21st Oct, 2009

Poetry, plays and the Olympic torch

Yes, Hallowe’en is coming up, and we haven’t forgotten it, but there is so much going on in this town, we’re not going to have room for it all! Victoria is just bursting at the seams with culture, sports and scary good times. As the days draw down and evening sets in early, we gear up for fun.

For the poetry and performance poetry lovers among us, Victoria’s own SLAM team will be performing at the Tongues of Fire poetry evening on Thursday, October 22. This will be their last public performance before the National Poetry Slam Competition in November, (watch this space for details) so if you want to hear and watch some incredible performances from some of the best Victoria has to offer, be sure to be there. Solstice Cafe, 529 Pandora Street. And remember, that Tongues of Fire goes on every Thursday evening with an open mic followed by a riveting performer. Slams happen on the third Thursday of every month. Admission $5.00.

Ongoing is “The Chalk Garden” mounted by St. Luke’s players. If you haven’t yet seen this tour de force, then be sure to be at St. Luke’s Church Hall (Cedar Hill Road and Cedar Hill Cross Road) for their last three performances on Oct 22, 23 and 24. It’s being hailed as the company’s best ever production, and given their usual high standard, this is not to be missed. Be sure to cheer for our own beloved manager, Debra Taylor Wright, in her role in this remarkable piece.

The Olympic torch relay gets off to a terrific start right here in the capital city of the host province. Victoria is the beginning of the Canadian relay, on October 30 and 31. Be on the legislature grounds at 9:30 am for the official arrival of the Torch, and be sure you return for the celebration in the Inner Harbour beginning at 5:30 pm. If you want to follow the torch relay through our wonderful city, check the official website of the Olympic Torch. That site has maps. a detailed itinerary and event descriptions – it’s gonna be a party folks! And we’re right down the street from the main event. If you book into one of our Best View rooms, you could probably watch it all from the balcony!

If Hallowe’en is the time for you, then be sure to check into John Adam’s Ghostly Walking Tours. John is a local historian of some repute, and has planned and guided walking tours all over the city – he knows his stuff! Check his message at 250-384-6698 for detailed information about the tours, times and rendevous points.

And for the pet lovers among us, be sure to show up for the four-footed set’s own Hallowe’en party! Werewoofles Wagoween 4th annual Costume Contest for Pets takes place in Market Square October 31. Registration begins at 1:00pm with costume contests starting at 1:30pm sharp. There will be a minimum registration donation of $3.00 with all proceeds going to support the Greater Victoria Animal Crusaders (www.animalcrusaders.ca). Pawty games will follow contests. There will be prizes and tons of fun. For more event details please visit Woofles Barking Boutique,106-560 Johnson Street, call 250-385-9663 or email royanne@wooflesboutique.com.

The Belfry Theatre is mounting Joan Didion’s The Year of Thinking Magically, starring Seana McKenna, one of Canada’s finest actors. Opening November 10, the play “captures the compassion, humour and bewilderment of a fiercely intelligent woman whose world lurches suddenly from the ordinary to the unimaginable. This magnificently written meditation on grief – a place none of us know until we reach it – is also a celebration of family, filled with a luminous belief in the power of the human spirit to overcome heartbreak and to endure.” Don’t miss this incredible play with an incredible actor!

And if something a little scarier and on the edge is your thing, you might like to take in Frankenstein in Oblivion, by WHoS – that would be William Head on Stage. Written specifically for the unusual venue, Frankenstein in Oblivion is a stunning reimaging of the magnificent Victorian Frankenstein. Please note: WHoS is located inside a federal prison so no person under 19 will be admitted – You may be electronically scanned – Personal belongings are forbidden (this includes purses, wallets, cell phones, money, etc) – No smoking materials are permitted – Gates open at 6:15pm/close at 7:15pm.
Tickets available at: My Chosen Cafe – 250-474-2333 Soap Exchange – 250-475-0033 Moka House – 250-388-7377 No debit cards please. Performance dates: Remember: Gates open at 6:15 and close at 7:15. Performances start at 7:30 and go until 9:15 pm. Oct 23 – Oct 24; Oct 30- Oct 31; Nov 06 – Nov 07; Nov 12- Nov 14; Nov 19 – Nov 21.

With all that going on, how can you not come to Victoria for a wonderful getaway vacation in our beautiful downtown, right by the inner harbour. Our downtown harbour accommodation allows you to get to almost all of the events, with some of them right outside our front door! Combined with our wonderful contintental breakfasts (with homemade muffins), our wireless internet access AND our free bicycles, how can you resist? Be sure to book a three day stay and take advantage of our seasonal special. We look forward to welcoming you to the Admiral – your home away from home.

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