Weekly Arts Listings – March 17-23

Spark Fest continues, Ballet Victoria's Carmen, the Showdown, the First Edition Print Show and more.

Do you have what it takes to win the Showdown? Host Rod Peter Jr. thinks this marmot does.

Do you have what it takes to win the Showdown? Host Rod Peter Jr. thinks this marmot does.


The Lady in the Van – A comic diary detailing the relationship of a man and the elderly woman who lived in a van in his front yard for 15 years and reflecting on social relationships and responsibility. To March 19 at Langham Court Theatre (805 Langham Court). $18. 250-384-2142, boxoffice.langhamcourt@shaw.ca.

SPARK FESTIVAL – The Middle Place, THURSDAY-SATURDAY 8pm. Kismet One to One Hundred, THURSDAY-SATURDAY 8pm, matinee SUNDAY 2pm. Belfry 101 Live, SUNDAY 8pm. All shows at Belfry Theatre (1291 Gladstone). All $20 unless otherwise noted. Continues through March 20. sparkfestival.ca.

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. Opens THURSDAY to March 27 at St Luke’s Hall (3821 Cedar Hill Cross). $15/$13. 250-884-5484.

Inside – (See Feature). World premiere of Daniel MacIvor’s examination on what it means to be inside.  Opens THURSDAY 8pm to  March 26 at the Phoenix Theatre (Uvic). $22. 250-721-8000.

Where is home? – A performance based on the experiences of immigrant and refugee youth in Victoria. FRIDAY 7pm at the Intrepid Theatre (2-1609 Blanshard). $10/$5 students. vircs.bc.ca.

Carmen – Ballet Victoria presents the tragedy of an untamed gypsy and her lover, Don José. FRIDAY & SATURDAY 7:30pm, matinee SUNDAY 2pm at the McPherson Playhouse (3 Centennial Square). $35-$63. 250-386-6121.

The last 15 seconds – You have 15 seconds left before the explosion. What would you say to the suicide bomber? FRIDAY-SATURDAY 8pm, matinee SUNDAY 2pm at the Metro Studio (1411 Quadra).  Opening night, pay-what-you-can, $21/$10 student rush. 250-590-6291.

ONE WORLD – The international students of UWC Pearson College in Victoria share the music and dance of their homelands. SATURDAY 2pm & 8pm at the Royal Theatre (805 Broughton). $23/$18 students and seniors/$15 children 12 and under. 250-386-6121.

Vikes Dance Showcase – Fun and collaborative performances by dancers in the Vikes Rec Dance classes. SATURDAY 7pm at the Farquhar Auditorium, University Centre (UVic). $10/$5. 250-721-8480.

Castle in the Sky – A play by Francesca Albright and Jude Thaddeus Allen. SATURDAY 8pm at the Intrepid Theatre Club (1609 Blanshard). $10. 250-858-6870.

water, water everywhere – The top tellers from the Victoria Storytellers Guild (VSG) will enthrall listeners with diverse tales featuring an element appreciated worldwide: water. SUNDAY children’s performance 2-3pm, adults and mature children’s performance 7-9pm at the Intrepid Theatre Club (1609 Blanshard). $10/$5 childrenvictoriastorytellers.org.

The Showdown – Seven performers, seven minutes each, one winner. Hosted by Rod Peter Jr. SUNDAY 8pm at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $10/$8. 250-380-1280.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – (See ARTS). One of the world’s favorite dance companies returns to Victoria after more than twenty years. Presented by Dance Victoria. TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY 7:30pm at the Royal Theatre (805 Broughton). $60-$125. 250-386-6121.

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.

Impressions of Emily Carr – Readings from her diary are accompanied by visuals of her paintings. Underlying all are music selections ranging from spirituals to Wagner. WEDNESDAY 7pm at the First Metropolitan United Church (932 Balmoral). $15. 250-388-5188.

Call for Directors – St Luke’s Players is seeking Directors for their 2011/2012 Season. Details at stlukesplayers.org. Deadline: April 1. 250-472-1746, jane-guy@shaw.ca.


CULTIVATING RESILIENCE – Using nonviolent communication. Presented by Barbara Wiebe, NVC practitioner from Calgary. THURSDAY 7:30-9:30pm at the BCGEU (2994 Douglas). $10. 250-384-8236.

Vic Slam – Calling all poets and spoken word artists: think you have what it takes to step on stage and be judged? Top three get cash prizes. Or just come and cheer on your favourites! Sign up starts at 7:30pm. THURSDAY 8pm at Cabin 12 (607 Pandora). $5. vicpoetryslam.blogspot.com.

UVic Holocaust Speakers Series –  UVic students and staff discuss the Holocaust. Proceeds support the I-Witness Holocaust Field School Project. FRIDAY 12:30pm in room C116, the David Strong Building (UVic). By donation. 250-721-7320.

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 Edmonton poet Alice Major reading with local poet Sheila Martindale. FRIDAY 7:30pm at The Moka House (1633 Hillside). $3. planetearthpoetry@gmail.com.

Victoria Genealogical Society – Gadgets and Gizmos, with Gerry Poulton and Diana Gaiger. SATURDAY 10am at the Victoria Genealogical Society Resource Center (947 Alston). $12/$10 VGS members. 250-360-2808.

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.

Pen-In-Hand Poetry  Prose Readings – Featuring Rhea Tregebov and Cathy Ford after open mic (sign up 7:15pm). MONDAY 7:30pm at Serious Coffee (230 Cook). $3. 250-590-8010, ainbinder.collins@gmail.com.

WORLD STORYTELLING DAY – The Victoria Storytellers Guild welcomes the public to hear and tell stories.  MONDAY 7:30pm at 1831 Fern. $5/$3. 250-477-7044.

Saving Indigenous Languages – With Lorna Williams and Onowa McIvor. TUESDAY noon-2pm at the Ceremonial Hall, First Peoples House (UVic). Free. uvic.ca/ocbr, 250-721-7656.

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

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

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

Birder’s Night: Cache Only – The feeding habits and ecology of the gray jay, Canada’s bird for all seasons.  Bring a coffee cup. WEDNESDAY 7:30pm in room 159, the Fraser Building (UVic). Free. naturevictoria.ca.

galleries opening

Penelope’s Cafe – Flying Figures, selected paintings by Arash Akhgari. Open house THURSDAY 5-7pm. To March 31 at 739 Pandora.

Emerging Art Gallery – Figures in Motion: The Body, solo exhibition and sale by Pete Kohut. Opening reception THURSDAY 6-8pm. To April 1 at 977 A Fort.

View Art Gallery – Wild Things, exhibition of paintings by Dave Barnes and Jennifer Davis. Opening reception  FRIDAY 6-9pm. To April 16 at 104-860 View.

VICTORIA COLLEGE OF ART – Artcycle, show and sale. Opening reception and sale FRIDAY 7-9pm. Sale and demonstrations SATURDAY 11am-4pm. To SATURDAY at 1625 Bank.

West End gallery – New work by Elka Nowicka. Opening reception SATURDAY 1-4pm. To march 31 at 1203 Broad.

Olio Artists & Workers Cooperative – 1st Edition Print Show, group exhibition and book launch featuring original screenprinted works by 25 artists. Opening reception and booklaunch SATURDAY 8-10pm, by donation. One night only at 614 1/2 Fisgard.

Mercurio Gallery – Serota, new works by Phyllis Serota. Opens TUESDAY. Artist’s reception March 24 5-8pm. To April 2 at 602 Courtney.

Victoria Sketch Club’s 102nd Annual Art Show – Opening reception TUESDAY 7-9pm. To March 27 at 1701 Beach.

galleries- Cont.

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

ministry of casual living – A Year’s Worth Of Beer Cans, art installation by Christine Clark. To SATURDAY at 1442 Haultain.

luz gallery – Still Pendulums, work by Dan MacDougall. To TUESDAYat 1844 Oak Bay.

Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria – Rapt Threads, group show of traditional and modern needlework. To WEDNESDAY at G6-1001 Douglas.

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

POLYCHROME FINE ARTS – Enigmatic Veil, exhibition of paintings by B.A. Lampman and Christopher Starkey. To March 31 at 1113 Fort.

Martin Batchelor Gallery – Cipher, new work by calligrapher Georgia Angelopolous and painter Miles Lowry. To March 31 at 712 Cormorant.

Absolute Underground Gallery – Black Valentine, featuring local artists, Genghis Shawn, Jacob Ryan, Dustin Jak, Trust666, Ory, Cam Kallos, Lawrence Denvir, Ishe “No Show,” Amanda Schurman and more. To March 31 at 1215 Government.

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.

Deluge gallery – New Land Paintings, work by Stephanie Aitken. To April 9 at 636 Yates.

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.

Maltwood Prints and Drawings Gallery – Pioneer Modernist Architects and Planners, this series of exhibitions and publication projects will explore the relationships, personalities and projects contributing to the development of a regional modernist aesthetic in the post-war Victoria urban landscape (1939–2013). To May 2 at the McPherson Library (UVic).