Fri. Dec. 23
Martin the Cobbler – A fully dramatized pageant with costumes and special music. Proceeds benefit Our Place. FRIDAY & SATURDAY 7:30pm at the First Metropolitan United Church (932 Balmoral). By donation. 259-388-5188.
TUES. Dec. 27
Nutcracker Suite & Sugar Plum Fair – Don’t miss this chance to enjoy all the classic Nutcracker moments, with the additional magic of a Sugar Plum Fair, an interactive transformation of the McPherson lobby, where children, young and old, can enjoy the sweets of the land. TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY 7pm, matinees TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY 2pm. To Dec. 30 at the McPherson Playhouse (3 Centennial Square). $42. 250-386-6121.
Alice in wonderland – The familiar tale of Alice’s adventures through Wonderland with the White Rabbit as her guide is stretched and twisted to create surprises and hilarity zanier than the maddest tea party imaginable in this traditional panto version of Alice in Wonderland. THURSDAY, FRIDAY & TUESDAY 8pm, matinees MONDAY & TUESDAY 2pm. To Jan. 1 at St. Luke’s Church Hall (3821 Cedar Hill Cross). $15/$13 students & seniors/$5 children under 5. 250-370-1291.
Robin Hood – A traditional pantomime. THURSDAY & FRIDAY 7:30pm, matinees TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY 2pm. To Dec. 29 in the Mary Winspear Centre (2243 Beacon). $15. peninsulaplayers.bc.ca.
A Christmas Carol – Performed by Clayton Jevne and Sandra Ritter, A Christmas Carol succeeds in capturing the intimacy and poignancy of a story written to delight and inspire. THURSDAY-FRIDAY 2pm & 8pm at Emily Carr House (207 Government). SATURDAY 7pm. To SATURDAY at Little Fernwood Hall (1923 Fernwood). $15/$12 students & seniors/$10 children under 16. 250-383-5843, theatreinconnu.com.
A Christmas Carol – A Charles Dickens’ classic, performed as a one-man show by Jason Stevens. FRIDAY, SATURDAY & WEDNESDAY 7pm at Craigdarroch Castle (1050 Joan). $20/$15. thecastle.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.
GOWARD HOUSE – Exhibition of Chinese brush paintings by the Studio of Harmonious Endeavours. To FRIDAY at 2495 Arbutus.
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 SATURDAY at 104-860 View.
POLYCHROME FINE ARTS – Monkey Island, exhibition of paintings by Thomas Anfield. To SATURDAY at 1113 Fort.
AVENUE GALLERY – Exhibition of works by Kathryn Amisson, Linzy Arnott, Blu Smith, Ron Parker. To SATURDAY at 2184 Oak Bay.
Martin Batchelor Gallery – Recent paintings by Suzanne Bessette. To SATURDAY at 712 Cormorant.
fifty fifty arts collective – Analog Eco Exhibit, exhibition of pop art iconography by Albert Joaquin. To Dec. 29 at 2516 Douglas.
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.
She Said Gallery – Christmas Paintings, exhibition of work by Deryk Houston. To Dec. 31 at 2000 Fernwood.
OUT OF THE MIST GALLERY – 19th & 20th Century Haida Jewelry, exhibition of work from anonymous artists to John Cross and Bill Reid. To Dec. 31 at 740 Douglas.
Mercurio Gallery – Silver, Gold & Stones, an exhibition and sale of jewelry by Stuart Duncan. To Dec. 31 at 4357 Metchosin.
Absolute Underground Gallery – XXX-mas Artshow, exhibition of work featuring Handsome Jeff, Alexandra Zaiser, Trust 666 and more. To Jan. 1 at 1215 Government.
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.
Emerging Art Gallery – CoLABoration, exhibition of collaborative work. To Jan. 1 at 977 A Fort.
art gallery of greater victoria -Small Works Show & Sale, to Jan. 1. 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.
Gallery 1580 – Abstracted 2011, exhibition of work by Marjorie Allen, Victoria Clark, Maggie Cole, Lynda Dickson, Bonnie Kreye and more. To Jan. 3 at 1580 Cook.
eclectic gallery – Small Works, exhibition of work by twelve Victoria artists. To Jan. 7 at 2170 Oak Bay.
Royal BC MUSEUM – See the Canadian made quilt that commemorates the British Home Child Program in Canada. To Jan. 8 at 675 Belleville.
Sooke Harbour House – Collective of One, exhibition of work by Malcolm Barker. To Jan. 28 at 1528 Whiffen Spit.
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.