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Critic's picks: Cult After Dark; Vinyl Envy; Amanda Forsythe

Our Arts reporter's top picks for the week ahead: Take in classic films at The Vic, celebrate eight years of Vinyl Envy, and go for baroque with the Victoria Symphony.
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The mob classic Goodfellas kicks off the Victoria Film Festival's Cult After Dark series on Saturday. HANDOUT


Where: The Vic Theatre, 808 Douglas St.

When: April 1-15, 9:30 p.m.

Tickets: $13.33 from

Why: The Cult After Dark series from the producers of the Victoria Film Festival offers three films considered to be high water marks of their respective genres. Martin Scorsese’s mob classic, Goodfellas, kicks the series off on Saturday, followed by David Lynch’s noir nightmare, Blue Velvet (on April 15), and Michael Mann’s police procedural, Heat (April 15). The trio of films cover the bases where cinematic classics are concerned, so they will be familiar favourites for many. But if you haven’t had the opportunity to see any of these on the big screen, take the opportunity to do so — especially Heat, whose painterly shots of the L.A. skyline at night were made for the widescreen format.


Where: The Roxy Theatre, 2657 Quadra St.

When: Friday, March 30 and Saturday, April 1, 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $31.31 daily from

Why: The Roxy Theatre will be home to a two-day party celebrating the eight birthday of Vinyl Envy, the popular Quadra Street record store/live music venue. There will be a full slate of sets Friday (from Mama’s Broke, Dana Sipos, and Ghostly Hounds) and Saturday (Sarah Osborne, Jacob Weil, and Marin Patenaude), separated into thematic offerings. There will also be a tribute Saturday to late Victoria singer-songwriter Vic Horvath, who died in 2018 with their career on the cusp of big things. That will be an emotional highlight.


Where: Farquhar Auditorium, University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Rd.

When: Sunday, April 2, 2:30 p.m.

Tickets: $48-$68 from or 250-721-8480

Why: Boston-based lyric soprano Amanda Forsythe joins conductor Christian Kluxen and the Victoria Symphony for a program of baroque and classical music on Sunday afternoon, highlighted by pieces from Franz Joseph Haydn, Anton Webern, Michael Tippett and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Forsythe is known for her deft handling of material from George Frideric Handel, which bodes well for arias from Alcina and Giulio Cesare, which are destined for success Sunday.

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