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What’s Going On: March 29 to May 16, 2017

March 29, 2017 by Adam Boyle, staff writer and Adam Marsh, student editor  
Filed under March 29, 2017, Arts

Until Monday, May 1 Write your heart out The Victoria Writers’ Society is holding its annual writing contest; writers have until May 1 to submit a hard copy of their work. Three categories are open this year: fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry. First prize in each category is $300. The entry fee is $15 for […]

Art exhibit looks at environmental issues through pole dancing

March 29, 2017 by Jayden Grieve, contributing writer  
Filed under March 29, 2017, Arts

Birds of Paradise is a new art installation that seeks to use pole dancing as a vehicle to tell the story of a post-energy-crisis world. Lauren Mardsen—who came up with the idea and directed, filmed, and edited the video installation—says that she was inspired by a friend displaying her pole-dancing skills. “I really got inspired […]

Play examines true story of gay rights in 19th-century Victoria

March 29, 2017 by Aaron Stefik, contributing writer  
Filed under March 29, 2017, Arts

University of Victoria professor Jennifer Wise has long held a passion for site-specific dramatic performances based on little-known histories of Victoria. Having cut her teeth on her original production, The Girl Rabbi of the Golden West, Wise is now working with director Matthew Payne and students of the UVic theatre program on A Queer Trial, […]

New exhibit puts spotlight on non-commercial aboriginal art

March 29, 2017 by Adam Boyle, staff writer  
Filed under March 29, 2017, Arts

Art and storytelling play a big role in indigenous communities. Many art pieces tell stories; those that don’t tend to radiate an imaginative aura that makes the viewer think and wonder about the piece and what it could be representing. Here in town, Open Space is currently hosting Awakening Memory, a new art exhibit that […]

What’s Going On: March 16 to 27, 2017

March 15, 2017 by Adam Boyle, staff writer  
Filed under March 15, 2017, Arts

Thursday, March 16 Sellars speaks Camosun College’s Human Rights Committee is hosting “A Call to Action: Indigenous Economies and Reconciliation,” a talk by Xat’sull First Nation chief Bev Sellars, from 7 to 9 pm on March 16 at Wilna Thomas 234; everyone is welcome. Sellars will also be speaking to Camosun staff and students about […]

Joel Plaskett returns to town with dad in tow

March 15, 2017 by Jayden Grieve, contributing writer  
Filed under March 15, 2017, Arts

To pursue a career in music without the support of family would be a very unfortunate experience indeed. Joel Plaskett has been a consistent voice in the Canadian music scene since the mid ’90s; he’s played with a number of great musicians, but his most recent collaboration is with a particularly special one: his father, […]

New dance performance echoes classic horror movies

March 15, 2017 by Adam Boyle, staff writer  
Filed under March 15, 2017, Arts

Broken Rhythms Dance Company’s upcoming dance performance Universal Horrors takes influence from horror movies, incorporating elements from old-school classics like Dracula, Wolfman, and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Executive/artistic director Dyana Sonik-Henderson explains that the performance is inspired by old horror films; most of them focused on the music, and what few sounds were used […]

The Inspector mixes modern-day Victoria and 19th-century Russia

March 15, 2017 by Felicia Santarossa, contributing writer  
Filed under March 15, 2017, Arts

It would be hard to imagine Victoria’s bicycle-lane drama in a play developed in 19th-century Russia, but UVic’s Phoenix Theatre plans to make it happen. The Inspector, based on Nickolay Gogol’s The Government Inspector, has been adapted to modern-day Victoria; director Linda Hardy, a fan of Gogol, spent five months transforming the script to include […]

Plant book only useful for casual explorers

March 15, 2017 by Patrick Newman, contributing writer  
Filed under March 15, 2017, Arts, Uncategorized

First published in 1971, this re-release of Dan Jason’s Some Useful Wild Plants may be useful for some people, but it doesn’t have broad appeal. The book contains short entries on wild plants found within BC and North America. Taxonomical and common names are provided, with a brief description of physical appearance for identification purposes […]

New Music Revue: Amber Run defeat obstacles, Khodara soars, Wyclef Jean flops

March 1, 2017 by Jayden Grieve, Patrick Newman, Felicia Santarossa, contributing writers  
Filed under March 1, 2017, Arts

Amber Run For a Moment, I Was Lost (Dine Alone Records) 4/5 British pop-rock group Amber Run flesh out their sadness on their second full-length. It’s strongly driven by misty electronic music, muddied guitars, and haunting vocals, reflecting what they’ve been through: since their first album, their record label dropped them, and their drummer left […]

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