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Weekly Arts Listings - March 31 to April 6

Chairs, Story Slam, Woodpile Collective and more
Catch Shelley Miller's sugar-constructed Stained mural in Waddington Alley (See CONTINUING)


WONDERLAND - (See CITYSOMTHIN). An imaginative retelling of Lewis Carroll’s classic Alice in Wonderland by Montréal choreographer Shawn Hounsell. Performed by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. THURSDAY-SATURDAY 7:30pm at the Royal Theatre (805 Broughton). $40-$100. 250-386-6121.

CHAIRS: A PARABLE - This hilarious absurdist comedy follows three men as they struggle to coexist in a barren landscape. THURSDAY-SATURDAY 8pm. To SATURDAY at the Metro Studio (1411 Quadra). $21. 250-383-2663.

Call for Directors - St Luke’s Players is seeking Directors for their 2011/2012 Season. Details at Deadline: FRIDAY. 250-472-1746,

Viva Oak Bay - A Las Vegas style revue presented by the Monterey Note-Ables. SATURDAY 2pm & 7:30pm and SUNDAY 2pm at the Monterey Rec Centre (1442 Monterey). $10. 250-370-7300.

THE MIKADO - One of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most famous comic operas. SATURDAY 8pm & SUNDAY 2pm at the McPherson Playhouse (3 Centennial Square). $20-$38. 250-386-6121.

UNDERGROUND COMEDY Fort - Come and witness comedians strut their stuff and project their inner quirks. MONDAY 7pm at the Fort Cafe (742 Fort). $5.

THE ANGER IN ERNEST AND ERNESTINE - What happens when two people start a relationship and move in together? WEDNESDAY 8pm. To April 9 at the Intrepid Theatre Club (1609 Blanshard). $15/$12. 250-882-2396,


Ready to Rent - Learn about the rights and responsibilities of tenants and landlords and how to impress potential landlords. THURSDAY 1pm at Saanich Neighbourhood Place (3100 Tillicum). 250-388-7171,

Story Slam - 10 randomly selected participants tell a five minute unscripted story that relates to the theme of hoaxes, trickery and downright deception. Come to share, come to listen! THURSDAY 7pm at Cabin 12 (607 Pandora). $5.

What’s in Your Backyard? - Public Issues Community Forum discussing the role of provincial and local governments, farmers, businesses and individuals and what strategies are necessary to ensure biodiversity, sustainability, health and safety. THURSDAY 7:30pm in the Harry Hickman Building (UVic). Free. 250 472 4747,

CUBA FOR HAITI - Presentations by Dr. William Álvarez Consuegra and Sandra Ramirez Rodriguez following dinner. FRIDAY 5:30pm at BCGEU Hall (2994 Douglas). Dinner $15/presentation by donation.

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 Clara Blackwood and Allan Briesmaster read from new work FRIDAY 7:30pm at The Moka House (1633 Hillside). $3.

Individuation and the Authentic Voice - With speaker Karen Evers. Presented by the Jung Society of Victoria. FRIDAY 7:30pm in room C116, the David Strong Building (UVic). $15/$10 JSmembers/$5 full-time students. Workshop SATURDAY 9:30am-3:30pm at the Fairfield Community Centre (1330 Fairfield). $100/$80 JS members. Registration required.

Preparing to Succeed As a Free-Lance Writer - A workshop with info, contacts, tactics, discussion and exercises. SATURDAY 2-4pm at the Overleafe Cafe-Bookshop (1105 Pandora). $10.

David Suzuki - Book signing and lecture. With Elizabeth May. Film screening to follow. SATURDAY 6pm at the Mary Winspear Center (2243 Beacon). $20. 250-514-9910.

Yrsa Sigurdardottir - Nordic Noir and the Writing of Crime Fiction, SUNDAY 2pm. Scandinavian Children’s Fiction, MONDAY 7:30pm. All in room A311, the Clearihue Building (UVic). Free.

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.

Storytime - Enjoy fun, participatory stories for children. WEDNESDAYS 11am at Tall Tales Books (795 Fort). Free. 250-590-3032,

Natural State Covenants - Adriane Pollard (District of Saanich) explains covenants in the context of environmental protection at the municipal level. Registration required. WEDNESDAY 2pm at the GVPL, Saanich Centennial Branch (3110 Tillicum). Free.

Poetry night - Featuring Manois, headeditor of Libros Liberated in Vancouver. WEDNESDAYS 7-9pm at the Well (821 Fort). Free. 250-590-4995.

Move for the Health of It - Dr. David Docherty focuses on the many aspects of health that are improved through regular physical activity. WEDNESDAY 7pm in room 105, the Harry Hickman Building (UVic). Free. 250-721-6524.

BRINGING PEOPLE TO LIFE IN NON-FICTION - Peter Grant discusses the process of capturing the authentic voices and stories of real people and how that differs from the personal writing undertaken to discover or rediscover one’s own voice. WEDNESDAY 7 pm at Oaklands Community Centre (2827 Belmont). Free. 250-592-6558.

ALANIS OBOMSAWIN - For over 40 years, Obomsawin has written, produced and/or directed more than 30 uncompromising documentaries at the National Film Board (NFB) on issues affecting Aboriginal people in Canada. Her stories express strong social content, inspired by the desire to let the voices of her people be heard. WEDNESDAY 7:30pm at the McPherson Playhouse (3 Centennial Square). $23/$15. 250-386-6121.

Galleries opening

Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria - A Hundred Thousand Threads 2, seven fibre artists from the greater Victoria area are showing their original and unique fibre pieces. Opens THURSDAY. To April 14 at G6-1001 Douglas.

Coast Collective Gallery - Bloomin’ Again, group show. Opens THURSDAY. Reception SATURDAY 2-4pm. To April 24 at 3221 Heatherbell.

morris gallery - New works by Joanne Thomson and Tetiana Zakharova. Opens FRIDAY. To April 30 at 428 Burnside East.

West End gallery - Glass cupcakes by Andrea Ripley. Opens FRIDAY. To April 7 at 1203 Broad.

Selkirk Gallery - 10 Again, new abstract paintings by Marjorie Allen, Maggie Cole, Victoria Clarke and more. Opens FRIDAY. Reception April 7. To April 30 at 2960B Jutland.

GOWARD HOUSE - Group show of gallery’s artists. Opens FRIDAY. Artists reception SUNDAY 1:30-3:30pm. To June 1 at 2495 Arbutus.

Sooke Harbour House - Half & Half: Chigiri-e’ & Abstracts, by Roxsane Tiernan. Opens FRIDAY. To April 27 at 1528 Whiffen Spit.

ministry of casual living - We Never Close, new works and installation by the Woodpile Collective.Opening reception FRIDAY 7pm. To April 21 at 1442 Haultain.

Collective Works Gallery - Reflections, Vic Highs’ graduating art students show their work. Opening reception FRIDAY 7-9pm. To April 7 at 1311 Gladstone.

INK BILGE GUT RIOT - Hyper incoherent art show of hallucinating anti prophets: ink, sculpting, overhead projecting, audio, doo dads, short stories and practical jokery. FRIDAY 7-10pm. One night only at 21-532 Herald. Free.

madrona gallery - New work by Meghan Hildebrand and Colin Macrae. Opens SATURDAY. To April 16 at 606 View.

dominguez gallery - Balancing Realism and Impressionism, work by Michel Mailhot. Opens SATURDAY. To April 29 at 2075 otter Point.

Winchester galleries - Masterpieces from the 1980s, paintings by William Perehudoff. Opening reception SATURDAY 2-5pm. To April 20 at 758 Humboldt. Selected work, paintings by John Horton. Preview SATURDAY 10am-5:30pm. Opening reception SUNDAY 1-5pm. To April 30 at 796 Humboldt. Selected Work, paintings by P.K. (Page) Irwin. Preview SATURDAY 10am-5:30pm. Opening reception SUNDAY 1-5pm. To April 30 at 2260 Oak Bay.

Martin Batchelor Gallery - A Trail of Flowers, painting and assemblage by Miles Hunter. Opening reception SATURDAY 7-9pm. To April 28 at 712 Cormorant.

Polychrome Fine Arts gallery - The Road To Esperance, solo exhibition of paintings and drypoints by Lance Olsen. Opening reception SUNDAY noon-6pm. To April 28 at 1113 Fort.

Galleries- Cont.

dominguez gallery - The Joys of Life, new work by Kevin Jenne. To THURSDAY at 2075 otter Point.

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

West End gallery - New work by Elka Nowicka. To THURSDAY at 1203 Broad.

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

morris gallery - 11th Anniversary Show, new work by Keith Hiscock, Linda Skalenda, Tara Juneau and more. To THURSDAY at 428 Burnside East.

Martin Batchelor Gallery - Cipher, new work by calligrapher Georgia Angelopolous and painter Miles Lowry. To THURSDAY 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 THURSDAY at 1215 Government.

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

Emerging Art Gallery - Figures in Motion: The Body, solo exhibition and sale by Pete Kohut. To FRIDAY at 977 A Fort.

luz gallery - Kodachrome in Bloom, group exhibition of Kodachrome photography. To SATURDAY at 1844 Oak Bay.

art gallery of greater victoria - The Lab: 250 Remix, exhibition by Tegan Forbes. To SUNDAY. 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. The Immortal Garden, includes rarely seen works for the AGGV’s permanent collection. To June 26. 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 MONDAY at 3 Centennial Square.

slide room gallery - Yardsquare, new work by Barrie Szekley. To MONDAY at 2549 Quadra.

AVENUE GALLERY - New woodturnings by Brian Street, stone carvings by Nancy Street and exquisite silver and gold jewellery by Kevin Cremin. To April 7 at 2184 Oak Bay.

Mercurio Gallery - Serota, new works by Phyllis Serota. To April 9 at 602 Courtney.

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

RED ART GALLERY - The Power of Color, new works by Marion Evamy, Carolyn Kowalyk, Birgit Piskor, Dennis Shields, Elizabeth litton, Brian Simons and Bonnie Helm-Northover. To April 14 at 2033 Oak Bay.

eclectic gallery - Simple Acts of Colour, exhibition of abstract work by Wendy Skog. To April 14 2170 Oak Bay.

View Art Gallery - Wild Things, exhibition of paintings by Dave Barnes and Jennifer Davis. To April 16 at 104-860 View.

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).

Stained - Shelley Miller’s sugar mural. It is best viewed repeatedly as it changes. To the end of April or May, or until the mural disintigrates. Waddington Alley on the side of Hostelling International Victoria (516 Yates).