Witness the creative process of artists under a 20-minute time constraint at this live painting competition. Viewers determine the winner by voting for their favourite painting and can bid on the artwork in a silent auction.
Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad St.
Thursday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m.
Tickets available at artbattle.ca.
Wild Life Alternative Craft Fair
The Wild Life Collective is a group of artists, musicians, and crafters who host monthly markets in Vancouver Island communities. They are hosting an Alternative Craft Market featuring a unique selection of unconventional vendors, live music, and Solstice Café treats. The event features the likes of Outhouse Treasury, anarchist-style patch makers from Pender Island.
Solstice Café, 529 Pandora Ave.
Saturday, Nov. 14, 5 p.m.
The Threepenny Opera
Musical innovation meets satire in this 18th-century legendary play translated from The Beggar’s Opera. The plot illuminates corruption among traditional bourgeoisie society, proving that luxury breeds vice — and crime. The play is set in a near-future dystopia that proves to be the perfect place for villainy and lust.
Phoenix Theatre at UVic
Ticket info and scheduling available at finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/phoenix.
Fracture Land Screening
Fractured Land is a multi-award-winning documentary about a coming-of-age Aboriginal lawyer and a UVic graduate struggling to manage the fractures in the world and within himself. The film claimed the Best B.C. Film Award and the Impact Canadian Audience Award at the Vancouver International Film Festival.
Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas St.
Thursday, Nov. 12, 8:45 p.m.
Tickets $12 in advance or $14 at the door; more info at ticketzone.com.
Brad Dunn, White Poppy, Cosy Father, and Old Girl
Brad Dunn is highly revered in Seattle’s underground music circles, and this Victoria show will be his first performance since taking a lengthy hiatus from playing live. His electroacoustic art has been compared to Lee Hazlewood and Sonic Youth. Solo artist Cosy Fathers will add to Dunn’s tranquilizing vocal theme with experimental folk sounds. The night continues with ambient lo-fi jams by White Poppy and synth-pop band Old Girl.
Copper Owl, 1900 Douglas St.
Thursday, Nov. 5, 9 p.m.
$8 at the door.
The Backhomes, Ghostkeeper, Chairs
With the recent release of Ghostkeeper’s newest album, the band comes to Victoria to reminisce on the theme of their single, “Oceans,” which was inspired by visiting our coastal city. Ghostkeeper’s music combines synth, folk, and psychedelic sounds that are constantly metamorphosing. Noteworthy side mention: drummer Eric Hamelin previously played in Chad VanGaalen’s band. Montréal band Chairs will maintain the psych vibe with their electronic upbeat rock set. The Backhomes are a synthpop duo whose music will surely create a hazy state of calm attention complementary to the lineup.
Copper Owl, 1900 Douglas St.
Thursday, Nov. 12, 9 p.m.
$10 at the door.
Stand! A Unist’ot’en Camp Fundraiser ft. Lila Rose, Microbongo Soundsystem, C-Frets, and Electric Brown
Want to help the Wet’suwet’en assert their rights and oppose three pipelines set to cross the Unist’ot’en camp in northern B.C.? It’s easy; just come watch an eclectic music show and get acquainted with people who are stoked about land preservation. Hailing from California, Lila Rose will bring a musical depth that has been compared to Bjork and Radiohead. Microbongo Soundsystem will change the scene with some shamanic disco — which in itself is a conceptual combination too strange to miss. C-Frets mixes electronic, roots, and bass from Latin America, and Electric Brown keeps up the dance vibe with some deep funk. Basically, you’re gonna be dancing all night for an amazing cause.
Sunset Room, 401 Herald St.
Saturday, Nov. 14, 9 p.m. – 1.30 a.m.
Tickets $20 in advance or $25 at the door; info at stand4unistoten.eventbrite.ca.