Oak Bay community calendar: Things to do this week

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Wednesday, May 24

Celebrate Bateman’s 87th Birthday – Robert Bateman turns 87 on May 24, the next day the Robert Bateman Centre celebrates its fourth anniversary. In celebration the centre, at 470 Belleville St, offers 50 per cent off admission on May 24.

Eclectic arts –Avis Rasmussen and Alanna Sparanese show at Eclectic Gallery through June 30. Avis Rasmussen, contemporary printmaker, graduated from University of Victoria, completed a residency in Italy, and has been an active member of Ground Zero Printmakers with numerous exhibitions across Canada and travelling extensively through Europe. Her small edition Reduction Linocuts are carved in reverse then printed one colour at a time on BFK Rives rag paper.

Alanna Sparanese has mastered the 2000 year old encaustic technique of layering bees wax, resin and oil pigment then fusing it together with her blow torch. Her pieces attain a dimensional quality, revealing a transparent luminosity both visceral and tactile. She is inspired by the inherent beauty of nature, the movement of birds and her surroundings. The dreamlike quality of her imagery is both real and imagined.

Visit www.eclecticgallery.ca for details or in person, 2170 Oak Bay Ave.

Thursday, May 25

A Little Something … – The third annual ‘small’ exhibition where 17 Avenue Gallery painters come together to produce more than 100 little gems. A percentage from the sale of each painting will be donated to Victoria Hospice, offering the opportunity to acquire a ‘little’ treasure while supporting this extraordinary community treasure. Victoria Hospice stands alone as an exceptional and unique service for families dealing with a loved one’s journey to death. Exhibition continues until Sunday, May 28

Friday, May 26

UVic’s Centre for Addictions Research of BC presents MDMA-assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD: Research and Possibilities with Ingrid Pacey, CARBC research affiliate. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. (More info: 250-853-3229 or farlow@uvic.ca). From noon to 1 p.m. in room S169, Patient Care Centre, Royal Jubilee Hospital, 1952 Bay St.

Saturday, May 27

Birding with Geoffrey Newell – Meet at 8 a.m. at Cattle Point in Uplands Park. Springtime migrants and wildflowers continue to peak! Hope to see you there. Everyone welcome; bring a friend.

A Survey and New works – Artist opening with Diana Dean showcasing her exhibition from 6 to 9 p.m. at Martin Batchelor Gallery. A Survey and New Works runs to June 22.

Victoria Baroque Players – Concerti con Molti Strumenti with Steven Devine, 7:30 p.m. at the Anglican Church of St John the Divine, 1611 Quadra St. Tickets: $28; senior $25; student/child $5. Available at the door, Ivy’s Books, Munro’s books, Long & McQuade (Victoria). Info: info@victoria-baroque.com or 250-652-0116.

Sunday, May 28

MS Walk at Willows Beach – Victoria Scotiabank MS Walk at Willows Beach on Sunday, May 28,

The Scotiabank MS Walk raises funds in support of the fight to end MS. Participants can choose from varying route lengths, including a wheelchair accessible route for participants using mobility aids. More information is available online at: mswalks.ca. Check-in time 12:30 pm; Start time 2 p.m.

Vic Y Volkssport 5/10 km Walk – Meet at Oak Bay Recreation Centre, 1975 Bee Street, Oak Bay. Registration 9:30 am, walk 10:00 am. Contact is Judy at 250-385-8519.

May 29

Shaping the Journey: living with dementia – free Alzheimer Society of B.C. series of workshops, 10 a.m. to noon, Alzheimer Resource Centre, 202 – 306 Burnside Road West. Pre-registration required. Victoria Resource Centre, 250-382-2052, info.victoria@alzheimerbc.org.

Tuesday, May 30

Born Yesterday – Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre presents the Garson Kanin play through June 11 at 2657 Quadra St. Call 250-382-3370 or visit bluebridgetheatre.ca for details.

Drop-in Family Storytime – Fun-filled stories, songs, rhymes and puppets for young children and their families, 10:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays.at the Oak Bay library, 1442 Monterey Ave.

June 3

Fiddles Across the Rockies – Coastline in Concert with the Calgary Fiddlers and Juno Award Winning Artist Ivonne Hernandez.

Few countries love the fiddle as much as Canada, and few young Canadian fiddlers today can show off the breadth and range of fiddling like Coastline and visiting superstars the Calgary Fiddlers. Dave Dunnet Community Theatre, 2121 Cadboro Bay Road Doors at 7 p.m.; concert at 7:30. Tickets $20 in advance available at Long & McQuade and Ivy’s Bookshop, $25 at the door. Visit www.coastlinefiddle.com for more.

June 5

Shaping the Journey: living with dementia – free Alzheimer Society of B.C. series of workshops, 10 a.m. to noon, Alzheimer Resource Centre, 202 – 306 Burnside Road West. Pre-registration required. Victoria Resource Centre, 250-382-2052, info.victoria@alzheimerbc.org.

June 12

Shaping the Journey: living with dementia – free Alzheimer Society of B.C. series of workshops, 10 a.m. to noon, Alzheimer Resource Centre, 202 – 306 Burnside Road West. Pre-registration required. Victoria Resource Centre, 250-382-2052, info.victoria@alzheimerbc.org.

Wednesday, June 14

Victoria Women’s Newcomers Club – Monthly luncheon, 11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Victoria Golf Club, 1110 Beach Dr. New to Victoria? Club offers a wide range of activities. Cost: $30. Info: vicdaynewcomers.ca

Saturday, June 17

Royal Victoria Yacht Club Open House – Celebrating 125 years in the community, visit the open house, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 3475 Ripon Rd. Information, activity stations, prizes and more. Info: rvyc.bc.ca.

June 19

Shaping the Journey: living with dementia – free Alzheimer Society of B.C. series of workshops, 10 a.m. to noon, Alzheimer Resource Centre, 202 – 306 Burnside Road West. Pre-registration required. Victoria Resource Centre, 250-382-2052, info.victoria@alzheimerbc.org.

Saturday, June 24

Quinn Bachand’s Brishen plus Blue Moon Marquee – One of Canada’s most gifted young musicians, Quinn Bachand is an acoustic guitarist/vocalist who, at the tender age of 21, has already recorded five CDs, won a number of awards and nominations, and earned an enviable international reputation as a virtuoso blessed with boundless creativity. Originally focused on traditional music, mostly Celtic, Bachand has expanded his interests to include everything from western swing and folk-rock to the Euro-jazz of Django Reinhardt. Although he records and performs in a number of settings, Bachand is particularly famous for his Brishen band, which plays fresh and sparkling variations on gypsy jazz. The second Brishen CD, Blue Verdun, has just been released and offers an irresistibly modern twist on a time-honoured genre. Reuben Wier guitar/vocals, Alan Mackie bass/vocals, Peyton Plenninger saxophone, and Matt Pease drums.

Tickets are $28. The show, in The Dave Dunnet Theatre at Oak Bay High at 8 p.m., is part of the 34th TD Victoria International JazzFest

Sunday, June 25

Donny McCaslin Group – Even though he already had three Grammy nominations and eleven albums to his credit, tenor saxophonist Donny McCaslin kicked it up a good couple of notches when David Bowie recruited McCaslin and his quartet to play on Blackstar, the multiple Grammy winner that became Bowie’s final recording. That collaboration had a profound impact on McCaslin, and was the inspiration for his 2016 recording Beyond Now, which is dedicated to Bowie. Primarily a jazz artist with contemporary flair, McCaslin has recently moved from an acoustic to an electric sound, and in the process displayed a real potential for pop crossover – albeit with great chops and churning energy. From Bowie covers to fluid originals, this quartet knows how to create bandstand buzz. Jason Lindner keyboards, Mark Guiliana drums, and Nate Wood bass.

Tickets are $35. The show, in The Dave Dunnet Theatre at Oak Bay High at 8 p.m., is part of the 34th TD Victoria International JazzFest

Tuesday, June 27

Christine & Ingrid Jensen Band w. Ben Monder – Canada’s jazz stars Christine Jensen saxophones and sister Ingrid Jensen trumpet are virtuoso players with international reputations who have performed in many musical contexts over the past 20 years. Their current Infinitude tour – based on the CD of the same name – is particularly satisfying to the Jensens, who are inspired soloists most interested in creating the opportunity for brilliant ensemble work. Joining them on the front line is American guitarist Ben Monder, who brings a wealth of experience to the Jensens’ chamber jazz explorations – Monder was the guitarist on David Bowie’s Grammy-winning Blackstar. All three are excellent composers, whose richly textured ideas come beautifully alive in the intimate setting of a quintet. Anchoring this remarkable band are Fraser Hollins bass and Jon Wikan drums.

Tickets are $28. The show, in The Dave Dunnet Theatre at Oak Bay High at 8 p.m., is part of the 34th TD Victoria International JazzFest.

Wednesday, June 28

Tierney Sutton Band – Los Angeles-based Tierney Sutton is an eight time Grammy nominee who’s been recording for two decades. Imbued with immense talent and a genuine love for music and people, Sutton released The Sting Variations in 2016, which featured highly creative meditations on the songs of Sting, and was nominated for “Best Jazz Vocal Album” for the 2017 Grammys. Also in 2016, Sutton and her band co-wrote and performed on the soundtrack for Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-nominated Sully – Sutton’s gorgeous voice features prominently in the film’s end title song “Flying Home (Sully’s Theme).” Having headlined in recent years at The Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, and Jazz At Lincoln Center, Tierney’s remarkable voice transcends stylistic boundaries. She makes her Victoria debut at TD JazzFest with Christian Jacob piano, Trey Henry bass, and Ray Brinker drums.

Tickets are $42. The show, in The Dave Dunnet Theatre at Oak Bay High at 8 p.m., is part of the 34th TD Victoria International JazzFest.

Thursday, June 29:

Buster Williams Quartet – Few jazz bassists are more storied than Buster Williams, who is probably most famous for his stint with Herbie Hancock in the early 1970s. His diverse credits also include extensive work with guitar star Larry Coryell, anchoring the Thelonious Monk repertory band Sphere, and being the accompanist of choice for many singers, notably Nancy Wilson and Betty Carter. His extensive recording credits – including 15 as leader and several dozen as sideman – feature such collaborators as McCoy Tyner, Dexter Gordon, Stanley Turrentine, Bobby Hutcherson, and Tony Williams. Last seen in Victoria in 2012, the Grammy-nominated Williams is currently touring with his all-star “Something More” quartet featuring George Colligan piano, Steve Wilson alto saxophone, and Lenny White drums. Tickets are $42. The show, in The Dave Dunnet Community Theatre at Oak Bay High at 8 p.m., is part of the 34th TD Victoria International JazzFest.

Tuesday, July 4

Our Town – Blue Bridge Theatre presents the Thornton Wilder Pulitzer Prize-winner that peels back layers of stories of ordinary citizens living in small town America, through July 16 at 2657 Quadra St Info: 250-382-3370 or bluebridgetheatre.ca.

Tuesday, Aug. 1

Red Hot Cole – Red Hot Cole is Blue Bridge Theatre’s latest production. Conceived and directed by Darcy Evans, features Porter’s incredible songs in a joyful new revue celebrating one of Broadway’s musical masters, through Aug. 13 at 2657 Quadra St. Call 250-382-3370 or visit bluebridgetheatre.ca for ticket and showtime information.

Sunday, Aug. 13

Bowker Creek Brush Up – the annual art show and sale runs 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. adjacent to Bowker Creek in Oak Bay.