Events: July 2–August 5

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ART

Jock Macdonald: Evolving Form

I wouldn’t consider myself the artsy type, but I know what I like. And I like what I’ve seen of Jock Macdonald. He’s considered a pioneer of postwar abstraction in Canada, and wouldn’t you know it, the AGGV has an entire exhibit showing off his work! There are drop-in tours available if you need a little guidance, so what are you waiting for? Go take a look.

Open until Sept. 7, 2015

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1040 Moss St. 

Visit aggv.ca/exhibitions/jock-macdonald for exhibit hours and details.

COMMUNITY

Seasonal Sooke Stories~a past/present production

Come down for a multimedia event spanning the history of the Sooke Harbour House, including photography, music, and theatre. Linda Green Abraham’s playlet, Jake Goes to Leechtown, will be featured, as well as a slideshow/silent play by Katrina Kadowski, starring local actors, members of the T’Sou-ke Nation, musicians, and even some of the Sooke Harbour House staff.

July 4–6; Doors at 7:30 p.m., show at 8:00 p.m.

Sooke Harbour House pavilion, 1528 Whiffin Spit Rd.

Admission: $20, available at Sooke Harbour House, Stick in the Mud, and the Sooke Regional Museum.

Insectmania

Do bugs make you squirm? If so, maybe you oughta ignore this. If that isn’t the case (or if you’re feeling brave), the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary is hosting an intimate afternoon with creepy-crawlies of all sorts. And no, I don’t think you can take any of them home with you.

Wednesday, July 8, noon to 3 p.m. with drop-in anytime.

Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, Swan Lake Rd.

Admission by donation.

EGM Championship Tournament

Forty-eight players enter. One leaves. In celebration of their four-year anniversary, Epic Games & More is hosting their first-ever video game championship tournament. Participants will face off in nine rounds across nine platforms — and they’ll be going in completely blind! It’s kind of like that movie The Wizard, but slightly less cheesy. Think you got what it takes?

Thursday, July 23, 5 p.m.

Epic Games & More, 2612 Quadra St.

Registration is $7 per player; registration in-store or over the phone.

MUSIC

Synergia Benefit Night(s)

Do you like comedy? Do you like music?? Do you like . . . both!? Synergia’s got you covered: two nights of awesome events, all for a great cause. First up is a comedy night at Good Earth Coffeehouse at Uptown on July 8, with an indie music performance including Chris Ainsworth and Bonfire Blondes the following night on July 9. All proceeds go towards the local Our Place Society, so you’re going to feel good for a lot of reasons!

July 8–9, 7–8:30 p.m.

Good Earth Coffeehouse, Uptown Blvd.

Admission: $5 per night, or $6 for both nights.

Heavy Metal UVic presents: Spellcaster with Torrefy and Fractured Anatomy

Hailing from Portland, Spellcaster comes to #yyj with their own unique brand of crushing speed metal. Local thrashers Torrefy and Fractured Anatomy open, so get your ass into the pit and show some support for local metal! \m/

Friday, July 17, 8 p.m.

The Intrepid Theatre, 1609 Blanshard St.

Admission: $10 tickets at Lyle’s Place and Cavity Curiosity Shop; $15 at the door.

THEATRE

OUTstages Festival

With a smorgasbord of productions ranging from electro-pop dance theatre to rap-horror shows, Victoria’s first queer theatre festival promises to be “exciting, daring and thought-provoking.” Come out and show your pride in local queer theatre; it’s sure to be an arousing success.

July 5–12

Intrepid Theatre Club, The Metro Studio, and other locations.

Admission: $20 single tickets

Visit intrepidtheatre.com/outstages-festival/ for more details and showtimes.

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