Fri. july 29
Pandora’s Locker – Inspired by the Greek myth of Pandora’s Box, this contemporary youth opera is set upon a canvas of urban music and electronics. FRIDAY 7:30pm & SATURDAY 2:30pm at the Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, MacLaurin Building (UVic). $21/$18 students and seniors. 250-386-6121.
An Incredible Evening of Magic – Witness the incredible, the unbelievable, the art of grand illusion. With Canada’s Award-Winning Illusionists Murray Hatfield & Teresa. 7:30pm at the Victoria Conference Centre (720 Douglas). $29/$22. 250-893-1349.
TUES. aug. 2
Travelling Puppet Show – Experience magic, fun and a little silliness. For 3-5 year olds. 10:30-11am at the GVPL, Nellie McClung Branch (3950 Cedar Hill). Free. 250-477-7111.
Fire – Inspired by the lives of Jerry Lee Lewis and Reverend Jimmy Swaggart, Fire traces the rise and fall of Cale and Herchel Blackwell, the sons of a Southern preacher. TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY 8pm at the McPherson Playhouse (3 Centennial Square). Preview $24. 250-386-6121.
Nana’s naughty knickers – St. Luke’s Players are seeking five females (ages 20s to 80s) and three males (ages 20s to 60s). Production dates Oct. 12-23. Appointment required. Aug. 5, 7-9pm, Aug. 6, 1-3pm at St. Luke’s Hall (3821 Cedar Hill X). 250-361-1895.
Victoria’s Killer Dinner Theatre – Presenting: “Murder on the Oriental Rug,” an interactive stage performance. FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS 6:30pm at Victoria Travelodge (229 Gorge). $43, includes dinner. 250-361-6246, victoriadinnertheatre.com.
Victoria Shakespeare Festival – Presents A Comedy of Errors THURSDAYS, SATURDAYS & TUESDAYS 7:30pm and Hamlet FRIDAYS, MONDAYS & WEDNESDAYS 7:30pm. To Aug. 13 at Camosun Landsdown Campus (3100 Foul Bay). $22/$16. 250-589-7926.
Flights of Fancy – Imaginations take flight as children of all ages are transported into the world of pirates, treasure and magic with the classic tales of Peter Pan and Treasure Island. Audience participation is encouraged. SATURDAYS & WEDNESDAYS 2-3pm. To Aug. 12 at the Maritime Museum of BC (28 Bastion Square). $10-$35.
Comedy night – Get your belly aching with Lachlan Patterson and Adam Pateman. FRIDAY-SATURDAY 9pm at Heckler’s. $10. 250-386-9207.
Victoria Anarchist Reading Circle – Discuss the lastest 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.
UVic Astronomy Open House – Here’s your chance to discover everything you’ve wanted to know about the sky. WEDNESDAYS 9-10pm at the Bob Wright Centre (UVic). Free. 250-721-7700, email@example.com.
Fri. july 29
The Sculpture Studio – Transformations, exhibition of work by the Vanvouver Island Sculptors Guild. Opening reception 6-8pm. SATURDAY & SUNDAY 11am-4pm, and Aug. 6 & Aug. 7 11am-4pm at 211 Harbour.
open space – Greenw∞sh, an investigational exhibit investigating the complicated relationships to natural and artificual ecosystems through a series of artists’ project. Work by Kyath Battie, Rachel Evans, Scott Evans, Robert Hengeveld, Marlene Jess and Xane St. Phillip. To July 28 at 510 Fort.
The Fifty Fifty Arts Collective – Remember Home, mixed media works by Trish Tacoma, Rachael Carroll and Renee Crawford. To July 28 at 2516 Douglas.
Winchester galleries -Early and Late Works, exhibit of work by John Fox, to July 30 at 758 Humboldt.
Sooke Harbour House – Jokers Wild, exhibition of work by Ken Horn. To July 31 at 1528 Whiffen Spit.
Absolute Underground Gallery – Vacations in Hell, exhibition featuring Tank Standing Buffalo, Julia Turner, Jesse Ladret and James Goldie. To July 31 at 1215 Government.
The gallery at Mattick`s Farm – Sculptures and reliefs by Birgit Piskor. To July 31 at 109 – 5325 Cordova Bay.
Xchanges Gallery – Compression, work by Thomas Chisholm. To July 31 at 2333 Government.
Little Fernwood Gallery – The Stillness of a Moment, artwork by Marlowe Jaxen. To July 31 at 1923 Fernwood.
Sooke Fine Arts Show – See what Sooke’s artists have to offer. 10am-8pm daily, except July 30 & Aug. 1 (closes 5pm). To Aug. 1 at the SEAPARC Leisure Complex (2168 Phillips). $8/$7 for seniors. sookefinearts.com.
Martin Batchelor Gallery – Dialogue With The Figure, artwork by Nancy Angermeyer. Opening reception 7pm. To Aug. 10 at 712 Cormorant.
Legacy Gallery – Convergence/Divergence: Landscape and Self on the West Coast, exhibition of works by E. J. Hughes, Glenn E. Howarth, Charles Elliott and Francis Dick, among others, to Aug. 20. The Victoria Moderns: UVic and a Regional Aesthetic (1960-1970). To Sept. 16. All at 630 Yates.
Gallery at the mac – Gallery of Visual Artists, group exhibition. To Aug. 22 at 3 Centennial Square.
Deluge Gallery – The Green Years, works by Katie Lyle. To Aug. 27 at 636 Yates.
eclectic gallery – Portraits of a Baroque Mind, artwork by Nicholas Frenette. To Aug. 27 at 2170 Oak Bay.
art gallery of greater victoria – War and Disaster in Japanese Prints, a collection of historical prints from the AGGV’s collection, to Sept. 5. A Brush with War: Military art from Korea to Afganistan, explores the two military art programs that started more than 20 years after WWII, to Sept. 5. Cultural, Temoral and Imagined, a selection of recent aquisitions to the AGGV contemporary collection by Canadian artists, to Sept. 5. The Further Adventures of a Girl, artwork by Diyan Achjadi, to Oct. 16. Modern Eye, exhibit explores the modernist viewpoints held by Canada’s ost prominent designers and craft artists working in this period, to Nov. 27. On the Edge of Nowhere by Emily Carr, semi-permanent. All shows at 1040 Moss.
Dale`s Gallery – Island Artisans, works from island artists. To Sept. 6 at 537 Fisgard.
POLYCHROME FINE ARTS – Hobnob 3, group exhibition of paintings, sculpture and prints. Opens noon-6pm. To Sept. 8 at 1113 Fort.
Maltwood Prints and Drawings Gallery – Lords and the Land, exhibition documents the relationship between stone and tenurial authority in tenth- and eleventh-century Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. To Sept. 28 at the McPherson Library (UVic).
View Art Gallery – Annual Summer Salon, a rotating exhibition of the works of 25 gallery artists and guests, featuring the ceramic art of Laurie Rolland. To Sept. 30 at 104-860 View.
Royal BC Museum – The Other Emily, exhibition of work by Emily Carr that explores explores her life before she became famous. To Oct. 10 at 675 Belleville.
Legacy art gallery – Now Here’s the Deal, political cartoons from WAC Bennett’s private collection. To January 23. Architecture and Power, art and architecture exhibition taking inspiration from artistic trends, architects, and technical aspects of parliamentary building construction. To February 6 at 630 Yates.
GOWARD HOUSE – Chinese Brush Paintings. Art show and sale by the Studio of Harmonious Endeavours. To January 5 at 2495 Arbutus.
AVENUE GALLERY – Exhibition featuring master ceramicist George Pearlman and master wood sculptor Douglas Fisher. To January 8 at 2184 Oak Bay.
eclectic gallery – Small Works, group show of local artists. To January 8 at 2170 Oak Bay.
Sooke Harbour House – Rustic West Coast, exhibition of Christopher Lucas paintings. To January 3 at 1528 Whiffen Spit Rd.
AVENUE GALLERY – Exhibition featuring master ceramicist George Pearlman and master wood sculptor Douglas Fisher. To January 8 at 2184 Oak Bay.absolute underground gallery – Twisted Christmas, featuring all local talent like Trust36, Ory, Cam Kallos, Amanda Schurman, Genghis Shawn, Robin Thompson and more. Opens reception FRIDAY 6-9pm. To January 31 at Trounce Alley, downstairs. legacy art gallery – An exhibition on parliamentary buildings from sea to sea to sea. To February 6 at 630 Yates.
Maritime museum of BC – Visual Trickery, the art of photo manipulation. To March, 2011 at 28 Bastion.
Royal BC Museum – Behind the Scenes exhibition will bring the museum’s inner workings out to the public. To fall 2011 at 675 Belleville.