Arts Events in Brief, Feb. 11

The Well rises

for weekend show

Downtown cafe/bookshop The Well, 821 Fort St., is hosting an open house and celebration Saturday (Feb. 12) and Sunday in conjunction with the Victoria College of Art.

“Victoria boasts more creative people per square foot than anywhere in North America,” college president Peter Such said in a release. “It’s about time the capital city had a venue like the Well to focus this energy and lead us into the new economy for Victoria – Arts City.”

The college plans to establish a downtown annex next door at 819 Fort St. to house extra gallery and teaching space. On Feb. 24, VCA launches its new writing school, beginning with poetry taught by Linda Rogers, Victoria’s Poet Laureate.

The open house activities start at 5:30 p.m. Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, reception, puppet show and live music.

Sunday features an author breakfast brunch at 11:30 a.m., with a book fair and visual art showcase of local authors and artists. A Valentine’s Day open poetry contest – Kiss and Tell at The Well – starts at 1 p.m.

For more information call 250-590-4995 or e-mail karen@thewholemartenterprises.com.

Ballet wide awake

for weekend show

The Canadian Pacific Ballet presents Sleeping Beauty Act III and Gaîté Parisienne this Valentine’s weekend at the McPherson Playhouse.

The first part of the performance highlights the wedding of Princess Aurora and Prince Desiré in a classical ballet.

The second half of the show features a romp through the nightlife of Paris, complete with can-can dancing. The Feb. 12 and 14 shows are at 8 p.m., with a Sunday matinée at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available at the McPherson box office or by visiting www.rmts.bc.ca.

Mikado unveiling

at Hillside Centre

Singers from the Victoria Gilbert and Sullivan Society present a sneak peek of the group’s presentation of The Mikado, Saturday (Feb. 12) at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at Hillside Centre.

The Mikado shows March 19, 20, 26 and 27 at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney, and April 2 and 3 at McPherson Playhouse.

Tickets are available at both venues’ box offices, or you can stop by the society’s table during the Volunteer Victoria recruitment fair happening at Hillside on Saturday.

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