ON THE EDGE – By Michele Riml. Three women from three very different walks of life. One actress in a tour de force performance. With great humour, and greater empathy, the author of Sexy Laundry gives voice to three ordinary souls, challenged by the world around them. 8pm to Feb. 26 at the Belfry (1291 Gladstone). $12.88-$25.86. 250-385-6815.
SIN CITY IMPROV: Carnies – This completely improvised play unfolds in 24 weekly episodes. Every week the cast of characters move the story forward in hilarious and unexpected ways, as they respond to live direction. Anything can happen, and will, right before your eyes. Funny, sad, poignant, exciting, thrilling – this format takes improv to a whole new level. 8pm. TUESDAYS to Apr. 17 at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad Street). $12/$15. 250-480-3709.
THE DROWSY CHAPERONE – This five-time Tony Award-winning Canadian musical comedy takes us back to the golden age of musical theatre. A lonely man escapes his drab existence by listening to a recording of his favourite musical. As the needle falls, the fourth wall shatters and the musical comes to life around him. To Feb. 11 at Langham Court Theatre (805 Langham). $17/$19. 250-384-2142.
VICTORIA’S SHAKESPEARE BY THE SEA – New Victoria theatre company is starting a professional summer Shakespeare festival. Performers, designers, technicians send resume and picture to Robert Light MFA. Apt.1002 – 1147 Quadra Street Victoria, BC, V8W-2K5 or RobertJJLight@Hotmail.com.
Casting Call for Doc/Reality Series in Development- Do you feel like an outcast in your own neighbourhood? Are your neighbours giving you grief about your house, your yard or something you do? Need some help to bring a little peace to your life and your neighborhood? 250-217-9006 or email@example.com.
FRI. Jan. 27
Planet Earth Poetry – Book launch of the Ocean Wilderness Retreat chapbook with readings by poets who have studied with Patrick Lane. 7:30pm at The Moka House (1633 Hillside). $3.
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.
FRI. Jan. 27
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria – Throw Down, an exhibition using sculpture, video, photography, drawing and public intervention. Featuring Sonny Assu, Gregory Ball, Megan Dickie, Tyler Hodgins, Alison MacTaggart. Opening reception 7pm. To May 6 at 1040 Moss St.
DELUGE CONTEMPORARY ART – Models for the Public Sphere: Tar Sands, Aircraft, Holocaust… exhibition by Greg Snider. This sculptor and installation artist’s work is considered a form of critical realism. Opening reception 7pm. To Feb. 25 at 636 Yates.
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria – Victoria Collects: The Salish Weave Collection, an exhibition focusing exclusively on works by contemporary Coast Salish artists, George and Christiane Smyth. To May 6 at 1040 Moss.
Coast Collective Art Centre – Art From the Attic, exhibition of gently experienced treasures including paintings, sculptures, pottery and wall hangings. To Feb. 5 at 3221 Heatherbell Road. 250-391-5522.coastcollective.ca.
ECLECTIC GALLERY- John McConnell – A Celtic Journey, exhibition of Irish landscapes and soul series that reflect mystic journeys transcending time. Opening reception 6pm. To Feb 25 at 2170 Oak Bay Avenue.
fifty fifty arts collective – Spill, exhibition by Rebekah Johnson. To Jan. 26 at 2516 Douglas.
GOWARD HOUSE – The Annual Student Art Show, exhibition of work by students at Frank Hobbs, Arbutus, Lambrick Park and Mt. Douglas Schools.1:30-3:30pm. To Feb. 1 at 2495 Arbutus.
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.
Little Fernwood Gallery – Light Works, featuring the artwork of Kaye Collins and Jessica Stepushyn. Opening reception 1-4pm. To January 31 at 1923 Fernwood.
Maritime Museum- What Lies Beneath, an exhibit of the past present and future of underwater exploration. With guest speaker Verena Tunicliffe. $5-$30. Through August at 28 Bastion Square. mmbc.bc.ca or 250-385-7222.
Open Space – Richard Raxlen: introspective?!*√º”ç¥å?!, an interdisciplinary exhibition sampling the work of the acclaimed Victoria artist. Raxlen is resolutely experimental as a filmmaker, animator and visual artist. He is also a mischievous pop culture historian, a vocation that leavens all aspects of his work. Watch for images of Mutt & Jeff, historical footage and well known literary figures in his work. To Feb. 25 at 510 Fort St.
POLYCHROME FINE ARTS-Snow Scud, an exhibition of abstract work by: Jordy Buckles, Charles Campbell, Caite Dheere, Donna Eichel, David Gifford, Cody Haight, PJ Kelly, Lance Olsen, Ingrid Mary Percy, Mark Schmiedl and Shawn Shepherd. To Feb 2 at 1113 Fort Street. 250-382-2787.
Slide Room Gallery- Absolute Abstract, exhibition of paintings by Victoria Clarke, Joan Richardson and Gordon Shukin presenting a selection of paintings by Victoria artists dedicated to pure abstraction. To Feb. 6 at 2549 Quadra.
WINCHESTER GALLERIES- Collector’s Choice exhibition and sale. To Feb.11th at 2260 Oak Bay Ave.
Xchanges Gallery – Eye Thrill, exhibition of work by Joan Richardson. To Jan. 29 at 2333 Government.
FRI. Jan. 27
Beyond the Frame: 15th Annual Visual Impetus Symposium – Graduate students in the History in Art department explore the making and meaning of art. 5pm in Room FA103 in the Fine Arts building (UVic). Also SATURDAY 9am. Free. 250-721-6222. http://finearts.uvic.ca.
WED. FEB. 1
Elspeth Pratt – This celebrated Vancouver sculptor returns after her 2011 AGGV group exhibition Silent As Glue to speak at the “Visiting Artist” program. 8pm in Room A162 Visual Arts Building (UVic). Free. 250-721-222. http://finearts.uvic.ca.
ARTIST APPLICATIONS – The Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria Artist in Residence Program at the Arts Centre at Cedar Hill is seeking artist applications. Deadline Mar. 2 at 5pm. www.cacgv.ca.