Victoria’s Weekly Arts Listings March 15-21

Victoria's Weekly Arts Listings March 15-21, including Stage, Words and Galleries

Time for a Little Rest by Deryk Houston.

Time for a Little Rest by Deryk Houston.



WED. MAR. 14

KITT AND JANE – Part of Spark Fest. These 14-year-old social-rejects (and possible geniuses) host an interactive survival guide to the post-apocalyptic future. To Mar. 18 at the Belfry (1291 Gladstone) $10-$20.

goodness – Part of Spark Fest. Examining genocide through a series of concentric stories. Goodness is about what happens in the gaps between experiencing, telling and hearing. To Mar. 18 at the Belfry (1291 Gladstone) $10-$20.


CCPA and Atomic Vaudeville Present: The Laboratory – To Mar.17 8pm at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $18/$22. 250-885-2837,

The Marowitz Hamlet – Using the same poetic language, Charles Marowitz reinvents Shakespeare’s classic, revealing the layers of insanity in a young man’s vengeance. To Mar. 24 8pm at the Phoenix Theatre (UVIc). $16-$24. 250-721-8000,


IN TRANSIT  – This is an original theatre piece based on the real life stories and experiences of 12 newcomer immigrant and refugee youth. 2pm and 7pm at Intrepid Theatre (1609 Blanshard). $8/$12. 250-361-9433 ext 245.


THE SHOWDOWN – Seven solo performers have up to 7 minutes to do their thing. Audience votes on their favourite. The winner takes home $200.8pm at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $8/$10.


Joséphina – A shockingly beautiful, sexy, funny, and mysterious piece of physical theatre about Alfredo, a man alone, and the mysteriously absent woman whose memory infuses everything he touches. 8pm at the Metro Theatre (1411 Quadra). Also WEDNESDAY. $18-$31. 250-590-6291,


FISH EYES – Anita Majumdar tackles imperialism and cultural misappropriation with a sly wink as she struggles to find herself and her cultural identity. This comedic “east meets west” story celebrates the joy of youth and heritage. To Mar. 25 8pm at the Belfry (1291 Gladstone). $22.40.

When I Was a Kid  – Shane Koyczan with his band The Short Story Long. To Mar. 24 8pm at the Belfry (1291 Gladstone). $22.40.


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. 8pm. TUESDAYS to Apr. 17 at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad Street). $12/$15. 250-480-3709.

Rabbit Hole – tells the story of Becca and Howie, a married couple whose four-year-old son, Danny, was killed in a car accident eight months earlier.  Their relationship begins to unravel as they endeavour to cope and are unable to resolve their different ways of grieving. 8pm. TUESDAYS through SATURDAY until  March 24 at the Langham Court Theatre (805 Langham Court). $19/$17. 250-384-2142.

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. 8pm WED to SAT, and 2pm SAT. To Mar. 17 at Fernwood Little Hall (1923 Fernwood). $10/$14. 250-590-6291,

Improv Class with Dave Morris – Victoria Event Centre (1415  Broad). 12pm and 3pm SUNDAYS to Apr. 15.


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,





Planet Earth Poetry -Ruth Roach Pierson and Alexis Kienlen with the support of The Writers’ Union of Canada. 7:30pm at The Moka House (1633 Hillside). $3.


Pen in Hand Poetry/Prose Reading Series -Featuring Gabriella Goliger and Arleen Paré. 7:30pm at Serious Coffee (230 Cook). $3.

TREE STORIES AT FERN  – Featuring Victoria Storytellers’ Guild storytellers and a tale from the Urban Forest. Part of World Storytelling Day Festival. 7:30pm at 1831 Fern. $5.


Trevor and Debbie Greene – Reading and signing of March Forth. 7 pm at Bolen Books (111-1644 Hillside). 250-595-4208.


Books That Talk Back – An opportunity to have a one-on-one talk with people who have chosen to be public representatives of certain groups.10am at the McPherson Library (UVic). To Mar. 22.

Val Ethier  – Join Victoria author Val Ethier as she reads from her work, “Distance: a Collection of Short Stories”. With settings mostly on Vancouver Island, these stories address the recurring theme of distance. WEDNESDAY 7pm at Bruce Hutchison Branch (4636 Elk Lake). Register at 250-727-0104,


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.






The Arts Centre at Cedar Hill  – A Spring in Your Step, an exhibition of works by Nancy Murphy and Deirdre Kelly. Opening reception 7pm. To Mar. 22 at 3220 Cedar Hill.


Open Space – Trimpin: (CanonX+4:33=100), an exploration of sound, vision and movement in this newly commissioned interactive installation. Opening reception at 7:30pm. To April 28 at 510 Fort Street.

WEST END GALLERY  -Pierre Giroux, new paintings recalling rooms from times past, alluding to the presence of people they once held. To Mar. 22 at 1203 Broad.


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 of works by contemporary Coast Salish artists, George and Christiane Smyth. To May 6 at 1040 Moss.

Dales Gallery – ENCOUNTERS in a traveling life, an exhibition of intimate moments of engagement with people and places around the world. To Apr. 3 at 537 Fisgard.

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.

Eclectic Gallery – Blackbirds, Stooked Wheat and Prayers, exhibition by Deryk Houston. To Apr. 7 at 2170 Oak Bay.

FIFTY FIFTY ARTS COLLECTIVE – Canadian Multiculturalism Visualised, by Willie Seo and Shea Hermanson. To Mar 22 at 2516 Douglas St.

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

GOWARD HOUSE GALLERY – Show and Sale. Artist reception 1:30pm. To Mar. 28 at 2495 Arbutus.

Legacy Art Gallery – Shining Examples, exhibition by Mark Laver. Dark, wet, Vancouver Island nights receive a painterly treatment. To Mar. 31 at 630 Yates.

She Said Gallery – Illustrations by Saanich artist Kristi Bridgeman from the children’s book “Uirapuru’” by P.K. Page. To April 28 at 2000 Fernwood.

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.  $5-$30. Through August at 28 Bastion Square.

Martin Bachelor Gallery – Leaving Charlie, an exhibition of mixed media by Will Gordon. To Mar. 29 at 712 Cormorant.

Serious Coffee Esquimalt – Rob Vickery an exhibition of mixed media and photography. To Mar. 30 at #27-1153 Esquimalt.

The Gallery at Mattick’s Farm – Taryn Brown, paintings in acrylic. To Mar. 31 at 109 – 5325 Cordova Bay.

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

WEST END GALLERY – New Rod Charlesworth paintings showcase. Big bright skies on smaller canvases, fit for any space. To THURSDAY at 1203 Broad.

Xchanges Gallery – Trousseau, exhibition by Rebekah Johnson. To Mar. 25 at 2333 Government.


CALL FOR BICYCLE ART- Part of the Victoria International Bicycle Fest. Deadline May 1. Submit images of work to