Fri. FEB. 10
Son of Africville – Monologue play by Justin Carter and tribute to Mahalia Jackson by Gergana Velinova. 8pm at the Metro Studio Theatre (1411 Quadra). $15/$10 through Ticket Rocket or cash at door. 250-590-6291.
Sat. FEB. 11
SPARK – Premiering by Broken Rhythms. A movement and dance-based piece on the theme of human evolution. 8pm at the Intrepid Theatre (1609 Blanshard). $17. 250-383-2663.
Sun. feb. 12
PAZ – By Alicia Payne. Directed by Ana de Lara. 8pm at the Belfry (1291 Gladstone). By donation. 778-440-2484.
Tues. feb. 14
Rosie – Preview special two-for-one. 8pm at the Intrepid Theatre (1609 Blanshard). To Feb. 19. $10/$12. ticketrocket.org.
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. 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.
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE – This five-time Tony Award-winning Canadian musical comedy takes us back to the golden age of musical theatre. A lonely man escapes his drab existence by listening to a recording of his favourite musical. As the needle falls, the fourth wall shatters and the musical comes to life around him. To Feb. 11 at Langham Court Theatre (805 Langham). $17/$19. 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 RobertJJLight@hotmail.com.
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, email@example.com.
Free Acting Class – Hosted by Victoria Academy of Dramatic Arts. 7pm at Cabin12 (607 Pandora). Advance registration by phone or email. 250-580-2588, firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRI. feb. 10
POETRY ROCKS and PEERS BOOK LAUNCH – Hear poets from Peers Victoria and Cool Aid’s Rock Bay Landing shelter. 7:30pm at the Moka House (1633 Hillside). $3. Proceeds support projects for Peers and Cool Aid clients.
sun. feb. 12
All the Dirt: Reflections on Organic Farming – Discussion with authors Rachel Fisher, Heather Stretch and Robin Tunnicliffe. 2pm at Spinnakers Brewpub (308 Catherine). 250-818-5807, email@example.com. Free.
Poetry, Music, Brunch and Indoor Market – Kiss & Tell with Linda Rogers 12pm at The Well (821 Fort). $TBA. 250-590-4995.
VICTORIA SECULAR HUMANIST ASSOCIATION – “Being Evolved” with Robert Light, celebrating bi-centenary of the birth of Charles Darwin. 10:30am at Cedar Hill Rec Centre. Free. 250-744-3652.
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. victoriawriters.ca.
THURS. FEB. 9
DALES GALLERY – i2i, an exhibition featuring the instructors of the Western Academy of Photography. Opening reception 6pm.To Feb. 23 at 537 Fisgard.
Maltwood Prints and Drawings Gallery – Silent Observer, an exhibition of photos by Ted Grant. To Apr. 2 at the McPherson Library (UVic).
FRI. FEB. 10
FIFTY FIFTY ARTS COLLECTIVE – Exposed Heart, exhibition including artists from AIDS Vancouver Island, PEERS, Artemis Place, Rock Bay Landing, and the Victoria Youth Clinic. Opening reception 7pm. To Feb. 21 at 2156 Douglas.
The Slide Room Gallery – An exhibition with works by Stephen Goring, Dan MacDougall and Xane St. Phillip. Opening reception at 7:30pm. To Mar. 12 at 2549 Quadra.
victoria emerging art gallery- Boudoir, a dynamic and sensual display that will warm your heart. Opening reception 6pm. To Mar. 1 at 977 A Fort.
West End Gallery – A new series of Chickadee paintings by Peter Wyse softly whisper the promise of spring. To Feb.16 at 1203 Broad.
SAT. FEB. 11
Munday Manor – The Valentines Show. Dennis Shields hosts a home studio exhibition of current paintings. Reception at 12pm. 1091 Joan Crescent.
Sun. FEB. 12
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. Opening reception 1pm. To Feb. 25 at 606 View.
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.
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.
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.
Main Gallery – Recent Paintings by Sandra Levy. To Feb. 28 at Saanich Municipal Hall 770 Vernon.
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. He is also a mischievous pop culture historian, a vocation that leavens all aspects of his work. 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 .
WINCHESTER GALLERIES- Collector’s Choice exhibition and sale. To Feb.11th at 2260 Oak Bay Ave.
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 February 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. www.cacgv.ca.