of May at Island Blue Art Store (Quadra and Fort).  The art was made as part of Pacifica’s art program for residents, which adorns the walls of Clover Place, where David Small (right) has lived since December 2011. David has one artwork in the show and sale, titled Solace in Recovery which depicts a cityscape on a jungle sun. “It’s about getting back to your animal roots rather than living in a concrete jungle,” says Small. A special after hours exhibition and art sale will take place May 10 at 5:30 p.m.. Tickets are $10 and proceeds will support Pacifica Housing’s art program. M

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tweed Ride Victoria

 

 

Get out your best herringbone twill and Harris tweed and get classy on the streets of Victoria in the second annual Tweed Ride, kicking off at 11 a.m. from the lawns of the Fairmont Empress. The all-ages ride will make stops at various locations across town, even stopping for a spot of tea at Craigdarroch Castle. Space is limited. Sign up at tweedridevictoria.com. M

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Orca 1
Orcas: Our Shared Future

Royal BC Museum dives into the world of orcas with upcoming feature exhibition

Frank Ludwig in a forklift with his long hair during Trooper’s heyday. (Photo submitted)
Humble Island beginnings blossomed into storied career for Trooper keyboardist

Frank Ludwig got his start as a boy pumping the organ in a tiny downtown Chemainus church

Joan Miller with the Vancouver Island North Regional Film Commission says there’s much room for optimism in the region rebounding from COVID-19 and is excited about what the future holds for the region. Black Press File Photo
North Island film industry optimistic about post-COVID rebound

Interest in filming here is still high, according to film commission, once things open back up

The 10-part Netflix series Maid, which is being exclusively shot in Greater Victoria, has been filming in Langford and Colwood over the past two weeks. On April 7, filming will take place on the east side of the Esquimalt Lagoon. (Black Press Media file)
Netflix series ‘Maid’ filming in Colwood

10-episode Warner Bros. production filmed exclusively in Greater Victoria

Victoria mural artists Joshua Lundrigan (from left) and Paul Archer join Rob Chyzowski, co-owner of Belleville’s Watering Hole and Diner in front of an Archer-designed mural that went up on Thursday at the Inner Harbour restaurant. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Positivity rules with new outdoor mural from Victoria artist

Paul Archer teams with Belleville’s Watering Hole and Diner for patio project

Thomas Kuecks, Bellamy Kuecks and Paula Foot have come together to create an album of stories for children. (Nina Foot photo)
Moments with Miss Paula creates musical stories for kids

Music and the spoken word from Island pair available on streaming

Author Eden Robinson poses for a portrait during an interview in Toronto, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin
Trickster trilogy author Eden Robinson hosts online conversation and reading

Haisla and Heiltsuk will join fans in event hosted by Vancouver Island Regional Library

Nanaimo author Lawrence Winkler’s latest book is ‘The Last Casebook of Doctor Sababa.’ (Bulletin file photo/supplied)
Nanaimo author wraps up trilogy following ‘antihero’ Island doctor

Lawrence Winkler presents ‘The Last Casebook of Doctor Sababa’

‘Frank Ney’ by Patrick Flavin, ‘Millstone River Upper Falls’ by John Collison Baker, ‘Labyrinth of Dreams’ by MA Molcan, ‘On the Other Side’ by Liana Ravensbergen, ‘December Snow’ by Laurel Karjala and ‘Jacks Point’ by Dana Smiley (cropped, clockwise from top-left) are among the works in the Nanaimo Arts Council’s latest exhibition. (Photos courtesy Nanaimo Arts Council)
Nanaimo Arts Council presents its first online gallery show

Submissions now open for upcoming ‘Ekphrastic Celebration’ show

Dorothy Sevcov’s exhibition ‘Having Fun With Acrylics’ is on display at Art 10 Gallery until the end of the month. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)
Experimental paintings now on exhibit at Nanaimo’s Art 10 Gallery

Dorothy Sevcov’s ‘Having Fun With Acrylics’ on display through April

Courtenay artist Christine Boyer presents Alongside My Path: Native Wildflowers of Canada at Gallery Merrick from April 9 to 23. (Photo courtesy Christine Boyer)
Island painter shows off the wildflowers of Western Canada in first solo show

Courtenay’s Christine Boyer presents floral exhibit at Nanaimo’s Gallery Merrick

Nanaimo Harbourfront Library librarian April Ripley led the effort to create a Vancouver Island poetry booklet in recognition of National Poetry Month. (Josef Jacobson/The News Bulletin)
Nanaimo Harbourfront Library publishes booklet for National Poetry Month

Collection features winners of ‘Poem in your Pocket’ contest

SENCOTEN language revitalizationist and filmmaker Renee Sampson’s short film, Bringing Our Language Back to LIfe, shows online during the Reel 2 Real International Youth Film Festival, April 14-23. (Photo courtesy Wapikoni)
SENCOTEN language featured in short film created on Saanich Peninsula

Renee Sampson film highlights importance of passing on traditional languages to youth

Most Read