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A low-barrier drop-in centre that offered essential services to residents of the Downtown Eastside is closing amid the worst overdose crisis the area has seen. The Drug Users Resource Centre (DURC), which served up to 1,500 clients per day, is ceasing almost all services after Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) eliminated its annual operating budget of $634,000. The Portland Hotel Society (PHS) has run the facility since 2003. VCH announced its plan to shut down DURC on April 7 as part of its Second Generation strategy to overhaul health-care options in the Downtown Eastside. A new mentalhealth and substance-use facility, the Powell Street Getaway (formerly the Living Room), is meant to replace the one operated by PHS. It is managed by the Lookout Emergency Aid Society, which was awarded a $1-million contract to provide services in place of the ones offered at DURC. “VCH has blood on its hands, as far as I’m concerned,” said Dean Wilson, a long-time DURC volunteer. He says Lookout staff don’t have the experience to deal with drug users. “They’ve failed at engaging with drug users, and now these people are lost,” said Wilson, who ran a Harm Reduction 101 program at the facility. “We were the first to do Narcan training. A few months ago, Lookout phoned us and asked, ‘Where do we get Narcan?’ We are the pioneers on this, and they’ve [VCH] turned around in the greatest overdose epidemic I’ve ever seen and said: ‘We’re going to give it over to people with no experience.’ ” When asked why the funding for the centre was eliminated, VCH spokesperson Anna Marie D’Angelo said that it has simply been shifted to another service provider. As for the discrepancy in experience, she told the Straight that there are “transition plans in place” for clients who once relied on DURC. “There shouldn’t be any change; it should be improved service, and that’s always been the plan,” D’Angelo said. Coco Culbertson of PHS has been meeting weekly with members of Lookout and VCH since May. “My role is to make sure that no one that used DURC is left out

in the cold,” Culbertson said. She said that although Lookout is making a “robust effort” to connect with DURC clients, “it’s very difficult to shift people’s culture, especially when they’ve been there for so long and where there’s a therapeutic family involved.” Although the facility is closed, DURC’s recently opened overdoseprevention injection room and a few of its managed alcohol programs will be operating “for the foreseeable future” but at reduced hours. > AMANDA SIEBERT

FAT-CAT CEOS RAKE IN THE BIG DOUGH

A new report has shown once again that Canadian CEOs of publicly traded corporations continue earning obscenely high pay packages. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives revealed that the 100 highest-paid chief executives of TSXlisted companies collected an average $9.5 million in compensation in 2015. That’s 193 times the pay level of the average Canadian worker, who earned $49,510 in 2015. It means that by 11:47 a.m. on the first working day of the year, January 3, the average compensation of these CEOs equals the annual wage of the average worker. “A review of CEO compensation in Canada over time shows that the average earnings of Canada’s corporate top 100 increased by 178% between 1998 and 2015,” the CCPA report stated. Author Hugh Mackenzie has recommended revoking boards of directors’ unilateral authority to set compensation and subjecting this to shareholder votes. “A second, less dramatic change would be to change the accountability of compensation advisors to make them accountable to shareholders rather than to the board, like auditors,” he wrote. If boards fail to curb CEO pay, Mackenzie mentioned several options for governments, including ending special tax treatment for stock options, which can give executives an opportunity to purchase shares below the market rate. He also suggested imposing higher marginal tax rates on highincome earners, levying higher taxes on the recipients of shares granted by boards of directors, and imposing a tax penalty

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on those whose compensation exceeds a “given ratio” to average workers’ pay. U.S. political economist Robert Reich also proposed the latter idea in his 2015 book Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few. He suggested that workers’ pay could increase, thereby stimulating the economy, if CEOs who earned 20 times the average worker’s wage paid less income tax than those who earned 400 times the average. Reich also recommended higher taxes on corporations that contract out low-paid work to other companies. According to the CCPA, the highest-paid Canadian CEO of a TSX-listed company in 2015 was J. Michael Pearson, formerly of Valeant Pharmaceuticals, who collected $182.9 million in compensation. Donald Walker of Magna International was next, at $26.5 million, followed by Harrison Hunter of Canadian Pacific Railway, at $19.9 million. In October, Bloomberg reported that Pearson and one other former Valeant executive were under FBI investigation in connection with “potential accounting fraud”. > CHARLIE SMITH

CHIP WILSON’S HOME WORTH $75.4 MILLION

Most people think of Chip Wilson as a Vancouver businessman who made billions selling yogawear with lululemon athletica. It’s more accurate nowadays to think of him as a Vancouver property magnate, starting with his house on Point Grey Road. It has been assessed at $75.4 million, according to figures released by B.C. Assessment. This makes it the most valuable residence in the province. But that’s not where Wilson’s property holdings end. In May 2016, the Georgia Straight reported that his real-estate company, Low Tide Properties, was aiming for $1.5 billion in assets within 10 years. Most of its holdings are in Vancouver. In 2014 and 2015, Wilson sold approximately $2 billion worth of lululemon shares. He is no longer on the board of the Vancouver-based corporation, whose Kitsilano head office is only 3.4 kilometres away from the Wilson estate. > CHARLIE SMITH

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federal statistics, more than 40 percent of Canadians donate their time to causes that are close to them. In a society that seems to reward busyness, there are things we avoid doing with the claim that we simply “don’t have the time”, but there is a host of benefits associated with carving out a weekly, biweekly, or monthly block to help those in need. Connect with a local charity, nonprofit, or care group, or find out if your skill set is needed at www.govolunteer.ca/, which lists requests by local organizations that are seeking assistance. Align your volunteering with your professional goals, and you’ll also create possibilities for career advancement. Not only will you expand your network of friends and acquaintances, you’ll increase your social skills, sense of purpose, and self-confidence. TAKE FIVE WITH MEDITATION If

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INTRO TO UX DESIGN Learn about user research and personas, prototyping, wireframing, and why UX design is so important for businesses to succeed. Jan 11, 6 pm, RED Academy 1490 W. Broadway). Free admission, info www.redacademy.com/.

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TAKE ACTION 2JUST ANNOUNCED U.S. HANDS OFF SYRIA Mobilization Against War and Occupation presents a monthly antiwar petition campaign and rally. Jan 13, 4 pm, In front of the Vancouver Art Gallery (Robson and Howe). Info www.mawovancouver.org/.

SPECIALTY FOOD EXPO Discover, sample, and save on hundreds of products while learning from leading experts in gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, diabeticfriendly, and low-FODMAP diets. Jan 14-15, 10 am–4 pm, Vancouver Convention Centre East (999 Canada Place). Tix $12, info www.specialtyfoodexpo.com/.

2THIS WEEK DEMO AND DINNER: COOK THE NEW YEAR LITE Learn how to make satisfying dishes that are healthy and easy to prepare at home. Jan 11, 6-9 pm, The Uncommon Cafe (477 Powell). Tix $69/55, info www. tartinemaplecuisine.com/event/2017-01-11/.

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FORUMS 2THIS WEEK IMMIGRATION LAW Lawyer Robert Leong discusses immigration issues faced by permanent and temporary residents including workers, students, and visitors. Jan 9, 7-8:30 pm, Burnaby Public Library Metrotown (6100 Willingdon Ave., Burnaby). Free admission, info www.bpl.bc.ca/. INTRO TO WEB DEVELOPMENT Learn what a markup language is and how HTML works on the web, and how to write semantic HTML, including elements, attributes, and nesting. Jan 10, 6 pm, RED Academy (1490 W. Broadway). Free admission, info www.redacademy.com/. NOBEL PRIZE LECTURE Igor Herbut, Neil Branda, and Sharon Gorski discuss the discoveries made in physics, chemistry, and physiology or medicine. Jan 11, 3:30-6 pm, SFU Burnaby (8888 University Dr., Burnaby). Free admission, info

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GAME NIGHT FUNDRAISER The Orr Vancouver dance school presents a game-night fundraiser featuring poker and mahjong tournaments. Jan 7-8, 6:30 pm, Jewish Community Centre (950 W. 41st). Tix $60/36, info www.jccgv.com/ content/game-night-fundraiser/.

DINE OUT VANCOUVER FESTIVAL The 17-day schedule of events provides festivalgoers with unique culinary experiences such as guided dining adventures, brunch crawls, cocktail masterclasses, wine debates, guest chef dinners, B.C. VQA wine and craft-beer tastings, street-food markets, and hundreds of restaurants offering multi-course dinners at $20, $30, or $40. Jan 20–Feb 5, various Vancouver venues. Info www.dineoutvancouver.com/.

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CANYON LIGHTS See the world’s tallest Christmas tree, go on a snowy owl prowl, decorate gingerbread cookies, make a Christmas card, and stroll through the lights decorating the suspension bridge, Treetops Adventure, Cliffwalk, rainforest, and canyon. To Jan 8, Capilano Suspension Bridge (3735 Capilano Rd., North Van). Tix $13.95-39.95/kids under six free, info www.capbridge.com/.

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2UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE LIVE A live performance of the hit cult podcast Welcome to Night Vale, a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale. Feb 20, doors 7 pm, show 8 pm, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Rd., UBC). Tix $39.50/27.50 (plus service charges and fees) at www.livenation.com/.

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ATTRACTIONS CYPRESS MOUNTAIN Skiing and snowboarding lessons, snowtubing park, cross-country ski trails, downhill skiing and snowboarding trails, and snowshoeing tours. 6000 Cypress Bowl Rd., West Van. Info 604-926-5612, www.cypressmountain.com/ GROUSE MOUNTAIN Mountain resort overlooking Vancouver features a Skyride to the peak with views of the city and the Pacific Ocean, as well as skiing and snowboarding, and snowshoeing. 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Van. Info 604-980-9311, www.grousemountain.com/ MOUNT SEYMOUR Skiing and snowboarding lessons from the Mt. Seymour Ski and Snowboard School, tubing and tobogganing, and snowshoe trails. 1700 Mount Seymour Rd., North Van. Info 604986-2261, www.mountseymour.com/ ROBSON SQUARE ICE RINK Celebrate winter with skating in the heart of downtown Vancouver. Open until February 14. Skate rental fee is $4. Skate rentals end 30 minutes before close. 800 Robson. Info 604-646-3554, www.robsonsquare.com/

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sees grocery-store shelves loaded with several different types of rice milk, he can’t help but be transported back to his childhood in Caracas, Venezuela. Circumstances for him and his three sisters were as tough as that chaotic city itself, yet that’s where the seeds of his culinary career were planted. “Cooking, for me, was a necessity,” Alvarez says on the line from Cacao Progressive Latin, the restaurant he heads in Kitsilano. “I come from a very poor family. Sometimes we didn’t have money to buy milk, so we had to make rice milk. When I moved here and I saw rice milk in the store, I remembered how my mom had to make it. We made tasty food with anything we had.” Alvarez went on to travel extensively throughout South America and beyond, the need to cook evolving into a desire. “I fell in love with it,” he says. “I love the creativity.” Having first come to Canada at age 16, he honed his craft at restaurants in Italy, Spain, the United States, then back here—first in Toronto before landing in Vancouver six years ago. With food being an international language, Alvarez

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“Food brings people together,” he adds. “Nobody is a stranger when it comes to cooking; you bond right away.” The Dine Out Vancouver Festival’s World Chef Tourism Vancouver’s Exchange brings together top culinary talents Dine Out Vancouver Feswill be sharing his passion during the Dine Out tival is Canada’s largest annual celebration of food Vancouver Festival’s World Chef Exchange. and drink, attracting more than 100,000 people Following its successful launch last year, the ex- over 17 days. Celebrating local and regional inchange returns with a series of five collaborative gredients, B.C. wines, and the city’s exceptional dinners featuring top talents from around the globe. culinary talent, the fest is known for its $20, $30, Each one-night event will see a local chef host a vis- and $40 prix fixe menus, which this year are availiting one, the cooks drawing from their respective able at more than 280 restaurants. menus and cultural influences to create a memorThis second World Chef Exchange features able meal featuring local, seasonal ingredients. several other intriguing pairings. On January At Cacao, Alvarez highlights flavours from 22, Vancouver Aquarium executive chef Ned Bell places beyond his home country, including Ecua- welcomes Galway, Ireland’s J P McMahon. Known dor, Colombia, Brazil, and Mexico, ingredients for injecting Spanish flavours into contemporary such as various types of Latin American maize, Irish fare, McMahon is the founder of the Galway guava, plantain, leche de tigre, pipian Food Festival and culinary director of EatGalway verde and all sorts of chilies. What makes Restaurant Group. verde, his approach unique is that he incorporIn another, Jamie Bissonnette, a James Beard ates them into distinctly Canadian items Award–winning chef who runs restaurants in like bison, elk, and B.C. seafood. Boston, New York, Bangkok, and Cambridge, For his World Chef Exchange, Alvarez Massachusetts, will pair up with Lee Cooper at will join forces with Mexico City’s Jair Tel- L’Abattoir on January 29. Already sold-out is a lez, the head of Amaya, which specializes dinner by AnnaLena chef and owner Michael in Baja-style dishes. Tellez is considered Robbins and London’s James Lowe, whose Lyle’s a champion of the eat-local movement is a Michelin Guide restaurant. Vancouver native and one of the country’s most influential Ryan McIlwraith, who now heads San Francisco’s chefs. The two have never met each other Spanish-influenced Bellota, joins Chris Whittaker but will collaborate for an eight-course at Timber on February 1. (The restaurants particimeal plus pintxo, or snack. Alvarez says pating in the World Chef Exchange will also offer he loves the idea of the exchange, having regular Dine Out menus throughout the festival.) brought in international chefs independWhittaker, who has worked with McIlwraith in ently at Cacao in the past. the past, says the two are hoping to offer an even“The chefs come in and showcase their cui- ing that is as eye-popping as it is mouthwatering sine and their style, and we can be really playful by cooking with fire, transforming the Timber with that,” he says. “It’s also a great opportunity courtyard into a cooking space complete with to learn, for me and for the diners. smokers, open coal grills, and spits. Although the

details are still being ironed out, Whittaker says that in addition to the dinner featuring whisky and food pairings, dishes like bison shanks and possibly paella will be served family-style. “His kitchen predominantly cooks over a wood fire, and we want to bring an element of that into what we’re going to do,” Whittaker says by phone. “We’ll heat the courtyard and be in an outdoor cooking tent, so it should be a lot of fun. We’ll be cooking right in front of people, so we’ll be pretty approachable for the event. And it will be fairly social, which is a really fun and inspiring way to dine. “Everything we do at Forage and Timber promotes that social aspect of dining,” he adds. “It’s what Ryan does too: a lot of big flavours and sharing plates, so it’s a good matchup.…There will be people at long tables at Timber, and for people who won’t know each other, it’s a great way to dine.” If food is fuel for strengthening bonds, the World Chef Exchange, similarly, has connectionmaking at its heart. “I think the spirit of the event is very much based on relationships,” says Lucas Pavan, coordinator of the festival, which has partnered with Aeroplan and Air Canada, among other organizations. “It’s about generating goodwill across cultures and nations using food as that common denominator. Who doesn’t love to eat and be merry? “The World Chef Exchange is about authentic experiences,” he adds. “It’s a true collaboration, chefs working together on developing the menu, sharing the kitchen, and sharing staff. If you wanted to eat at James Lowe’s restaurant, you’d have to fly to London; we’re superexcited he’s coming here for four days. The exchange puts Vancouver on the world culinary map.” The Dine Out Vancouver Festival takes place from January 20 to February 5. For information on the World Chef Exchange and other festival events, visit www.dineoutvancouver.com/.

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here are more than 40 new restaurants joining this year’s Dine Out Vancouver Festival, which includes everything from legendary eateries to brand-new culinary spots. If the options are too overwhelming to choose from (almost 300 restaurants in total), take a look at this compilation of Dine Out newcomers to help you decide where to make a reservation: a dozen noteworthy picks that will likely garner plenty of attention from local and international food lovers. BISHOP’S (2183 WEST 4TH AVENUE, $40) This Kitsilano

creations with flavours from Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, and more. FABLE KITCHEN (1944 WEST 4TH AVENUE, $30) Have a taste

for farm-to-table cuisine? Check out chef Trevor Bird’s restaurant that offers menu items made from locally sourced ingredients. Its Dine Out dishes will feature roasted-squash salad, slow-roasted lamb shoulder, and much more. GLOWBAL (590 WEST GEORGIA STREET, $40) Glowbal Res-

taurant Group’s newest culinary venture, at Telus Garden, features 17,000 square feet of chic space, perfect for a group dinner or a fun night out. Its multicourse Dine Out menu includes a “BLT” salad, roasted Angus strip loin, and salted-caramel fudge cake for a sweet ending.

restaurant celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, and there are no signs of it slowing down. Indulge in seasonal West Coast fare in an upscale and cozy atmosphere; you don’t need a celebratory excuse to visit this HOMER ST. CAFÉ AND BAR (898 HOMER STREET, $40) renowned eatery. There’s more to this downtown CACAO (1898 WEST 1ST Vancouver establishment than AVENUE, $40) A relatively new rotisserie chicken: think brined addition to the Kitsilano neigh- pork loin with buttermilk potato, bourhood, this restaurant is al- or baked ricotta gnudi (gnocchiready bustling with fans of its style dumplings) with tomato and progressive Latin dishes. Chef Jef- Parmesan cheese. Don’t assume ferson Alvarez serves up culinary this restaurant is for adults only;

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critically acclaimed restaurant is no stranger to multicourse menus: it is famed for its exceptional tasting menus that feature Pacific Northwest dishes. With only 60 seats, you may want to make a reservation well in advance to avoid disappointment.

ingredients amid a sleek and welcoming backdrop. THE ACORN (3995 MAIN STREET, $40) The Acorn, often

voted one of the top vegetarian and vegan spots in the city, will fi nally be participating in the Dine Out festival. Th is vegetable-forward eatery and bar offers creative meals that will likely even satisfy MOTT 32 (1161 WEST GEOR- meat lovers. GIA STREET, $40) It has been one of the most anticipated res- TIMBER (1300 ROBSON STREET, taurant openings, and this high- $20) Nothing screams “Canadian” end Chinese eatery is still keep- more than a classic poutine and a ing Vancouverites out of the loop. pint of beer, right? Timber offers But its confirmed participation those choices and more. For those in this year’s Dine Out festival who enjoy comfort fare, this estabKitsilano’s Cacao specializes in progressive Latin-American dishes. brings us closer to the reveal of lishment will be serving a Dine Out its undoubtedly stunning inter- menu that includes nightly roasts its atmosphere is perfect for the ior and mouthwatering menu, so (bison, free-range chicken, and entire brood. here’s hoping the bookings don’t more) and a sticky-toffee pudding fill up within a few minutes (or with maple ice cream. HOUSE SPECIAL (1269 HAM- seconds). ILTON STREET, $40) Who says VIJ’S (3106 CAMBIE STREET, Besides Rangoli joining Vietnamese food can’t be upscale? TABLEAU BAR BISTRO (1181 $40) That’s exactly what you’ll find MELVILLE STREET, $40) Lo- Dine Out for the first time, its when you walk into this Yaletown cated at the Loden Hotel, this celebrated sister Indian restaurant, eatery that opened a few months stylish bistro offers classic cuisine Vij’s, will also be participating. Exago. Its Dine Out creations in- that ditches the snobby connota- pect a multicourse menu with tasty clude beef Wellington on green- tions often associated with French options as well as lively music in a onion-pancake pasty and lemon- menus. Indulge in its culinary contemporary and family-friendly creations made with West Coast atmosphere. grass f lan, among others. JANUARY 5 – 12 / 2017 THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT 13


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Stomp star Jeremy Price BY JANET SM IT H

gets to release that primal urge to bash everything in sight each night he performs—an urge that for most of us, sadly, ends around the time we stop smashing pots together in our parents’ kitchen. But make no mistake: a lifetime of high-level training has led him to the 26-year-old show that wildly mixes percussion, dance, acrobatics, comedy, and acting. Just don’t ask him what it is he does, exactly. “When you’re a Stomp-er, you’re defi nitely a professional… But a professional what?” the affable artist says with a laugh from Chicago, where his troupe has a rare long run before heading to Vancouver for Stomp’s fi rst show here in more than a decade. “Well, it’s defi nitely hard to describe what I do.” He may not be able to categorize his career choice that easily, but the veteran Stomp-er can readily trace the path that brought him here. Not that there’s any set résumé or route that will get you into the show. “When I was seven years old, break dancing was surfacing and I loved moving,” Price recalls. “As I got older I became fascinated with why I wanted to move and became more of a musician. For Stomp, you don’t necessarily have to be able to dance, but you have to move well.” His search for an instrument took him, in his early teens, to the drums. He pursued them to virtuosic levels—and is still keeping the beat at 39. “I heard about Stomp my last year of high school—a friend of mine told me about this crazy show where people were playing trash cans and I went and saw it in my hometown. I thought it was fascinating,” he says. “I ended up putting myself through college playing music. And then I asked myself why I was in college.” That led him to auditions for Stomp—with more than a thousand people showing up to try out at his first attempt in New York City. “I got a callback. I didn’t get it, but I got real close,” he says. “That gave me courage. I was 25 when I started and I’m happy: I’m glad I wasn’t doing it at 18

How Stomp keeps the beat going

The talented members of Stomp train hard to make wildly choreographed percussion out of garbage-can lids and much more. Lois Greenfield photo.

Adding to that speaks to all those countries and cultures.” freshness is what he The production is also insanely energetic—which A veteran performer in the 26-year-old stage sensation calls the organic na- keeps audiences rapt but can take a toll on someture of Stomp. “We one who’s been with it for almost 15 years. “We all reveals what keeps the madly rhythmic show so fresh don’t play to a back- have to stay in shape, but it varies from performer like some guys,” he adds, referring to the show’s ing track; we make the music that we move to to performer,” says Price, explaining the show travheavy touring schedule. every night,” he says. He says that every two or els with 12 guys, but only eight are on-stage at any But joining the production, which had been three years, Stomp adds some intricate given time. “I’m a stocky, muscular guy, so I launched by a few U.K. buskers at the Edin- new numbers: expect monster-truckwas exposed to some back issues. These burgh Fringe Festival, was just the beginning of tire tubes and shopping carts to prodays, I practise more yoga and eat differCheck out… his learning curve. Stomp, after all, is not just a vide some surprise dazzle when the STRAIGHT.COM ent things. bunch of people banging on buckets. The show show returns here. “The show defi nitely leaves its Visit our website famously turns everything from brooms to Those are just some of the reasons mark on your body, so that’s why I’ve for morning-after Zippo lighters to garbage-can lids into elabor- why Stomp has hit 50 countries and reviews and local chosen to do that,” he adds. arts news ately orchestrated and choreographed rhythmic been seen by 24 million people. Most Clearly, sinks, paint cans, and spectacle. “Very few come in a good Stomp-er,” travelling productions shut down after plumbing fixtures aren’t the only things explains Price, who is now the touring show’s a couple decades, or at least take a long getting bashed in Stomp—but Price couldn’t rehearsal director. “You have to be trained. You hiatus, but Stomp has never stopped banging out be happier. He’s even got a side project, Plastik kind of get used to not being used to stuff.” its beats. It helps that there’s no dialogue, so it’s Musik—a troupe that takes the brightly coloured Price considers the characterizations the easily translated for multiple nationalities. But children’s percussion tubes Boomwhackers into production’s “secret weapon”—the acting as- there’s something else about it that transcends elite classical territory. (Think Flight of the Bumblepect that has kept it well ahead of the copycats culture, Price says. bee.) In other words, when he’s not busting out since it took off in the early 1990s. “What keeps “There are classic theatrical aspects, classic beats for Stomp, he’s banging around Boomwhackit fresh is each performer has the opportunity music aspects, and it pulls a little bit from com- ers. For Stomp, and for Price, the beat goes on. to bring their own personality to a character edy—but there’s not too much of any one thing,” and bring their own energy into the character,” he stresses. “And if you isolate any one of those Stomp plays the Queen Elizabeth Theatre next Frihe explains. things you start to lose the audience. That’s why it day to Sunday (January 13 to 15).

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Editor’s choice THE FIGHTING SEASON If you missed this sellout hit at the 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival, you’re in luck: the searing look at three medical workers from the war in Afghanistan returns to the Cultch’s intimate Vancity Culture Lab next week. Its moving authenticity emanates directly from the fact that playwright Sean Harris Oliver’s dad volunteered as a doctor in the same war. The brilliant, bang-on cast is back: Kyle Jespersen as the medic, Tom Pickett as a PTSD–tormented doctor, and Siona Gareau-Brennan as a nurse struggling with the consequences of her actions in a single, traumatic event that binds the three. We called it a “cause for celebration” in our Fringe review and handed it the Georgia Straight’s Critics Choice Award. Bleeding Heart Theatre presents The Fighting Season at the Cultch’s Vancity Culture Lab Tuesday (January 10) to January 21.

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ELLIS HALL: SOUL UNLIMITED (January 6 and 7 at the Orpheum) Motown and soul hits, backed by the VSO, guaranteed to warm up a January night.

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LAYERS OF INFLUENCE (To April 9 at the Museum of Anthropology) Spend a lazy afternoon gawking at these fascinating world textiles.

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THE (POST) MISTRESS (January 7 at the Blueshore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts) Tomson Highway’s colourful tale of a queen busybody.

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AND BELLA SANG WITH US (January 4 to 14 at the Firehall Arts Centre) Not a “Pick of the Fringe” at the 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival for nothing.

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DINO ARCHIE (January 5 to 7 at Yuk Yuk’s) A Vancouver comedy favourite and master of the anecdote.

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BUILDING A PILLAR In the new year, City of Vancouver staff will be investigating whether the city should adopt the UN’s Agenda 21 policy statement that calls upon local governments to recognize culture as the fourth pillar of sustainable development. Arising out of the World Public Meeting for Culture in Brazil in 2002, Agenda 21 for Culture recognizes that the present definition of sustainability doesn’t include culture—just the three pillars of environment, social development, and economics. Just before the holidays, Vancouver city councillors unanimously approved a motion by the NPA’s Elizabeth Ball (shown here) to look at adding culture to the roster— the idea being that an economy rooted more in experiences than in the consumption of goods is better for the environment. -

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ancouver will hold a yearlong celebration called Canada 150+ to coincide with the nation’s 150th birthday. According to a city news release issued on December 31, the name was selected to reflect the indigenous history of the region that predated colonization. The theme will be “moving forward together”, which acknowledges that the city is on unceded traditional lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and TsleilWaututh First Nations. There will be three signature events:

streets] from July 22 to 30) Curated by Vancouver aboriginal storyteller, singer, dancer, animator, and producer Margo Kane, the festival will include pioneering Cree folksinger and songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie and Ojibwa country-music star Crystal Shawanda.

70,000 people participated in the city’s first Walk for Reconciliation, which began along West Georgia Street, travelled across both viaducts and along West Pender Street, and ended in the huge parking lots beside Southeast False Creek.

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(Jericho Beach from July 19 to 22) This will not be the first such event in Vancouver. During Reconciliation Week in September 2013, there was an All Nations Canoe Gathering. Dozens of indigenous paddlers made their way into False Creek in Vancouver’s Margo Kane is curating cedar dugout canoes, reminding the 2017 Drum is Calling Festival. Vancouver residents of the region’s THE DRUM IS CALLING FESTIVAL aboriginal heritage and the long- WALK FOR RECONCILIATION (in (Larwill Park [bounded by Cambie, term consequences of colonization September along a route yet to be Dunsmuir, Beatty, and Georgia for indigenous cultures. announced) In 2013, approximately

Musqueam, Squamish, and TsleilWaututh,” Mayor Gregor Robertson said in the news release. The artwork for the logo for the celebration was designed by Musqueam Coast Salish artist Thomas Cannell. The series of events will be funded by a $2.3-million grant from the federal government and another $2.4 million from the City of Vancouver. “We are proud to support the City of Vancouver and the important work it is doing to bring British Columbians together, in the spirit of cooperation and partnership, to honour the rich history of Canada’s indigenous peoples and inspire action on reconciliation,” Heritage Minister Mélanie Joly said in the news release. -

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THEATRE 2OPENINGS AND BELLA SANG WITH US Sally Stubbs’s play tells the story of constables Lurancy Harris and Minnie Miller, Vancouver’s first female police officers. Jan 4-14, Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova). Tix $24, info www.firehallartscentre.ca/. THIS IS OUR YOUTH Sticks and Stones Theatre present Kenneth Lonergan’s story that follows 48 hours in the lives of three very lost young souls in the big city at the dawn of the Reagan Era. Jan 6-14, 8-10 pm, Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial). Tix $15 , info www.facebook.com/sticksand stonestheatre/. LATE-NIGHT DOUBLE FEATURE Spectral Theatre presents staged readings of spooky original works, in the style of old-time radio programs. Jan 7, 7-10 pm, Slickity Jim’s Chat ’n’ Chew (3469 Main). Tix $10, info www.spectraltheatre.com/. THE (POST) MISTRESS Tomson Highway’s play tells the story of a charismatic, small-town postal worker who seems to know everything about everyone. An Arts Club on Tour Production. Jan 7, 8 pm, BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts (2055 Purcell Way). Tix $43/39/20, info www.capilanou.ca/centre/. THE FIGHTING SEASON Bleeding Heart Theatre presents Sean Harris Oliver’s play that investigates the Afghan war through

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MUSIC 2JUST ANNOUNCED THE VSO NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra presents an exploration of new creations and contemporary composers. Concerts include Hard Rubber Orchestra (Jan 24, 7:30 pm, Orpheum Theatre), New Music for Old Instruments I (Jan 25, 7:30 pm, Christ Church Cathedral), Pure Piano (Jan 26, 8:30 pm, Orpheum Theatre), Requiem for a Generation (Jan 27, 7:30 pm, Orpheum Theatre), New Music for Old Instruments II (Jan 28, 7:30 pm, Christ Church Cathedral), and On a Wire (Jan 29, 7:30 pm, Orpheum Theatre). Jan 24-29, Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe). The event also runs at Christ Church Cathedral, info www.vancoversymphony.ca/.

2THIS WEEK VSO POPS: ELLIS HALL SOUL UNLIMITED John Morris Russell conducts vocalist-pianist Ellis Hall, the Ellis Hall Singers, and the VSO in a program of classics by Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, Earth, Wind & Fire, Otis Redding, and Ray Charles. Jan 6-7, 8 pm, Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe). Info www.vancouversymphony.ca/. UBC CONCERTO COMPETITION UBC School of Music students compete to perform as a soloist with the UBC Symphony Orchestra. Jan 8, 6 pm, Roy Barnett Recital Hall (6361 Memorial Rd., UBC). Free admission, info www.music.ubc.ca/.

COMEDY 2JUST ANNOUNCED JEN KIRKMAN American standup comedian, screenwriter, and actor performs on her All New Material, Girl Tour 2017. Sep 9, doors 7 pm, show 8 pm, Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway). Tix on sale Jan 6, 10 am, $25 (plus service charges and fees) at www.livenation.com/.

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VANCOUVER IMPROV FIGHT CLUB AND SHORT FORM MIXER Evening of comedy pits the Wedding Party against the Questioneers, with the audience deciding the champion. Jan 10, 8-9:30 pm, Café Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial). Tix $7, info www.thefictionals.com/.

YUK YUK’S COMEDY CLUB 2837 Cambie, 604-696-9857, www.yukyuks.com/vancouver. 2UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS Comedy club with Top Talent Tue at 8 pm, THE FIGHTER AND THE KID LIVE Live amateur night Wed at 8 pm, and professional headliners Thu-Fri at 8 pm and Sat at 7 presentation of the weekly podcast feaand 9:30 pm. Cover Tue $10, Wed $7, Thu $10, turing former UFC heavyweight Brendan “Big Brown” Schaub and actor-comedian and Fri-Sat $20. 2DINO ARCHIE Jan 5-7 Bryan Callen. Jan 18-19, doors 8 pm, show 9 pm, Commodore Ballroom (868 VANCOUVER THEATRESPORTS LEAGUE Granville). Tix for Jan 19 show SOLD OUT. Some of the world’s most daring and Tix for Jan 18 show $25 (plus service charinnovative improv. Firecracker! (Wed, 9:15 ges and fees) at www.livenation.com/. pm); Improv After Dark (Fri and Sat, 11:15 pm); OK Tinder (Thu, 9:15 pm); Rookie Night JFL NORTHWEST Comedy festival fea(Sun, 7:30 pm); TheatreSports (Wed, Thu, Fri, tures performances by Sarah Silverman, and Sat, 7:30 pm; Fri and Sat, 9:30 pm). Jan Trevor Noah, Chris D’Elia, Iliza, Tom Segura, 4-11, The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau, Brian Posehn, Jon Dore, Nate Bargatze, Granville Island). Info www.vtsl.com/. Aparna Nancherla, K. Trevor Wilson, Jim Gaffigan, Colin Quinn, Michelle Wolf, Todd 2THIS WEEK Glass, and Barry Crimmins. Other program highlights include SiriusXM’s Top Comic DINO ARCHIE Standup comedian Showcase, Comedy Short Shorts, Piff the performs a solo show. Jan 5-7, Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club (2837 Cambie). Tix 19.05/9.53, Magic Dragon, My Favorite Murder, the Just for Laughs Showcase, and the Best of info www.yukyuks.com/vancouver/. the West Series, which showcases local MICHAEL KOSTA Los Angeles-based comic talent. Feb 16-25, various Vancouver stand-up comedian performs a solo show. venues. Tix at www.jflnorthwest.com/. Jan 5-7, The Comedy MIX (1015 Burrard). Tix $15-20, info www.thecomedymix.com/. WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY Comedians Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff Davis, and IMPROV VOLTRON: THE RADICAL Joel Murray perform improv games from X QUEERPROV Improv troupes the the Emmy-nominated TV series Whose Radical and QueerProv present solo Line Is It Anyway?. Feb 26, 7:30 pm, River showcases and a comedy jam. Jan 6, 8-10 Rock Casino (8811 River Rd., Richmond). pm, Heritage Grill (447 Columbia St., New Tix $54.50/49.50 (plus service charges and West). Tix $7, info www.facebook.com/ fees) at www.riverrock.com/. events/1132990533486510/. SEBASTIAN MANISCALCO American COMEDY SHOCKER XI: SOMETHING standup comedian performs on his WICKED THIS WAY COMES Sam Tonning Why Would You Do That Tour. Mar 11, 6 hosts a comedy show featuring headliner pm, Vogue Theatre (918 Granville). Tix Shirley Gnome and Mark Hughes, Jane $250/59.75/49.75 (plus service charges Stanton, Stuart Jones, and Steev Letts. Jan and fees) at www.voguetheatre.com/. 7, 7 pm, Rickshaw Theatre (254 E. Hastings). Tix $10, info www.facebook.com/ LITERARY EVENTS events/1767615956789370/?notif_t=plan_ user_invited&notif_id=1477610071780571/. STREETFIGHT: AN IMPROV COMEDY BATTLE ROYAL Instant Theatre Company presents an hour of head-to-head short-form improv. Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, 9 pm, Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial). Tix $8, info www.instanttheatre.com/. STACKED COMEDY Comedy by headliner Jane Stanton, with support by Kevin Von Helvete, Jacob Samuel, Brett Nikolic, Tyler Brody Stein, Jordan Durcharme, Stuart Jones, Kelly Kreye, Phillip Kopczynski, and Gavin Clarkson. Jan 9, 9-11 pm, Yagger’s Kitsilano (2884 W.

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Christmas is over, but the indulgence isn’t.

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When the Italian Film Festival comes to the Vancity Theatre on Friday (January 6), it all begins with the voluptuous excesses of Federico Fellini. “Fellini is, in a sense, the festival’s unofficial godfather,” says the Vancity Theatre’s Tom Charity, who has programmed the semiautobiographical (and fully decadent) Roma as this year’s festival opener. “We have always featured at least one Fellini film in each of the festivals. Roma is less well known than, say, 8 1/2 or La Dolce Vita, but it’s unmistakably and gloriously Felliniesque.” It’s also a key point of context for a festival that has aimed, since its inception in 2014, to weigh the country’s classic cinema alongside its contemporary works. If 2016 wasn’t necessarily a “peak year” for big-screen Italia, it was still strong enough, in Charity’s estimation, to give him pause over that opening slot. “To be honest, we were torn about whether to open with Roma or They Call Me Jeeg, which is showing right afterwards on Friday night,” he tells the Straight. “The two films have one thing in common: Rome. And it made sense to start with the maestro’s vision of the Eternal City from 1972 and then to look at [director Gabriele] Mainetti’s very contemporary take on it in what is a radically different kind of Italian movie: a superhero fantasy.” Jeeg killed at the box office back home before sweeping Italy’s equivalent of the Oscars, the David di Donatello Awards. It’s a true mongrel

Marriage Italian style

Angela and Marianna Fontana steal the picture as conjoined twins whose desire for separation could spell the end of their family in the audacious Indivisible.

where new Italian cinema is novel; Nanni Moretti’s mid-’80s comedy The Mass coming from,” Charity says. Is Ended; or Ettore Scola’s Splendor [1989], with “At the same time, we have al- Marcello Mastroianni, a film which is, to my mind, ways tried to dig deeper than much better than Cinema Paradiso.” the dozen or so established With such a rich history of great cinema, the best way to landmarks in Italian cinema Copresented by VIFF and the Italian Cultural Cenhistory to remind audiences tre, with the participation and support of the Italian celebrate Italian film is to wed the past with the present of older films that might Consulate, the Italian Film Festival runs at the Vanof a film—“Too weird to live, and too rare to die,” otherwise risk being forgotten. Films like L’Amore city Theatre from Friday (January 6) to January 12. as Hunter Thompson would have it—based on a Molesto [1995], based on Elena Ferrante’s early More at www.viff.org. Japanese manga and then primed to do asymmetrical battle with its overfunded American counterSex, gender, and the ties that bind part. Charity wonders how it will be received. “For a start, there is less CGI than you would The entire lineup is bulletproof, but a veteran star and three sensational newcomexpect to find in the U.S. equivalent, obviously for ers provide the best reasons to catch these picks from the Italian Film Festival. budgetary reasons,” he says. “But that forces the filmmakers to work harder to make the punches SOLO Laura Morante is a well-loved fixture in Italian cinema, with credits that land. And while you would never call this a neorealinclude Bernardo Bertolucci’s Tragedy of a Ridiculous Man in a career that stretches back to the late ist film, it does have a raw, rough edge to it that ’70s. For her second effort on both sides of the camera, Morante uses fizzy comedy to approach a makes it more compelling than pure escapist fandeeper vein of melancholy, playing Flavia, a twice-divorced mother on the wrong side of middletasy. What I hope, of course, is that at least a fraction aged. As the film makes its quirky way forward, we might forget that it all begins with Flavia observof the multiplex audience who flock to these kinds ing her own funeral, where an array of exes, even after her death, seemingly fail to appreciate her. If of movies might be curious to come and check out that sounds too gloomy, rest assured that between antic comedy and its hugely appealing star, this is the Italian version of a comic-book movie.” a Solo flight worth taking. January 7 (5 p.m.); January 11 (6:45 p.m.) Only marginally less outlandish are some of the other new titles coming to Vancouver this ARIANNA Ondina Quadri turns in a spectacularly brave performance as the title character, a tellyear, most notably Edoardo De Angelis’s operatingly androgynous 19-year-old who tremulously informs her mother that “there’s something wrong” ically emotional tale of conjoined twins, Indivisafter a disastrous first attempt at sex. It’s during a visit to the old family home that Arianna is moved ible, and the sweeping melodrama of Claudio to finally discover why she’s never had a period, an orgasm, or even a gynecologist who hasn’t been Cupellini’s The Beginners. Charity also points to assigned to her by a notably too-involved father. At times, Carlo Lavagna’s outstanding debut feature “a surprisingly progressive, youthful, and femcreates the sense that we’re watching body horror given a compassionate rewiring by Eric Rohmer. inist outlook” in features like the lesbian drama January 8 (6:50 p.m.) Me, Myself & Her, and to the images of migration and economic despair seen in Banat. INDIVISIBLE Conjoined twins Daisy and Viola support their kin, including a gambling-addicted From a historical perspective, meanwhile, the father and pot-addled mom, by singing at church events. The opportunity for surgical separation IFF distinguishes itself, with an expert appreciacreates a much more profound split in this dysfunctional setup, which nods (through its character tion of a vast and somewhat intimidating canon. names) to the real-life Hilton sisters, who received a poisonous dose of fame after appearing in Tod While Roma (1972) and Pier Paolo Pasolini’s AccatBrowning’s Freaks. In turn, Indivisible has gothic moments of its own (a church procession after a tone (1961) are both revived for the six-day event, so near drowning has a strikingly macabre quality), but it also has humour, light, and two entrancing is Francesco Rosi’s masterful, if relatively obscure, leads in Angela and Marianna Fontana. January 12 (6 p.m.) political thriller Hands Over the City (1963). > ADRIAN MACK “The idea is that the mix enriches appreciation for the achievements of the past and sheds light on

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Canada on Screen MY AMERICAN COUSIN Filmmaker Sandy Wilson will be on hand to present this perennial favourite when the Cinematheque kicks off its Canada on Screen series on Friday (January 6). The free, yearlong program continues with an all-ages screening of The Dog Who Stopped the War on January 15. -

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L’ARGENT The passing of a forged banknote

is all it takes to set Robert Bresson’s final feature in motion, if motion is the right word to describe the work of this gnomic master. L’Argent gets four screenings at the Cinematheque starting Wednesday (January 4).

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THE SHOOTING This cult western put

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2017 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS Head

the Two-Lane Blacktop team of director Monte Hellman and actor Warren Oates together for the first time. What, that’s not enough? Catch the first of three screenings at the Cinematheque on Saturday (January 7).

to the Rio Theatre on Sunday (January 8) for a free live broadcast of the other, funnier Oscars. Hometown boy Ryan Reynolds is up for a bestperformance award for Deadpool, and he’s counting on your support, probably.

THEATRE OF LIFE Peter Svatek’s documentary captures an

extraordinary event, when world-renowned chef Massimo Bottura used the Milan Expo 2015 to create a soup kitchen for the city’s indigent population using only “waste” from the Expo cafeterias. At the Vancity Theatre on Monday (January 9), chefs from our own Royal Dinette, the Acorn, and the Arbor will do something similar for patrons of the Italian Film Festival, whipping up gourmet eats from surplus food stock. Dinner will be served after the screening. JANUARY 5 – 12 / 2017 THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT 21


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Martin Scorsese’s Silence tests viewer faith RE VIEW S SILENCE Starring Andrew Garfield. Rated 14A

A strange mix of sombre history

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ing, and stomach-churning graphic violence, Silence is a movie as confounding as it is thought-provoking. The effect is all the more extreme because it is helmed by Martin Scorsese—an icon more associated with gritty New York City streets, aggro Wall Street boiler rooms, and sleazy Vegas casinos than rigorously periodspecific 17th-century Japan. But here he goes, diving deep into the Jesuit world, following two young Former Spider-Man Andrew Garfield (left) goes full Jesuit in Martin Scorsese’s long-gestating passion project, Silence. Portuguese priests (Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver) who—Apocalypse Neeson). Their guiding missionary is officials. The duo’s mission is beyond the famous river is seriously polNow–like—head to Japan to find rumoured to have committed apostasy dangerous: Christianity is brutally luted; the better news is that some their missing spiritual mentor (Liam after being tortured by government outlawed in the Asian nation. They radioactive eff luvia can give you have to hide out with converted peas- superhuman strength. Talk about ants, holding mass at night, fashioning an untapped market! crosses from straw, and watching from Initially, Enzo doesn’t realize he’s afar as imperial soldiers torture believ- on some kind of Toxic Avventura, ers in increasingly twisted ways. but when he starts twirling thugs The film, one that Scorsese has over his head and ripping ATMs 1660 EAST BROADWAY @ COMMERCIAL been trying to make for decades, out of walls, he and his fellow RomMEDIA SPONSOR is a long tale about the trials of ans notice something different. This Garfield’s Jesuit missionary and hooded somebody shows up in local ADVANCE TICKETS AT WWW.RIOTHEATRETICKETS.CA his followers. What it’s really ob- graffiti, itself hinting at the original sessed with is laid out clearly in the manga, Steel Jeeg, which featured ARRIVAL 6:00 pm “Arrival delivers a must-see experience for fans of thinking person’s sci-fi that anchors its title: no matter how hard the young a race-car driver, named Hiroshi heady themes with genuinely affecting emotion and a terrific performance from Amy Adams.” (Rotten Tomatoes) priest prays or how much suffering Shiba, who gradually took on a BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT 8:45 pm “More human than human is our motto.” Ridley Scott’s “definitive” he goes through or witnesses—live heroic role of super robot, along edition – the workprint feature version – of this sci-fi classic starring Harrison Ford and Sean Young. Beautifully burnings, beheadings, slow bleed- with the titular moniker. Enzo gets remastered it in all its director-approved, futuretastic, digital sci-fi glory, this is a must-see on the big screen (the way nature intended). ings, drownings by crucifixion (it’s all Jeegy with this only because his a thing)—the horrors meet with neighbour Alessia (newcomer IlenDEAD SNOW 11:30 pm Friday Late Night Movie What’s worse than zombies exacting revenge upon vacationing silence from on high. That sound ia Pastorelli) is obsessed with the students in the remote, mountainous terrain of Norway? When those zombies are Nazis, that’s what. Also, blood. of nothing is best depicted in a re- Japanese cartoon series, glimpsed And splatter. (Lots.) curring image of an ancient, blank- here at times. staring portrait of Jesus in a crown A highly sexualized girl-child, of thorns, one the character sees mentally unbalanced by abuse from whenever he falls into some delir- some government official, the Alesium of hunger or pain. sia character is problematic on mulAnd all this leads to the frustrating tiple levels. Actor turned filmmaker and yet so utterly fascinating ambi- Gabriele Mainetti’s concentration HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE 3:30 pm Movie-lovers of all ages adore this animated classic from Hayao Miyazaki, guity about Silence. Scorsese seems on a flamboyant pretty-boy villain a spectacularly visual and highly imaginative feast for the eyes (and soul!). *Kids welcome! English subs. to be celebrating the commitment (Luca Marinelli) also carries some of the Jesuits (whom he consulted at weird gender messaging, and it’s THERE WILL BE BLOOD 6:30 pm “There’s a whole ocean of oil under our feet... No one can get at it, except for length for authenticity in the film) hard to know how seriously to take me!” Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson’s utterly magnificent epic stars Daniel Day-Lewis (in an Oscarwinning performance) as a ruthless oil prospector in a compelling historical drama. while at the same time casting their the overlong tale’s critique of mob God as unknowable, unanswering, corruption in government. There A CLOCKWORK ORANGE 10:00 pm Malcolm McDowell stars in Stanley Kubrick’s dystopian take on a and unreachable. A lifelong Catholic, are many good popcorn moments, totalitarian England breeding the likes of Alex (McDowell), a Beethoven-loving, head-bashing punk who leads his gang of droogs on ultra-violent assaults – until he is captured by authorities and subjected to nasty behaviorScorsese has painted a complicated though, all done on the cheap. And modification therapy. portrait of faith—a subject that could there’s certainly no doubting the not be more unfashionable. film’s sequel-readiness when our If you find that off-putting, so be reluctant hero finally dons his robot it: you still have a little-known per- helmet—even if it does happen to iod of history gorgeously rendered be made of macramé. There Will Be Blood > KEN EISNER here. And Garfield, who reportedly immersed himself in the Jesuit spiritual exercises, brings real JULIETA intensity to the role, at first naively Starring Emma Suárez. In Spanish, KIKI’S DELIVERY SERVICE 1:45 pm “A terrific alternative to the diabetic’s nightmare that is most of Disney’s fervent, then heavily conf licted. with English subtitles. Rated 14A output, Kiki’s Delivery Service takes pride of place in Hayao Miyazaki’s exceptional body of work.” The Japanese parts are nuanced (Empire Magazine) *Kids welcome! English subs. Pedro Almodóvar with a Vantoo, especially Issey Ogata’s smilTHE GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS 5:00 pm Because botox looks better on the big couver connection? If Spain’s ing Inquisitor. screen. Jimmy Fallon hosts the 2017 Golden Globe Awards, and there’s no better place to watch it than on our big screen! (Also: Free admission!) Get ready for trivia, But Scorsese’s tone is relentlessly former bad boy couldn’t come here, games, prizes, and more. *Arrive early to ensure a great seat! grim. He’s dragged you through an the Left Coast went to him, via a endless amount of mud and drizzle trio of Alice Munro stories originTHE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE 7:00 pm Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch star as father-and-son coroners in this and blood, for what? Was it wrong ally set here but moved to sunny decidedly creepy supernatural thriller from Norwegian director André Øvredal (TROLLHUNTER) to try to convert “the swamp of Madrid and seaside Galicia, in the MAD MAX FURY ROAD Black & Chrome 9:30 pm George Miller managed to reboot his own iconic Mad Max Japan”? Could it be there are no far northwest. franchise with the triumphant 2015 release of the universally acclaimed FURY ROAD. Miller always envisioned Not much of our cold blue light heavenly signs because there’s no the film in black and white, and this is just that. God? Scorsese doesn’t seem to sup- survives the transition, but the famport either of these ideas. But he’s ously quirky writer-director is unnot giving answers either. Just God- characteristically clear-eyed, if still NAUSICAÄ OF THE VALLEY OF THE WIND 6:30 pm There is no better way to appreciate the magic of Studio deeply art-directed in his colour-rich like silence. Ghibli than on the big screen! Hayao Miyazaki directed this sci-fi fantasy fairy tale, based on his popular manga series of the same name. *Kids welcome! English subs. > JANET SMITH set design. In fact, some reviewers have decried the lack of transgresThe Gentlemen Hecklers Present BIRDEMIC 9:30 pm “Birdemic” is a portmanteau, combining the words “bird” and THEY CALL ME JEEG sive edge and campy humour in this “epidemic.” Anything else you need to know about this 2010 cinematic nightmare of ornithology, widely regarded relatively straightforward family as one of the worst films ever made, will be supplied by The Gentlemen Hecklers, who will explain it all (and more) Starring Claudio Santamaria. In in their own special way. drama. Maybe it’s Munro’s influence, Italian, with English subtitles. Rating or a new level of maturity, but the unavailable generally female-centric filmmaker ULTRAMAN Double Feature 6:15 pm The spandex-clad Japanese superhero Ultraman gets two new movies to celebrate its 50th Anniversary! ULTRAMAN X: THE MOVIE (featuring a battle in which Ultramen try to stop A Japanese manga from the concentrates on character here, drawmonsters from destroying a city) and ULTRAMAN GINGA S THE MOVIE: SHOWDOWN! (which also includes 1970s provides the source, ing profound performances from a giant battle in which Ultraman warriors team up to stop monsters from destroying a city.) sort of, for Italy’s They Call Me Jeeg veteran Emma Suárez as the chicly (sometimes named They Call Me middle-aged Julieta and Adriana EVANGELION: 1.11 YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE 9:30 pm “Evangelion was the perfect storm for the North American anime boom. Its thundering titans, gravity of character drama, and Rorschach symbolism all made for Jeeg Robot), itself crying out for a Ugarte as her younger self, seen in and unparalleled experience.” (Ain’t it Cool News) a remake of the first six episodes of GAINAX’s anime series bigger-budget U.S. reboot. Arriving ’80s-placed flashbacks that parallel *English subs. in Vancouver as part of this year’s her current crisis. Italian Film Festival, this two-hour The well-matched co-leads (who’ve The Geekenders Present UNCAPED CRUSADERS: A ‘BATLESQUE’ TRIBUTE TO BATMAN 8:00 pm superhero epic is set in Rome, of all both been on the Spanish soap Hospiplaces, and is refreshingly free of tal Central) are only two decades apart FREDDY vs. JASON 11:30 pm Friday Late Night Movie Marvel-style special effects, with in age, and they cover more overlapmultiplex compensation coming ping territory than do most role-sharfrom the old ultraviolence. ing actors. What these Julietas share, Things centre on Enzo (Casino besides a passion for teaching classical Royale’s sad-eyed Claudio Santa- literature, is much love, loss, and a maria), a low-end crook we meet sense of mystery as to how a child conKitty Nights West Presents: A Live Rock Burlesque Tribute to David Bowie 8:00 pm while he’s running hard from a deal ceived and raised in happiness can, gone wrong. He escapes by jumping long after one traumatic development, SEE WWW.RIOTHEATRE.CA FOR COMPLETE LISTINGS & UPDATED CALENDAR into the Tiber. The bad news is that turn completely against her mother. SUN JANUARY 8

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Daughter Antía—her name taken from the Greek word for “flower”— is played by three different actors, the eldest iteration (Blanca Parés) just 18 when she suddenly disappears from Julieta’s life. We get some clues, most revolving around the girl’s fisherman father (Daniel Grao) and his gruff housekeeper, played by Almodóvar regular Rossy de Palma, whose character clearly is intended to evoke the malevolent Mrs. Danvers in Hitchcock’s Rebecca. Elsewhere, someone even mentions feeling trapped “in a Patricia Highsmith novel”. Still, the spot-the-influence game is less evident than usual in his 20th feature, with the director’s own All About My Mother a more obvious touchstone. Instead of wittily frenetic melodrama, Julieta is a deeply satisfying, down-to-earth tale of grief and quiet rediscovery.

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HIDDEN FIGURES Starring Taraji P. Henson. Rated G

This overeager, if oddly satis-

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for the U.S. to put a man in space at the height of the Cold War with Russia. Hidden Figures doesn’t explain how 30-plus black women— or “coloured computers”, as some called them—came to be crunching numbers on a dingy campus near NASA’s Virginia headquarters. But it does depict the daily indignities heaped upon even the most talented minorities in the Jim Crow South of 1961. The standout figures here, based on real-life counterparts, are math savant Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), mechanically minded Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and engineering wiz Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe, following up on Moonlight). All three directly support John F. Kennedy’s space program. But only Katherine gets invited into the room with the all-white, all-male crew in charge of running data. These crew-cut dudes are quietly freaked out by her using “their” coffee table, and she faces open hostility from an immediate superior (The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons). But her almost magical way with numbers deeply impresses mission leader Al Harrison, played with gruff precision by Kevin Costner. De facto supervisor Dorothy faces the steel-magnolia resistance of her boss (Kirsten Dunst), although D’s tech prescience with that massive new piece of IBM gear proves a turning point. And Mary must overcome institutional and family resistance to attend a whites-only school to finish her engineering degree. Happily, our unsung heroines lived to see their dreams realized; in fact, NASA recently named a new research building after Johnson, now 98. This helps explain the two-hour tale’s feel-good ambiance, emphasized by Pharrell Williams’s well-chosen period music and Wynn Thomas’s gorgeous production design. (Check out the countless ways Thomas, who also designed A Beautiful Mind, finds to combine orange and turquoise.) Neophyte director and cowriter Theodore Melfi (St. Vincent) sets up serious scenes for laughs, and gives the leads far too many Big Breakthroughs, ultimately reinforcing the notion that people of colour must perform 100 times better than white folks just to be allowed to use the same bathroom. But the fact that the smartest president in 50 years is being replaced by the dumbest man on Earth renders these concerns meaningless. The movie keeps overplaying its hand, but when it comes to American audiences, no message can be too broad—and this message truly needs to be heard. > KEN EISNER


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RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS “Go Robot” Sure, it’s fashionable to hate on the Peppers, and with good reason. Viewed through the lens of good taste, “Go Robot” is an emphatically terrible song, its employment of disco-funk grooves a second-rate rehash of Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories. Anthony Kiedis isn’t the most profound lyricist at the best of times, but “Go Robot” clumsily plumbs new depths of inanity. (“I want to thank you and spank you upon your silver skin/Robots don’t care where I’ve been.”) It also happens to be an insidious earworm that will put itself on repeat in what’s left of your brain. Good work, boys!

BEST CONCERTS SANTIGOLD (At the Vogue Theatre on May 12) Santi White peppers her performances with potent commentary on consumer culture and narcissism in the age of the selfie, but mostly she puts on one hell of an entertaining pop concert. MARK FARINA (At the Imperial on October 14) Although Mark Farina is known for spinning sets over eight hours long, his Vancouver performance distilled his jazz, hip-hop, and house selections into a concentrated two-anda-half-hour burst, mixing everything from 1960s virtuoso drum solos to European acid sounds. Earning his title as a DJ’s DJ, Farina refused to pull the plug when the Imperial lights came on, instead dropping an extended instrumental of Erik B. & Rakim’s “Paid in Full” until ushered off the stage. A consummate professional. SAVAGES (At the Imperial on May 27) The craziest thing about Savages totally flooring Vancouver on a hot pre-summer night was that no one saw it coming. It’s not like the London-spawned four-piece arrived in town with a reputation as a mustsee live act. And its 2016 triumph Adore Life wasn’t exactly packed with dance-floor anthems. But goddamn if Savages didn’t have every single awed person in one of Vancouver’s best clubs transfixed by the second number, to the point where no one dared go to the bar lest they miss a second of the magic. As tightly wound as the group was, singer Jehnny Beth was its deadliest weapon, the cloaked-inblack frontwoman spending the bulk of the show in the audience, literally standing on the outstretched hands of the faithful. Think riveting postpunk messiah, magnetically tending to a flock that couldn’t look away.

PLEASANT SURPRISES KANYE WEST The Life of Pablo As

usual, Kanye West’s outsized ego overshadowed his musical output in 2016. Let’s face it, the man makes himself hard to love—even his alleged friend Beyoncé reportedly capped the year by calling West “talentless and pathetic”. But if the sonically adventurous The Life of Pablo proves anything, it’s that you can love the art without loving the artist.

YOUNG THUG Jeffery Why does all

trap music sound like a high-school music project? Because it’s about as hard to make as a shit sandwich. Loop a few sub-bass notes with fast snares, add a three-note descending melody, get an Auto-Tuned rapper to complain about “purple drank”, and you’ve just perfected a Top 10 hit. Young Thug, though, has finally done something original with the genre. Famed for

JUSTIN BIEBER “Sorry” Not sorry. MIRANDA LAMBERT “Nice” Nash-

Clockwise from left: Santigold, Young Thug, and Angel Olsen clearly take their musical duties very, very seriously.

his unconventional vocal techniques, the artist shuns traditional lyrical content on Jeffery in favour of yelped or obscure sounds blended into his eccentric flow—and, more importantly, he’s challenged hip-hop’s definition of masculinity by choosing to be photographed for the album cover in women’s clothing. HEAVY Hurt & the Merciless With the genre-jumping exorcism that is Hurt & the Merciless, the Heavy finally proved itself to be something more than the “How You Like Me Now?” band from The Late Show With David Letterman. Inspired by an imploded relationship (singer Kelvin Swaby’s marriage), the English four-piece tackled everything from four-on-the-floor punk to turbocharged swing. Lest longtime fans be disappointed, the Heavy didn’t forget about the sound that made it famous, with “What Happened to the Love?” serving up classic soul at its most brutally thumping. The answer to the question “How do you like it now?” is “More than we ever would have dreamed.”

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BEST VIDEOS RADIOHEAD “Burn the Witch” Dir-

ector Chris Hopewell’s animated homage to British children’s TV programs from the 1960s (search for “Trumpton” on YouTube to see how perfectly he nails the style) takes a dark turn into The Wicker Man territory for a tale of rural pagan horror, albeit one with adorable little stopmotion songbirds.

OK GO “The One Moment” Sure, it might pale in comparison to the 2,722,639,800 YouTube views of Psy’s “Gangnam Style”, but “The One Moment” has managed to garner over 16 million plays in little more than a month—and in our book, that’s pretty impressive. The four-minute-long video captures bursting balloons, shattering guitars, and f lurries of paint, but— and here’s the impressive bit—the whole thing was filmed in just over four seconds. Perfectly stringing out the action to fit with the song’s lyrics and beats in postproduction, the captivating video is testament to the fact that terrible tracks can be elevated to international acclaim with a little visual creativity, and a lot of advertising money from the Morton Salt company.

Even though the job comes with its fair share of problems (mental breakdowns, Twitter wars, Kim Kardashian’s disturbingly bulbous ass in your face all day), who among us wouldn’t love to be Kanye West, if only for a night? “Famous” gave us a good idea of what to expect, the video showing Yeezy relaxing—seemingly post-orgy—in a massive bed beside the completely naked likes of Taylor Swift, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Amber Rose, and Caitlyn Jenner. Bill Cosby and Donald Trump are also among those nestled in the satin sheets, making one think that—even if all the depicted celebrities are actually hyper-realistic mannequins—being Kanye isn’t always easy. KANYE

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ville isn’t supposed to sound this ground-down and gritty, but then again, country badass Miranda Lambert doesn’t play by anyone’s goddamn rules but her own. A slow-burning throwback to country’s golden years— right down to the vinyl-like pops and hisses—“Nice” gets maximum emotional impact out of lines like “Another vice, another call/Another bed I shouldn’t crawl out of”. Lock up your sons, not to mention your husbands.

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“It’s definitely a feminist album, but it’s decidedly written by guys. I can’t speak for women, I can’t speak for female feminists, but I hope they don’t mind us putting out an album like this. When I talk to my friends in town who are politically active, they’re mostly women. The people who give a shit about the world and want to make changes—in my group of friends, it’s mostly women. But that’s not the stereotype. I wanted to make a fun record about something that I felt passionately about, and ‘Molotov Girls’ is basically saying, ‘No, girls don’t just want to have fun.’ You just have to open your eyes and read the news to figure that out.” —Zachary Gray on the Zolas’ latest album, Swooner

Angel Olsen’s convincing stab at old-school girl-group pop is the catchiest tune she’s ever written, but don’t be fooled by its bubblegum veneer. In the vein of, say, “Every Breath You Take”, this is a portrait of borderline-psychotic romantic obsession thinly veiled as true love. “Stop pretending I’m not there/When it’s clear I’m not going anywhere” are the words of someone who ought to be subject to a restraining order.

MAC MILLER FEAT. ANDERSON .PAAK “Dang!” True, young frat-

rapping white boy Mac Miller would normally be the last person to grace any Straight “best of” list, but with Anderson .Paak’s creamy vocals and local boy Pomo’s tight, funky production underscoring his rhymes, “Dang!” somehow transforms Miller’s needy pleas to reunite with his girlfriend into an infectious and upbeat summer jam.

YOU WON’T “1-4-5” A perfect road-

trip mix tape is all about the opening song, and you won’t—pardon the pun—find a better jam for hitting the highway than You Won’t’s driving folk-pop gem “1-4-5”. Hitting the sweet spot between the Flaming Lips and Violent Femmes, the Boston two-piece will have you cranking the stereo one past 11 right from the world-beating opening lines, “I was standing there broken down wanting to cry/Like a Santa Claus drunk on the 4th of July.”

“I feel like it’s almost a Renaissance thing, a painting—a modern version of a painting. I think it’s important for Kim to have her figure. To not show it would be like Adele not singing.” —Kanye West on wife Kim Kardashian’s penchant for posting naked selfies on the Internet “By the time we got to the venue, it had turned into a bear nightclub. I didn’t know what a bear nightclub was, but it ended up being a really fun bunch of bearded gay guys. I remember playing ping-pong and then getting twirled around the dance floor by this really big fellow. I don’t remember what his name was, but hopefully, he’ll be coming to the show this time.” —Danny Beusa of the Dune Rats on playing Vancouver’s now-defunct Electric Owl -

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Scan to confess Let me take a sele I just changed all the lightbulbs in my bathroom to “daylight white” from “soft white” because it’s better light for taking selfies.

Sober New Year One of my new year’s resolutions is to quit drinking. Waking up hung-over every morning was no fun for me, plus booze got too expensive. Call me the buzzkill, but alcohol is something that I can definitely live without. I realize that I don’t need booze to make me happy anymore. Here’s to a sober 2017!

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something fans won’t expect. On that front Kyle Morton executes almost perfectly on What Will Destroy You. The key word there is almost, because as the Portland-based singer notes from Los Angeles, the first record where he goes it alone isn’t a complete departure from the themes he explores with his full-time Portlandia project Typhoon. For proof of that, look no further than What Will Destroy You’s haunting leadoff track, “Poor Bastard”. A winning exercise in glitchy antifolk, the track begins with Morton singing “I awoke inside a coffin/Being lowered into the ground.” Evidently, you can take the boy out of the orchestral 11-member Typhoon, but you can’t take an obsession with death out of the boy. You can, however, put a twist on things. “What Will Destroy You sort of walks near the darkness a bit,” the wonderfully outgoing Morton says, speaking on his cellphone. “But I also think it has its funnier moments, where, say, Typhoon doesn’t have that comic side. I mean, the first song on the record is kind of a parody of the character that I’ve become with Typhoon, which is sort of death-obsessed. Someone asked me ‘Why do you always write about death?’ And I was like, ‘Well, on this record I only do a little bit.’ ” If mortality is often on Morton’s mind, that probably has plenty to do with a childhood marked by multiple organ failures thanks to Lyme disease. For the stripped-down and often skeletal What Will Destroy You, however, he was more interested in what makes life worth living—namely, love. Fittingly, the singer comes at the most complex of human emotions in many ways. The devastating “The Aftermath” details a reconnect between two former lovers with lines like “Seducer’s calculus/I feigned an accident/Reached out and grazed your neck,” this ending the morning after with “And when I leave you will own my nothing/When I leave it will mean nothing.” All grey-November guitars and ghost-world vocals, “Survivalist Fantasy” sets love in a postapocalyptic world where two survivors are having serious trouble keeping the flame going thanks to a lack of outside stimulus. But lest one think that What Will Destroy You is more depressing than Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, things come to a life-affirming end with the celestial country ballad “My Little Darlin Knows My Nature”. That’s where the observation “But every year I am getting older/And I lose my good looks, lose my charms” is offset by this album-ending ode to a loved one: “I will be your witness if you be my wife.” While the temptation might be to assume that Morton is unlucky in love, that couldn’t be further from the truth, the singer having married his girlfriend of nearly a decade in 2016. Just because he’s obsessed with death with Typhoon doesn’t mean that he’s convinced life isn’t worth living. On that note, he couldn’t be more excited about stepping out from the considerable shadow of Typhoon for a solo tour. “As anyone can see if they listen to my songs, I’m capable of some despair,” Morton says with a laugh. “Despite the general climate of the past year, which has been, um, lunacy with one absurdity after another, personally, I got married in 2016 and I’ve been happier than I’ve ever been. That’s an encouraging thought. I don’t know if anyone expects things to get much better as you get older, but for me it’s been an upward trend. One can write out of despair and it can be beautiful. And on the flip side, one can write out of a kind of euphoria, and even though the songs aren’t necessarily elated, that was the case on this end.” > MIKE USINGER

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he sun, the life giver of our solar system, is at its closest proximity to the Earth right now. Travelling through the sign of Capricorn, the sun gives life to all matters to do with control, duty, responsibility, priorities, and legitimacy. Capricorn is a builder archetype. It also holds jurisdiction over time, limits, boundaries, and borders. The sun’s alignment with Pluto on Friday compels us to reformat in no uncertain terms. Sun/Pluto exerts added pressure to get it under better control. Hidden or obvious forces may be at work. Either way, there’s no choice but to get with the program. The big push coincides well with the end of Mercury retrograde on Sunday. Monday is mobilizing in more ways than one. The Gemini moon can keep us talking, guessing, or questioning. Keep the conversation, the plan, or the day’s schedule open-ended. Spontaneity plays it best. With some added push/pull to get through, Tuesday can bring accomplishment and completion. Then again, the day could force your hand, perhaps abruptly, or surprisingly so. The moon in tension to Saturn and Mercury could cause a conflict with authority, reality, or the truth. Face facts, have the talk, tackle the hard stuff, work it out, get it done. Assistance from sun/Uranus and Mars/Pluto can spark a creative solution, a fresh insight, a sudden breakthrough, or a springboard. Parked in the middle of an intense and emotionally charged few days,

Wednesday holds the best prospects of the week. The Cancer moon forms mainly harmonious contacts. Feel it; express yourself; nurture; protect; caretake; soak it up. Sun/Jupiter ends the day on a major upswing.

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March 20–April 20

Endings and beginnings are intertwined. A new reality is setting into place, and as it does, it sets the future on an accelerated course. Friday through next Thursday’s full moon hits the message home in some striking, perhaps momentous way. Monday/Tuesday could see you make a breakthrough or set yourself free. Wednesday/Thursday turns the potential or hoped-for into an actuality. It’s an emotional journey!

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April 20–May 21

You don’t have to wait for Mercury retrograde to complete. Friday/Saturday are optimal; take the initiative, put it into drive. Monday/ Tuesday, consider all options, talk it out, switch tracks as the moment dictates. Plan B or a revisit could do the trick. There can be pain or loss before gain but don’t let it stop you. Wednesday/Thursday can be lucrative, rewarding, or heartwarming.

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Thursday/Friday, the time is right. Take charge; make it official; set a new precedent; renew with the bank or your significant other. If you want to see better results, a deeper commitment

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June 21–July 22

Outside forces can put you under significant pressure. Sun/Pluto moves you through a block, hurdle, or holdup. Next Tuesday through Thursday completes the process, program, or setup phase. It’s up to you to take the initiative, to hold yourself accountable, to establish a better system, reputation, or game plan. Reality hits full-on; it comes with a major payoff for your applied effort.

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Getting it under better control is to your great benefit. Whether through necessity or simply a realization, Thursday/Friday the sun/Pluto alignment helps you to do just that. Finish off what you can. The end of Mercury retrograde on Sunday, and the sun in action with Uranus on Tuesday, Jupiter on Wednesday, and the full moon on Thursday, make for a full-throttle, big week ahead.

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The end of the week is accompanied by a sense of accomplishment and/or of leaving the past behind in some major way. You’ll feel that you’ve made the right choice or that you’ve now reached your timehas-come moment. Sunday/Monday

gets you thinking along new lines. it; create it; instigate it; rev it up; take Tuesday through full-moon Thursday flight; get a move on. Tuesday/Wedis informing, opportune, instigating, nesday are game-changer days. boosting, and freeing. CAPRICORN LIBRA December 21–January 20 September 23–October 23 Motivation reaches peak on The sun/Pluto conjunc- Friday/Saturday. Revamp a little or aim tion and the end of Mercury retro- for a complete overhaul. Optimize while grade officially signal that a time has good timing is on your side and the fire come for endings and for laying a is in your belly. Aim for maximum imnew foundation. A new home, family, pact. Be a force to reckon with. Throw and living-with-yourself chapter be- your weight around or force yourself to gins now. Friday/Saturday are ideal get a move on. You’ll accomplish more, for real-estate transactions, business faster, and better now. deals, renovations, or official family AQUARIUS undertakings. Monday through next January 20–February 18 Thursday fast-tracks the process and It’s time to catch a plane, a thrusts something new/more at you. train, an airwave, or to hit the ground SCORPIO running in some other big way. Along October 23–November 22 with the sun on a major move-it-forFriday/Saturday, aim to ward, the end of Mercury retrograde finish it off, sign papers, complete a on Saturday gives the green light for transaction, and/or make it official. all fresh initiatives. With some added Sun/Pluto can get you approved for a challenge Monday to Wednesday, it’s loan or lease. A serious talk or meet-up all systems go, perhaps surprisingly so. with an adviser or official can be quite PISCES productive too. One way or another, February 18- March 20 Monday through full-moon Thursday Stay driven; aim high; plan opens the floodgate and/or puts you on to go the distance. A new personal the move in a major way. goal, career, or lifestyle trajectory SAGITTARIUS is particularly well timed. Sunday November 22–December 21 through Tuesday, there can be twists, Mercury has just dipped turns, push, pull, or an air-clearing. By back into Sagittarius but it won’t visit Wednesday, you’ll have a better feel for for long. By Sunday, it will complete what to say or do and where to take it. retrograde; by next Thursday’s full Emotions run the show/the gamut. moon, it will move on. Along with the sun’s revitalizing force, Friday Book your 2017 reading or sign up through next Saturday provides a for Rose’s free monthly newsletter: major window of opportunity. Say www.rosemarcus.com/astrolink/.

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“Look to social media,” said Mistress Matisse, a writer, sex worker, and sexworkers’-rights activist. “Now that so many review boards have been taken down, social media is the best way to find a good independent escort.” About those review boards: lawenforcement agencies, always on the lookout for ways to “save” sex workers by making their jobs more dangerous, have gone after online sites, aka review boards, where clients rated and ranked escorts and—more importantly—escorts communicated with each other about safety, clients to avoid (flaky, rude, unhygienic), and clients they absolutely shouldn’t see (erratic, threatening, violent). Elizabeth Nolan Brown wrote a great piece for Reason about the issue last fall (“The Truth

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I’ve been reading your column for years, and it has definitely helped me develop a sex-positive view of dating, relationships, sex, and otherwise. I’ve been seeing a girl recently who revealed to me she’s a cam girl. I’m totally okay with it. She makes a great living, it’s important to her, and it turns her on—all great things! But it’s something she likes to keep to herself, and for good reason, obviously. People, however, are obsessed with what other people do for a living. So what’s the best answer for when I’m asked what she does? She’s as unsure of what to say as I am. I’m bringing her to a company event (I work in finance), and both of us are sure everyone is going to ask what she does (cocktail party small talk is the worst!). What are your thoughts on this subject and other things in a relationship like this? > MAN BEHIND THE CAM GIRL

Say this: “She’s an independent contractor with a video production company—she makes her own hours and works from home. It’s a great gig. Oh, hey, how about them Bears/Colts/Cubs/Broncos/Braves/ WhateverTheFucks.”

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