Thurs. Dec. 1
Ten Lost Years – A portrait of Canada’s Great Depression years. THURSDAY 1pm, FRIDAY 7:30pm, SATURDAY 2pm at CCPA Performance Hall (1701 Elgin). $23. 250-386-6121.
Village of Idiots – Yosef, a Russian army deserter, finds himself in a Polish village. THURSDAY 7:30pm, FRIDAY 1pm & SATURDAY 7:30pm at CCPA Performance Hall (1701 Elgin). $23. 250-386-6121.
Woyzeck: The Choreography of a Mad Man – Enter the mind of a madman through a dreamlike telling of murder based on a true story. Woyzeck, a low-ranked soldier, struggles with suspicions of his lover’s infidelity and societal pressure as he mentally deteriorates. 8pm at Phoenix Theatre (UVic). $5. 250-721-8000.
Fri. Dec. 2
THE NUTCRACKER – The classic Christmas tale, presented by The Alberta Ballet and the Victoria Symphony. FRIDAY 7:30pm, SATURDAY 2pm, 7:30pm, SUNDAY 2pm at the Royal Theatre (805 Broughton). $25. 250-386-6121.
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM- An enchanted magical adventure through the forest where true love is discovered, magic and mischief prevail and adventure is around every corner. FRIDAY 8pm, SATURDAY 2pm at McPherson Playhouse (3 Centennial Square). $29. 250-386-6121.
Sun. Dec. 4
Holiday Smile Show – Variety show from the Theatre Inconnu Youth program. SUNDAY 3pm at Berwick Theatre (4680 Elk Lake), MONDAY 6:30pm at Merlin’s Sun Home Theatre (1983 Fairfield). By donation. 250-598-7488.
mon. Dec. 5
Playwrights Cabaret – Yaz Bol, Elaine Gallagher, Robert Garfat, Tim Gosley, Richard Olafson present readings from their new plays. 8pm at the Belfry Arts Centre (1291 Gladstone). By donation. 250-386-3786.
The Beauty Queen of Leenane- Irish playwright Martin McDonagh’s Tony Award winning black comedy. THURSDAY-SATURDAY 8pm. To Dec. 3 at Langham Court Theatre (805 Langham Court). $19/$17 students & seniors. 250-384-2142.
A Day in the Death of Joe Egg- A hilarious and disturbing story of a couple trying to cope with life that has been defined by their daughter’s severe disability. THURSDAY and FRIDAY 8pm, SATURDAY 2pm and 8pm, SUNDAY 2pm. To Dec. 17 at the Little Fernwood Hall (1923 Fernwood). $16/$12 ($9 THURSDAY). theatreinconnu.com.
Comedy night – Get your belly aching with Glenn Wool and Greg Kettner. FRIDAY & SATURDAY 9pm at Heckler’s. $10. 250-386-9207.
Sin City Improv: Carnies – A depression-era traveling sideshow full of shenanigans. An improvised play over 24 episodes. TUESDAYS 8pm to Dec. 20 at Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $15/$12. sincityimprov.com.
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.
Murder At The Howard Johnson’s – A hilarious romp through the perils of nuptials, nooses and Novocaine. One female and two males, ages 35-50 needed. SATURDAY 1-3pm at Peninsula Players Clubhouse (1649 Mt. Newton Cross). 250-858-5936.
I’ll Be Back Before Midnight – St. Luke’s Players require two females (20’s or 30’s) and two males (20’s to 50’s). Production March 14-25, 2012. Audition FRIDAY 7:30-9:30pm & SATURDAY 2-4pm at St. Luke’s Hall (2821 Cedar Hill X). 250-665-7683.
Rabbit Hole – A funny but moving play, showing how four members of a family, a mother and her sister, the father and grandmother of a 4-year-old child and a neighbourhood young man come to terms with death. SUNDAY 1-5pm & TUESDAY 7-10pm at Langham Court Theatre (805 Langham Court). langhamtheatre.ca
Thurs. Dec. 1
Nancy Anderson – Booklaunch for her latest work, The Pathfinder. 6:30-8pm at the Crown Bookstore (514 Government). Free. 250-356-6778.
The Trouble With Art School-
Discussion of Emily Carr’s work with Jennifer Waelti-Walters. 7pm at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (1040 Moss). Gallery Admission required. aggv.ca.
Martine Reid – Presentation on the work and genius of world-renowned artist Bill Reid, featured in the new book Bill Reid and the Haida Canoe. 7-8:30pm at GVPL Saanich Centennial Branch (3110 Tillicum). Free. harbourpublishing.com.
Four Homeless Millionaires- Booklaunch for Rik Leaf’s book. With live music and performance poetry. THURSDAY and FRIDAY 8pm at 1607 Camosun. Free. rikleaf.com.
Fri. Dec. 2
Planet Earth Poetry – Winnipeg poets Meira Cook and Jennifer Still read. 7:30pm at Moka House (1633 Hillside). $3. planetearthpoetryvictoriabc.blogspot.com.
Sat. Dec. 3
Women, Food and God – Weight loss without dieting. With Grace Gerry. Call for location and details. 10am-4pm. $90. 250-370-2254.
ESI EDUGYAN – Booksigning with the author of Half-Blood Blues. 2-3pm at Munro’s Books (1108 Government). Free. 250-382-2464.
BOOKED FOR CHRISTMAS – Readings around the fireplace. 3:30-5pm at Caffe Misto (2865 Foul Bay). Free. 250-598-8679.
mon. Dec. 5
Cafe Scientifique – Renewable Energy from the Oceans: Is it Feasible? Talk and discussion with Dr. Jody Klymak and Dr. Curran Crawford. 6:30pm at Peacock Billiards (1175 Douglas). Free. 250-721-7744.
TUES. Dec. 6
Poems for Prisoners – A live poetry fundraiser for political prisoners Nicole Kish & Walter Bond. 6:30pm at Solstice Cafe (529 Pandora). By donation. 250-475-0477.
The Struggle for Human Rights in Iran: Building a New Middle-East – Dr. Payam Akhava discusses developments in justice and human rights in Iran. 7pm in A240, the Human and Social Development Building (UVic). Free. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wed. Dec. 7
Island WRiter – Volume 9, Issue 2 launch. Contributing authors read from their works of fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry. 7pm at Oaklands Community Centre (2827 Belmont). Free. 250-592-6558.
Beginners Storytelling Circle – Everyone can tell stories. Pick a spiral prompt from the mason jar, hear and be heard. 7-8:30pm at Camas Books (2590 Quadra). Free. email@example.com.
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. Dec. 1
Gallery 1580 – Abstracted 2011, exhibition of work by Marjorie Allen, Victoria Clark, Maggie Cole, Lynda Dickson, Bonnie Kreye and more. Opening reception SATURDAY 1-5pm. To Jan. 3 at 1580 Cook.
Fri. Dec. 2
West End gallery – The Winter Collection, exhibition of festive and eclectic work featuring new paintings from West End Gallery artists. To Dec. 30 at 1203 Broad.
xchanges gallery – Winter Exhibition 2011, exhibition of work by Xchanges members. Opening reception 7-10pm. To Dec. 18 at 2333 Government.
GOWARD HOUSE – Exhibition of Chinese brush paintings by the Studio of Harmonious Endeavours. Opening reception SUNDAY 1:30-3:30pm. To Dec. 23 at 2495 Arbutus.
Sat. Dec. 3
xchanges gallery – Open House. 12-4pm at 2333 Government.
Martin Batchelor Gallery- Recent paintings by Suzanne Bessette. Opening Reception 7-9pm. To December 24 at 712 Cormorant.
Sun. Dec. 4
POLYCHROME FINE ARTS – Monkey Island, exhibition of paintings by Thomas Anfield. To Dec. 24 at 1113 Fort.
The David Hunwick Sculpture Studio – The Imagists’ Show, exhibition of work by Tony Bounsall, David Hunwick, David Ladmore, Laurie Ladmore and Carole Thompson and guest artists Carol Rae, Nancy Murphy and Ted Speirs. To SUNDAY at 211 Harbour.
Collective Works Gallery – A Tribute To Jan Johnson: 1943-2011, retrospective show. To SUNDAY at 1311 Gladstone.
Olio Artists & Workers Cooperative – Mask & Mirror, artwork by Morgana Wallace. To WEDNESDAY 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.
fifty fifty arts collective – Fantasy Bears, exhibition of work by Stefan Thompson. To Dec. 15 at 2516 Douglas.
Deluge gallery – Surface To Air, exhibition featuring the work of 11 young international artists. To Dec. 17 at 636 Yates.
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.
She Said Gallery – Christmas Paintings, exhibition of work by Deryk Houston. To Dec. 31 at 2000 Fernwood.
little fernwood gallery – 3 For the Road, exhibition of work from Open Studio, Youth Art Surge and the Head Injury Society. To Jan. 1 at 1923 Fernwood.
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.
eclectic gallery – Small Works, exhibition of work by twelve Victoria artists. To Jan. 7 at 2170 Oak Bay.
Maltwood Prints and Drawings Gallery – Images Of Internment, exhibition of paintings by Henry Shimizu. To Feb. 2 at the McPherson Library (UVic).
Legacy Gallery – The Emergence of Architectural Modernism II: UVic and the Victoria Regional Aesthetic in the late 1950s and 60s. To Feb. 26 at 630 Yates.