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Weekly Arts Listings - April 7-13

Hair, Playwright's Cabaret, Lorna Crozier and Susan Musgrave, Evil Easter Art Show and more.
Lorna Crozier


THE ANGER IN ERNEST AND ERNESTINE - What happens when two people start a relationship and move in together? THURSDAY-SATURDAY 8pm at Intrepid Theatre Club (1609 Blanshard). $15/$12. 250-882-2396,

God Is A Scottish Drag Queen - (See M Awards pullout) The name says it all.  With Mike Delamont. FRIDAY 7pm & 9pm at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $18/$15.

LAWYERS ON STAGE - Hair, Lawyers on Stage raise funds for Kaleidoscope Theatre. Don’t miss out on the costume contest and silent auction. FRIDAY & SATURDAY 8pm at the McPherson Playhouse (3 Centennial Square). $52. 250-386-6121.

THE BIRTH OF THE CPR - A boogie-woogie,bluegrass musical that tells the story ofCanada’s great railway. SUNDAY 2pm at the McPherson Playhouse (Centennial Square). $25. 250-386-6121.

Phillip’s Comedy night - Featuring the comedic stylings of James Ball. Hosted by the M Award-winning Mr. Wes Borg. SUNDAY 8pm at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $10/$8. 250-380-1280.

Playwrights Cabaret - Robert Garfat, Kevin Gillese, Melanie Houston, Richard Olafson, Lynda Raino and Marilyn Roebuck read from their new plays. MONDAY 8pm at the Belfry Theatre (1291 Gladstone). By donation. 250-386-3786.

SIN CITY - Live improvised soap opera. TUESDAYS 8pm at the Victoria Event Centre(1415 Broad).  $12/10. 250-480-3709,


The Machinery of Climate Anti-Science lecture - US computer scientist and technology expert Dr. John Mashey discusses the underhanded lobbying tactics of the climate anti-science campaign. THURSDAY 7:30pm in room B150, the Bob Wright Centre (UVic). Free. 250-588-4053.

Lorna Crozier and Susan Musgrave-Renowned local poets launch new collections. Registration required. FRIDAY 7pm at Open Space (510 Fort). Free. 250-383-8833.

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 Secular Humanist Association - David Christopher, UVic Theatre Dept., presents Rising Cynicism Against Christianity in Modern Horror/Fantasy Films. SUNDAY 10:30am in the Banquet Room, Executive House Hotel (777 Douglas). Free. 250-744-3652.

Mike Doyle -Launches his book of collected poems. SUNDAY noon at the Well (821 Fort). Free. 250-385-3378.

Cathrine Ann - Author of Beautiful Buttons: A Memoir of Survival and Loss reads. Registration required. SUNDAY 2-3:30pm at the GVPL, Oak Bay Branch (1442 Monterey). Free. 250-592-2489.

BREAD, WATER, AND GLOBAL WARMING - Dr. Thomas Pedersen discusses recent developments in climate science, impacts on various continents and countries, adaptation successes and steps that can be taken to reduce carbon emissions in Canada. MONDAY 7pm at the Burnside Gorge Community Association (471 Cecelia). Free.

Victoria Anarchist Reading Circle - Discuss the lastest in anarchy reading. TUESDAYS 7pm at Camas Books (2590 Quadra). Free. 250-381-0585.

Garry Oak Meadow Restoration - Join Masters student Kate Proctor as she talks about the effects of traditional and contemporary restoration techniques on the camas plant community and the overall plant diversity at the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve. Bring a coffee cup. TUESDAY 7:30pm in room 159, the Fraser Building (UVic). Free.

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,

Poetry night - Featuring Susan McCaslin. WEDNESDAYS 7-9pm at the Well (821 Fort). Free. 250-590-4995.

Resilience - Surviving and Thriving in Challenging Circumstances, with Michael Tacon and Chris Bullock. WEDNESDAY 7pm at the Church of Truth (111 Superior). By donation. 250-380-6383,

Understanding the Ocean - New Approaches and Early Results from the NEPTUNE Canada Ocean Network, Dr. Chris Barnes, professor emeritus speaks on recent progress and results from NEPTUNE Canada, the world’s first regional cabled ocean network. WEDNESDAY 7pm in room 105, the Harry Hickman Building (UVic). Free. 250-721-6139.

galleries opening

The Gallery Cafe - Saanich Artists 2011, group show. Opening reception THURSDAY 7-8:30pm. To May 1 at 3220 Cedar Hill.

luz gallery - New Horizons, new work by Lis Bailly. Opening reception THURSDAY 7-9pm. To May 6 at 1844 Oak Bay.

dales gallery - Transitions, new work by April Ponsford. Opening reception THURSDAY 7-9pm. To May 3 at 537 Fisgard.

fifty fifty arts collective - Just another art show?, new mixed media works by Lara Scarr and Tani Hamagashi-Allen. Opening THURSDAY 8-11pm. To April 28 at 2516 Douglas.

west end gallery - West Coast Expressions, new work by Phyllis Anderson. Opens FRIDAY. To April 14 at 1203 Broad.

AVENUE GALLERY - New paintings by Angela Morgan, David Graff, Linda Thompson and Russ Willms. Opens FRIDAY. To April 21 at 2184 Oak Bay.

Absolute Underground Gallery - Evil Easter Art Show, featuring local artists, Trust666, Ory, Dustin Jak, Mallo and more. Opening reception FRIDAY 6-10pm. To May 8 at 1215 Government.

Xchanges Gallery - OCD: Obsessive Collecting Disorder, mixed media work by Rachel Hellner. Opening reception FRIDAY 7-9pm. To April 24 at 2333 Government.

Collective Works Gallery - Clay Works 2011, by Harumi Ota. Opening reception FRIDAY 7-9pm. To April 28 at 1311 Gladstone.

Talk’s Cheap - (See ARTS) Punk Rock Rising: Vancouver 77/78, photography by Don Denton. Opening reception SATURDAY 7pm. To May 8 at 556B Pandora.


galleries- Cont.

West End gallery - Glass cupcakes by Andrea Ripley. To THURSDAY at 1203 Broad.

Collective Works Gallery - Reflections, Vic Highs’ graduating art students show their work. To THURSDAY at 1311 Gladstone.

AVENUE GALLERY - New woodturnings by Brian Street, stone carvings by Nancy Street and exquisite silver and gold jewellery by Kevin Cremin. To THURSDAY at 2184 Oak Bay.

Mercurio Gallery - Serota, new works by Phyllis Serota. To SATURDAY at 602 Courtney.

Deluge gallery - New Land Paintings, work by Stephanie Aitken. To SATURDAY at 636 Yates.

RED ART GALLERY - The Power of Color, new works by Marion Evamy, Carolyn Kowalyk, Birgit Piskor, Dennis Shields, Elizabeth litton, Brian Simons and Bonnie Helm-Northover. To April 14 at 2033 Oak Bay.

Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria - A Hundred Thousand Threads 2, seven fibre artists from the greater Victoria area are showing their original and unique fibre pieces. To April 14 at G6-1001 Douglas.

eclectic gallery - Simple Acts of Colour, exhibition of abstract work by Wendy Skog. To April 14 2170 Oak Bay.

madrona gallery - Sparkle Haus, new work by Meghan Hildebrand and Colin Macrae. To April 16 at 606 View.

View Art Gallery - Wild Things, exhibition of paintings by Dave Barnes and Jennifer Davis. To April 16 at 104-860 View.

OUT OF THE MIST GALLERY - Kwa Kwa La People: Yesterday and Today, exhibition of over 100 yeas of Kwa Kwa La art and artifacts. To April 17 at 740 Douglas.

Winchester galleries - Masterpieces from the 1980s, paintings by William Perehudoff. To April 20 at 758 Humboldt. Selected work, paintings by John Horton. To April 30 at 796 Humboldt. Selected Work, paintings by P.K. (Page) Irwin. To April 30 at 2260 Oak Bay.

ministry of casual living - We Never Close, new works and installation by the Woodpile Collective.To April 21 at 1442 Haultain.

Coast Collective Gallery - Bloomin’ Again, group show. To April 24 at 3221 Heatherbell.

open space - Manufactured Nostalias, featuring the work of D Bradley Muir, Roja Aslani and Martin Beauregard. To April 26 at 510 Fort.

Sooke Harbour House - Half & Half: Chigiri-e’ & Abstracts, by Roxsane Tiernan. To April 27 at 1528 Whiffen Spit.

Polychrome Fine Arts gallery - The Road To Esperance, a solo exhibition of paintings & drypoints by Lance Olsen. To April 28 at 1113 Fort.

Martin Batchelor Gallery - A Trail of Flowers, painting and assemblage by Miles Hunter. To April 28 at 712 Cormorant.

Maritime museum of BC - Entheogenica: Generating the Divine Within, photo-manipulation exhibit featuring the work by Mike Routliffe. To April at 28 Bastion.

dominguez gallery - Balancing Realism and Impressionism, work by Michel Mailhot. To April 29 at 2075 otter Point.

The Gallery at mattick’s farm - Acrylic paintings by Malcolm Noakes Smith. To April 30 at 109-5325 Cordova Bay.

morris gallery - New works by Joanne Thomson and Tetiana Zakharova. To April 30 at 428 Burnside East.

Selkirk Gallery - 10 Again, new abstract paintings by Marjorie Allen, Maggie Cole, Victoria Clarke and more. Reception THURSDAY 7-10pm. To April 30 at 2960B Jutland.

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).

Stained - Shelley Miller’s sugar mural. It is best viewed repeatedly as it changes. To the end of April or May, or until the mural disintigrates. Waddington Alley on the side of Hostelling International Victoria (516 Yates).

GOWARD HOUSE - Group show of gallery’s artists. To June 1 at 2495 Arbutus.t gallery of greater victoria - 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.