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Vancouver Art/Book Fair Visitors to the Vancouver Art Gallery Annex on Oct. 5 and 6 can dive into artist publishing in all of its various forms at the second annual Vancouver Art/ Book Fair — the only international art book fair in Canada. Programs include a performance by award-winning Vancouver writer Amber Dawn, a talk by graphic designers and zine publishers Jon Hannan and Sarah Stapleton of OWT Creative (Manchester), a photobook workshop by Deniz Merdano of +90 (Montreal/Istanbul), a panel discussion led by Andrew Bernardini of The Art Book Review (Los Angeles), an artist talk by Jesse Hlebo of Swill Children (Brooklyn), an introduction to Colombian
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Martha, Martha, Martha The Winsor Gallery (258 E. 1st) is rolling out the welcome mat for Martha Sturdy. The acclaimed painter and sculptor and the artist-centric gallery are launching a new relationship (the Winsor Gallery will host a full exhibition of Sturdy’s new work next Spring), and they’re celebrating with an exhibit of new paintings and sculptures called Break-up. The pieces are inspired by northern Canadian landscapes — and hint at what’s to come in 2014. “I have long been a fan of Martha’s work. She shares a strong connection to the great Canadian landscape and skillfully uses minimalist clarity to evoke nature’s complexity and beauty, the result of which is stunning,” says Gallery owner Jennifer Winsor. On now. Image: #386 (Hay Bale), resin on steel, Martha Sturdy
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Now in her sixties, Vancouver fashion icon Maria Leone is making a point of doing things she never had time for earlier in her career By Kelsey Klassen
aria Leone spent decades building a Vancouver retail empire, and then, at age 50, she learned to swim. The feeling of treading water must have been a figurative first for the woman who has been the public face of Leone for the past 27 years. Leone — “Mrs. L” to the stylesavvy staff who greet her as her heels strike along the boutique’s central arcade — still casts her long slender shadow across the store’s mosaic tiles each morning. Every single item that receives the lusty brush of a customer’s fingertips is personally picked by her and her head buyers. But now, between international buying trips, Leone, 66, goes to Giants games (her eldest grandson is on the team), and bakes cheese scones with the kids on demand. In fact, her five grandchildren come up in conversation well before the matriarch even begins talking about her other legacy: the 25,000-square-foot clothing
boutique she co-owns with her ex-husband, Alberto. The store’s 50 employees. The millions in annual sales. The fabulous outerwear... She stands today surrounded by Carmen Ruiz y Laza’s JoyTV camera crew and the better part of the editorial team at WE. Ruiz y Laza is filming the first segment for her new show, CarmenTV; for the people who are about to go on camera, Leone graciously presents her store as if it were a wearable jungle gym: “Go play,” she shoos the growing entourage with a smile. Like a fire brigade the women fan out, making sure there are no smouldering Versaces unaccounted for. Leone herself disappears briefly into an adjoining room, and comes back holding a black-on-black embossed jacket — nipped at the waist and with a bit of peplum. She slips it onto the shoulders of WE editor Martha Perkins, and the jacket is to Perkins as a cork is to a bottle of Perrier-Jouët — a perfect fit. Leone knew before she left the room what she was looking for, but she’s made a career of predicting what we are looking for. Born in Italy, Leone immigrated
“I always wear sweaters and jackets, but I thought, ‘You know what? Let’s just make a point here,’” says a sleeveless-and-proud Maria Leone. Rob Newell photo to Montreal at age eight with her widowed mother. During a teenage stint in the cutting room of a garment factory, Leone found herself daydreaming about the buyers coming in. The foreshadowing was lost on her, though, as her life welcomed marriage to Alberto, a hair stylist, and their two children by the age of 20. In 1970 the family moved to Vancouver. Alberto established a beauty salon and Maria managed the books. At the urging of customers, they expanded into women’s wear and opened Alberto Boutique. By the time they were launching
their sixth location, Alberto could no longer keep up with stocking the stores, and turned the buying over to Maria. Terrified, she boarded planes to Paris and Milan. Fast forward through the next 30 years: Leone would find herself in Europe twice a month, curating collections and discovering new designers while raising her children; Alberto Boutique would consolidate into one location at the newly built Pacific Centre in 1974 and then re-brand as Leone for the move to its current location Sinclair Centre, bringing luxury to the wilds of West Hastings in 1987.
Leone was the first retailer in Western Canada to open an instore Versace boutique. Now, you would just as likely walk out of the store with a McQueen dress, Dior biker jacket or Gianvito Rossi shoe. Fashion moves fast, but for Maria Leone, time is moving faster: “I feel that my sixties are going by quickly, and I have to start doing things that really matter to me.” She just recently ran her first 10K. (“It was so exhilarating, just the fact that I did it.”) As our photographer shouts instructions from behind a long lens to lean this way and tilt that way, she jokingly asks him what else he wants her to flex. An inspiration, it’s no surprise Leone’s surrounded by equally inspirational older women, including her aging mother, whom she cares for: “My mother lives with me — talk about a sandwich generation. She just turned 90 and is still amazing and supportive.” She also feels empowered, not by success or satisfaction, but simply by her age. “I just feel more comfortable and I want to do things that I didn’t have time to do or a chance to do when I was young and handling the business.” Despite enjoying her active grandmotherhood and enrolling in every lesson available, however, Leone is not exactly squeezing in weekday games of golf, nor is she succession planning. Yet. “I don’t think of my age. I work with 18-year-olds; some of them are younger than my grandchildren! It keeps me young and wanting to be better, every day.”
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his is starting to sound familiar: daughter of immigrants overcomes social and economic barriers during youth, establishes highly successful career, and doesn’t weary of work, but, rather, maintains a healthy passion for it well into ‘Boomerism’ and beyond. It could be Maria Leone (see story page 5), it could be Carmen Ruiz y Laza, it could be you. For the sake of this story, let’s focus on Carmen: While something the PR maven had been pondering for the past few years, finding out she was going to have her own TV show at the age of 52 had the high-voltage, fast-talking Spaniard shaking and short for air. Careers can be leveraged on the back of a brief conversation, an innocuous email reconnect or a well-timed good idea. In Ruiz y Laza’s case, it was a variation of all three: “When I met with Moses [Znaimer, former head of CityTV]
in the spring, we were having coffee and I said to him, ‘Okay, I’m ready to come and work for you now. And by the way... I want to be on camera someday.’” As a producer, in 1999, Ruiz y Laza helped Znaimer bring CityTV out west. Now 71, Znaimer is playing fast and loose with the concept of zoomers — Baby Boomers with zip. The media mogul is reaching out to zoomers in BC as president of CARP (Canadian Association of Retired Persons), with Zoomer magazine and through his Fraser Valley-based television station, JoyTV. “If I was ever going to ask, this was the time. He listens. And he makes people; he allows you the opportunity.” So they began expanding her portfolio: introducing CARP BC, JoyTV, IdeaCity and the Zoomer Show to her vast network. Still, it took perhaps a confidence that comes with age to put her pitch on the (coffee) table. And now she has a TV show. “I’m trying to digest what we’re embarking on. I’m really grateful: to be a baby boomer, starting a new career on camera, where most networks are looking to retire you after a certain age? JoyTV has instead given me an opportunity to begin something; I’m in a job where aging is encouraged!” she jokes. At age 13, Ruiz y Laza left
Carmen Ruiz y Laza on location at Leone for her new show, CarmenTV, launching this Fall on Joy TV. Rob Newell photo Spain and life in a convent, and landed in Canada unable to speak a word of English. Determined to learn to communicate, she became fluent within a year and still credits this as the source of her drive. Fans new to her flair will have to learn to keep up. CarmenTV — a “baby boomer lifestyle show” will follow Ruiz y Laza from to intimate chats with friends, to vacation getaways to posh soirées: “I want to concentrate on what it is to age well. You always age on the outside, not the inside. I’m going talk to people like Maria [Leone], who runs a fashion
empire and is at the forefront of the business in the city. She’s still doing it. She knows what’s hip and happening and can pick clothes for you and for me.” If the two women traded tips on longevity, they’d probably just repeat each other’s advice: “The harder I work the luckier I get. Remember that old saying?” she laughs. “Nothing comes easy, and don’t get fooled — I have a lot of vulnerabilities. And with this TV show, I have to get ready to expose myself. But I have learned to not take the criticisms too harshly, nor the compliments to heart.”
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n Tuesday, Oct. 1, Vancouver commemorated National Seniors Day by raising the CARP (Canadian Association of Retired Persons) flag at City Hall. Carmen Ruiz y Laza attended on behalf of CARP BC, alongside deputy mayor Heather Deal; councillor Tony Tang, liaison to the City of Vancouver Seniors Advisory Committee; Chris Morrissey, chair of the COV Seniors’ Advisory Committee; and Art Kube, president of the Council of Senior Citizens Organizations of BC. “It is the first time that the CARP flag will fly at Vancouver City Hall, and many city halls will do same across the country,” says Ruiz y Laza. “It is a great step forward as CARP joins forces with the Mayor’s office and the Seniors Advisory Committee; this ceremony shows we are united in our advocacy for the rights and dignity of every individual, regardless of age.” National Seniors Day was instituted by the federal government in 2011 to pay tribute to the seniors who have helped build our country and continue to make valuable contributions to communities and workplaces. CARP is a national, non-partisan advocacy association that works to promote and protect the interests, rights and quality of life for Canadians as they age. It has more than 300,000 members and is represented in Ottawa by Susan Eng. Adds Ruiz y Laza: “CARP is one of the biggest voting blocks in Canada, which means Susan gets heard.”
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udy Ginn Walchuk has always lived life big. She sang at a private birthday party for Noel Coward at the behest of David Frost after he saw her perform at the Playboy Club in London. She recorded her first album for RCA in 1965 and she and her brother had their own variety program on CBC, the Judy and Jim Show. She’s had countless gigs at every club in Vancouver and five appearances on the Merv Griffin Show. Walchuk and her brother, who will soon be getting a star on Granville Street, lived in the States for several years when their style of music wasn’t as popular with Canadian audiences — “we weren’t guitar-playing folksingers”. And when she didn’t want to work as many nights, she opened a store in Venice Beach called Shady Business, custom making lampshades for customers such as Goldie Hawn, Bernadette Peters and Ashley Judd. But there is a price to living big — small bank accounts. The pay was good when you could get it but you never could bank on when you’d get it. And even then, she had to pay for
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away all of her punch bowls and serving trays in preparation for what she thought would be a move into something akin to an old folks home. “I moved in and went, ‘Oh my god.’ I immediately put on a party and went to the Sally Ann to buy back some of my punch bowls,” she says from her one-bedroom apartment with a view of Coal Harbour. “It’s a thrill to write and perform,” says Walchuk, who also released a CD of original songs, The Flying Walchuks... Without a Net, with the encouragement of her friends at PAL. “I thought it was all over for me but they inspired me to say, ‘Ya, I might still have something to say.’”
2013 Fromson Art Show at PAL, “Art Unbound & Found” in the communal workshop, where she can also spray paint her mosaics. If she doesn’t have the tool she needs, someone else does. It’s share and share alike at PAL. On Monday nights, she gathers with 30 to 40 other residents for soup, a by-donation dinner of homemade soup, plus bread donated by Terra Breads. “Because I live in PAL, I do not live alone,” she once said in a speech. “I’ve found friends, I’ve found joy, I’ve found purpose. I’ve found community which is often more like family.” How different it is from what she had imagined. Before PAL, she rented a shared apartment above her lampshade store in Dunbar, Wally’s Folly, where she was constantly hosting parties. Thinking that part of her life would be over, she gave
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A few years ago, she was thrilled to be featured in a union commercial for the Royal Columbian Hospital, especially since she believes strongly in the union’s positive influence. But McNab’s positive spin on life is a choice. The two-time divorcee has experienced many hardships and had to start over in life a few times. “You have to make up your mind, this is what I’ve got and this is what I’ll do with it,” she says. In her family, “We don’t get down. We reinvent ourselves.” Which is why she wishes people in other professions could get the opportunity to live at someplace like the Performing Arts Lodge (PAL.) A member of ACTRA, she’s one of the founding tenants in one of the rent-geared-toincome apartments. “I love PAL. I’m a country girl at heart, raised in Calgary when Calgary was a cowtown. I lived in the Valley before I moved here. My age was starting to get to me. I tried living in an apartment [in Langley] but I almost went crazy. I’m basically a private person and I couldn’t stand it. Then, through another miracle, I bought a trailer in a trailer park [near Surrey.] When I heard about PAL, I thought, ‘that should be an answer for me.” She had a hard time adjusting at first because she had left friends and family behind, but she says she picks up on people’s energies and there’s good energy at play at PAL. She volunteers on several projects and loves getting dressed up at Hallowe’en to give candy to the visiting children, including those from the Bayshore Garden Children’s Centre downstairs. Three years ago she gave up her car and thought that would be the end of her TV and movie career. But then her agent arranged it that she’d get transported to her jobs. (At Almost Human she had her own dressing room where she a nap.) She’ll always be grateful to the coworker who signed her up as an extra 25 years ago (and who never was on screen again). “There was a gift,” Gladys says of her friend’s act, and its results. “I never would have signed myself up and it’s been a delight.”
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Urban Barn’s Next Top Designer The Home + Design Show (running Oct. 17-20 at BC Place) started searching for up-and-coming Vancouver designers in June. They picked three designing women (L-R: Lianna Armstrong, Penelope Sloan and Laura Borrelli) in August, and now they’ve been put to task to design a living room using a $5,000 budget and an assigned theme and colour palette. All three rooms will be displayed at the show.
The winners will compete for your vote at the Home + Design Show for the chance to see their living room design showcased at Urban Barn (2354 Granville). They will also get a free exhibit booth at the 2014 Vancouver Home + Design Show. Tix $12/$15. VancouverHomeAndDesignshow.com.
Evan Ducharme’s Eco Fashion Week challenge The seventh season of Eco Fashion Week brings back old favourites and new faces. Fresh off sensational 2013 fashion weeks, young local designers Evan Ducharme and Dandi Wind are sure to draw crowds. On Monday, Oct. 7, Value Village presents a night for vintage lovers with the Thrift Chic Challenge, featuring stylists Kenneth Wyse, Dandi Wind and Claire Bouvier. Immediately following, Evan Ducharme (taking over the 68-lb Challenge from eco-champion Kim Cathers) reveals the results of getting his hands 68-lbs of gently-used clothes (the amount of clothing and textiles the average North American throws away each year) and turning them into a new collection. Nicole Bridger presents on Sunday, Oct. 6, and on Wednesday, Oct. 9, Main Street mainstays Twigg & Hottie celebrate their 10th anniversary. But wait, there’s more: EcoFashion-Week.com.
aundry detergent and designer clothes tend to rub each other the wrong way. So leave it to the woman behind Canada’s figure-hugging fashion brand, Pink Tartan, to create readyto-wear luxury that can go in the wash. Kimberley Newport-Mimran was in Vancouver Sept. 26 to launch her new washable collection in partnership with Tide Pods. The capsule collection is comprised of three washable fabrics — a high twist viscose (similar to silk) for knit tops, $275; tech stretch for trousers, $295; and power stretch for dresses, $425 — and is available now at select Bay and Holt Renfrew stores. But as creative director and president for one of Canada’s most successful women’s wear lines, and as a mom, NewportMimran also has some style secrets for looking great on the go: Timeless pieces are always in fashion By choosing pieces you can wear season after season, you’ll also increase the lifespan of your wardrobe. Try out new trends through accessories Developing your own personal style comes with finding cuts that fit your body and colours that compliment your skin. Stick to it and don’t be swayed by the latest runway trend. To incorporate seasonal trends into your wardrobe, purchase smaller pieces like a bag, scarf or shoes. Accessories are great because they update your look without risk. Simplicity is the secret to elegance I design pieces that look stylish and fit into a modern woman’s lifestyle. By focusing on the cut of the garment, the
quality of the fabric and small details like an exposed zipper, these pieces not only last but have wardrobe presence for years to come. Invest in great basics that can be paired with a variety of pieces to keep your look effortless and elegant. Fit, fit, fit The correct fit of your clothing is essential to great style. Regardless of the cost of your clothing, finding a tailor that can make small adjustments to your pieces will make you look and feel better. If you find a piece you love but it’s not in your size, buy it in a larger size and take it to the tailors, they can do wonders. Find inspiration in fashion-eras gone by My fashion inspiration comes from timeless icons like Audrey Hepburn, Jackie Onassis and my grandmother. I remember my well-dressed grandmother serving tea sandwiches in pearls and the perfect top coat. Finding inspiration on websites is a good way to expand your fashion mind and style. Modern style is about care Sometimes being chic is as simple as keeping your clothes looking crisp and clean. Imagine browsing your favourite shop if the clothing looked less than polished? It would completely alter the way you looked at the garment. The same is true when you wear something that looks worn out. I believe we should care for our clothing, as you would other items you cherish.
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Pink Pints at Darby’s And to illustrate that beer is no longer a male dominated domain, there’s Pink Pints. The women’s beer group run by Lundy Dale will be co-hosting an event at Darby’s on October 21. “It’s a BC beer dinner for the ladies and with breweries that have strong female roles within.” — Joe Leary
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t was during a random discussion in 2011 that Lundy Dale — then-president of Campaign for Real Ale BC (CAMRA) — and CAMRA Vancouver president Martin Williams decided to put a greater focus on craft beer. “With the abundance of great beers available in this province, from the rest of Canada and the US, we felt it was important to promote and support our own,” she says. Spurred by the discussion, Dale got in touch with her contact at CAMRA Victoria — who reached out to the government. The result? The BC Minister of Agriculture proclaimed October as BC Craft Beer Month. Now in its third year, microbrewers are gearing up for a variety of events around the province to celebrate their wares, and BC beer drinkers couldn’t be happier. “The whole point behind BC Craft Beer month was about awareness, support and promotion of our great beers and the people behind them,” says Dale. “Year one took off in Victoria and Vancouver with cask programs, dinners, beer launches and overall larger awareness of the BC industry and how much variety and passion we have.” A lover of local craft beer since 1999, Dale has witnessed firsthand the explosion of the microbrew industry. Interest in those early days was low, and growth was slow, but since then, there’s been a sizable and steady increase. “In the last five to six years and with more beers available, the interest to try more has happened. “Given the growth of private liquor stores, people were wanting to learn more about beer, try and explore more as more single beers became available for purchase.” And this makes sense to Dale, because few beverages are as versatile as beer. “When it comes
Lundy Dale at the BC Craft Beer launch last year, with a cask she created (blueberry and cranberry bitter, aka BC Bitter) with R&B Brewing. Submitted photo to house parties and food pairings, beer is more economical than wine since you can buy three or four small single beers for the same price as a bottle of wine.” Given the rising popularity of craft beer, it’s not surprising that everyone seemingly wants a piece of the action. “It was inevitable that when the big brewers saw the popularity of the cottage beer industry among consumers, they too would want to protect their piece of the market,” she adds. “The fact that Molson’s bought Granville Island and Creemore Springs, Labatts; Alexander Keith (a single hop series) and all the mainstream breweries are either trying to buy out microbreweries, making ‘faux’ craft beer or coming out with ‘craft’ lines is an indication that craft beer is exactly what people want.” A full calendar of events can be found at CraftBeerMonth.ca/October-2013.
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Parkland is engaging but lacks cohesion
GRAVITY Starring Sandra Bullock, George Clooney Directed by Alfonso Cuarón In 2006, Alfonso Cuarón delivered the dystopian drama Children of Men which, in addition to exceptional world building, offered two of the most audacious, choreographed shots to have ever graced the big screen. Even if viewers weren’t cognisant of the technical bravura on display, they nevertheless felt its effect: without the benefit of a cut, tension was ratcheted up to almost unendurable levels. Thankfully, a criminal seven years on the sidelines (blame the hoops Hollywood asks artists to jump through) hasn’t dulled the director’s skills in the least. Gravity opens with an astonishing 17-minute shot that follows spacewalking astronauts Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) as they float around the Hubble Space Telescope, going about their business of repairing some minor damage. Making remarkable use of 3D visuals, Cuarón offers arguably one of the most convincing depictions of zero gravity ever committed to film. And yet, Ryan and Matt’s casual banter lends the scene the air of a blue collar workplace drama, grounding the proceedings and connecting us with the characters. Consequently, we’re shocked when a deluge of debris cuts them adrift from their shuttle and leaves them decidedly lost in space. As the film shifts into a harrowing survival drama akin to 127 Hours, Cuarón continues to use every tool at his disposal to create one of the year’s most immersive and enthralling films. You’d be inclined to gripe about the ludicrousness of some of the plot developments if the end result wasn’t so ridiculously entertaining. Its characters may be in freefall but Gravity soars. — Curtis Woloschuk
In Down River, Pearl (Helen Shaver, left) is the ballast in three women’s lives, including Aki (Jennifer Spence). The movie was written by director Ben Ratner as an ode to his friend and mentor, the late Babz Chula. Photo supplied
A journey together By Martha Perkins
s memorial tributes go, this one is larger than life. Down River, which screens at the Vancouver International Film Festival, is about three women and the friendship they each have with a neighbour, Pearl, “a charismatic and caring woman who inspires them to new heights.” For their own reasons and demons, they rely on Pearl for emotional stability. And then, one day, she’s gone. The movie was written by director Ben Ratner, who was inspired by his great friend and colleague Babz Chula. For years before her death in May 2010, he had helped rally Vancouver’s film, television and theatre community to raise money to help pay for her cancer treatments, never giving up hope until the very end. He was with her friends and family at her bedside when she died at the age of 64. Every person touched by Chula in life, and in the making of this movie, has had to take their own journey through love, loss, grief and acceptance. “Down River is like a pilgrimage,” Ratner said in an interview with WE Vancouver at VIFF’s media launch last month. “All of these people are
together on the walk and it’s a final goodbye to Babz.” Many of the people he cast were also close friends of the actress, a Leo and Gemini award-winning favourite with directors both on and off the screen. Helen Shaver plays Pearl, with (as described by VIFF), “Gabrielle Miller (Corner Gas, Sisters & Brothers) as Fawn, a talented but insecure actress; Colleen Rennison (DaVinci’s City Hall) as Harper, a gifted rock singer teetering between self-destruction and self-discovery; and Jennifer Spence (Stargate Universe, Continuum) as Aki, a scatological artist who emerges from under her paint-stained hoodie like a drunken butterfly.” Asked how he learned how to create strong women characters, Ratner said inspiration came not just from Chula, but from all the women he’s worked with as an actor, director and coach. There’s also the life journeys he’s taken with his wife, Jennifer Spence, who he says plays the character that’s most like him in the movie. “I’ve spent a lot of time hearing women’s stories and hearing what they go through,” he says.
Parkland Starring Zac Efron, James Badge Dale Directed by Peter Landesman Forgoing the usual conspiracy theories surrounding the tragic story of the JFK assassination, director Peter Landesman strives for accuracy in Parkland but falls short in crafting a consistent narrative. Still, credit must be given to the film’s gritty attention to detail and intriguing premise. Parkland recounts the events, in painstaking detail, immediately following that fateful November day in Dallas from multiple perspectives including the U.S. Secret Service, the Parkland Hospital medical staff, who tried in vain to save Kennedy, and even clothing manufacturer Abraham Zapruder (Paul Giamatti), whose home video recording of the event proved to be indispensable evidence through the decades. The main issue with the story is just how strong the first half is, giving it a top-heavy feeling.
Once the audience recovers from the unrelenting tension of doctors frantically trying to revive the man and all manner of authorities scrambling across town as lockdown ensues, it’s impossible to ever hit such notes again in the film. Thankfully, Parkland is chock full of so many great actors, it’s easier to overlook the lopsided structure. Giamatti’s Zapruder is downright brilliant while scene stealer James Badge Dale adds some emotional complexity to Robert Oswald Jr. (the infamous sniper’s brother). Unfortunately the playing field becomes rather crowded and some heavy hitters like Marcia Gay Harden’s no nonsense head nurse and Jackie Earle Haley’s Thor Diakow stately priest get lost in the shuffle. Parkland succeeds as an engaging depiction of a story told countless times before but never quite sustains its gripping early momentum.
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In 2008, 18 climbers from a party of 24 reached the summit of the world’s second-highest mountain, the treacherous K2; 48 hours later 11 were either dead or had simply vanished. What happened? Nick Ryan weaves together found footage, eerie reenactments and interviews with survivors to try and solve this tragic mystery. Sun. Oct 6, 6:15 pm, Playhouse Fri. Oct 11, 4:15 pm, Centre for Arts
François Ozon’s controversial drama follows 17-year-old Isabelle (Marine Vacth), from a comfortable Parisian background, who chooses to become a high-class prostitute. Ozon’s refusal to judge coupled with Vacth’s amazing performance make for a disturbing and deeply affecting work.
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The Clayton Heights neighbourhood is one of Surrey’s most popular areas for families and first-time buyers alike, with its easy access to amenities, shopping, dining and recreation. Now Woodbridge Homes is offering beautiful homes at a great value with its condominium development Salix. “Sales have been going very well here,” says sales manager Rob Carlsen. “We’re in the final stage of sales now, with a good
variety of homes left.” The remaining plans are mostly two-bedroom and den plans, ranging from 850 to 1,000 square feet. The five-storey Georgian-inspired building features a red brick exterior, lush landscaping and classic iron work, and every home includes a patio or balcony. Oversized windows let natural light pour in while the nine-foot ceilings (10 feet on the top and bottom floors) add an incredible sense of space to your new home. Most units feature beautiful views, so you may have
some trouble tearing yourself away from spending all your free time outside taking in the scenery, including Mount Baker. “The location has been working really well for us,” Carlsen says. “You’re in a small, quiet building that really stands above the crowd.” Homes start at $219,900. For more information, visit www. salixliving.com, call 604-530-0054 or visit the presentation centre at 6477 196th Street, Surrey, open daily except Friday between noon and 5 p.m.
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Polygon’s Canyon Springs is built in a West Coast style, and features spacious floorplans with gorgeous features such as rich laminate flooring, stainless-steel appliances and engineered stone countertops.
Natural beauty abounds at Canyon Springs By Kerry Vital
The Lower Mainland is famous for its outdoor lifestyle and variety of recreational activities. Most residents think of the North Shore when they want to get outside. Now, Polygon is bringing outdoor living and gorgeous homes together with Canyon Springs, its new collection of apartment residences in North Vancouver. “There are no other comparable new communities in Lynn Valley,” says sales manager Laura Cavanagh. “It’s been popular with local buyers especially since we are currently offering buyers a special financing
package.” Available until Oct. 14 only, Polygon is offering five-year, 2.95 per cent financing as part of their pre-construction sales program. “This is a great opportunity to secure a home before we close our doors on Oct. 14,” says Cavanagh. The curb appeal is readily apparent at Canyon Springs, with its contemporary West Coast architecture that fits perfectly with the surrounding natural beauty of the neighbourhood. The one-, two- and three-bedroom apartment residences are spacious and inviting, ranging from about 630 to 1,100 square feet. “These are really efficient floorplans,” Cavanagh says. “There’s no wasted space at all.” Elegant laminate flooring throughout (with plush carpeting in the bedrooms) sets a modern tone for your new space, complemented by the nine-foot ceilings in the living and dining rooms. Buyers can choose between two colour schemes, Dark and
White. The kitchens are particularly beautiful, with stainless-steel appliances and premium rift-cut, flat-panel cabinetry in oak or glossy white. The cabinets are complemented by engineered stone countertops, a handset tile backsplash and contemporary halogen track and under-cabinet lighting. The bathrooms are relaxing and luxurious, with imported porcelain tile flooring, flatpanel laminate cabinetry and a modern tub with a ceramic tile tub and shower surround. Your morning routine will be easy with the modern vanity mirror and lighting. The ensuite also includes engineered stone countertops and Grohe polished chrome tub and shower faucets that lend a touch of elegance to the space. The outdoors is all around you at Canyon Springs, and residents will easily be able to take advantage of this on their large deck or patio. Most ground-level homes will even have a private yard. Homeowners at Canyon Springs will have
access to a fully equipped fitness studio overlooking an outdoor terrace, an on-site resident manager, a dog wash station and bike cleaning area and a spacious lounge with a fireplace. The landmark corner will also showcase a dramatic water feature and cast bronze art piece designed by local artist Marie Khouri. Venturing off the property, you’ll find shopping, dining and schools all nearby, as well as the North Shore mountains and easy transit or car access to downtown Vancouver and the rest of the Lower Mainland. The close-knit community of Lynn Valley is like very few others in Metro Vancouver, where everyone from shoppers to yogis and freeriders to dog walkers enjoys an ideal balance between wild spaces and urban convenience. Homes start at $359,900. For more information on the homes or the special financing package, visit www.polyhomes.com, call 604-973-0298 or drop by the presentation centre at 2517 Mountain Highway, open daily except Fridays between noon and 6 p.m.
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A big shout out to the three Starbucks along Robson in the West End! They supported SFU Student Teachers in their Lattes for Literacy book club. The donated coffee made a huge difference to the ambiance created, as these learners investigated Inquiry Approaches to Learning in their classrooms. Janet, Faculty Associate, SFU
A warning to West End to residents and managers: A senior (A) has been forced to leave the apartment she has lived in and paid rent for reliably for eight years, because of grossly excessive amounts of smoke from the next apartment. A new tenant (B) moved next door at the beginning of September. The manager told A that B smoked a hookah, but smoked only “herbs”. B told A that he smoked cigarettes. It soon became clear that he smoked both. A’s apartment became unlivable; she had to tape her door closed and was restricted to her bed-
room which could be kept relatively smoke-free. The manager said she would request that B smoke on the balcony. A informed B that smoke was filling her apartment. Nothing changed. Hookah smoking involves extended sessions of up to 90 minutes, producing a far greater volume of smoke than cigarettes. Tobacco or “herbs” smoked in a hookah are equally toxic and carcinogenic. A hookah, combined with cigarettes, smoked in a small West End studio is going to compromise the wellbeing of any neighbour. A had lived peaceably with several next door neighbours. The manager knew that A should avoid second hand smoke where possible. While this is not a reason to reject a smoking tenant for the next door apartment, a tenant who engages in long hookah sessions as well as smoking cigarettes will generate amounts of smoke far in excess of anything that would be considered usual, and over far longer periods of time. Managers, tenants and other residents in the West End need to be aware of these facts. Catherine Asher
Show some R-E-S-P-E-C-T I know that there are many teenagers and students still living with their parents who have no choice but to work whether they use their income for post secondary tuition or not. However, I am sick and tired of these kids who give the worst customer service and who don’t listen to a word I say when I am a paying customer. I am not without compassion and I know how rude and entitled many customers can be. I don’t have the latest gadgets and gizmos nor do I even know how to use the online technology that is the primary source of communication and info for young people who’ve forgotten how to start a verbal conversation. Either wake up and pay attention or quit wasting good jobs on lazy asses like yourselves and make some room for people who need the money. Leslie Benisz
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Last chance to celebrate movie magic at the Hollywood
ancouver Heritage Foundation is giving a final hurrah to the Hollywood — one of Vancouver’s last remaining movie venues — with Architecture & Design: Film Night. It was recently announced that the current tenants, the Church at the Hollywood, need to vacate for a new fitness centre that will occupy the space at 3123 W. Broadway, so this may be one of the last chances to take in a movie in the historic 78-year-old venue. Each night will explore themes of how architecture and design shape our world, while celebrating Vancouver’s small theatre glory days. The films examine architects
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•Nov 12 Vancouver Shorts: Vancouver Honeymoon (1960), To Build a Better City (1964), Rainbow War (1985), Sleeping Tigers: The Story of the Asahi (2003).
• Oct 1 Eames: The Architect and The Painter (2011). Follow the story of iconic husband-and-wife design team Charles and Ray Eames, once America’s most influential industrial designers.
•Nov 26 The Fountainhead (1949). Based on the Ayn Rand novel, an uncompromising visionary architect struggles to maintain his integrity despite pressure to conform.
• Oct 22 Pruitt-Igoe Myth (2011) and celebration of the venue’s 78th anniversary. The Pruitt Igoe housing complex became a widespread symbol of failure amongst archi-
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New Listing 1816 Haro #405 West of Denman Renovated West facing 1 bdrm + den. $329,000.
Walk The ReD CaRPeT You’ll want to make a good impression in this classic solid two bedroom in superbly maintained 1140 sf corner suite on second level of the Belmanor. Featuring gorgeous mahogany inlaid oak floors in the principal rooms, fir in the bedrooms and great light from newer wraparound double glazed windows. Super size rooms, great roof deck & one of only 14 homes in this super building steps to Stanley Park & Coal Harbour seawall. $339,800 DIReCToR’S CuT Concrete strata one bedroom corner suite in well maintained building steps to beach, downtown, Yaletown, English Bay & Granville Island ferry. Great opportunity for handyman, first time buyer or investor. Hot water heat, great garden, live in caretaker & locker included with u/g parking on a rental basis keeping maintenance costs low. Sought after building, rarely available in recent months. Coming soon.
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his past year has held some bleak moments for the BC film industry. For a while there, it seemed like every other production was pulling up stakes and touching down wherever the tax credits were friendlier (although — good news! — filming is slowly picking up again). But even when the BC film industry was down, it wasn’t out. During the darkest moments, local filmmakers were hard at work producing quality cinematic fare. It’s a powerful message that echoes through the Vancouver International Film Festival’s schedule, and it’s why VIFF is serving up a feast of BC-made films this year under its BC Spotlight banner. This spotlight was no accident. VIFF’s Canadian Images programmer Terry McEvoy had been motivated by the Save BC Film campaign to take a closer look at what BC filmmakers were cooking up in the current climate. McEvoy’s original intent was to program six BC films, but the final tally — thirteen — represents the endurance of the film community. “We’ve got extremely talented people in every department here, so these people, lacking the service production that softened a little bit in the last couple of years, have found ways to express themselves on low budget productions that are borne and bred in BC,” says McEvoy.
VIFF’s BC filmmakers might create their films in the same rainy province, but that’s about all that unites them. “It’s amazing to me that these people are breathing the same air and drinking the same water, because the range of things that we have, from sociopolitical documentaries to lighthearted comedies to gripping dramas, is huge,” says McEvoy. And VIFF didn’t lower any bars in order to include the lucky thirteen, according to McEvoy. “We were more inclusive and looked at everything with a new light, but any one of these films will stand up across the country, in different ways.” The BC Spotlight features 3 Days in Havana; Chi, Anne Wheeler’s documentary about the final stages of actress Babz Chula’s cancer battle; Cinemanovelist; The Dick Knost Show; Down River, a drama based on the impact of Chula’s death on her community; From Neurons to Nirvana; Hue; Lawrence and Holloman; teen dance competition mockumentary Leap 4 Your Life (which won a red carpet screening via VIFF’s #mustseeBC contest); Oil Sands Karaoke; Salmon Confidential; and That Burning Feeling, a romantic comedy revolving around a man who contracts an STD. Beyond the screenings, VIFF is celebrating BC filmmakers with two cash awards: $7,500 to an emerging filmmaker, and $10,000 to the producer of the best narrative film. The awards will be handed out at an industry gala on October 5. “My fondest hope is that two people get together [at that gala] that wouldn’t have otherwise met, and then they go on to make another great project in BC,” says McEvoy. Find the complete festival schedule at VIFF.org.
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Local restauranteurs honoured
he 9th Annual BC Restaurant Hall of Fame Gala took place on September 30 at the Italian Cultural Centre, and 11 of BC’s restaurateurs, chefs, bartenders, pioneers, and industry leaders were inducted. The awards recognize individuals making an impact on the culinary scene. Professional and personal accomplishments make them candidates for this prestigious award. The inductees represent a range by of ages, industry professions, and experience (17-40+ years). It was an honour to be in the same room as the inductees — and their peers — who have worked hard to make BC a global culinary destination. Although the awards cover all of BC, many of the inductees were from Metro Vancouver. Our city is lucky to have such talented individuals supporting the restaurant industry. I commend the inductees for their passion and hard work.
and source of support for future chefs at PICA. I encourage you to support their student run restaurant, Bistro 101, and take one of their culinary classes. • Back of House: Ernst Dorfler – Owner and chef of Five Sails Restaurant in Pan Pacific Hotel. Dorfler has represented Canada at six international culinary competitions and has won 30 gold medals.
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Mijune Pak • Front of House: Jay Jones – Brand Ambassador and Executive Bartender, Donnelly Group. Jones is the first and youngest bartender to be inducted in the BC Hall of Fame. He’s an excellent source for cocktail history and education. Friend of the Industry • Joy Metcalfe – Journalist/society columnist, Joy’s Journal. Joy was working long before social media, and with 40 years of experience, she’s a well-respected media icon. • Christine Coletta – Owner, Okanagan Crush Pad. With her custom wine making facility, Coletta is a wine expert and major support for the BC wine industry. • Caren McSherry – Owner, The Gourmet Warehouse. Not
only is she a cook, writer, and teacher, but she also supports 20 charities. Get tickets to her 2nd Annual Chocolate Challenge event on Oct. 10. Coffee and Beverage • John Neate Jr. – Founder, JJ Bean Coffee Roasters. In 17 years, Neate has opened 14 cafes; the latest one can be found in False Creek (at 188 W. 1st). Pioneer •Wally Shaw (tribute to Chef’s Association) – The late Shaw founded the BC Chefs’ Association in 1958. Since 1981, the association has donated more than $500,000 to culinary students and competitors. Active Restaurateur • Paul Smolen – Owner, Hart House Restaurant. Located in a heritage house on a thirteen-acre estate, this is one of Burnaby’s top fine dining destinations. • Sean Heather – Owner, Heather Hospitality Group. Heather is the father of 14 (nine restaurants and five children). His restaurants include The Irish Heather, Salt Tasting Room, and Judas Goat Taberna. • Jeff Donnelly – Founder and president, Donnelly Group. Established in 1999, Donnelly runs a whopping 18 businesses, including public houses, cocktail clubs, nightclubs,
partner venues, and barbershops. Soon to be 19 with The Blackbird Public House & Oyster Bar opening early October. Find Mijune judging The United Way Chili Cook-Off on Oct. 2 at Vancouver City Hall, at Crosstown’s newest local bar, The Bismarck launch party (526 Abbott) and at Donnelly Group’s new restaurant The Blackbird Public House & Oyster Bar (905 Dunsmuir) and Lucky Peach “Gender Issue Release” party on Oct. 3. She will also be at The Great Canadian Sausage Making Competition on Oct. 5 at the Fraser Valley Food Show, and at the “From Farm to Forks 4 – A Growing Chefs! Harvest Kitchen Party” at PICA on Granville Island Oct. 6 (FromFarmsToForks4. eventbrite.com) Find out more about Mijune at FollowMeFoodie.com or follow her on Twitter @followmefoodie.
(L-R) Back: Julian Bond, Jay Jones, John Neate Jr. Front: Hart House GM Edwyn Kumar (on behalf of Paul Smolen), Joy Metcalfe, Caren McSherry, Christine Coletta, Ernst Dorfler, Jeff Donnelly, Sean Heather, BC Chef Edgar Rahal (on behalf of Wally Shaw). Photo courtesy of Sophie Lui, co-host of Global BC Morning News.
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West Restaurant is continuing their Guest Chef series with another installment on October 21, this time with chef Martin Juneau of Pastaga Restaurant in Montreal. Pastaga was named one of enRoute Magazine’s Top New Restaurants in Canada in 2012. He will be collaborating with West executive chef Quang Dang to create the five-course tasting menu. Cost is $100 per person, plus tax and gratuity (beverages not included). WestRestaurant.com The Earthwise Society is holding their annual Hundred Mile Banquet fundraiser at the Red Barn in Southlands on November 2. Five courses from chef Derek Bothwell are paired with wines by Chill Winston. There will also be live entertainment and a silent auction. Early bird tickets for $100 must be purchased by October 12. EarthwiseSociety.bc.ca Inniskillin has released the 2012 Sparkling Cabernet Franc Ice Wine, the newest addition to their ice wine series. This is a limited edition collection, with only 1,300 cases, available at local wine stores for $120/375 mL. Iniskillin.com
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West Oak Tomahawk Platter, a family-style dish with 48 oz. bone-in ribeye chop, Alberta rack of lamb, prawn & sablefish skewers, roasted potatoes, vegetables and peppercorn sauce. West Oak in Yaletown is launching a monthly Social Brunch series. Based on New York’s famed “party brunches”, and taking place on the last Sunday of each month, guests can enjoy classic brunch favourites served family-style, with champagne and DJ, for $25 per person. WestOakRestaurant.com Beta 5 Chocolates has won Gold at the Canadian National Finals of the International Chocolate Awards for both their Fisherman’s Friend dark chocolate-mint truffle and their Black Olive Bar, consisting of candied black olive pieces suspended in white chocolate. They will be going on to compete at the world finals in London later this month. Beta5Chocolates.com Good Wolfe Kitchen & Bar has officially opened their doors and started lunch, dinner and brunch service. The exciting collaboration between chef Josh Wolfe and partner Richard Goodine has resulted in an eclectic and comfortable menu of tasty dishes like salmon “shawarma,” coq au vin with housemade späetzle, steelhead “pastrami” and some of the best hummus in town. Cocktails, thanks to Goodine’s passion for muddled beverages, are food-friendly and fantastic, like the Coronation cup with coronation grapes, gin and elderflower. GoodWolfe.ca
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It’s Cornucopia time! City Cellar by Kurtis Kolt
ell, it looks like summer’s over. Rather than lament its passing, I’m always keen to plunge into the rainy season head-first, embracing all that comes with it. One of the big kick-offs to this side of the calendar is the Cornucopia Food and Wine Festival in Whistler, and this year it promises to be bigger and better than ever. That’s not an empty promise, as they’ve expanded the Festival this year to encompass two weekends and the stretch inbetween for an all-out jamboree of food, wine and cocktail culture running November 7-17. Make your plans now, as it’ll come quicker than you think. You can bet I’ll be bouncing around the village making the most of it, presenting seminars, attending tastings, spreading cheer and nursing hangovers. All of these can’t-miss events take place at the Whistler Conference Centre unless otherwise noted. BC’s Past, Present & Future Saturday, November 9, $40 This is a pretty rare opportunity, so I’m glad I’ve nabbed myself a seat by being one of the presenters! The other presenter is winemaker David Enns of Narmata’s famed Laughing Stock Vineyards, who will be bringing a few back vintages of some wines (including their legendary ‘Portfolio’ Bordeaux blend), taste folks through the current releases of them, and then share tank and barrel samples of the yet-to-be-released vintages. A good overview of the evolution and ageability of BC wine. Craft Beer for Wine Lovers Saturday, November 9, $40 This is another one of mine, this time tag-teaming with one of my favourite
people ever; legendary Vancouver wine educator, writer and competition judge, DJ Kearney. If you’re on your game with wines but are mystified by the brave new world of craft beer, we’ll guide you through the perfect pints to look for, whether you’re into Riesling, Pinots or big, juicy Cabernets. From pilsners to porters, we’ll hoist many a glass! France 101 Sunday, November 10, $29 Michelle and Michaela, commonly known as the ‘House Wine Girls,’ are first on my list any time I have an obscure French wine query, so they’re definitely your best bet to demystify the classic wines of France. Tour through varieties and regions from Bordeaux to Burgundy and learn to decipher those labels, all while swirling and sipping away! Crush Gala Tasting Saturday, November 8 & 9, $89 The flagship grand tasting event of the Festival occurs two nights in a row with hundreds of wines from all around the world, canapés a-plenty and a blizzard of cheer. Look for the ‘Top 25’ signs around the room, as Chief Judge DJ Kearney will have recently run the ‘Top 25 Wines of Cornucopia’ competition (with yours truly as one of the judges), highlighting the best drops of the Festival. Nourish – Yoga November 7–17, $15 Yup, there’s yoga on offer every morning at the Fairmont. Tackle that hangover, recharge and refresh so you can do it all over again each day.
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The future of fine dining By Martha Perkins
hen Cathy Whims opened Nostrana restaurant in Portland in 2005, “it took me a while to understand why we weren’t making people happy.” As a chef, she wondered if it was her food. But, no, it couldn’t be that — people were raving about her dishes.
And then, like other independent restaurant owners in the food-centric Oregon city, she came upon an important realization: “The level of food was really high but the level of service wasn’t. There was a lack of attention to service and a disrespect to formality.” Today, the five-time James Beard finalist says diners have to have ESP — experience, service and product — if the restaurant is going to be a success.
John Bishop, speaking here with a table at Bishop’s, was one of the first chefs to bring fine dining to Vancouver. Supplied photo
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“If they don’t have the first two, it doesn’t matter how good the food is. If the server is proud of the food, it is a real game changer.” Sitting next to Whims at a panel discussion called The Future of Fine Dining at the Distinguished Restaurants of North America conference, hosted this year by Cioppino’s Pino Posteraro at the Wall Centre, was Holly Smith, the chef/owner of Café Juanita in Kirkland, WA. “As a chef,” she said, nodding her head in agreement to Whims’ comments, “it kills me to say that if service isn’t good, they won’t come back.” One of the conference goers said, “If your water glass is not filled, or you need to wave three times to get service, it ruins the experience. There’s no front of house or back of house. There’s one house.” “It’s all about the importance of the table,” said John Bishop, one of the first chefs to introduce fine dining to Vancouver. “The table is the centre. Even if people are having a not-so-great day, the role the restaurant can play is so powerful.” Visitors to Vancouver, he says, “are blown away by the hospitality, the freshness of ingredients, the regionality of approach.” There’s also a generational revolution going on. Some young diners get frightened off by the old notions of fine dining, worried they won’t know what fork to use or why there are eight wine glasses on the table.
Others simply reject white tablecloths or silver domes as standards of excellence. “As informality enters our culture, people want to feel relaxed,” Whims added. But being relaxed does not mean turning the server/diner relationship into a friendship. Bishop, who feels slightly out of step with this trend, recalled an experience where the waiter shook his hand and said, “My name is Jack.” “My waiters were known as princes in exile,” he said of the standards he set at Bishop’s. “Service has changed so much. Let me say I’m getting old.” Posteraro obviously felt out of step with the notion of more relaxed levels of service. He bristled at the thought of lowering classic fine dining standards but he believes the pendulum will swing back. David Hawksworth worked at Michelin-star restaurants in London before he opened Hawksworth to immediate acclaim. Today’s diners are sophisticated in their tastes and knowledgeable about their food. Although he balks at the idea of trying to introduce a Michelin-star restaurant in Vancouver, where even fine dining can be “tricky”, he believes that the pendulum will swing back from casual dining. “People will get fatigued with that and they’ll want something else. The future of fine dining is secure.” Bishop’s advice? “Stick to your knitting but be mindful of the changes that are taking place.”
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hot tickets THEATRE THE ARTS CLUB 604.687.1644 / ARTSCLUB.COM OTHER DESERT CITIES: Pulitzer Prizefinalist Jon Robin Baitz’s new play about wealth, fame, and family secrets. Until October 20 at Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage (2750 Granville). $29-$70 VENUS IN FUR: The line between fantasy and reality is blurred in this kinky comedy about a theatrical adaptation of an infamous novel. October 3 to November 2 at Granville Island Stage (1585 Johnston). $29-$49 ARMSTRONG’S WAR: The world of 12-year-old Halley Armstrong is turned on its ear when she reads to a veteran of the Afghan war. October 17-November 9 at Revue Stage (1601 Johnstone). $25-$35 THE CULTCH 1895 VENABLES / 604.251.1363 / THECULTCH.COM PENELOPE: Canadian premiere of Irish playwright Enda Walsh’s savage and funny take on the classic Greek myth. September 25-October 13. $17.14-$38.10. INSIDE THE SEED: In a reimagining of Oedipus Rex, the action is shifted to a present-day bio-tech firm where far more than the fate of ancient Athens is on the line. October 2-12. $29.52 THE RAP GUIDE TO EVOLUTION: Combining the wit, poetry, and charisma of a great rapper with the accuracy and rigor of a scientist, Baba Brinkman takes us on a hip-hop tour of modern biology. October 29-November 10. $18. FIREHALL ARTS CENTRE 280 EAST CORDOVA / 604.689.0926 $20-$30 / FIREHALLARTSCENTRE.CA YOU SHOULD HAVE STAYED HOME: Tommy Taylor’s personal and absurdly humourous account of the 2010 G20 protests in Toronto. Until October 5. ASSASSINATING THOMSON: Art, politics, ambition, and murder collide when a legally blind painter uncovers the truth behind the mysterious death of an iconic artist. October 8-19. PACIFIC THEATRE 1440 WEST 12th / 604.731.5518 $19.99-$29.99 / PACIFICTHEATRE.ORG THE FOREIGNER: Hilarity ensues when a painfully shy English tourist attempts to decompress at a rural fishing lodge. September 20-October 12. COMMUNION: A crisis brings three women crashing together, exposing what they truly do, and do not, believe in. October 25-November 9. *** A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM: Shakespeare’s comedy about teenagers in love, fairies and labourers is given a vampire twist. Until October 20 at Studio 58 (100 West 49th). $12-$22 at www.
ticketstonight.ca. SPEECH & DEBATE: Dark comedy about three teenage misfits brought together by a sex scandal in their small town. October 2-12 at Studio 1398 (1398 Cartwright). $18-$22 at www.brownpapertickets.com. THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW: Kitschy rock ‘n’ roll sci-fi gothic musical about that “sweet transvestite” and his time-warping motley crew. October 4-26 at Jericho Arts Centre (1675 Discovery). $30-$35 at www.ticketstonight.ca. OF MICE AND MEN: Based on the classic John Steinbeck novel about field hands in Depression-era California. October 9-26 at Little Mountain Gallery (195 East 26th). $23 at www.brownpapertickets.com. ALL IN: Diversity wreaks havoc when six individuals come together for a workshop about belonging. October 15-17 at PAL Studio Theatre (581 Cardero). $20 at www. brownpapertickets.com. A PARTICULAR CLASS OF WOMEN: Funny and touching play set in the dressing room of a 1980s strip club. October 16-25 at Waterfront Theatre (1412 Cartwright). $20-$25 at www. neveryoumindproductions.com. THE DRIVE-IN DOUBLE FEATURE: Comedy troupe Instant Theatre presents a blood-drenched parody of ‘70s and ‘80s slasher films, and a laugh-fest featuring teenage super-sleuths. October 17-19 at Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial). $15 at www.instanttheatre.com. RELATIVELY SPEAKING: Alan Ayckbourn’s classic farce weaves a tangle of love, mischief, and mistaken identities. October 31-December 1 at PAL Theatre (581 Cardero). $25 at www. westerngoldtheatre.org.
OPERA TOSCA: A glorious, gritty drama about love, corruption, and evil by Giacomo Puccini. October 26-November 3 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre (630 Hamilton). From $35 at www.vancouveropera.ca.
MUSIC VANCOUVER SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ORPHEUM THEATRE (884 GRANVILLE) $21-$88 (unless otherwise noted)/ VANCOUVERSYMPHONY.CA THE WORLD OF ITALIAN OPERA: UBC Opera Ensemble performs selections by Rossini, Verdi, Puccini and Ponchielli. Hosted by Christopher Gaze. October 3. A RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN CELEBRATION!: Conductor John Morris Russell and a cast of vocalists present music from The King and I, The Sound of Music, South Pacific, and more. October 4-5. AMY GRANT WITH THE VSO: The multi-platinum sings her biggest pop and Christian hits backed by the VSO. October 7.
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Barbara Bourget will dance with fibre art created by Kai Chan in Kokoro Dance’s Life. Chris Randle photo
The meaning of life Kokoro Dance explores the fragility of life through movement, music, and lots and lots of thread By Sabrina Furminger
ou can’t appreciate the beauty of life without confronting the inevitability of death— and Kokoro Dance’s latest work is fueled by both sides of the coin. Jay Hirabayashi and Barbara Bourget —the married powerhouse behind the critically accl aimed butoh-driven dance company — have routinely confronted the circle of life over the last five years. They mourned the deaths of Bourget’s mother and sister, and Hirabayashi’s parents; they welcomed five grandchildren into their family; they felt the impact of time’s passing on their busy bodies. “All those kinds of experiences affect you and make you appreciate living more, or the time that you have left,” says Hirabayashi. “The older you get, the more you realize that the clock is ticking.” Thus, Kokoro Dance’s latest work is the simply titled (but far from simple) Life, for which Bourget
and Hirabayashi collaborated with Vancouver composer Lee Pui Ming and Toronto-based fibre artist Kai Chan. Lee composed a string quartet for Life (“She thought that a string quartet would be the best vehicle for her to express her emotions about life, and she sent us a score that is amazing and so moving “), while Chan contributed three, eight-foot by 10-foot walls of recycled threads. “He takes material, unravels it, ends up with long threads, and weaves it together,” says Hirabayashi. The symbolism of weaving something tangible into something new isn’t lost on Hirabayashi. “Life is also this weaving of all kinds of different strands of experience,” he says. Together with costumes by Tsuneko Kokubo and lighting by Gerald King, the score and elaborate set pieces will create a visual and aural canvas against which seven dancer s— including choreographers Bourget and Hirabayashi — will bob, weave, and otherwise invite audiences to consider life and its wonders right along with them. “[Life is] expressive of a lot of emotions, and we want people to feel the emotions as a transmission from our bodies to their bodies,” says Hirabayashi. Life runs October 9 to 12 at the Roundhouse Community Centre. Kokoro.ca
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Library dives into digital age VPL makes digital literacy of its members a high priority By Florence Hwang
f you’re sick of using Google as your search engine, if you’re wondering whether you can trust a website’s credibility, or you want to learn how to download the latest ebooks from the library or other online bookstores, the Vancouver Public Library offers courses that can address these questions. Digital literacy doesn’t just mean how to surf the net or how to check your email; it also means having critical thinking skills in order to protect your online identity and to protect you from financial scams and other fraudulent schemes. “Almost anyone can post anything online, but it may not be as thoroughly researched as professional sites. People make big decisions on what they read online,” says Sandra Singh, who is the Vancouver Public Library’s chief librarian. The VPL offers computer courses that show people how to assess for bias, how to look for additional information, which requires a higher level of vigilance. Other courses talk about how to keep safe online and the “digital tattoo”. Singh points out that once information is up on the world wide web, it’s hard to take down. If you recently got an eReader, don’t ditch the library card yet — chances are the Vancouver Public might have a copy you can borrow it. The library also offers workshops on how to use specific eReaders, such as the Kobo and the Kindle. Ebook circulation grew 186.6 per cent from 2011 to 2012, from 46,558 to 133,453. The library has already been listening to the public’s demand for more technology, from
including ebooks to increasing public computer usage and internet-related courses. They started including ebooks in their collection 15 years ago. “What we’ve seen since 2005/2006 is a real explosion in digital technology, adoption, social media mainstreaming of communities,” says Singh. “It’s an exponential growth of readership. We’ve been digital for some time trying to keeping changing patron demands around reading services, internet access.” The digital age doesn’t take away from the library’s mandate to foster the culture of reading, but has increased the ways people can access information. “Most people can’t afford to buy what they want to read, listen or watch… Formats change over the years, but we don’t get hung up on formats,” says Singh. The library is a space where people can gather in a public space where research, learning and community is built. “I think there’s nothing more powerful to promote learning and life long learning to see multigenerational use of books and programming,” says Singh. “There’s so much research to support reading, reading for pleasure, reading in our household because it is so critical to building a broader world view, developing empathy for people in other’s circumstances — simply learning more stuff. Reading is that core skill. I think that the role of the library is an enduring one — to continue to support a life-long love of reading and learning.” Malcolm Levy, curator for Touch, the Vancouver Public Library Foundation’s first annual fundraiser, agrees. “Reading is one place in today’s environment you can be by yourself. It can never be replaced. Making sure this generation and the next one after that [has digital literacy] is essential for our culture, for humankind as a whole,” says Levy.
Ben Z. Cooper’s 50-foot-long electromechanical serpent machine will be displayed at the VPL’s TOUCH gala. Photo supplied
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magine being greeted by a 50-foot computer controlled snake named Titanoboa as you enter the atrium of the Vancouver Public Library. This isn’t science fiction. Titanoboa is just one of several installations that will be featured at Touch, a new fundraising event hosted by the VPL in support of its Inspiration Lab. Curated and produced by Hybridity, Touch takes place on October 4. Installations will include: A Touch is Light Created by: Shahrzad Aghasha More: Gives attendees the opportunity to experience how touching braille brings light to blind people. Babble-On Created by: Paula Shackleton More: An art sculpture built of books with multiplicity of sound incorporated.
Paperdude VR Created by: Ben Unsworth More: Pulls you into a virtual world. Author’s Lounge Created by: Jen Sookfong Lee, Timothy Taylor, and Steve Burgess More: A collaborative story will be created by participants at the fundraiser through animation and a twitter blogger. “TOUCH is about digital literacy. It is one of the foremost tools that people are learning in this day and age,” says Malcolm Levy, curator for the artistic installations. “[We] wanted visitors to experience interactivity, movement, playfulness and accessibility.” Tickets for Touch are $75. For details, visit VPL.ca/foundation. — Florence Hwang
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FORBIDDEN MUSIC: Programme of works by composers whose music was banned by the Third Reich. October 27 at Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 West Hastings). $10-$35 at www.turningpointensemble.ca.
INSPECTOR TOVEY INVESTIGATES HARMONY: A kidscentric performance of Saint-Saëns’ Carnival of the Animals. October 13.
JOE FAFARD AND FAFARD & SCHWARTZ: Order of Canada-winning sculptor and his Juno-nominated musician son present a concert and visual art show. October 28 at Heritage Hall (3102 Main). $25 at www.thefestival.bc.ca.
TCHAIKOVSKY: WINTER DREAMS: Violinist Augustin Hadelich plays Dvorak’s virtuosic Violin Concerto. Also on the program: a beautiful but rarely heard Tchaikovsky symphony. October 19 &21. GLORIOUS! POULENC AND HAYDN: British conductor Simon Wright leads the VSO and the Vancouver Bach Choir in a performance of Poulenc’s stunning Gloria. October 25 & 26 at the Chan Centre (6265 Crescent). $26.75-$66. CHAN CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS 6265 CRESCENT ROAD, UBC TICKETMASTER.CA / CHANCENTRE.COM KRONOS AT 40: Grammy Award-winning ensemble celebrates its 40th anniversary with the world premiere performance of Philip Glass’ String Quartet No. 6. October 19. $40.75-$76.75 MARIZA: Portuguese-Mozambican recording artist Mariza returns to the Chan Centre to perform a stirring program of fado songs. October 27. $40.75-$76.75 *** SOFYA GULYAK: The first woman to win the prestigious Leeds Piano Competition performs work by Medtner, Chopin, Rachmaninoff, and Prokofiev. October 4 at Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton). $30-$40 at www. chopinsociety.org. ROSE COUSINS: Winner of 2013 Juno Awards for singersongwriter Album of the Year is joined by Scottish folk musician, Rachel Sermanni. October 4 at CBC Studio 700 (700 Hamilton). $20 at www.thefestival.bc.ca. ROGUE FOLK CLUB: Performances by folk, roots, and Celtic musicians. October 4: Little Miss Higgins. October 5: Contra Dance with the Sybarites. October 9: Dar Williams. October 12: Lend a Hand Music & Dance Benefit. October 18: Kat Danser & SONiA. October 25: Martha Scanlen + Cahalen Morrison & Eli West. October 27: Francey. St. James Hall (3214 West 10th). $16-$28 at www.roguefolk. bc.ca. THE RITE OF SPRING: UBC Symphony Orchestra celebrates 100 years since the premiere of Stravinsky’s masterpiece. October 5 at Chan Centre (6265 Crescent). HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF & SPIRIT FAMILY REUNION: Showcase of music from the American South. With special guests The Deslondes. October 9 at Biltmore Cabaret (2755 Prince Edward). $20 at www.thefestival.bc.ca. VANCOUVER NEW MUSIC RETROSPECTIVE: Four-night festival explores 40 years of VNM’s artistic approaches. October 16: works for small ensemble and solos; October 17: electronic, electroacoustic, and new media works; October 18: opera excerpts in concert; October 19: works for large ensemble. October 16-17 in the Orpheum Annex (823 Seymour); October 18-19 at Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton). $10-$35 at www.newmusic.org.
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THE LITTLE CHAMBER MUSIC SERIES THAT COULD: Innovative new music series returns after a decadelong hiatus with two concerts: Celebration Places at the Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse) on October 26, and Remembrance Places at Mountain View Cemetery (5455 Fraser) on October 31. $10-$20 at www. littlechambermusic.com.
DANCE TILT: World premieres by Emily Molnar and Jorma Elo, and a remount of Johan Inger’s Walking Mad. October 17-19 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre (649 Cambie). $22-70 at www. ticketmaster.ca. GAIT TO THE SPIRIT FESTIVAL: Annual celebration of classical Indian dance spotlights odissi, bharata natyam, and kathak styles. October 18-21 at Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie). www.mandalarts.ca. NEW ANIMAL: 605 Collective performs excerpt from new dance work, as well as commission from Theatre Replacement. October 20 at Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse). $5-$15 at www.newworks.ca. BULLETINS FROM IMMORTALITY…FREEING EMILY DICKINSON: American acting icon Elizabeth Parrish and Canadian dance icon Margie Gillis combine forces to reveal the revolutionary, innovative, and modern in Emily Dickinson’s work. October 23-26 at The Cultch (1985 Venables). $18 at www.thecultch.com. VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FLAMENO FESTIVAL: Local, national and international flamenco artists perform traditional and contemporary works. October 30-November 10 at various venues. Free-$60 at www. vancouverflamencofestival.org. DISCOVER DANCE!: Popular noon series presents Vancouver Korean Dance Society. October 31 at Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie Street). $10-12 at www. ticketstonight.ca. LIQUID LOFT: Award-winning Austrian company performs a provocative duet entitled Running Sushi, in which dance moves are randomly selected by the audience. October 31-November 2 at Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie). $22-$30 at www.ticketstonight.ca.
EVENTS INVISIBLE PORTRAITS: High-tech images of microbial life refashioned as metal sculpture, wood carvings and largescale portraiture. Until January 5, 2014 at Beaty Biodiversity Museum (2212 Main Mall, UBC). VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: The largest film festival in the city screens 350 films from 70 countries. September 26-October 11 at various venues. $11$13 at www.viff.org.
MUSIC IN THE MORNING: Coffee, conversation, and a concert by Susanne Hou and Yuval Fichman. October 16-18 at Vancouver Academy of Music (1270 Chestnut). $16-$35 at www.musicinthemorning.org.
CAPTURE: Lens-based arts festival celebrating Metro Vancouver’s legendary photography scene. October 1-November 15 at various venues.
CANTI DI A TERRA: Montreal’s Constantinople and the Barbara Fortuna vocal quartet perform music from Corsica, Persia and Mediæval Europe. October 18 at Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard). $18-$36 at earlymusic.bc.ca.
H’ART FOR THE HOMELESS: Circus, music, stories, dance and art converge in a gala fundraiser for the Lookout Society. October 3 at Imperial (319 Main). $60 at www.2mevents.com.
FADING SPLENDOUR: Music by Howells, Wood, Stanford, Elgar, Vaughan Williams and others is performed in this programme of music from the end of the English empire. October 19 at Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard). $10$30 at www.cantatasingers.com.
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10th ANNUAL HEART OF THE CITY FESTIVAL: Twelve days of music, stories, cultural celebrations, films, theatre, dance, forums, workshops, and more. October 23-November 3 at various venues. CIRCLE CRAFT CHRISTMAS MARKET PREVIEW: Canadian artisans hawk their wares in advance of the holiday season. October 3-29 at Circle Craft Shop & Gallery (1666 Johnston). YUK YUK’S: Hilarity a-plenty is always to be found at Yuk Yuk’s, where a steady stream of emerging and internationally acclaimed comedians incite laughter from the stage. Ongoing at 2837 Cambie.
BC BEER AWARDS & FESTIVAL: Fourth annual showcase of craft brewing includes hops master class, sampling, demonstrations, and awards ceremony. October 19 at Croatian Cultural Centre (3250 Commercial). $35 at www.eventbrite. ca.
VANCOUVER WRITERS FESTIVAL: Annual celebration of story spotlights authors, poets, spoken word performers, and graphic novelists. October 22-27 at Granville Island.
CBC’s new season features hockey, George, hockey, and an avalanche of returning favourites (and then more hockey) By Sabrina Furminger
INVESTED/40: Work from 31 contemporary craftspeople is on display in this celebration of BC crafts. October 18-November 9 at Pendulum Gallery (885 West Georgia).
BLIM INDOOR CRAFT MARKET: Indie artisans sell handmade crafts, accessories, apparel, paper goods, jewellery, and more. October 20 at Heritage Hall (3102 Main). Entry by donation.
Don’t touch that dial, Canada: CBC shows return for Fall
The Lighting Architecture Movement Project – also known as LAMP – is a site-specific installation that showcases light and form through the lens of architectural designers. Until October 5 in the Woodward’s Atrium.
ld-timey sleuths, headstrong crime fighters, business-savvy dragons and Canada’s borderhopping boyfriend are all returning this month to CBC stations across the nation. It’s a line-up dominated by burgeoning hits (Cracked), longrunning favourites (Murdoch Mysteries; George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight), and the predominant national distraction (Hockey Night in Canada). And while there are few new outings on the schedule, the fact that so many series are coming back speaks to the national broadcaster’s overall good health, according to Sally Catto, CBC’s executive director of scripted and commissioned programming. “To me it’s one of the greatest signs of success that we have Republic of Doyle in its fifth season, Heartland in its sixth season, and so many other returning series,” said Catto at a recent season preview event that was also attended by veteran interviewer Jian Ghomeshi, Vancouver-based actress Pascale Hutton, “dragon” David Chilton, and other CBC glitterati. “I’m excited about seeing where those shows continue to evolve this year, especially some of our newer series like Cracked because in Canada, we really develop on air, more so than in the US. We learn from the first season and then really get into it in the second.” What new additions do exist fall into the event programming category: movies and mini-series that allow the CBC to, as Catto put it, “showcase new Canadian culture in a different way.” This includes Still Life, an atmospheric made-for-TV mystery set in Quebec’s Eastern Townships,
After a summer on CNN, George Stroumboulopoulos is back for a new season of his CBC talk show. Photo courtesy of CBC. and the crime drama acquisition Crossing Lines, a Donald Sutherland vehicle about a police unit specializing in cross-border crimes. Coming mid-season: an adaptation of Terry Fallis’ award-winning novel, The Best Laid Plans. One thing that you won’t find on the CBC’s Fall schedule (besides its juggernaut hit Arctic Air, which returns for its third season in January) is any series set in the Lower Mainland — but if the Vancouver-based Catto has her way, we’ll be seeing something 604-centric sooner than later. “I would like to see a show in Vancouver. We haven’t had that from the CBC in a long time, and it’s time,” said Catto. To date, a major reason for the lack of Vancouver-shot series on CBC stations has been the CRTC’s strict regional requirements (which haven’t recognized Vancouver as a region).
Another barrier to shooting locally is the ongoing tax credit shortfall. “When the tax credits are more appealing elsewhere and we have limited money, it’s hard to fill that gap,” said Catto. “We’d love to see better tax credits here for producers.” But change is afoot. The CRTC’s regional requirements were lifted the day before the season preview event, and Catto — a recently transplanted Torontonian — is hopeful for the future. “Would I love to see a show that is Vancouver for Vancouver? Absolutely,” said Catto. “We do have a number of shows right now in development set in Vancouver, and we’re very cognizant of the fact that we aren’t representing Vancouver, and we completely want to be.” For the full Fall schedule, visit cbc.ca/television/index.html.
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Pictures, smile for the cameras at Brightlight’s 12th Annual Red Carpet Party at CinCin Sept. 26. 6 Actress Aliyah O’Brien (Rookie Blue) worked her radiant smile on the Brightlight Pictures red carpet. 7 Entertainment Tonight Canada’s Erin Cebula hosted the red carpet outside of the Centre for the Performing Arts. 8 Talented husband and wife duo Benjamin Ratner and Jennifer Spence (Continuum) at the Brightlight Pictures party. Ratner directed Spence in the highly anticipated drama Down River (read Martha Perkins’ article about the film on page 30). 9 The Dick Knost Show actors John Cassini and Tom Scholte at the CinCin party. Cassini also appears in two other VIFF flicks: Three Days in Havana and Leap 4 Your Life. 10 Another “attractive married couple” alert on the Brightlight red carpet: actor Warren Christie (Alphas) and Sonya Salomaa (The Killing). Sabrina Furminger photos
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CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22): “The world breaks everyone, and afterward, many are stronger in the broken places,” wrote Cancerian writer Ernest Hemingway. By my estimation, my fellow Crabs, we are now entering a phase of our astrological cycle when we can make dramatic progress in healing the broken places in ourselves. But even better than that: As we deal dynamically with the touchy issues that caused our wounds, we will become stronger than we were before we got broken.
ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19): Are you good at haggling? Do you maybe even enjoy the challenge of negotiating for a better price, of angling for a fairer deal? The coming week will be a favorable time to make extensive use of this skill. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, you will thrive on having friendly arguments with just about everyone, from your buddies to your significant other to your mommy to God Herself. Everywhere you go, I encourage you to engage in lively discussions as you hammer out compromises that will serve you well. Be cheerful and adaptable and forceful. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20): In David Markson’s experimental novel Wittgenstein’s Mistress, the protagonist fantasizes about the winter she lived at the Louvre Museum in Paris. She says that to keep warm she made big fires and burned some of the museum’s precious artifacts. I’m hoping you won’t do anything remotely resembling that mythic event in the coming week, Taurus. I understand that you may be going through a cold spell — a time when you’re longing for more heat and light. But I beg you not to sacrifice enduring beauty in order to ameliorate your temporary discomfort. This, too, shall pass. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20): “Don’t say you want love,” writes San Francisco author Stephen Sparks. “Say you want the morning light through a paint-flecked window; say you want a gust of wind scraping leaves along the pavement and hills rolling toward the sea; say you want to notice, in a tree you walk past every day, the ruins of a nest exposed as the leaves fall away; a slow afternoon of conversation in a shadowy bar; the smell of bread baking.” That’s exactly the oracle I want to give you, Gemini. In my opinion, you can’t afford to be generic or blank in your requests for love. You must be highly specific. You’ve got to ask for the exact feelings and experiences that will boost
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LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22): Let’s hope you have given deep thought to understanding who you are at this moment of your life. Let’s also hope that you have developed a clear vision of the person you would like to become in, say, three years. How do you feel about the gap between the current YOU and the future YOU? Does it oppress you? Does it motivate you? Maybe a little of both? I’ll offer you the perspective of actress Tracee Ellis Ross. “I am learning every day,” she told Uptown Magazine, “to allow the space between where I am and where I want to be to inspire me and not terrify me.” VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22): Do the words “purity” and “purify” have any useful purpose? Or have they been so twisted by religious fundamentalists and mocked by decadent cynics that they’re mostly just farcical? I propose that you take them seriously in the coming week. Give them your own spin. For instance, you could decide to purify yourself of petty attitudes and trivial desires that aren’t in alignment with your highest values. You might purify yourself of self-deceptions that have gotten you into trouble and purify yourself of resentments that have blocked your creative energy. At the very least, Virgo, cleanse your body with extra-healthy food, good sleep, massage, exercise, and sacred sex. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22): I periodically hike alone into the serene hills north of San Fran-
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cisco and perform a set of my songs for the birds, insects, squirrels, and trees. Recently I discovered that British comedian Milton Jones tried a similar experiment. He did his stand-up act for a herd of cows on a farm in Hertfordshire. I can’t speak for Jones’ motivations, but one of the reasons I do my nature shows is because they bring out my wild, innocent, generous spirit. Now is a good time for you to do something similar for yourself, Libra. What adventures can you undertake that will fully activate your wild, innocent, generous spirit? SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21): Are you anxious and agitated, afraid that you’re careening out of control? Is there a flustered voice in your head moaning, “Stop the insanity!”? Well, relax, dear Scorpio. I promise you that you no longer have to worry about going cray-cray. Why? Because you have already gone cray-cray, my friend. You slipped over the threshold a few days ago, and have been living in Bonkersville ever since. And since you are obviously still alive and functioning, I think it’s obvious that the danger has passed. Here’s the new truth: If you surrender to the uproar, if you let it teach you all it has to teach you, you will find a lively and intriguing kind of peace. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21): To give you the oracle that best matches your current astrological omens, I’ve borrowed from “Sweetness,” a poem by Stephen Dunn. I urge you to memorize it or write it on a piece of paper that you will carry around with you everywhere you go. Say Dunn’s words as if they were your own: “Often a sweetness comes / as if on loan, stays just long enough // to make sense of what it means to be alive, / then returns to its dark / source. As for me, I don’t care // where it’s been, or what bitter road / it’s traveled / to come so far, to taste so good.” CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19): In her book Teaching a Stone to Talk, Annie Dillard apologizes to God and Santa Claus and a nice but eccentric older woman named Miss White, whom she knew as a child. “I am sorry I ran
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AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18): The Dragon Lives Again is a 1977 film that tells the story of martial arts legend Bruce Lee fighting bad guys in the underworld. Among the villains he defeats are Dracula, James Bond, the Godfather, Clint Eastwood, and the Exorcist. I urge you to use this as inspiration, Aquarius. Create an imaginary movie in your mind’s eye. You’re the hero, of course. Give yourself a few superpowers, and assemble a cast of scoundrels from your past — anyone who has done you wrong. Then watch the epic tale unfold as you do with them what Bruce Lee did to Dracula and company. Yes, it’s only pretend. But you may be surprised at how much this helps you put your past behind you. Think of it as a purgative meditation that will free you to move in the direction of the best possible future. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20): After studying the myths and stories of many cultures throughout history, Joseph Campbell arrived at a few conclusions about the nature of the human quest. Here’s one that’s apropos for you right now: “The cave you fear to enter holds the treasure you seek.” He came up with several variations on this idea, including this one: “The very cave you are afraid to enter turns out to be the source of what you are looking for.” I urge you to consider making this your operative hypothesis for the coming weeks, Pisces. HOMEWORK: Name 10 personal possessions that you’d put in a time capsule to be dug up by your descendants in 500 years. Testify at Freewillastrology.com.
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