EVENTS March 12-19

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COMMUNITY

RUSHING TOWARDS GOLD

A new gold rush exhibit will be opening at the Royal B.C. Museum, and archivist Ann ten Cate gives a behind-the-scenes look at its production. This is a big project with curatorial, exhibit, and design staff coming together to create an informative and fun production. Get a sneak peek of what to expect at the new exhibit during this lecture.
Mar. 15, 2–3:30 p.m.
Royal BC Museum, 675 Belleville St.
Admission: $5, free for Friends of the B.C. Archives
For more information visit royalbcmuseum.bc.ca

BC AFRO-LATIN RHYTHMS AND DANCE FESTIVAL

The BC Afro-Latin Rhythms & Dance Festival is a four-day marathon mixing music, dance, showcases, and galas. The festival offers the best in the world of African and Latin dance with genres like Afrobeat, samba, dance hall, salsa, and more.
Mar. 19–22, recurring daily
Copper Owl (1900 Douglas St.), Vic West Community Centre (521 Craigflower Rd.)
Admission: $12–$25
For more information visit vaccsociety.com and buy tickets online at eventbrite.ca

MUSIC

DOPE SODA, THE LEG UP PROGRAM, AND BOOMSHACK

The BC Ska Society presents a night full of reggae, ska, hip hop, and funk. If you’re in the mood to shake your body, this is the music for you. The Leg Up Program is a local 15-piece funk and hip-hop band complete with a full horn section. Dope Soda hails from Nanaimo with roots in the Vancouver Island University Jazz Department. This is one local show you shouldn’t miss.
Mar. 13, 10, doors at 9:30 p.m.
Lucky Bar, 517 Yates St.
Admission: $12
Tickets available at Lyle’s Place and online at ticketweb.com

UVIC JAZZ ENSEMBLE

Patrick Boyle presents an evening of jazz featuring a rare performance of the Ebony Concerto by Igor Stravinsky. If you can’t make the live performance, it will be broadcasted live online at finearts.uvic.ca.
Mar. 14, 8 p.m.
Phillip T. Young Recital Hall, 3800 Finnerty Rd.
Admission: $10–$15
For more information and to purchase tickets visit finearts.uvic.ca

ANDREA GIBSON AND HOLLY MIRANDA

Andrea Gibson is well-known for speaking her truth. Gibson is the first winner of the Women’s World Poetry Slam and has engaged in performances from coast to coast. Gibson is working on her fifth full-length album, Flower Boy, and second book called The Madness Vase.
Mar. 17, 7:00 p.m.
Alix Goolden Hall, 907 Pandora Ave.
Admission: $16.50, all ages welcome
Tickets available at Lyle’s Place, Ditch Records, and online at ticketfly.com

CELEBRATE ST. PADDY’S DAY WITH THE PARTY ON HIGH STREET

The Party On High Street and the Van Isle Breakers, both Vancouver Island bands, hit Lacey-Lou Tapas Lounge for a festive, fun-filled evening. The Party On High Street will be playing acoustic along with electric sets, with funkified blues carrying them through the evening.
Mar. 17, 9:00 p.m.–1:00 a.m., doors at 7 p.m.
Lacey-Lou Tapas Lounge, 1320 Broad St
Admission: $10 tickets available at the door

THEATRE

THE BELFRY SPARK FESTIVAL

The annual SPARK Festival features new ideas, plays, and free events for theatre enthusiasts. SPARK Festival features plays from across the country, unlike other programming created and rehearsed at the Belfry Theatre. Free events include six 10-minute plays from Victoria’s own artists.
Mar. 9–22, recurring daily
Belfry Theatre, 1291 Gladstone Ave.
Admission: $10–$20
For tickets and more information visit belfry.bc.ca

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