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Bullying forces community ith news of Coquitlam teen, Amanda Todd, committing suicide last week due to bullying, the YMCA-YWCA’s Week Without Violence and The Power of Being a Girl conference couldn’t DANIELLE come soon enough. POPE The international campaign news@ is recognized in over 90 counmondaymag.com tries. This year, the YMCAYWCA of Greater Victoria is hosting The Power of Being a Girl conference for the third time on the West Shore on Wed., Oct. 17, and for the first time in Victoria on Thurs., Oct. 18. “It’s a pretty challenging time for kids, and there is so much around now that wasn’t there when I was a girl,” says Janet Champion, Y manager of Community Health. “We believe the key to empowering girls is to get them moving, teach them how fitness and proper nutrition is such an important part of supporting this time in a young woman’s life.” The free conference will take girls in Grades 7 to 9 through workshops on everything from hip hop, yoga and Zumba dance to stress busters, self-esteem, healthy relationships, discrimination, sexual health, bullying, cyber-bullying, nutrition, hormones, happiness and what it means to be a girl. For those who can’t make the conference or don’t fit the age range, Champion emphasizes that the Y is always open — and from fitness and life coaching to peer support, there is a program for everyone. “An important part of combatting any bullying is building a supportive community around yourself,” she says. “Being active puts you in touch with your body and lets you really think about what’s important to you. It’s a much different experience than sitting in front of a computer screen.” For more info, visit VictoriaY.com.

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Cocktail title for a second year in a row, with his tribute drink “John Coffee.” Sauce’s Ryan Malcolm pulled second, up from third last year, while Tia Stonier from The Mix in Whistler scored third. This year’s theme was “The Whole Beast,” which saw contestants create meaty cocktails using ingredients from duck fat and bacon, to pig’s blood and chicken bones.

A COUNTRY-WIDE FOOD FIGHT After three days of The Great Canadian Food Fight from Oct. 11 to 13, a community push of food donations shows the final tally, with Victoria notching out third-place (99,067 lbs), coming in just higher than Nova Scotia at 98,635 lbs. Second-best goes to the Waterloo Region (135,014 lbs), with Regina winning the champion donation at a whopping 218,930 lbs. “They win every year!” says a teasing Chris Riddell, executive director of the Mustard Seed food bank. “They must be emptying their grain silos!” For Victoria’s Mustard Seed, those donations amount to 76,218 lbs of actual food and $57,124 cash — converted to 22,849 lbs — and not a moment too soon. With a 20 per cent decrease in donations since 2010, tough decisions had to be made this year at the food bank. “We’ve cut 25 per cent of everyone’s hours: 40 to 30 hours per week. It’s heartbreaking. People need their full paycheque,” says Riddell. Forty volunteers run Mustard Seed’s programs every day, with 100 volunteers dedicating their time over Christmas. Approximately 7,000 Victorians access the services, which have expanded since 1975 to include haircuts, food-safe and First Aid certification, addiction services and educational seminars. Both families with dual incomes and more vulnerable populations wait in line. “Lining up at The Mustard Seed is humility at its best,” says Riddell. “We get to know every person who comes through so they feel a sense of dignity and community.” Don’t miss another chance to help with The Spirit of Giving fundraiser Dec. 1 to 24 at the Bay Centre. Learn more at MustardSeed.ca. M — By Colin Cayer

REMEMBER OCCUPY VICTORIA? The occupation is back. On Sat., Oct. 20, assertive citizens will occupy the front steps of the legislature from noon to 3pm to gather for the second-annual Freedom and Solutions Rally. Liberty-minded speakers from across the country are rumoured to share viable solutions for Canadians “to tackle government abuse and our predatory financial system.” “We are all in this together,” says occupier Josh Steffler. “This is a chance to celebrate the similarities we share rather than the differences that divide us.” For the rally minded, check out Occupy Victoria’s website WeAreChangeVictoria.org. Then, keep up the spirit by joining the mass sit-in against the Enbridge pipeline at the legislature Mon., Oct. 22, 11am.

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Sit down to stand up re you sitting down? If not, you may want to limber up your butt cheeks to attend what promises to be a mass sit-in in front of the provincial legislature on Monday, Oct. 22. This peaceful act of civil disobedience is intended to send a clear message to the provinvial government that we are not Alberta’s annoyingly scenic bridge to the ocean, and that we prefer our coastlines to remain untarnished by the threat of oil tankers and GRANT pipelines. McKENZIE “There are moments in history when it’s clear that our elected leaders are failing us and it is necessary to editor@ take a stand,” says environmentalist Tzeporah Berman. mondaymag.com “Today, we are stating our intention to defend our coast and calling on others to join us. The risk of oil spills and irreversible harm to our tourism and fishing industries from these pipelines and tankers is just too great.” It’s clear from the encouraging support of local community, union, business and First Nation leaders that the organizers aren’t a ragtag group content to shake their fists in the air to let off steam — they actually want the government to stop looking for an oily and short-lived handout from our eastern neighbours and turn its focus toward the future. “We want long-term green jobs that will take us beyond fossil fuels, not short-term high risk pipelines,” says Susan Spratt, western regional director of the Canadian Auto Workers. The call for support has gone out across the country with the aim of packing the legislature lawn and making this a truly historic event. “We hope people from all walks of life and from across the country join us in Victoria and defend the natural beauty and cultural richness of the B.C. coastline,” adds Chief Jackie Thomas, Saik’uz First Nation. “We will be there to show the widespread opposition to tar sands pipelines and tanker proposals and to show the strength of the support for First Nations people’s rights to land and title and the internationally protected right to free, prior and informed consent on any development impacting our traditional territories.” Two days after the sit-in, local volunteers are planning a province-wide day of action. Rallies will be held on Wed., Oct. 24 outside MLA’s offices across the province where participants will link arms to symbolize B.C.’s unbroken wall of opposition. Naturally, any form of civil disobedience can result in arrest — and I fully expect there will be a formidable police presence on hand — but since jailtime isn’t the goal of rally organizers, they’re also setting aside clearly marked, non-arrestable areas for supporters to show their solidarity without risk. The sit-in is scheduled to begin on the legislature lawn at 11 a.m., with guest speakers, such as David Suzuki, and live music. M

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CONTENTS VOL. 38, NO. 42 Oct. 18 - 24, 2012

NEWS & VIEWS

MONDAY LIFE

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THE WEEK

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FOOD & DRINK - PAM GRANT

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REPORT CARD

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GEORGIA NICOLS HOROSCOPE

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EDITOR’S NOTE

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LETTERS

MONDAY GUIDE

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KIERAN REPORT

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CITY WATCHDOG

CITY SOMETHING Hell is unleashed on Victoria's Craigdarroch Castle in Dracula

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MUSIC Jason Collett's visions of Canada

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FILM & LIBATION Sugar Man is gripping, delightful

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THEATRE The Hobbit goes to prison

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ON THE COVER 8-9 LIVING WITH HIV Imagine a world where you have to save condoms in the freezer every time you are intimate, or where you run to the doctor every time you want to have sex. This could become a reality for approximately 80,000 Canadians. And that number is growing every day.

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Re: Review: MacBeth, Oct.11-17 This long-time opera goer disagrees totally with reviewer Brent Schaus. I found Morris Panych's direction an embarrassment of clichĂŠs and missed opportunities. Panych and crew gave us a high-school quality production. They did not do their homework. My last, disappointed word on Panych's Macbeth: how could any director, let alone one with Panych's reputation, do such a superďŹ cial job directing the witches? Centuries of ideas about those creatures could have provided him with a few thoughtful hints. BARBARA WOLLMAN, VICTORIA

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Sewage plant costs a worry Re: City Watchdog, Oct.11-17 Victorians are going to pay more for the unnecessary sewage plant than the Johnston Street Bridge, so Victorians should also be getting FOIs to ďŹ nd out how come the currently-estimated $210 million sewage plant has so many even-more-unnecessary "bells-and-whistles" that it’s going to to cost $782 million (+ HST). JOHN NEWCOMB, VIA FACEBOOK


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STREET SMARTS How can we combat cyber bullying?

KIERAN REPORT

The green, green grass of protest ritish Columbians from m a n y walks of life — from the Occupy Everything kids to the Raging Grannies and everyone in beBRIAN tween — are poised KIERAN to send the Enbridge bkieran@ pipeline folks a mesmondaymag.com sage of resounding clarity this coming Monday. If you hate the idea of a pipeline pumping thick black bitumen across the north, and if you are equally disturbed at the prospect of oil tankers steaming up and down our narrow coastal fjords, then you will be on the front lawn of the legislature on Oct. 22. “Defend Our Coast,” an environmental action group endorsed by unassailable eco-luminaries like Maude Barlow and Stephen Lewis, has organized what is being billed as “potentially the largest act of peaceful civil disobedience on the climate issue that Canada has ever seen.” Frankly, I suspect that billing is overreaching, but I have no doubt the gath-

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ering will be large and persuasive. The organizers claim that more than 80 influential leaders from the business, First Nations, environmental, labour, academic, medical and artistic communities plan to attend the mass sit-in. The nature of a tolerant society being what it is, Defend Our Coast has no control over who shows up at its event. Nor can it control the efforts of special interest groups to hijack the agenda. I’m thinking here of the combative “People’s Assembly of Victoria” and the “Unis’tot’en Solidarity Bloc.” The assemby is even suggesting that anyone who wants to attend the sit-in must first attend its “day of action” training session on Sunday. Our sense of pipeline urgency has been heightened by the cocky rhetoric of Enbridge brass. Speaking at a B.C. Chamber of Commerce Energy Summit earlier this month, Enbridge executive Janet Holder insisted the project is “definitely not dead.” She said the company is “still investing a lot of time, effort and money ... and we’re going to do what's necessary to make this project happen.” Enbridge seems to feel it already has its B.C. passport stamped because it has the support of 20 First Nations bands located within 80 kilometres of

We have to teach kids how to represent themselves online, and think of the long term.

the proposed twin pipelines. However, when the Canadian Press contacted more than 20 First Nations along the B.C. Route, only one confirmed making a deal with Enbridge. For us on the coast, the biggest concern remains the issue of oil tanker traffic. Retired engineer Brian Gunn, based up Island at Strathcona Park Lodge, says Enbridge has not taken into account that more than 200 oil tankers will be sharing narrow channels annually with several hundred Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) tankers from new LNG terminals near Kitimat. A spill is inevitable, he predicts. At the end of the day, it seems unlikely this contentious debate will be decided by well-intentioned concerned citizens camped on the legislature lawn or by well-healed Enbridge PR teams stretching the truth and bending reality to their will. It will most likely be settled in the Supreme Court of Canada by our nation’s premiere lawmakers weighing First Nations’ challenges. Nevertheless, we still have an obligation to engage in the discussion right now and to make all our voices heard loud and clear. It seems the legislature lawn is as good a place as any to make a stand. M

SHAWN O’CONNOR, Victoria

We have to realize bullying is bullying — the cyber part is inconsequential. DEANNA BILLO, Victoria

We have to get kids off the internet. Maybe there should be an age limit. ALAN THOMSON, Salt Spring Island

Bullying should be brought to people’s attention so someone can help. SHANE VENABLES, Prince George

CITY WATCHDOG

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Staff are seeking public input on a proposal to raise fares as high as $3 per person. The options on the table include minor increases across the board, major increases to adult fares, or elimination of discounted youth and senior fares. All of the new options include raising fares for youth and seniors, and none will save the region from a substantial hike in property taxes. In fact, regardless of which fare increase transit chooses — and maintaining current prices is not an option — officials say the region will see a tax increase of 7.3 to 8.4 per cent. While regular transit users may have to carpool to work or UVic for a few weeks, the current labour dispute will have next to no long-term effect on the region. Officials say any wage increases won through this dispute won’t even impact proposed fares. In the meantime, fare increases will weigh heavily on riders’ already strained wallets and an 8-per-cent property tax increase brings with it higher rents and leaner times. While eyes are trained on Transit brass as they gleefully ignore both public worries over mobility impacts and union pleas for a return to negotiations, the future of our region is taking shape in the dull grey board rooms of BC Transit. M

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here is no joy in the board rooms of BC Transit this week. As I write this column, employees are still threatening to strike. After six months of failed contract negotiations and four years of watching non-unionized superiors take home substantial raises, leaving nothing for front-line workers, this should surprise no one. SIMON After continuing to work despite being NATTRASS paid some of the lowest wages for transit employees in the country. After being shot snattrass@ down by transit officials who refuse to even mondaymag.com entertain the idea of negotiations with the Auto Workers Union. After all of this, the only surprise should be that the mechanics and drivers at BC Transit have continued to show up and ferry you and I around for this long. While most of the speculation around transit this week has revolved around the impact any potential job action could have on the morning commute, it’s a proposal from BC Transit staff that should have riders — along with everyone else in the region — wringing their hands.

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Imagine a world where you have to save condoms in the freezer every time you are intimate. One where you have every potential lover sign a form stating you disclosed your HIV status before things got serious, or where you run to the doctor every time you want to have sex, just so you can get a printout of your viral loads. This could become a reality for approximately 80,000 Canadians. And that number is growing every day. A person living with HIV must now disclose their status to all sexual partners unless a condom is used and the person has a low viral load, according to a recent ruling by the Supreme Court DANIELLE POPE of Canada. This specific combination, which now news@mondaymag.com leaves no wiggle room and challenges people to find ways of providing proof, is what critics are saying carries disastrous implications for persons living with HIV — and, potentially, every Canadian. “Criminalization is not an effective way to stop the spread of HIV, and should be reserved for the most blameworthy of cases,” says Katrina Jensen, executive director of AIDS Vancouver Island (AVI). “Everyone has a responsibility to protect their health, but this new ruling puts the onus entirely on the person living with HIV.” On Oct. 5, after the ruling was made, the courts decided to uphold the acquittal of a Quebec woman who was charged with assault after her partner claimed she had not disclosed her HIV status the first time they had sex. Despite the fact the woman had originally charged her partner with aggravated assault after a long and abusive relationship, charges against him were dropped when the courts learned of the man’s claim. The critical issue in the trial was whether or not a condom had been used, though the judge found both parties unreliable. At the time, the woman’s viral load was undetectable.

A CRIMINALIZED DISEASE In 1998, the Supreme Court ruled that all persons living with HIV must reveal their status to sexual partners when “a significant risk of transmission” existed. The ruling has been met with criticisms around how disclosure can be proven in a court of law, and advancements in medial science, treatment options and understanding of the disease demanded an update in what counts as “significant risk.” While Jensen says clarification is usually a good thing, the complex change has ignited concern in groups from AVI to the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, which is calling the ruling “a cold endorsement of AIDS-phobia.” “This blatantly ignores solid science and opens the door to convictions for nondisclosure, even where the risk of transmission is negligible, approaching zero,” states the Legal Network. “Criminalizing HIV non-dis[8]

her way into an early grave. Luckily for Clouthier and the community, it didn’t work. Her daughters, who she had previously lost in court, became her goal for surviving surviving. Then Then, her granddaughters granddaughters. Now, 19 years after a diagnosis that gave her only a few years to live, she hopes to live to see her nowteenage grandchildren have babies. “It’s almost the first thing I tell people when I meet them — the fact that I’m HIV positive,” says Clouthier. “So for a relationship to go any further, they already know going in. But now, with this law, I think I would have my next partner sign something saying closure in this way creates another disincentive to getting I disclosed.” an HIV test and imposes a chill on what people can disclose Clouthier may be to health professionals and support workers.” forthcoming, but that That threat is of special concern to members of AVI, doesn’t mean she’s not who worry that the court’s ruling may pose as a false sense met with crippling stigma. of security that the criminal law will protect people from She says she’s had people infection. slam doors in her face, she’s “The real danger of this law is the illusion that the courts been denied jobs, she’s even can protect you — in reality, only using a condom will,” had people follow her around a says Eric Berndt, communications officer at AVI. “No other house with a bottle of bleach, spraycommunicable disease is being criminalized in this way, ing everything she touched. A week and we have to ask ourselves as a society why we are doing ago, in the elevator to AVI, a man asked her this, and where this could lead.” where she was headed. When she told him, he asked her to step away from him. Those misconceptions were even more rampant when Romari Undi was diagnosed in 1986. It was a dark “It’s almost the first thing secret she kept to herI tell people when I meet self for years after them — the fact that finding out, especially when AIDS jokes startI’m HIV positive,” says ed surfacing. Dawn Clouthier. “So for “I was absolutely a relationship to go any paranoid that I would give it to someone back further, they already know then,” says Undi, who, going in. But now, with this at 58, has outlived law, I think I would have my the days of toxic-drug cocktails and little-tonext partner sign something no information about saying I disclosed.” the disease. “I was at work one day when a co-worker bounced up to me and asked to borrow my new lipstick. I just froze, and then she grabbed it from my hand and chimed ‘Don’t THE JAIL BARS OF STIGMA worry, I don’t have AIDS or anything,’ and ran off with it.” Dawn Clouthier was 36 when she learned she was HIV Undi, who had lived in Africa and was married to a positive. It was 1994, and she still remembers asking a Zambian, was part of the first wave of women diagnosed. friend to come with her to get her results. When the doc- She now volunteers as peer support at PWA, speaks to tor entered the room, he didn’t sit down or even close the other diagnosed women and writes for magazines on the door. topic. While she says she does not plan to have any other “He stood in the doorway and told me, ‘You have HIV,’ partners, she is devastated by the legal change and the and everyone in the waiting room could hear. I ran out of ignorance it shows. there crying,” says Clouthier. “HIV-positive people are not trying to go out and infect Now, Clouthier, 55, is aiming to be a spokesperson for people. We understand our virus, its capabilities and how people living with HIV. She’s done a lifetime’s worth of we can be safe and keep others safe,” says Undi. “We are volunteer work with the Vancouver Island Persons With everywhere in your community, but mostly we are in hidAIDS Society (PWA) and AVI in educating the community, ing because of the way in which so much of society still and has even taken an apprenticeship at a funeral home to views HIV and those who carry it. This law only serves to get over her fear of dying. continue these ignorant and outdated views and to isolate Back then, though, she recalls praying to God to take her us further.” life. She was living on the streets, using drugs heavily and, The deepest irony, Undi says, is that a law meant to help with new knowledge of her HIV status, trying to overdose women will end up hurting them.

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POSITIVE CANADIANS FEAR NEW SUPREME COURT RULING THAT IS INTENDED TO PROTECT WILL END UP CAUSING EVEN MORE HARM “Many positive women are now afraid of being falsely accused. Our lives are no longer in jeopardy because of this virus, but we are now more at risk of imprisonment and being labeled as a sexual predator from prosecutions driven by ignorance and prejudice,” she says. Dale and Jason, who prefer to remain anonymous, are a serodiscordant couple. That means one partner, Dale, is HIV positive, while the other is negative. This dynamic takes protection and understanding, yet the two men have been happily together for 13 years. Still, they have no signed agreements stating at what point Dale disclosed his status. They don’t save condoms in the freezer, marked by Any time a date and time as some HIVperson with positive people have resorted HIV is in the to doing for their own protecpaper, they are tion. And Dale has his viral load checked just once every portrayed as six months — between three this dangerous and six months is common. ‘sex monster’ “In this community, especially in years past, you have who is trying to to assume everyone you sleep infect people with is HIV positive, because and, aside from you just don’t know — even if you talk about the person’s a rare case, status, which you may or may that’s just not not, you never really know, realistic. so you protect yourself,” says Jason. “There is a personal responsibility here.” While Jason and Dale both believe that the law’s initial attempt was to protect people, the results put a marginalized group at more risk. “Any time a person with HIV is in the paper, they are portrayed as this dangerous ‘sex monster’ who is trying to infect people and, aside from a rare case, that’s just not realistic,” says Dale. “There are so many reasons when and why people choose to disclose, and why they don’t. The law just can’t cover it all — and now we are having courts decide whether or not condoms were used.” An estimated 26 per cent of Canadians living with HIV are unaware of their infection — approximately 17,000 people, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. Interest groups throughout Canada fear the change will deter people from being tested, and promote an ignorance-is-bliss model of behaviour, with even the recent catch phrase cropping up: “Get the test, risk arrest.” In Victoria, the Island Sexual Health Society sees over 20,000 clients a year, many of whom opt for STI testing. While the group does not track any statistics to show the number of STI and HIV tests taken, and does not take a position on the legal decision, it has maintained a campaign to raise awareness of the importance of being tested. “We do encourage all people to get tested, and to communicate with their partners,” says executive director

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Dawn Clouthier (left), and Romari Undi want to encourage more people to come out of the shadows.

Bobbi Turner. “We tell them the reasons it’s important, but it truly is up to the individuals to make a decision, and we stand by them on that.” Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) Medical Health Officer Dr. Dee Hoyano is disappointed by the Supreme Court’s ruling, and adds there is a great need to get more information out to the public. “We have consistently not seen the criminalization of those living with HIV as a positive thing,” she says. “The court’s ruling won’t change how we deal with cases, but … there needs to be a clear distinction between what counts as assault versus risk. We need good information out there about what reduces risk ... This may not be an effective ruling to reduce that risk, though it’s still early to know.” In the meantime, people in the community are doing what they can to aid in understanding. Undi recalls one instance, where she was sitting beside a man on a train to Montreal, when her status came up. He told her he had never met anyone with HIV before, and was curious. He asked her questions the entire train ride. “When I got home, I remember finding an email from that man thanking me for taking the time to explain it all to him, and I knew I had really made a difference,” says Undi. “I’m feeling really good about living openly positive now, and I want to encourage more people to come out of the shadows. We are not criminals.” M

“HIV-positive people are not trying to go out and infect people. We understand our virus, its capabilities and how we can be safe and keep others safe,” says Romari Undi. “We are everywhere in your community, but mostly we are in hiding because of the way in which so much of society still views HIV and those who carry it. This law only serves to continue these ignorant and outdated views and to isolate us further.”

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eff is 17. He left home three months ago to escape physical abuse from his stepfather. Sometimes, he sleeps in his car or crashes on a friend’s couch, but like many Victoria youth in a similar situation, Jeff does not see himself as “homeless� — he just doesn’t have anywhere to live right now. “One of the most fascinating things

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But cases, when outer circumstances changed bers to be part of an event that is people feel hopeless, and we want to show for the better, an unchanged mindset would taking a new, creative look at the them there is no reason to feel that way. We keep individuals locked in the same mode issue: the first-ever Victoria Youth can change this.â€? of behaviour. Clarkson’s solution sounds Homelessness Summit, “Belonging Clarkson, who took his masters degree simple, and it’s one he hopes Victorians will Victoria: Exploring the Possibilities in epidemiology and health care within latch on to at the summit. of Community.â€? marginalized urban populations, has spent “You can either spend all your time The two-day event will spend Fri., much of his academic career raising aware- identifying all the problems, or throw that Oct. 19, and Sat., Oct. 20, creatively ness around youth homelessness. When energy into nurturing the soil. Solutions exploring the issue of youth home- he realized the greater community was grow naturally — they just do, but it’s all lessness and strengthening commu- missing from those discussions, though, he about the mindset,â€? he says. “You have to nity through presentations, work- developed the idea for this year’s summit. focus on what you can bring to the situashops, permaculture, living theatre, “The microscope is forever being turned tion; what gifts you offer.â€? music, art, yoga, film, a world cafĂŠ on the homeless population, but we spend To aid a positive mind, Clarkson’s goal is and a “galaxy class.â€? so little time examining ourselves,â€? says to get residents together to discuss realistic The by-donation experience will Clarkson. “Really, the discomfort the great- ways individuals can force a change for the then shoot all proceeds into a new er community shows with the homeless estimated 600 homeless youth currently in community-funded Surf-Yoga-Life population is a reflection of its discomfort Victoria. Skills Retreat for underprivileged with vulnerability. We say ‘the homeless He has brought in more than a dozen youth in Victoria. deal with mental health issues’ to make speakers, including some homeless “When we blame the government ourselves feel like it doesn’t affect us, like youth in the community, the coalition’s and point at what else it should be we are less vulnerable, but housed people Wynn-Williams, Dr. Bernie Pauly of UVic, doing, it really disempowers people have these same issues.â€? 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HELL UNLEASHED ON VICTORIA ictoria’s iconic Craigdarroch Castle has been home to many things over its 120-year existence, but none quite so eerie as Carfax Asylum — the setting for Dracula: The Blood is the Life, running until Oct. 31. Adapted from Bram Stoker’s classic Gothic novel for the stage by Launch Pad’s David Radford and Christina Patterson, Dracula: The Blood is the Life tells the hair-raising tale of the world’s most famous vampire relocating from Transylvania to London, and the men and women who are determined to stop him from spreading his bloodlust around the world. Before even entering the castle, bloodcurdling screams can be heard echoing from inside. The audience gathers in the grand ground-floor lobby where the asylum’s Dr. Seward (Michael Shewchuk) gives brief safety instructions before briskly climbing 87 steps to the fourth-floor ballroom where professor Abraham Van Helsing (Paul Terry) is waiting. former classroom passing perfectly for a temporary morgue, comAt a whirlwind speed, the tale unfolds, introducing Dracula’s plete with a very realistic staking. reluctant solicitor Jonathan Harker (Matthew Coulson), demented The acting and the setting in this production are fantastic — it’s asylum patient Mr. Renfield (Trevor Hinton), the an all-star cast performing in one of the most stately, tenacious Mina Murray (Christina Patterson, picopulent buildings in town — but there was one thing DRACULA tured right) and the count himself (played with missing from this production — blood. Craigdarroch Castle a sinister mischievousness by David Radford, picPerhaps it’s the time of year, or my own blood(1050 Joan) tured right). lust, but with a title like Dracula: The Blood is the Oct. 17 &18, 24 The show moves up and down stairs and in and Life, I expected to see at least a little blood spilled. at 8pm out of various rooms of the castle, giving a sense of It’s understandable, however, that the Craigdarroch Oct. 19 & 20 at 7pm excitement and uncertainty. Castle Historical Museum Society (the building’s Victoria’s skyline, lighting up the stained-glass owners) didn’t want to risk damage to this historic and 9pm windows with a sinister glow, passes perfectly for space. 19th century London, while the impressive woodDracula: The Blood is the Life is full of life, regardpaneled walls and elaborate period decor create the perfect set for less of the lack of blood. M Tickets are available online at thecastle.ca and 250-592-5323. this devastatingly romantic tale. Even the temperature of each room was perfect — with a drafty Reservations are required. This venue is not wheelchair accessible.

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Jazz duo Maureen Washington and Daniel Cook will be headlining Banding Together, Sat., Oct. 20.

Friends of Music banding together FUNDRAISER FOR MUSIC SOCIETY CREATES PARTNERSHIPS Moodswing Chorus, The Fun-damentals (music basics), The Eclectics, Haywire (country), plus guitar lessons, a ukulele program and a community concert he Friends of Music Society believes all its series with more than 60 performances each year. clients are musicians first. And they would like to see that programming The long-running society based at the expand. Reiswig says that while “the funding has Eric Martin Pavilion Theatre hosts music stayed the same, we’re trying to do more with that programs to encourage good mental money,” like starting a new program for seniors in health, but regardless of its location, the programs the mental health ward and continuing current pilot aren’t just for people dealing with mental illness. programming like the ukulele group, which is only What makes Friends of Music currently funded until December different is that its programs through a CRD Idea Grant. BANDING TOGETHER are partnership-based, meanTo raise some money, they Maureen Washintgton ing that musicians with mental are “Banding Together” with an illness play, rehearse and perimpressive, and eclectic, lineup and Daniel Cook, Pistols form alongside other musicians of local musicians, headlined by West, Crikeymor, Jukebox from the community, including Washington and Cook, for their Jezebels, Jug Bandits M-Award winning jazz vocalist annual fundraising concert, Sat., Oct. 20, 7pm Maureen Washington and her Oct. 20 at the Pro Patria Legion. Pro Patria Legion long-time collaborator Daniel The jazz duo will play a (411 Gorge) Cook. stripped-down acoustic set of “intiTickets are $10 “We’re different from mate, alternative jazz and blues,” other music therapy programs says Washington. “With a dash of because we’re open to anyone,” country,” adds Cook. says Amy Reiswig, executive director of the Friends of The bill also includes country rock with Pistols Music Society. “Some people just want to escape the West, the Celtic energy of Crikeymor, rockin’ swing labels for a while … We treat them just like any other with the Jukebox Jezebels and foot-stompin’ fun with person.” the Jug Bandits. The Legion has a great dancefloor, Programming began with the Moodswing Orchestra but not a huge capacity, so get your tickets early (playing big band music), then quickly expanded because the event sold out last year. Friendsofmusic. to include Minds at Work (Rhythm and Blues), the ca. M

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niversity of Victoria alumni Peter Carlone and and mystery novels. Chris Wilson have met considerable success on After adding 40 minutes to the show, they prethe Fringe circuit since graduating from the theatre miered it at the 2011 Victoria Fringe where it won program in 2008, garnering a Just For Laughs Best Best Comedy. It also took home Pick-of-the-Fringe in Comedy award at the Montreal Fringe and a Canadi- Vancouver, Best-of-Fest in Winnipeg and the audience an Comedy Award nomination for best sketch troupe choice award at the Toronto SketchFest that year. in 2012 alone. Needless to say, these two have Now this comedic duo brings the Fringe figured — a tight script, its hit play, Peter N’ Chris and the a somewhat inconsequential story, a HUNGRY HEART Mystery of the Hungry Heart Motel simplistic set and lots of laughs. MOTEL to its alma mater, kicking off the And while that works for makeUVic’s Phoenix Phoenix Theatre’s 2012-13 season shift Fringe venues, it doesn’t transTheatre with the annual Spotlight on Alumni fer effectively to the more formal, Oct. 17, 18, 19, 20 at production. and spacious, academic stage. 8pm, Oct. 20 at 2pm Hungry Heart Motel was writAnd although Peter N’ Chris are (with sign language ten last year during a 48-hour playhilarious and enthusiastic, their interpretation) writing competition. Peter N’ Chris opening night performance felt a 250-721-8000 were given three props to incorlittle forced, which can most likely porate: a CD that only plays Bruce be chalked up to nerves. These two Springsteen’s “Hungry Heart,” an physical comedy geniuses have perold window screen and a line of dialogue: “The formed Hungry Heart Motel more than 70 times and dirtiest things are pennies and hotel mattresses.” The it’s been a hit with audiences across the country. The result was a 15-minute rendition of Hungry Heart crowd at the Phoenix Theatre Thursday night was no Motel — a sketch-comedy-like spoof on horror movies exception. M

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Identity crisis JASON COLLETT'S VISIONS OF CANADA anada is Jason Collett’s most consistent and compelling muse. Collett’s songs explore our country in all its diversity: they swim through the black waters of Parry Sound, they get lost in the bustling crowds of Toronto’s Kensington Market and hide in the rain drenched streets of Vancouver. For over a decade, Collett has managed to at once reflect and create our multifarious Canadian identity. While Collett obviously has a deep and abiding love for our country, as evidenced in his 2009 single “Love Song to Canada,” he refuses to ignore some of the less romantic realities we, as a nation, currently face. Collett’s most recent release, Reckon, paints a deeply foreboding portrait of a country on the verge of collapse: jobs disappear, entire cities are abandoned and relationships dissolve as we, along with the characters who populate Collett’s songs, wonder what is happening. While critics have been quick to define Reckon as a “political album,” Collett seems wary of the phrase. “Most political songs are just unlistenable,” Collett MATT BARNES says. “They’re often terribly written with terrible meloJason Collett’s latest release Reckon paints a deeply forboding portrait of a country on the verge of collapse. dies. Nobody needs another rant, it serves no purpose. And nobody needs to hear a whole bunch of rhetoric either.” “So I was sensitive to that,” Collett continues. “I of years. They have a different way of looking at things, is very much a part of these times.” know that there’s this, for lack of a better and that is what gives us our unique On Tuesday night, Victorians have an opportunity to word, political undercurrent on the album, culture. Our culture has a lot to offer catch Collett as he begins a tour across the country that but when you get down to it, it’s more about the rest of the world.” he so eloquently depicts in song. The show, headlined by BAHAMAS economics — the collapse of 2008 and how Reckon’s diversity is mirrored by a Bahamas, is being held at St. Ann’s Academy Auditorium, AND it has effected so many people’s lives.” wide range of musical styles. From the but we’d be misguided to expect a sermon; Collett’s not JASON COLLETT Collett’s sensitivity cannot be overstatstripped down, understated vulnerabil- bringing a soap box, much less a pulpit. He will be bringSt. Ann's Academy ed; Reckon is never preachy. Instead, Collett ity of opener “Pacific Blue”, through ing a multitude of voices with him, however — voices Auditorium tells densely woven, evocative tales with the lush orchestral swells of “Jasper that will bleed into one coherent chorus of a country so 7pm each of the album’s 15 austere tracks. He Johns Flag” to the hip sneer of “You’re difficult to define. If we listen carefully, we might just Tues., Oct. 23 channels the voices of people as diverse as Not The One and Only Lonely One.” realize that the voice is our own. M Sold out God-fearing Christians, rock‘n’roll daddies, “This record was and silver-haired hippies with staggering me stepping back a litprecision: the diversity of the characters tle,” Collett says. “I’m defines our culture. looking back at the whole catalogue of “Ours is a pluralistic culture of minorities,” Collett stuff I’ve made, so a certain amount of it confides. “And we’re not only shaped by liberal Western is a return to me being a true solo artist, thought and philosophy, we’re shaped by the unique cul- but also moving forward into being comture of the First Peoples that has been here for thousands fortable being a more mature artist and challenging myself to write a record that

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ll Signs: Most people don’t nized in every way. You’ll want realize their “sign” is just to feel on top of your game one part of their astroboth at work and at home. logical chart. Your “sign” And to do this, you’ll need the is where the Sun is in your chart. But right tools, which means you’ll you also have your Moon and all the need to get hold of cleaning other planets in signs. (Hey, we’re all supplies, file folders, shelving, complicated cocktails!) On Monday, closet organizers, tools, paint the Sun moves into Scorpio to stay – who knows? But you will until Nov. 21, which means all babies need stuff to do a bang-up job. born during that window of time will GEORGIA Give yourself the right tools be Scorpios. But they will also have NICOLS and material so you’re pleased Jupiter in Gemini, Saturn in Scorpio with your efforts. This impulse and the same outer planets because that’s to improve things will spread to a desire for what’s happening right now. Mercury, Venus better health as well. Many of you will and Mars will change signs during the next try to exercise more or eat more four weeks, so those planets will vary. This wisely. (Remember Miss Piggy’s is why, when you read a sign other than advice: Never eat more than your own, it can also apply to you. It’s fun you can lift.) learning things about yourself. For example, I remember now that when I was younger, I CANCER JUNE 21-JULY 22 was smaller and I weighed less. The Sun’s shift into Scorpio for the next month will bring good things for you! For ARIES MARCH 21-APRIL 19 starters, Scorpio is a Water Sign and so are Life will be intense during the next six weeks. you, which means you’re on good terms with Of course, there’s an upside and a downside. the energy of the Sun. In addition, the Sun The upside is you’ll be excited and passion- will travel through the part of your chart ate about everything, including sex. (Be still that rules all the fun stuff! Yes, we’re talking my beating heart.) Yeehaw! You’ll also have love affairs, romance, vacations, social occaan intense desire to get to the bottom of sions, parties, the arts, the theatre, movies, things, to know the truth. You’ll be impatient sports events and playful times with chilwith superficial conversation. But the down- dren. Having fun will be at the top of the list side will be that your intensity will also be for you! Romance could flourish with someexpressed in disputes about shared property, one new or an existing relationship can be inheritances or how something is dividre-juiced and rejuvenated. Get out ed. (“Back off!”) You’ll definitely and have a good time! Look for stand your ground. Fortunately, ways to express what you really travel plans look promising. Up, want to do. up and away! TAURUS APRIL 20-MAY 20 The Sun is now opposite your sign (the only time all year this occurs). This opposition means the Sun will be as far away from you as it gets all year and because it is your source of energy, you’re going to need more sleep. Factoid. Accept this fact and get more rest. Another thing this opposition of the Sun brings is an increased focus on partnerships and close friendships. Here you can strongly benefit. You will easily be more observant and will clearly see your style of relating to others. This means the next month is an excellent chance to learn more about how you relate to others. Certainly, that is a benefit. (“Just as I feared, I’m deeply shallow!”) GEMINI MAY 21-JUNE 20 The Sun in a new sign for the next month will make you work hard to get better orga-

LEO JULY 23-AUG 22 All Leos will focus on home and family in the next six weeks. Many of you will be involved with home repairs, renovations or redecorating projects. (Probably a bit of everything.) You might also focus on a parent, attend family events and talk to relatives more than usual. Nevertheless, you’ll treasure time alone at home because you need time to contemplate some things. (“Heaven!”) Pamper your royal soul. Childhood memories are bubbling to the surface of your mind. As you re-examine your past as a kid, then view it again through your current adult eyes, you’ll see things in a new light. (“I was raised by wolves!”) VIRGO AUG 23-SEPT 22 Throughout the year, the Sun moves through the 12 signs boosting the energy in different parts of our lives. In the month ahead, while the Sun moves through Scorpio, you’ll

be busy, busy, busy! The tempo of your life will accelerate. You’ll be on the go, taking short trips, grabbing vacations, talking to everyone and running errands. You’ll be very verbal because your mind will be bursting with ideas. You’ll be stimulated by different environments and new routines. Communication with others will be lively and fascinating. Hey, you’re a fact junkie! You love new information. (Relationship with siblings could be significant.) LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) Your focus on money and cash flow will increase in the next six weeks. Essentially, you’re wondering how to best use your money and get the best use out of what you own. Frequently, we’re slaves to our possessions. (They own us instead of the other way around.) Do the things you own serve your needs or vice versa? Some of you will make a new purchase or want to show something off. You will get pleasure in whatever you own. Basically, you want to feel more in control of your life, how you handle your money and your possessions. You love beautiful things and are strongly affected by your surroundings, which means you have a strong connection to everything you own – no question. SCORPIO OCT 23-NOV 21 For the first time in a year, the Sun is back in your sign for four weeks. This is a particularly eventful birthday for you because Saturn has just moved into your sign for the first time since the mid-80s, which means you’re entering a whole new sandbox. The next seven years will be a time of great transition. By around 2020, you’ll be a different person! (And probably a size bigger.) This month, however, you have a chance to rejuvenate and replenish your energy for the rest of the year. You’ll attract powerful people and favourable situations to you. Friendships will be warm. You’ll work hard to earn money, while gifts, goodies and favours from others come your way. It’s all good. SAGITTARIUS NOV 22-DEC 21 As the Sun changes signs now, it slips into a hidden part of your chart, which means a hidden part of your life will be highlighted for the next four-to-six weeks. Woo-woo! You’ll be more involved with private, behind-thescenes activities or you might work alone on a project. You might even be involved with something secretive. (Beware Sagittarians lurking at street corners talking into their

shirtsleeves.) This also means you’ll be more aware of how your subconscious triggers behaviour patterns in you, especially behaviour patterns from your youth that are no longer appropriate. (Thumb-sucking on the job is not cool.) CAPRICORN DEC 22-JAN 19 Start gearing up for a popular month ahead because everyone will want to see your face. Invitations will come your way to join clubs and groups and friends will want to touch base. The next month is a great time to share your hopes and dreams for the future with others because their feedback will help you. They might give you ideas or introduce you to helpful contacts. It’s also a good time to work with others or begin new partnerships. You see more clearly that the people you hang out with are basically a reflection of yourself. This is an old, well-known truth: Birds of a feather always flock to newlywashed cars. AQUARIUS JAN 20-FEB 18 In the next six weeks, the Sun slowly moves across the top of your chart acting like a spotlight on you. This lighting is favourable and flattering, so people in authority will ask you to take on increased responsibilities. (They think you’re hot stuff!) You won’t to do anything special to meet their demands. Just say “yes” and you’ll come out smelling like a rose. This is the ideal time to examine your life as a whole and see if you’re headed in the direction you want to go. You will also likely be more involved with a parent than usual in the month ahead because your interactions with authority figures will be meaningful. PISCES FEB 19-MARCH 20 I’m reading a biography of that famous Pisces, Albert Einstein. He thought in pictures and believed imagination was more important than knowledge. He also believed life was like riding a bicycle: To keep your balance you have to keep moving. You’ll keep moving in the next month because you want a change of scenery. You’re hungry for adventure and a chance to learn anything new. Grab every chance to travel or go someplace you’ve never been before. Sign up for a course or hang out with people from different backgrounds. Break free of your routine! Do whatever you can to broaden your horizons. Make the most trivial encounter a learning experience.

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SUN. OCT. 21 INDIAN CLASSICAL MUSIC Sarangi duet and Tabla Dishad Khan with Sabir Khan and Hanif Khan. 7pm at the David Lam Auditorium. $20/15. JORDAN KNIGHT - Former New Kid on the Block frontman brings his solo show to the McPherson Playhouse (Centennial Square). With Jesse Labelle. 7pm. Tickets start at $51.75 at rmts.bc.ca. BUSTER WILLIAMS - The Victoria Jazz Society presents Buster Williams Quartet. 8pm at Hermann's Jazz Club (753 View). Tickets start at $38.50 at rmts.bc.ca. ROYAL WOOD - With Elisapie Issac. 7pm at St. Ann's Academy Auditorium. $20.

MON. OCT. 22 BIG SUGAR - With Willi Williams and Balconies. 7pm at Club 9ONE9 (919 Douglas). $26.

TUES. OCT. 23 BAHAMAS - With Jason Collett. 7pm at St. Ann's Academy. $21.50. MATT MAYES - With The Meds. 9pm at Sugar. $20.

STAGE THURS. OCT. 18 BLACKBIRD - Theatre Inconnu presents David Harrower's awardwinning play inspired by the true story of a young woman and a middle-aged man who reunite after having a sexual relationship 15 years earlier when the woman was 12. WEDNESDAY to SATURDAY at 8pm and SATURDAY at 2pm at 1923 Fernwood. Tickets at ticketrocket.org or 250-590-6291. 84, CHARING CROSS ROAD Lagham Court presents a romantic comedy about great literature and great distance between two people. Suitable for all audiences. Runs WEDNESDAY through SATURDAY at 8pm and SATURDAY at 2pm until Oct. 20. Tickets are $21/19 at 250-384-2142 or langhamtheatre.ca. THE HOBBIT - William Head on Stage presents JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit, adapted and directed by Kate Rubin. With a cast of 13 inmates and three local actresses. FRIDAY and SATURDAY at 7:30pm at 6000 William Head, inside the federal prison. Until November 10. Tickets are $20 and are available at ticketrocket.org or My Chosen Cafe (4480 Happy Valley). 19+. 250-391-7078.

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DRACULA - Giggling Iguana Productions presents its annual fall production at Craigdarroch Castle (1050 Joan). This year's offering Dracula: The Blood is the Life is adapted from Bram Stoker's classic horror novel by Launch Pad Theatre's David Radford and Christina Patterson. 8pm THURSDAY, 7 and 9pm FRIDAY and SATURDAY until Oct. 31. This production is sure to sell out. Tickets at thecastle.ca or by phone at 250-592-5323. $26/23. THE CONSTANT WIFE - St. Luke's Players presents W. Somerset Maugham's Comedy. WEDNESDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY at 8pm and SATURDAY and SUNDAY at 2pm at Amica at Douglas House (50 Douglas) until Oct 21. $15/13 at Ivy's Book Shop (2188 Oak Bay), Petals Plus Florist (3749 Shelbourne) and Russell Books (734 Fort). THAT MAPLE FEELING - Like Fame with flamethrowers. Atomic Vaudeville and the second year class at Canadian College of Performing Arts present That Maple Feeling: Here Comes Cana Boo Boo. THURSDAY and FRIDAY at 8pm. Doors at 7:30pm at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $12/15 at the door and ticketrocket.org or 250-590-6291. HEMINGWAY'S HOT HAVANA Actor and playwright Brian Gordon Sinclair brings his one-person play to the BCGEU Hall (2994 Douglas). 7pm. $10.

FRI. OCT. 19 SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL Saltwater Theatre presents your favourite Dr. Seuss characters in a musical adventure suitable for ages four and up at the Metro Studio. 7:30pm FRIDAY, 1pm SUNDAY, 7:30pm WEDNESDAY until Oct. 27. Tickets at rmts.bc.ca or 250-386-6121. MALE POLE DANCE COMPETITION - Prizes for best style and costume. 10pm at the Castle Video Bar and Nightclub (1900 Douglas). $3.

SAT. OCT. 20 THE DRAGBOTS - Perform Night of the Living Drag at the Castle Video Bar and Nightclub (1900 Douglas). 8pm. $12. MONSTERBASH VARIETY SHOW - Hosted by J McLaughlin with performances by Bloody Betty, Dylan Davis, Ukul-Aliens, Silk E Gunz, Pepper Minx, Cherry D Vine, Mandy Lushious, Karina Devine, Miss Kitty Monroe, Bambi Boudoir, Ella Love, Betty Barracuda, Passion and Performance and Nance Nance Revolution. 8pm at Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $20 at monsterbashvariety.eventbrite.ca. DANCE VICTORIA OPEN HOUSE - Dance Victoria opens Vancouver Island's first dedicated dance lab, with recent upgrades. Drop in for free classes, refreshments and demonstrations from 9am to 1pm at 2750 Quadra. Free..

SUN. OCT. 21 THE SHOWDOWN - Seven solo performers each have seven minutes of stage time to woo the audience for votes. The winner gets $200 cash. 8pm at Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $10/8.

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★★★½ THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL -(Sun., Oct. 21: 3:00, 7:00, 9:20 & Mon., Oct. 22: 7:00, 9:20) A diverse group of British seniors seek out an affordable retirement hotel in India, only to find it in shabby disarray. But despite the initial disappointment, India's exotic charms win them over. This comedy-drama has a great cast that includes Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson and Judi Dench. ★★★★ BLACK ORPHEUS -(Tues., Oct. 23: 7:00, 9:10) This Brazilian prizewinner (Oscar and Palme d'Or) from 1959 tells the classic tale of Orpheus and Eurydice set against the pagan splendour of Carnival in Rio. The visuals and soundtrack are both marvels and the film itself created an international sensation. KUMARE: THE TRUE STORY OF A FALSE PROPHET -(Wed.-Thurs., Oct. 24-25: 7:10, 9:00) Is this a documentary or sly performance art? Watch this autobiographical account of a college-educated American of East Indian parentage who moves to Arizona and deliberately sets out to become a guru.

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WORDS THURS. OCT. 18 SOCIAL IMAGINARIES IN COLONIAL INDIA - Public lecture series for "An Analysis of the Influence of the Bhakti Movement." 4:30-5:30pm at UVic's Social Sciences and Mathematics Building (Room 104). Free. 250-721-6325. SHERRI ROBINSON - See the author of Esquimalt Centennial 19122012, commemorative book. 7-8pm at Esquimalt Branch (3110 Tillicum). Free. 250-477-9030. HUNGRY FOR CHANGE - Join the introductory lesson on a discussion course connecting food choices and sustainability. Course itself starts Oct. 25 for six weeks. Introduction: 7-8:30pm at Serious Coffee Esquimalt (Upper Mezzanine, 1153 Esquimalt). Free. 250-727-9163. INFORMED ACTION FOR LOCAL AND GLOBAL CHANGE - "How Community University Partnerships Contribute." Learn more with a presentation on the ResearchScience Shop Movement in Europe with academic leader Henk Mulder. 7:30-9:30pm at UVic's Bob Wright Centre (Room A104). Free. livingknowledge.org/ livingknowledge/perares. WRITER'S GROUP - Weekly drop-in with sessions including peer support, story sharing, guest speakers and more. THURSDAYS 10am-noon at Esquimalt Recreation Centre (527 Fraser). $2/free with rec membership. 250-412-8500, esquimalt.ca.

SAT. OCT. 20 STORIES OF THE HOLOCAUST & RESIDENTIAL SCHOOLS - UVic instructor and alumna Dawn Smith (Nuu-chah-nulth from Ehattesaht; Coast Salish from Tsawout) will host a special public event to celebrate the survivors of the Holocaust and Indian Residential Schools. Floor will be opened to survivors to share their stories. 1pm at UVic's First Peoples House (Ceremonial Hall). Free. 250-721-6248. BOOK LAUNCH WITH ARTIST GEORGE LITTLECHILD - Check out the newest from Littlechild. 2--4pm at Alcheringa Gallery (665 Fort). Free. 250-383-8224.

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OCCUPY VICTORIA: SOLUTIONS RALLY - Occupy Victoria gathers again for the second-annual rally. Noon-3pm at the provincial legislature (501 Belleville). Free. FOURTH-ANNUAL INTUITIVE ARTS FESTIVAL - Explore, experience and connect to the inspiring world of holistic health, alternative medicine and metaphysics with over 20 workshops and 33 exhibitors offering psychic readings, energy healing sessions, rocks and gems, massage and more. Noon-5pm SATURDAY & SUNDAY at James Bay Community Centre (140 Oswego). $10. 778-433-7334.

FRIENDS OF BC ARCHIVES LECTURE - Valerie Green will look at social life in upper and lower class Victoria between the years 1843 and 1918, based on two of her books, Above Stairs (Social Life in Upper Class Victoria, 1843-1919) and Upstarts & Outcasts (Victoria's Not so Proper Past). 2-4pm at Royal BC Museum (Newcombe Auditorium, 675 Belleville). $5. 250-598-1835.

SUN. OCT. 21 THE GREAT FOOD BANK DEBATE - A debate, presented by Faith in Action: be it resolves that food banks are the most effective way to provide food for hungry people in our communities. A look at the challenges facing vulnerable people as they try to meet their daily food needs. 2-4pm at Congregation Emanu-El (1461 Blanshard). Nonperishable food donations welcome. 250-380-4885.

MON. OCT. 22 PSYCHIC CIRCLE FALL FAIR Featuring gifted readers offering clairvoyance, mediumship, numerology, runes, tarot, palmistry, clairsentience, aura and channeling. Daily to Oct. 28, during Bay Centre Hours at the Bay Centre (1150 Douglas). $35-$50. 250-478-4226. DEFEND OUR COAST MASS SIT-IN - Join the fight against Enbridge. 11am at the provincial legislature (501 Belleville). Free. defendourcoast.ca.

MARKETS UNITED ECLECTIC - The market brings together young emerging artists, designers, musicians and local arts supporters for a colorful and delightful day. Bring cash, as no ATM on site. 10am-4pm at Church of Our Lord Hall (626 Blanshard). $2, kids under 12 free. 250-588-9806.

MON. OCT. 22 MAPLELEAF MASTERPIECES BOOKCLUB - Three meetings, three great Canadian books! First meeting will be reading Half Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan. November's title will be chosen by group. The book club for CanLit lovers, led by a librarian. Register online or by calling your local branch. 3-4pm at Esquimalt Branch (3110 Tillicum). Free. 250-4779030, gvpl.ca.

TUES. OCT. 23 CELEBRATING 30 YEARS OF QUALITY LITERARY PUBLISHING - Join in for the 30th anniversary celebration of Ekstasis Editions. Everyone attending will be given an Ekstasis book and the opportunity to take part in a literary speed-dating poetry game. 7pm at Hermann’s Jazz Club (753 View). $10. 250-385-3378, ekstasiseditions.com.

GALLERIES THURS. OCT. 18 CACGV ARTS CENTRE -Artist and Collector Avis Rasmussen exhibiting and selling her extensive private art collection. 6-8pm. To FRIDAY at 3220 Cedar Hill.

SAT. OCT. 2O MAARNADA STUDIOS - Maarten Schaddelee creates furniture in the form of sculpted chairs. 10am-4pm. To SUNDAY at 4635 Vantreight. FIFTY FIFTY ARTS COLLECTIVE Quake of the Cans II Art Show annual street art event shows individual artists coming together to create collaborative, large scale works. 8-11pm. To Oct. 28 at 2516 Douglas.


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