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  1. What: One Man Star Wars Trilogy When: Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Where: Farquhar Auditorium, University Centre, UVic Tickets: General $32.75, Student/Alumni $22.75, Children $12.75 or Family 4 Pack $93.00 INFO: The Farquhar at UVic is going interstellar, travelling to a galaxy far, far away on May the Fourth be with you when Charles Ross and his One Man Star Wars Trilogy hits the Farquhar Stage. Victoria’s own Charles Ross will amaze you with his fun and extremely entertaining performance in One Man Star Wars Trilogy! Frenetic and hyper-space-energetic, Ross condenses 12 hours of cinematic magic into a 75 minute intermission-less marathon. Your imagination will run wild as Charles single-handedly re-enacts the plots of three Star Wars films (Star Wars IV, V and VI), producing vivid characters, sound effects, the iconic musical soundtrack and opening scrolls that will have you envisioning the Movies with Ross’s words. Ross crafts a shared experience with his successful blend of physical comedy and quick wit, which will have audiences cheering and laughing along. An UVic Phoenix Theatre alum, Ross started performing his One Man Star Wars Trilogy in 2001 and has since toured around the globe, performing to more than 1 million fans in London’s West End, at the Sydney Opera House, off-Broadway in New York and even in Dubai. The show also had a month-long sold out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. To mark the release of “Star Wars: Episode 3: Revenge of the Sith” in 2005, Lucasfilm invited Ross to perform at the official movie release convention, Celebration 3. Ross has also appeared on NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien, CBS’s Late Late Show and performed for the likes of Sir Ian McKellen, Vin Diesel and many other celebrities. One Man Star Wars Trilogy is performed with permission of Lucasfilm Ltd. This show is fast paced, very funny, and suitable for ages 6 to Yoda! As part of the event, the Farquhar at UVic will host a pre-show comic-con style panel discussing Star Wars and its cultural impacts. There will also be a costume contest with prizes so audience members are encouraged to dress up! For ticket information please contact: University Centre Ticket Centre 250-721-8480 | ticket@uvic.ca Mon-Fri 9:30am-4pm http://tickets.uvic.ca More info: http://www.uvic.ca/farquhar All university buildings are accessible to people with differing mobility issues and mobility aids. Those with a disability requiring individual accommodation should call the event's organizer at least 48 hours in advance. UVic is also accessible by various modes of sustainable transportation including regional transit and cycling. For those arriving by car, pay parking is in effect. Maps and info are available at www.uvic.ca/maps.
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    I Walked the Line

    I Walked the Line Theatre Skam Acclaimed performer Allan Morgan is back on the Victoria stage with his brand new show I Walked the Line, produced by The Other Guys Theatre Company. This is Allan's personal story of a lockout and strike, and of keeping spirits up while soles, and souls, are fraying. You might recognize Allan from his many roles at the Belfry Theatre and Bard on the Beach. All proceeds from the Saturday, March 30, 8pm performance will be donated to Theatre SKAM. Intrepid Theatre Club (2-1609 Blanshard Street) Regular tickets: $20* Students & Seniors tickets: $15 READ MORE ABOUT THE SHOW Tickets available at Ticket Rocket,1050 Meares Street, 1-855-842-7575. *All tickets may incur a service fee.
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    Vic Chamber Orchestra

    The Victoria Chamber Orchestra The Victoria Chamber Orchestra directed by Yariv Aloni presents a concert on Friday, April 12, 7:30 pm at First Metropolitan Church, 932 Balmoral Road, Victoria V8T 1A8. Tickets: $20 (adult) & $15 (student/senior over 65), (free admission for music students - elementary, high school or university), available online at www.victoriachamberorchestra.org, Ivy’s Bookshop, Long & McQuade and at the door. Program includes: Gade: Aquarelles Concerto, featuring the Louis Sherman Concerto Competition winner GLIÈRE: String Octet
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    Lunchtime Concerts Celebrating Lent at St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church “On the Journey” - Lunchtime Concerts Celebrating Lent take place at St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church, 1701 Elgin Road, Oak Bay from 12:10 pm to 12:50 pm. Admission is by donation in support of Victoria Hospice Bereavement Fund. Bring your lunch; coffee and tea provided. For more information call 250-598-1212 or www.stmarysoakbay.ca/concerts April 10 Stabat Mater (Pergolesi) Marnie Setka Mooney, soprano Sara Partridge, mezzo-soprano Sing Victoria-Encore, chorus and The Confession Stone (Fleming) Kim Greenwood, mezzo-soprano Jim Hill, accompanist
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    Lunchtime Concerts Celebrating Lent at St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church “On the Journey” - Lunchtime Concerts Celebrating Lent take place at St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church, 1701 Elgin Road, Oak Bay from 12:10 pm to 12:50 pm. Admission is by donation in support of Victoria Hospice Bereavement Fund. Bring your lunch; coffee and tea provided. For more information call 250-598-1212 or www.stmarysoakbay.ca/concerts April 3 Women of the Commonwealth Platypus Clarinet Orchestra from Eugene, Oregon April 10 Stabat Mater (Pergolesi) Marnie Setka Mooney, soprano Sara Partridge, mezzo-soprano Sing Victoria-Encore, chorus and The Confession Stone (Fleming) Kim Greenwood, mezzo-soprano Jim Hill, accompanist
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    Lunchtime Concerts Celebrating Lent at St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church “On the Journey” - Lunchtime Concerts Celebrating Lent take place at St. Mary the Virgin Anglican Church, 1701 Elgin Road, Oak Bay from 12:10 pm to 12:50 pm. Admission is by donation in support of Victoria Hospice Bereavement Fund. Bring your lunch; coffee and tea provided. For more information call 250-598-1212 or www.stmarysoakbay.ca/concerts March 27 Violin Students from the University of Victoria April 3 Women of the Commonwealth Platypus Clarinet Orchestra from Eugene, Oregon April 10 Stabat Mater (Pergolesi) Marnie Setka Mooney, soprano Sara Partridge, mezzo-soprano Sing Victoria-Encore, chorus and The Confession Stone (Fleming) Kim Greenwood, mezzo-soprano Jim Hill, accompanist
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    Connect in Nature. Inspire our World. An Exclusive Evening with Robert Bateman Join us for an intimate evening in celebration of nature, with one of its most dynamic animal groups. Enjoy a relaxed cocktail reception with canapés in the waterfront Gallery overlooking Victoria’s beautiful Inner Harbour before taking a seat with world-renowned artist and naturalist, Robert Bateman. Robert will introduce the Gallery’s newest exhibition: Plumage – The Majestic Art of Birds – while also sharing some of the exciting changes coming to the Bateman Foundation and Gallery. This unique exhibit, which features a collection of paintings, photography and sculpture, spans more than 150 years, and focuses on the ability for birds to reflect nature’s expression of colour, beauty and creativity. It features historically significant artworks by major North American naturalists and artists, as well as contemporary images by local wildlife photographers. All proceeds support the gallery and educational programming of the Bateman Foundation, with the mission of reconnecting people to nature and conserving the natural world for future generations. Event Details: Thursday March 28, 2019 470 Belleville Street, Victoria 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $75.00 and include canapés by Truffles Catering, cocktails, admission to the Gallery and an exclusive presentation with Robert Bateman. All proceeds support the Foundation's education programs. Click to Purchase Your Ticket
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    Harbour of Hope Swings into Spring Harbour of Hope Refugee Assistance Society is excited to announce its Swinging Spring Soirée at the Odd Fellows Hall on 1315 Douglas Street; April 12, from 7:00 to 10:00 PM. The Soirée features live jazz, global cuisine, libations and a silent auction.Live music performed by Up in the Air Trio and violin virtuoso Sari Alesh. Come celebrate with us and meet relatives of our sponsored families, as we join forces to sponsor and support refugees in their integration to life in Canada. Levity and inspiration will combine for a memorable evening in this historic hall. Tickets are limited to this event, and can be purchased on Eventbrite:https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/swinging-spring-soiree-tickets-58343622345 Harbour of Hope Refugee Assistance Society is a small group of individuals committed to making a difference in the world, one life, one family at a time, through the sponsorship and successful integration of refugees in our community. Harbour of Hope has currently undertaken sponsorship of two families, and it is a very real possibility that both families could arrive in Victoria in the next six months, as both have entered the interview process with Canadian Immigration. Harbour of Hope is blessed with a Matching Donor. Tim Smith, principal of Westrek Geotechnical Services, is marking his company’s 20th anniversary with a $50,000 matching donation to Harbour of Hope. Mr. Smith immigrated to Canada in 1987 and strongly believes that our country is strengthened by immigration and diversity. The upcoming Swinging Spring Soirée will be the major fundraising event of this Matching Donor campaign. Harbour of Hope is a Canadian registered charity and donations will be issued a tax receipt. Harbour of Hope Refugee Assistance Society https://harbourofhope.org/ Sari Alesh Sponsored Family Members - photo by Tony Bounsall
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    Skyping Afghanistan: Stories of Canadian Military Families Live on Stage Imagine having an argument with your wife about how she should deal with her in-laws, but there’s a 15 second delay on your satellite phone so by the time she hears you, she’s already said something more. Taking the stage in Victoria this April 11 - 14, 2019 is Calling Home, a new documentary play about Canadian military families separated during deployments to Afghanistan. The show brings to life the heartbreaking, relatable, and even hilarious experiences of families trying to keep a sense of connection alive across time zones. Playwright Dr. Kristin Atwood interviewed military personnel and their spouses during the course of her doctoral research, hearing Canadians speak about "family being doled out in 15-minute increments" via Skype, telephone and mail. The play weaves verbatim interviews with live projection, music, and movement to dig into the women’s and children’s experiences that are often overlooked in tales of war. The show is directed by Victoria’s Kathleen Greenfield, co-creator of fan-favourite five-star shows Little Orange Man, Kitt & Jane, and Interstellar Elder, and director of the William Head on Stage prison play Sleeping Giants. SNAFU’s initial workshop performance of Calling Home sold out at a record speed, so be sure to grab tickets in advance. Calling Home is live at the Metro Studio Theatre April 11 - 14th, with tickets available through Eventbrite and the SNAFU website, www.snafudance.com. Show Title: Calling Home: Stories from Military Families Created and produced by Victoria-based company SNAFU Co-Created by Kristin Atwood and Kathleen Greenfield Directed by Kathleen Greenfield WHERE: The Metro Studio Theatre, 1411 Quadra Street WHEN: Thursday April 11th @ 7:30pm Friday April 12th @ 7:30pm Saturday April 13th @ 2:00pm and 7:30pm Sunday April 14th @ 4:00pm GET TICKETS: Tickets on sale now through Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/calling-home-stories-from-military-families-tickets-58537416990 Cost: $20 Students, Seniors, Active military members, veterans, and their families will receive a discounted ticket price of $15
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    ?Having trouble viewing this email? Saturday Night Art Lectures Saturday Night Art Lectures at VISA Saturday Night Art Lectures with John Luna We are delighted to announce the return of our Saturday Night Art Lectures, with artist, art historian and writer, John Luna. The first of the series is this Saturday, March 9, 6:30-9:30. See below for more information about this lecture. Cost is $15 and refreshments (coffee, tea, beer and wine) will be available for purchase. There will be a 15 minute intermission halfway through the presentation. You are also welcome to leave at this point if the three-hour lecture format is too long for you. If you have not yet experienced one of John Luna's lectures, you are in for a feast for your mind and your imagination. John will take you on a journey with his depth of knowledge and sense of humour, from the 1500s up the current decades in a presentation that includes art, literature, music, fashion and more. You will learn many things you didn't know or hadn't considered before and leave the lecture a changed person. There is something for everyone in these lectures. Come and find out for yourselves what others are raving about when they talk about the John Luna Saturday Night Art Lectures. For the full schedule of upcoming lectures see poster below: We recommend you arrive early to these lectures to assure yourself a seat as seating is on a first come, first serve basis. There is lots of free parking in the parking lot. All lectures take place at 950 Kings Road (entrance near parking lot), second floor, Room 2. Visit Our Website STAY CONNECTED: Vancouver Island School of Art, Vancouver Island School of Art,2549 Quadra Street, Victoria, British Columbia V8T 4E1 Canada SafeUnsubscribe™ focusedit@shaw.ca Forward this email | Update Profile | About our service provider Sent by director@vancouverislandschoolart.com in collaboration with Try it free today
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    UNO Festival

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    ★★★★ “A master storyteller" The 2019 Festival opens with Michelle Thrush's Inner Elder Inner Elder takes the audience on a journey of transformation through laughter and real-life memories of Gemini Award-winning Cree artist Michelle Thrush as she explores her own inner elder. Using a delicate blend of Bouffon and Indigenous clowning, this performance offers a magical experience in the theatre and an extraordinary vision of our world. The Calgary Herald says that Inner Elder is "Intimate, honest storytelling." Save $5 with early bird tickets, use promo code 'dream' until March 15. Enter this code on the Buy Tickets page or use in-person at Ticket Rocket. Inner Elder plays The Metro Studio on May 1, 8pm and May 2, 8pm. BUY TICKETS
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    Quiet Nature

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    Quiet Nature: The Woodblock Prints of Walter J. Phillips Quiet Nature: The Woodblock Prints of Walter J. Phillips is the third in a trio of exhibitions being celebrated at the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria Season Opener on Saturday, March 9. The by-donation, Public Open House will run from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and also marks the openings of Fiona Tan: Ascent and Landscapes of Edo: Ukiyo-e Prints from the AGGV Collection. The exhibition, on display in the AGGV’s Ker Gallery until May 20, examines the work of renowned British-born print-maker Walter J. Phillips (1884-1963). Phillips emigrated to Canada, settling in Winnipeg at the age of 29, he subsequently spent many years teaching art at the Banff School of Art (now the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity) as well as Alberta’s Provincial Institute of Technology and Art (now the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, or SAIT,) before finally retiring to Victoria in 1960. “Phillips is considered to be the artist who brought the tradition of the Japanese woodblock print to Canada,” said exhibition curator and AGGV Chief Curator, Michelle Jacques. “He had learned to make etchings from Winnipeg artist Cyril Barraud in 1915. How­ever, attracted to the “beautiful simplicity” of woodblock print­ing, beginning in 1917, he set out to teach himself its methods.” During an extended stay in England in 1924-25, Phillips con­nected with William Giles, one of the most innovative British printmakers of the early 20th century. Phillips learned much from Giles, and through him, met Yoshijiro Urushibara (1888-1953), a Japa­nese woodblock printmaker who had moved to London in 1908. Urushibara had a successful career in London, and was influen­tial in the revival of colour woodblock printing in England. From Urushibara, Phillips learned Japanese techniques for register­ing (lining up) his paper on the woodblock, and sizing his paper (treating its surface with a solution of water, gelatin and alum so that the paper is less porous and the printed image is sharp­er). Quiet Nature: The Woodblock Prints of Walter J. Phillips contains work exclusively from the collection of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Added Jacques, “although Phillips didn’t produce any new work upon moving to Victoria, his connection to the city has influenced the AGGV’s holdings of his work. There are 140 works by Phillips in its col­lection; nearly half of them were donated by the artist himself. In addition, after his passing, his wife, Gladys Phillips, donat­ed the beautiful 1957 watercolour entitled Experimental Farm, near Saanichton, to the Gallery.” For more information visit aggv.ca
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    PLUMAGE: THE MAJESTIC ART OF BIRDS Robert Bateman Centre, 300-470 Belleville St. 250-940-3630, Open 10-5 daily, www.batemancentre.org Plumage – The Majestic Art of Birds is a unique collection of paintings, photography and sculpture spanning more than 150 years, that focuses on the ability for birds to reflect nature’s expression of colour, beauty and creativity. Drawing together historically significant artworks by major North American naturalists and artists, as well as contemporary images by local wildlife photographers, the exhibition celebrates one of nature’s most diverse and dynamic animal groups. March 7-June 15 Featured artists: John James Audubon (1785-1851) was an American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter. Charles Darwin was a student of Audubon, and quoted him several times in “On Origin of Species”. Often cited as “the most expensive book of all time,” his major work was a colour-plate book entitled “The Birds of America” (1827–1839), considered one of the finest ornithological works ever completed. James Fenwick Lansdowne, OC OBC (1937-2008) was a renowned Canadian painter, illustrator, printmaker and author. Born in Hong Kong but later brought up in Victoria, BC, Lansdowne’s works have been exhibited around the world. Major Allan Brooks (1869-1946) was born in India, but emigrated to Canada in the 1880s, and became one of the most important North American bird illustrators during the first half of the twentieth century. He became a household name in Canada, featuring in numerous publications, including National Geographic Magazine and Taverner’s Birds of Western Canada. Terry Venables is a locally-based wildlife photographer, with a particular passion for birds and the natural ecosystems of Southern Vancouver Island.
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    Doris Day, etc

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    Doris Day, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, Sarah Vaughn, Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday and more! Sung by the amazing Sarah Carlé, Stephanie Greaves and Maureen Washington with Karel Roessingh on piano, Damian Graham on drums and Ryan Tandy on bass Tickets - $35 (plus surcharge) bluebridgetheatre April 5 and 6 at 8pm April 7 at 2pm Subscribe to our 2019 season and get 20% off this concert ticket! Already a subscriber? Save even more! THIS OFFER GOOD UNTIL MARCH 15 Call the box office at 250-382-3370 Box Office Hours - 12-4 Wednesday-Saturday The Box office is subject to unexpected closures - please leave a message so that we can return your call!
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    Ko Kirk Yamahira

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    Ko Kirk Yamahira March 8 to April 6, 2019 Opening: Friday, March 8, 7 to 10pm (with a short performance at 8pm) Deluge Contemporary Art 636 Yates Street, Victoria BC | deluge.ca Wednesday to Saturday, 12 to 5pm Photo: Mark Woods; courtesy Frye Art Museum. Photo: Mark Woods; courtesy Frye Art Museum. “I consider that the subjectivity is formed through the repetitive process of deconstructing the existing objects, and ruminating on such process. There is no specific aim to find a meaning, neither in the creative act itself, nor through the creative process. The totality of the meaning can be found in the continuation of the process. Therefore the reason for the creative act would be found in different inquiry. The obsession of pursuit of the meaning is unlocked by the pure enjoyment of the creative act. The obsession in turn would release the meaning of the search by forgetting the initial inquiry. There are innumerable ways to enact the process, however there is one answer to the result of the process. Within the answer contains two opposing perspectives that has no hierarchy. The point of view, both subjective and objective, as well as the scale of the perception would affect the location of the answer. I sense the distance to the answer gets ever more shorter as I repeat the inquiry. The answer certainly exists in the past and it could simply be overlooked. The past always has the potential for the new discoveries for me. Since the inquiry originates within my mind, thus the approach to look and find the answer can change completely. It shifts while depending of my state of mind. So it is both firm, as well as transient. Creation of the artworks comes after my deconstructive process on already existing canvas, separating vertical and horizontal threads.” For Seattle-based artist Ko Kirk Yamahira, the finished painting is a beginning rather than an end. Painstakingly removing individual threads from the weave of the canvas, Yamahira deconstructs his paintings, turning surface into form. He often disrupts the geometry of the canvas’s hidden support structure as well, cutting out sections of the wooden stretcher bars to create detached segments bound by loose thread. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Tokyo and London, Yamahira moved to Seattle from New York in 2015. He has exhibited in galleries in the United States and Japan, both individually and as a member of the artist collectives Art Beasties and SOIL. Deluge Contemporary Art 636 Yates Street Victoria, BC V8W 1L3 Canada
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    Festival of New Works

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    TD FESTIVAL OF NEW WORKS Performance Hall 1701 Elgin Rd By Donation Join us for three provocative and engaging showcases of new artistic works from a variety of disciplines including music, dance, and theatre. The festival offers our Year II Performing Arts Diploma and Certificate Students an opportunity to create, direct, and/or develop a piece from an idea into a staged performance. Mentored by esteemed faculty working in multiple disciplines and with a cast of their peers, you have the chance to see new work at its early stages! Each evening offers a different program of emerging work (to be announced closer to date). Thursday, March 28th 7:00pm Friday, March 29th 7:00pm Saturday, March 30th 7:00pm (includes Scholarship Presentation) Admission is by donation and seating is limited. Box Office opens at 6:30pm sharp. No reservations. We encourage you to arrive early to ensure your spot.
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    “Woven Light” Photography Show Featuring work by Jackie Suanders-Ritchie and Patrice Snopkowski. At Main Gallery, The Arts Centre at Cedar Hill, 3220 Cedar Hill Road, Victoria V8P 3Y3 from March 27 to April 15, 2019. Opening reception will take place on Sunday, March 31, 2019 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
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    Jersey Boys

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    TONY, GRAMMY AND OLIVIER AWARD-WINNING BEST MUSICAL DIRECTED BY DES McANUFF PLAYING VICTORIA’S ROYAL THEATRE May 28 – June 2, 2019 Dates have been announced for Victoria’s Premiere engagement of the Tony, Grammy and Olivier Award-winning hit musical JERSEY BOYS,the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, playing the Royal Theatre May 28 – June 2, 2019. The musical will make its Victoria premiere on May 28 and play through June 2, 2019. JERSEY BOYSis the winner of the 2006 Best Musical Tony Award®, the 2006 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Show Album, the 2009 Olivier Award for Best New Musical and the 2010 Helpmann Award for Best Musical (Australia). Directed by two-time Tony®Award-winner Des McAnuff,JERSEY BOYS is written by Academy Award-winner Marshall Brickmanand Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo. JERSEY BOYS isthe second Broadway show this year presented in Victoria by Broadway In Victoria. The other being the critically acclaimed THE KING AND I. Catch a sneak peek of Jersey Boys! Log on to www.JerseyBoysTour.com/watch. JERSEY BOYSis the behind-the-music story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. They were just four guys from Jersey, until they sang their very first note. They had a sound nobody had ever heard… and the radio just couldn’t get enough of. But while their harmonies were perfect on stage, off stage it was a very different story – a story that has made them an international sensation all over again. The show features all their hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What A Night,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back To You.” JERSEY BOYSopened in New York on November 6, 2005 and by the time it closed over 11 years later on January 15, 2017, it was the 12thlongest running show in Broadway history, passing such original Broadway productions as 42nd Street,Grease,Fiddler onthe Roof, and The Producers.JERSEY BOYSwill return to New York with a new production in November 2017. TheJERSEY BOYSUS National Tour opened to rave reviews in San Francisco on December 1, 2006 and is still breaking house records in cities across North America. JERSEY BOYS is also currently touring the United Kingdom and Australia. JERSEY BOYSworldwide has been seen by over 25 million people (as of January 2018). TheJERSEY BOYSdesign and production team comprises Klara Zieglerova(Scenic Design), Jess Goldstein(Costume Design), Howell Binkley(winner of the 2006 Tony®Award for his Lighting Design of JERSEY BOYS),Steve Canyon Kennedy(Sound Design), Michael Clark(Projections Design), Charles LaPointe(Wig and Hair Design), Steve Orich(Orchestrations) and Ron Melrose(Music Supervision, Vocal/Dance Arrangements & Incidental Music). JERSEY BOYSis produced by Dodger Theatricals,Joseph J. Grano,Tamaraand Kevin Kinsella,Pelican Group,withLatitude Linkand Rick Steiner. JERSEY BOYSwill premiere in Victoria at the Royal Theatre May 28 – June 2, 2019. The performance schedule is Tuesday – Saturday 8:00pm and Sunday 7:30pm. With 2 Matinees on the weekend: Saturday and Sunday 2:00pm. Tickets for JERSEY BOYSbegin at $114.75 and are available in person at the Royal and McPherson Theatre Box Offices, online at RMTS.bc.ca or by phone at 250-386-6121. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. For more information, please visit www.JerseyBoysTour.comor www.BroadwayInVictoria.com. The Original Broadway Cast Recording of JERSEY BOYS, produced by Bob Gaudio, was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.The cast recording is available on Rhino Records. JERSEY BOYS: The Story of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons(Broadway Books) is the official handbook to the smash Broadway hit.Seasons Greetings: A JERSEY BOYS Christmas, a holiday CD featuring international cast members of JERSEY BOYS, produced by Bob Gaudio, is available on Rhino Records. For more information on JERSEY BOYS,go to www.JerseyBoysTour.comor www.BroadwayInVictoria.com.
  19. Annual Mayors’ Poetry Challenge Thursdays, April 12 and 26 at 6:30 p.m., Victoria City Hall The City of Victoria will once again participate in the Annual Mayors’ Poetry Challenge, which invites municipalities across Canada to bring poetry into politics. City Council meetings in April will feature original poems read by Victoria Poet Laureate Yvonne Blomer, Youth Poet Laureate Agartu Ali and special guests John Barton a poet and past editor of The Malahat Review, and local youth slam poet Neko Smart. Established in Canada in April 1999 by the League of Canadian Poets, National Poetry Month celebrates poetry and its vital place in Canada's culture. Learn more at victoria.ca/poetlaureate.
  20. Annual Mayors’ Poetry Challenge Thursdays, April 12 and 26 at 6:30 p.m., Victoria City Hall The City of Victoria will once again participate in the Annual Mayors’ Poetry Challenge, which invites municipalities across Canada to bring poetry into politics. City Council meetings in April will feature original poems read by Victoria Poet Laureate Yvonne Blomer, Youth Poet Laureate Agartu Ali and special guests John Barton a poet and past editor of The Malahat Review, and local youth slam poet Neko Smart. Established in Canada in April 1999 by the League of Canadian Poets, National Poetry Month celebrates poetry and its vital place in Canada's culture. Learn more at victoria.ca/poetlaureate.
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    Poems for the Planet

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    Poems for the Planet Sunday, April 22, 12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m., Centennial Square Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 with free poetry readings from Yvonne Blomer and guest poets who will express their climate change concerns and passion through poetry for Southern Vancouver Island and the Pacific Ocean. Featured poets will include Marilyn Bowering, Stephen Collis, Marlene Grand Maitre, Heidi Greco, Anne Hopkinson, Tim Lilburn, Garth Martens, Wendy Morton, Kyeren Regher, Chris Smart and Christine Walde. Dancers Nikko Snow and Dyana Sonik-Henderson will perform in response to Bruce Cockburn’s “False River,” a poem commissioned by Yvonne Blomer.
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    Poets Laureate Night

    Poets Laureate Night Friday, April 6, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Victoria City Hall Join us for Poets Laureate Night, an evening of poetry readings by Vancouver Island Poets Laureate. Victoria Poet Laureate Yvonne Blomer will be accompanied by former Parliamentary Poet Laureate George Elliott Clarke, the City’s new Youth Poet Laureate Agartu Ali, City of Nanaimo Poet Laureate Tina Biello, and Comox Valley Poet Laureate Natalie Nickerson. Complimentary refreshments will be served. The event is a partnership between the City of Victoria and Planet Earth Poetry, with support from the Canada Council for the Arts. Protecting the environment is the focus of National Poetry Month events in Victoria this April, hosted by the City of Victoria. All events are free. Registration is not required.
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    Jesse Malmed

    Untitled (Just Kidding) Screening/Performance: Jesse Malmed in person Tuesday, March 27, 2018 @ 7pm Deluge Contemporary Art 636 Yates Street, Victoria BC | deluge.ca Admission: $5 to $8 suggested donation Untitled (Just Kidding) is an ever-evolving suite of films and performative interjections made over the last half decade. The works play in creative reading, studied density, the one-(hundred)-liner, choirs, screen texts, the bootleg, the cover, jokes, speculative etymologies, accents, loops, the cinemagical, body swaps, poetry, citation and human voice. Conceptually engaged, language-intensive and visually mesmerizing, the suite scrambles somewhere in the intersects of conceptual comedy, dizzying illogics, the poetic plu-future and sustainable sourcing. Through deliberate mistranslation and strategic denaturing of languages and codes, Malmed revels in and reveals their extra-communicative potential as sound, as image, as object, and shift audiences’ concepts of the show, of the cinema. Including and occluding collisions and confoundments between textual forms—written, spoken, sung and otherwise enunciated; variations on versioning; shifting registers of spectatorial engagement; jokes that are poems that turn out to be videos. Unexpect the expected. Jesse Malmed is an artist and curator living and working in Chicago. His work in moving images, performance, text and occasional objects has exhibited widely in museums, cinemas, galleries, bars and barns, including recent and upcoming solo presentations at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, San Francisco Cinematheque, Microlights, Echo Park Film Center, and the University of Chicago Film Studies Center. His platformist and curatorial projects include the Live to Tape Artist Television Festival, programming at the Nightingale Cinema, instigating Western Pole, the mobile exhibition space and artist bumper sticker project Trunk Show (with Raven Falquez Munsell), programming through ACRE TV and organizing exhibitions, screenings and performance events both independently and institutionally. Originally from Santa Fe, he earned his BA from Bard College and his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he currently teaches. 636 Yates Street, Victoria
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    'FRESH': an exhibition at Fortune Gallery, 537 Fisgard, Victoria, April 17-28, reception April 18, 7-9 pm featuring paintings by Liz Wells, Linda Darby, Janis Blyth, Nancy Dolan, Marilyn Chapman
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