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Keeping the C in Christmas

Wanted: home for holidays he holidays may be a tougher time for pet owners than for our furry, finned or feathered friends, but now is the purrfect time to consider those who are waiting to play under the mistletoe. The Victoria Pet Adoption DANIELLE Society has partnered with a POPE national organization this seanews@ son in hopes that people will remember the hundreds of animals who are still waiting for homes — or are at risk of losing the ones they have. “I don’t believe the holidays are a particularly tough time for missing/stray animals — Halloween is bad because a lot of pets get scared by fireworks. The bigger issue is animals being surrendered because their families can’t afford medical care,” says Catherine Clayton, coordinator of the society. “For example, a kitten eats a string, or piece of tinsel, and it needs medical care. Its family takes it to the vet but can’t afford to provide that care because they’ve just spent a fortune on Christmas gifts or on a family vacation.” The story is all too common for shelters around Victoria that also report a large number of surrenders in January and February, when people who have received pets as holiday gifts give them up due to lack of interest or inability to provide for them. Cue the “Iams Home 4 the Holidays” pet adoption drive, which is supporting 4,000 shelters and animal rescue centres around North America from Oct. 1 through Jan. 2, in a dedicated effort to finding loving homes for orphaned pets. The Victoria Pet Adoption Society is one such benefactor, and will receive international media attention, opportunities to engage with potential adopters and volunteers and free food for the animals. Pet owners can help through the “Bags 4 Bowls” campaign, where Iams will donate one bowl of food to the participating organizations for every specially marked package of Iams pet food purchased during the campaign. “With as many as 36 per cent of animals euthanized every year in Canadian shelters, this campaign is a wonderful platform to raise awareness about pet adoption and homelessness,” says Barbara Cartwright, CEO of the Canadian Federation of Humane Societies. “This year, we hope to debunk the myths that surround shelter animals and place deserving pets into the homes of loving families.” For those who want to ensure their assistance stays local, there are many ways to help the society and those four-legged friends all year round: become a pet foster home, volunteer with the society or at a partnering shelter, sponsor a pet’s care directly, make the Victoria Pet Adoption Society a benefactor in your will, or fill some of the “Wish List” items needed at “One of the most wide-spread myths about animals in shelters is that they are ‘damaged goods,’” says Clayton. “The most common reasons for animals being surrendered to Victoria Pet Adoption Society

’m not an overly religious person. Like a lot of people, I’ve dabbled with church on and off ever since attending Sunday school as a child, but found that my sense of spirituality doesn’t mesh that well with organized religion. Growing up in Scotland, this clash first reared its head when I saw how destructive the Catholic vs. Protestant street war was — divided schools, divided neighbours, divided football teams, etc. None of it made sense to me, GRANT and still doesn’t. For a practice that at its core is meant to McKENZIE preach peace, love and understanding, it has a dark and ongoing history of inciting the exact opposite. editor@ As an adult, organized religion failed me again when I noticed that the most blatant hypocrites tended to also be the ones who bragged about being closest to God’s bosom. I met people who could justify cheating on their wives or their taxes or any number of sins, but still felt a need to misquote the Bible in order to spread hatred of others over such things as gay marriage. Not everyone is like that, right enough. In my travels, I have made a lot of great friends through church. When one is new in town, church services have always been the best places to meet friendly and welcoming people. As we enter December, a large group of people will be dusting off their Sunday suits and dresses for their once-a-year pilgrimage to one of Victoria’s elegant churches or chapels to celebrate Christmas. Yes, the C word. A word that has become almost taboo on the lips of store clerks, advertisers, shoppers and media. “You can’t use the C-word,” I’m told. “Use ‘Holiday’ or ‘Festive’ instead.” But it’s not a holiday. If you’re lucky, you’ll get one or two days off work, which is more of a break than a vacation. And you can’t wish someone a ‘Happy Festive Day’ without sounding like a total dork. And besides, I celebrate Christmas. I have friends who celebrate Hanukkah, and I know others who celebrate Winter Solstice and Rohatsu. If I wish someone a “Merry Christmas” they can answer back “And you” or “Happy Hanukkah” or “Wonderful Solstice” because they all mean the same thing — and that is, “I hope you’re happy.” Religion is something best practised within the privacy of your own home or your own meeting place, but we have to stop punishing people for using the C-word because some zealots believe it’s forcing Christianity down our throats. That’s like banning “Hello” because it could be a subliminal message from Satan to get you thinking about buying a winter condo in balmy Hades. Christ is in Christmas because it’s a day set aside to celebrate his birth, but the message is universal: “Peace be among you.” M



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are: owners moving into homes that do not allow pets, family break-ups, pet-related allergies and owners passing away and leaving their pets orphaned.” Another misconception Clayton cautions against is the belief that adoption fees for animals are high. Although fees can reach into the hundreds of dollars, reputable adoption agencies will ensure each animal is healthy, vaccinated, spayed/neutered (or will offer a voucher toward the surgery) and that the animal has been assessed behaviourally. “If a person were to receive a free pet and took him/her to the veterinarian to have the spay/neuter, vaccines and health check done, it would cost more than the adoption fee,” Clayton says “The fees are almost always considerably less than the value of what the adopter is receiving.”

GETTING TO ZERO BY 2015 Approximately 6,380 Aboriginal people are currently living with HIV. Accounting for only four per cent of Canadians, Aboriginal people are over-represented at 12 per cent of all new HIV infections. And, without a change to systemic political barriers and improved education and outreach services, advocacy groups say the numbers will only rise. Aboriginal AIDS Awareness Week began this past Sat., Dec. 1 and AIDS Service Organizations throughout Victoria have come together to make that change. With the lofty goal of reaching zero new HIV infections by 2015, cities across Canada are hosting events to raise awareness. On Dec. 5 and 6 Victoria’s Red Road/AIDS Network presents “Celebrating Aboriginal Women.” Speakers include Deputy of Provincial Health Officer Dr. Evan Adams, Policy Director of BC Civil Liberties Association Micheal Vonn and Native Youth Sexual Health Executive Director Jessica Danforth, among others. The event will be held at the Hotel Grand Pacific in the Vancouver Island Ball Room (463 Belleville) from 9am-4pm. M — By Colin Cayer

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Holy Victoria: Hanukkah, a story of faith By Colin Cayer

abbi Harry Brechner serves over 200 families at Emanu-El Synagogue on Blanshard Street. He arrived at the synagogue in 2001 and has been active ever since, especially at this time of year, during Hanukkah, Dec. 8 to 16. “The story of Hanukkah is about the Syrian Greeks not allowing Jews to practice their faith. It’s a story of religious identity,” says Brechner. “But it isn’t exactly a big a religious deal. Because it’s so close to Christmas it’s gotten some extra oomph. It isn’t in the Bible.” The heightened awareness does have some advantages for community building. Sat., Dec.


15, a day before the final day of Hanukkah, there will be a public lighting of the Menorah in Centennial Square, complete with traditional Jewish music. Everyone is welcome. Brechner is originally from the U.S., where he says events like this aren’t as commonplace. Yet being Jewish in Victoria comes with its own set of challenges. “Jewish children see all of these [Christmas] images and know they don’t have anything to do with them. It’s part of the negotiation between being Jewish and being a part of a larger community.” Like Victoria itself, the Jewish faith has a more casual flow on the Island. “We’re pretty much as far as you can get [from Israel], so we can push the envelope. We are conservative, but we’re very progressive when it comes to the social work we do. For our faith and syna-

gogue, giving is something you should do all the time. If there is a need, fill it.” That’s one reason this 150-year-old iconic building opens its door to youth living on the street every Saturday night. A warm place to sleep and a protein-rich meal is provided year-round. The synagogue also partners with McGregor socks, aiming to put 2,000 socks on the bare feet of in-need fellow Victorians. The history of Emanu-El has long been one of collaboration. When the governCOLIN CAYER ment didn’t offer a land grant like it had to Christian churches, the group could have Rabbi Harry on the Ark in Emanu-El's Sanctuary. been lost. “It was the other religious organizations that urged us on, helped us build. Also, union and non-union worker alike helped Over the eight-day Hanukkah celebration, us, often taking pay cuts,” recounts Brechner. Rabbi Harry will honor the Menorah Lighting Ceremony. “In my family, we will light a candle on each night and we give the gift of social action.” For other families, the celebration may be different, but the concept of light glimmers throughout. “Hanukkah is about moving from a time of darkness to a time of light once again.” To learn more or donate to Emanu-El’s ongoing fundraiser to repair the roof in the sanctuary, visit, or just stop by. They boast the best candles in the city. M


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In celebration of the season, Monday seeks out Victoria's faith leaders who might be overexposed under the Christmas lights. In this three-part series we speak with a Rabbi, a Wicca and a Lama to better understand the fabric of Victoria's faith community.

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Re: "Whitest slice in the political toaster” Opinions, Nov. 22 - 28 If the Green Party “is a spent force nationally,” that certainly wasn’t demonstrated by the byelection results in Victoria or Calgary, or by Elizabeth May’s recent selection as Parliamentarian of the Year. No question the GP has a very long way to go, but I for one am heartened by its existence and increasing profile— the latter thanks, in large part, to Elizabeth May’s strong performance in Parliament. There are a lot of people like me who support her systemchallenging approach and her commitment to doing politics and government in a more mature, open and collaborative way. PATRICK WOLFE, VICTORIA

Complaints skewed Re: "Diving into murky waters” Editorial, Nov. 29 - Dec. 5 Editor Grant McKenzie's problem is that he didn't seek any other perspective than Crow — no engineer, no oceanographer, no marine biologist, no CRD sewage specialist. Crow's problem is that as with so many commentators on Victoria's marinebased sewage issue, he confuses CRD's bad storm water issue with our environmentally-sustainable long sewage outfalls. Examples of Crow's confusion include his use of descriptions such as "...tidal currents running along

Victoria and Esquimalt waterfronts... entire Esquimalt waterfront... off Victoria waterfront." Monitoring by the CRD and scientists of our sewage outfalls confirms that there are no health or environmental problems. However, while the recent Cohen salmon commission made no mention of our marine-based sewage treatment system, it did raise concerns about the CRD's stormwater drainage into salmon habitat. Funny how with so many scuba divers and fisherfolks around, its only this current byelection


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profile that seems to have induced Allan Crow to mistakenly complain about our marine-treatment system. JOHN NEWCOMB, SAANICH

Fifty shades of political angst As we saw with the last byelection's voter turn out, few really care. Given the issues, inflated sense of entitlement of a minority of people, and for all the debating, bickering, chest pounding rhetoric that constitutes political discourse, things stay the same far more than they change — except

that the status quo always seems to get progressively worse. Whether socialists or conservatives are in charge, the debt balloons, deficits grow, and everyone promises to do something about the whole mess. And no one ever does. Yet, political ideals still exist. For most of the politicos I know from across the political spectrum, this need to fight is as ingrained in their DNA as it is to have a job, that they'll continue to do until their last breath, even if they never make any progress. WILLIAM PERRY, VICTORIA

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Finance minister makes naughty list inance Minister Mike de Jong and his boss are insisting the 2013/14 pre-election budget will be in the black despite the fact that the current budBRIAN get is headed for a KIERAN depressingly recalibkieran@ brated deficit of $1.47 billion, about $500 million worse than originally projected. De Jong has said that to achieve his 2013/14 surplus target “we’ve still got $200 million to $300 million of work to do.” Folks, this is a great big fat stinking whopper. A decade ago, in another life, when I was working with a number of private sector clients as a government relations consultant, a standard wisdom prevailed regarding budget making. If a client had a public policy agenda that impacted program spending in a particular ministry, the client had to make a best case for a slice of the program pie well before December in any given year. It was understood that even though the new fiscal year did not start until


April 1, the February budget details were being locked down by the Treasury Board in November and December. Essentially, the budget spending and revenue decisions that would determine the bottom line for the coming fiscal year had already been made by this time. So, when de Jong tells us he’s got lots of work to do to find that $200 to $300 million more in revenue to transform this year’s massive shortfall into a significant 2013/14 surplus, he’s being a naughty politician. The finance minister already knows how he’s going to manage this accounting miracle. He just doesn’t want to talk about it. And, when he drops it in our laps in February, he’ll know the Legislature will be quickly adjourned for the launch of the election campaign. There will be no estimates debate to examine budget assumptions. Instead, what passes for budget scrutiny will be lost in the noise of campaign claims and counter-claims. As taxpayers and voters, we will be subjected to three months of unrelenting spin — an onslaught of he-said, she-said — that will require partisan leaps of faith that defy basic accounting principles. The fiscal masquerade that is being played out is made more egregious by the current $15 million blitzkrieg of Jobs Plan advertising. If you make the mistake

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of turning on the evening news these days, your reward is a take-no-prisoners campaign of intense, non-stop carpet bombing. One of the advertisements blithely claims: “In this uncertain global economy ... we’re balancing the budget by controlling spending.” In reality, the Liberals are almost certainly going to achieve an operational surplus with the help of tax increases embedded in a variety of measures from income threshold fiddles to hiked user fees. What is most galling is the reality that while they keep us focused on the operating budget our accumulated total debt is rocketing through the $60 billion threshold and shows no signs of abatement. These spendthrift free enterprisers are mortgaging our future at the rate of at least $2 billion in long term debt every year. That is the antithesis to “controlling spending.” Just as sneaky is the Jobs Plan claim that we have the lowest personal taxes in the country. I’ve examined the Canada Revenue Agency reports. We are in the middle of the pack. If these scoundrels had the faintest interest in controlling spending they wouldn’t be burying us in a multi-million dollar TV/print/social media campaign that is as nauseating as it is misleading. M

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It feels like the Johnson Street Bridge: no clear information. MIA STEINBERG, Victoria

I’m a scuba diver and I don’t see the outfall. We don’t need this plant. ANNE GAUNT, Victoria

It’s good for the environment, but people are used to the old system. It’s hard to change.


Promises to youth just ease our own guilt ast week, we were enlightened about the plight of youth in our region. In seven days, the Victoria Foundation released the results of its annual Youth Vital Signs survey, First Call BC put out the annual BC Child Poverty Report Card and the national Youth Vital Signs report was released. The results? Nationally, the average SIMON youth is under paid, under served by social NATTRASS programs and struggles to keep up with an snattrass@ uncertain future, debt and mental health issues. In B.C., the gulf between rich and poor continues to be the highest in the country, with the rich paying four per cent less tax on annual income than those at the lowest end of the spectrum. B.C.’s overall poverty rate remains the highest in Canada and its child poverty rate, while slightly improved, is the second highest. Here at home, where the average family needs just over $65,000/year to survive, a quarter of the region’s children continue to live in households unable to make ends meet. For the fourth year in a row, local youth told the Victoria


Foundation that youth housing and homelessness was their top priority. While these statistics describe some of the hardships facing youth in The Capital, it’s the numbers that are missing which reveal the depth of poverty and desperation for the poorest of our region’s young people. The report card looks to family income as a measure for youth poverty, ignoring youth living on their own or on the street. Likewise, despite a clear mandate from the last four years, the Victoria Vital Signs survey doesn’t seek out — and therefore silences — homeless youth. Despite this year’s data, what we don’t know about atrisk youth could fill volumes. According to Mark Muldoon of Threshold Housing Society, this information could deeply impact service providers. “Right now,” he says, “I can’t help but think we’re just shooting in the dark on these things.” Estimates have placed the cost of creating this data at $100,000 — next to nothing when you consider the bloated budgets of any given government body or the benefits a deeper understanding of marginalized youth could provide. Until we can at least say how many youth are surviving on our streets, all our promises to those youth serve nothing more than our own guilt. M

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hellfish in the south Island may not get a say in how Victoria treats its sewage, but the bivalve creatures could be speaking volumes. A shellfish contamination alert has permanently closed an area from Albert Head in Metchosin around the southern tip of the Island to Cordova Bay, the region bordering Victoria’s two sewage outfalls. The sanitary closure isn’t news — the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has preserved this year-round harvesting ban since 1990, just years after the outfalls were installed — but the impact on mollusks and crustaceans in the region has some considering the messages. “The majority of contamination we see is in the area of the outfalls,” says Elysha Gordon, shellfish biologist with the DFO and resource management coordinator for the Canadian Shellfish Sanitization Program. “With most fish and animals, the animal eats something, then excretes it. With bi-valves, and sometimes crabs, the substances it eats accumulate and stay in its body.” The Macaulay and Clover Point outfalls have been in use since the 1970s, with wastewater passing through fine, six-millimetre screens that remove solid objects larger than a thumbtack. The remaining wastewater is jetted out through two multi-port outfalls located 60 metres below the surface, where it mixes with seawater and is dispersed by tidal currents in the Juan de Fuca Strait. Yet with time crunching down on the Capital Regional District to assert a new sewage plan, activists on both sides of the issue are stoking the debate. “Diluting our waste into the sea is totally irresponsible, and we are using an outdated view from the ’90s,” says Victoria City Councillor Ben Isitt. “I’m convinced treatment is the way to go. The age of easy money to build infrastructure is behind us — we’ll never have as much money as we do now, so the only answer is to stop pollution now.” But while an impact seems clear, Isitt agrees that only time will tell the environmental and financial reactions caused from the proposed secondary sewage treatment plant — a proposal that will mean redistributing more concentrated waste either to Hartland Landfill or other yet unknown means of disposal. Some residents have taken a firm stance against leaping into



Shellfish harvesting has been banned in the area from Albert Head to Cordova Bay since 1990, but the effects of Victoria’s sewage outfalls are coming under close scrutiny as discussions are accelerating toward the proposed treatment plant.

salty water before all the facts are clear. While the majority of sediment substances were found “Shellfish are banned for contamination near most to be at levels similar to previous years, a few subdensely populated areas due to the stances, like metals, showed an increase in concentrapollution of storm drain run-off, so I tion close to the outfalls. Even in that report four years think it is very unlikely that, even if the ago, the CRD predicted there could be potential effects outfalls had more treatment, we would on seafloor organisms within these areas, though they see the ban lift,” says Dr. Shaun Peck, also discovered an increase in organisms closer to the former medical officer of health to the outfalls, likely due to “an abundant food source” from CRD and a board memthe discharge. These “outfall communiber of the Association ties” also showed a different composition In a report for Responsible and of organisms, although the CRD reported Environmentally that their function and health were simifour years Sustainable Sewage lar to communities further away — at ago, the CRD Treatment (ARESST). “It Clover Point, mussels near the outfall predicted is very difficult to see the were larger than those further away. clear benefit that a treatMeasurements of age and reproductive there could ment plant would give status, as well as tissue chemistry showed be potential Victoria … what we’re “no harmful effects” from the outfall, effects on dealing with here is peothough the shellfish-harvesting ban was The Natural Resource Professional (or NRP) designation is new and ple’s belief systems verin effect then. seafloor sus the evidence.” Gordon says, indeed, there are “no recent grads from natural resources conservation programs at the organisms So far, that evidence guarantees” that the ban would be lifted University of BC, Thompson Rivers University and the University within sewage has shown surface water with additional treatment on the sewage. of Northern BC can apply today. The NRP designation will allow outfall areas sampling around the outBut while the DFO only enforces sanitary falls to record safe fecal closures (Environment Canada deals with you to practise aspects of professional forestry in every corner of coliform levels that have water-quality testing and the Canadian the province. You might find yourself working for government, remained well below Food Inspection Agency handles shellfish B.C.’s guidelines to protect swim- safety), Gordon says treatment is important to water consultants, industry, Aboriginal groups and more! For more mers — although some higher levels safety. information and to see which programs qualify, visit our website (termed “plumes”) have been recorded “What we are concerned about is that shellfish do at in the winter months near the end of have the potential to carry viruses, like norovirus and the outfalls. hepatitis, which they can consume through effluent, In 2008, a CRD-lead study found and that’s why the closures are important,” she says. that “minor effects” resulted from the “There are just a lot of people and a lot of excretion. I discharge area (approximately the size don’t think we could leave nature to do this job — we of a football field) around each outfall. need to offer all the help we can.” M

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ike Delamont is someone who needs little in- also the proud owner of a 36-foot-long banner with his name with an uncomfortable look on his face. “It just stays moist troduction, especially in Victoria. on it that he used in his recent comedy special taping.) all night.” Whether you know him for his stand-up “This is definitely on a larger scale than I normally do and Delamont rocks a ladies’ ’80s floral power suit and a short comedy or as one of his many characters — I hope the audience is ready to take that next step with me. black bob wig when he performs as God. Created six years most stemming from his collaborations with It’s a big step and a big risk.” ago by Delamont and Atomic Vaudeville’s Jacob Richmond, local theatre company Atomic Vaudeville — you know one He’s produced two sold-out, stand-up shows, The One Delamont took over the writing of the character after the first thing for certain, this guy is funny — really, really funny. Night Stand with Mike Delamont (Victoria Event Centre, episode. And now this ambitious entertainer is making history May 2010) and The One Night World Tour (Victoria Event Obnoxious host Jimmy Peekaboo, Italian winemaker by being the first local comic to book an iconic local the- Centre, April 2011); two critically acclaimed, one-man the- Carlo Rossi, the Dr. of Theatre and Jurgen Muller are just a atre for a solo comedy show, Mike Delamont Live! at the atre shows with his irreverent character God the Scottish few of the other characters Delamont plans to conjure durMcPherson Playhouse, for one night only. Drag Queen, filmed a TV special Husky Panda (in front ing the show — in front of his largest audience ever. This M-Award winner and Just For Laughs Comedy Award of a live audience at the Metro Studio) and is the hostest Delamont will only have been performing stand-up for nominee is part shock and awe, part observational humour with the mostest around town — PechaKucha, the two years in January, but with support from friends, he took combined with video and live sketches starring his many M-Awards, and as Lando Rock at Rifflandia the plunge and booked The Mac, where he works occasionalter-egos. Needless to — plus guest spots on comedy and theatre ally as an usher. “I was with Howie Siegel, chatting about baseball MARY ELLEN GREEN say, what Delamont has shows as well. Out of the 150 shows he’s planned won’t be your done, at least 40 have been sell-outs. and comedy. I asked if I should do it and he put $70 average comedy show. And he doesn’t have an agent. in my hand and said he wanted the best two seats. “I saw a comedy show “I take a lot of control in what I do, say It’s scary. It’s a terrifying thought, but I think it will there last year. It was $35 to get in. It was a stand-up show what you will, it’s the quality I want it to be worth it.” with a few comedians and I thought it wasn’t worth it,” says be,” he says with a snicker. And it’s a safe bet the show will be worth the $37 Delamont. “I want there to be a spectacle to the shows. Take a He’s one hard working man. In fact, on ticket price. little effort — not just a stool, a mic and some lights. It really top of the TV special, Delamont also “I love that the Mac is so intimate. I can doesn’t take much.” had time to visit Montreal’s Mainline still see people’s faces and expressions Delamont Live! will be a stand-up show with “one person Theatre for a four-day run in even at the back of the room.” playing six different people. Actually, when November, featurIt’s also a safe bet that if you sit it’s all said and done, there will be around ing three shows close to the front there’s a good 20 characters making an appearance on — God is a Scottish chance you’ll be the butt of one of LIVE! AT THE both the stage and in video,” he says. Drag Queen, God his jokes. MCPHERSON He’s also hired a chorus of local performis a Scottish “I like to call it the splash zone. PLAYHOUSE ers to accompany him on stage. Drag Queen: I pick on people every show. I like Wed., Dec. 12 “There may or may not be a song and The Second it, it warms my heart,” he says. (12/12/12) at 7:30pm dance number,” he quips. 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But I’m not going to just show. half-hours of material doesn’t phase drop the mic and say ‘I’m out!’ I And on top of writing 90 minutes of material, Delamont Delamont. His problem on a night can afford my life and pay my has to take care of promotion, printing, and paying the bills. with three shows is more in the wardMILOS TOSIC bills because people come to my “The banner of narcissism,” he says of a 12-by-12-foot ban- robe department. Mike Delamont as Jimmy Peekaboo. shows.” M ner draped on the wall outside the McPherson. (Delamont is “The dress doesn’t dry,” he says

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ith successful careers in hotel management and graphic design respectively, Tomas Dosil and Antonio Escude aren’t the first people you would have expected to open a delicatessen. Somewhere over a decade ago, these life long friends began to seriously discuss what they saw as a deficit in Victoria — a place to enjoy the Spanish food they grew up with — It’s a dining option missing from the local scene since Cafe Madrid closed its BOCADILLAS AND ENSALADAS doors a few years back. If early indications are anything to go by, the newest eatery in the continuing revitalization of Fort Street is a keeper. Born in Galicia (northwest coastal Spain) with the kind of smile that truly lights up a room, Dosil’s hospitality skills are evident. He is likely the first face you’ll see when you cross the threshold of Fort Street’s Chorizo and Co. The refreshingly different space has massive windows and simple tables on the main floor. Numbered steps lead to a mezzanine with additional seating, including a large communal table. If you’re after a stress free dinner, stop by and pick up a few things from the deli counter. Imported cheeses including intensely flavoured Valdeón Blue, nutty Garrotxa and lightly smoked San Simon, in addition to charcuterie including lomo (dried pork loin) salchichon, and the chorizo products that gives the place its name are courtesy of Oak Bay’s The Whole Beast. Also available, a special house blend prepared exclusively to Escude’s and Dosil’s specifications. But it would be a shame to miss the menu. Escude’s family also hails from Galicia, with additional roots in Catalunya. He has been cooking at home his entire life and spent time in various kitchens learning his craft. Like the interior, his menu is appealing yet uncomplicated. He offers a house made soup each day (except Saturdays) along with


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like our musical godfather ... Before that, Lily was really new to playing music; she’d played f anomaly ever became incarnate as a musi- with Blue Pine, which was Carey Mercer’s first cal duo, it would look a lot like Hank Pine and band ... but she was still learning. When we Lily Fawn. For the past decade, Hank and Lily stopped playing music with David P. I got blood have created a multifarious and elaborate my- poisoning. I was unconscious for two weeks thology with their albums, comic books, and and when I finally came to, my only thought stage shows. Theirs is a world busting at the was that I needed to start a band with Lily. It’s seams with deer women, outlaws, ladycops, turned into a 10 year musical odyssey.” weasels and yes, David HasThe mythological counterselhoff himself, Hank and part to Hank and Lily’s fateful HANK & LILY Lily are vast — they contain crossing of paths also happens CD and comic multitudes. within the context of tragedy. In release party Stylistically, Hank and the comic books, we first meet Sat., Dec. 8 at 10pm Lily’s music betrays their Hank, who carries the body of Sunset Room (401 eclectic musical tastes. Their his deceased girlfriend across Herald). $15 at Ditch albums, seven in all, cover the plains, desperately trying to an immense expanse of our reach New Orleans, the underRecords modern musical landscape sea-(level)-city where he plans from familiar radio friendly to lay her to rest. As pop hits to the dusty, cobweb-covered corners Lily explains, the mythic meeting of the avant-garde. Sometimes, this dynamic is an encounter, most fortuitous. duo even wanders into previously un-tread “The beginning of this territory. Hank and Lily revolve around a star story launches a larger storyof their own devise, and this is the time for arc. Hank’s trying to bury his their strange star to rise. girlfriend, and I am trying to find On a realistic plane, Hank and Lily first my mom: we’re both heading met when they were both recruited to play in toward New Orleans, an imaglocal legend David P. Smith’s backup band. As ined city (neither have previPine explains, their meeting made a profound ously been there, after all) unites impact on his own mortal soul. us. Every one of our albums, “So, we played in David P.’s back up band: up to this point, represents a we were called ‘The Whelps.’ I played cello, Lily story along the long road to New played saw and drums. David P. Smith is kinda Orleans. We plan to tie the big




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e are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.” – Lord Darlington With its production of Oscar Wilde’s satire Lady Windermere’s Fan at Langham Court Theatre, the Victoria Theatre Guild achieves some wondrous theatricality. However, if you’ll pardon the sports metaphor, they are like a winning junior league hockey team with deep pockets and blazing talent, but not quite at professional calibre. As a result, Lady Windermere’s Fan has shining moments, but the DAVID LOWES & ART STUDIO 21 execution is sometimes weak. Morgan Ambrose as Lady Windermere and Michael Lady Windermere’s Fan is an example of the “WellMade Play,” in the tradition of French playwrights Romano as Lord Darlington in Lady Windermere's Fan. Eugene Scribe and George Feydeau. So, the witty plot can be quite ornate. Lady Windermere is about to host sheer spectacle. a ball. She appears to be in a loving marriage with Key to a production of Oscar Wilde’s work is the Lord Windermere, who has bought her the titular fan ability to maintain a quick pace, while respecting as a birthday gift. The action ignites when the Duchess the intricacies of the language. Wilde was a genius of Berwick visits and suggests that “all of London at creating the 19th century equivalent of the sound knows” Lord Windermere has been seen spending bite, and Lady Windermere’s Fan is filled with them. too much time alone with Mrs. Erlynne. Erlynne has Unfortunately, some of these sound bites are lost in been out of London society for some time — rumour this interpretation. The subtle emphasis required, like is that her past is laced with scandal — and she seeks dynamics in an orchestral score, are overlooked — a a way back in. A confrontation ensues between Lord mark of an amateur production. Equally distracting is and Lady Windermere, resulting in Lord Windermere the use of the upper-class London-Oxford-Cambridge inviting Erlynne to Lady Windermere’s party. Shocked accent (sometimes called “received pronunciation”): and dismayed, Lady Windermere some actors use it, some don’t, and considers leaving her husband for still others float in and out of the Lord Darlington. Scandal, reputaaccent. The result can be quite disLADY tion and hypocrisy are explored tracting. WINDERMERE'S as the play heads to its satisfying Still, there are some very strong FAN conclusion. performances and a number of wonWed. to Sat. at 8pm, The production’s costumes, hair, derful exchanges in the play. Morgan Sat. at 2pm makeup, and set design deserve Ambrose as Lady Windermere is ravUntil Dec. 8 at special mention. A lavish producishing, moving with refined elegance. Langham Court tion, one is frequently mesmerized She conveys Windermere’s wounds Theatre by the beauty and quality of the with beauty. Elizabeth Whitmarsh is a 250-384-2142 costumes. The final act, harmodelight as the slightly batty and internizing the fan and a character’s fering Duchess of Berwick. Wendy costume, is a stroke of brilliance. Magahay as Mrs. Erlynne appears illHair design changes with each scene: for some char- at-ease, at first, in the role of social pariah. As her acters, the design escalates from day-to-day, to the character arcs towards insight and “heart,” Magahay gay formality of a ball, to the harried look of someone brings warmth and complexity to the part. One of on the run. One of the strongest audience reactions the finest exchanges in the production takes place occurred when the stage revolved to reveal the next between her Erlynne and the always-good Adam set. It would be easy to watch this production “with Holroyd as Lord Windermere. They find the balthe sound off,” as it were, and be quite taken by the ance between melodrama, wit and humanity, while keeping the pace moving. Some of the finer performances are in the smallest roles: Alasdair Howie comes closest to a Wildean dandy, Jo Barnes as Lady Plymdale is angular, lovely and menacing (perhaps she’d have been a stronger choice as Mrs. Erlynne?) and Charlie Baird is a delight as the manservant Parker. In the final analysis, evaluation of the Victoria Theatre Guild’s production depends on whether it’s seen as an amateur, or professional, production. It is easily one of the finest community productions I’ve witnessed. However, by setting their standards so very high, they risk being compared to most professional productions, in which case there is room to grow. For lovers of spectacle, and fans of Oscar Wilde, it is a fine evening of theatre. M


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an actor in command of his faculties. Melissa Blank as Melina is lovely, funny and worldly like a mafia moll in a screwball comedy, albeit directed by Brecht. The scenes involving her Melina haven’t been in Victoria long (less than a year, and Plakolli’s Kafka are among the show’s best. Kyle having lived more than a decade in Montreal). Kushner as Man #1 is hilarious and menacing, proAfter Theatre Inconnu’s performance of Kafka: viding another stylized performance, reminding me The Musical, I know I’ll be in the audience for of John Goodman in the Coen’s Barton Fink. It’s a all of their upcoming productions. In the same pleasure to watch large men in graceful and comedic way that I’ll watch anything starring Meryl Streep, or roles. Other performances in the production are hit filmed by the Coen Brothers, or penned by Tom Stop- and miss. Jess Shead as Dora is a breathtaking beauty, pard, I’ll watch anything at which Clayton Jevne’s and sings like a songbird, but her acting voice is rather Inconnu tries its hand. Even if the attentative. Richard Patterson as the tempt — like Kafka: The Musical — Father is blustery and arrogant, yet doesn’t succeed at everything it sets ... too often ... strange pauses ... KAFKA: THE out to do, the results are fascinating. creep ... in. MUSICAL And risk-taking like this can produce Clayton Jevne, founder of Theatre By Murray Gold moments of wonder — Theatre InInconnu and director of this piece, Dec. 6-8, 12-16 at connu’s Kafka has dozens of breathmakes some refreshing decisions in 8pm taking moments. terms of the blocking (choreograDec. 8 and 15 at 2pm Penned by award-winning playphy?) of his characters. Many potenat Little Fernwood wright and musical composer Murray tial cliches-of-movement are avoided Hall (1923 Fernwood) Gold (Doctor Who, Torchwood, Queer as he positions his actors in as Folk), Kafka: The Musical debuted ing spots on stage, and off. His backearlier this year on BBC 3 with David ground in puppetry serves him well, Tennant in the title role. At the time, as charming moments occur under it was a radio play; Theatre Inconnu’s interpretation miniature proscenium arches. April Parchoma’s lightis the world-premiere stage production. The play ing design is superb, alternating between dramatic finds the character Kafka (Premtim Plakolli), based changes and very subtle choices. Robert Randall’s set on the absurdist author, near the end of his career. A design reminded me of the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, that mysterious impresario known only as Mr. Grossman, classic piece of German expressionism, and does a lot and represented by his wife/assistant Melina (Melissa of work in setting the mood. Some of the pieces on the Blank), wants to produce a musical based on Kafka’s set do double, triple and even quadruple-duty (keep life. The lines between reality and dream blur as Kafka an eye on the cabinet!). Ingenious. receives strange visitors like Man #1 (Kyle Kushnir), Some audience members may feel, in the first who alternately threaten and entertain. It is a piece act, that they’ve experienced a “bait and switch” — of meta-theatre, undercutting its own moments of where’s the muscial? I suggest that this is intentional melodrama, with questions of what is real and what on the part of Gold (and Jevne). It’s a technique of is not. German theatre of the period, a kind of “alienating,” Though I’ve only had the opportunity to see a forcing us to ask questions — where is the music? dozen or so performances in Victoria so far, Plakolli’s Why is this happening? As we ask ourselves those Kafka gets my vote for best performance by a male questions, and the music comes (and it does), our in a leading role. His Kafka is a very stylized figure, response may be all the more authentic. For example, approaching camp, whose moods range from ner- watch for the powerful second-act moment referencvousness, to rapture, to despair, to tender sympathy ing Kafka’s In the Penal Colony: I believe the power and most stops in between. Kafka stammers, and of that moment was heightened by Gold’s alienating Plakolli’s stammer rivals Derek Jacobi’s as Emperor choices of the first act. Claudius or Alan Turing. Somehow, Plakolli creates Whether you are a fan of Kafka, Weimar-era a series of mannered physical gestures with which Theatre, Doctor Who/Torchwood or just daring thehe paints Kafka; as the character’s moods churn and atre, I strongly recommend you attend the world prechange, these gestures change, as well. They length- miere of the stage production of Kafka: The Musical. en, contract, and wrestle with themselves. Plakolli is You’ll be able to say you were there. M





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out, “It’s not the movie. The songs aren’t in the same order. The characters aren’t exactly the same. But, you’ve still got the same shmultsy love story line!” Monday caught up with the director, musical director, choreographer and actors at the Fairview Road VOS location where they rehearse three hours each night. Kelley O’Connor will play the lead, Maria, and choreographer Stephanie Geehan emphasized concern about her possibly slipping in the upcoming dance number, “You’ve got kind of a big part!” Other cast favorites include Colin Grewar as Captain Von Trapp and Eva Bild who slips into the habit of Mother Abbess. The VOS space also boasts an in-house workshop. Lining the ceiling is the set of A Christmas Carol, which the Society plans to put on again. For this show the set includes large snow peeked mountains and a ballroom facade. It’s a stroke of luck that actors can get used to the set, considering they don’t see the McPherson Playhouse stage until one week before show time. “Also, known as Hell Week,” according to Goodman. This lucky first look at a rehearsal begins with a ballroom dance. As actors take their positions, Geehan stands before them instructing and adjusting. “We just feel lucky to be doing a story that so many people love.” A couple of dry runs, then musical director Robert Cooper brings in the piano. The full orchestra on show nights will be another adjustment for actors, but everyone is looking loose, calm and ready to wow. “We’re in very good shape,” say Goodman. Catch this classic at The Mac from Dec. 7-16 at 8pm, and Dec. 9 and 16 at 2pm. Tickets available online at or 250-386-6121. M


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KILLING THEM SOFTLY ★★½ Directed by Andrew Dominik Starring Brad Pitt, James Gandolfini R - 100 minutes Continues at the Capitol and SilverCity

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restore confidence in the Mob’s local brand. Jackie combines the long-range vision of a CEO with a complete lack of compunction about murder. He quickly realizes that the local hood (Ray Liotta) who ran the card game needs to be killed even though he’s innocent – it’s all about image, and local criminal enterprises need to feel confident. And that vicious execution is just a prelude to turning the real thieves into dog food. Enter, a bit implausibly, a second hitman named Mickey (James Gandolfini), a washed-up drunk roiling with ego, self-pity, and a hatred of women. It’s an impressive bit of character acting, but you’ll feel like getting deloused after 10 minutes with this creep. Mickey further complicates the plot, mostly to allow director Dominik to further belabour the insight that, as Jackie puts it at the end of the film, “America’s not a country, it’s just a business.” M

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SCORPIO OCT 23-NOV 21 This week four planets highlight your money scene, including the New Moon on Thursday/Friday. This is the best time all year to clearly set intentions about how you can earn money on the side or get a better job or boost your current earnings. But this focus on your cash flow is not just about earnings, it’s also about how you handle your money. Do you get the most bang for your buck? How do you relate to what you own? Do you own your possessions or do they own you? Your attitude to something affects how it manifests in your life. Do you respect the power of money, which is really just energy to get things done?

CAPRICORN DEC 22-JAN 19 You have lots of energy because Mars in your sign makes you aggressive, confident, decisive and physically energetic. Plus wonderful opportunities to improve your job and relations with co-workers exist. However, this week, the New Moon is taking place in a hidden part of your chart. Its influence is subtle but there. Essentially, in this 48-hour window on Thursday/ Friday when the New Moon occurs, it will benefit you to take a moment to think about what principles guide you. Where are your ethical boundaries? What rules do you live by so that you have self-respect and you like what you see in the mirror every morning? If you know what these rules are, you’ll be stronger and more in control of your life.

SAGITTARIUS NOV 22- DEC 21 The only New Moon in your sign all year occurs this week. (Basically, its energy lasts about 48 hours and during that time (Thursday/Friday)

PISCES FEB 19-MARCH 20 This week, the only New Moon taking place at the top of your chart all year is occurring. This means it’s your best chance all year to make resolutions about how you relate to authority figures. For starters, what is your style? How do you view authority? (Parents, bosses, teachers and the police.) You will always have authority figures in your life – factoid. Think how you would be if you were in a position of authority and others had to relate to you. It’s really just a job. That person is just another human like you (albeit, possibly, a jerk). If you respect the authority that others have, you will make your life easier and they will be more likely to respect you because respect is a two-way street.



VIRGO AUG 23-SEPT 22 Home and family are your primary focus now, especially with the New Moon on Thursday/Friday. This New Moon offers you a once-a-year opportunity to set intentions about how to improve where you live and make your home more welcoming to yourself and others. You can also improve relationships with family members. Because the Moon symbolizes female relationships in particular, you will be giving more thought than usual to your relationship with your mother (past, present and future) whether she is alive or not. Does your relationship with your mother colour your relationships with other women? (I wonder what Siggy Freud had to say about that?) LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) This is a busy time and the New Moon on Thursday/Friday urges you to think about how you handle your busy-ness. How do you relate to daily contacts: your bus driver, the cashier

AQUARIUS JAN 20-FEB 18 Listen up. (This happens only once

a year, so do take advantage of it.) The New Moon occurring this week on Thursday/Friday is in the part of your chart related to goal setting. How ironic. And how fortuitous! Why? Because the best way to use the energy of any New Moon is to make resolutions about how to improve your life, and these are certainly small, ongoing goals. Basically, the goals you will focus on right now will pertain to your relationships with groups, clubs and organizations. You can also make resolutions about your relationships with friends. Can you be a better friend to others? If you were your own friend, how would you rate your friendship? Would you want someone like you for a friend?




GEMINI MAY 21-JUNE 20 The New Moon this week is the only New Moon opposite your sign all year. This means you’ll be focused on partnerships and close friendships. You’re a very social sign and relationships are important to you. (You hate to be ignored.) Give this serious consideration. What can you do to improve your style (hence, the relationship itself) of relating to others? Or perchance are you perfect? (Come on, none of us are.) In fact, we attract the people to us who affirm our core

LEO JULY 23-AUG 22 The New Moon this week is in your “home” in your chart. And the home of Leo is the realm of play, fun, pleasure, romance, love affairs, vacations, the entertainment world, the arts, show business, the hospitality industry – and let us not forget – sports. All the fun stuff! This particular New Moon challenges you to acknowledge the balance you have between work and play. We are a work-oriented society. How often do you express your creativity by drawing, singing, dancing, writing, sculpting, carving, taking photographs, whatever? When you do these things, they energize you! At best, most take time out for social diversions, movies and sports. How can you expand your creative expression? Think also about enjoying playful times with children.

you can make resolutions to improve your life.) Because this New Moon is in your sign, your resolutions will be personal. Think about how to improve your appearance. (Take a realistic look in the mirror.) You can also think about how to improve your relationships with others and your style of relating to the world in general. What you put out into the world is what bounces back to you. If you create the impression of being wellgroomed, confident, friendly and kind, then this is (for the most part) the world that will be reflected back to you. Connect the dots.


TAURUS APRIL 20-MAY 20 You’re never casual about money. (Some of you can practically mint the stuff.) The Full Moon this week (Thursday/Friday) is the perfect time to set clearly defined intentions about the best use of the wealth and resources of others and how to reduce your debt. Your money, assets and wealth are tied up with banks, mortgages, credit cards, inheritances, insurance matters or the actual earnings of others as well as jointly- owned property and possessions. What can you do to improve this picture for you? Obviously, affirming your intent to completely erase your debt is a major consideration. (Yes!) But you might also need to redefine your relationship with shared property.

CANCER JUNE 21-JULY 22 Your focus this week is on employment and health. The New Moon on Thursday/Friday is the best time all year to make resolutions about how you can improve your job, get a better job or change your attitude to your job. Give this serious thought. It applies not only to a paying job but also to the daily tasks you approach every day, so this includes people who are not wage slaves. Similarly, this is the best week of the year to make resolutions about improving your health, which can be a twofold approach: Stopping doing something that is harmful, and starting doing something that is beneficial.

in your grocery store, the security guard in your building? On a more familiar level, how do you relate to siblings, relatives and neighbours? Because these relationships are frequent, they affect you whether you’re aware of this or not. If you are sunny, upbeat, friendly and outgoing to these people, that is how they will respond to you. This means, on a daily basis, you’ll encounter people who are sunny, upbeat, friendly and outgoing. What a difference! What’s your communication style like? (Basically, communication is energy and generosity.)


ARIES MARCH 21-APRIL 19 The New Moon this week (Thursday/ Friday) is the perfect time to think about what further training you might get to improve your job. Or perhaps it might be further education that would enhance and enrich your life. Sometimes education can come through travel, talking to others, especially people from different backgrounds and other countries, or even watching film and movies. There are many ways to broaden your experience of life, but the bottom line is you must look for methods to stretch, grow and learn. If you’re not doing this, you’re just dying on the vine. Not your style! You want to be jet fresh and vacuum packed. (I ate the last Mango in Paris.)

beliefs about relationships. If you believe that a relationship is always going to cost you, then you will attract takers. How would you finish the sentence, “Every time I’m in a relationship ___.”

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ll Signs: The most significant astrological event this week is the New Moon in Sagittarius on Thursday the 13th. The influence of the Moon is real. The Moon is so close we’ve actually been there. We feel GEORGIA its gravitational pull. NICOLS Therefore, each New Moon is a great opportunity to make resolutions. It’s a more auspicious time to make resolutions than January 1, which is simply an arbitrary date agreed on by the committee that created the Gregorian calendar. (After Julius Caesar modified the calendar in 46 BC he was murdered, which shows you that some people are very time-sensitive.)

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EVENTS CALENDAR MUSIC THURS.DEC. 6 BLUE WATER GUN RECORDSCelebrate the launch of a new community record label with an acoustic show featuring Colin Craveiro of Man Made Lake, Jillian Goddard, James Kasper, Kyle Truelove, White Hot Jet.. 7pm at Caffe Fantastico (965 Kings). By donation.

FRI. DEC. 7 WINTER HARP - The 17th annual Christmas concert with harps, flutes, medieval instruments and spoken word.7:30pm at Alix Goolden Hall (905 Pandora). $30 at Monro's, Ivy's, Stampers and the Sheiling. ANJOPA- This quintet brings Canadiana, social commentary, comedy and spirited originals to the stage at James Bay Coffee and Books (143 Menzies). After open stage at 8pm. By donation. A SENTIMENTAL CHRISTMAS - Join Maestra Tania Miller, the Victoria Symphony and the Victoria Children's Choir for the annual Christmas Pops concert. FRIDAY and SATURDAY at 8pm and SUNDAY at 2pm at the Royal Theatre (805 Broughton). Tickets at or 250-386-6121.

SAT. DEC. 8 MUSIC CORNER - A musical adventure for children by Music Corner. Presenting the world premiere of children's story by Henri van Bentum. 11am and 3pm at Wood Hall (900 Johnson). $15/12. 250-386-5311. MICHAEL DRISLANE - Channels Bach with the Spirit Rising Choir. 2:30pm at Salvation Army Citadel (4030 Douglas). $15, under 12 free. 250-818-0773. WOODSMEN - KHBR and Lesiure Suit rip-up it up 7pm at Lucky Bar (517 Yates) $TBA MELINDA WHITAKER-Celebrating the release of Lucky So-And-So! with Phil Dwyer, John Hyde, Hans Verhoeven, Phil Mamelin and Steve Kaldestad. 8pm at Hermann's Jazz Club (753 View). $25. TRENT FREEMAN- Canadian folk music instrumental artist of the year's CD release party with Sinistrio. 7:30pm at Fairfield United Church (1303 Fairfield). $15. SOUNDINGS- Soundings Vocal Ensemble presents a concert of season music. 8pm at Oak Bay United Church (1355 Mitchell). $20/15. MUSIC IN MARKET SQUAREThe Greater Victoria Concert Band presents a free outdoor concert with donations benefiting Our Place Society. 1pm at Market Square (560 Johnson) DIEMAHLER STRING QUARTETMaestro Pablo Diemecke and the DieMahler String Quartet present traditional Christmas music. 7pm at St. Mary's The Virgin Church (1701 Elgin). $25 at or 250-386-6121.

SUN. DEC. 9 THE CAVE SINGERS - A foot stompin', hand clappin' good time with Seattle's finest. With Poor Moon. 8pm at Sugar Nightclub. $20. BANQUO- The Banquo Folk Ensemble Yuletide concert and CD release party "So Gracious is the Time," playing early folk from the 12th century to present day. Think medieval and renaissance music that is not classical. Drinking tunes and alba songs in English and Breton French, Latin and Irish on instruments like hurdy-gurdy, hammered dulcimer, small pipes, cittern, recorders and more. 3pm at James Bay United Church (511 Michigan). $15. KHBR - With Captial Region, Nam Shub and Ok Vancouver OK. 9pm at The Castle Video Bar (1900 Douglas). $8. SING YOUR JOY -Victoria's new young adult choir sings a concert of new repetoir and old favourites. 7pm at First Metropolitan Church (932 Balmoral). $10/25 families.

MON. DEC. 10 TRIBUTE TO STAN KENTON - Join the Island Big Band for a jazz tribute to Stan Kenton. 8pm at Hermann's Jazz Club (753 View). $6.


NADEN BAND- Celebrate the holiday spirit with the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy during an evening of unforgettable music featuring Ken Lavigne and Stephanie Greaves. 7:30pm at the Royal Theatre (805 Broughton), MONDAY, TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY. $10 with an unwrapped toy for the Salvation Army Toy Drive. Tickets at or 250-386-6121.

TUES. DEC. 11 CRYSTAL SINGERS - Presenting "It's the Most Wonderful TIme of the Year," a concert of season music featuring Chelsea Kutyn and St. Margaret's School Senior Choir. 7:30pm at St. Aidan's United Church (3703 St. Aidan's). $15. 250-727-3538.

STAGE THURS. DEC. 6 A CHRISTMAS CAROL-Adapted and directed by Michael Shamata, starring Tom McBeath (Ebenezer Scrooge), Gerry Mackay (Jacob Marley), Lily Cave (Belinda), Daniel Fong (Spirit), Jessica Hickman (Spirit), Kevin Kruchkywich (Mr. Fred), Brian Linds (Mr. Fezziwig), Amanda Lisman (Belle), Adam Lolacher (Bob Cratchit), Ajay Parikh-Friese (Peter), Amisha Parikh-Friese (Martha), Simeon Sanford Blades (Tiny Tim), Celine Stubel (Mrs. Cratchit), and Jan Wood (Mrs. Fezziwig). Opens THURSDAY at 8pm. Runs WED to SAT at 8pm, WED at 1pm, SAT at 4pm and SUN at 2pm at the Belfry Theatre. Until Dec. 22 Review at KAFTKA THE MUSICAL - Author Murray Gold assists Theatre Inconnu with the world premiere of this musical adaptation for the stage. 8pm at the Fernwood Little Hall (1923 Fernwood). Also 2pm and 8pm SAT 2pm SUN. Tickets at .See review Page 17. LADY WINDERMERE’S FAN -Oscar Wilde’s classic is directed by Angela Henry. Comic misunderstandings, hidden identities, fluttering fans, whispered gossip and a touching reconciliation are sure to please audiences of all ages. 8pm WEDNESDAY TO SATURDAY, 2pm SAT at Langham Court (805 Langham) $19/21. See review Page 16. 1984-Giggling Iguana Productions brings the future-past to the present with David Elendune's, opening WEDNESDAY at 8pm at the Intrepid Theatre Club (1609 Blanshard). Until Dec. 8. Tickets $20/16 at ticketrocket. org or 250-590-6291.See review at

FRI. DEC. 7 CLUB SALSA - Featuring the Pablo Cardenas Latin Combo. Beginner lesson at 8:30pm, live music and dance at 9:30pm at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $12. All ages. RED AND WHITE ANNIVERSARY BALL - Join Salsa Caliente for their anniversary party. 8pm at White Eagle Hall (90 Dock). Lesson at 8:30pm, followed by social dancing at 9pm. Red and White dress encouraged. $15. 250-881-6141. A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES - Theatre Inconnu Youth Program presents ‘One Christmas was so much like another, in those years around the sea-town corner ...‘ so begins A CHILD’S CHRISTMAS IN WALES as it takes the audience on a nostalgic journey of Christmas pasts and tells the tale of how within the simple family setting a human angel guides Dylan Thomas towards his destiny as one of Great Britain’s greatest wordsmiths. 7:30pm FRIDAY and SATURDAY and 2pm SUN. At Merlin's Sun Home Theatre (1983 Fairfield) $8/12. Call 250-598-7488 or email for reservations. THE SOUND OF MUSIC - Join the Victoria Operatic Society and director Jaymes D. Goodman, music director Robert Cooper and choreographer Stephanie Geehan for a fresh take on a musical classic. FRIDAY and SATURDAY at 8pm and SUNDAY at 2pm at the McPherson Playhouse (Centennial Square). Tickets at rmts. or 250-386-6121. See preview Page 18.

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EVENTS CALENDAR CONTINUED SUN. DEC. 9 PHILLIPS COMEDY NIGHT -Join host Wes Borg and featured comedian Sean Proudlove for an evening of laughs. 8pm at Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). $10/8. CANDY CANE CABARET-Passion and Performance presents its second annual Christmas cabaret. 7pm at Svelte Show Lounge (737 Goldstream). $25.

TUES. DEC. 11 RIDE THE CYLCONE -The latest incarnation of Atomic Vaudeville's award winning musical. Cyclone is a comedy, a tragedy and a musical ride telling the story of a teenage chamber choir from Saskatchewan that dies in a roller coaster accident at a traveling fair. Karnack, a mechanized fortunetelling machine, feels responsible for the young choir’s demise and gives the teens a chance to express themselves to the world after death. Preview TUESDAY at 8pm ($20), plays WEDNESDAY to SATURDAY at 8pm, 2pm matinee Dec. 15. At UVic's Roger Bishop Theatre (Phoenix Theatre). Tickets are $35/28 at 250-721-8000

WED. DEC. 12 MIKE DELAMONT LIVE -Join local funny man as he makes history as the first local stand-up comic to book the iconic McPherson Playhouse for a one-man show. 7:30pm. Tickets $37 at or 250-386-6121. See story Page 9.

SCREENINGS MOVIE MONDAY - Is screening Smokin' Fish Movie, a wry and appealing story of a Tlingit businessman in Alaska who mixes traditional and new ways as he smokes salmon at his family's fish camp while trying to pay his bills and keep the IRS off his back. By donation. 6:30pm MONDAY in the 1900-block Fort. 595FLIC. NOTE: -There is a second screening of Fish on TUESDAY, 6:30 pm, at the Victoria Friendship Centre, 231 Regina Ave. OPEN CINEMA -is screening Occupy Love. This latest award-winning documentary from progressive director Velcrow Ripper riffs on everything from the Arab Spring to the Occupy movement as it analyzes the recent global impulse towards increased democracy, activism, and equality. WEDNESDAY, 7 pm, Victoria Event Centre, 1415 Broad Street.


AWARENESS FILM NIGHT -screens Genetic Roulette, the latest doc from the author of Seeds of Destruction. This film explores the serious health threats posed by genetically engineered foods, as well as the bullying and deceit of the biotech industry. WEDNESDAY, Dec. 12, 7 pm, at Edward Milne Community School theatre, 6218 Sooke Road.

IMAX AIR RACERS -(1 pm, 5 pm & 8 pm, Sun.-Wed.) Paul Walker narrates this pulse-pounding documentary about the world's fastest race, as amazingly nimble planes negotiate a tricky course at 500 MPH. HUBBLE -(10 am, Mon. Dec. 10 only) THE LAST REEF: BENEATH THE SEA -(11 am, 2 pm, 4 pm, 6 pm [but not on Dec. 10]) MYSTERIES OF EGYPT -(10 am, Fri.Thurs. [but not Dec. 10], & 3 pm daily) ★★½ POLAR EXPRESS -(7 pm, Fri.-Sat.) TO THE ARCTIC -(noon, & 7 pm -- Sun. & Tues.-Thurs.)

CINECENTA Cinecenta at UVic screens its films in the Student Union Building. Info: 7218365. MAY I BE FRANK? -(Wed.-Thurs., Dec. 5-6: 7:30 only) This remarkable documentary about personal transformation depicts how a morbidly obese man with Hep C hooked up with good samaritans at a vegan/ raw food restaurant and, with lots of encouragement and his own will power, was able to totally change his life. The slim new Frank will be in attendance! ★★★½ LOOPER -(Fri.-Sat., Dec. 7-8: 7:00, 9:20) This trippy, noir-tinged sci-fi thriller is a stylish mash-up of hitmen and time travel. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Premium Rush), Bruce Willis, and Emily Blunt. ★★½ SAMSARA -(Sun.-Mon., Dec. 9-10: 7:00, 9:00) This exotic, award-winning documentary spans five continents as it visits sacred spots, diaster zones, natural wonders, and industrial complexes — all the geographic marvels and contradictions of our planet. ★★★ THE BIRDS -(Tues., Dec. 11: 7:00, 9:15) There's no denying that this "nature runs amok" thriller by Alfred Hitchcock has moments of real terror.

★★★½ SIDE BY SIDE -(Wed.Thurs., Dec. 12-13: 7:00, 9:00) You don't have to be a film nerd to be fascinated by this documentary examining the aesthetics as moviemmaking makes a paradigm shift from celluloid to digital. With great pro-and-con commentary from the likes of Martin Scorsese, Christopher Nolan, and many other master directors and cinematographers. See review.

✓ EVENTS THURS. DEC. 6 CANDLE LIGHT VIGIL - Fourthannual event to commemorate the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. Sponsored by the Victoria Regional Women's Committee of the Public Service Alliance of Canada. 5:306:30pm at Centennial Square. Free. 250-588-3487. FESTIVAL OF TREES - The Victoria Festival of Trees transforms The Fairmont Empress into a lush magical forest of beautifully decorated trees to raise funds for BC Children's Hospital. Daily to Jan. 4 at The Fairmont Empress (721 Government). Free to view, $2 donation to vote for your favourite tree. 250-384-8111.

FRI. DEC. 7 TURN YOUR HEAT OFF! - Put yourself in the shoes of those without heat or home. Take the pledge with Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness to turn your heat off for 24 hours on Dec. 7. Take the pledge at SEA OF LIGHTS, LIGHTED BOAT PARADE - Bring a cash or food donation for the Salvation Army and Oak Bay Kiwanis. View the lighted boat parade from Willows Beach, Cattle Point, or Gyro Park Beach. Sponsored by Royal Victoria Yacht Club. 7-8pm at Willow's Beach (Oak Bay). Free. 250-592-2663.

WED. DEC. 12 FESTIVAL OF LIGHT: HANUKKAH SONGS & STORIES - See music, stories and celebration. Jewish Community Choir of Victoria, directed by Carol Sokoloff. Storyteller Shoshana Litman. Menorah Lighting and refreshments. Partial proceeds towards the heritage synagogue’s restoration. 7pm at Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue, (1461 Blanshard). By donation. 250-385-3378.

MARKETS COMMUNITY CRAFT FAIR - Come support local artisans at the Central Saanich Boys and Girls Club and Bayside Middles Schools third annual community craft fair. THURSDAY 3-7:30pm at Bayside Middle School (1101 Newton). Free. 250-661-7438. ROYAL OAK MIDDLE SCHOOL HOLIDAY SALE AND PANCAKE BREAKFAST - Pancake Breakfast and early admission at 8:30am. Holiday sale with artists, artisans, crafts, food booths and more. Free parking. All proceeds go to benefit the students. SATURDAY 10am-3pm at 4564 West Saanich. By donation. 250-884-2564. COOKIES & CANES CHRISTMAS FAIR - See the craft fair, games, food, gift baskets, and don’t forget a photo with Santa! Bring children and pets, everyone is welcome. Help Raise money, for the Heart & Stroke Foundation brought to you by the marketing students at Spectrum School. SATURDAY 9am-3pm at Marigold Elementary School (3751 Grange). Free. 250-727-8444. S.M.I.L.E. - Spectrum Makes Infants Life’s Easier. Check out Spectrum Community School’s very own garage sale to help to raise money that will support the B.C Children’s Hospital. Bake sale, games, raffle, concession stand and more. SATURDAY 9am-3pm at Spectrum Community School (957 Burnside W). Free. 250-727-8444. FAIRFIELD UNITED CHURCH CHRISTMAS BAZAAR - Gently-used goods such as Christmas decorations, books, dishes, home-baked treats and preserves, homemade chili lunch. Help fight the 12 Days of Hunger. SATURDAY 10am-2pm at Fairfield United Church (1303 Fairfield). Free. 250-384-2425, LAST CHANCE CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR 2012 - Visit the 23rd premiere craft event for your unique shopping experience featuring extraordinary handcrafted wonders of 85+ local west coast artists & artisans. SATURDAY 10am-5pm at Mary Winspear Centre (2243 Beacon). $3 weekend pass/kids under 12 free. 250-743-1213. WOODWYNN FARMS CHRISTMAS MARKET - Proceeds help contribute to the running of our Therapeutic Community farm, providing a hand up to those in need. 10am-4pm THURSDAYS-SATURDAYS at 7789 West Saanich. Free. 250-5441175,

OBJECT ORPHANAGE - Help rescue objects that have been abandoned by their owners. Choose anything at no cost, just by signing adoption form. Appliances, electronics, books, CDs, clothes, craft and hardware supplies, furniture and fixtures. Nov. 10 to Dec. 1. WEDNESDAYS & THURSDAYS 1-5pm, SATURDAYS 9am-1pm, TUESDAYS 9am-1pm at UVic's Visual Arts Sculpture Yard (off Ring Road). Free.

WORDS THURS. DEC. 6 MARRIAGE SUPPORT GROUP - For couples and married people seeking help and support to improve communication in their relationship, intimacy, fighting management, problem solving and more. You can attend individually or as a couple. Group leader Daniel Keeran, MSW, will assisting couples to improve their relationships. To Dec. 13. 5-6:30pm at 3460 Shelbourne. Free. 778-433-1547. 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,

FRI. DEC. 7 THE COMEDY DIVA DIARIES Laughs are guaranteed when Actor Kirsten Van Ritzen launches her hilarious debut novel. 19+. 8pm at Ramada Lounge (123 Gorge). $5. 778-440-0408.

SUN. DEC. 9 NAKED GIRLS READING - See the show everyone has been talking about, featuring Tell Mia, Jett MaJique and Rosie Bitts. 8pm at The Makehouse (833 ½ Fort). $15 advance at Garden of Eden or ngrvictoria.$20 at the door.

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FILM LISTINGS OPENING PLAYING FOR KEEPS -(Capitol/ SilverCity) Gerard Butler and Jessica Biel star in a romcom about a faded sports star who is attempting to get his life back together while coaching his son's soccer team. And suddenly, all those perky soccer moms are messing with his head. Poor man! Starts Fri. ★★ THE MASTER -(Caprice) The latest from Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, Magnolia) stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as the charismatic leader of a cult religion who has an intense relationship with an emotionally damaged man (Joaquin Phoenix). Despite powerful performances and a lush filming style, this drama is a dull and very disappointing misstep from a great director. Starts Fri. ★★★½ FRANKENWEENIE -(Caprice) Tim Burton, master of the amusingly morbid, is in fine form in this darkly droll animated tale of a boy who uses lightning to bring his beloved pooch back from the dead. Not surprisingly, there are unexpected consequences. Starts Fri.

CONTINUING ★★★ ANNA KARENINA -(Odeon) English director Joe Wright reunites with Keira Knightley (Pride and Prejudice) to present a glossy and intriguingly stylized version of Tolstoy's classic tale of a doomed, adulterous love affair set amidst the aristocracy of 1870s Russia. With Jude Law and Emily Watson. ★★★½ ARGO -(SilverCity/Caprice) Despite some liberties taken with the facts, this account of a CIA agent who managed to smuggle six Americans to safety from Iran during the famed 1979-'80 hostage crisis is surprisingly even-handed, very suspenseful and truly entertaining. Directed by and starring Ben Affleck. ★★½ CLOUD ATLAS -(Odeon/ Caprice) German director Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) combines forces with Andy and Lana Wachowski (The Matrix) to take us on an exotic, wildly ambitious trip as characters lead parallel and contrasting lives in six different storylines in the past, present, and future. Starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, and Hugh Grant. DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS -(Caprice) Greg is totally ready for summer when suddenly his plans all fall apart. What's the poor guy gonna do now?

★★★ FLIGHT -(Odeon/SilverCity) Denzel Washington is excellent in a morally complex drama about a heroic pilot who "impossibly" saves an airliner from certain destruction, only to find himself in a world of trouble for unexpected reasons. HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA -(Caprice) A hotel where vampires and sundry other monsters hide out from humans gets a big scare when a backpacking dude shows up looking for a room. This animated comedy features the voices of Adam Sandler, Kevin James, and Andy Samberg. ★★½ KILLING THEM SOFTLY -(Capitol/SilverCity) Brad Pitt plays a hitman who gets called in after some dumb guys rob a Mob-protected card game and an example has to be made. Co-starring Ray Liotta, Richard Jenkins, and James Gandolfini. Despite some fine performances, this is a nasty and overly violent film with a very heavy-handed "message" about how gangsters are just another variant of American business. See review. ★★★½ LIFE OF PI -(Odeon/ SilverCity) Oscar winning director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain) helms this visually gorgeous adaptation of Yann Martel's magical and spiritual novel about a young man's epic adventures while lost at sea -- most of which are shared with a terrifying Bengal tiger.

★★★★ LINCOLN -(Odeon) Stephen Spielberg directs award-winning playwright Tony Kushner's (Angels in America) account of Abraham Lincoln's darkest days as he fights the Civil War and also fights political battles in his cabinet over plans to free America's black slaves. The superb cast includes Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones and Sally Field. ★★★½ LOOPER -(Caprice) This trippy, noir-tinged sci-fi thriller is a stylish mash-up of hitmen and time travel. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Premium Rush), Bruce Willis, and Emily Blunt. ★★½ MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN -(Odeon) Deepa Mehta (Water) directs a competent but less-thanengaging adaptation of Salman Rushdie's award-winning novel, a sprawling and epic account of 60 years of recent East Indian history. ★★ RED DAWN -(SilverCity/ Westshore) In the 1984 original, Soviet soldiers invade a mid-western town and its up to the teen militia to kick ass. In this even loonier remake, the good guys are the local footabll team, North Koreans are the invaders, and their target is . . . Spokane! Silly, jingoist nonsense, but should entertain the hard of thinking.

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS -(Capitol/ SilverCity/Westshore) Jack Frost, Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny and other magical icons come together to save the Earth after it is targeted by a very evil spirit named Pitch. This animated lark is voiced by Hugh Jackman and Alec Baldwin. ★★★★ SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN -(Capitol) This musical documentary, a big Sundance winner, features the incredible quest of two South African men to discover whatever happened to a Bob Dylanstyle troubadour from the early '70s who never amounted to anything in his native America but became a huge superstar -- and revolutionary influence -- in South Africa at the height of the Apartheid era. ★★★½ THE SESSIONS -(Odeon) Deservedly rave reviews have greeted this frank and funny account of a man in an iron lung who who wants to lose his viriginity and decides to have several sessions with a sex surrogate. At heart, this is a surprisingly tender look at sexuality, and a moving love story. Starring John Hawkes, William H. Macy, and Helen Hunt. Based on a true story.

★★★ SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK -(Odeon) A bi-polar man (Bradley Cooper, The Hangover) is trying to put his life -- and his marriage -- back together when he meets a fascinating woman (Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games) with problems of her own. This quirky romantic comedy is directed by David O. Russell (Three Kings, The Fighter). ★★★★ SKYFALL -(Capitol/ SilverCity/Uni 4/Westshore) The latest James Bond spy thriller features cool gadgets, exotic locales . . . and a villain with a vendetta against poor old M. Easily one of the best Bonds ever, this has all the usual thrills but also an elegiacal tone and some unexpected drama that will leave the audience shaken and stirred. Starring Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Javier Bardem, and Ralph Fiennes. ★★½ TAKEN 2 -(Caprice) Liam Neeson reprises his role as a retired CIA tough guy who has to use his nastiest skills when his wife gets kidnapped by the vengeful father of the goon that Neeson killed in the last movie. Well-directed if rather soulless action porn that benefits from its Istanbul setting.

★★½ TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN PART 2 -(Capitol/SilverCity/ Uni 4/Westshore) This most underwhelming vampire-werewolf soap opera finally comes to an end. The good news, such as it is, is that this is the best of a lame series, mostly because droopy emo-girl Bella has now transformed into a kick-ass vampire. ★★★ WRECK–IT RALPH -(SilverCity/Westshore) John C. Reilly provides the voice for a video-game villain who tires of being a bad guy and sets out on a quest that throws an entire video arcade into chaos. This occasionally-inspired animation lark includes the voices of Sarah Silverman and Jane Lynch.






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