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Critic's picks: Improvised Jane Austen; InFrinGinG Dance Festival; Festival Mexicano

Our critic, Mike Devlin, shares his favourite upcoming events in Greater Victoria and beyond, including Yes and Yesteryear: An Improvised Jane Austen at Carr House.
Yes and Yesteryear: An improvised Jane Austen runs July 7-22 at Emily Carr House. PAPER STREET THEATRE


Where: Carr House, 207 Government St.
When: Friday, July 7 through Saturday, July 22
Tickets: $25 from

Why: English lit fans rejoice: Six performances of Yes and Yesteryear: An Improvised Jane Austen are on the schedule at Carr House over three upcoming weekends as part of the annual summer show from Paper Street Theatre. Yes and Yesteryear is designed to re-create the Austen era, complete with the mannerisms of Georgian society, and will be performed on the veranda of Emily Carr’s former residence. The national historic site, built in 1863, is the perfect setting in which to celebrate the author of Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice and other literary classics. 


Where: Various venues in Nanaimo, including The Port Theatre and Maffeo Sutton Park
When: Thursday, July 6 through Sunday, July 9

Why: Nanaimo’s Crimson Coast Dance has been staging the InFrinGinG Dance Festival for 25 years, and during that time the company has pushed contemporary dance forward to great heights in Nanaimo. The festival got underway Wednesday but moves into The Port Theatre for a pair of key performances tonight, including storytelling from Shayna Jones, music from cellist Rufus Cappadocia, choreography by Tedd Robinson, and dance performances from Genevieve Johnson and Holly Bright. That just a portion of what is on tap through the weekend, including free performances. A quarter-century of excellent programming continues.


Where: Inner Harbour
When: Saturday, July 8 and Sunday, July 9
Admission: Free

Why: The 17th annual Festival Mexicano spans two days and numerous arts and culture wheelhouses, from Zumba fitness and Mexican folkloric ballet to mariachi music. Victoria’s Mexican Canadian Community is on full display through the weekend, and this free, family-friendly festival is a cultural experience like few others this summer. Highly recommended.

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