3 Arts and Culture Events for Springtime

Etched at the AGGV

“Come up and see my etchings” could have been used as a pick-up line, with all seriousness, by master printmaker Walter J. Phillips. His woodblock prints take over the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria in conjunction with exhibits of Japanese printmakers who influenced Phillips’ work. 

Quiet Nature: The Woodblock Prints of Walter J. Phillips, March 9–May 20, AGGV

West Side Story Redux

Remember when street ruffians were finger-snapping dancers in tight pants and Brylcreem? In 1957, the dream team of Bernstein, Sondheim and Robbins twisted Romeo and Juliet into a musical love story that transcended American musical theatre. The Canadian College of Performing Arts revives this classic.

West Side Story, April 19–27, McPherson Playhouse

Valdy Goes Big Band

Photograph by Doug Nicholson courtesy of 6 String Nation

Valdy may have to adjust a lyric or two when he sings, “Play me a rock and roll song … or don’t play me no song at all” when accompanied by the Victoria Jazz Orchestra. The Canadian folk icon and pride of Salt Spring Island takes his canon into the rare air of folk-jazz. 

Valdy and the Victoria Jazz Orchestra, March 16, Alix Goolden Hall

This article is from the March/April 2019 issue of YAM.