VIctoria’s Weekly Arts Listings Feb. 23-29

VIctoria's Weekly Arts Listings Feb. 23-29 — including Stage, Words and Galleries

Pacific Opera Victoria presents Carmen, opening Feb. 16 at the Royal Theatre

Pacific Opera Victoria presents Carmen, opening Feb. 16 at the Royal Theatre



SUN. FEB. 26

Sunday Night Improv – Hosted by Dave Morris. 7:30pm at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $10.

Tues. FEB. 28

THE CRACKWALKER – By Judith Thompson. The four characters are lowlife misfits as far as respectable community is concerned, but their interaction demonstrates a symbiotic relationship that is every bit as rich and complicated as those in more “elevated” circles. $7 preview 8pm. To Mar. 17 at Fernwood Little Hall (1923 Fernwood). $10/$14. 250-590-6291,

WED. FEB. 29

GUYS AND DOLLS – Presented by St. Michaels University Senior School. 7:30pm at the McPherson (3 Centennial Square). To Mar. 3. $24.75.


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 TUESDAY. 8pm at the Royal Theatre (805 Broughton). $37 – $132. 250-385-0222,

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 SATURDAY at the Phoenix Theatre (UVic). $13-$24. 250-721-8000,

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 SUNDAY 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. Funny, sad, poignant, exciting, thrilling – this format takes improv to a whole new level. 8pm. TUESDAYS to Apr. 17 at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad Street). $12/$15. 250-480-3709.


Harbinger Films – Holding auditions for feature film “Dirty Joe’s”. Send headshot, resume and reel to Jim Leard, The Story Theatre Company,

1291 Gladstone Ave, Victoria BC

V8T 1G5 Deadline Mar. 3.

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,




THURS. feb. 23

Victoria Spoken Word Fest – Tongues of Fire presents The Instant Slam. 7:30pm at Solstice Café (529 Pandora). $5.

FRI. feb. 24

PLANET EARTH POETRY – Performance poet Sheri-D Wilson and sensation Billeh Nickerson. Thanks to The League of Canadian Poets and The Canada Council for the Arts for their support. 7:30pm at The Moka house (1633 Hillside). $3.

A WICKED AWAKENING – Visiting artist “Calinda B” will read from her new novel about paranormal romance. Hosted by Overleaf Books. 3:30pm at Caffe Misto (2865 Foul Bay). Entry by drink or snack purchase.

Victoria Spoken word fest – Awsome Shit Showcase at Intrepid Theatre (2-1609 Blanshard).$10.

sat. feb. 25

Victoria Spoken Word Fest – On the Edge, with Poet of Honour Chris Masson. 8pm Intrepid Theatre (2-1609 Blanshard). $10.

Sun. feb. 26

Victoria Spoken Word Fest – Public Workshop, with Chris Masson. 1pm at Intrepid Theatre (2-1609 Blanshard). $25.

tues. feb. 28

CLARET and AMBER – Debut public staged reading by Susan Shillingworth. Drawn from the journals of Emily Carr and Lucy Maude Montgomery. 4pm at the Victoria College of Art (1625 Bank). Free. 250-598-5422.

wed. feb. 29

Techno Art – 7pm at the Well (821 Fort). 250-590-4995,


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

trivia night – With Mosquoy. 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.




Sat. FEB. 25

Dales Gallery – ENCOUNTERS in a traveling life. A diverse collection of images captures intimate moments of engagement with people and places around the world. Opening reception at 3pm. To Apr. 3 at 537 Fisgard.

Fifty Fifty Arts Collective – POST, a one weekend exhibition of artist postcards featuring work by local, Canadian and international artists. For sale at $10 per card with proceeds going to future arts programs at The Fifty Fifty. To SUNDAY at 2516 Douglas.

mon. FEB. 27

GALLERY AT THE MAC – Visions of Community,  exhibition of St. Michaels University Youth Art Exhibit. Opening reception at 7pm. To Apr. 2 at 3 Centennial Square.

tues. FEB. 28

ministry of casual living – John Luna, art exhibits at Decade,1407 Government, Games Workshop, 625 Johnson, and White Bird, 768 Yates in Odeon Alley. Closing reception 7pm at the Brickyard.

wed. FEB. 29

COAST COLLECTIVE ART CENTRE – Delightfully Eclectic – Linda Simrose & Friends, exhibition of many different art mediums and creative expressions. To Mar. 4 at 3221 Heatherbell.

ECLECTIC GALLERY – Blackbirds, Stooked Wheat and Prayers, exhibition by Deryk Houston about the earth and creating conditions for seeds to grow. A metaphor for the search of peace. To Apr. 7 at 2170 Oak Bay.

LEGACY ART GALLERY – Divergence: Insights into Studio Practices, exhibition from the studios of 19 UVic art education instructors comes a rich and diverse exhibition of images and objects that range through traditional and newer media. To Mar. 4 at 630 Yates.


Art Gallery of Greater Victoria – Throw Down, an exhibition using sculpture, video, photography, drawing and public intervention. Featuring Sonny Assu, Gregory Ball, Megan Dickie, Tyler Hodgins, Alison MacTaggart. To May 6 at 1040 Moss St.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria – Victoria Collects: The Salish Weave Collection, an exhibition focusing exclusively on works by contemporary Coast Salish artists, George and Christiane Smyth. To May 6 at 1040 Moss.

DALES GALLERY – i2i, an exhibition featuring the instructors of the Western Academy of Photography.To THURSDAY 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 SATURDAY at 636 Yates.

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

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

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

MADRONA GALLERY – Madeleine Wood, an exhibition representing two decades of work. The common element that weaves together all of Wood’s paintings is the compositional element of taking a segment of the whole. To SATURDAY at 606 View.

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

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 SATURDAY 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 TUESDAY 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.

WEST END GALLERY – In Focus, exhibition of new paintings by West Coast landscape artist Richard Cole. To Mar. 1 at 1203 Broad.

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 SUNDAY 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.