Victoria’s Weekly Arts Listings Feb. 16 – 22

Victoria's Weekly Arts Listings Feb. 16 - 22, including Stage, words and galleries



thurs. FEB. 16

ONE THOUSAND CRANES – This beautiful show from Tokyo will redeem your faith in peace and humanity. It follows the incredible story of Sadako Sasaki, a young girl who became a symbol of hope and peace for her country in the aftermath of Hiroshima. To FRIDAY 8pm at The Metro Studio (1411 Quadra).  $18-$31. 250-383-2663.

CARMEN – Presented by Pacific Opera Victoria. By Georges Bizet. Bad, beguiling, and dangerous to know, Carmen will never let herself be chained down by a one man. To Feb 28. 8pm at the Royal Theatre (805 Broughton). $37 – $132. 250-385-0222,

sat. FEB. 18

Eurydice – This vibrant re-imagining of the Orpheus myth is presented through the eyes of its quirky heroine,  who encounters talking stones and a playfully sinister under lord while struggling to reconnect with her long lost father. 8pm and 2pm SATURDAYS. To Feb. 25 at the Phoenix Theatre (UVic). $13-$24. 250-721-8000,

ROSIE – Rosie is a hoarder. She doesn’t get out much as it’s difficult to find the door. So she speaks to her son, who isn’t there, and to someone on the phone, who may be there. 2pm and 8pm at the Intrepid Theatre (1609 Blanshard). $10/$12.

sun. feb. 19

Hansel and Gretel – Kaleidoscope Theatre presents this enchanting English adaptation of Englebert Humperdinck’s full-length opera. 2pm at the Metro Studio (1411 Quadra). $28.25.

The Showdown – Seven performers get seven minutes to win your vote and cash prize.  Hosted by Wes Lord, including performances from stand-up comedians, musicians, dancers, poets, beat boxers, actors, poets, you name it. 8pm at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad).  $10/$8 students.


ON THE EDGE –  By Michele Riml. Three women from three very different walks of life. One actress in a tour de force performance. With great humour, and greater empathy, the author of Sexy Laundry gives voice to three ordinary souls, challenged by the world around them. 8pm to Feb. 26 at the Belfry (1291 Gladstone). $12.88-$25.86. 250-385-6815.

SIN CITY IMPROV: Carnies – This completely improvised play unfolds in 24 weekly episodes. Every week the cast of characters move the story forward in hilarious and unexpected ways, as they respond to live direction. Anything can happen, and will, right before your eyes. 8pm. TUESDAYS to Apr. 17 at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad Street). $12/$15. 250-480-3709.


Langham Court Theatre Auditions – For 1959 Pink Thunderbird Convertible by James McLure. SATURDAY and SUNDAY 1-4pm at 805 Langham Court. Production Dates: April 25 to May 12. 250-384-2142,

VICTORIA’S SHAKESPEARE BY THE SEA – New Victoria theatre company is starting a professional summer Shakespeare festival.  Performers, designers, technicians send resume and picture to Robert Light MFA. Apt.1002 – 1147 Quadra Street Victoria, BC, V8W 2K5 or

Casting Call for Doc/Reality Series in Development – Do you feel like an outcast in your own neighbourhood?  Are your neighbours giving you grief about your house, your yard or something you do?  Need some help to bring a little peace to your life and your neighborhood? 250-217-9006,




FRI. feb. 17

PLANET EARTH POETRY – Two Leaf Press authors Judith Neale and Beth Kope. 7:30pm at The Moka House (1633 Hillside).  The evening begins with our open mic. Sign up at 7pm. $3.

MOn. feb. 20

The Victoria Storytellers Guild – Hear and tell stories. 7:30pm at1831 Fern. Park on Begbie. $3/$5. Includes tea and goodies. 250-477-7044,

PEN-IN-HAND Poetry/Prose Reading Series – Presenting featured readers Heidi Greco, poems, reviews, essays & fiction and Susan McCaslin, prizewinning poet & author of eleven volumes of poetry. Third MONDAY of every month. 7:30pm at Serious Coffee (230 Cook). Open Mic sign-up at 7:15pm. Wheelchair accessible. $3. 250-590-8010.

TUES. feb. 21

Sheila Heti – Novelist and playwright. 7:30pm at Open Space (510 Fort). By donation. 250-383-8833, Also WEDNESDAY 3pm in MacLaurin D107 (UVic). Free.


Victoria Anarchist Reading Circle – Discuss the latest in anarchist reading. TUESDAYS 7pm at Camas Books (2590 Quadra). Free. 250-381-0585.

trivia pub quiz – General knowledge, guess the song, who said it, (or our variation) who tweeted it! Free. TUESDAYS 8pm at Felicita’s (UVic). 250-721-8626.

Open mic – Poetry night. WEDNESDAYS 7-9pm at The Well (821 Fort). Free.


The Victoria Writers’ Society 11th Annual Writing Competition – 1st prize, $100. $15/$20 entry fee. Categories are Fiction, Creative Non-fiction and Poetry. Deadline May 1.





Community Arts Council Greater Victoria – Hand To Hand, exhibition of works by teaching artists. Performances, dance, textile arts, mixed media, installation, tapestry, painting, drawing, sculpture, claymation puppets. Opening reception 7pm. To Feb. 19 at 3220 Cedar Hill.

SAT. FEB. 18

WEST END GALLERY – In Focus, exhibition of new paintings by West Coast landscape artist Richard Cole. To Feb. 23 at 1203 Broad.

Sun. FEB. 12

ART GALLERY OF GREATER VICTORIA – Family Sunday. Join us in the Gallery for an afternoon of hands-on art making inspired by Victoria Collects. 2pm at 1040 Moss.


DALES GALLERY – i2i, an exhibition featuring the instructors of the Western Academy of Photography.To Feb. 23 at 537 Fisgard.

DELUGE CONTEMPORARY ART – Models for the Public Sphere: Tar Sands, Aircraft, Holocaust… exhibition by Greg Snider. This sculptor and installation artist’s work is considered a form of critical realism, primarily directed toward problems of representing labour and work in the public sphere. To Feb. 25 at 636 Yates.

ECLECTIC GALLERY- John McConnell – A Celtic Journey, exhibition of Irish landscapes and soul series that reflect mystic journeys transcending time. To Feb. 25 at 2170 Oak Bay Avenue.

Main Gallery – Recent Paintings by Sandra Levy. To Feb. 28 at Saanich Municipal Hall 770 Vernon.

FIFTY FIFTY ARTS COLLECTIVE – Exposed Heart, exhibition including artists from AIDS Vancouver Island, PEERS, Artemis Place, Rock Bay Landing, and the Victoria Youth Clinic. To Feb. 21 at 2156 Douglas.

Legacy Gallery – The Emergence of Architectural Modernism II: UVic and the Victoria Regional Aesthetic in the late 1950s and 60s. To Feb. 26 at 630 Yates.

LITTLE FERNWOOD GALLERY- Lands of Beal, a solo show featuring the landscapes of Clive Beal. To Feb. 23 at 1923 Fernwood.

MADRONA GALLERY – Madeleine Wood. The common element that weaves together all of Wood’s paintings is the compositional element of taking a segment of the whole. To Feb. 25 at 606 View.

Maltwood Prints and Drawings Gallery – Silent Observer, an exhibition of photos by Ted Grant. To Apr. 2 at the McPherson Library (UVic).

Maritime Museum- What Lies Beneath, an exhibit of the past, present and future of underwater exploration. With guest speaker Verena Tunicliffe.  $5-$30. Through August at 28 Bastion Square.

Open Space – Richard Raxlen: introspective?!*√º”ç¥å?!, an interdisciplinary exhibition sampling the work of the acclaimed Victoria artist. Raxlen is resolutely experimental as a filmmaker, animator and visual artist. Watch for images of Mutt & Jeff, historical footage and well known literary figures in his work. To Feb. 25 at 510 Fort St.

Polychrome Fine Arts – Iced Dream Sandwich, a group exhibition by Thomas Anfield, Ken Banner, Bill Blair, Adam Curry, and more. To March 1 at 1113 Fort.

Serious Coffee Esquimalt – Carron Berkes’ exhibition of acrylic paintings. To Feb.28 at #27 – 1153 Esquimalt .

The Slide Room Gallery – An exhibition with works by Stephen Goring, Dan MacDougall and Xane St. Phillip.  To Mar. 12 at 2549 Quadra.

victoria emerging art gallery- Boudoir, a dynamic and sensual display that will warm your heart. To Mar. 1 at 977 A Fort.

Xchanges Gallery  – From the Air, exhibition of digitally manipulated photographs taken from the windows of airplanes, revealing the patterns of our civilization’s footprint upon the earth by Karen Gillmore. To Feb. 26 at 2333 Government.


ARTIST APPLICATIONS – The Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria Artist in Residence Program at the Arts Centre at Cedar Hill is seeking artist applications. Deadline Mar. 2 at 5pm.