[Victoria, BC] This Hallow’s Eve, Let’s Take Two with Once More, With Feeling!

Opening tonight! Halloween is coming sooner than expected in this city.

Otaku no Culture

PictureBy Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Sept 24-26 & Oct 2-4
Evening performances: 8:30pm ​
Saturday Matinees: 5:30pm

Tickets can be bought in advance here.

Bluebridge Repertory Theatre
2657 Quadra St

Just when folks looking for Halloween themed activities are having a hard go at finding anything locally, Starry Starry Skies is keeping current with virtual performances! They are bringing back their knockout show from last year and using the Roxy as the larger space to truly get their strut on. As with other venues, seating will be staggered to give space between parties of two.

From their website:

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Rose Tints My World at the Vicious Poodle

The Vicious Poodle
726 Johnson St,
Victoria, BC

Hours:
Weekdays Noon to 10pm
Weekends: 11:00am to 10pm

On a quiet day, nobody would immediately know the Vicious Poodle pub is one of the new centres where LGBTQ can find terrific eats and enjoy an evening burlesque or drag show. One look at the menu, the focus is obvious. Also, the decor tells all. After my visit to nerd row, I was hungry and didn’t want to hit any of my regular food spots.

Any dining operation can struggle to stay afloat during a pandemic. Not every patron is willing to “come out” to support their favourite diner, especially with all the stay safe for your health restrictions in place. When owner/operator Socrates Diamant worked on converting the Sockeye Sushi Japanese diner (it had a lot of box seating) space and made it open spaced and inviting, my heterosexuality was not challenged. Instead, I saw my quest for perfect French fries ongoing. After the first bite, I was ready to sing ou la la and do the can-can.

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Pocky or Pepero? The Tough Decisions

Candy coated breadsticks are a staple of the Asian snack industry and the Pocky brand is the most well known. From green tea chocolate flavour to almond coated, the only limit is in which tastes are exported out of country for consumers to taste. Not every flavour has been made available, and what I found in Japan ages ago took a year or two before I can find it in North America.

When Fairway Market started carrying Pepero (by Lotte), I felt torn. There were flavours I wanted to try from this South Korean brand but I was loyal to Pocky. The choice simply boils down to just that and eventually I’d had to try. As for which tastes better, the difference is hardly noticeable. It’s more of a consumer choice.

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[Victoria, BC] Theatre SKAM’s Backliners Livestreaming for Free!

Directed by Mikaela Haeusser
Written by Ellery Lamm
Performed by the SKAM Young Company

Showtimes:
Thursday August 27 – 7pm
Friday August 28 – 7pm

Livestreamed on Youtube at 
https://www.facebook.com/events/662270541043334/

Cost: FREE!
Duration: Under 75 minutes

Backliners opens on livestream for two nights only this week! Join the SKAM Young Company as they navigate the world of social anxiety from the backline.

THE PLAY
A group of teens are forced by their parents to take a weeklong improv class with the hopes of combating social anxiety. As they arrive closer to their final public performance, alliances and rivalries are formed, and tensions run high. Backliners is a comedy about vulnerability and the anxiety of feeling out of control. 

Please Note:
For ages 13+. There is a reference to suicide.

No Need to be “Gruff” by Kaleidoscope

Otaku no Culture

Dates: Aug 22 – Sept 6, 2020
60 Minutes with No Intermission

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Performances Take Place Outdoors at Parks Around Greater Victoria, daily at 2pm and 4:30pm! Dates are:

  • August 22-23 – Dominion Brook Park (North Saanich / Sidney)
  • August 26-30 – Elk / Beaver Lake Park Filter Beds (Saanich)
  • September 3 – Ed Macgregor Park (Sooke)
  • September 4-6 – BC Government House (Victoria)

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A Bolshevik puppet musical for families about what happens when the grass really is greener on the other side.

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Announcing a Fringe Mini Celebration August 26 – 30!

josephine squareIn July, the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Victoria Fringe Festival was announced. This has

been a year like no other, and the organizers couldn’t let a summer go by without a mini celebration of the Fringe to bring fans far and wide together, share some great memories, and be entertained – and it’s all FREE!

As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. We are stirring up a fresh batch of Fringey lemonade August 26 to 30. To begin, the smash hit of the 2019 Fringe Josephine returns, online!

vivi facepaint

Drag queen Vivian Vanderpuss shares facepainting tutorials at FringeKids Online.

Nyla Carpentier, the 2019 Victoria Fringe Indigenous Artist Program artist.

Nyla production shotThis Fringe celebration features:

FringeKids Online, August 29 + 30, fun for kids ages 6+ with special online appearances from some favourite characters.

Josephine Online, August 26 – 30, stream the 2019 Audience Favourite Pick of the Fringe winner on demand anytime online between noon on August 26 and midnight on August 30.

Postcards of Fringe Love, an analogue and digital memory sharing project.

Meet the artists of the Victoria Fringe Indigenous Artist Program with Q&A’s featuring four artists, released over the next 2 weeks.

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