Ratfish Comedy Open Mic:
Three minute slots for amateur comics. Drink specials. Laughs. 8pm at Heckler’s Upstairs (123 Gorge). $5.
The sixth season of this live improvised serial begins with more sin… in Sin City, Las Vegas circa 1961: Casinos, show girls, glitz, glamour and games of chance. Opening week launch the story and feature guest stars. Tues-Sat at 8pm, Sun at 2pm. Continues weekly Tuesdays Feb. 23 until April 26 at Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). 8pm. $15. Sincityimprovisedserial.com.
Karaoke with Grayson Walker:
Logan’s Pub: 9PM. Free.
Phillips Comedy Night at the Mint:
Stand up comedy every Wednesday at 8pm. 1414 Douglas. $7. $4 with reso. Ten open mic spots available. Sign up at 7pm.
Benji’s Pub Quiz:
A silly night for thinkers and drinkers. Bring a team and win $100. 8PM. $3. Northern Quarter.
Ratfish Comedy Select Show:
A curated selection of local stand up comics and the best of the monday night comics come together for a few chuckles. 8pm at Heckler’s Upstairs (123 Gorge). $5.
Tom Vickery Trio:
This Jazz Jam hosted by pianist Vickery is after he plays a set with bassist Sean Drabitt and drummer Kelby MacNayr. Doors at 6pm. Show at 8pm. $5/8 at Hermann’s Jazz Club.
Dylan Stone and Friends:
Join the city’s best open mic host for another evening of free music at the Breakwater Bistro. 8pm.
Logan’s Pub: 4-8PM. Free. Hosted by Carolyn Mark. Tell mom you’re going to church and go to Logan’s.
Logan’s Pub: 9PM. Free. Steve Barrie hosts.
Langham Court Theatre presents a historical drama by Steve Gooch, directed by Montgomery Bjornson, that deals with sexism, classism, altruism, oppression and repression. The story follows six women convicted of crimes on a six-month voyage from 19th century England to a penal colony in modern day Australia. Preview March 2, 2 for $20. Opens March 3, and runs Tues to Sat at 8pm and Sat at 2pm until March 19 at 805 Langham Court. langhamtheatre.ca.
Victoria Beer Week:
a 9-day series of events highlighting BC craft breweries, local food and more. Full listings at victoriabeerweek.com.
UVic’s annual festival of research that celebrates some of the brightest minds on campus. More than 50 free events. uvic.ca/ideafest.
Summer and Smoke:
Tennessee Williams at his most passionate. Presented by UVic’s Phoenix Theatre. March 8-12, 14-19 at 8pm, March 19 at 2pm. Tickets at 250-721-8000.
Working Class Wednesday:
Join fellow co-workers and local labour activists from the Retail Action Network for a social good time. Free food, admission and cheap drinks with a pay stub from the retail and hospitality industries. 6pm at Victoria Event Centre.
Records and Cocktails presents Filter House all night long. 9pm at Copper Owl. Free.
A show and sale of framed ink paintings on paper of singers and musicians by B.A. Lampman. Performance by Carolyn Mark opening night. 4:30-9:30pm at Trouce Alley Gallery.
CineVic and UVic Fine Arts Orion Series present Canadian film director Anne Wheeler, as she screens her recent doc, Chi, followed by a discussion. 7pm at CineVic (1119 Fort). By donation.
Tongues of Fire presents this spoken word open mic with featured performer. Sign up at 7:30pm, show at 8pm at Solstice Cafe (529 Pandora). $6-10.
The Adventures of Prince Achmed:
A unique performance combining the oldest surviving animated shadow puppet feature-length film (1926) with a new score composed and performed live by Montreal-based trio Small World Project. 8pm at Roxy Theatre. In English with German Subtitles. $15 at brownpapertickets.com.
Featuring five powerful pieces of theatre that are sure to spark your imagination, including Governor General’s Award for Drama 2013,Iceland (March 15-19); The Gay Heritage Project (March 22-26); Crystal Pite and Jonathon Young’s Betroffenheit (March 11-12); darkly comic Huff, about teenage life on a reserve (March 15-19); and the world premiere of 21 Ways to Make the World Last Longer (March 22-26). All shows at the Belfry Theatre. belfry.bc.ca.
Art of the Beer Lable:
presentations and panel discussion with the graphic designers behind Barkerville, Big Rock, Category 12, Driftwood, Hoyne, Longwood and Moon Under Water. 7pm at Victoria Event Centre. $15.
The Real McKenzies:
Celebrate St. Paddy’s Day early with this Celtic punk rock band from Vancouver. 7pm at Upstairs Cabaret.
With Black Valley Gospel and The Helltones. 8pm at The Cambie (856 Esquimalt). $10.
The Ska Society brings yet another legendary musical act to Victoria. The Wailers, who sold more than 250 million albums alongside Bob Marley have played for party people across the globe. This is a sure sell out. With Ali & The Budz, and DJ Verse. 9pm, Distrikt Nightclub (919 Douglas). Tickets at ticketweb.ca, Lyle’s Place and the Strathcona Hotel. $30.
Beach Clean Up:
Meet at the foot of Beacon Hill Park at 11am and help like-minded people clean up the beach at Dallas Road. Supplies provided.
Wyrd Distro Pop Up Shop:
Shop for records, tapes and CDs while you listen to live tunes from Mourning Coup, Katherine Kline, Magneticring and Cosy Father. 8pm at Copper Owl. Pay what you can.
Indoor Langford Legion Night Market:
30 vendors including artists, food vendors, clothing, jewelry and more. 5:30-8:30pm at 761 Station Avenue. Free.
Comedy for Critters:
Ivan Decker headlines this comedy for a cause event at Heckler’s (123 Gorge) that benefits Broken Promises animal rescue. $15 at Bosley’s. 8pm.
Denendeh, solo show of photographs. Opening March 17, 7-9pm at Polychrome Fine Art (977 Fort).
Queer as Funk:
Vancouver’s explosive, high-energy dance band brings the funk to White Eagle Hall (90 Dock) for two nights. 7pm. brownpapertickets.com.
With Johnny de Courcy and Painted Fruits. 7:30pm at Upstairs Cabaret. $10.
Popular author Yann Martel (The Life of Pie, Beatrice & Virgil) reads from his latest novel, The High Mountains of Portugal. 7pm, Bolen Books (Hillside Mall). Free.
Inspired by Water + Pigment + Paper: Experiments in Watercolour from the AGGV collection. With immersive experiences, dancing, cocktails and music that will give you a new perspective on the exhibition. 8-11pm at 1040 Moss. $20 at aggv.ca.
Jon and Roy:
chorus-driven anti-folk duo share tunes from their fifth album By My Side at Sugar Nightclub with The Wild Romantics and Zoubi and the Sea. 8pm. $25.
An enchanted evening of magical music. With Ora Cogan and Cosy Father. 10pm at Copper Owl (1900 Douglas).
Cracks in the Concrete:
The Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group (VIPIRG) presents this weekend conference at various venues with presenters and panels on topics like racism, immigration, colonialism, mental health and more. www.vipirg.ca.
Live competitive painting. Winner voted by audience and silent auction winners take art home. All ages with 19+ bar service. 7pm at Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). artbattle.ca.
Driving, reverb-drenched psych pop. With Calgary’s Fever Feel and Smoke Eaters. 9pm at Copper Owl.
The Island’s largest vinyl, CD and music memorabilia sales. 10am-4pm at the Fernwood Community Centre. $2.
Galactic Roller Disco:
Help the Eves of Destruction Roller Derby kick off their 10th season, as Archie Browning Arena is transformed into a roller rink for one night of the funkiest fitness around. 9pm, Archie Browning Arena (1151 Esquimalt Rd). $17 at www.picatic.com. Ticket includes skate rentals. 9pm. 19+.
The Righteous Rainbows of Togetherness’s Thomas Shields and Jro Schuurman of Psychic Pollution bring an unpredictable night of MIDI technology experimentation. Hosted by Don Keydong. 9pm at Copper Owl. Free.
Until Apr. 4:
Wildlife Photographer of the Year:
The Natural History in London hosts this annual contest of the world’s best wildlife photography from amateurs, kids and professionals, all backlit and beautifully displayed at the Royal BC Museum.