WEDNESDAY, FEB. 6
Joe Laughlin, featuring Ballet Victoria presented by Dance Victoria and YAM Magazine Dance Days. Tonight and Thursday, 7:30 p.m. at the McPherson Playhouse. Tickets at rmts.bc.ca or tel. 250-386-6121.
Victoria Film Festival, daily through Feb. 10.; victoriafilmfestival.com; tickets at boxoffice.victoriafilmfestival.com.
> Michael D. Reid at the festival, in Arts, pages C9, C11
Polar Obsession: Paul Nicklen, National Geographic photographer and biologist, 7:30 p.m. at the University of Victoria, University Centre Farquhar Auditorium. Reserved seating at tel. 250-721-8480.
House Cats at Swans Pub, 506 Pandora Ave. 9 p.m. Tel. 250-361-3310.
U Jam Vocal Jazz Jam at Hermann’s Jazz Club, 753 View St., 8 p.m. Tel. 250-388-9166.
Geoff Lundstrom at the Bard & Banker Pub, 1022 Government St., 8 p.m. Tel. 250-953-9993.
Happy Wanderers Walking Club for couples, meets Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. at various locations. Tel. 250-479-4830.
Victoria Ballroom Dance Society open dance practice, singles and couples welcome, 7:45-10 p.m. at Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, 3220 Cedar Hill Rd. First visit free. Tel. 250-721-5483 or go to vbds.org.
THURSDAY, FEB. 7
Albert Herring by Benjamin Britten presented by Pacific Opera Victoria. Thursday, Friday and Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. with matinée Feb. 17 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets at rmts.bc.ca or tel. 250-386-6121.
Ken Lavigne in concert at Mary Winspear Centre, 2243 Beacon Ave., Sidney, 2:30 p.m. Tel. 250-656-0275.
Speaking in Tongues at the Belfry Theatre, 1291 Gladstone Ave., to Feb. 24, Tuesday to Saturday at 8 p.m. with matinée Saturday at 4 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m., Wednesday at 1 p.m. Tickets at tickets.belfry.bc.ca or tel. 250-385-6815.
A Blast from the Past! Victoria Conservatory of Music-Camosun Jazz and Classical Music Faculty join in a watershed concert, 7 p.m., at Robin and Winifred Wood Recital Hall, 907 Pandora Ave.; vcm.bc.ca.
Faculty Reading Night: University of Victoria Department of Writing presents readings by Bill Gaston, Lorna Crozier, Tim Lilburn, Joan MacLeod and Lee Henderson. Thursday, 7 p.m. at UVic, HSD Building, Room A240.
Art Gallery Mansion Tour with Robert Taylor and Jeanne Cannizzo, 7-8:30 p.m. at Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 1040 Moss St. Details at aggv.ca.
Black History Month presents Underground Railroad: Adam’s Journey to the Promised Land, Thursday, 7-8:30 p.m. at Nellie McClung Branch Library. Register at gvpl.ca.
Broken Strings at the Bard & Banker Pub, 1022 Government St., 8 p.m. Tel. 250-953-9993; vicpubco.ca.
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