CALENDAR: Wikileaks and Waltzing

25 01 2012

Get healthy this week with ten days of dance events to show your “Moves like Jagger”,  a weekend of  activities at the health show or simply appreciate the wonders of the wild by sifting through owl pellets at Swan Lake.

Plus, it’s your lucky day! Enter to win two tickets to the LOLA Projects dance performance on Feb 5th, 7:30 pm at the Metro Studio a part of the YAM Dance Days finale. Just comment below or email (Subject: WIN!) and tell us why you should win.

YAM Magazine’s Dance Days – Back by popular demand! In past years Dance Days has proved what those involved in dance in the region have known for some time – there is a whole lot of dance happening in this city. 70 events at 31 studios around the city, including free classes and workshops in various styles. FRIDAY through Feb. 5th. 250-595-1829.

Wikileaks: The Haiti FilesWith Kim Ives, editor of the newspaper Haiti Liberté. Straight from the U.S. diplomatic cables on Haiti, you will hear how the U.S. conspires to keep Haiti poor, who is running Haiti, and what happened to the earthquake relief effort. FRIDAY 7:30pm at UVic, David Strong 103. 250-655-6691.

21st Annual Victoria Health Show – There’s something for everyone with the daily roster of inspiring seminars with Canada’s leading health experts. Explore the aisles enjoying an abundance of tasty food, learn about cutting-edge health products, services and fitness techniques, relax with a bodywork treatment, shopping with special event pricing and discover the latest trends. SATURDAY and SUNDAY at the Victoria Conference Centre (720 Douglas). $5/$7.50 weekend pass. 1-888-999-1761.

Who Gives a Hoot – Drop-in anytime as we explore wonderful, world of owls through games, stories, crafts and hands-on exploration. Admission by donation. Owl pellet dissection activity $5. SUNDAY 12pm at the Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary (3873 Swan Lake Rd).

Into the Abyss With Nasstasia Yard

22 01 2012

It comes as a mixed blessing that Nasstasia Yard’s debut EP “For Someone Else” occupies a mere centimeter or so of spooled analogue tape. While the beatific beauty manifest in each of these four songs leaves us craving more, the most casual listen also confronts us with a distilled, monstrous form of melancholy that few dare to observe, much less confront. But with “For Someone Else” Yard stares at her monster’s bared, bloody teeth and proceeds to embrace him with broken arms; lucky listeners are the beneficiaries of her enormous bravery.

The darkness Yard confronts on “For Someone Else” is mirrored by its cover. A child’s face is shrouded by darkness; a silent scream bursts from open lips. The look in the child’s eyes, a disturbing alloy of terror and rage, does not extend a glimmer of comfort or hope. We don’t simply observe her pain; we are responsible for it. These songs were composed for someone else, after-all.

Yard channels the child’s silent cry with “Generate”, the album’s tiny first track, which recalls Elliot Smith’s earliest lo-fi recordings. While completely devoid of hope, Yard’s voice is strikingly beautiful in its vulnerability. Yard promises that if she “could keep generating more to give” she’d keep going; just as the song comes to premature halt. We are forced to follow Yard into the abyss.

For the rest of the album, Yard’s weary voice somehow summons the necessary strength to plod through a haunting territory of textures which include dropped pennies, shattered wine glasses and wire brushes. When the play button pops up at the end of side two, we are relieved though undoubtedly our instinct is to turn the tape over for another go.

A musical equivalent to a Lars von Trier film, Yard tastefully conveys a darkness that is tragically ignored in our cheap and shallow North American culture. The album is not intended to the weak of heart. But I urge you to summon the necessary courage, listen, and listen often. You will be rewarded.

To read more of Nick Lyons’ writing, check out his blog here.


CALENDAR: Bone Thugs and Brides

18 01 2012

Gearing up for a wedding or getting down to some legendary R&B – either way this week is packed with fun events that don’t come around often. Celebrate theatre with B.C.-born Michele Riml’s On the Edge at The Belfry or enjoy “Life on Ice”, the tales of a family who took an unconventional vacation.

Victoria Bridal Fair 2012 – One day, in one beautiful venue, meet with over sixty local wedding professionals. See the latest stunning creations in bridal gowns. The newest looks in men’s bridal wear will be featured as well, plus wedding party fashions and those for the mother of the bride and mother of the groom – all in one gorgeous fashion show. 10am SUNDAY at The Crystal Garden (713 Douglas). $18/$20.

Bone Thugs ~N~ Harmony feat Krayzie Bone & Wish Bone –  They have sold more than 15 million records, recorded with The Notorious B.I.G. and 2Pac. They won a Grammy. They redirected hip-hop’s sonic direction. Simply put, the Cleveland quartet is one of the most important groups in hip-hop history. WEDNESDAY 9pm at 9one9. $25/$30.

On the Edge – The world premiere of this play by Michele Riml. Three women from three very different walks of life. One actress in a tour de force performance. With great humour, and greater empathy, the author of Sexy Laundry gives voice to three ordinary souls, challenged by the world around them. TUESDAY 8pm at the Belfry (1291 Gladstone). $12.88-$25.86. 250-385-6815.

Lecture: Life on Ice – An Alaskan couple trekked for two months learning about climate change and experiencing one of the largest tidewater glaciers and made a film about it – with a toddle and a baby in tow. Hear their story TUESDAY at 7pm at UVic A104 in the Bob Wright Centre. Free. Also WEDNESDAY 7pm at Robinson’s Outdoor Store (1307 Broad). $5. 250-385-3429.

Calendar: Blossoms to Boats, Sleeping to Stand-up

11 01 2012

As we settle back into our pre-holiday routines or struggle to maintain new ones (those pesky resolutions!), there are plenty of events to boost your mood. Enjoy the calming power of nature this week from local flower displays to international marine life findings. Or, take in some gut-busting comedy shows to relieve any post-holiday stress.

Spring Prelude Indoor Garden – Enjoy the 14th year of the Spring Prelude indoor garden display at Butchart Gardens. From its humble beginnings in 1999 the Spring Prelude has evolved into a world-class indoor floral display. Opening SUNDAY through to March. $11-$21.95.

Bluewater Cruising Association: Ocean Gybe Expedition – Three UVic students sailed 38,000 nautical miles around the world, visited 15 countries, and documented their findings. TUESDAY 7 pm at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club. (3475 Ripon Road). $10.

Gerry Dee: Life After Teaching- Support Canadian comedy with the star of “Mr. D.” on CBC. Touching upon marriage, fatherhood and his years as a teacher, he will certainly provide you with a night of laughter you will never forget. And be sure to check out his hilarious video pieces as “Gerry Dee Sports Reporter” for The Score. WEDNESDAY 8 pm at the McPherson (625 Fisgard ). $46.

The Drowsy Chaperone – Preview Night. This five-time Tony Award-winning Canadian musical comedy takes us back to the golden age of musical theatre. A lonely man escapes his drab existence as the musical comes to life around him. WEDNESDAY 8 pm at Langham Court Theatre.  Special 2 for $20. To Feb. 4th at 805 Langham Ct. 250-384-2142.

Calendar: Get Your Darn On

4 01 2012

Whether you walk through the past at the Royal BC Museum, tour Ross Bay Villa or celebrate Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas or learn how to patch your favorite socks, there’s no excuse for boredom this early in 2012.

Royal BC Museum – Opens it’s doors to the public and offers admission by donation to Jan. 9. Includes admission to Wildlife Photographer of the Year. THURSDAY-MONDAY at the Royal BC Museum (675 Belleville). By donation.

The Lost Arts of Darning & Mending – Learn how to mend clothes the ol’fashioned way. Registration required. SATURDAY 10am-3pm at Craigdarrock Castle (1050 Joan Crescent). $45. 250-592-5323.

Ross Bay Villa – Take a tour of this restored 1860s home. SATURDAY 2pm at 1490 Fairfield. $5. 250-995-0022.

Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas – Celebrate Ethiopian Orthodox Christmas with an Ethiopian buffet dinner and entertainment. SATURDAY 7pm at the Ukrainian Catholic Church of St. Nicholas (1112 Caledonia). $15. 250-888-0805.

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