Weekly Arts Listings – March 10-16

M-Award authors, the road to Berlin, amazing naturalist tales, the art of B.A. Lampman and more.

Naturalists Hayley Shepard (pictured)  and Maureen Gordon share their stories  (see WORDS)

Naturalists Hayley Shepard (pictured) and Maureen Gordon share their stories (see WORDS)


Cathy Chabot – Comedy in French! Part of the Victoria French Festival. THURSDAY 6:30pm at Victor-Brodeur School (637 Head).

ATOMIC VAUDEVILLE – Episode 52: Sweet Treats. THURSDAY-SATURDAY 8pm at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). Thurs show $10 for students, other shows $20/$15 students. 250-885-2837, atomicvaudeville.com.

The Lady in the Van – To March 19 at Langham Court Theatre (805 Langham Court). $18. 250-384-2142, boxoffice.langhamcourt@shaw.ca.

Influence – A tale of ancient gods and new-world mortals. To March 13 at the Metro Studio (1411 Quadra). $25. 250-590-6291.

SPARK FESTIVAL – (See ARTS). The Belfry’s annual drama festival, featuring Denise Clarke’s Sign Language,  Do You Want What I Have Got? A craigslist cantata, The Middle Place and Kismet One to One Hundred, plus a midway party, workshop opportunities and free mini plays. To March 20 at the Belfry Theatre, 1291 Gladstone. visit sparkfestival.ca for full schedule.

The Lesbian Tent Revival – Sister Carolyn of the Sisterhood of the Sacred Synapse has been drawing hundreds of lesbians to “services” that combine side-splitting comedy with a razor-sharp politic. Self-identified women only. FRIDAY 7:30pm at James Bay New Horizons (234 Menzies). $10. braude2000@yahoo.ca.

The Vagina Monologues – Benefit reading of Eve Ensler’s award winning play. SATURDAY 7:30pm at Alix Goolden Hall (907 Pandora). $30/$25 students and seniors. 250-388-5325 ext. 104, peers.bc.ca.

the Rez Jesters – (See CITYSOMTHIN). Brian Majore, Cliff Paul and Chris Gaskin embark on a first-of-its-kind all-Native stand-up comedy tour of British Columbia. SATURDAY 8pm at the Ambrosia Conference and Events Centre (638 Fisgard). $20. 250-388-4330.

Phillips Comedy Night – Feature performer Carilynn Nicholson with special guest Riel Hahn. Hosted by Mr. Wes Borg. SUNDAY 8pm at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $10/$8. 250-380-1280, mcsquare@shaw.ca.

SIN CITY – Live improvised soap opera. TUESDAYS 8pm at the Victoria Event Centre(1415 Broad). To June 21. $12/10. 250-480-3709, gigglescomedyagency.com.

Inside – Over the course of one evening, immigrants and orphans, Christians and addicts, entrepreneurs and activists alike will converge in the pulsing world of the nightclub and lives will change forever. Previews TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY 8pm at the Phoenix Theatre (Uvic). $6 preview. 250-721-8000.

Underground Comedy Fort – An evening of amateur stand up at The Fort. Come and support some brave souls as they deliver from the cuff. TUESDAY 8:30pm at The Fort Cafe (742 Fort). $5. fortcafe@gmail.com.

Chief Richard Atleo – Public presentation and traditional welcoming ceremony. WEDNESDAY 6:30pm in the Drawing Room, Hatley Castle (Royal Roads University). Free. 250-391-2526.

Frank Spadone – Comedians unite to raise funds for the Victoria Hospice Society. With guests. WEDNESDAY 7pm at the Da Vinci Centre (195 Bay). $20. 250-383-8041.

Sinners – An intricate web of deceit is hilariously exposed as the police, members of the parish and the women’s auxiliary all get involved in a furniture store owner’s love affair with the minister’s wife. WEDNESDAY 8pm. To March 27 at St Luke’s Hall (3821 Cedar Hill Cross). $15/$13. 250-884-5484.

Win Lost or Die – A live monthly gameshow from the sick and twisted creator of Bloody Betty and The Deadly Sins and Little Miss Risk. Contestants will get messy, so dress appropriately. WEDNESDAY 9pm at Lucky. $10-$20. 250-382-5825.


Tongues of Fire – Featuring Luke Maynard. THURSDAY 7pm at the Solstice Cafe (529 Pandora). $5. 250-475-0477.

Urban Homesteading – This course explores permaculture design, small-scale intensive food production, soil building in the City, conserving cycling H20, and renewable energy options. THURSDAY 7pm at the Victoria West Comunity Centre (521 Craigflower). Free. 250-590-8922, coordinator@victoriawest.ca.

Unethical Oil: Alberta Tar Sands – Join Andrew Nikiforuk, award-winning author of Dirty Oil: The Future of a Continent, Garth Lenz, reknowned Tar Sands and environmental photographer, and Elizabeth May, Canada’s Green Party leader and author of Global Warming for Dummies, for an evening of presentations. FRIDAY 7-9pm in the David Lam Auditorium, MacLaurin Building (UVic). Free. 778-426-4494.

Wild Coast – Adventures in South Georgia Island & BC’s Great Bear Rainforest, join naturalists Hayley Shephard and Maureen Gordon for an evening of adventure travel, wildlife conservation and the story of following dreams. FRIDAY 7:30pm in the Young Auditorium, the Young Building (Camosun College Lansdowne Campus). $10. 250-386-7245, info@MapleLeafAdventures.com.

THE friday QUIZ -A surreal quiz show with live music and $150 of Ditch Record vouchers to be won. Hosted by Benji. FRIDAYS 7:30pm at Fort Café. 250-382-3130.

Planet Earth Poetry – Open mic followed by Derk Wynand reading from his newest collection of poetry and Karen Enns reading from her first book That Other Beauty. FRIDAY 7:30pm at The Moka House (1633 Hillside). $3. planetearthpoetry@gmail.com.

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.

Labyrinths, Mazes and Sacred Geometry – Interactive workshop presented by Aryana Rayne, author of Labyrinths of B.C. Registration required. SATURDAY 2-4pm at the Overleaf Cafe-Bookshop (1105 Pandora). $20, refreshments included. overleaf@live.ca.

Patrick Freissen – Author brunch. SUNDAY 11:30am-1pm at the Well (821 Fort). Free.

Saturday Night Spoken – A showcase of superb spoken word from touching to absurd! SATURDAY 7:30pm at the Solstice Café (529 Pandora). $5-$10 sliding scale. 250-475-0477.

SpeakEasy: Berlin or Bust – Help local favourites Dave Morris and Missie Peters get to Berlin for the Berlin International Improv Festival. Show includes performances by stand-up Wes Lord. MONDAY 7:30pm at Cabin 12 (607 Pandora). $5-$55 sliding scale. notyourgrandmaspoetry@gmail.com.

Victoria Anarchist Reading Circle – Discuss the lastest in anarchy reading. TUESDAYS 7pm at Camas Books (2590 Quadra). Free. 250-381-0585.

Botany Night – Protected areas, climate change and the path forward, Dr. Tory Stevens (Protected Areas Ecologist, BC Ministry of Environment) speaks. TUESDAY 7:30pm at the Swan Lake Nature House (3873 Swan Lake). Free. naturevictoria.ca.

One Water, One People – Fabien Cousteau, grandson of Jaques Cousteau, takes audiences on a journey through the world’s precious marine habitats and discusses innovative ideas for combating global environmental challenges. TUESDAY 7:30pm at the McPherson Playhouse (3 Centennial Square). $23/$15 students. 250-386-6121.

Quiz Whiz Night – Test smarts and friends with a supreme trivia challenge. TUESDAYS 9pm at Ocean Island Café (791 Pandora). Free. 250-385-1784.

St Patrick: History & myth, Story & song – Tea, traditional Irish snacks, slides and discussion. WEDNESDAY 2-3:30pm in the Fireside Room, Fairfield United Church (1303 Fairfield). Free. 250-414-0308.

David Arthur Johnston – Book launch for The Right To Sleep : The Occupation of St. Ann’s Academy. Wine and cheese will be available, but the public is encouraged to treath this event as a potluck. WEDNESDAY 7pm at 5090 West Sannich. Free. angelfire.com/apes/hatrackman.

The Wind That Shakes The Barley – Lecture, Ireland 1920: Workers From Field And Country Unite To Form Volunteer Army. WEDNESDAY 7pm at Camas Books (2590 Quadra). Free. 250-381-0585, prideandunity@hotmail.com.

Poetry night – Award winning Inge Israel’s book launch for Beckett Soundings. WEDNESDAYS 7-9pm at the Well (821 Fort). Free.

galleries opening

AVENUE GALLERY – New paintings by Rob Elphinstone and Nikol Haskova, bronze sculpture by Ginny Glover and woodturnings by Douglas Fisher. Opens THURSDAY. To March 24 at 2184 Oak Bay.

Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria – Rapt Threads, group show of traditional and modern needlework. Opens THURSDAY. Artists reception SUNDAY noon-4pm. To March 23 at G6-1001 Douglas.

Seeing It Through Your Eyes- Art Show and celebration. Ten artists showcases their inter-faith art work based on the inter-faith bridging project. Opens THURSDAY 6-9pm. To March 17 at St. Luke’s Community Hall Lounge (3821 Cedar Hill Cross).

fifty fifty arts collective – All You Can Eat Picture Buffet, compiled by Thomas Dininno. THURSDAY 7-11pm. One night only at 2516 Douglas.

ministry of casual living – A Year’s Worth Of Beer Cans, art installation by Christine Clark. Opens FRIDAY. Artist reception SUNDAY 3pm. To March 19 at 1442 Haultain.

Deluge gallery – New Land Paintings, work by Stephanie Aitken. Opening reception FRIDAY 7-10pm. To April 9 at 636 Yates.

morris gallery – Celebrates it’s 11th anniversary with an artists reception. Artists Keith Hiscock, Linda Skalenda, Tara Juneau, David Goatley, Joanne Thomson, D.F. Gray, Bob McPartlin, Donna M. Southwood, Jim McFarland, Deborah Czernecky, Ron Wilson and Marie Nagel will be in attendence. Friday 7-9pm at 428 Burnside East.

Martin Batchelor Gallery – Cipher, new work by calligrapher Georgia Angelopolous and painter Miles Lowry. Opening reception FRIDAY 7-9pm. Calligraphy demonstration SATURDAY 2-4pm. To March 31 at 712 Cormorant.

POLYCHROME FINE ARTS – Enigmatic Veil, exhibition of paintings by B.A. Lampman and Christopher Starkey. Opening reception SUNDAY noon-6pm. To March 31 at 1113 Fort.

galleries- Cont.

Martin Batchelor Gallery – Turning the Tide, textile art exhibit. To THURSDAY at 712 Cormorant.

Polychrome Fine Arts gallery – Mr & Miss Understood, solo exhibition of paintings of heads by Ken Banner. To THURSDAY at 1113 Fort.

AVENUE GALLERY – New paintings by Karna Bonwick, Dawn Stofer, Vicky Marshal, Marion Scott and Anne Savage. To THURSDAY at 2184 Oak Bay.

Collective Works Gallery – Group show. To March 10 at 1311 Gladstone.

View Art Gallery – Cold Comfort, paintings by Robert Randall and Keegan Wenkman. To March 12 at 104-860 View.

Alcheringa Gallery – Ailans Travelled, exhibition of contemporary Papua New Guinean and Canadian Northwest Coast art. To March 18 at 665 Fort.

luz gallery – Still Pendulums, work by Dan MacDougall. To March 22 at 1844 Oak Bay.

Winchester Galleries – About Time, paintings by Philip Mix. To March 26 at 2260 Oak Bay. Selected Works, by Glenn Howarth. To March 27 at 758 Humboldt.

Xchanges Gallery – Small Truths, artwork by Kate Scoones. To March 27 at 2333 Government.

Sooke Harbour House – Love at First Sight, work by Patty Patching. To March 29 at 1528 Whiffen Spit.

dales gallery – The Neighbourhood Series, work by Coral Barclay. To March 29 at 537 Fisgard.

GOWARD HOUSE – Wanderings, exhibition and sale of works by Mary and Laura Blakenbury. To March 30 at 2495 Arbutus.

dominguez gallery – The Joys of Life, new work by Kevin Jenne. To March 31at 2075 otter Point.

Royal BC Museum -The Other Emily, exhibitions of Carr’s life before she became famousTo March 31. Behind the Scenes exhibition will bring the museum’s inner workings out to the public. To October 2. All at 675 Belleville.

mattick’s farm gallery – New paintings and mixed media by Krysryna Jervis. To March 31 at 109-5325 Cordova Bay.

little fernwood gallery – Lemon: Art after Cancer, paintings, drawings and photography by Rose Currie. To March 31 at 1923 Fernwood.

art gallery of greater victoria – The Lab: 250 Remix, exhibition by Tegan Forbes. To April 3. Silent As Glue, work from Lynda Gammon, Matt Harle and Elspeth Pratt, and Flora and Down the garden Path, work from the AGGV collection. To June 5. 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 the Mac – Discovering the Promise in Ourselves, St. Michaels University School art exhibit. To April 4 at 3 Centennial Square.

slide room gallery – Yardsquare, new work by Barrie Szekley. To April 4 at 2549 Quadra.

eclectic gallery – Simple Acts of Colour, exhibition of abstract work by Wendy Skog. Artist reception THURSDAY 7pm. To April 14 2170 Oak Bay.

open space – Manufactured Nostalias, featuring the work of D Bradley Muir, Roja Aslani and Martin Beauregard. To April 26 at 510 Fort.

Maritime museum of BC – Entheogenica: Generating the Divine Within, photo-manipulation exhibit featuring the work by Mike Routliffe. To April at 28 Bastion.





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