Weekly Arts Listings April 28- May 4
THurs. APril 28
Impromaniacs Last Huzzah –
Join the Impromaniacs as we celebrate 21 years in existence and our last show as we’re closing our doors forever! 7pm at Intrepid Studio (1609 Blanshard). $5. firstname.lastname@example.org.
PORNOGRAPHY – Simon Stephens’ stark and shattering new play that powerfully captures a portrait of a fractured, insecure Britain. 8pm. To May 14 at Theatre Inconnu (2-1923 Fernwood). Preview $9. 250-590-6291.
vanessa – Set in a snowy, endless winter, Vanessa is a study of obsessive love that plays out with the inexorable power of a Greek tragedy. 8pm, SATURDAY 3pm & TUESDAY 8pm. To May 7 at the Royal Theatre (805 Broughton). $37-$132. 250-386-6121.
Fri. APril 29
Hana’s Suitcase – A tender and touching portrait of a child’s view of the Holocaust. FRIDAY & SATURDAY 8pm, SUNDAY 2pm. To May 8 at the Metro Studio Theatre (1411 Quadra). $23/$20 students and seniors. 250-383-8124.
Esther and the King – The musical rotates between the story of a modern day young girl and Esther of the Old Testament. It is a story of courage amid persecution and fear. FRIDAY & SATURDAY 7:30pm at the Spectrum Community Theatre (957 Burnside West). Free. email@example.com.
Sat. April 30
Youth Cultural Showcase –
Presented by the Shan-e Punjab Dance, Performing Arts and Heritage School. 7pm at the Farquhar Auditorium, University Centre (UVic). $12/$7 students. 250-721-8480.
wed. may 4
Thoroughly Modern Millie – Presented by Claremont Secondary School. Based on the 1967 film of the same name that featured Julie Andrews. 7:30pm at the Ridge Playhouse (4980 Wesley). $13. 250-658-6672.
A Month in the Country –
During a hot summer month on the Islayev estate in the Russian countryside, Natalya Petrovna, the wife of a rich landowner, seeks happiness and diversion through romance. THURSDAY-SATURDAY & TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY 8pm, matinees SATURDAY 2pm. To May 7 at Langham Court Theatre (805 Langham Court). $18/$16 students and seniors. 250-384-2142.
2 pianos 4 hands – From Chopsticks to Bach, the boys play it all in their quest to become concert pianists. Through their trials and tribulations with music festivals, unusual teachers and demanding parents, they learn what it means to be good, but not quite good enough to follow their dreams. THURSDAY-SATURDAY & TUESDAY-WEDNESDAY 8pm, matinees SATURDAY 4pm & SUNDAY 2pm. To May 22 at the Belfry Theatre (1291 Gladstone). $22-$37. 250-385-6815, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comedy night – Get your belly aching with Toby Hargrave and John Perrotta. SATURDAY 9pm at Heckler’s. $10. 250-386-9207.
SIN CITY – Live improvised soap opera. TUESDAYS 8pm at the Victoria Event Centre(1415 Broad). To June 21. $12/10. 250-480-3709, sincityimprov.com.
Crazy for you – A high energy comedy, which includes mistaken identity, plot twists, spectacular dance numbers and classic Gershwin songs. THURSDAY-SATURDAY 7:30pm. To April 30 at the McPherson Playhouse (3 Centennial Square). $23-$42. 250-386-6121.
Seeking Volunteers – Shakespeare in the Summer is doing a female Hamlet, directed by David MacPherson and The Comedy of Errors directed by Clayton Jevne. If you are interested in Stage Managing or doing costumes, please email Denise at email@example.com. Front of House volunteers, please email Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THURS. APril 28
SHARING FOOD & KNOWLEDGE FORUM – Come and find out what are the food initiatives that are taking place in Vancouver Island. 12:30-3:30pm in the Haro Room, Cadboro Commons (UVic). Free. email@example.com.
Co-ops as Drivers of Community Economic Development – John Restakis and Carol Murray speak. 6:30-9pm at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church (2931 St. Stephen’s). Free. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Revolution in the Middle East & North Africa – A panel of UVic experts discuss the origins and repercussions of the revolution. 7:30pm in room B150, the Bob Wright Centre (UVic). Free. 250-721-7656
FRI. APril 29
Law for All – A student-run conference that gives high school students the chance to meet UVic Law students and professors, learn about the law school and think about educational opportunities. Open to all Grade 10, 11 and 12 students, registration required. 9:30am-3:30pm in the Murray and Anne Fraser Building (UVic). Free. email@example.com.
Revolution & Intervention in the Middle East – As revolutions erupt across the Arab world and Canada intervenes militarily in Libya, UBC historian Benjamin Isitt explores difficult questions of democracy, human rights and foreign policy. 1:30 pm at St. Johns Church Lounge (1611 Quadra). Free. 250-383-7169.
SAT. APril 30
Tedx juan de fuca – In the spirit of “ideas worth sharing,” TEDxJuandeFuca brings the theme of innovation and transformation to Vancouver Island. The half day conference fosters the sharing of ideas and engagement between a broad cross-section of people in the community. 1-6pm at the Vancouver Island Technological Park (4464 Markham). Free. 250-858-9556.
Poetry Month Reading – Reading by the Gadrian Group. 1:30-4pm at the Overleaf Cafe (1105 Pandora). Admission by purchase. 250-888-7326.
Planet Earth Poetry – Featuring Victoria poet and teacher Cynthia Woodman Kerkham launching her first collection of poems, Good Holding Ground, after open mic. 7:30pm at The Moka House (1633 Hillside). $3. 250-370-2077.
wed. May 4
Orca Book Publisher’s launch – Featuring new books from local authors Lesley W Pechter, Mike Deas, Alex Van Tol, Sara Cassidy Andrew Weaver Kari Jones, Mark Zuehlke and Laura Langston. 7pm at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). Free. 250-380-1229.
Island writer launch – Contributing authors read from their latest works of fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry. 7pm at Oaklands Community Centre (2827 Belmont). Free. 250-592-6558.
mosqy’s trivia pub quiz – General knowledge, guess the song, who said it, (or our variation) who tweeted it! Free. 9:30pm at Felicita’s (UVic). 250-721-8626.
THE friday QUIZ -A surreal quiz show with live music and $150 of Ditch Record vouchers to be won. Hosted by Benji. FRIDAYS 7:30pm at Fort Café. 250-382-3130.
Victoria Anarchist Reading Circle – Discuss the lastest in anarchist reading. TUESDAYS 7pm at Camas Books (2590 Quadra). Free. 250-381-0585.
Quiz Whiz Night – Test smarts and friends with a supreme trivia challenge. TUESDAYS 9pm at Ocean Island Café (791 Pandora). Free. 250-385-1784.
Storytime – Enjoy fun, participatory stories for children. WEDNESDAYS 11am at Tall Tales Books (795 Fort). Free. 250-590-3032, talltalesbooks.ca.
Words at The Well – Poetry open mic. A space to speak your piece. 7-9pm at The Well (821 Fort). Free. 250-590-4995.
THurs. APril 28
Coast Collective Gallery – Plein Air, the latest works by The Al Frescoes. Opening reception SATURDAY 2-4pm. To May 15 at 3221 Heatherbell.
Fri. APril 29
Deluge gallery – Candy Floss Pink: A Landscape, installation by Michelle Allard. Opening reception 7pm. To May 28 at 636 Yates.
SAT. April 30
Gordon Head Studio Tour – Artists in Gordon Head open up their studios to the public. SATURDAY & SUNDAY 11am-4pm. Free. For detailed information call 250-658-4523.
MARTIN BATCHELOR GALLERY- The Elegance Of Black, group show by the Watermark Printmakers. Opening reception 7pm. To May 26 at 712 Cormorant.
Fairfield Artists studio tour – Almost 50 artists open their studios to the public, to meet, to talk about their art and sometimes to demonstrate the processes. SATURDAY-SUNDAY, May 1, 11am-4pm. Free. Maps and detailed information available at fairfieldartistsstudiotour.com.
Eviction – The UVic Visual Arts MFA exhibition. Opening reception 7pm. To May 7 in the Visual Arts Building (UVic).
Collective Works Gallery – Linear Transformations, Jason Grondin’s art and music are tied together with a common thread of spontaneity and movement. Opening reception 7-9pm. To May 19 at 1311 Gladstone.
SUN. May 1
Polychrome Fine Arts gallery – Thicket, a solo exhibition of paintings by Caite Dheere. Opening reception noon-6pm. To May 26 at 1113 Fort.
Collective Works Gallery – Clay Works 2011, by Harumi Ota. To THURSDAY, April 28, at 1311 Gladstone.
fifty fifty arts collective – Just another art show? new mixed media works by Lara Scarr and Tani Hamagashi-Allen. To THURSDAY, April 28, at 2516 Douglas.
Polychrome Fine Arts gallery – The Road To Esperance, a solo exhibition of paintings & drypoints by Lance Olsen. To THURSDAY, April 28, at 1113 Fort.
Martin Batchelor Gallery – A Trail of Flowers, painting and assemblage by Miles Hunter. To THURSDAY, April 28, at 712 Cormorant.
dominguez gallery – Balancing Realism and Impressionism, work by Michel Mailhot. To FRIDAY, April 29, at 2075 otter Point.
Mercurio Gallery – Ceramics exhibition and sale, featuring local ceramic artists as well as a fine selection of vintage collectable pieces To SATURDAY, April 30, at 602 Courtney.
morris gallery – New work by Joanne Thomson and Tetiana Zakharova. To SATURDAY, April 30, at 428 Burnside East.
Winchester galleries – Masterpieces from the 1980s, paintings by William Perehudoff. To SATURDAY, April 30, at 758 Humboldt. Selected work, paintings by John Horton. To SATURDAY, April 30, at 796 Humboldt. Selected Work, paintings by P.K. (Page) Irwin. To SATURDAY, April 30, at 2260 Oak Bay.
Open space – Conduit, a multimedia installation by Jamie Drouin and Trudi Lynn Smith that direct frequencies into the gallery space using physical representations: light and sound. To SATURDAY, April 30, at 510 Fort.
Mercurio Gallery – Ceramics exhibition and sale, featuring the work of first class local ceramic artists as well as a fine selection of vintage collectable pieces. To SATURDAY, April 30, at 602 Courtney.
The Gallery at mattick’s farm – Acrylic paintings by Malcolm Noakes Smith. To SATURDAY, April 30, at 109-5325 Cordova Bay.
morris gallery – New works by Joanne Thomson and Tetiana Zakharova. To SATURDAY, April 30, at 428 Burnside East.
Selkirk Gallery – 10 Again, new abstract paintings by Marjorie Allen, Maggie Cole, Victoria Clarke and more. To SATURDAY, April 30, at 2960B Jutland.
slide room gallery – Independant studio exhibition. To MONDAY, May 2, at 2549 Quadra.
View Art Gallery – Immense, artwork by Yuri Arajs and Cheryl Taves. To May 21 at 104-860 View.
Stained – Shelley Miller’s sugar mural. It is best viewed repeatedly as it changes. To the end of May or until the mural disintigrates. Waddington Alley on the side of Hostelling International Victoria (516 Yates).
Maltwood Prints and Drawings Gallery – Pioneer Modernist Architects and Planners, this series of exhibitions and publication projects will explore the relationships, personalities and projects contributing to the development of a regional modernist aesthetic in the post-war Victoria urban landscape (1939–2013). To May 2 at the McPherson Library (UVic).
slide room gallery – New work by Maureen Calkins and Irma Argyriou. To May 2 at 2549 Quadra.
dales gallery – Transitions, new work by April Ponsford. To May 3 at 537 Fisgard.
West End Gallery – New paintings by Quebec artist Annabelle Marquis. To May 5 at 1203 Broad.
luz gallery – New Horizons, new work by Lis Bailly. To May 6 at 1844 Oak Bay.
Massey Gallery – Tinder, abstract work by Blu Smith. To May 8 1040 at Moss.
Absolute Underground Gallery – Evil Easter Art Show, featuring local artists, Trust666, Ory, Dustin Jak, Mallo and more. To May 8 at 1215 Government.
eclectic gallery – Timeless: Mandalas, Mandorlas and Other Mighty Little Inscapes, work by Pat Martin Bates. To May 31 at 2170 Oak Bay.
GOWARD HOUSE – Group show of gallery’s artists. To June 1 at 2495 Arbutus.
Gallery at the mac – Manitouwabi, by Ice Bear. To June 1 at 3 Centennial Square.
art gallery of greater victoria – You Blew It, work by Blair Taylor. To July 3. Silent As Glue, work from Lynda Gammon, Matt Harle and Elspeth Pratt, and Flora and Down the garden Path, work from the AGGV collection. To June 5. The Immortal Garden, includes rarely seen works for the AGGV’s permanent collection. To June 26. Serenity: the Asian Garden, exhibition showcasing objects for the Asian garden. To July 2. On the Edge of Nowhere by Emily Carr, semi-permanent. All shows at 1040 Moss.