BOMBAY BELLYWOOD – A wealth of dance styles from Bollywood to Bhangra, Egyptian Cabaret to American Tribal, that promise to delight. THURSDAY 7:30pm at the McPherson Playhouse (3 Centennial square). $30-$40. 250-386-6121.
THE CRYPTOGRAM – (See ARTS). Set in 1959, a journey back to childhood and the moment of its vanishing. To February 27 at The Belfry Theatre (1291 Gladstone). $27-$37. 250-385-6815, belfry.bc.ca.
Emerge Fashion Art Show – A night of fashion and art by local business, boutiques and artist. Includes performances by Axe Capoeira and DJ Soulfix. THURSDAY 8pm at Sugar (858 Yates). $10. siyonstudios.com.
Canadian Improv Games – High school improv teams from across Vancouver Island battle for supremacy, for there can be only one. $5-$10. email@example.com.
S/KIN – A production about being human. The work introduces the audience to two quirky, self absorbed, neurotic beings, each engrossed in their own life and unaware of the other. FRIDAY & SATURDAY 8pm at the Metro Studio Theatre (1411 Quadra).$23. 250-383-2663.
Comedy night – Get your belly aching with Kevin Foxx. FRIDAY 9pm at Heckler’s. $10. 250-386-9207.
WRATH – Delve into the destructive and fearfully exhilarating nature of anger and watch how, even from the most furious depths of rage, it is possible to emerge from the rubble and carry on. SATURDAY 8pm at the Metro Studio Theatre (1411 Quadra). $9. intrepidtheatre.com.
THE BIG SNEEZE – Follow the adventures of Lizzy as she navigates the hallways of her grade school life, in all its challenges, learning that she’s not quite as different from her peers as she thinks. SUNDAY 2pm at the McPherson Playhouse (3 Centennial Square). $85/$69. 250-386-6121.
Geez! – A man comes back to life and the reactions of his family and friends surprise him in this wonderful example of avant-garde Indonesian theatre. SUNDAY 8pm at Belfry Studio A (1291 Gladstone). By donation. 250-592-4367.
The Writing Tree – Two English graduates and certified teachers, help students (including ESL) with their academic papers. THURSDAY 7pm at 2530 Fernwood. $5. 604-600-3967.
The Catastrophe of Postmodernism – Live discussion with John Zerzan, a controversial anarchist author. FRIDAY 7pm at Camas Books (2590 Quadra). By donation. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Planet Earth Poetry – Featuring two up and coming Canadian poets, Kyeren Regehr and Ali Blythe. FRIDAY 7:30pm at The Moka House (1633 Hillside). (Formerly the Black Stilt). $3. 250-370-2077.
Jung Society of Victoria – Sandplay as a Way for Transformation, a Catherine Ellis lecture. Registration required. FRIDAY 7:30pm in room C116, the David Strong Building (UVic). $10 JSV Members/$15 non-members/$5 full-time students. 250-386-5435.
THE friday QUIZ -A surreal quiz show with live music and $150 of Ditch Record vouchers to be won. Hosted by Benji. FRIDAY 7:30pm at Fort Café. 250-382-3130.
Primitivism or Urbanism – Possibilities for a sustainable future. With John Zerzan and Matt Hern. SATURDAY 6pm at Camas Books (2590 Quadra). Free. 250-381-0585.
Inside Opera – Robert Holliston leads an in-depth presentation and discussion of Pacific Opera Victoria’s production of La Bohème. Reservation required. SUNDAY 10-11:30am, 12-1:30pm at Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, MacLauen Building (UVic). Free. 250-721-8634.
Why Doesn’t School Work? – A deschooling discussion with mighty Matt Hern. 6pm at Camas Books (2590 Quadra). By donation. email@example.com.
QUEENSWOOD REZONING – UVic is scheduled to apply to the District of Saanich for a rezoning designation for the Queenswood property purchased from the Sisters of St. Ann last year and they want the public’s opinion. TUESDAY 4-8pm at St. George’s Anglican Church (2909 St. George’s). uvic.ca/queenswood.
What Does Reconciliation Mean in Practice? – Join a panel of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community members discussing what reconciliation means to them, and how it influences their work. Hosted by the UVic Indigenous Law Club. Refreshments provided. TUESDAY 6-8pm at the First Peoples House (UVic). Free. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Victoria Anarchist Reading Circle – Discuss the lastest in anarchy reading. TUESDAYS 7pm at Camas Books (2590 Quadra). Free. 250-381-0585.
Wolves: Icons of the Wilderness – Rick Page explores humanity’s love-hate relationship with the wolf, their status as an endangered species, and their role in endangering other wildlife in BC. Bring a coffee cup. Tuesday 7:30pm in room 159, the Fraser Building (UVic). Free. naturevictoria.ca.
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 and plenty of pages for kids of all ages. SATURDAYS & WEDNESDAYS 11am at Tall Tales Books (795 Fort). Free. talltalesbooks.com.
Coal mining in BC – Come find about the social and environmental impacts of coal mining in BC, and what you can do stop this dirty industry. Speakers include Arthur Caldicott, the Wilderness Committee’s Tria Donaldson, Coalwatch’s John Snyder, Sierra Club’s Sarah Cox and Maya Stano. WEDNESDAY 7pm in room 159, The Murray Fraser Building (UVic). Free. 250-388-9292.
Poetry night – Share your poetic soul with others. WEDNESDAYS 7-9pm at the Well (821 Fort). Free.
Michael McClure – (See CITYSOMETHIN’) Acclaimed beat-era poet visits Victoria for an evening of poetry and music. WEDNESDAY 7:30pm at Hermann’s (753 View). $20/$15. 250-385-3378.
The Art and Science of Diversity – Focusing on gender, race, identity, ability, Indigenous ways of knowing, mental health, sexuality, international topics and more. Pre-registration is required and includes lunch. WEDNESDAY 8:30pm at UVic. Free. uvic.ca/diversity2011.
GOWARD HOUSE – Group exhibition featuring works 12 inches or less. Opens FRIDAY. Artists reception SUNDAY 1:30-3:30pm. To March 2 at 2495 Arbutus.
Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria – LOOK Victoria, regional arts exhibition and sale. Opening reception FRIDAY 6-9pm. To March 4 at the Bay Center downtown, bottom level (1150 Douglas).
Xchanges Gallery – Polyphony, works by June Higgins. Opens FRIDAY 6:30pm. To February 27 at 2333 Government.
Collective Works Gallery – New Year’s Show. To THURSDAY at 1311 Gladstone.
MARTIN BATCHELOR GALLERY – The Sappho Series, by Kristina Campbell. To THURSDAY at 712 Cormorant.
View Art Gallery – Outside.rs, outsider art from around the world. To SATURDAY at 104-860 View.
art gallery of greater victoria – Communist Paradise: Chinese Propaganda Posters & and exhibition of works by Sara Robichaud and Ben Van Netten. To SUNDAY. Focus on the Collection, prints by Albrecht Dürer. To February 27. The Lab: 250 Remix, exhibition by Tegan Forbes. To April 3. 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.
Legacy art gallery – Architecture and Power, art and architecture exhibition taking inspiration from artistic trends, architects, and technical aspects of parliamentary building construction. To SUNDAY at 630 Yates.
Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria – More Naughty Bits Showing, erotic art exhibit by Island Illustrators Society. To February 9 at G6-1001 Douglas.
Polychrome Fine Arts gallery – Samatha Miniatures, a solo exhibition of photographs by Duane Prentice. To February 10 at 1113 Fort.
Deluge gallery – The Whites, by Mike Andrew McLean. To February 12 at 636 Yates.
Coast Collective Gallery – Salon des Refuses, a show of works rejected by other major juried shows in the area. To February 13 at 3221 Heatherbell.
Dales gallery – Exhibit of Rachel Berman and Roberta Pyx Sutherland’s artwork for Artists for AIDS lottery. To February 14. Enamorado, works by Marion Evamy. Artists reception SATURDAY 1-3pm. To February 15 at 537 Fisgard.
Maltwood Gallery – Stage, photographic portraits from the UVic Art Collections, featuring Frank Pimentel, Ulli Steltzer and Nina Raginsky and a selection from the University Archives and Special Collections. To February 16 at The McPherson Library (UVic).
Gallery at the Mac – The Remembering Gardens, works by Bryony-Wynne Jones and Laurie Ladmore. To February 21 at 3 Centennial Square.
Legacy Art Gallery – Connect the Blocks, a community-based exhibit. To February 22 at 630 Yates.
Martin Batchelor Gallery – Dance Magnifique, five of Victoria’s award winning visual artists present their unique interpretations based on performances of nationally and internationally acclaimed dancers. Reception SATURDAY7-9pm. To February 24 at 712 Cormorant.
eclectic gallery – All Sorts, by Jennifer McIntyre. To February 26 at 2170 Oak Bay.
gallery at mattick’s farm – Textured mixed media works by artist Maggie Cole. To February 28 at 109-5325 Cadboro Bay.
morris gallery – Featuring new works by Keith Hiscock and David Goatley. To February 28 at 428 Burnside East.
Sooke Harbour House – Love at First Sight, work by Patty Patching. To March 29 at 1528 Whiffen Spit.
Royal BC Museum – Behind the Scenes exhibition will bring the museum’s inner workings out to the public. To October 2, 2011, at 675 Belleville.
Maritime museum of BC – Visual Trickery, the art of photo manipulation. To March, 2011, at 28 Bastion.