It’s time once again for Flamenco de la Isla’s annual A Taste of Spain spring Flamenco fiesta and fundraiser, Saturday, May 5 at Henderson Hall (1632 Yale). This 19+ event features a silent auction, no host bar and tapas, a gypsy costume theme and dance performance by Alma de Espana. Tickets are $25/$20 and are available at Munro’s and Ivy’s Books. Doors at 7:30 p.m.
Michael Tredinnick, winner of the Montreal Poetry Prize at The Well, May 3.
Take advantage of the chance to hear Australian writer Michael Tredinnick, the winner of the Montreal International Poetry Prize — the largest prize in the world for a single poem — as he concludes his Canadian tour at The Well on Thursday, May 3. He’ll be joined by two shortlisted poets from Victoria, former poet laureate Linda Rogers and UVic Medieval Studies professor Iain Higgins as well as Gary Geddes and Tim Lilburn. 7 p.m.
The Victoria Operatic Society presents Brigadoon
The Victoria Operatic Society is putting on a show “ye dinnae want tae miss” at the McPherson Playhouse, May 4, 5, 11, 12 at 8 p.m. and May 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. Brigadoon transports the audience to a mysterious Scottish village in the highlands where two American tourists discover there’s something special going on. With familiar favourites “Waiting for my Dearie,” “I’ll Go Home with Bonnie Jean,” “There But For You I Go,” “The Heather of the Hill” and “Almost Like Being in Love.” Produced by Patrick Heath and Kelley O’Connor, directed and choreographed by Tara Britt with Rick Underwood as music director. Tickets starting at $24 at rmts.bc.ca or 250-386-6121.
Off the Wall in China
Go on a journey Off the Wall in China (And Far Flung in the Philippines) with professional Vancouver photographer and adventure traveller William Janz in one of his popular live multimedia presentations, Tuesday, May 8 at Spectrum School (957 Burnside, 7:30 p.m.). Find out what happened when Janz slept on the Great Wall, climbed the perfect volcano and attended the Philippines crucifixion festival. Tickets are $24 at the door, $22 online (wrjphoto.com) and $21 in advance at Robinsons (1307 Broad). Janz will be back in town with Tales From Tanzania Monday, May 14 at the same location.
Burning Man’s Trojan Horse
Live out your dreams of attending Burning Man vicariously through the documentary Black Rock Horse, which tells the story of the 2011 Trojan Horse art project and the more than 600 volunteers who came together to pull the massive horse across a dry lake bed. The procession turns into a stampede when the “slaves” revolt. This one-time event will include a Q and A with the filmmaker, Todd Darling and the Vancouver artists behind the creation of the horse, Douglas Bevans and Alaya Boisvert, after the screening. Doors at 7 p.m., first screening at 7:30 p.m., second screening at 9 p.m. A reception may follow. Sunday, May 6 at Sunset Labs (401 Herald).
Whale of a Show
And Friday night there’s going to be a whale of a show at Alix Goolden Hall. Vancouver pop-rockers Said the Whale are performing with Chains of Love and Oh no! Yoko May 4. Tickets are $20 at Ditch Records, Lyle’s place and ticketweb.ca. Doors at 7:30 p.m. M