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Star Cinema manager Shannon Davis holds up a bag of popcorn outside of Scotty’s Dog Shack, as owner Scott Keanie offers up a hot dog. The Star Cinema will be selling popcorn here Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. during the theatre’s temporary closure, which starts March 17. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

March 17 marks last day for Sidney’s Star Cinema at temporary location

Historic theatre will move into new three-screen digs at previous location in late summer

Star Cinema manager Shannon Davis holds up a bag of popcorn outside of Scotty’s Dog Shack, as owner Scott Keanie offers up a hot dog. The Star Cinema will be selling popcorn here Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. during the theatre’s temporary closure, which starts March 17. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Gerald Harris, director of Friends of Bowker Creek Society, does the honours and plants the year’s first batch of chum salmon eggs in a designated area in the creek on Jan. 22. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Significance of Bowker Creek Watershed featured in classical concert in Victoria

Emily Carr quartet’s Earth Songs series continues March 11 at Christ Church Cathedral

Gerald Harris, director of Friends of Bowker Creek Society, does the honours and plants the year’s first batch of chum salmon eggs in a designated area in the creek on Jan. 22. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
A student performs during last year’s Festival of New Works at the Canadian College of Performing Arts. The Oak Bay school hosts the 2022 festival this week, the evenings of March 10 and 11. (Photo by Peter Pokorny)

Performing arts students stage new works in Oak Bay

College’s 2022 Festival Of New Works is live and online March 10 and 11

A student performs during last year’s Festival of New Works at the Canadian College of Performing Arts. The Oak Bay school hosts the 2022 festival this week, the evenings of March 10 and 11. (Photo by Peter Pokorny)
Grade 12 student Taryn Mitchell plays the Leading Player in Royal Bay secondary’s upcoming performances of Pippin. The musical marks the return of live, in-person performances to the school’s Teechamitsa Theatre after the pandemic shut the doors to the public. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

‘A real experience’: Royal Bay secondary returns to the stage with Pippin

Musical marks the first in-person performance at the school since pandemic started

Grade 12 student Taryn Mitchell plays the Leading Player in Royal Bay secondary’s upcoming performances of Pippin. The musical marks the return of live, in-person performances to the school’s Teechamitsa Theatre after the pandemic shut the doors to the public. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Vic High cast members for Ranked, The Musical gather for a promotional photo. (Photo courtesy of Kim Sholinder)

Victoria High School theatre crew tackles social commentary of Ranked

Running March 9 to 12 at Esquimalt High theatre, story explores themes of privilege around academics

Vic High cast members for Ranked, The Musical gather for a promotional photo. (Photo courtesy of Kim Sholinder)
Victoria duo Jon Middleton and Sierra Lundy of Ocie Elliott are nominated for the Juno Awards’ breakthrough group of the year. (Photo by Sara Laking)

Juno Awards nominees have strong connections to Greater Victoria

Ocie Elliott, Spiritbox nominated for breakthrough group; Spiritbox up for metal/hard music album

Victoria duo Jon Middleton and Sierra Lundy of Ocie Elliott are nominated for the Juno Awards’ breakthrough group of the year. (Photo by Sara Laking)
The cast of the Wizard of Oz is set to perform in early March at Claremont Secondary School in Saanich. (Photo courtesy of Chelsea Giordano)

Claremont musical theatre students bring Wizard of Oz to Saanich theatre

Performances occur from March 2 to 5 and March 9 to 12, two matinees available

The cast of the Wizard of Oz is set to perform in early March at Claremont Secondary School in Saanich. (Photo courtesy of Chelsea Giordano)
Olivia Boyer-Smyth as Ariel and Jakob Diston plays Scuttle in the coming Oak Bay High musical performance of The Little Mermaid. (Courtesy Oak Bay High Musical Theatre)
Olivia Boyer-Smyth as Ariel and Jakob Diston plays Scuttle in the coming Oak Bay High musical performance of The Little Mermaid. (Courtesy Oak Bay High Musical Theatre)
The Victoria Compost Education Centre hosts a workshop at Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary March 12. (Black Press Media file photo)

Weekend outings for home projects, art, nature and comedy return across Greater Victoria

Victoria home show kicks off this weekend in Saanich

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The Victoria Compost Education Centre hosts a workshop at Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary March 12. (Black Press Media file photo)
A Feb. 26 concert in Victoria dedicated to legendary violinist Jeanne Lamon, who died last year, features a deeply personal program curated by her partner, Christina Mahler. (Courtesy of Victoria Baroque)

Victoria concert recognizes late legendary Canadian violinist Jeanne Lamon

Longtime music director of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra memorialized with Feb. 26 performance

A Feb. 26 concert in Victoria dedicated to legendary violinist Jeanne Lamon, who died last year, features a deeply personal program curated by her partner, Christina Mahler. (Courtesy of Victoria Baroque)
Artist talks and demonstrations will be part of the Sooke Fine Arts Show when it returns on July 21. (Serena Haley Photography)

Sooke Fine Arts Show eyes return to community centre

In-person show returns after two-year hiatus

Artist talks and demonstrations will be part of the Sooke Fine Arts Show when it returns on July 21. (Serena Haley Photography)
The Waste Land director and choreographer Conrad Alexandrowicz on the set at UVic’s Phoenix Theatre with a painted map of London. (Courtesy UVic Department of Theatre)

University of Victoria’s The Waste Land lays bare Eliot poem in pandemic parallel

100-year-old poem echoes our time, director/choreographer Conrad Alexandrowicz says

The Waste Land director and choreographer Conrad Alexandrowicz on the set at UVic’s Phoenix Theatre with a painted map of London. (Courtesy UVic Department of Theatre)
Victoria-based screenwriter Joel H. Brewster (left) is pictured on the set of his 2016 short film, The Man in the Rabbit Mask. He won a $20,000 Black Creators Edition grant to support production of his next short film, The Victoria I know. (Photo courtesy of Joel H. Brewster)

$20K grant will help Victoria screenwriter produce Black history horror film

Joel Brewster one of 30 Black creators chosen to receive Telus Storyhive/Black Screen Office grant

Victoria-based screenwriter Joel H. Brewster (left) is pictured on the set of his 2016 short film, The Man in the Rabbit Mask. He won a $20,000 Black Creators Edition grant to support production of his next short film, The Victoria I know. (Photo courtesy of Joel H. Brewster)
The Victoria-based Emily Carr String Quartet is featured in the first three concerts of Earth Songs: Music for Climate Justice, a six-performance series hosted at Christ Church Cathedral. (Photo courtesy of Jonathan Brower)

Victoria concert series brings light and sound to climate justice

Emily Carr String Quartet, pipe organ featured in series starting Feb. 11 at Christ Church Cathedral

The Victoria-based Emily Carr String Quartet is featured in the first three concerts of Earth Songs: Music for Climate Justice, a six-performance series hosted at Christ Church Cathedral. (Photo courtesy of Jonathan Brower)
The Canadian College of Performing Arts presents the world premiere of new Canadian musical The Quest. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

The Quest makes its world debut on Oak Bay stage

Performing arts students work with playwrights to stage new musical

The Canadian College of Performing Arts presents the world premiere of new Canadian musical The Quest. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Cast members in an upcoming series called Reginald the Vampire on set at the ‘Slushy Shack,’ a transformed gas station at the intersection of Glanford Road and Vanalman Avenue in Saanich. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Filming for Reginald the Vampire series draws onlookers to Saanich corner

Cast and crew under umbrellas, plastic sheets at ‘Slushy Shack’

Cast members in an upcoming series called Reginald the Vampire on set at the ‘Slushy Shack,’ a transformed gas station at the intersection of Glanford Road and Vanalman Avenue in Saanich. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
Carmen Aguirre’s memoir titled Mexican Hooker #1: Art Love and Forgiveness After Trauma is a sequel to her award-winning memoir, Something Fierce. She gives a free writing seminar at UVic’s Phoenix Theatre on Feb. 17. (carmenaguirre.ca)

Award-winning playwright hosts free memoir, satire writing lecture at UVic

Carmen Aguirre will present in person and remotely from Phoenix Theatre on Feb. 17

Carmen Aguirre’s memoir titled Mexican Hooker #1: Art Love and Forgiveness After Trauma is a sequel to her award-winning memoir, Something Fierce. She gives a free writing seminar at UVic’s Phoenix Theatre on Feb. 17. (carmenaguirre.ca)
Jesse Roper in his new music video Hold On Me. (Youtube/Jesse Roper)

Metchosin’s Jesse Roper hopes new music video launches him from pandemic pause

Bluesman itching to perform his new tunes; Feb. 5 show coming up at the Royal Theatre

Jesse Roper in his new music video Hold On Me. (Youtube/Jesse Roper)
The Lafayette String Quartet, Joanna Hood, Sharon Stanis, Pam Highbaugh Aloni and Ann Elliott-Goldschmid, gather for a group photo at the University of Victoria, where the musicians have taught for more than three decades. (Courtesy UVic Photo Services)
The Lafayette String Quartet, Joanna Hood, Sharon Stanis, Pam Highbaugh Aloni and Ann Elliott-Goldschmid, gather for a group photo at the University of Victoria, where the musicians have taught for more than three decades. (Courtesy UVic Photo Services)
Someone Like Me co-directors and partners Sean Horlor, left, and Steve J. Adams. (Photo courtesy of Grady Mitchell/National Film Board of Canada)

Saanich-raised filmmaker’s doc melds struggles of gay asylum seeker, his sponsors

Sean Horlor’s Someone Like Me plays at the Victoria Film Festival on Feb. 5

Someone Like Me co-directors and partners Sean Horlor, left, and Steve J. Adams. (Photo courtesy of Grady Mitchell/National Film Board of Canada)