Floating – This warm-hearted, surreal and genuinely funny piece of theatre recreates the journey of the Isle of Anglesey as it breaks away from the mainland of Wales with Welsh performance artist Hugh Hughes trapped aboard. THURSDAY and FRIDAY 8pm at Metro Studio (1411 Quadra). $21/$10.
THE CRYPTOGRAM – 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.
The Dream Cab – (See FEATURE). A dream cabaret of dance, voice, and theatre propelled by a live soundscape that ricochets across velvet and video, fringe and fantasy, ruffles and ruffians. Presented by Monique Salez. TUESDAY 8pm at McPherson Playhouse (625 Fisgard). $32. 250-386-6121.
Script Tease – A component of CCPA’s Festival of New Works 2011. Hot emerging playwrites present their work. FRIDAY 8pm at the Canadian College of Performing Arts Performance Hall (1701 Elgin). By donation. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Comedy night – Get your belly aching with Sunee Hhaliwahl and Andrew Alberts. FRIDAY 9pm at Heckler’s. $10. 250-386-9207.
Jewish Love Songs and Stories – With Shoshana Litman, ordained Maggidah (Jewish Storyteller) and world folk music duo, Kouskous. SATURDAY 7pm at the Jewish Community Centre( 3636 Shelbourne). $15/reduced fee for unwaged. 250-381-5120.
BUMP & GRIND VALENTINE – The Cheesecake Burlesque Revue presents it’s latest upbeat, classic and campy numbers. SATURDAY 8pm at the Metro Theatre (1411 Quadra). $25/$22. 250-383-2663, cheesecakeburlesque.com.
The Sleeping Beauty Act III & Gaité Parisienne – The Canadian Pacific Ballet opens with a romantic and refined classical ballet excerpt from Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty, followed by the rollicking Gaité Parisienne. Performance includes the not-to-be-missed Can-Can. SATURDAY & MONDAY 8pm, SUNDAY 2pm at the McPherson Playhouse Theatre (3 Cenntenial Square). $25-$70. 250-386-6121.
Girls Shouldn’t Play Soccer – There’s a dark mystery in a hospital waiting room after a car crash. Written by Catalonian Marta Buchaca, translated by Elisabet Ráfols and Tom Bentley-Fisher, directed by Lina de Guevara. SUNDAY 8pm at Belfry Studio A (1291 Gladstone). By donation. 250-592-4367.
News From Childhood – David Kaetz, author, musician, storyteller and Feldenkrais educator, presents a multi-media piece based on the childhood notebook of Moshe Feldenkrais, who went on to revolutionize our understanding of body, mind and movement. TUESDAY 7pm at the Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue (1461 Blanshard). By donation. 250-544-8870.
Audition Notice – For Langham Court Theatre’s production of A Month in the Country, by Brian Friel and directed by Toshik Bukowiecki. No accents required. Scripts available at the box office. SATURDAY & SUNDAY 1-4pm at Langham Court Theatre (805 Langham Court). 250-384-2142.
Tim Ward – (See CITY SPIRIT). Author of What the Buddha Never Taught speaks. FRIDAY 1:30-2:30pm in room C116, David Strong Building (UVic). Free.
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.
Planet Earth Poetry – An evening of poetry with Jane Munro reading from her newest collection Active Pass and Cathy Ford reading from The Art of Breathing Under Water following the open mic. FRIDAY 7:30pm at The Moka House (1633 Hillside). $3. 250-370-2077.
Chris Hutchinson – Readings and ideas with the author of Other People’s Lives. TUESDAY 7:30pm at Open Space (510 Fort). WEDNESDAY 11am in room 203, the Fine Arts Building (UVic). Free. 250-383-8833.
Love Among the Feathers – A 60 minute multimedia presentation on the romantic adventures of our local water birds. Registration required. SATURDAY 3pm at the Swan Lake Nature House (3873 Swan Lake). $10 sanctuary members/$12 for non-members. 250-479-0211.
Sea level rise, Transportation Tuneup, Regional Sustainability – Presentations by a Bruce Mackenzie, Sarah Webb and Jeff Weightman. MONDAY 7-9pm at the Burnside/Gorge Community Centre (471 Cecelia). Free. 250-384-6480.
Victoria Anarchist Reading Circle – Discuss the lastest in anarchy reading. TUESDAYS 7pm at Camas Books (2590 Quadra). Free. 250-381-0585.
Salty tales – Shaun Peck, an experienced bluewater sailor, shares his experiences voyaging to South East Alaska. TUESDAY 7-9:30pm at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club (3475 Ripon). $10 non-members. 250-592-2441.
Becoming Human – Dr. Ian Tattersall (Curator, American Museum of Natural History, NY) discusses the major events in human evolution over the last 4-plus million years. TUESDAY 7:30pm in room A120, Social Sciences and Mathematics Building (UVic). Free. 250-721-7046, email@example.com.
Species vs Superorganisms – Kem Luther, an environmental writer, takes us through the rise, fall, and resurrection of the core ideas behind definable ecosystems. TUESDAY 7:30pm at the Swan Lake Nature House (3873 Swan Lake). Free. naturevictoria.ca.
Open Word – Readings and ideas with Chris Hutchinson. TUESDAY 7:30pm at Open Space (510 Fort). Wednesday, 11am in room 203, the Fine Arts Building (UVic). Free. 250-383-8833.
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.
Richard Wagamese- (See LASTWORD) Ojibway writer and journalist Richard Wagamese speaks on “The Power of Stories: Changing the World, One Story at a Time” at this Harvey Southam Lecture. WEDNESDAY 7:30pm at Hickman Building, Room 105 (UVic). Free. 250-721-6222.
Daniel MacIvor- Acclaimed Canadian playwright and director presents a lecture entitled “Play Finding: Writing Who You Are.” WEDNESDAY 12:30pm at the Phoenix Theatre (UVic). Free. 250-721-7991.
Poetry night – Share your poetic soul with others. WEDNESDAYS 7-9pm at the Well (821 Fort). Free.
to the Beginning of Time – Astronomy lecture by Dr. Luc Simard. Followed by star gazing with the new 0.8 metre telescope (weather permitting). WEDNESDAY 8pm in room SCI A 104, The Wright Centre (UVic). Free. 250 721 7744, firstname.lastname@example.org
selkirk gallery – Exhibition of abstract paintings by Victoria artists Maggie Cole and Bill Porteous. Open THURSDAY-FRIDAY 1pm and SATURDAY noon. All at 2960B Jutland.
Art Gallery of Greater VIctoria – Blend, works by Adele Andres and Eva Wynand. Artists reception THURSDAY 5-7pm. To March 6 at 1040 Moss.
Fifty fifty arts collective – Duck Memorial Gallery, by Samuel Garrigo Meza. Opening reception THURSDAY 8-11pm. To March 3 at 2516 Douglas.
madrona gallery – Beyond the Rain, works by Danny Everett Stewart. Opening reception FRIDAY 5-9pm. To February 25 at 606 View.
Absolute Underground Gallery – (See ARTS). Black Valentine, featuring local artists, Genghis Shawn, Jacob Ryan, Dustin Jak and more. Opening reception FRIDAY 6-10pm. To March 31 at 1215 Government.
View Art Gallery – Cold Comfort, paintings by Robert Randall and Keegan Wenkman. Artists reception FRIDAY 6-9pm. To March 12 at 104-860 View.
The Atrium – It’s Deadly Outside, art show. FRIDAY-SATURDAY 7-11pm at 805 Johnson.
slide room gallery – Picture This, a project based on Lynda Barry’s book by the same name. Art supplies will be available for participants to respond to the walls with drawing, collage and/or writing. All welcome to participate. Opens FRIDAY 7:30pm. To February 25 at 2549 Quadra.
Polychrome Fine Arts gallery – Mr & Miss Understood, solo exhibition of paintings of heads by Ken Banner. Opens SUNDAY noon-6pm. To March 10 at 1113 Fort.
Polychrome Fine Arts gallery – Samatha Miniatures, a solo exhibition of photographs by Duane Prentice. To THURSDAY at 1113 Fort.
Deluge gallery – The Whites, by Mike Andrew McLean. To SATURDAY at 636 Yates.
Coast Collective Gallery – Salon des Refuses, a show of works rejected by other major juried shows in the area. To SUNDAY at 3221 Heatherbell.
Dales gallery – Exhibit of Rachel Berman and Roberta Pyx Sutherland’s artwork for Artists for AIDS lottery. To MONDAY. Enamorado, works by Marion Evamy. To TUESDAY at 537 Fisgard.
Maltwood Gallery – Stage, photographic portraits from the UVic Art 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 Victoria visual artists present their interpretations based on performances of acclaimed dancers. To February 24 at 712 Cormorant.
Collective Works Gallery – Pets’n’Meat: Sculpture Celebrating the Year of the Rabbit, by Jan Johnson. To February 24 at 1311 Gladstone.
eclectic gallery – All Sorts, by Jennifer McIntyre. To February 26 at 2170 Oak Bay.
Xchanges Gallery – Polyphony, works by June Higgins. To February 27 at 2333 Government.
art gallery of greater victoria – 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.
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.
morris gallery – New works by David Goatley and Keith Hiscock. To February 28 at 428 Burnside East.
Winchester galleries – Selected Works, by Yves Gaucher. To February 28 at 758 Humboldt.
GOWARD HOUSE – Group exhibition featuring works 12 inches or less. To March 2 at 2495 Arbutus.
Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria – LOOK Victoria, regional arts exhibition and sale. To March 4 at the Bay Center downtown, bottom level (1150 Douglas).
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.