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The cost of enforcement he plume has lifted and the reflection is clear: marijuana enforcement is costing British Columbia more than any other province in the country — to the tune of about 10.5 million taxpayer dollars each year. DANIELLE Criminology Professor Neil POPE Boyd released a study this news@ week that analyzes the costs and outcomes of enforcement against marijuana possession in B.C. The study, titled “The Enforcement Of Marijuana Possession Offences in British Columbia: A Blueprint for Change,” was funded by the Sensible BC campaign and showed that our province spends much more per capita to police and charge marijuana users than any other province. “The rate of marijuana use in B.C. is fairly close to that in other provinces,” says Boyd. “Seven per cent of British Columbians used marijuana in the past week, compared to a national average of six per cent. However, the rate of marijuana offenses reported by police in B.C. is far higher than that of any other province, and almost double that of the national average.” Boyd’s study shows that considerable RCMP resources are used to enforce cannabis possession in the province. With a reported 16,578 police reports of marijuana possession in B.C. in 2011, 3,774 of those led to charges and about 1,200 British Columbians were convicted of marijuana possession that year. “RCMP have been laying more possession charges across Canada since 2005, with a 30 per cent increase since that time,” says Boyd. “But in B.C., the increase has been the greatest of the provinces, with charges for marijuana possession more than doubling here in six years.” Important to note: this increase does not include Vancouver, Boyd says, where possession charges have declined as a direct result of Vancouver PD policy. And when it comes to Victoria, charges have not increased in the last 10 years — save one bump in 2010. In 2011, 41 charges of possession occurred in our city, showing a surprising gradual decrease. Boyd discovered, however, that the brunt of cannabis prohibition in B.C. falls upon the user, with 91 per cent of all cleared cannabis offences possession-related. “The picture that emerges from our research is one of enforcement without any consistency or purpose,” says Boyd. “There is no clear logic applied in relation to the decision to detain, to confiscate, to charge or to convict, outside of a consistent pattern of either use in public, or use in relation to a motor vehicle. The decision with respect to who will then be charged appears to amount to a rather arbitrary use of discretion.” Dana Larsen, director of the Sensible BC campaign, believes that the proposed Sensible Policing Act would put an end to wasted dollars and that



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A new study shows B.C. spends more per capita on cannabis enforcement than any other province, despite B.C.’s smoking rates mirroring the national average.

passing this law would “let the RCMP focus their resources on real crimes.” “This study shows the need to reform how we deal with marijuana and marijuana possession in B.C.,” says Larsen. “The vast majority of British Columbians don’t think possession of marijuana should be a criminal offence, but the RCMP here are on their own crusade, blowing ever-increasing amounts of taxpayers money on their failed war against pot smokers.” For those who want to hop a boat to pursue the topic, Boyd will be speaking about his research in Vancouver on Feb. 28 and March 1, with a panel including Micheal Vonn of the BC Civil Liberties Assocation, Bill Vandergraaf, a retired Winnipeg police detective and Dr. Lynda Balneaves, associate professor in UBC’s School of Nursing. Learn more at

A CHARITABLE WAY TO EXERCISE While every serious runner in Victoria is distracted by the upcoming April TC 10K, another marathon is preparing to award 19 local charities some much-needed support come the fall — meaning even non-athletic types now have time to train. The 34th annual GoodLife Fitness Victoria Marathon, taking place Oct. 13, announced this week that 19 charities will have the chance to raise awareness and funds by encouraging individuals to run or walk for their causes, and by collecting pledges. Charities, including the likes of the Mary Manning Centre, NEED 2 Suicide Prevention and Support, Pacifica Housing, Young Parents Support Network and 15 others, are aiming to surpass the million-dollar mark of pledges raised since the program adopted its charitable effort in 2006. “Associating me with anything running-related is like having Charlie Sheen as your life-skills coach,” says Jack Knox, honourary chair of the event. “I haven’t run with any sense of urgency since 1981, when I was chased by a biker in Amsterdam. But I am delighted that the marathon organizers are using the event as a path to a better community. You don’t need to be a competitive runner to get behind that.” Join in at: M


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The Information Overload Research Group (IORG) is a non-profit organization that aims to reduce “information pollution” and was funded by technolhen Google announced its release ogy groups in North America when the likes of Intel of the “Google Glass” invention this and other IT companies discovered their employees week, techno geeks and consumers were beginning to show extreme symptoms of disaround the world let out an eager tractibility. In fact, employees had trouble spending cheer for the computer device you more than 11 minutes concentrating on any one task. wear like a pair of glasses. Paul Mohapel, however, With what the American Medical Association has felt his heart sink. “Oh, no,” he said. “Could it really strived to term Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD), be coming to this?” researchers noticed that people who spent more than Mohapel, a neuroscientist-turned-psycholo- 40 hours per week with technology (besides regugist and associate faculty member in Royal Roads lar workflow) exhibited severe symptoms of depenUniversity’s Leadership program, has a special inter- dence, much the way an addict of any substance est in technology: specifically, the impact its use has would: inability to focus, attention-deficit traits, a on the human brain. And on Wed., Feb. 27, Mohapel need to return to the source, irritability, exacerbation will host a lecture aimed to startle the assumption of pre-existing conditions like depression or anxiety. that technology only brings positive outcomes — According to a 2008 study by Basex Research turns out all these modern conGroup (hired by IORG), informaveniences are, quite literally, tion overload costs the U.S. econeasing our brains to mush. omy a minimum of $900 billion “The brain can’t “What we’ve finally discovper year in lowered employee prohelp itself ... ered is that spending time with ductivity and reduced innovation we’ve trained technology is causing us to live — yes, turns out technology also in a stress state,” Mohapel says. stifles creativity. This conservative ourselves to live in “The brain can’t help itself — number, that researchers suspecta perpetual state we’re constantly scanning our ed could have been as high as $1 of distraction.” environment for something trillion at the time of the study, new, consciously or unconreflects the loss of 25 per cent of a sciously, even when we are not worker’s day due to the problem. in front of our computers, because we’ve trained “There was a time when computers were at ourselves to live in a perpetual state of distraction.” home and we could at least control our exposure, In the 2013 world, it’s a little unrealistic to expect but if you think of all the time we spend on our people to shut down their Facebook accounts, iPhones and iPads, that 40 hours is probably gone turn in their passwords in a blink,” says Mohapel. “Imagine what an alcoto Twitter, and minus holic might go through, and the alcoholic is now Google+ from their surrounded by alcohol everywhere he goes.” lives. But when it comes Part of the problem, Mohapel says, is due to a to the grey-matter primal part of our brains that is hard-wired to want impact of spending so stimuli. What many don’t realize, however, is that many hours on a com- just like nutrition, stimuli comes in high-quality and CANCELLATION puter, TV, tablet, or low-quality forms. Reading a paper book, for examsmart phone, Mohapel ple, exercises an entirely different part of the brain NOTICE says we’re not even hav- (and offers that high-quality stimuli) than reading ing that conversation. an e-book on a Kindle, which gives low-quality. The Mayor’s Open Door Toronto CBC Radio host Another techno twist: research has discovered is cancelled for Matt Galloway summed the brain releases pleasure reward chemicals, like March 2013 it up best when enthus- dopamine, every time an email or text message bing ing about Google Glass, is heard, adding a true physiological addiction to the The next opportunity now selling for $1,500 “substance.” And, when study subjects were asked to attend will be by lottery only: “I don’t to complete a task while their email was pulled up know why I’d want on the screen, researchers found those subjects’ IQ Friday something like that,” he went down 10 points, even when no emails arrived. April 5, 2013 told media, “but I want Conversely, subjects that had ingested marijuana 9 am - 11 am something like that.” then performed the task lost just four IQ points. in the Mayor’s Office “The message has “Just like the stomach, the brain isn’t picky with City Hall been, the more you do, what it’s filled with — it just demands to be stimu1 Centennial Square the more important and lated,” says Mohapel. “But the irony is that while valuable you are, but the all this technology is supposed to be making us truth is that no one is smarter, it is literally making us stupider.” more effective when they So, what’s to be done? Mohapel has a few containNo appointment necessary multitask,” says Mohapel. ment strategies, like evoking a mandatory four-hour “All the research shows it chunk of “quiet time” per week, or even a “Technical lowers your effectivity by Sabbath Sunday” with no technology invited. Next, about 50 per cent — and set limits: check your email/Facebook at designated businesses are starting to times, then stay off. For sustaining, Mohapel says notice.” naps help — a 20 or 30-minute power nap can repair brain structure. Also, meditation and mindfulness techniques have been proven to have significant FIND THE M AND WIN impact on brain function, giving the brain something present to reflect on, instead of zoning out. Finally, A PRIZE FROM MONDAY MAGAZINE fresh air, a walk and nature are all rescuing sources. 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P William Kurelek: The Messenger (AGGV) P Donkey/Kong (Wolf/Sheep Arthouse) P First Nations Art Show and Sale (CACSP) P Martycultural Art (CACGV Gallery) P Fragments and Masks (Richard Motchman and Barry Herring, Xchanges Gallery) Other: _______________________________________




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P Kafka the Musical (Theatre Inconnu) P Cougar Annie Tales (Katrina Kadoski) P Kitt and Jane (Ingrid Hansen, Kathleen Greenfield) P God is a Scottish Drag Queen: The Second Coming (Mike Delamont) Other: _______________________________________




P Welcome to Miami - Slam Dunk P Let It Go - Jon and Roy P Small Reveal - Aidan Knight P Crank City - Hank and Lily P May - The Sweet Lowdown P Bells and Whistles - Steph MacPherson Other: _______________________________________

P Little Shop of Horrors (Blue Bridge Rep. Theatre) P The Drowsy Chaperone (Langham Court Theatre) P Eurydice (Phoenix Theatre) P The Crackwalker (Theatre Inconnu) P God of Carnage (The Belfry) Other: _______________________________________


P Big Mama! The Willie Mae Thornton Story (Belfry) P Kafka the Musical (Theatre Inconnu) P Little Shop of Horrors (Blue Bridge Rep. Theatre) P Maria Stuarda (Pacific Opera Victoria ) P The Drowsy Chaperone (Langham Court Theatre) Other: ______________________________________

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FAVOURITE DANCE PERFORMANCE BY A LOCAL COMPANY P The Gift of Pandora’s Box (Ballet Victoria) P Romp! In the Square (Suddenly Dance Theatre) P The Boxers are Brief Boylesque (Less is Mo) P Thief on 42nd Street (ZarYevka Ballet) P The Damned Girl (Impulse Theatre) Other: _______________________________________


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STREET SMARTS What assets should B.C. sell to balance the budget?


Prediction: Libs will win one Island seat atching election fever would be no fun if we were not able to make predictions we may later hope the reader forgets. This week, I ofBRIAN fer two. KIERAN First prediction: bkieran@ World champion paralympics athlete Michelle Stilwell will be the next Liberal MLA for the riding of Parksville-Qualicum here on Vancouver Island. Stilwell is a compelling “star” candidate who was nominated by acclamation to replace Ron Cantelon. You may remember that Cantelon was a two-term MLA who announced his retirement late last year. The former agriculture and lands minister and caucus chair suffered a heart attack last year, but returned to the legislature after his recovery. In 2009, Cantelon racked up the biggest Liberal victory on the Island, defeating his NDP rival by 3,600 votes. That solid base of support and Stilwell’s unique persona should be enough to keep the riding in Liberal hands.


Second prediction: Ms. Stilwell will be the only Liberal elected on Vancouver Island. (I hope Ida Chong reads this.) I know you’re thinking I’m way out on a limb with this prediction. I beg to differ. The Liberals have yet to nominate candidates in half of Vancouver Island’s 14 ridings. Premier Christy Clark says the slow pace of candidate selection here is a deliberate strategy to release, for the public’s sequential amazement, the best candidates the party can attract. “We’ve staged all of this,” Clark told reporters at a Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce gathering. Gag me with Pinocchio’s nose. The only thing that is staged is the premier’s lame attempt to mask her party’s state of despair. There is no question the party is experiencing a pre-election crisis of confidence. In the past year, no less than 18 Liberal MLAs have announced their resignations, including heavy hitters like Kevin Falcon, George Abbott, Pat Bell, Colin Hansen, Joan McIntyre and Blair Lekstrom. Another three, including former premier Gordon Campbell, quit mid-term. Behind the closed doors of caucus the walls are not thick enough to mute the rising angst of the remaining panicked MLAs who must march to almost certain defeat. And, in a few ridings, the only available

Maybe natural resources, like lumber or water.

Liberal candidates willing to plug the resignation gaps and fall on their swords are constituency presidents. For those of you out there clinging to the faint hope of a Liberal campaign miracle, I refer you to, a definitive non-partisan poll reporting website that is committed to reporting polls responsibly and has earned a reputation for accurate analysis. Compiling data from four different polling firms in the field over the past five weeks, ThreeHundredEight says there is a 95.5 per cent probability the NDP will be elected in May. It predicts the NDP will elect 62 MLAs to the Liberals’ 22 with one independent. The popular vote B.C.-wide will be 48 per cent NDP to 31 Liberal. Here on Vancouver Island, ThreeHundredEight predicts the popular vote spread will be greater, 53 per cent to 25, and the NDP will sweep all 14 seats. ThreeHundredEight’s current analysis leans most heavily on a new post-budget poll by Angus Reid Public Opinion that gives the NDP a commanding 16-point lead. Angus Reid vice-president Mario Canseco says one of the most telling findings is the number of voters — 59 per cent — who say it’s time a different provincial party was in power. And, here’s a surprise, even 29 per cent of Liberals feel that way. M


To be honest, I don’t know what they have to sell. JEFF EGAN, Ladysmith

Don’t sell anything! ANDY SNITZER, Victoria

I’m not in favour of the sale of assets. It’s a short-term solution.


FIONA GOW, Victoria

Permit needed for fun, laughter, clapping olitics has always been the art of saying one thing and doing another, and last week was no exception. Reality, it seems, has been suspended while we embrace the eternal task of massaging the real world into the fantasy of bureaucracy. The Capital’s first step into this fantasy world came during last Thursday’s council SIMON meeting when, despite its business having NATTRASS been a fixture of Victoria’s music scene for snattrass@ over two decades, the owners of Hermann’s Jazz Club found their liquor license up for review. In order to quiet the BC Liquor Board’s pathological fear of fun, laughter, and dancing, the bar sought a “patron participation entertainment endorsement,” to allow patrons to dance, clap, or sing along with performers. After over 20 years without an incident, why did Hermann’s patrons suddenly need official blessing to do what they’ve been doing all along? For the liquor board, a


better question seems to be, “Why not?” Meanwhile, the city asked us to believe that it is Open, Open, Open with a press release declaring “City Introduces Open Data Catalogue and Opens City Hall to Host Open Data Day Hackathon,” and announcing such great strides toward accountability as a new online garbage collection schedule. Forget for a moment that unlike previous administrations, nearly every meeting of this council includes a portion that is closed to the public. Forget last fall’s attempt to close the city’s Freedom of Information process to local journalists. Forget that everything from budget cuts to the city’s handling of FOI requests has been debated behind closed doors — it’s Open, Open, Open from here on out. When reality finally tried to rear its ugly head during Thursday’s meeting, we stepped back yet again as the city postponed a presentation from the Community Social Planning Council. The presentation would have reviewed the region’s current approach to affordable housing, shared examples from other cities, and provided suggestions for a less extravagant future. It’s been years of rising housing prices and falling incomes since council declared the lack of affordable housing an emergency situation — what’s another couple of weeks? With the requisite Denial, Doublespeak and Diversion over with, perhaps the coming weeks will bring us a little closer to earth. M

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omposer Benjamin Britten was fascinated with the notion of joining communities of music and art makers, so it’s only fitting that the work he considered to be his best is bringing two local arts groups together.

As part of Pacific Opera’s Britten Festival celebrating 100 years since Britten’s birth (he died in 1976), the opera company did exactly as Britten intended when he first presented Let’s Make an Opera/The Little Sweep in 1949. According to POV’s director of artistic administration, Ian Rye, “Britten wrote work that can’t be completed without reaching deep into your community.” Sweep is the tale of a contemporary town of Average Joe archetypes who set upon making a turn-of-the-century opera. The creation of an opera, from writing to lighting, makes up the first two COLIN CAYER acts, and the completed opera is performed in Special to Monday the third when a band of privileged children takes it upon themselves to do what the adults won’t — rescue Sam, the little sweep, from servitude to Foul Frank. The result is an exploration of the power of youth, innocence and community. To bring the production to life, POV struck gold with a Belfry Theatre collaboration. While there has been some cross-mining of talent between the two companies over the years, they’ve never produced a full piece together. And the production is chock-full of firsts. It’s the Belfry’s first opera. It’s the first time POV has put on any of these Britten works. It’s the first time the parents of 12-year-old Jared Reis (Sam, the little sweep) discovered the extent of their son’s singing talent. Rye is hoping the production is also the first time infrequent theatre/opera going families make a theatrical night of it. “Families are such busy institutions. I can say that as a father of three,” Rye notes. “Participating in the arts is something that families really have to put effort into, but it rewards like there’s no tomorrow.” Director Rachel Peake set yet another first, making Sweep her POV and Belfry directorial debut. It’s also the first time she’s worked with more than one child on stage. “I wasn’t sure what the challenges would be,” she says. “But really the only challenge is that they can’t rehearse until they finish school in the evenings. Otherwise, they are complete professionals.” They may be professionals, but juggling school, rehearsals and an approaching show must weigh on the minds of Sweep’s youngest cohort. Molly Lydon, 13, is one such youth actor with a surprising answer. “It’s not too hard,” she says. “I go to school and do what I have to do there and then I get to come to rehearsal. It’s exciting to do opera!” Exciting and challenging. “My favorite part of the play is getting to act like your putting on a play. You get to tune into some things that are real,” Lydon acknowledges. “The hardest part is using our own names. In the first two acts my name is Molly, but I’m not acting like myself. I’m somebody else.” Lydon also plays the character of Sophie Brook in the third act. Lydon and the other children have been taking acting classes and rehearsing since December. It’s one of the many ways the Belfry and POV have been collaborating to not only put the children on stage, but to hone their craft. Artistic directors Timothy Vernon and Michael Shamata, of POV and Belfry respectively, have been putting on workshops and playing acting games all December and January. Working on accents, vocal technique and dramatics, the two were also among POV and Belfry staff collaborating on casting decisions in the spring. “When I came in for rehearsal in January, they [the youth] were used to working together and used to creating. They were in better shape than us adults,” says Peake. But no production is without difficulty. “I’ve seen musical productions at the Belfry before. It’s an amazing space, but this [Sweep] isn’t like musical theatre where the band goes in the back. The orchestra, the actors and the audience need to see the conductor.” The problem is exacerbated by the Belfry’s lack of an orchestra pit, a fact made less problematic by Britten’s small-by-design orchestra. He wanted it to be easily moved and assembled no matter the community. Still, conductor Giuseppe Pietraroia and his string quartet, percussionist [8]





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and four-hand piano (one piano, two players) necessitated some creative wrapping about the stage. Space is a multifaceted challenge for Sweep. Giles Tomkins who plays Foul Frank was also Police Supt. Budd in POV’s production of Albert Herring. “We’re trained to project into a three thousand seat hall. The belfry has three hundred,” he remarks. That’s a considerable constriction and another first, this time for the bass baritone. “I’ve never done spoken theatre before. By today’s standards, opera singers are expected to do a great deal of acting,” he says, “but there’s no rhythmic accompaniment that drives the text along. It’s scary!” When asked if the other opera singers were having difficulty, Tomkins laughs, “I hope so!” Knowing one of the trained stars has nerves makes the


audience participation portion of the evening somehow less scary. That’s right. Audiences will receive lyrics and be conducted by Pietraroia along with the professionals. If you feel the nerves creeping, worry not. There will be singing professionals planted throughout the theatre to round out the lesser-trained voices. “There’s always the worry ‘Will they sing along?’,” admits Peake. “I’m not too worried about it. There’ll be children there. That gives us adults license to sing. We don’t want to be too cool and we want to say to these children ‘it’s okay to sing and express yourself.’” M Sing out at Let’s Make An Opera/The Little Sweep at The Belfry Theatre (1291 Gladstone) from March 2-10. Tickets are $25-45 at or 250-385-6815.


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SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM altwater theatre takes on composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim in Side by Side by Sondheim, a ravishing musical retrospective of Sondheim’s greatest works, opening Thurs., Feb. 28 at the Metro Studio (1411 Quadra). Starring Sara-Jeanne Hosie (Little Shop of Horrors, A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline, 25th Annual Putnam Spelling Bee), Alison Roberts (The Drowsy Chaperone), Mike Delamont (as the


Narrator), Kat Palmer, Joseph Bulman and Alan MacDonald, Side by Side is directed by Sean Guist, with choreography by Phoebe Rumsey. Catch a performance of Side by Side by Sondheim Thurs., Feb. 28, Fri., March 1 and Sat., March 2 at 8pm, Sat., March 2 at 2pm and Sun., March 3 at 4pm. Tickets are $30/$22 and are available at or 250-590-6291. M

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MONDAY GUIDE > MUSIC 2013 VANCOUVER ISLAND MUSIC NOMINEES he nominees for the ninth-annual Vancouver Island Music Awards were announced Feb. 22 at Larsen School of Music. Several Victoria-area bands and musicians are included in the list:


Island Producer of the Year: Eric Hogg — Soma Sound Adam Sutherland and Sam Weber — Infinity Studios Joby Baker and Adrian Dolan — Baker Studios Island Song of the Year: "For Keeps" — Woodsmen "Fueled by Consequence" — Spaceport Union "Daytime Carolina" — Geoff Howe "Dust and Bones" — Isobel Trigger "We're not Islands" — Towers & Trees "Wide awake" — Riley Smith "Story" — Bowler "The Swell" — Kyle Truelove Island Live Act of the Year: Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra Kytami Coco Jafro

Island Music Video of the Year: "Red Rocking Chair" — Qristina and Quinn Bachand "End of the World" — Michael Wood Band "Love-in-idleness" — Versa "Love is a Con" — The Ghostbirds

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Island Youth Artist of the Year: North Town Quinn Bachand Michael Wood Island Instrumental or Experimental Album: Lodge No. 1 — The Glass Tables Three Worlds — Brad Prevedoros, Niel Golden, Greg Joy BC-Wide Hip Hop Album "An i for an I" — Warriors of the Infinite Island Pop/Rock Album of the Year: "Reverb Junkie Girl" — Hello September "Carnival" — The Grass Tracks "Burning Bridges" — Plastic Toy Soldiers

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Indulge Yourself Local culinary talents create showcase menus ot the winter blues? Then take advantage of one of Victoria’s most anticipated dining events of the year: Dine Around & Stay in Town, currently underway at participating locations and continuing until March 10. Enjoy special, threePAM GRANT course menus showcaspamgrant@ ing local culinary talent for $20, $30 or $40 per person. Optional wine pairings are also available at most venues, but with these prices and a little room in the budget, you may want to try a bottle of something special. Don’t forget to try some of our local craft beers, too, such as those at one of this week’s featured venues, Canoe Brewpub. Taxes and gratuities are not included, and please remember that weekend nights will be bus-


ier. If you have to wait, please don’t use this as an excuse to tip your server on the reduced amount of the bill — their rent and tuition costs just as much this month as it did last month. If you indulge, stay at one of many hotels offering accommodations during this event with rates of $79, $99 and $129. Dine Around & Stay in Town is presented by Tourism Victoria and the B.C. Restaurant & Food Services Association (BCRFA), Victoria Branch. All venues below are wheelchair accessible and accept cash and plastic. Reservations are strongly recommended. anoe Brewub, Restaurant and Marina boasts soaring timber frame and rustic brick architecture and is located waterside in downtown’s emerging design district. Great food, informed service, handcrafted beer and live music make this one of north downtown’s most popular venues. Starters for the $20 menu include fennel soup garnished with herbed crème fraiche or a mixed green salad garnished with pickled fennel


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Mindil Beach Markets releases its second full-length album March 1 at Sugar Nightclub.

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lmost three years have passed since Mindil Beach Markets released its debut album. Now, the genre-bending band is back with its second full length — It Might Take Long — and it’s worth the

(vocals/keys), Patrick Codere (vocals/guitar), Daniel “DK” Kingsbury (vocals/guitar) and Matt Posnikoff (bass/guitar) recently relocated from Victoria back to the Sunshine Coast where the music started. wait. “Four out of five of us went to the same high The 11-track collection is a departure from the school,” says Campbell. “We definitely miss Victoria band’s self-titled debut, which was infused with . . . we moved back to the Sunshine Coast to prepare funk, reggae and hip hop. At the core of It Might for our tour.” Take Long is a more focused take on rock ’n’ roll. The tour, kicking off here and taking them as “We’ve redefined our sound a little,” says vocalist far as Montreal, features more than 25 dates before and keys player Rob Campbell. the end of April, the major“We’re more of a rock band, but ity of which are in nightclubs the record is still diverse. I’m and bars — but others will be MINDIL BEACH hoping that doesn’t scare people at high schools across the counMARKETS off. I think it’s still really accestry in support of The Jellyfish CD Release sible. It’s still really poppy at the Project (thejellyfishproject. With Deep Sea Gypsies end of the day.” org). (Victoria area: Cedar Hill Fri., March 1, 8pm It’s not only the band’s sound Middle School, April 24; Bayside Sugar Nightclub that has evolved, but their songMiddle School, April 25; Gordon $15 at Lyle’s Place, Ditch writing has, too. Head Middle School, April 26; Records and “A lot of the songs on the Glanford Middle School, April first album are two or four 30; Stelly’s Secondary, May 1; chords with no bridges,” says Spencer Middle School, May 6; Campbell. “We’re really excited; come a long way and Arbutus Middle School, May 8) since the last one.” The band founded the environmental initiative In fact, they’ve done so much work in the song in 2011 to help spark conversation about ocean suswriting department, the band is ready to start tainability in high school-age youth. recording its third album. “We have tons of new “We play a few songs, then present a slidesongs,” says Campbell. show that talks about over fishing, plastics in the The band, Cam Ainslie (drums), Campbell ocean and sustainable seafood,” says Campbell. The project has received support from climate change celebrities David Suzuki and Al Gore. “Kids are our future,” says Campbell. “In a few years, they’ll be able to vote and have the power to influence older generations as well.” The band also recentAre you between the ages of 15 ly released a music video and 35? Join vsSOUNDCHECK for for “Smoking Gun” shot $13 rush tickets to over 30 in their former home and Victoria Symphony shows from jam space on Cedar Hill X September to May. Savings all season long! Road by Dave Wallace at (some restrictions may apply) Innovate Imageworks. “It was rat infestSign up today! ed,” says Campbell. “It Go to had leaks. We already and click on the planned on moving out, vsSOUNDCHECK logo. but we needed a space to shoot the video.” Members of The Deep Sea Gypsies, who are also releasing an album at the event March 1, are now living in the home. M


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THURS. FEB. 28 SIDE BY SIDE BY SOUNDHEIM - Saltwater Theatre presents a musical retrospective of Stephen Sondheim's greatest works staring Sara-Jeanne Hosie, Alison Roberts and Mike Delamont. Opens THURSDAY at 8pm and plays FRIDAY & SATURDAY 8pm, SATURDAY 2pm, SUNDAY 4pm at Metro Studio (1411 Quadra). Until March 3. 250-590-6291 or (See review, P9.) IN THE NEXT ROOM - (or The Vibrator Play) Theatre Inconnu presents an elegant comedy about love and longing. WED, THURS, SAT at 8pm and SAT and SUN at 2pm until March 2 at 1923 Fernwood. Tickets $14/10 are available at or 250-590-6291. HELEN'S NECKLACE -The Belfry Theatre presents a play by Carloe Frechette, In the heart of a chaotic Middle Eastern city, Helen, a Canadian, tries to retrace her steps in the hopes of finding a lost necklace. Her journey brings her face to face with the realities of a war-torn city and the many facets of loss. Runs WED-SAT at 8pm, SAT at 4pm and SUN at 2pm until March 3 in the studio. Tickets start at $25 at 250-385-6815 or

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SIN CITY -This clever cast of improvisors is back with the third season of the live improvised weekly serial, Bedlam-by-Sea, set in a pub-hotel in a quaint seaside English village. Completely improvised and continues over 21 weekly episodes. Directed live by Ian Ferguson, starring Kirsten Van Ritzen, Wes Borg, Morgan Cranny, Christina Patterson, Chris Gabel, Robert Conway, Karen Brelsford, Charlie de Pape, Alan Penty, Christine Upright and Bill Nance while new musical director Alexander Brendan Ferguson improvises live musical scores and technical director Theodore R. Sherman returns on lights and sound. Doors at 7:30pm, show at 8pm at the Victoria Event Centre (1415 Broad). Tickets are $15/12, cash only at the door. COUGAR ANNIE TALES -Katrina Kadoski stars in a multimedia onewoman show about the legendary Cougar Annie. 7pm at Spectrum Community School (957 Burnside). $18/15 at Tempo Trend, The Broken Paddle and Kemp Lake Store.



VICTORIA SYMPHONY- With rock band Jeans N Classics perform hits from The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, conducted by Timothy Vernon. FRIDAY and SATURDAY at 8pm and SUNDAY at 2:30pm at the Royal Theatre. Tickets start at $35 at or 250-386-6121. UVIC ORCHESTRA- Dances (and a bit of counterpoint) without borders with Ajtony Csaba, conductor. Performing Mendelssohn, Dvorak, and Rimsky-Karsakov. 8pm at UVIc's Farquhar Auditorium. $17.50/13.50. Tickets at 250-721-8480 or online at MACK PINCHBECK- With Cats in Distress play old time and new time gypsy blues. After open stage at 8pm at James Bay Coffee and Books (143 Menzies). By donation.

SAT. MARCH 2 DIAMOND RINGS - With Data Romance. 7pm at Sugar Nightclub. $15 at Lyle's Place, Ditch Records and GREATER VICTORIA CONCERT BAND - “All Over the Map: from Broadway to Middle Earth.” This wide-ranging concert will feature both the GVCB Intermediate Band conducted by David Suomi Marttinen and the GVCB Senior Band conducted by Michael Keddy. 7:30pm at Alix Goolden Hall (900 Johnson). $10/Under 12 free.

SUN. MARCH 3 HUTCH- CD release party for Happy Nights & Lonely Days with guest Zoey Ockenden. 7pm at Fairfield United Church (1303 Fairfield). All ages. $10. BRYAN BOWERS- Singersongwriter and autoharp master. After open stage at 7:30pm at Norway House (1110 Hillside). $5.

MON. MARCH 4 VICTORIA SINGS-Multi-night choral performance festival featuring School, District 61 students MON, TUES, THURS at 7:30pm at UVic's Farquhar Auditorium. $6 at 250-7218480 or

TUES. MARCH 5 ANA MOURA-Celebrated fado artist brings her luxurious voice and intense stage presence to Alix Goolden Hall (900 Johnson). 7:30pm. With Sara Marreiros. Tickets $36 at Lyle's Place, Ditch Records and $40 at the door.

WED. MARCH 6 METHOD MAN-Smooth-voiced emcee from the Wu Tang Clan descends on Club 9ONE9. 9pm. Tickets start at $35 at Lyle's Place, Ditch Records, the Strathcona Hotel and WEAK PATROL-Rocking out with National Tape. 9:30pm at Lucky Bar (517 yates). $7. LEONARD COHEN-Plays all his classic hits. 7pm at Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre. Tickets $39.50-$250 at or 250220-7777.


THURS. FEB. 28 THE ADULTS-Geoff Lundstrom and Jason Cook provide a high-energy, groove-based party atmosphere every Thursday night at Canoe Brewpub (450 Swift). The Adults play something for everyone, from MGMT to Adele, OneRepublic to Kings of Leon (9-close, $5 after 9pm). HERMANN'S BIRTHDAY-Join Hermann's Jazz Club (753 View) for its 32nd birthday party featuring Tom Vickery Trio (8pm, THURSDAY, $8), Pablo Cardenas Latin Jazz (FRIDAY, 8pm, $15), Channeling CHET with Daniel Lapp Quartet (SATURDAY, 8pm, $22), The Original 1981 band reunion (SUNDAY, 5pm) and the Island Big Band (MONDAY, 7:30pm, $7). Full listings at Hermannsjazz. com. DAVID GOGO- Blues explosion with David Gogo and Jason Buie. 7:30pm at Charlie White Theatre (Mary Winspear, Sidney). Tickets are $29.50 at 250-656-0275 or

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MINDIL BEACH MARKETS- With Deep Sea Gypsies. CD release party for It Might Take Long. 8pm at Sugar Nightclub. $15 at Lyle’s Place, Ditch Records and (See review, P14).

BE A TOURIST IN YOUR OWN HOME TOWN - See what visitors see, but for a local price. Discounted or free rates to Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre, The Butchart Gardens, Victoria Butterfly Gardens offering free admission and more than 15 other attractions, like CVS Sightseeing Toonie Tour, 50 per cent off Tea at the Fairmont Empress, $50 marine adventure tours with Prince of Whales and 65 per cent off admission rates at Craigdarroch Castle. THURSDAY-SUNDAY, various times and places. Booklets $10, buy 4 booklets/get 1 free; available at Thrifty Foods and other locations. ASPERGER MEETUP GROUP - The social group for adults with Asperger's Syndrome. Meet each other for food and conversation, make friends, find out that you're not alone and learn from others who live with Asperger's. Fourth THURSDAY of every month. 7-9pm at ABC Country Restaurant (2900 Douglas). Free. 250-389-6772. NEW DAY! CHESS NIGHT - Bring your own game, or use one of ours. Bring a friend, or come on your own. THURSDAYS 6-9pm at James Bay Coffee and Books (143 Menzies). Free. 250-386-4700,

DINNER WITH THE OLYMPIANS - Island Swimming, now in its 100th year, is hosting the 2013 Swim BC AAA Short Course Age Group Championships Feb. 28-March 3. This swim meet will bring over 600 athletes (plus their family and friends) from across B.C. to Victoria over a four day period (prelims: 9am-1pm; finals 5-8pm). Along with this event, join a special interactive dinner with five Olympic athletes: Ryan Cochrane, Richard Weinberger, Brianna Nelson, Alexa Komarnycky, and Alec Page. THURSDAY 6-8:30pm at Saanich Commonweath Gym (4636 Elk Lake) $20; seating limited. 250-744-5536.

FRI. MARCH 1 3RD ANNUAL VINTAGEOUS VINTAGE FAIR - A thrilling sale featuring 40 stalls of vintage clothing, accessories, decor, mid modern, records, nostalgia and more. Stuff for the guys too! Items from the turn of last century all the way to the early 1990s. Live music, roaming photo booth and prizes. Local DJ Shark en Ceil playing classic "yacht rock" hits all night long. 6-9:30pm (and SATURDAY 10am-4pm) at Fernwood Community Centre (1240 Gladstone). $3. 250-590-1491.

SAT. MARCH 2 25TH INTERNATIONAL ORCHID SHOW & SALE - Discover more than 500 varieties of exotic orchids. Come to enjoy the enchanting sight of these flamboyant plants, or buy a rare specimen from one of the many expert growers in attendance. Sponsored by the Victoria Orchid Society. A portion of the proceeds will support patient care at Victoria General and Royal Jubilee hospitals. SATURDAY & SUNDAY 9am-5pm at UVic Student Union Building (3800 Finnerty). $7-$6 seniors/students. 250-217-4390. VOLKSSPORT SATURDAY WALK - Keep your resolutions with a 5/10km walk. Registration 9:30am, walk 10am. Meet at Travelodge (2280 Beacon, Sidney). Free. 250-658-2325. MARCH MINI MARKET - Come down for new fashion designers, jewelry and art, plus live paintings in the front window, tasty treats and tea, raffle and more. 10am-6pm at Coalescence Design Studio (1412 Douglas). Free. MOSS LANDSCAPES OF VANCOUVER ISLAND - Join guest CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist Kem Luther to discover the strange lives of mosses. Learn how to identify the most common species. Preregistration required before March 1. 18+. 10-11:30am at Francis/King Regional Park (Saanich). $7 + HST. 250-478-3344. NEW DAY! TEA LEAF READINGS - See into your future cup and have your tea leaves read by Ellena. SATURDAYS & SUNDAYS 2-4pm at James Bay Coffee and Books (143 Menzies). 250-386-4700,

SUN. MARCH 3 BEGINNERS BIRDING BASICS - Ever wanted to bird watch? This is a great time of year for birding, with courtship and territory disputes filling the air with song. Join a CRD Regional Parks’ naturalist to learn what to look for, and how to use binoculars and field guides. Bring binoculars if you have them. A spotting scope is provided. 9+. 10amnoon at Island View Beach Regional Park (Central Saanich, picnic shelter on Homathko). Free. 250-478-3344. BOARD GAMES NIGHT - Scrabble and more. SUNDAYS 5:30pm at the Superior (106 Superior). Free. 250-380-9515.

TUES. MARCH 5 SCRABBLE NIGHT - Bring a board game and a friend, or play on the in-house boards and find an opponent there. TUESDAYS 6:30-9pm at James Bay Coffee & Books. Free. 250-386-4700.

WED. MARCH 6 SOCIAL MEDIA CLUB VICTORIA MARCH MIXER - Join in the our fourth birthday, mix and mingle, and ask questions at the “Social Media Help Desk.” Whether you are a seasoned social media veteran, a professional who uses social media in business or work, or a relative newbie, everyone is welcome. RSVP on 6:30-9pm at Yates Street Taphouse Bar & Grill (759 Yates). $5 donation for Mustard Seed. socialmediaclubvictoria@

WORDS THURS. FEB. 28 TOWARD THE HEALTHY CITY Learn about the "People, Places and the Politics of Urban Planning" with A City Talk by Dr. Jason Corburn (Berkley). Around the world, city planners have been negligent for decades for not helping to promote health and social justice. In this talk, Professor Corburn argues that city planners must be held accountable for this ‘community malpractice’ and re-conceptualize their work as ‘preventative medicine.’ 7:30pm at Legacy Art Gallery (630 Yates). Free. 250-886-1409, CLASSICAL ASSOCIATION OF VANCOUVER ISLAND - Professor Timothy Whitmarsh (University of Oxford) will present a lecture entitled “Atheism and Polytheism.” 7:309:30pm at UVic's University Centre (Room A180). Free. 250-721-8514. 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. MARCH 1 PLANET EARTH POETRY Planet Earth Poetry is delighted to have Order of Canada recipient and beloved poet Lorna Crozier read. Come at 7 to sign up for the open mic. 7:30 at The Moka House (1633 Hillside). By donation. planetearthpoetryvictoriabc.

TUES. MARCH 5 VIC YOUTH SLAM-FEBRUARY EDITION - For the first time there will be a National Youth Poetry Slam Festival in Ottawa this August. Victoria has an amazing youth poetry community. Come see our youth shine:12 poets will be competing in three-minute rounds, for a spot at Youth Slam Finals in May. 7pm at Solstice Cafe (529 Pandora). $5. 250217-1886, MYTHS AND TRUTHS ABOUT RENTING IN BC - Ready to Rent BC, Tenant Resource and Advisory Centre, Residential Tenancy Branch and Rental Owners and Managers Society of BC will present the top 10 questions that are most commonly asked by tenants and landlords about being a renter, being a landlord and dispute resolution. 6-8pm at Central Library (735 Broughton). Free. 250 388 7171,

WED. MARCH 6 REAL WOMEN REAL SUCCESS - Hear directly from some of B.C.'s most successful women as they discuss the motivation, commitment and focus it took for them to get to where they are today. Our top female advisors will be interviewing our honoured guests at this special event. 5-7pm at Alix Goolden Hall (907 Pandora). $15. 250-405-2424, CITIZENSHIP 101 - Victoria Immigrant Refugee Centre Society (VIRCS) will launch Citizenship 101, a free and interactive learning experience that prepares newcomers for Canadian citizenship. We are also looking for mentors and participants for the program. WEDNESDAYS to April 10, 6-7pm at Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre (637 Bay). Free. 250-361-9433, MUNRO’S BOOKS: PUBLISHING AND SELLING OVER THE LAST 50 YEARS - Jim Munro has seen great changes in the book business. Among other aspects of the trade, he will discuss colourful characters he has encountered, mistakes publishers have made, and the cyberspace challenge. 7-9pm at Oaklands Community Centre (2827 Belmont). Free. 604-592-6558.

GALLERIES FRI. MARCH 1 THE AVENUE GALLERY - Leonard Cohen - Artworks. To March 7 at 2184 Oak Bay. OPEN SPACE - Production/ Presentation Residency by Charles Campbell. Opening reception 7:30pm. To April 6 at 510 Fort. XCHANGES GALLERY - The Heir by Paola Savasta. Opening reception 7-9pm at 2333 Government.

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ll Signs: This week Saturn and Pluto are doing a dance that started on Dec. 26 and will end on Sept. 21. But get this: Saturn is in Scorpio and Scorpio is the sign that Pluto rules. Meanwhile, Pluto is in Capricorn, and Capricorn is the sign that Saturn rules. Holy switcheroo! Each planet is in each other’s sign! This happened in1942-43, 1952-53, 1976-77, GEORGIA 1989-90 and now in 2012-13. Clearly, this NICOLS dance means we’re striving to make practical improvements, renovations and major changes in our lives. Changes for the better. We’re taking a systematic approach to improve our health, our home, our job, our relationships – something! And since there’s always room for improvement, what could be better than a disciplined approach? (Personally, I can’t say I am of this ilk. I live my life like I type: fast with lots of miztakes.) ARIES MARCH 21-APRIL 19 At this stage in your life, you’re trying very hard to make the best use of the resources of others and any help that is available to you. You don’t want to blow it. You know that whatever help extended to you now can actually change your life direction, hopefully for the better. Right now, so much is going on behind the scenes (including secret love affairs). This means in a way you’re just biding your time. You’re waiting. But you know that eventually, with the help of others, you’re going to achieve what you really want and be who you really want to be. Smokin’! TAURUS APRIL 20-MAY 20 Right now you want to have the kind of partner who will benefit you and be a helpful resource in your life. This doesn’t mean you’re using them (or in a way, yes, you are). And they will use you. Why? Because partnerships are practical and mutually beneficial, not just hot sex. (Although dessert is always nice after a meal.) This Pluto-Capricorn dance will help you to improve your partnerships to the best of your ability and if you’ve tried everything you can, then your only recourse is to step back and let them go. But first, you’re going to try your hardest. That’s all you can do.


GEMINI MAY 21-JUNE 20 Although this is a popular time and you’re out there schmoozing with everyone, your steely focus is on your job. (And also your health.) You’re contemplating a five-point plan to get healthier and also get the support and resources that you want in your work. You want others to come across. You want them to cough up the goods that can help you do what it is you want to do. This is not an unrealistic expectation. Au contraire! It’s quite reasonable because, with lucky Jupiter in your sign right now, favourable winds are blowing your way. Ah yes, very soon. We’re talking money as well. (How sweet it is.)


CANCER JUNE 21-JULY 22 You’re keen to expand your world; in fact, many are travelling. But in the bigger picture, (yes, we’re talking about the SaturnPluto dance) you want to know what is the most effective way — in terms of wisdom, compassion and practical support — that you can deal with your kids or younger people in your sphere. You will always be a nurturer; that’s who you are. To nurture is to be compassionate. But compassion must have intelligence, almost by definition. So how can you be the best you can be relating to others who rely on you for their emotional and practical support? And, of course, the next obvious question is – who’s supporting you? (Fortunately, what goes around comes around.) LEO JULY 23-AUG 22 You’re hell-bent for leather renovating, repairing and fixing up your home. Not only are you completing and finishing things right now, you are improving them immensely! And while this might be a drag or drudgery in some ways, aren’t you going to be so happy with the results? Of course! On a more subtle level, many of you can also improve and hone family relationships for the better. This is all basic stuff but necessary. When things are flowing smoothly on your home turf, you can jump on your trusty steed and gallop forward to conquer the world. (But first, a little nosh.)?


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VIRGO AUG 23-SEPT 22 Five planets are opposing you now. Five! Naturally, this means you are focused on friendships and close partnerships. Venus is smoothing the way but Mars makes you irritated. Two steps forward, one step back. Some of this is related to the big dance

that is going on now with Saturn and Pluto. Saturn is prepping you for some changes in the near future, perhaps a residential move or a job change. But these external changes simply reflect internal changes that are more about your style of communicating with everyone in your daily life. Now that – that’s a major change. People listen to how you talk and they think that’s who you are. LIBRA SEPT. 23-OCT. 22 You’ve been thinking a lot about cash flow, money and your earnings, haven’t you? (Money is so handy when you want to buy things.) What’s interesting now is this dance between Saturn and Pluto looks like it might bring you a new income stream. You might find a new job or new ways of earning money. Something is undergoing a revolution and you are adopting a new attitude to what you own, what you earn, and how you want to make all that work for you, not against you. And you can do this! Lucky Jupiter is climbing higher in your chart and soon will be at the top, bringing you opportunities you haven’t experienced for more than a decade. Get ready. SCORPIO OCT 23-NOV 21 Well, you’re in the game. Saturn is in Scorpio and your ruler Pluto is in Capricorn (the sign that Saturn rules). Yes, it does sound like confusing gobbledygook. But when these two planets are in each other’s sign, it means they are helping each other and magnifying the influence of each other. It’s easier for each of them to go to work. In your case, you’re on a major kick to improve your health, your appearance, your image in the world and your style of relating to others. No more Mr. Halfway, we’re talking the whole enchilada. Get down on the floor and give me 50. Look at those biceps and that six-pack! SAGITTARIUS NOV 22- DEC 21 Your focus on home, family and your personal life continues with redecorating ideas and pending major renovations. But the hit tune for your sign is, “I Can Leave Home but Can I Leave it All Behind?” You’re entering a time where you will dismantle much of what you created since around 2001. This means you have to lighten your load. Fortunately, this Saturn-Pluto dance will help you do this ever so skillfully. (Mom always liked you best.) The bottom line is: What do you grab when the house is on fire? Or to put it another way: What really matters? Which reminds me of another song, “Ya take what ya need and ya leave the rest, but they never should’ve taken the very best. CAPRICORN DEC 22-JAN 19 Like Scorpio, you’re part of this equation because your ruler Saturn is in Scorpio, while Pluto (the ruler of Scorpio) is in your sign of Capricorn. A beautiful seesaw working to everyone’s benefit! Accept the help of others, especially from groups. (This can be humbling.) But no man is an island, not even a Peninsula. We all depend on each other. With the help of others, you will find that you can modify your future goals so that it will be easier to achieve your hopes and dreams for the future. Even a retreat can be in advance if your objective swings by 180 degrees. Continue your busy pace with short trips, talking to everyone and reading and writing a lot because you’ve got something to say. “Now hear this!” AQUARIUS JAN 20-FEB 18 Your finances have your attention, which is why you’re working so hard to earn money, and also why you’re spending it on treasures for yourself and loved ones. You feel you deserve it and, in truth, you do. After all, this is your time of harvest when all the seeds you planted since 2005 are ripening. For most, this is a time of promotions, kudos, congratulations and successful completions. But it’s not over till the fat lady sings. What can you do to refine your achievements so they are even more spectacular? You’re on top of your game and you deserve the vacations, romantic escapades and fun diversions that you’re giving yourself. It’s all good. PISCES FEB 19-MARCH 20 With five planets in your sign, you’ve got a basketball team going! Actually this is an extremely empowering time for you. You look good, you feel good and with the exception of Mercury retrograde in your sign causing snafus, you’re doing whatever you can to learn more about whatever you need to know so that you’re “ready.” Ready for what? Hey, you know. You need to be ready for the big time in about three years because that’s when major opportunities open up as you enter a window where your cherished dreams can come true. Your success then will depend upon how well you prepare now. That’s always how it works.

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OPENING JACK THE GIANT SLAYER-(Capitol/ SilverCity/Westshore) This looks to be a fun — if rather over-thetop — variation on the Jack and the Beanstalk tale. Directed by Bryan Singer (Usual Suspects, X-Men) and starring Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, and Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies). Starts Fri. THE LAST EXORCISM PART II -(Capitol/SilverCity) The original Last Exorcism was a religio-horror fright flick that cleverly explored the mindset behind religious fundamentalism; the sequel looks like it could be an equally effective scare fest. Starts Fri. THE MOVIE OUT HERE -(Odeon) This dubious looking comedy features a Toronto lawyer who returns to his hometown of Fernie to help out a friend with a failing business. Sasquatch sightings and bikini pillow fights evidently figure prominently. Starts Fri. 21 AND OVER -(SilverCity/ Westshore) The night before his big med-school exam, an innocent young man celebrates his 21st birthday -- and things get way out of hand. This crass raunchfest is by the guys who brought you The Hangover. Starts Fri.




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AWARENESS FILM NIGHT -Presents Outstanding In Her Field, a documentary by and about women farmers on sourthern Vancouver Island. This is part of the annual Farming and Gardening Gala. WEDNESDAY, March 6, 7:30 pm at Edward Milne Community School, 6218 Sooke Road.


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SINGH VS. KAUR -(Capitol) ★★½ BEAUTIFUL CREATURES -(Capitol/SilverCity/Westshore) ★★★ JACK REACHER -(Caprice)

MOVIE MONDAY - Is screening To Be Heard, an engaging documentary following the aspirations of three Bronx teenagers to mine their unruly lives as raw material for performance poetry — and the chance to make

FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL BEINGS -(Wed., Feb. 27: 7:00, 9:00) This special, non-Cinecenta screening is a celebrated portrait of revered Tibetan monk Garchen Rinpoche. All seats $7.

★★★★ SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN -(Thurs., Feb. 28: 7:10, 9:00) 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. ★★★ PROMISED LAND -(Fri.-Sat., Mar. 1-2: 3:00, 7:00, 9:15) Matt Damon stars in an even-handed drama about the machinations of the natural-gas industry as they try to exploit the rural poor in a quest for ever-greater riches. THE ROOM -(Fri.-Sat., Mar. 1-2: 11:30 only) Fans of truly awful movies should consider checking out this turkey, which has a cult following for its bad acting. ★★★ WRECK–IT RALPH -(Sat.Sun., Mar. 2-3: 1:00 matinee) 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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February 28, 2013 edition of the Monday Magazine