FRI. MAR. 23
Burlesque To Broadway – Victoria Operatic Society & Cheesecake Burlesque: A Victoria Operatic Society Fundraiser. 8pm at the Metro Theatre (1411 Quadra). Also SATURDAY. $30. 250-217-9190, firstname.lastname@example.org.
SAT. MAR. 24
The Rock N’ Roll Shakedown Presents – Dave Lang and the Black Squirrels with live burlesque by Miss Rosie Bitts, and more. Also Slim Sandy and the Caveleros. 8pm at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $20. 1415broad.ca.
SUN. MAR. 25
L’Orchestre d’Hommes Orchestres performs Tom Waits – This bustling orchestra performs the music of Tom Waits using nearly 100 objects and invented instruments on stage, which they hammer and caress in madcap scenes of unbridled energy. 8pm at the Metro Studio (1411 Quadra). $27. intrepidtheatre.com.
Improv Class with Dave Morris – Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). SUNDAYS to Apr. 15. davemorrisisa.com.
THE MAROWITZ HAMLET – Charles Marowitz reinvents Shakespeare’s classic play, revealing the layers of insanity in a young prince’s vengeance. 8pm and 2pm SATURDAY at the Phoenix Theatre (UVic). To SATURDAY. finearts.uvic.ca/theatre.
RABBIT HOLE – 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 at Langham Court Theatre (805 Langham). Also 2pm SATURDAY. langhamtheatre.ca.
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.
SPARK FESTIVAL – The Belfry Theatre’s annual festival of new plays and ideas. To Mar. 25 at various locations. 250-385-6815, sparkfestival.ca.
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.
THURS. MAR. 22
Vic Slam Featuring Sean O’Gorman – Poets compete for the love of the judges (the audience) and cash prizes. After open mic 7pm at Solstice Café (529 Pandora). $5. 2508840450, firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRI. MAR. 23
PLANET EARTH POETRY – Featuring Diana Hayes and Lorraine Gane. 7:30pm at The Moka House (1633 Hillside). $3. planetearthpoetryvictoriabc.blogspot.com.
TUES. MAR. 27
Tim Lilburn – This Governor General’s Award-winning poet and UVic professor launches Assiniboia, his ninth collection of poetry, a Riel-influenced re-imagining of Western Canada. With multiple poets and cello music. 7:30pm at Intrepid Theatre (#2 – 1609 Blanshard). Free. 250-383-2663.
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. victoriawriters.ca.
THURS. MAR. 22
Heron Rock Bistro – Images at the Rock. The Victoria Camera Club presents an exhibition and sale of club members’ work. Opening reception and cash bar 7pm.To Apr. 30 at 435 Simcoe.
FRI. MAR. 23
Caffe Fantastico – decafatated, Art Show opening for Lyle Schultz. 7pm at 965 Kings.
WEST END GALLERY – Local glass artist Sarah Mulligan shows Pillow Bowls in rich colours with gold leaf. To Mar. 29 at 1203 Broad.
SAT. MAR. 24
Royal BC Museum – The Birds of Ecuador, an exhibition by Glenn Bartley. Part of the Spring Break Photo Expert Series. 12pm at 675 Belleville.
SUN. MAR. 25
POLYCHROME FINE ARTS – Surface n’ Substance, an exhibition by Donna Eichel. Opening reception 12pm. To Apr. 19 at 1113 Fort.
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 – ENCOUNTERS in a traveling life, images capturing intimate moments of engagement with people and places around the world. To Apr. 3 at 537 Fisgard.
Deluge Contemporary Art – Robert Youds, an exhibition including work with aluminum, Plexiglas, LED and fluorescent lights and digital signs. To Apr. 15 at 636 Yates.
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.
FIFTY FIFTY ARTS COLLECTIVE – Canadian Multiculturalism Visualised, by Willie Seo and Shea Hermanson. THURSDAY 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. To WEDNESDAY 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.
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.
Martin Bachelor Gallery – Leaving Charlie, an exhibition of mixed media by Will Gordon. To Mar.29 at 712 Cormorant.
Serious Coffee Esquimalt – Rob Vickery’s exhibition of mixed media and photography. To Mar. 30 at #27-1153 Esquimalt.
She Said Gallery – Illustrations by Saanich artist Kristi Bridgeman from the children’s book “Uirapuru’” written by P.K. Page. To April 28 at 2000 Fernwood.
The Avenue Gallery – Artistic Pairings, an exhibition of mini shows featuring two or three artists each showcasing up to 6 paintings. To FRIDAY at 2184 Oak Bay.
The Gallery at Mattick’s Farm – Taryn Brown, paintings in acrylic. To Mar. 31 at 109 – 5325 Cordova Bay.
SLIDE ROOM GALLERY – In sites and Insights: Creating and Understanding Spaces. To WEDNESDAY at 2549 Quadra.
UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS MALL – Cedar Hill Art Club Society show of their work. Members in attendance during mall hours. To SATURDAY at 3980 Shelbourne.
Xchanges Gallery – Trousseau, exhibition by Rebekah Johnson. To SUNDAY at 2333 Government.
CALL FOR BICYCLE ART- Part of the Victoria International Bicycle Fest. Deadline May 1. Submit images of work to email@example.com.
Calling Emerging Artists – The Victoria Emerging Art Gallery gears up for the third annual launch of Victoria Emerging Art Awards 2012. victoriaemergingart.com. Deadline Apr. 1.
Call To Artists: LOOK Show 2012 -Artist in take. Apr 1.The Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria annual LOOK Show is a celebration of local visual art, of all levels. 250-475-7123, firstname.lastname@example.org.