City Something: Monday’s Top Picks for Dec. 20-26

Monday's Top Picks for arts and entertainment in Victoria, BC

A Very Speical Derwin Blanshard's Extremely Classy Evening Program takes over the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad), Sun., Dec. 23.

Stay Classy, Victoria

After three sold-out shows, The Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad) and Wes Borg are proud to present A Very Special Derwin Blanshard’s Extremely Classy Christmas Programme Sun., Dec. 23 at 8pm. The fourth episode features HRH Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Carolyn Mark, Sarah Jane Pelzer, The Bachand Family, Dave Lang and Hearse, as well as the regular cast of awesome and hilarious talents. $12. M


Boxing Day Brouhaha

After ringing in the Mayan New Year at Chichen Itza and celebrating Christmas in Bethlehem, international man of mystery Max Power is pulling over his private jet in San Francisco to pick up long-time friend and chess partner Fred Everything for a quick trip to Victoria. The two plan to spend Wednesday afternoon taking advantage of massive discounts at boutiques on Lower Johnson, before making their way to Sugar Nightclub where Fred Everything will headline Radio Contact Productions’ fifth annual Boxing Day Hullabaloo (9pm).

“I can’t think of a better way to spend a night of post-shopping awesomeness,” says Power from a satellite phone in the Yucatán.

Fred Everything’s set of deep house will cap off a jam-packed lineup including violinist-extreemist Kytami, the eclectic Electric Timbre Company,  Moses and Mike Gano, DJ Nigel, Whitebird’s John Beaumier and host Dylan Willows.

The pristine interior of Sugar will be transformed with artwork from Trust 36 and Gordon Blunt.

And as a special apres-Christmas gift, Powers will announce the lineup for Song and Surf 5 in Port Renfrew.

Also: This is the only Boxing Day party that guarantees at least 100 people will get lei’d — by a mullet no less. Chris “Mullet Man” Mackey is wishing a few fine folks a “Mele Kalikimaka” by personally slapping a lei on the first 100 through the door.

Advance tickets ($15) at Coastline Surf and Sport (1417 Broad) or online at M

Unleash your inner bombshell

Ladies looking for a last-minute sexy gift need look no further than themselves — or perhaps themselves as a classic pin-up model.

Victoria’s renowned pin-up model and burlesque queen Bettina May will be back again on Dec. 22 from her abode in New York with extra blush for a special pre-Christmas pin-up class.

With no experience needed, participants of all shapes and sizes have the option of observing how to create the classic pin-up hair and makeup look just in time for all the festive parties, or upgrading to the full session with Bettina, where she will create your coif and 1950s-inspired make-up style, then offer posing lessons and a photo shoot — with endless gifting possibilities.

Ladies will leave with their vintage makeover, photo CD, Bettina May’s Style Manual and a new sense of confidence: her women-only class takes place in a safe, supportive environment and she guarantees participants will leave feeling more confident and glamorous than when they came in.

Advance sign-up required for the class, Sat., Dec. 22, noon-6pm at a private home in Fernwood. $50 for two-hour style instruction, $200 for full lesson and photo shoot. Register at Learn more about Bettina’s accolades, visit  M                     — By Danielle Pope



Daniel Lapp Christmas

Recent Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient, Daniel Lapp is presenting the ninth-annual Home for Christmas concert featuring Juno nominee Mae Moore, The Joy of Life Choir, The BC Fiddle Orchestra, Folkestra, and The Swingin’ Shepherds House Band (featuring local music icons Adrian Dolan, Adam Dobres, Rick May, and Kelby MacNayr), 2 and 7pm Sat., Dec. 22 at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (680 Courtney). Tickets available (cash only) at Ivy’s Books and Hemp and Co. M


A Year and a Day

With all the talk about the end of the incredibly complicated Mayan calendar, there is no better time to think about the merits of our own Gregorian calendar and where it came from.

Two local authors, Jessica North-O’Connell and Yvonne Owens, are preparing for the winter solstice and upcoming “paradigm shift” by co-hosting the workshop Renewal: A Year and a Day — Grounding the Sustainable Calendar Dec. 21 from 7-10pm at the Victoria College of Art (1625 Bank).

Experts on the 13-month Celtic Druid Lunar Calendar, Owens and North-O’Connell will teach this wisdom-based seminar and celebratory ritual to lead you through the end of this world and into a new age.

Tickets are $25/20 students/unwaged and are available at Triple Spiral Metaphysical (3 Fan Tan Alley). More information at 250-749-7759 or M



Balkan Babes

Release their long-awaited CD Volio, an album of traditional Balkan folk songs. 7:30pm at First Church of Christ, Scientist (1205 Pandora). $12/$10 with food bank donation or in advance at Larsen Music, Spiral Cafe, Lyle’s Place and Long and McQuade.


Just Posted

Blue Bridge stages modern version of a theatre classic

Ibsen’s The Master Builder touches on aging, feelings of inadequacy, in a contemporary context

John Cleese returns to Victoria for something completely different

If you weren’t able to find June tickets, dont fret, the Python alumnus is back in November

Madcap British farce comes to Langham Court Theatre

Communty theatre company winds up successful season with Noises Off

BEHIND BARS: Nothing common about this place

Commons bartender Geneviéve Turgeon makes what’s old fashioned new again

Victoria Drum Fest continues to attract topnotch international talent

Festival founder Murray Creed expects 10th anniversary event May 26 will be the best yet

WATCH: Maya mixes the ancient with the contemporary at the RBCM

New ‘world-leading’ exhibit offers many pieces not seen before by the public

Expanded bluegrass festival pitches its tent at Laketown Ranch

Former Sooke Bluegrass Festival outgrew previous venue after 16 successful years, organizer says

Special Report: Opioid overdose display gets blessing from the Pope, awaits a city-approved spot

Judith Conway’s large display represents people who have died from opioid overdoses

Mamma Mia! poised to be biggest Chemainus Theatre show ever

Plenty of buzz as Island dinner theatre schedules ABBA-fueled romp

Special Report: Front line work by caring emergency doctors

Dr. Jason Wale uses unique program to help people with addictions in Greater Victoria

Action on climate change a moral commitment: author

Dahr Jamail to speak in Sooke on June 4

Put your love of reading to good use June 1

Bolen Books hosting Summer Readathon to help the Victoria Literacy Connection

Most Read