City Something, Oct. 11-17

Monday Magazine's top picks for arts and entertainment in Victoria.

One of the antique maps on display at the Royal BC Museum as part of Envisioning the World: The First Printed Maps, 1472-1700.

Envisioning the World: The First Printed Maps, 1472-1700

 

Henry Wendt loves maps. His wife Holly does, too, though admittedly not quite as much. Wendt’s enthusiasm, however, is contagious as I accompany him on a guided tour of his collection on display at the Royal BC Museum. “They’re all my favorites,” he says. “They’re like my children.” That is until we reach a map from 1570 by Ortelius, the first we see to depict North America.

“Actually, this is my favorite.” Sorry children.

The map is beautifully hand-painted, featuring a massive southern continent, common as mapmakers conceptualized earthly equilibrium. Each new map on the tour reveals how global interpretations shifted from three continents held up by the three sons of Noah, to three continents as clover petals, to maps with accuracy nearly equivalent to those of today. The geo-politically undesirable, however, faded into cartographic swirls. None were used for exploration. Stored in atlases, these maps generally collected dust in the libraries of the wealthy and were thus preserved.

The Royal BC Museum adds B.C.’s perspective with the Sanson/Jaillot World Map, the last printed map before B.C.’s discovery. It’s one of 178,000 maps and atlases boasted by the museum. If you love maps, love art, love history you’re going to love this collection! M

 

This exhibition of antique maps is on display at the Royal BC Museum until Jan. 27

— By Colin Cayer

 

Peter N’ Chris

 

Through its Spotlight on Alumni program, UVic is hosting grads Chris Wilson and Peter Carlone back on the Phoenix Theatre stage with their hilarious spoof on classic whodunit detective stories and horror movies, Peter N’ Chris and the Mystery of the Hungry Heart Motel (Running Oct. 11 to 20). Free pre-show lecture Friday with prof Linda Hardy and the matinee Oct. 20 will feature sign-language interpretation (2pm). For more information and tickets, visit phoenixtheatres.ca or call 250-721-8000. M

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doing it For the Chicks

 

Musical activist and singer-songwriter Kate Reid is making her way to The Well (821 Fort), Sun., Oct. 14 for a special afternoon show (4-6pm). With her slam-story-telling-meets-acoustic-country-folk vibe, Reid is sure to entertain, and leave you laughing with her toungue-in-cheek humour and no-holds-barred attitude. Tickets are $20 at the door. M

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cherry Bomb Toys’ 10th Ultimate Hobby and Toy Fair

Calling on kids young and old — the 10th Ultimate Hobby and Toy Fair featuring collectible toys, comics, models, action figures and more is taking place Sun., Oct. 14 at Pearkes Rec Centre (9am – 3pm, 3100 Tilicum).

Admission is $5 for adults and free for children. Visit ultimatetoyfair.com for more information. M

 

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

Just Posted

Powerful Russian folk trio makes triumphant return to city

Trio Voronezh back on Victoria stage for first time since appearing at Coupe Mondiale in 2013

Abbamania, Night Fever in spotlight at McPherson in Victoria

ABBA, Bee Gees songs will fill the Mac Feb. 7, along with Lady Gaga tribute

Vic High alumni named Victoria’s new Youth Poet Laureate

Neko Smart, the founder and coach of the Vic High slam poetry team, will serve a one-year term

Dance Victoria: The Trocks are in town!

Dance Days 2020 performance roster includes two powerhouse presentations

Pacific Opera Victoria exec member earns major honour

Yvette Guigueno to attend prestigious OPERA America leadership program this month in New York

Winners announced for inaugural Victoria Arts Council/Monday poetry contest

More than 100 entries received in five categories

Canadian polar bears’ ‘ingenious’ survival seen in BBC Earth series

Film crews also go to Tofino to watch black bears snap up crabs under massive boulders

Spring author’s reading series kicks off early in Sidney

Sidney and Peninsula Literary Society hosting Yasuko Thanh and Carla Funk for Feb. 7 event

The winners of London Drugs’ 2019 Amateur Photographer of the Year contest are…

After more than 26,000 entries, the winners have been selected across Western Canada.

‘How to Train Your Dragon’ filmmaker Dean DeBlois among Canadian Oscar nominees

Multiple Oscar-nominated Canadian talents on Academy Award hopefuls list

Most Read