Thurs. Nov. 17
Dream – Set in Mexico on the Day of the Dead, this folktale looks at what happens when a long-held dream is finally fulfilled. 8pm at the First United Metropolitan Church (932 Balmoral). $14/$5. 250-306-3935.
An Improvised Samuel Beckett – Five improvisers create two full length plays in the style of Samuel Beckett. THURSDAY and FRIDAY 7:30pm at Intrepid Theatre (1609 Blanshard). $12. 250-383-2663.
The Beauty Queen of Leenane – The darkly comic tale centers on Maureen Folan, a forty year old virgin, and her manipulative mother, Mag. Maureen is trapped in an overly dependent, seriously dysfunctional relationship with her mother, whose interference in her daughter’s only chance at love sets the stage for deceptions, secrets and betrayal. TUESDAYS-SATURDAYS 8pm, SUNDAYS 2pm to Dec. 3 at Langham Court Theatre (805 Langham). $19/$17. langhamtheatre.ca.
Fri. Nov. 18
What I Did For Love – Mt. Doug Alumni variety show. 7pm at Alix Goolden Hall (907 Pandora). $25/$20. 250-386-4485.
Sat. Nov. 19
Cariboo Buckaroo – A true tall tale of an 1860’s cattle drive full of surprise, magic and beans, explores three actual historical events in B.C. history, including the Chilcotin War of 1864. 8pm at Intrepid Theater (1609 Blanshard). $15.
Burlesque Gone Wild – Presented by Jett Sett Productions and Bambi Boudoir. 8:30pm at The Cambie (856 Esquimalt). $20/$15. 250-385-3523.
Sun. Nov. 20
Comedy Showdown – Seven comedians converge at the Victoria Event Centre to compete for laughs, affection and $50 cash. 8pm at Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $10/$8. 1415broad.ca
Jitters – A delicious backstage comedy about life in the theatre. TUESDAYS-THURSDAYS 8pm, SUNDAYS 2pm to Dec. 18 at the Belfry Theatre (1291 Gladstone). $23/$17. belfry.bc.ca/
Rookery Nook – On holiday at the Somerset seaside, two fun-loving young friends, Gerald and Clive, get caught in a tangled web of silly white lies and flirtatious innuendos. THURSDAY-Nov. 19 8pm, matinee Nov. 19 2pm at the Phoenix Theatre (UVic). $22/$13 students/$18 seniors, all seats $24 on weekends. 250-721-8000.
Glengarry Glen Ross – Four hungry, backstabbing salesmen peddle questionable investments in a contest to become top dog. THURSDAY-FRIDAY & WEDNESDAY 8pm, matinee SATURDAY-SUNDAY 2pm. To Nov. 27 at Metro Studio (1411 Quadra). $20. 250-590-6291.
The Beauty Queen of Leenane – Irish playwright Martin McDonagh’s Tony Award winning black comedy. THURSDAY-SUNDAY & TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY 8pm. To Dec. 3 at Langham Court Theatre (805 Langham Court). $19/$17 students & seniors. 250-384-2142.
Comedy night – Get your belly aching with Damonde Tschritter and Bryan Hatt. FRIDAY & SATURDAY 9pm at Heckler’s. $10. 250-386-9207.
Thurs. Nov. 17
For Our Daughters – Four African girls, all recent high school graduates, share their stories and opinions on why girls should be supported in their education. Noon-1pm at Hatley Castle drawing room (2005 Sooke). By donation. 250-391-2555.
What the Hell are We Doing Here? – Dr. Ted Little will reflect on techniques, approaches, and technologies for performing oral histories. 1pm at the Pheonix Theatre (UVic). Free. 250-721-7991.
Embracing Diversity and the Practice of Inclusive Theatre in a Changing Society – Symposium. Presented by Puente Theatre. THURSDAY-SUNDAY at various venues. $75. puentetheatre.ca.
Vic Slam – Bring your words, rhyme, and rhythm and get ready to rock the stage. Slam is the poetry competition where the audience judges and the top three take home cash prizes. It’s your chance at three minutes of fame. 7:30pm at Cabin 12 (607 Pandora). $5.
Fri. Nov. 18
Imagining/Creating/Meaning – UVic’s History in Art Faculty Research Symposium. Featuring presentations by 10 different researchers across campus, plus a keynote address by University of Toronto Orion lecturer Christy Anderson on crafting Renaissance buildings. 9:30am at University Club (UVic). Free. 250-721-6222.
Jan Zwicky – Poet and philosopher reads from her new collection, Forge. 7:30pm at Moka House Hillside (1633 Hillside). $3. firstname.lastname@example.org
mon. Nov. 21
Victoria Storyteller’s Guild – Come hear and tell stories. 7:30pm at 1831 Fern. $5/$3. victoriastorytellers.org.
TUES. Nov. 22
Patrick Lane – Reading from his new work, The Collected Poems of Patrick Lane. 7:30pm at Open Space (510 Fort). Free. 250-383-8833.
Wed. Nov. 23
Best Foot Forward – How to Enter the Literary Conversation. John Barton, Editor of The Malahat Review will give the inside scoop on which literary magazines and publishers are right for you, how to give yourself an edge in writing contests, prepare submissions, and (almost) everything you want to know about The Malahat Review. 7pm at GVPL Central Branch (735 Broughton). $8/$5. email@example.com
hoo’s in Your Backyard? – Ann Nightingale discusses the owls of Southern Vancouver Island. 7:30pm at Fraser Room 159, UVic. Free. naturevictoria.ca.
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.
Thurs. Nov. 17
The Sculpture Studio – Fresh off the Press, exhibition of hand-pulled prints. Opening reception 6-8pm. To Nov. 20 at 211 Harbour.
Sat. Nov. 19
little fernwood gallery – 3 For the Road, exhibition of work from Open Studio, Youth Art Surge and the Head Injury Society. Opening reception 1-4pm. To Jan. 1 at 1923 Fernwood.
Maltwood Prints and Drawings Gallery – Images Of Internment, exhibition of paintings by Henry Shimizu. To Feb. 2 at the McPherson Library (UVic).
Wed. Nov. 23
Hadley+Maxwell – UVic’s Visiting Artist Program presents acclaimed Berlin-based mixed-media artist team Hadley+Maxwell. Originally from Vancouver, Hadley+Maxwell currently teach at Rotterdam’s Piet Zwart Institute, and have exhibited internationally. 8-10pm in room A162, Visual Arts Building (UVic).
eclectic gallery – Small Works brings together the work of twelve exceptional Victoria artists. Opening reception THURSDAY 7pm. To Jan. 7 at 2170 Oak Bay.
Maltwood Prints and Drawings Gallery – The World of Mary’s Wedding: Reminiscences of World War I from UVic Archives and Special Collections, an exhibit reflecting the home front in Victoria against the backdrop of WWI. To THURSDAY at the McPherson Library (UVic).
fifty fifty arts collective – Paper Shell, exhibition or origami by Ramona Struthers. To THURSDAY at 2516 Douglas.
little fernwood gallery – Mandala Respite, exhibition of work by Laurence Beal. To FRIDAY at 1923 Fernwood.
Legacy Gallery – Exhibition of prints and carvings by Henry Hunt, to SUNDAY. In Her Own Words: Emily Carr, Myfanwy Pavelic, Katharine Maltwood, exhibition exploring the implicit integrity of vision in an artist’s own words about her art, its context and its technique, to Nov. 26. Kuluta and the Professor: The Friendship of Henry Hunt and Peter Smart, exhibition includes the entirety of a significant collection of Henry Hunt’s masks, carvings and serigraph prints compiled by Dr. Peter Smart, to Nov. 26. All at 630 Yates.
Collective Works Gallery – Art 2 Art, exibition of Isa Sevrain’s ceramic works and Pete Rockwell’s Photography. To Nov. 24 at 1311 Gladstone.
DALES GALLERY – Photography by TJ Watt and Don Denton. To Nov. 25 at 537 Fisgard.
Winchester galleries – New Watercolours, exhibition of work by David Blackwood, to Nov. 26 at 2260 Oak Bay. Baja Paintings, exhibition of work by Luis Merino, to Nov. 26 at 758 Humboldt. Seven Miles, exhibition of work by Tim Schumm, to Nov. 26 at 796 Humboldt.
Morris GallEry – Exhibition of resident artists’ new work. To Nov. 27 at 428 Burnside E.
cedar gallery – 25 Years of the Island Illustrators Society, exhibition of illustrative works by members. To Nov. 27 at 3220 Cedar Hill.
Sooke Harbour House – Beneath the Bark, exhibition of work by James Atkins, Merlayna Snyder and Jack Stevenson. To Nov. 28. at 1528 Whiffen Spit.
Absolute Underground Gallery – Zombie Feast, work by Trust666, Ory, Tank, Shawzy, Genghis Shawn and more. To Nov. 30 at 1215 Government.
GOWARD HOUSE – Perspective, exhibition and sale of artwork by Marnie Miller and Deryk Houston. To Nov. 30 at 2495 Arbutus.
POLYCHROME FINE ARTS – Wish You Were Here, solo exhibition of paintings by Kate Scoones. To Dec. 1 at 1113 Fort.
Martin Batchelor Gallery – New works by Heather Keenan. Opening reception 2-6pm. To Dec. 1 at 712 Cormorant.
Olio Artists & Workers Cooperative – Mask & Mirror, artwork by Morgana Wallace. To Dec. 7 at 614 1/2 Fisgard.
Open Space – Thirty-Five Thousand Forty, exhibition of Mike Andrew McLean’s culmination of a year of taking photos. To Dec. 10 at 510 Fort.
View Art Gallery – The Toy Show, group exhibition of gallery and guest artist/toy-makers. Featuring artist GJ Pearson, his kinetic sculpture and creative toys. To Dec. 24 at 104-860 View.
art gallery of greater victoria – Asian Ceramics from Ancient Shipwrecks, a collection of ceramics yielded from shipwrecks dating from the 15th to 19th centuries, to Jan. 2. Collected Resonance, exhibition of work by Shelly Bahl, Sarindar Dhaliwal and Farheen Haq., to Jan. 8. Promising Objects, an evolving project corresponding with MacTaggart’s interest in inventors and artists and their respective quests to devise solutions to problems and ideas, to Jan. 15. On the Edge of Nowhere by Emily Carr, semi-permanent. All shows at 1040 Moss.