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  1.  Love Ball Dance Party

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    Love Ball Dance Party Film on Feb 8; Party, Feb 10 Nothing cuts the doldrums and grays of Victoria winter like a Love Ball Dance Party. Inspired by Susanne Bartsch’s infamous New York City Love Balls of the 1980’s and in conjunction with the Victoria Film Festival’s screening of Susanne Bartsch: On Top, The Copper Owl and Chinatown Events will present Victoria’s version of a Love Ball Dance Party on Saturday, February 10, 2018. Born in Switzerland in 1968, Susanne Bartsch became known as New York City’s patron saint of transformation and inclusion. The parties she’s thrown for three decades—from Paris to Tokyo—have provided a venue for countless creative souls and “creatures” to express themselves, come together and forget the hum-drum of the everyday. In 1989, devastated by the many friends she lost to AIDS, Bartsch created The Love Ball, an event that rallied the fashion community to raise awareness and raise funds for AIDS research. The Love Ball was followed by Love Ball II: The Crowning Glory, The Hoppening at the Playboy Mansion in LA and Balade de L'Amour at the Folies Bergeres in Paris – ultimately raising over 2.5 million dollars. Today, Susanne Bartsch still throws lavish parties. At around the same time Susanne Bartsch was raising money and awareness to stop AIDS in New York City, five men sat around a kitchen table in Victoria in September of 1985, to discuss how to meet the complex needs of the gay men that were dying from AIDS on Vancouver Island. Organizing on the spot, AIDS Vancouver Island was born and incorporated as a society the following year. AVI continues serving the needs of people affected by HIV and other challenges on Vancouver Island, from five island locations (Victoria, Langford-Westshore, Nanaimo, Comox, Campbell River). “Three decades on, despite advances in the treatment and prevention of HIV, Vancouver Island is still experiencing new HIV and hepatitis C infections,” according to AVI Health Promotion Manager, Hermione Jefferis, who adds, “and we are providing services now in the midst of a new challenge for many in our communities: the opioid overdose crisis.” In conjunction with the Victoria Film Festival’s screening of Susanne Bartsch: On Top at 7pm on February 8, 2017 at the Odeon Theatre, a group of individuals, businesses and organizations have come together to organize a Love Ball Dance Party that will take place at the Copper Owl (1900 Douglas Street, Victoria) Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 9pm to Midnight. Featuring music by D. Tiffany + regularfantasy, the night will include a “Bartschland-esque” costume contest with prizes and funds raised will benefit programs at AIDS Vancouver Island. Love Ball Dance Party advance tickets are available online at tinyurl.com/loveball2018 or ticketrocket.ca. at the Odeon Theatre following the film screening on February 8 and at Copper Owl (1900 Douglas Street) when the doors open at 9pm February 10. For those who can’t attend the screening or the Love Ball, you can make a charitable donation to AIDS Vancouver Island online anytime at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/aids-vancouver-island/ - donate_now or in person. For more information contact: Hermione Jefferis, AIDS Vancouver Island 250-384-2366, ext 3111 hermione.jefferis@avi.org www.avi.org
  2. Crimes of the Heart

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    Crimes of the Heart By Beth Henley at Phoenix Theatre, UVic Crimes of the Heart tells the story of the Magrath sisters who have grown into adulthood and gone their separate ways: Meg escaped Hazlehurst, Mississippi to pursue her Hollywood dreams; Babe married an ambitious young lawyer; and Lenny remained at their Granddaddy’s side in their family home. After Babe commits a violent crime, the three sisters reunite at home for the first time in years. Hilarity ensues (and a few inappropriate giggle fits) as personalities clash, new and old relationships evolve, and deep wounds are soothed by the tenderness of sisterhood. Humorous and heartfelt, this Pulitzer Prize-winning play beautifully captures the incredible power of family. (Recommended for ages 14+)
 Director Peter McGuire Set Design Stefanie Mudry Costume Design Madeline Lee Lighting Design Patrick Du Wors Sound Design Nicholas Atkinson Dialect Coach Iris MacGregor-Bannerman Stage Manager Leah Hiscock “While this play overflows with infectious high spirits, it is also, unmistakably, the tale of a very troubled family. Such is Miss Henley’s prodigious talent that she can serve us pain as though it were a piece of cake.” - NY TIMES See videos, bios and more on Phoenix website Share Facebook event Phoenix Theatre Box Office www.phoenixtheatres.ca 250-721-8000
  3. Club 20: The Canadian College of Performing Arts The Canadian College of Performing Arts is hosting CLUB 20: a roaring 20's party! The giggle water will be flowing at Victoria's Union Club for one night only, Saturday, February 24th. So dust off your Charleston and shine your shoes and join us for our 20th Anniversary Celebration. It's going to be the bee's knees kids! (Period costume encouraged!!) Buy Tickets Now! For more information or sponsorship inquiries please contact Colleen Youngblut at 250 595 9970 or donorrelations@ccpacanada.com
  4. Fairfield Repair Café

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    Fairfield Repair Café March 10, 2018; May 26, 2018; July 21, 2018; September 29, 2018; November 17, 2018 Time: 10am to 1pm Location: 1330 Fairfield Road (next to Moss Street Market and Sir James Douglas School) Cost: free; donations are accepted to pay for operational costs (supplies) to keep the events going. Have something needing repair? Bring them out to this event and we will fix them for free. This is an event for anyone with something needing repair, or just want to learn how to fix. Also those who want to help repair or volunteer in some other way are invited. So come out and save your money, save your favourite items, save our landfills and save the world! We can typically repair most things including furniture, appliances, electronics, clothes and fabric goods, knitted goods, toys, tools, bicycles, knife sharpening, etc. Sometimes, we even have specialized expertise to fix computers and help you work your cell phone. More information at: www.facebook.com/repaircafefairfield www.fairfieldcommunity.ca/repair-cafe www.repaircafe.org
  5. Fairfield Repair Café

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    Fairfield Repair Café January 27, 2018; March 10, 2018; May 26, 2018; July 21, 2018; September 29, 2018; November 17, 2018 Time: 10am to 1pm Location: 1330 Fairfield Road (next to Moss Street Market and Sir James Douglas School) Cost: free; donations are accepted to pay for operational costs (supplies) to keep the events going. Have something needing repair? Bring them out to this event and we will fix them for free. This is an event for anyone with something needing repair, or just want to learn how to fix. Also those who want to help repair or volunteer in some other way are invited. So come out and save your money, save your favourite items, save our landfills and save the world! We can typically repair most things including furniture, appliances, electronics, clothes and fabric goods, knitted goods, toys, tools, bicycles, knife sharpening, etc. Sometimes, we even have specialized expertise to fix computers and help you work your cell phone. More information at: www.facebook.com/repaircafefairfield www.fairfieldcommunity.ca/repair-cafe www.repaircafe.org
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    New Music & Digital Media Festival February 2–4, 2018, School of Music, University of Victoria Festival celebrates 50 years of music innovation The landscape of new and experimental music in Canada has been greatly influenced by the creative individuals who have taught and studied at the UVic School of Music. From February 2-4, this dynamic community spanning five decades—from former faculty to current students—will converge for a New Music & Digital Media Festival as part of the School’s ongoing 50th anniversary season. Music composition has been a vital part of the program at the School of Music since the early days. In 1971, Rudolf Komorous was named Head of Composition and the School’s first analogue electronic music studio was established. “New and experimental music has always been central to what we do,” explains School of Music Director, composition instructor and alumnus Christopher Butterfield. “Many of Canada’s leading composers and interpreters of contemporary music had their training here...and our Music and Computer Science program, a major draw for the School, is the only one of its kind in the country,” says Butterfield. As a direct result of the program, where contemporary music study, creation and practice are at the core, the city of Victoria is recognized world-wide as a hub for new music. Faculty and alumni initiatives, such as the Aventa Ensemble, A Place to Listen, the Victoria Composers Collective, and collaborations with the Victoria Symphony, Pacific Opera Victoria, and Open Space, continue to produce some of the most exciting music of our time—all on the tip of this island off the West Coast of Canada. “Show me any place in the country with that kind of activity,” boasts Butterfield. The festival will be a great opportunity to hear music by many of the School’s accomplished alumni. On Feb. 2 the UVic Orchestra will perform Cassandra Miller’s Round, a new commission from the Toronto Symphony. Miller has twice received the Jules-Léger Prize for New Chamber Music, Canada’s highest honour for composition. On Feb. 3, clarinetist Heather Roche and pianist Tzenka Dianova—two leading interpreters of new music—with Mexico’s Chroma String Quartet will perform a smorgasbord of miniature compositions (some written especially for this occasion) by twenty UVic alumni. Along with works by Linda Catlin Smith, Anna Hostman, and Nicholas Fairbank, you’ll hear festina lente by Rodney Sharman. Sharman was recently awarded the prestigious $50,000 Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in the Performing Arts from the Canada Council for the Arts. The Faculty Chamber Music concert on Feb. 3 offers a program of music by the School’s current and former composition faculty as well as by alumni Kristy Farkas and Liova Bueno. A highlight of the festival is sure to be the lecture-recital with electronic music pioneer and Buchla synthesizer specialist,Suzanne Ciani, on Feb. 4. While the School of Music owns a vintage Buchla 200 Series from the 1970s, Ciani will perform on her own Buchla 200e, a modern model of the instrument. Of course, the current student body is central to the festival. Hear new works by the School’s composition students at theFridaymusic concert on Feb. 2. UVic’s experimental music ensemble, Sonic Lab, as well as the Percussion Ensemble, will each give performances on Feb. 4. Most events are free or by donation. Tickets for the Orchestra and Faculty Chamber Music concerts are $10-$25 and available at the UVic Ticket Centre: Phone: 250-721-8480 | Online: www.uvic.ca/auditorium/ticket-centre/ | At the door. For a complete schedule of festival events, please visit the festival website at:https://finearts.uvic.ca/music/calendar/newmusic/ Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/144818886301899/
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    ODC/Dance Takes on Climate Change & Hoarding in Two Performances Created by the Company’s Legendary Founders Royal Theatre, February 2 + 3, 2018, 7:30 pm ODC/Dance (Oberlin Dance Company) is known throughout the world for its athleticism, passion and intellectual depth. The company has been widely recognized for its fusion of ballet and modern techniques and for their numerous ground-breaking collaborations. Dance Victoria invited ODC/Dance to perform during its Year of the Choreographer as both of the company’s Artistic Directors, KT Nelson and Brenda Way, are celebrated dance creators. Way has been called the first "post modern" choreographer, creating more than 85 pieces over the last 45 years. She is a national spokesperson for dance and has been published widely. Nelson choreographed and directed the company's first full-length family ballet, The Velveteen Rabbit, which is performed annually. Both Way and Nelson have received numerous awards, including multiple Isadora Duncan Dance Awards for their choreography. ODC/Dance will perform two of their works at the Royal Theatre on February 2 and 3, 2018 at 7:30 pm: Dead Reckoning and What we carry, What we keep. Inspired by a trip KT Nelson took to Death Valley, a majestic and environmentally sensitive area of California, her work Dead Reckoning, is her attempt to come to terms with climate change and humans’ conscious and unconscious impact on the natural world. Grammy-nominated cellist and composer Joan Jeanrenaud created the commissioned score, which pairs repeating cello chords over PC Muñoz’s tribal percussion and the sound of falling trees. Brenda Way was moved to create What we carry, What we keep after reading a New York Times review of The Keeper, a show at New York’s New Museum filled with objects and photographs that artists had held dear for 30 years. Way wondered why we hang on to certain things and discard others, and how both can define us. “I was thinking about what we keep — not just material things but also what attitudes, what politics, what habits — about holding on and letting go. What we carry, what we keep,” explains Way. "I hope people get the resonance that it’s not just about material stuff. It’s also about relationships, about holding on and letting go in a bigger way.” Join us for a free, pre-show chat at 6:45 pm in the West (Blanshard Street) Lobby of the Royal Theatre prior to both performances. Visit DanceVictoria.com for complete details on our ticket options. Single tickets are from $29 to $85. Call the Royal and McPherson Box Offices at 250-386-6121. Ways to Save on Single Tickets Looking to bring a young person to the theatre? Buy a Dance Duo package and pair your regular priced ticket with a Pay Your Age ticket so you’re seated together. Pay Your Age tickets for 12 to 29 year olds are on sale now. They pay their age plus a teeny service charge. An amazing deal! Night Moves single tickets are on sale now for 30 to 45 year olds for $54. The Saturday night ticket includes an invite to a lightly catered after-party with music at a unique downtown venue. Media Materials Images with photo credits: DanceVictoria.com/media. Please credit all photos. Password: media-dance-victoria Dance Victoria’s season also includes these exceptional upcoming performances: Company Wayne McGregor – Atomos • Mar 16 + 17, 2018 • 7:30 pm • Royal Theatre Ballet Hispánico – Linea Recta by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa; Con Brazos Abiertos by Michelle Manzanales and 3.Catorce Dieciséis by Tania Pérez-Salas • Apr 6 + 7, 2018 • 7:30 pm • Royal Theatre Special Presentations: Dancers of Damelahamid – Flicker • Jan 19, 2018 • 7:30 pm • McPherson Playhouse Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre – Untitled America by Kyle Abraham; The Winter in Lisbon by Billy Bishop; Ella by Robert Battle and Mass by Robert Battle • May 1, 2018 • 8:00 pm • Royal Theatre • Tickets: $75-$179 About Dance Victoria Dance Victoria brings the World’s Best Dance to the Royal Theatre and supports the development of new dance for the international stage from its studios in Quadra Village. Dance Victoria is a non-profit charitable society. DanceVictoria.com
  8. Oil & Dirt

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  9. Mysteries of Grafton Tyler Brown

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    The Many Mysteries of Grafton Tyler Brown, with Dr. John Lutz At the Victoria Historical Society, on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at James Bay New Horizons, 234 Menzies Street, Victoria. Doors open at 7:15 pm for refreshments. A short business meeting beginning at 7:45 pm will be followed immediately by the speaker. Contact us at www.victoriahistoricalsociety.bc.ca The first surprise is that the most famous African American artist of the American west, got his start in Victoria in 1883. But Brown was not Black in BC, he was White. Several mysteries surround Grafton Tyler Brown: how he changed his race and the location of the paintings he made of this province. Dr. John Lutz is a professor and chair of the History Department at the University of Victoria with an interest in the history of race.
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    Trifle or Treasure: What’s It Worth? 6 p.m. to 9 p.m, at Kilshaw’s Auctioneers: A fundraiser for the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria offers the public a chance to check out the value of those sentimental treasures that have been languishing throughout their homes. Participants can bring two items on Wednesday, February 7 and discover their appraised value at the 2018 “Curious Victoria residents can find out the market value and gain insight into the history of their treasures,” explained Angela Buckingham, Gallery Associates’ event co-chair. “Perhaps these items have only sentimental value, but there’s always the chance that they are valuable and require insurance. Each participant will receive a verbal appraisal for one of his or her items.” The event takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m, at Kilshaw’s Auctioneers, and is sponsored by the Associates of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, whose mandate is to volunteer, promote and support the AGGV through fundraising events and programs. Now in its third season, the evening will feature two accredited appraisers, two large screens for viewing each transaction and light refreshments. “What’s It Worth? is an entertaining and informative evening for all,” added Sandra Browning Moore, Gallery Associates’ event co-chair. “Observers are also welcome and the proceeds go toward supporting Gallery exhibitions and programs.” Tickets cost $45 per person and are available at the AGGV, 1040 Moss Street, online at aggv.ca/events and at Kilshaw’s Auctioneers, 1007 Langley Street. Items selected for appraisal must be easily carried. The event is proudly supported by Kilshaw’s and Video Links Productions. For more information, visit aggv.ca or call 250-384-4171.
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    Trifle or Treasure: What’s It Worth? 6 p.m. to 9 p.m, at Kilshaw’s Auctioneers: A fundraiser for the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria offers the public a chance to check out the value of those sentimental treasures that have been languishing throughout their homes. Participants can bring two items on Wednesday, February 7 and discover their appraised value at the 2018 “Curious Victoria residents can find out the market value and gain insight into the history of their treasures,” explained Angela Buckingham, Gallery Associates’ event co-chair. “Perhaps these items have only sentimental value, but there’s always the chance that they are valuable and require insurance. Each participant will receive a verbal appraisal for one of his or her items.” The event takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m, at Kilshaw’s Auctioneers, and is sponsored by the Associates of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, whose mandate is to volunteer, promote and support the AGGV through fundraising events and programs. Now in its third season, the evening will feature two accredited appraisers, two large screens for viewing each transaction and light refreshments. “What’s It Worth? is an entertaining and informative evening for all,” added Sandra Browning Moore, Gallery Associates’ event co-chair. “Observers are also welcome and the proceeds go toward supporting Gallery exhibitions and programs.” Tickets cost $45 per person and are available at the AGGV, 1040 Moss Street, online at aggv.ca/events and at Kilshaw’s Auctioneers, 1007 Langley Street. Items selected for appraisal must be easily carried. The event is proudly supported by Kilshaw’s and Video Links Productions. For more information, visit aggv.ca or call 250-384-4171.
  12. Getting Higher Choir's intake

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    All Voices Can Sing! All Voices Welcome! The no-audition Getting Higher Choir's Spring season new singers intake runs Feb. 19th to Mar. 1st. Details: http://www.gettinghigherchoir.ca/choir_life/next-season-info.php or call Bill @ 250-920-4160 We will have a half hour New Singer Orientations at 7:00 p.m. on each of the evenings listed below that will be followed by opportunities to sing with the current choir members from 7:30 - 9:30. Feel free to bring interested friends. Mondays - Feb. 19 & 26 First Unitarian Church of Victoria, 5575 West Saanich Road (opposite the Red Barn) Tuesdays - Feb. 20 & 27 and Thursdays - Feb. 22 & 29 Church of Truth, 111 Superior Street (at St. Lawrence Street)
  13. Sooke Philharmonic Tea & Symphony

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    Tea & Symphony with Sooke Philharmonic Chamber Players & Chorus February 4, 2018, 2:30 pm Sooke Community Hall, Sooke, B.C. Tea and Symphony is Sooke's version of the ever popular Boston or Vienna Pops where the audience sits around tables with friends and enjoys the informal atmosphere. There will be a variety of music from Mozart to Offenbach to Piazzolla. There will be several soloists - Sooke's own soprano, Nancy Washeim, will sing arias by Handel and Haydn, the Sooke Phil's Choral Director, Nicholas Fairbank, will conduct the orchestra and will be the soloist in a movement of Mozart's Piano Concerto No.20. He will also present the Sooke Phil Chorus in some of their favourite relaxing and amusing pieces to include Pachelbel's famous Canon, Tea for Two and Zadok the Priest (Handel's Coronation Anthem). Other highlights will include a set of Celtic music and song, also a quartet of tubas! For tickets visit www.sookephil.ca or call 250-419-3569
  14. Lenten Lunchtime Concerts

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    <index.html> 2018 Lenten Lunchtime Concerts Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 1701 Elgin Road, Oak Bay, BC V8R 5L7 presents their 2018 Lenten Lunchtime Concert Series. Concerts begin at 12:10 pm and end at 12:50 pm. Bring your lunch; tea and coffee will be provided. Admission is by donation with proceeds going to Victoria Hospice Bereavement Fund. For more Information go to www.stmarysoakbay.ca or telephone 250-598-2212. February 21 Branden Young, Pianist February 28 Favourite Works for Strings with University of Victoria Students March 7 Piano-Violin Duo with Jeanne Campbell and Anne McDougall March 14 Favourite Wind Ensembles with University of Victoria Students March 21 Douglas Hensley, Lute and Oud
  15. Canadian Abstraction

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    Canadian Abstraction At Winchester Galleries, Oak Bay Featuring works by: Featuring Yves Gaucher, Harold Klunder, Jean McEwen, William Perehudoff, Jean Paul Riopelle and others. Oak Bay: 2260 Oak Bay Avenue
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