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Art pieces produced by some of the members of Fibres and Beyond include (from left) a jacket by Gail Erickson; Whispers, a doll by Linda Danielson, and Kusaki Zome, Misty forest by Elizabeth Tanner. (Courtesy of Fibres and Beyond)

Fibres and Beyond celebrates 20 years of shows with Metchosin exhibition

The textile artists group has been meeting every month since 2002

Art pieces produced by some of the members of Fibres and Beyond include (from left) a jacket by Gail Erickson; Whispers, a doll by Linda Danielson, and Kusaki Zome, Misty forest by Elizabeth Tanner. (Courtesy of Fibres and Beyond)
The Sooke Fine Art Show in 2020. The last in-person show in 2019 attracted more than 9,000 people, while online shows in the last two years saw more than 10,000 tune-in. (Courtesy Sooke Fine Art Show)

Call for submissions opens for return of Sooke Fine Art Show

Applications will be judged for a place in July art show

The Sooke Fine Art Show in 2020. The last in-person show in 2019 attracted more than 9,000 people, while online shows in the last two years saw more than 10,000 tune-in. (Courtesy Sooke Fine Art Show)
Canadian musician George Zukerman, who won numerous awards for playing the bassoon, leads a musical celebration of Beethoven at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney this Saturday (March 26). The concert is part of an extended marking of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth, delayed by COVID. (Courtesy of George Zukerman)

Sidney rolls on with Young Beethoven in celebrating composer’s 250th birthday

March 26 show features all-star ensemble with commentary from bassoonist George Zukerman

Canadian musician George Zukerman, who won numerous awards for playing the bassoon, leads a musical celebration of Beethoven at the Mary Winspear Centre in Sidney this Saturday (March 26). The concert is part of an extended marking of the 250th anniversary of the composer’s birth, delayed by COVID. (Courtesy of George Zukerman)
Out of the Fire features the stunning artistry of photographers Dale Roth and Michele Ramberg and features Oak Bay artist Gregory Kozak. (Photo by Roth and Ramberg)

Oak Bay author pulls artists Out of the Fire, highlights south Island metalworkers

Pirjo Raits’ second Salish Sea-focused artist spotlight launches in April

Out of the Fire features the stunning artistry of photographers Dale Roth and Michele Ramberg and features Oak Bay artist Gregory Kozak. (Photo by Roth and Ramberg)
The Victoria Festival of Authors’ first spring book club will feature four notable authors from the area, along with monthly online discussions of their books. (Courtesy Victoria Festival of Authors)

Victoria book club promises discussions with notable, up-and-coming authors

Victoria Festival of Authors launches spring online project, featuring four different books

The Victoria Festival of Authors’ first spring book club will feature four notable authors from the area, along with monthly online discussions of their books. (Courtesy Victoria Festival of Authors)
Natasha Mumba stars as Faith in acts of faith, by David Yee. The production is the second and final instalment in the Belfry Theatre’s Spark Festival and is available for viewing online only, March 18 to 20. (Photo by Dahlia Katz/Courtesy Belfry Theatre)

Victoria’s Belfry Theatre winds up Spark Festival online with acts of faith

Natasha Mumba offers powerful portrayal of a woman battling personal demons, those of others

Natasha Mumba stars as Faith in acts of faith, by David Yee. The production is the second and final instalment in the Belfry Theatre’s Spark Festival and is available for viewing online only, March 18 to 20. (Photo by Dahlia Katz/Courtesy Belfry Theatre)
Ballet Victoria dancers in rehearsal for Heart Strings, presented by the company at the Royal Theatre on March 19 and 20. (Courtesy of Ballet Victoria)

Ballet Victoria tugs on the Heart Strings with Royal Theatre performances

World premieres, farewell solo by Andrea Bayne featured in March 19 and 20 shows

Ballet Victoria dancers in rehearsal for Heart Strings, presented by the company at the Royal Theatre on March 19 and 20. (Courtesy of Ballet Victoria)
The Franco-Ontarian vocal trio, Les Chiclettes, perform on March 17 at 8 p.m. at the Victoria Event Centre to start a three-day immersion of culture and festivities for Franco Fest. (Les Chiclettes/Facebook)

3 days of French culture fill downtown Victoria venues

Victoria Francophone Society hosts inaugural Franco Fest, March 17 to 19

The Franco-Ontarian vocal trio, Les Chiclettes, perform on March 17 at 8 p.m. at the Victoria Event Centre to start a three-day immersion of culture and festivities for Franco Fest. (Les Chiclettes/Facebook)
Orcas: Our Shared Future exhibition continues at the Royal B.C. Museum until March 31. Special orca-inspired events are happening during spring break. (Courtesy Royal B.C. Museum)

COMING UP: Family fun and outdoor events in Greater Victoria

Equinox Market, Visions in Wood, Ukraine fundraiser bake sale and museum special events on tap

Orcas: Our Shared Future exhibition continues at the Royal B.C. Museum until March 31. Special orca-inspired events are happening during spring break. (Courtesy Royal B.C. Museum)
Oak Bay artist Mike Pipes is new to the Victoria Sketch Club, after picking up painting 10 years into retirement. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

113th Victoria Sketch Club show returns to Oak Bay venue

Oak Bay artist who took up painting in retirement among the talent on display

Oak Bay artist Mike Pipes is new to the Victoria Sketch Club, after picking up painting 10 years into retirement. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Sans Titre by Paul-Emile Borduas at Madrona Gallery.

At the Galleries: 5 rare E.J. Hughes canvases on display in Victoria

Artists with international roots fill galleries this spring

  • Mar 13, 2022
Sans Titre by Paul-Emile Borduas at Madrona Gallery.
Niobe Thompson, left, is the co-director of Carbon – The Unauthorised Biography. (Photo courtesy of Carbon - The Unauthorised Biography)

Victoria filmmaker’s new doc explores the ‘wonderful and horrible irony’ of carbon

Carbon transitions from foundational element for life to one everyone loves to hate

Niobe Thompson, left, is the co-director of Carbon – The Unauthorised Biography. (Photo courtesy of Carbon - The Unauthorised Biography)
Anne Cateaux released her debut novel, Shimmy, after a decade of working on getting it published. (Photo courtesy of Anne Cateaux)

Ladysmith author explores love and friendship in debut novel

Shimmy answers ‘where do pets go when they die?’

Anne Cateaux released her debut novel, Shimmy, after a decade of working on getting it published. (Photo courtesy of Anne Cateaux)
Peter Houghton, left, Inge Illman and Adrian Sly perform in Victoria Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s Spring Concert in Oak Bay, March 20 and 27. (Courtesy Victoria Gilbert and Sullivan Society)
Peter Houghton, left, Inge Illman and Adrian Sly perform in Victoria Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s Spring Concert in Oak Bay, March 20 and 27. (Courtesy Victoria Gilbert and Sullivan Society)
John Carswell has just published his first fiction novel, “The Big One.” Photo supplied

Vancouver Island author’s first novel has a broad target audience

‘The Big One’ will have mass appeal to Islanders, adventurists, and others

John Carswell has just published his first fiction novel, “The Big One.” Photo supplied
Star Cinema manager Shannon Davis holds up a bag of popcorn outside of Scotty’s Dog Shack, as owner Scott Keanie offers up a hot dog. The Star Cinema will be selling popcorn here Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. during the theatre’s temporary closure, which starts March 17. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

March 17 marks last day for Sidney’s Star Cinema at temporary location

Historic theatre will move into new three-screen digs at previous location in late summer

Star Cinema manager Shannon Davis holds up a bag of popcorn outside of Scotty’s Dog Shack, as owner Scott Keanie offers up a hot dog. The Star Cinema will be selling popcorn here Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. during the theatre’s temporary closure, which starts March 17. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Gerald Harris, director of Friends of Bowker Creek Society, does the honours and plants the year’s first batch of chum salmon eggs in a designated area in the creek on Jan. 22. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

Significance of Bowker Creek Watershed featured in classical concert in Victoria

Emily Carr quartet’s Earth Songs series continues March 11 at Christ Church Cathedral

Gerald Harris, director of Friends of Bowker Creek Society, does the honours and plants the year’s first batch of chum salmon eggs in a designated area in the creek on Jan. 22. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
A student performs during last year’s Festival of New Works at the Canadian College of Performing Arts. The Oak Bay school hosts the 2022 festival this week, the evenings of March 10 and 11. (Photo by Peter Pokorny)

Performing arts students stage new works in Oak Bay

College’s 2022 Festival Of New Works is live and online March 10 and 11

A student performs during last year’s Festival of New Works at the Canadian College of Performing Arts. The Oak Bay school hosts the 2022 festival this week, the evenings of March 10 and 11. (Photo by Peter Pokorny)
Russell Peters was the first comic to sell out Toronto’s Air Canada Centre in 2007. (Russell Peters/Facebook)

Russell Peters begins first Canadian tour in four years in Victoria

Tickets for the June 22 Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre appearance go on sale March 11

Russell Peters was the first comic to sell out Toronto’s Air Canada Centre in 2007. (Russell Peters/Facebook)
Grade 12 student Taryn Mitchell plays the Leading Player in Royal Bay secondary’s upcoming performances of Pippin. The musical marks the return of live, in-person performances to the school’s Teechamitsa Theatre after the pandemic shut the doors to the public. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

‘A real experience’: Royal Bay secondary returns to the stage with Pippin

Musical marks the first in-person performance at the school since pandemic started

Grade 12 student Taryn Mitchell plays the Leading Player in Royal Bay secondary’s upcoming performances of Pippin. The musical marks the return of live, in-person performances to the school’s Teechamitsa Theatre after the pandemic shut the doors to the public. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)