City Something Oct. 4-10

Monday's top picks for arts and entertainment in Victoria: Thanksgiving Social, Jenny Ritter, DEDfest and theatre, theatre, theatre.

'Ayad Allawi' by Frank Mitchell is part of Monsters at the Metchosin Art Gallery.

'Ayad Allawi' by Frank Mitchell is part of Monsters at the Metchosin Art Gallery.


Monsters on display

The new Metchosin Art Gallery (4495 Happy Valley) is hosting an exhibition of works by Frank Mitchell and Sylvia Bews-Wright called Monsters — paintings of various dictators, tyrants and politicians. The opening reception is Sat., Oct. 6 at 1pm. The show runs until Oct. 28 and the gallery is open Thursday to Sunday noon to 5pm.








The DEDfest Horror Film Festival is back with  four splat-tastic films, including the Night of the Living Dead, Creepshow, V/H/S, and Famine, Sat., Oct. 6 at the Vic Theatre (808 Douglas). Doors are at 3pm and the first show is at 3:30pm.  Tickets are $15 for the full fest or $10 per show, or $10 full fest if you’re dressed as a zombie (from the Zombie Walk, 2pm Centennial Square).














POV presents MacBeth



Pacific Opera Victoria presents an Italian take on a Shakespearean classic with Verdi’s MacBeth, opening Thurs., Oct. 4 at 8pm at the Royal Theatre.  The production also runs Oct. 6, 10 and 12 at 8pm and Oct. 14 at 2pm. Tickets at





















Theatre Inconnu presents the Laurence Olivier Award-winning play Blackbird by David Harrower, opening Fri., Oct. 5 at 1923 Fernwood. Directed by Graham McDonald and starring Jess Shead and Ted Phythian, Blackbird was inspired by the true story of a young woman and a middle-aged man reuniting 15 years after they had a sexual relationship when the woman was just 12 years old. Blackbird runs until Oct. 20. Tickets at






84, Charing Cross Road


Langham Court Theatre opens its 84th season with an ode to romantic letter writing in 84, Charing Cross Road — a nostalgic comedy directed by Sylvia Rhodes and staring Jennifer Hoener and Roger Carr with set design by Sally Crickman. 84, Charing Cross Road runs until Oct. 20. Tickets are available at or 250-384-2142.








Blue Bridge at Play


Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre and Winchester Galleries are hosting the Fifth Annual Exhibition and Sale in support of the budding theatre company’s “dream season” at Winchester’s Oak Bay location (2260 Oak Bay), Thurs., Oct. 4 to Sat., Oct. 6. The show features works by more than 20 of Canada’s leading visual artists, including Nathan Birch, Antoine Bittar, Joe Coffey, Cynthia Cooper, Jeff Moloy, Abe Murley, Manish Om’ Prakash, P.K. Page, Brad Pasutti, Joseph Plaskett, Avis Rasmussen, Deirdre Roberts, Iloa Scott and Frances Semple. Drop by between 10am and 5:30pm Thursday and Friday and 10am to 1pm Saturday to view and purchase these works.




Contrails vs Chemtrails


Chemtrails  are a bone of contention for a lot of people. Milky-white vapor trails left behind by airplanes (more commonly known as contrails) leave streaks across the sky — some disappear quickly, while others, some say, linger, stretch out and create a thin layer of “cloud” or haze in our skies.

Some people call it a complete crock, others call it atmospheric aerosol geo-engineering (a form of weather control). One of these local chemtrail activists has been spending his own time and money to help educate the public on the topic by holding public, by donation, screenings of popular chemtrail documentaries — first What in the World are they Spraying? in October 2011. Now, a year later, he’s rented the Vic West Community Centre (521 Craigflower) to screen the follow up Why in the World are they Spraying? Sat., Oct. 6 at 7pm. Go decide for yourself.




Jenny Ritter CD Release



Singer-songwriter Jenny Ritter is releasing her album Bright Mainland at the Solstice Cafe, Oct. 4 and 5, accompanied by Adrian Dolan and Adam Dobres on electric guitar. With guest David Newbury. 7:30pm THURSDAY and FRIDAY at the Solstice Cafe (529 Pandora). $TBA.















Thanksgiving Social



Radio Contact Productions invites you to a post-turkey dinner party with Sunday Buckets, Dope Soda, DJ Nigel, Tech Cows, Touch Base and MC Dylan Willows. 9pm at Club 9ONE9 (919 Douglas). $13/15. Advance tickets at Coastine Sports.






Lucinda Louise Hatt



Local Metis artist Lucinda Louise Hatt is hosting a solo show of her acrylic paintings, beginning Tues., Oct. 9 at 730 View.

Hatt’s work has a strong focus on family, sport and pets, as well as her Metis heritage.

Her style is described as impressionistic, fearless, fluid and passionate.

The empty commercial space is for lease, and Hatt operates a business (The Wetcleaner) out of the same building, so the landlord allowed her to use this unconventional space for her art show and sale.The opening reception is from 7 to 11pm Tuesday. The show and sale will also be open to the public Wed., Oct. 10 from 10am to 4pm, before Hatt goes in for knee surgery the following day.

“Painting is like a craving or urge for me,” says Hatt. “I relish every moment I am drawing, painting, sculpting, crafting or teaching art.” M