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What’s Going On January 7 to 20, 2015: Sharing warmth, questing for perception, and porn for Dorothy’s home

January 7, 2015 by Erin Blondeau, contributing writer

Until Friday, January 9
Your warmth should be shared
With a cold snap blanketing Vancouver Island, it’s important to remember those who may not have warm outerwear. Cool Aid is collecting winter garments to donate to those in need, so gather up those gently used items, such as hats, gloves, blankets, and sleeping bags. Donations can be dropped off at 1509 Douglas St. from 9 am to 3 pm until Friday, January 9.

Friday, January 9
Victoria painters’ quest for fresh perception
Five Victoria artists embark on the quest of re-presenting the world through their paintings to make the viewer question his/her perception of reality. All five of the painters have chosen different inspirations for their work and will be meeting with curators in a panel discussion on Saturday, January 17 at 2 pm. The event opens on January 9 at 7 pm at Open Space, 510 Fort Street. Admission is by donation.

Saturday, January 10
Poetry slam contest offers unique prize
Members of the Greater Victoria community are invited to create a slam-poetry video on the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Winners receive the opportunity to perform their piece at the Provost’s Diversity Research Forum and participate in a workshop with Victoria Slam Champion Missie Peters. A cash prize of $200 goes to first place, and $100 to second-prize winners. Deadline for submission is January 10. For more info, visit uvic.ca/diversitywritingcontest.

Saturday, January 10
Walk at Cedar Hill X Road
A 5/10 km walk starts at 10 am at Henderson Recreation Center (2291 Cedar Hill X Road). Registration is at 9:30 am. Contact Evelyn at 250–370–0153 for more information.

Tuesday, January 13 and Tuesday, January 20
There’s no gravity in Sin City
Every season of Sin City has a new setting with unscripted content; the play is improvised in front of the audience, ensuring optimum hilarity. This season’s setting: space. Astronauts set off to replace a crew in space, but when the astronauts arrive at the space station, there is no one to be found… The preview, where the casts debuts its characters, is on January 13 at Victoria Event Centre. The first episode is January 20 and continues until March 31. Tickets are $15 or $12 for students/seniors. Contact info@sincityimprov.com for more info.

Thursday, January 15 to Saturday, January 31
Porno to save Dorothy’s home
Dorothy, a woman who can’t afford to live in her manor home any longer, has been given an opportunity to make some cash: a film shot on-site at her home. But little does Dorothy know that the film is actually a porno. People is a drama by Alan Bennett playing at the Langham Court Theatre. Tickets are $21 for adults, $19 for students/seniors, and the play is suitable for ages 15 years and up. Contact boxoffice@langhamtheatre.ca for more info.

Friday, January 16
Fleetwood Mac blues and country legends at Upstairs
Former members of a little band called Fleetwood Mac are returning to Victoria. Rick Vito and the Lucky Devils, with special guest Billy Burnette, are coming to the Upstairs Cabaret to kick things up a notch; blues style with a country twist. Vito has performed with artists such as Jackson Browne, Bob Seger, and John Mayall. Burnette was born a musician, going on tour at the ripe age of 13 and recording his first album at 18. Doors open at 7:30 pm and tickets are $32 in advance or $35 at the door. You can purchase tickets at Victoria Jazz Society Office, Lyle’s Place, the Royal McPherson Box office, or online at rmts.bc.ca.

Saturday, January 17
Your chance to prowl for owls
Owls are beautiful birds, but they can be difficult to track down… until now! An event at Mill Hill Regional Park in Langford will guide you right to the curious creatures. It’s a unique opportunity to witness owls as they creep through the dead of night. Tickets are $7 plus tax and pre-registration is required by January 16. Call 250–478–3344 to reserve your spot. Must be 18 years or older.

Sunday, January 18
International guitar wizard night
Some brilliant and influential guitar wizards are coming to the Farquhar Auditorium at UVic’s University Centre on January 18. Brazilian jazz-man Diego Figueiredo, Grammy winner Andrew York, and award-winning Maneli Jamal will combine their talents into one spectacular night of guitar magic at this stop on the International Guitar Night’s 2015 North American Tour. Tickets are $30 or $20 for students and seniors. For more info, head on over to uvic.ca/auditorium.

On Tuesday, January 20, Toronto’s MSTRKRFT will be performing at Victoria’s Distrikt Nightclub with Kytami, Chino, and Daniele Mereu (photo provided).

On Tuesday, January 20, Toronto’s MSTRKRFT will be performing at Victoria’s Distrikt Nightclub with Kytami, Chino, and Daniele Mereu (photo provided).

Tuesday, January 20
Crafty electronic duo at Distrikt
MSTRKRFT, a Canadian electronic duo hailing from Toronto, is here to perform at Distrikt Nightclub with Kytami, Chino, and Daniele Mereu. This show is sure to include catchy electronic renditions of music from bands similar to Metric and Wolfmother and from poppier artists like Jesse McCartney and Usher. Doors open at 9 pm and tickets are $25.

Sunday, January 25
Sunday fun-day with Jack and the Beanstalk
Turning a Sunday into an extra fun-day will be a cinch with this concert for kids. Jack and the Beanstalk, put on by Dandi Productions and the Victoria Symphony, is a story sure to be loved by all (especially kids) and will be theatrically reenacted at the Royal Theatre. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased online at rmts.bc.ca. The show starts nice and early at 2:30 pm.

Sunday, February 1 to Saturday, February 7
Raising awareness about eating disorders
The Provincial Eating Disorders Awareness campaign is holding a province-wide wristband challenge. Residents of BC are encouraged to order a Love Our Bodies, Love Ourselves wristband free of charge, and post a photo of it to the campaign’s social media. For more information, email pedaw@familyservices.bc.ca.

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