Alice in wonderland – The familiar tale of Alice’s adventures through Wonderland 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. FRIDAY & SUNDAY 8pm, matinees SATURDAY-MONDAY 2pm at St. Luke’s Church Hall (3821 Cedar Hill Cross). $15/$13 students & seniors/$5 children under 5. 250-370-1291.
CINDERELLA & THE FAIRY TALE BALL- Ballet Victoria presents an evening filled with great music, magic, humour and holiday cheer. THURSDAY 7:30pm & FRIDAY 2pm at the Royal Theatre (805 Broughton). $25. 250-386-6121.
Robin Hood – A traditional pantomime. THURSDAY 7:30pm in the Mary Winspear Centre (2243 Beacon). $15. peninsulaplayers.bc.ca.
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. THURSDAY & FRIDAY 7pm, matinees THURSDAY & FRIDAY 2pm at the McPherson Playhouse (3 Centennial Square). $42. 250-386-6121.
Brigadoon – The Victoria Operatic Society is seeking performers for their upcoming production of Brigadoon. Auditions Jan 5-7 at VOS Hall. Appointments required. Visit vos.bc.ca/auditions.html for details. 250-381-1021.
Wed. Jan. 4
Randall Anderson – This Montreal-based multidisciplinary artist speaks about the dialogue between drawing, painting, sculpture and performance. 8pm in room A162 of UVic’s Visual Arts building (UVic). Free. finearts.uvic.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.
fifty fifty arts collective – Analog Eco Exhibit, exhibition of pop art iconography by Albert Joaquin. To THURSDAY at 2516 Douglas.
West End gallery – The Winter Collection, exhibition of festive and eclectic work featuring new paintings from West End Gallery artists. To FRIDAY at 1203 Broad.
She Said Gallery – Christmas Paintings, exhibition of work by Deryk Houston. To SATURDAY 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 SATURDAY at 740 Douglas.
Mercurio Gallery – Silver, Gold & Stones, an exhibition and sale of jewelry by Stuart Duncan. To SATURDAY at 4357 Metchosin.
Absolute Underground Gallery – XXX-mas Artshow, exhibition of work featuring Handsome Jeff, Alexandra Zaiser, Trust 666 and more. To SUNDAY 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 SUNDAY at 1923 Fernwood.
Emerging Art Gallery – CoLABoration, exhibition of collaborative work. To SUNDAY at 977A Fort.
art gallery of greater victoria -Small Works Show & Sale, to SUNDAY. Asian Ceramics from Ancient Shipwrecks, a collection of ceramics yielded from shipwrecks dating from the 15th to 19th centuries, to MONDAY. 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. TUESDAY 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.