Weekly Arts Listings – March 3-9

The Spark Festival ignites, Langham gets to know the Lady in the Van, the High School Slam Championships, Joan of Arc reimagined and more.

Langham Court Theatre asks: who’s in the van, man? It’s a lady! (See STAGE)

Stage Urinetown – High-energy music, twisted plot and humorous satire. THURSDAY-SATURDAY 7:30pm at the Spectrum Community Theatre (957 Burnside). $10/ $8 students. 250-479-8271.  MY FAIR LADY – Presented by St. Michael’s University Senior School. THURSDAY-SATURDAY 7:30pm at the McPherson Playhouse (3 Centennial Square). $25. 250-386-6121. LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS – Presented by the Vic High theatre department. THURSDAY-SATURDAY 8pm, SATURDAY 5pm at Vic High Auditorium (1260 Grant). $12/$10. 250-388-5456.The Lady in the Van – Alan Bennett’s semi-autobiographical account of his relationship with Mary Shepherd, who lived in a van in his driveway for 15 years. Opens 8pm THURSDAY to March 19 at Langham Court Theatre (805 Langham Court). $18. Tuesdays 2-for-1 for Students/Seniors. 250-384-2142, boxoffice.langhamcourt@shaw.ca.Marie Antoinette: The Color of Flesh – A dramatic love triangle set during the turbulent years around the French revolution. THURSDAY-SATURDAY 8pm at 28 Bastion Square. $20/$15. 250-896-3956. twelfth night – (See ARTS) Get groovy with this psychedelic 1970s spin on Shakespeare’s classic gender-bending comedy about love, deception and “what you will.” THURSDAY-SATURDAY 8pm. To March 5 at the Phoenix Theatre (UVic). $15-$22. 250-721-8000.Influence – Janet Munsil’s tale of ancient gods, new-world mortals and British poet John Keats. FRIDAY, SATURDAY and WEDNESDAY 8pm, SUNDAY 2pm. To March 13 at the Metro Studio (1411 Quadra). $25. 250-590-6291.Where is Home? – A performance based on the real-life experiences of immigrant and refugee youth in Victoria, followed by an interactive discussion. Presented by the Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Society. 7pm FRIDAY at the Intrepid Theatre Club (1609 Blanshard). $10, reservation required. theatrevircs@gmail.com.SPARK FESTIVAL – My Rabbi, a story about faith, friendship and fathers. MONDAY 7pm. Free. Word For Word, a panel discussion of verbatim theatre. TUESDAY 7pm. Free. Sign Language, starring Denise Clarke. WEDNESDAY 8pm, to March 13. $20. Do You Want What I Have Got? A craigslist cantata. WEDNESDAY 8pm. $20. All shows at Belfry Theatre (1291 Gladstone). Continues through March 20. sparkfestival.ca.SIN CITY – Live improvised soap opera. TUESDAYS 8pm at the Victoria Event Centre(1415 Broad). To June 21. $12/10.  250-480-3709.The Second Coming of Joan of Arc – Carolyn Gage performs her award-winning one-woman interpretation of the Joan of Arc story, where a lesbian returns from the dead to share her harrowing experiences, as well as her passionate and radical perspective, with contemporary audiences. WENDESDAY 7:30pm in room 105, the Hickman Building (UVic). Free. 250-589-9851.Auditions: Elizabeth Rex – Written by Timothy Findley and directed by Judy Treloar. Scripts available for pick-up at Langham Court Theatre. SATURDAY 1-4pm, SUNDAY 6-9pm at Langham Court Theatre (805 Langham). Free. 250-384-2142.WORDSVictoria High School Slam Championships – Watch as Victoria’s brightest, fiercest, funniest youth spoken word artists tell it like it is, like only teenagers can. THURSDAY 6:30pm at Reynolds Secondary School Theatre (3963 Borden). $5. tonguesoffire.ca.Millennium Development – A panel discussion to critically assess the Millennium Development goals by focusing specifically on how HIV/AIDs affects women in a distinctive way. THURSDAY 6:30pm in B150, the Earth and Ocean Sciences Building, (UVic). Free. wusc.ca. Egypt and its neighbours – A public forum with UVic scholars. THURSDAY 7pm at room B150, the Bob Wright Centre (UVic). Free. 250-721-6325.Creating a Just Society – Is it possible? Dr Mary-Wynne Ashford speaks. Presented by the UVic Association for Bahá’í Studies. THURSDAY 7:30pm in room C122, the Strong Building (UVic). Free. bahai@uvic.ca. 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 – Following the open mic, Susan Tefler, of Gibsons B.C., reads from her first collection House Beneath and poet/singer/songwriter Aurian Haller, of Montreal, reads from his collection Song of the Taxidermist. FRIDAY 7:30 at The Moka House (1633 Hillside). $3. info@mokahouseonhillside.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. STORIES FROM VICTORIA’S PAST – Readings from recent works of local historical fiction and non-fiction. Featuring Vanessa Winn, Larry Grey and more. Afternoon includes an open mic. SATURDAY 2pm at the Overleaf Cafe-Bookshop (1105 Pandora). Admission by purchase of drink or snack. 250-888-7326. Georgia Nicols – Author of You and Your Future reads. SATURDAY 2pm at Chapters (1212 Douglas). Free. 250-380-9009. The People of No Religion – Callum G. Brown, professor of religion and cultural history at the University of Dundee, discusses the loss of religion in Canada, the US, and Great Britain since 1950. MONDAY 10:30am in room D010, the MacLaurin Building (UVic). Free. 250-721-6325. Celebrating a Community of Women – Lunch with keynote speaker Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, BC’s Representative for Children and Youth. Registration required. TUESDAY 11am at St. John’s Hall (925 Balmoral). $50. 250-385-7410, laurie@bridgesforwomen.ca. Victoria Anarchist Reading Circle – Discuss the lastest in anarchy reading. TUESDAYS 7pm at Camas Books (2590 Quadra). Free. 250-381-0585.Spirituality and Funeral Trends in North America – Speaker, Kathleen Garces-Foley. TUESDAY 7pm in room C126, the Strong Building (UVic). Free. 250-721-6325.Mothers in a Dangerous Time – Raising Lemurs in the Malagasy Rainforest. Jody Weir discusses  her studies on the feeding behaviour and diet of two species of lemurs in the Madagascar jungle. TUESDAY 7:30pm in room 159, the Fraser Building (UVic). Free. naturevictoria.ca. Quiz Whiz Night – Test smarts and friends with a supreme trivia challenge. TUESDAYS 9pm at Ocean Island Café (791 Pandora). Free. 250-385-1784. Richard Wagamese – Acclaimed Ojibway storyteller, memoirist and novelist demonstrates storytelling through performance. Registration required. WEDNESDAY 7-9pm in the Quarterdeck, the Grant Building  (Royal Roads University). Indigenous.Development@royalroads.ca.Poetry night – Award winning Inge Israel’s book launch for Beckett Soundings. WEDNESDAYS 7-9pm at the Well (821 Fort). Free. galleries openingdales gallery – The Neighbourhood Series, work by Coral Barclay. Artist’s reception THURSDAY 7-9pm. To March 29 at 537 Fisgard. Xchanges Gallery – Small Truths, artwork by Kate Scoones. Opening reception FRIDAY 7pm. To March 27 at 2333 Government. VISUAL ARTS/INVISIBLE DISABILITIES – A showcase of works by artists with invisible disabilities. Opening reception FRIDAY 6-9:30pm at Serious Coffee (107-230 Cook).  GOWARD HOUSE – Wanderings, exhibition and sale of works by Mary and Laura Blakenbury. Opens FRIDAY. Artists reception SUNDAY 1:30-3:30pm. To March 30 at 2495 Arbutus. Talk’s Cheap – Drip City Gringo, selected works by renowned Victoria animator, Rick Raxlen. Opening reception SUNDAY 3pm. To March 24 at 556B Pandora.Royal BC Museum -The Other Emily, exhibitions of the Royal BC Museum’s vast Carr collection to mount the first-ever exploration of the artist’s life before she became famous. To March 31. Behind the Scenes exhibition will bring the museum’s inner workings out to the public. To October 2. All at 675 Belleville.slide room gallery – Yardsquare, new work by Barrie Szekley. Opening reception FRIDAY 7:30pm. To April 4 at 2549 Quadra. little fernwood gallery – Lemon: Art after Cancer, paintings, drawings and photography by Rose Currie. Opening reception SATURDAY 1-4pm. To March 31 at 1923 Fernwood. Winchester Galleries – Selected Works, by Glenn Howarth. Opening reception 2pm SATURDAY. To March 27 at 758 Humboldt. About Time, paintings by Philip Mix. Opening reception SUNDAY 1pm. To March 26at 2260 Oak Bay. winchestergalleries.com. St. Michaels University School – Campaign for Children, photography exhibit showcasing work from young photographers around the world. One Day only. TUESDAY 10am-12:30pm at 820 Victoria.galleries- Cont. Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria – LOOK Victoria, regional arts exhibition and sale. To FRIDAY at the Bay Centre downtown, bottom level (1150 Douglas).  Deluge gallery – RPM: The Lost Art of LP Covers, a fundraising show and sale. To SATURDAY at 636 Yates.  art gallery of greater victoria – Blend, works by Adelle Andrew and Eva Wynand. To SUNDAY. 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. Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria – Federation of Canadian Artists annual spring exhibition. To WEDNESDAY at G6-1001 Douglas. Martin Batchelor Gallery – Turning the Tide, textile art exhibit to raise funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. To March 10 at 712 Cormorant. Polychrome Fine Arts gallery – Mr & Miss Understood, solo exhibition of paintings of heads by Ken Banner. To March 10 at 1113 Fort. AVENUE GALLERY – New paintings by Karna Bonwick, Dawn Stofer, Vicky Marshal, Marion Scott and Anne Savage. To March 10 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. Sooke Harbour House – Love at First Sight, work by Patty Patching. To March 29 at 1528 Whiffen Spit. Gallery at the Mac – Discovering the Promise in Ourselves, St. Michaels University School art exhibit. To April 4 at 3 Centennial Square. eclectic gallery – Simple Acts of Colour, exhibition of abstract work by Wendy Skog. Artist reception THURSDAY 7pm. To April 14 2170 Oak Bay. 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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