Posts Categorized: Culture

Travel — considerations on purpose

Searching amongst the chaos “Hello, my friend! What are you doing here?!” I’m stumped. The sun is setting over the lush, mountainous landscape, which I’ll soon be travelling through overnight on a scooter I rented five hours ago in Kathmandu, Nepal. I’ve just pulled off the pothole-ridden road in search of dinner, but instead I’m… Read more »

RENT is one-hundred-and-fifty-minutes of expert performances

(And moments so dear) Ooo-one huuu-uun-dred and fifty minutes / Ooo-one hundred and fifty moments so dear. The Victoria Operatic Society’s (VOS) one-hundred-and-fifty-minute-long production of RENT was definitely dear, as well captivating, professional, and touching. Victoria might not come to mind when you think of heaps of incredibly talented performers gathered together — that is,… Read more »

Laying his ancestors to rest

Dust ‘n’ Bones, a documentary about traditional grave-digger Harold Joe, is screening at Cinecenta on Nov. 22 The upcoming documentary Dust ‘n Bones follows Harold Joe and the problems he faces in his quest to repatriate Indigenous remains through traditional burial ceremonies, mostly on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands of B.C. The Martlet sat… Read more »

Luca Fogale is coming to Victoria

Soft and honest, his folk tunes are an invitation to the calm seas of connection In the cacophonic bustle of city construction and car horns, it’s hard to reach that introspective space where we can deeply connect with each other and ourselves. Luca Fogale’s soft, soulful folk will send you sailing on that calm sea…. Read more »

Sergio and Sergei

A film about how technology brings us together There are many ways a person can become isolated. It can be through circumstances beyond their control, an active decision, or a complicated mix of the two. But through technology, like Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media platform, people have more opportunities to reach out and… Read more »

A grand spectacle

The Phoenix Theatre’s production of The Drowsy Chaperone is anything but sleepy The Phoenix Theatre’s Production of The Drowsy Chaperone is a grand spectacle done through the parody of classical musical tropes. What sets it apart is its clear dedication to its audience. It makes no attempt to be high art. In fact, it often makes… Read more »

Victoria Festival of Authors returns for a third year

The Victoria Festival of Authors (VFA) returned for its third year, Sept. 27 to Oct. 1. From what I saw of it, there is good reason for the popularity of the week-long event. The VFA is an opportunity for Canadian authors, both local and out-of-province, to attend readings, question-and-answer sessions, and workshops. I attended three… Read more »

Venom is a mess of a movie

A film with big teeth but little bite Sony has stumbled for years trying to get a foothold in the cash cow that are superhero movies. They failed twice with The Amazing Spider-Man franchise and now they are trying again by bringing the popular anti-hero Venom to the big screen. While they’ve marginally improved with… Read more »

A River of Oranges

The remarkable story of long-standing CFUV host Aldo Nazarko Over a period of 80 years, the city of Rijeka — formerly known as Fiume — changed nationalities five times. Prior to the end of World War I, the city belonged to the Austrio-Hungarian empire. From 1920-1924, it became an independent state, then fell into Italian… Read more »

Mycelium is the bee’s knees

In a battle for survival, bees have a secret weapon — mushrooms Think about your last meal. You can thank the bees for about a third of it. Seriously, I’m not pollen your leg — 30 per cent of the world’s crops rely on cross-pollination from bees and other pollinators, and 90 per cent of… Read more »