Events Calendar: March 20 – April 11

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RELAXATION

Monday, March 25 – Thursday, April 11 (Mondays through Thursdays, excluding Easter Monday)
Walk the Labyrinth
Exams are a stressful (twitchy eyes, pulling out your hair, fearing for your future) time of year for students. So UVic’s Interfaith Chapel is offering you the chance to de-stress via “meditative walking” in a labyrinth, a process they will explain to you once you get there. I’m not sure what this is all about exactly, but since it involves walking around in a labyrinth, I strongly suggest you use the bathroom before you go, just to be on the safe side.
For more info, call (250) 721-8338 or email chaplain@uvic.ca.
UVic Interfaith Chapel, 9–11 a.m. and 12–6 p.m. Free.

Monday, March 25 – Tuesday, March 26
De-Stress Fest
Okay, so I just listed one de-stressing event, and here I am announcing yet another. This just goes to show that exam time is serious stuff. In my exam-taking days, I was able to deal with the stress, but I know that it can be a lot harder for some people, so I suggest that you students take advantage of any resources you can get. This event promises a lot of fun activities for students. For de-stressing, I personally recommend joining a James Brown cover band. “Get up! Get on up! Get on the scene-ah! Ah-like a lovin’ machine-ah!”
For more info, visit events.uvic.ca and click on March 25 and/or 26, or email ely@uvic.ca.
All day, various locations on campus (TBA). Free.

ENTERTAINMENT

Wednesday, March 20 – Saturday, March 23 (and March 28–30)
Intrepid Theatre Double Feature: The Lesson and Essay
For all those UVic students (or professors) heavily immersed in the world of academia, have you ever thought to yourself, “Hey, what happened at school today would make a great comedic play?” If so, then this double feature of comedic plays is for you! If you’re not so heavily immersed in the world of academia but still enjoy going to see plays about the human experience, then this double feature of comedic plays is for you as well! Both plays, The Lesson and Essay, involve teacher-student interactions and people losing their minds (or coming perilously close to doing so). That sounds about right . . . it makes me wish that you could get a degree just by reading a bunch of For Dummies books at your own pace.
For more info, visit ticketrocket.org or call (250) 590-6291.
Intrepid Theatre Club (2-1609 Blanshard St.), 8 p.m. (2 p.m. & 8 p.m. on March 30 only). $15 students/$20 regular, with a $2 advance surcharge.

Saturday, March 23
Anciients, Black Wizard, The Shrine, Dirty Fences
To carry on with the above theme, here’s another way to de-stress: an evening full of loud progressive-metal bands! Is there anything more glorious than electric guitars and Marshall amps? I think not! The ringing in your ears afterwards is just a souvenir of a good show. You know, everyone should have an electric guitar and Marshall amp in their home. I honestly don’t know why people have other interests besides rockin’ out on guitar.
For more info, visit loganspub.com.
Logan’s Pub (1821 Cook St.), doors at 9 p.m. $10.

Tuesday, March 26
Monty Python’s Life of Brian (Cinecenta)
Monty Python is one of those geek-obsessive things where if you’re into it, you know everything there is to know about it. And if you’re a fan, you’ve seen all the movies and shows many times over. So, why would you want to go and see Life of Brian one more time? Well, there’s just nothing like seeing this on the big screen, surrounded by fans who are just as into this movie as you are. Something magical happens: it’s like a geek critical mass. Even if you’re not the biggest Python fan in the world, this film is still a very well-done piece of satire and well worth the cost of admission. And who could ever forget the oh-so-politically-incorrect ending scenes, accompanied by the classic, “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”? I sing that one to myself all the time.
For more info, visit cinecenta.com.
Cinecenta (UVic Student Union Building), 7:10 p.m./9 p.m. $5.75 ($3.75 for 9 p.m. show) for UVSS students.

LITERATURE

Saturday, March 23
WordsThaw 2013
Writing! Do you like to do it? I know I do; otherwise I wouldn’t be writing this right now (but not right now — by the time you read this, I’ll have written this in the past). Hosted by The Malahat Review, this event will have panels on fiction writing, food writing from the angle of sustainability and food security, and writing about poverty. There will also be some scintillating evening readings starting at 8 p.m. Sounds like fun, and a great way to meet other writers. Clickety-clickety-clack go the fingers, typing away at the laptop’s keyboard. Sip-sip go the lips at the coffee in the cup. Twitch-twitch goes the eyelid; too much coffee has been drunk.
For more info, visit malahatreview.ca.
UVic Human & Social Development Building, Room A240, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Students/Friends of The Malahat: $30; $40 regular.

ENVIRONMENT 

Saturday, March 23
Earth Hour 2013
Here’s the most unique event listing I’ll be writing about during my time as the Martlet’s event calendar writer: an event that happens everywhere on Earth! Sunday, March 23, is “Earth Hour,” where people around the world will turn off all the lights in their home for an hour to raise awareness about climate change. And if you go to the Earth Hour website, you’ll find out about a lot more initiatives you can take to address climate change. Anyway, take advantage of this hour off, and invite your friends over to tell spooky stories via candlelight. Or just spend that hour browsing Reddit (I suppose your computer doesn’t count as a light) in your dark bedroom, which you might do all the time, anyway.
For more info, visit earthhour.org.
Planet Earth, 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Free (why would you charge yourself, silly?).

 

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