ArtSmarts Monday Magazine August 2016

ArtSmarts Monday Magazine August 2016. 

This content was first published in the August 2016 of Monday Magazine and I have been given permission to re-publish it online.

Summer Music Festival set to sizzle

Summer—a time to relax and kick back, often outdoors, or on an unexpected exploration to another area of the city or region—perhaps enjoying a different performance genre.  Festivals abound, including my personal favourite—the Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival, celebrating 30 years in 2016.

Music lovers are in for a treat as the Victoria Summer Music Festival celebrates 21 years in August with concerts that introduce new, award-winning talent including the Cecilia String Quartet, Ensemble Made in Canada, and mezzo-soprano Anita Krause, as well as favourite performers from past seasons. All concerts at the Philip T Young Concert Hall, UVic.

Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre at the Roxy brings Marx Brothers lunacy to the stage with Animal Crackers, directed by Jacob Richmond, August 2-21.  Join Groucho, Chico, Harpo, Zeppo and their perennial foil Mrs. Rittenhouse as they tear the stage up with anarchic fun and song.

Jarvolution Theatre presents a staged reading of Macramé by emerging playwright Melissa Taylor August 4/5 at the Intrepid Theatre Club. Macramé follows the building of a relationship between two artists; as recent grads, they both struggle to find work and meaning in their art, and overcome the obstacles their own pasts put up.

Acclaimed local actor, comedian and producer Kirsten Van Ritzen remounts her solo show All My Day Jobs Tuesday Aug. 9 at the Victoria Event Centre.  “Food taster, tourist greeter, enumerator, carny, dancing cocktail waitress? An inventive actress fakes her way through dozens of day jobs with disastrous, hilarious results.”

It’s hard to believe it’s been over twenty years already since the run-away hit Mom’s the Word originally appeared onstage at the Belfry Theatre.  What started as a group of theatre artists moms writing about their experiences grew into a worldwide phenomenon. This is a brand new production of the original show, with a new cast of actress/mothers.  August 9th-28th.

Broken Rhythms presents #LashBash August 13th at Dance Victoria—a fundraiser, dance show, party and silent auction.  Don your own signature lashes and enjoy an evening of dance, drinks and raising funds.

The second Summer Serenade concert of the summer at Oak Bay Music August 24th features the Sombrio Duo in a repertoire that ranges from Baroque, to folk, to modern rock. The concert starts at 7pm at St. Mary’s Anglican Church.

In their first concert of the 2016/2017 season, the Early Music Society of the Islands performs Bach’s magnificent Mass in B Minor with full Baroque orchestra, eight internationally renowned soloists and a professional chorus. Saturday August 6th at Christ Church Cathedral.

The 10th annual Integrate Arts Festival takes place August 28-30th at locations throughout the (mainly) downtown core with a multitude of galleries and performance or creation spaces hosting events including: an art crawl, bike tour, opening party, music, street art and installations.

Celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Victoria Fringe Theatre Festival with Intrepid Theatre August 22-September 2.  Over the 12 days of the festival experience live performance from around the world, featuring an eclectic mixture of spoken word, drama, musicals, dance, comedy, magic, theatre for young audiences and more. Victoria’s Fringe is one of the oldest on the Canadian Fringe Festival circuit, and is a founding member of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals (CAFF) ®.

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