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Hereditary chiefs with the Gitxsan First Nation have filed a judicial review of the approval of the Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal and pipeline project, bringing the total of legal challenges faced by the project to four. The Gitxsan nation is asking the Federal Court for a review based on lack of consultation and says the proposed project infringes on its fishing rights, stating that it will be harmful to the Skeena River’s already fragile salmon stocks. “The Canadian government’s decision to approve this project did not respect our fishing rights protected under the Canadian Constitution. We were not consulted,” said Gitxsan hereditary chief Yvonne Lattie, representing the Gwininitxw house group. She was joined by Charlie Wright of the Luutkudziiwus house group and Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs president Stewart Phillip. Although the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency stated that First Nations were consulted during environmental assessments, chiefs said they either were offered inadequate funding for their input or, at other times, were told they would not be directly affected by the project. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet conditionally approved the massive liquefied-natural-gas project in late September last year. Backed by Malaysia’s state oil company, Petronas, the $11.4-billion export terminal would be constructed on Lelu Island near Prince Rupert, on traditional First Nations territory. If completed, the facility would ship 19 million tonnes per year of liquefied gas to Asian markets. It would also result in more than five tonnes of carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere every year. Although Canada has pledged to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by 30 percent from 2005 levels by the year 2030, numbers have been on the rise for the past five years. The challenge put forth by the group is in addition to similar motions made by other First Nations and chiefs whose territory would be affected by the project. Other requests for judicial review were filed by Gitanyow hereditary chiefs (Gitxsan nation), the Gitwilgyoots tribe (Tshimshian
nation), and the SkeenaWild Conservation Trust on October 27. Combined, the terminal and pipeline project are projected to cost $36 billion. It is subject to 190 federal conditions. > AMANDA SIEBERT
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The former leader of the B.C. NDP will be challenged by a former refugee who has worked as a reporter, pain therapist, citizenship judge, and court reporter. Trang Nguyen has been nominated as the B.C. Liberal candidate in the provincial constituency of Vancouver Kingsway. Since 2005, it’s been represented in the legislature by Adrian Dix. In 2011, Nguyen was the Conservative candidate in Vancouver Kingsway in the federal election, losing to New Democrat Don Davies. In an interview that year with thecommentary.ca’s Joseph Planta, she said that she arrived in Canada in 1979 after her family had tried nine times to flee Vietnam. On their final attempt, they reached Malaysia, where they remained for a year before being sponsored by the federal government to come to Canada. In 2013, Chris Alexander, then the Conservative citizenship and immigration minister, appointed her as a citizenship judge, a position she held until last year. Meanwhile, a Canadian Union of Public Employees activist, Rachna Singh, has declared her intention to seek the B.C. NDP nomination in Surrey–Green Timbers. Since 2005, the constituency has been held by Sue Hammell, who recently announced that she won’t seek reelection. In a phone interview with the Straight, Singh said that she’s obtained the support of Surrey NDP MLAs Bruce Ralston and Harry Bains, as well as Surrey-Panorama NDP candidate Jinny Sims, Surrey-Fleetwood NDP candidate Jagrup Brar, and Delta North NDP candidate Ravi Kahlon. Surrey–Green Timbers is considered a safe NDP seat and the nomination meeting will be held on January 29. Singh, wife of broadcaster and Georgia Straight contributor Gurpreet Singh, said that if she becomes the candidate, she hopes to focus a great deal of attention on the B.C. NDP’s promise to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
“The people of Surrey–Green Timbers have been struggling under the Liberals,” she said. “We all know what is happening to the housing prices, as well as to premiums for MSP, ICBC, and Hydro. They are all going up.” Singh recently organized an antiracism forum in Surrey following Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election. In 2001, she moved to Canada from Punjab, where her father publishes a literary magazine. The next provincial election is scheduled on May 9. > CHARLIE SMITH
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As the Trudeau government prepares to introduce legislation to legalize marijuana, an Ottawa-based company plans to buy a stake in a Vancouver-based lab company. CannaRoyalty Corp. has announced that it has signed a letter of intent to pay $4 million in cash and common shares for 20 percent of Anandia Laboratories Inc. Anandia is licensed by the federal government to evaluate products for clients licensed under the Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations. This licence also permits Anandia to “cultivate cannabis for breeding and strain improvement”, according to a news release issued by both companies. “We have elected to partner with CannaRoyalty given their expertise in extraction, post-processing and the development of proprietary formulations,” Anandia CEO Jonathan Page said in the release. CannaRoyalty Corp. documents mention that CEO Marc Lustig is a resident of West Vancouver who worked for various securities firms before founding Cannabis Royalties & Holdings Corp. as a private company in early 2015. In December, the company and a numbered company engineered a reverse takeover of publicly traded Bonanza Blue Corp., becoming CannaRoyalty Corp. “As the only independent Canadian testing facility specializing exclusively in cannabis, Anandia Labs is clearly well positioned given how crucial independent testing of cannabis products is to the future of the cannabis sector in Canada,” Lustig said in the news release. > CHARLIE SMITH
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A B.C. Court of Appeal panel ruled there were deficiencies in a trial judge’s charge to a jury that convicted a man of sex offences against his two daughters.
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Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter spokesperson Hilla Kerner says a guaranteed livable income enhances safety.
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ast June, Premier Christy Clark made a startling revelation. In an article in the Vancouver Sun, she disclosed that 35 years ago, a stranger pulled her off the sidewalk into the bushes. She recalled that she was just 13 years old at the time. And when her assailant loosened his grip for a moment, she was able to escape. “There was no doubt in my mind that he wanted to hurt me,” Clark wrote. “I’ll never know what might have happened.” It came when high-profile sexualassault cases were generating a lot of attention across North America. Clark cited her experience to explain why she was supporting a private member’s bill by Green party MLA Andrew Weaver to require postsecondary institutions to create sexualassault policies. “I want women who have never said anything about sexual violence in their lives to know they are not alone,” Clark declared. While Clark’s comments generated a wave of positive media coverage, they didn’t sit well with Hilla Kerner, spokesperson for Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter. In a recent phone interview with the Georgia Straight, Kerner said that if Clark were serious about improving women’s safety, the B.C. Liberal government would pay far more attention to male violence. “She used her personal experience to claim solidarity with women but she has done nothing to actually express solidarity with women,” Kerner claimed. “Even this recent law that the government has been supporting—the requirement for
postsecondary institutions to have a policy on sexual assault—the government supported this law because it’s going to cost them nothing. It’s just a way to capitalize on the public support and the public attention that sexual assault gets without actually doing anything.” When asked what the provincial government should be doing to enhance women’s safety, Kerner said it should be providing core funding for rape crisis centres across the province. According to Kerner, there are about five such centres in B.C. when there should be 50. “Women who are dealing with sexual assault and other forms of male violence need to have services on demand everywhere,” she insisted. “It’s crucial for women’s safety. It’s crucial for their strategizing. We know that women’s centres and rape crisis centres are really important in terms of advancing women’s equality and liberty.” Secondly, Kerner said that the premier should embrace a guaranteed livable income to allow all British Columbians to live dignified lives. She maintained that this is imperative to replace the existing welfare system that keeps so many people poor, including women in abusive situations. “A guaranteed livable income will allow women to exit prostitution,” Kerner added. “It will protect them from resorting to prostitution to begin with and it will allow women to leave abusive men.” She praised the B.C. Greens for supporting a guaranteed livable income, noting that this idea will alleviate poverty. And Kerner said that studies in other jurisdictions have
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shown that this policy is associated with better public health, which saves costs over the long term. “It costs much less to actually provide people with a livable dignified income that is guaranteed and not to keep people poor,” she stated. Kerner also recommended that the province relax its charge-approval standard, which she described as having the highest threshold in Canada. The Crown has a two-part test: it must be in the public interest to lay a charge and there must be a substantial likelihood of conviction. Kerner said that the “substantial likelihood” condition results in many men not being charged for being violent against women. “In most cases, the Crown will not proceed.” In addition, Kerner called on police forces to enforce the federal prostitution law, which penalizes men who buy sex. “When you criminalize men, you reduce trafficking, you reduce underage prostitution,” she said. “Of course, it’s not enough to criminalize men. We have to have a system in place to allow women to exit. When we talk about women who suffer from drug addiction and mental-health problems, we have to have systems in place to support these women.” As an example, she said that it can take two weeks before women can get into detox. “Every time they announce a new service, it’s usually a phone line that refers you to something that is barely existing,” Kerner said. “Really, this premier has done nothing for women in general, nothing for women’s equality, and, in particular, nothing for women who are victims of male violence.” -
hree judges on B.C.’s highest court have overturned six convictions against a man found guilty of sex offences against two of his daughters. B.C. Court of Appeal justices Harvey Groberman, Richard Goepel, and Lauri Ann Fenlon ordered a new trial after determining there were deficiencies in the trial judge’s charge to the jury. The ruling acknowledged “the vulnerability of the complainants in this case, and the personal anguish that a new trial may cause them”. There is a ban against publishing, broadcasting, or transmitting evidence that could identify the complainants or witnesses in the case. The decision, which was written by Groberman, noted that Crown counsel “put forward a coherent narrative of events” to the jury in the B.C. Supreme Court trial, acknowledging inconsistencies in the evidence of each of the complainants. The defence lawyer in the trial, however, “delivered a closing address to the jury that was unusual in many respects”. “From the start (where counsel explained to the jury that accused persons do not call evidence except in cases where there is ‘not much doubt’) to the finish (where counsel presented a theory of child abandonment syndrome for which there was no evidence), counsel’s closing strayed from what was appropriate. After he finished (and in the absence of the jury), the judge admonished him for going ‘well beyond the bounds of propriety’,” Groberman wrote. The B.C. Court of Appeal justice added: “Much of the defence closing was taken up with speculation, anecdotes on wrongful convictions and other events outside the scope of the evidence, and with counsel’s own opinions about the quality of the evidence and the police investigation. In terms of substance, the defence closing concentrated on the demeanour of witnesses. Counsel did not review the
inconsistencies in the complainants’ evidence in any systematic fashion, but did highlight some discrepancies, concentrating on differences between their statements to the police investigator and their evidence in court. He also noted that the complainants did not agree on the timing of various events.” The accused retained a different lawyer in his successful appeal for a new trial. Groberman also wrote that the trial judge provided a “remarkably brief” charge to the jury, “particularly given the number of counts, the fact that there was more than one complainant, and the fact that so much of the defence counsel’s closing to the jury was improper”. According to the B.C. Court of Appeal ruling, the trial judge provided a brief response to one question from the jury before the jury returned and found the accused guilty on six of seven counts. “The jury must have understood that the only real issue for them…was whether they were satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that the events described by the complainants occurred,” Groberman wrote. “A review of evidence by the judge would have served to draw the jury’s attention to major contradictions in the evidence.” In the eyes of the B.C. Court of Appeal panel, the failure to do that did not prejudice the accused. Moreover, the trial judge’s response to the jury’s question was “adequate and accurate”. However, the ruling stated that the trial judge’s “very limited instructions” were “simply unequal to the task”. “In the case before us, where most of the judge’s instructions treated the two complainants’ allegations together, it was incumbent upon him to take care to ensure that the jury understood that the credibility of each complainant should be assessed independently,” Groberman wrote. “Most importantly, there ought to have been an instruction on the impermissibility of reasoning based on the accused’s propensities or character.” -
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WORDPRESS BOOTCAMP Learn how to setup, build, and deploy a WordPress site to the web. Jan 14, 10 am–5 pm, BrainStation Vancouver HQ (410–1110 Hamilton). Tix $300, info www.brainstation.io/event/wordpressbootcamp-2016111791131/. MEMORIES OF INTERNMENT AND DISPOSSESSION A panel of Japanese Canadians share their first-hand experiences and reflections on being uprooted, losing their family homes, and experiencing internment. Jan 14, 1-4 pm, Vancouver Public Library Central Branch (350 W. Georgia). Free admission, info www.vpl.ca/. THE FIGHT FOR FARMLAND: AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION ON VANCOUVER’S RURAL/URBAN FRINGE Talk by Lenore Newman, associate professor in the department of geography and the environment at the University of the Fraser Valley. Jan 16, 6-8 pm, SFU Harbour Centre (515 W. Hastings). Free admission, info www.facebook.com/ events/1185652844807110/. LADIES LEARNING CODE: BUILDING A WEB STORE WITH SHOPIFY AND LIQUID In this workshop, learn how you can use Liquid, Shopify’s templating
HERBS FOR HEALTH: THE BACKYARD MEDICINE CABINET Discover herbs that can be grown in gardens, planters, or your kitchen to be used as everyday medicines. Jan 18, 6-8:30 pm, VanDusen Botanical Garden (5251 Oak). Tix $42/35, info www.vandusengarden.org/. INTERNATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY Professor Mark Celinscak discusses Canadian responses to the Holocaust. Presented by the Vancouver Holocaust Education Centre in partnership with the Norman and Annette Rothstein Theatre. Jan 18, 7 pm, Norman Rothstein Theatre (950 W. 41st). Admission by donation, info www.vhec.org/. SAM SULLIVAN’S PUBLIC SALON Eight speakers from across the city share their ideas, insights, and passions. Speakers include Keith Ahamad, Joseph Dahmen, Lotte Davis, Richard Hulbert, Erick Lichte, Patrick Lucas, Kim Peacock, and Emelia Symington Fedy. Jan 18, 7:30-9 pm, Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton). Tix $30/18.99, info www.publicsalon.org/.
TAKE ACTION 2THIS WEEK 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/.
BENEFITS 2JUST ANNOUNCED GREASY SPOON DINER VOL 23 Enjoy four courses of diner-inspired cuisine with cocktail pairings and help raise money for A Better Life Foundation. Jan 23, Save On Meats (43 W. Hastings). Tix $95, info www.greasyspoondiner.com/. FOR THE LOVE OF DOG A fundraising gala for the Pacific Assistance Dogs Society features dinner, dancing, live and silent auctions, and music by Angela Kelman and the Polyester Philharmonic. Feb 4, 6:30 pm, Molson Canadian Theatre at Hard Rock (2080 United Blvd.). Tix $125, info www.pads.ca/gala/.
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FASHION 2THIS WEEK WHAT’S OLD IS NEWS Ivan Sayers discusses the recent acquisitions of the Society for the Museum of Original Costume. Includes a fashion show of Sayers’s finds of the past year. Jan 15, doors 1 pm, event 2 pm, Hycroft Manor (1489 McRae). Tix $ 30/20/10, info www.smoc.ca/.
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2UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS 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 20â€“Feb 5, various Vancouver venues. Info www.dineout vancouver.com/.
ET CETERA 2THIS WEEK VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW This yearâ€™s show will host more than 250 exhibitors showcasing the newest and most innovative selection of boats and accessories for boaters and water-sports enthusiasts of all types and skill levels. Jan 18-22, BC Place Stadium
(777 Pacific Boulevard). Tix $15, info www. vancouverboatshow.ca/2017/.
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 www.cypressmountain.com/
2THIS WEEK MAKER GIRLS Workshop series for girls who love engineering and science includes demonstrations, hands-on experiments, and make-and-take creations. For girls in grades seven to 10. Jan 17, 24, 31, 4-5:30 pm, Vancouver Public Library Fraserview Branch (1950 Argyle). Free admission, info www.vpl.ca/.
SPORTS 2THIS WEEK CANUCKS VS. DEVILS The Vancouver Canucks take on the New Jersey Devils in National Hockey League action. Jan 15, 4 pm, Rogers Arena (800 Griffiths Way). Tix $48.75-197.75 (plus service charges and fees) at www.ticketmaster.ca/. CANUCKS VS. PREDATORS The Vancouver Canucks take on the Nashville Predators in National Hockey League action. Jan 17, 7 pm, Rogers Arena (800 Griffiths Way). Tix $48.75-197.75 (plus service charges and fees) at www.ticketmaster.ca/.
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, snowshoeing, ice skating, mountain ziplines, and wind turbines. 6400 Nancy Greene Way, North Van. Info 604980-9311, 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/
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1.77 million Twitter followers, but Dilip Mehta isn’t one of them. Not after making Mostly Sunny, a documentary about the porn star from Sarnia, Ontario, who became a sensation inside that most chaste of worlds: Bollywood. “I found out she’s blocked me,” Mehta tells the Straight during a call from Toronto. “And that I find hilarious. To be blocked by Sunny Leone. Imagine!” A ghosting by the most Googled name in India is a rare privilege, for sure, but so is securing the permission to tell Leone’s story in the fi rst place. Mehta and his producers found themselves in that exceedingly desirable position a few years ago when the fi rst-ever Sikh Penthouse Pet of the Year (circa 2003) agreed to go on the record. Mehta recalls that slavering organizers promised him “a circus” if he could bring Leone to the premiere of Mostly Sunny at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival. That’s when he realized something was afoot. “Listen,” he says, with a boisterous laugh. “All of Brampton and Mississauga would have been there. All of our dear Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi followers and fans would have been there—minus their wives, of course. But the day before the screening, she was in Manhattan, and I said, ‘Why aren’t you here with us?’ And she said, ‘Well, you know, I’d really like some changes…’ ” Mehta is still audibly amazed by what he heard next. Leone wanted the filmmaker to remove some “partial frontal nudity” from the film they laboured together for over two years to make. “I stopped dead in my tracks,” he recalls. “I said, ‘But hang on a second; you’re a former porn star!’ She wanted to make it vanilla, but
Much hotter in the shade
Bollywood star and former porn star Sunny Leone gave full access to director Dilip Mehta (inset) for Mostly Sunny, but she doesn’t seem very happy with the result.
The rest is history still very much in the making. As Mehta’s doc hits Vancouver screens on Friday (January 13), Leone looks forward to the 2017 release of Raees, second-billed Mostly Sunny gets no support from Bollywood star and exporn queen Sunny Leone. Director Dilip Mehta wonders why to a Bollywood megastar, Shah Rukh Khan, whose vast fame fortunately for me and the film I had retained overseas makes Leonardo DiCaprio, by comparison, the director’s cut, something I’d insisted on look like a community theatre player. right from the very start. So in effect we sort of “We started on the right note, and I had total parted ways.” access,” Mehta offers. “But as we went on, as she Mehta adds that they’re still “not on speaking became a bigger star, as she started breaking terms”, while Leone has distanced herself from a through more glass ceilings, her caution insympathetic portrait that’s gone on to win a warm creased,” he says. By refusing to remove the conreception from critics and viewers alike. tentious images from his fi lm, Mehta arguably Mehta lets Leone present her own version enters the grey area stretching between the brand of events, from her childhood in Ontario to known as Sunny Leone and the human born in the modelling and eventual career in adult 1981 as Karenjit Kaur Vohra. Still, he fi nds it hard entertainment that followed after a family to square Leone’s sudden attack of modesty with move to California. She also talks can- the woman who founded and continues to run didly about her parents, both dead, and her own hugely successful XXX production comis visibly wounded by the shunning she’s pany, SunLust Pictures. received in her hometown. She’s charm“What attracted me to the story in the first place ing (“I was smitten,” confesses Mehta) but was the fact that she was saying, ‘Yeah, I was a clearly very shrewd and ambitious. porn star—so what?’ I said, ‘Hey, yeah, there she is, It also appears that Leone’s bid for she’s gutsy, she has chutzpah, and she’s making no Bollywood stardom was tanking when bones about it. That’s brilliant. If she doesn’t have the Mostly Sunny crew first arrived on any apprehensions, if she’s not going to conceal her the scene. In fact, Mehta reports, Leone past, then bully for her and bully for this film.’ ” and her husband, Daniel Weber, were It’s tempting to wonder if some of Mehta’s preparing to return to the U.S. from more challenging on-camera questions ultimately Mumbai, “either to continue making porn fi lms soured the project. An unusually rattled-looking or concentrate on her husband’s family business”, Leone rejects any notion of the relationship bewhen a song from the middling Bolly fi lm Hate tween porn and rape culture—and “not very Story 2 went viral and sent Leone’s profi le through convincingly”, in Mehta’s estimation. He admits “the stratosphere”. Thereafter, he says, “producers that he had “second thoughts” about continuing were lining up around the block with suitcases the project when an especially vicious gang full of money, saying: ‘Act in our fi lm.’ ” rape in Delhi began to seize headlines around
WEEK IN WIDESCREEN
WINDOW HORSES Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival gets off
to a colourful start with Ann Marie Fleming’s animated feature, which took the best B.C. film and best Canadian feature film prizes at this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival—plus, after a ceremony last Monday (January 9), the Vancouver Film Critics Circle award for best screenplay for a Canadian film. Catch a sneak preview at the Cinematheque on Friday (January 13) before the film’s release in May. -
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the globe in late 2012. His sister, filmmaker Deepa Mehta, concurrently made Anatomy of Violence about that very same case, while taking a writer’s credit on Mostly Sunny. (Dilip says that both siblings consider Leone, reservations aside, to be a feminist.) Leone’s family history hits even closer to home, and she can’t avoid the implication that her career choices took a grave toll on her mother. “The ramifications were resounding. Enormous,” says Mehta, who ended up closing his film with the one question that left the ever-composed Leone without an answer: what if she has kids of her own? What then? “When it comes to progeny, I think everybody’s take on life changes dramatically,” states Mehta. “There’s a sense of responsibility that comes about because then, suddenly, you’re talking about a legacy, and I think that’s where I hit this note with her, and you see it unfurling in the fi lm. I mean, she’s so confident throughout, and then suddenly, here she’s stuttering, she starts falling apart.” In the end, Mehta remains “perplexed—to put it mildly” by the fate of their relationship. In the meantime, Leone’s growing list of masala credits includes a feature listed on IMDb as the “Untitled Sunny Leone Biopic”, to be directed by Abhishek Sharma for SunLust Pictures (taking an abrupt turn into the mainstream after the company’s last title, 2015’s Girls Love Girls 3). “But unlike the documentary, Sunny’s biopic will be a far more ‘entertaining’ offering,” reports the Indian press. It’s a backhanded compliment to a filmmaker who didn’t want to deliver “a snow job”, while Mehta’s excommunication by the rising star has its upside, too. “Most of my followers on Twitter are die-hard fans of Sunny Leone, and they keep on sending me these really bizarre photographs of their private parts,” he says, with a sigh. “I’m actually quite pleased that chapter is now ended.”-
Festival offers a chance to catch Ettore Scola’s love letter to the movies at the Vancity Theatre on Thursday (January 12). “Much better than Cinema Paradiso,” in the words of programmer Tom Charity.
sex slavery by the Japanese army during the Second World War battle official indifference in this searing doc, screening at the Vancity Theatre on Sunday and Tuesday (January 15 and 17).
A RAISIN IN THE SUN This 1961 adap-
tation of the Broadway play comes to the Vancity Theatre’s Cinema Salon series courtesy of the Sojourners’ Marcus Mosely, who’ll give his own mellifluous introduction on Tuesday (January 17).
MEAN DREAMS The Straight’s Janet Smith came up with
the memorable phrase “Sault gothic” to describe director Nathan Morlando’s tale of two teens on the run in bleak northern Ontario. Another title in the Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival, Mean Dreams screens at the Cinematheque on Tuesday (January 17).JANUARY 12 – 19 / 2017 THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT 13
Isabelle Huppert seeks revenge (not against the cat) in the Golden Globe-winning Elle (left); chef Massimo Bottura feeds the hungry in Theater of Life (top); Sunny Leone hits Bollywood in Mostly Sunny (bottom).
A director stages one Elle of a comeback Conspiring with the ageless Isabelle Huppert, Dutch provocateur Paul (RoboCop) Verhoeven returns with a serious vengeance RE VIEW S ELLE Starring Isabelle Huppert. In French, with English subtitles. Rated 18A
Paul Verhoeven, the former bad boy of Dutch cinema, is back with a deliciously refined vengeance after years in the wilderness. Adapted from Philippe Djian’s novel by American screenwriter David Birke—who, tellingly, has mostly written screenplays about serial killers—the simply titled Elle stars the ageless Isabelle Huppert as Michèle Leblanc, a chic Parisian who runs a computer-game company with her best friend (Anne Consigny). The fact that two older gals hire mostly younger guys to turn out violent games gives you some idea of what’s afoot in this elegantly creepy battle of the sexes, and exes. Of course, the real tip-off comes early, when a masked intruder violently assaults Michèle in her spacious suburban apartment. The sequence is highly disturbing, and it plays out several times throughout the picture, sometimes with differing conclusions. The more you learn about her childhood baggage, the less you’re sure about this event’s place in her life. Was it some kind of twisted role-play, and was the intruder one of the many men already orbiting around her? These include a bitter employee (Lucas Prisor), a moodily Catholic neighbour (Laurent Lafitte), her partner’s brutish husband (Christian Berkel), her own mousy former mate (Charles Berling), and—hell, who knows?— their ne’er-do-well grown son (Jonas Bloquet). Michèle’s trunk full of personal horrors is tied in with her aged mother (French newwave veteran Judith Magre), and our tightly wound protagonist has control issues that affect everyone around her. It’s hard to remember that Verhoeven has never worked in France, as his perfectly chosen cast delivers a clockwork thriller with hints of Patricia Highsmith and Michael Haneke. Indeed, Huppert’s riveting performance walks a tightrope placed almost exactly between her role in Haneke’s perverse The Piano Teacher and her more optimistically shaded lead in Things to Come, opening here soon. Over the fast-moving two hours of this poisoned Gallic confection, you mostly forget that this is the same man who made Showgirls, RoboCop, and
Starship Troopers. But he is, after MOSTLY SUNNY all, the guy behind The 4th Man A documentary by Dilip Mehta. and Basic Instinct. Rated 18A > KEN EISNER
A documentary by Peter Svatek. In English and Italian, with English subtitles. Rating unavailable
Italian supercook Massimo
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Chef ’s Table and other epicurean small-screen programs, is something of an activist in his own kitchen-bound way. In the pleasantly ramshackle Theater of Life, he puts his money where other people’s mouths are by travelling from Modena to Milan—during the larger, food-and-fashion-centred city’s Expo 2015—to open the Refettorio Ambrosiano, to feed the local homeless and recent refugees. Converted from an abandoned theatre (hence the doc’s title), the ad hoc Refettorio is a soup kitchen that elegantly recycles leftovers from restaurants and bakeries. Quebec-based filmmaker Peter Svatek, better known for directing Lifetime-type TV movies, lets his camera alternate between up-close kitchen visits—there are, as you can imagine, a number of variations on French toast—and urban wanderings with the hard-living recipients of this gastronomic largesse. These include a cheerful Senegalese woman who dreams of being a model (despite being confined to a wheelchair), a heavily tattooed street-brawler type who found work helping people in a psychiatric hospital, and a troubled couple living in a train station, as they refuse to risk overcrowded shelters. The male part of that duo, also travelling by wheelchair, does a notably Italian version of Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone”, serving as a kind of motif for the 90-minute film. Elsewhere in this somewhat repetitive structure, there are quick, behind-the-counter comments from Denmark’s René Redzepi and French trendsetter Alain Ducasse, with the latter observing that about half the world is overeating while the rest struggle for not enough. There’s a brief closing montage of other visiting kitchen kings (and a few queens), suggesting that Svatek had too many cooks. Still, he gives the last word to Bottura, who insists that high-end food needs to be more than aesthetic: “It must have an ethical meaning, too.”
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Partly Sunny might be a bettitle for this well-made but ultimately frustrating documentary, as its main subject is so compartmentalized as to be almost unknown to herself. Currently going by the nom de porn of Sunny Leone, Karenjit Kaur Vohra was born 35 years ago in Sarnia, Ontario. When her family moved to Orange County, California, the teenage Karenjit stumbled into the adult-entertainment industry, going from Penthouse Pet to hard-core porn. After meeting her husband, New York businessman and eventual costar Daniel Weber, she started her own AE company and became determined to move from one kind of screen to another. Directed by veteran cameraman and producer Dilip Mehta, and written by him with his betterknown sister Deepa, the 82-minute effort concentrates on the bountiful performer’s attempt to transition into a bona fide Bollywood star. Mehta takes us to India, where we’re repeatedly reminded that Sunny is the most-Googled celebrity on that massive subcontinent. A local journalist ponders how the home of the Kama Sutra could have embraced Victorian prudery in its colonial days. The result, one could say, finds this versatile Indo-Canadian starring in Jism 2, a soft-core musical with zero kissing allowed. The spunky star, who speaks little Hindi, is seen in Mumbai and then on a more ancient set in Rajasthan, and she’s consistently f labbergasted by her own success. The problem with the film, which is otherwise entertainingly f luid in location and tone, is that its pretty protagonist speaks only in giggling clichés, revealing little, if any, awareness of the forces that led to her current status and future. Mostly, the talk is of money. But much time is also spent on family issues, starting with the odd fact that she took her sex-industry name from her brother, Sunny, who himself blandly recalls selling Sis’s seminude photos off his dormroom wall. Their parents, by the way, died tragically young, but this isn’t cause for much soul-searching either. Because where’s the payoff in that?
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ZERO DAYS A documentary by Alex Gibney. In English, Hebrew, Farsi, and German, with English subtitles. Rating unavailable
The title Zero Days refers to
2 vulnerable spots in computer
systems, generally exploited by hackers before being noticed by anyone behind the system. This latest effort from Alex Gibney (Going Clear, The Armstrong Lie) was made before the current swing off the map of reason for the United States. No matter who’s currently in charge, however, the two-hour movie makes it disturbingly clear that our dependence on wired communication and integrated controls has left the whole planet vulnerable to countless manipulations—some intentional and many more subject to the law of unintended consequences. The movie’s main focus is the so-called Stuxnet virus, which was focused by the USA and Israel on Iran’s nuclear program in 2010 but spread worldwide soon enough to catch the attention of young computer detectives Eric Chien and Liam O’Murchu, who gradually put the tale together. Once the digital bread crumbs (many uncovered by Edward Snowden) led back to certain, um, agencies, it proved surprisingly easy for the wellconnected Gibney to get intelligence chiefs from the U.S., Israel, Germany, and France to talk on camera, cagily, about this sort of cyber war and the uncontainable threat it represents. Prominent among them is former CIA honcho Michael Hayden, who warns that anything we can do to them can easily be done to us. Elsewhere, an unnamed, pixel-obscured female agent worries that the lack of transparency behind black ops like Olympic Games (as computer spies actually called the Stuxnet thingy) could leave us in perpetual darkness—perhaps literally, given the accessibility of regional power grids. In this regard, Barack Obama, enlarging George W. Bush’s spy agenda and waging his own war against whistleblowers, does not emerge looking very enlightened. The movie makes us wonder if anyone will ever be fully in charge of anything again, and if we even want that anymore. > KEN EISNER
PATRIOTS DAY Starring Mark Wahlberg. Rated 14A
In these precarious times, it
2 might not seem, well, helpful
to put out a movie celebrating the
trouncing of Muslim terrorists by American law enforcement—let alone one that turns such a heinous act of human carnage into entertainment. The nationalistic title, in the same oversimplified, rah-rah vein as such other Peter Berg–Mark Wahlberg directing-acting vehicles as Lone Survivor and Deepwater Horizon, doesn’t suggest the complexity such a project would require, either. But damned if Patriots Day doesn’t achieve an intensity and gritty, jittery-handheld authenticity that will have you riveted even if you think you remember the details of the four-day manhunt that followed the Boston Marathon bombing. The biggest surprise is the depth of some of its character portraits, most notably the conf licted Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (Alex Wolff, as the younger of two brothers who set the pressure-cooker bombs). He’s bullied and deeply conflicted, spouting doped-out-dude “yo”s and “bro”s when he’s not espousing 9/11 conspiracy theories. And then there’s the film’s fascinating real hero, Dun Meng (Jimmy O. Yang), the affable Chinese immigrant whose new Mercedes SUV was hijacked by the duo, and who risked his life to get the word to cops. Director Berg has gone into meticulous detail in researching and restaging the events that led up to and followed the bombing, even integrating the real surveillance video investigators used to so quickly piece together the case. Cutting frantically back and forth between the brothers’ domestic hideout, the huge warehouse on the Boston docks the FBI turns into its brain centre, and the emergency rooms where doctors struggle to save limbs, Berg achieves a breathless timeline. There are problems. Wahlberg’s fictional cop, Tommy Saunders, who at least is a humorous antihero with a bum knee here, manages to be in too many convenient places. The clichéd turf battles between law-enforcement levels lead to too many shouting matches. And this is a shamelessly masculine world, with the women reduced to the role of passionately supportive wives. Overall, though, Berg’s managed to do the impossible: he crafts a respectful portrait of the Boston citizens who pulled together in the face of trauma while he creates a taut, electric action movie. Just don’t expect Patriots Day to change the world or anything. > JANET SMITH
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The tumultuous, tropical jungles of BY JANET SM IT H
the Democratic Republic of Congo are about as far away as you can get from the misty Scottish Highlands, where William Shakespeare’s Macbeth was originally set. But Congo is precisely where a maverick South African troupe—Third World Bunfight— has set its rendition of the Giuseppe Verdi opera based on the Bard’s famous tragedy. And the show’s Lady Macbeth, Nobulumko Mngxekeza, says the contemporary African setting could not be more fitting. The DRC, after all, is a country where a war over blood diamonds, gold, and tantalite has led to the deaths of six million people. “It’s all the powerful people taking all the riches and leaving the people with nothing,” explains the soprano, whose rendition of the fearsome, ambitious wife has been called “positively knockout” by the Telegraph. She is speaking to the Straight from her home in Capetown, before coming here for the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, in a copresentation with Vancouver Opera and the Italian Cultural Centre. “All over Africa there are similar situations, where there is something the people are fighting for.” Speaking of director Brett Bailey, who creates provocative art installations and theatre works about sub-Saharan Africa, she adds: “He is relaying something that is really happening and that people are really going through. You need to tell it the way it is.” Just as the show has a nontraditional setting, it takes a stylized form that fits perfectly into the
Macbeth goes to Africa The PuSh fest show’s female star says the Democratic Republic of Congo makes a fitting setting for Verdi’s bloody, violent opera PuSh fest’s interdisciplinary milieu. The action takes place on a platform in front of bold, graphic projections. The all-African cast wears wild costumes, including the clenched red fist Macbeth sports as headwear when he takes ruthless power, and Mngxekeza’s favourite outfit, an outrageous leopard-print body suit. Bailey has trimmed the opera to 100 minutes. Its score, reorchestrated and injected with an African vibe by Fabrizio Cassol, finds just 12 instrumentalists accompanying the spiral into darkness on-stage. And there are few darker places to go. Here, the witches are eerily white-masked representatives of Hexagon, a mining company. They lure army commander Macbeth into killing his superior to gain control of gold and other riches in his Congolese province. Macbeth turns into a corrupt, AK-47–wielding dictator backed by a bloodthirsty militia and child soldiers. To understand how this radical vision of Macbeth translates the story, look no farther than Mngxekeza’s own character. Instead of being born into nobility
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Owen Metsileng and Nobulumko Mngxekeza star in Macbeth, alongside white-masked mining-corporation witches (below left). Nicky Newman photos.
and craving higher have been an unthinkable career for previous status, her Lady Mac- generations in her country, she discovered it, at beth begins as a simple laundress. “She washes about 16, while watching a Sunday choral show on rich people’s clothes and irons them and makes TV one day after church. “I was mesmerized by the a small amount of money for doing this,” Mng- type of singing,” she says of the form, which she xekeza explains in her rich South African accent. had never heard before. Mngxekeza went on to “Her husband is in the army, and when she gets study opera at the University of Cape Town’s South the message from him saying ‘I’m going to be- African College of Music. come a high rank,’ she’s eager because she’ll be The young soprano has gone on to tackle leaving the launderette. She faced hardship when more traditional renditions of operatic roles she was young during the war: her family was like Carmen, and Bess in Porgy and Bess, killed in front of her and she managed to but Lady Macbeth has become her sigrun to the forest and escape.” nature. Not that it’s an easy part, in Check out… After her husband’s ascension a show that doesn’t shy away from STRAIGHT.COM to power, she throws herself into a violence. Visit our website glamorous, absurd world of excess, “It does take a toll on me,” she for morning-after buying expensive jewellery and desays. “When you go into that dark reviews and local signer clothes. “She wants all the room, you don’t want to stay there. arts news things, buying the best Champagne, You don’t want to take it into your buying the best food because she’s not private life. It draws a lot out of me.” used to that,” says Mngxekeza, who admits By all accounts, this visually striking Macto an empathy for her smiling villainess. “I like beth will draw a lot out of audiences, too, in this, her, but I don’t want to become her.” its third appearance in North America. It will She feels her trajectory ref lects a lot of the take Vancouver viewers into a crisis happening frustration of women across the African con- right now, halfway around the planet—by way of tinent: “You find women doing jobs they don’t 11th-century Scottish history, early-17th-century want to be in, but since they need the money English theatre, and 19th-century Italian opera, and need to support their family, they opt for of course. those things.” Fortunately, Mngxekeza, who grew up in Macbeth takes place from January 16 to 21 at the Queenstown on South Africa’s Eastern Cape, never Vancouver Playhouse, as part of the PuSh Interhad to settle in such a way. Though opera might national Performing Arts Festival.
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Editor’s choice THE NETHER Deeply disturbing, The Nether takes you into creepy corners of the Internet in a virtual-reality obsessed near future. On one level, the 2016 Fringe hit is a detective story, about the interrogation of the creator of the Hideaway—a Victorian-themed virtual world where pedophiles pay to live out fantasies. On another, technology-ethics expert Jennifer Haley’s play dives into hard questions. Is it possible to “act without consequences” on the dark web? Are there victims, or crimes, when everyone’s using avatars? As the New York Times said, “as a parable for where we’re headed on that big old highway in the digital sky, ‘The Nether’ exerts a viselike grip.” The Nether is at the Firehall Arts Centre from Wednesday (January 18) to January 28.
Five events you just can’t miss this week
STOMP (January 13 to 15 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre) Follow the sound of incredibly complex crashing, banging, and slamming.
SEAN LYNCH (To February 5 at the Charles H. Scott Gallery) Found objects, video, and storytelling meld in work by a fascinating Irish artist.
THE FIGHTING SEASON (To January 21 at the Vancity Culture Lab) A scorching theatrical look at the fallout from war.
AS I LAY DYING (January 19 to February 12 at the Arts Club’s BMO Theatre Centre) William Faulkner, a 40-mile funeral procession, and dance fuse cleverly with theatre.
OIL PRESSURE VIBRATOR (January 17 to 19 at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts) Sex and technology make a racy combo in this Korean show at the PuSh fest.
In the news PAINTING PRIZE The new Tanabe Prize for B.C. painters is going to Vancouver’s Philippe Raphanel. Represented by Vancouver’s Equinox Gallery, the Frenchborn artist is known for his labour-intensive processes, and his recent canvases swirl with abstract imagery that evokes oceans and celestial maps. He has taught at Simon Fraser University and is a lecturer at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Named for celebrated B.C. artist Takao Tanabe, the prize brings the winner $7,500 and is administered by the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria. Tanabe has said he launched the prize to recognize a painter in midcareer, “when an artist’s work is often overlooked”. -
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FOLK-S and other fest works push dance definitions > BY JA NET SM IT H
his year, more than ever, the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival will show you just how widely, and wildly, dance can be defined. One show, Italy’s FOLK-S, Will you still love me tomorrow?, turns the ancient Bavarian folk dance called schuhplatter into a contemporary endurance experiment. Another, Britain’s Wallflower, asks its performers to remember “every dance they’ve ever danced”—taking the floor under a disco ball and passing requests on to a DJ. Elsewhere, the intimate BelgianDutch Sweat Baby Sweat turns a man and woman’s physically pummelling contortions into a perspiration-soaked metaphor for love’s trials. And these are just a few of the dance-infused pieces on this year’s roster, from January 16 to February 5. Part of the credit for PuSh’s ambitious, boundary-exploding work can be attributed to the Dance Centre, which has copresented edgy international fare at the fest since its beginnings. The open-minded vision for the programming can also be linked to the fest’s interdisciplinary bent. “There’s a lot of dance that happens in Vancouver, so where do we fit?” asks associate curator Joyce Rosario, sitting in a lounge at PuSh’s headquarters on Hamilton Street. “Our lens is more about performance in general. We certainly have an eye for how dance influences the performance you see around the world today. I’m seeing a lot of that crossover: how choreographic practice is influencing other forms and how choreographic practice is borrowing from other forms.” Still, no matter how much the pieces at PuSh are upending genres, they’re accessible in the best kind of way. PuSh is a place to find dance in which you won’t have to know what
FOLK-S, Will you still love me tomorrow? continues until one audience member is left in the theatre, or one dancer is left on-stage. Andrea Macchia photo.
a perfect tendu or arabesque is, with subject matter that hits at the gut of the here and now. In the past, that’s meant everything from dance shows that feel more like rock concerts (Usually Beauty Fails) to a dancer moving ecstatically to the sounds of preaching evangelists (It’s going to get worse and worse and worse, my friend). Put another way, at PuSh, dance goes far beyond the pleasures of watching beautiful, virtuosic bodies move through space. “The spirit of adventure and the value of curiosity: I hope that’s what we kind of instill,” says Rosario. “So much work that we present is hard to describe. You have to be there experiencing it.”
A PERFECT EXAMPLE OF what she’s
talking about is Alessandro Sciarroni’s FOLK-S, a show that proposes a contract between the audience and the dancers, and that can be riotously different each night. First, some background. Sciarroni based the dance on the centuries-old folk dance where male dancers slap their shoes and legs with their hands. Schuhplatter actually translates as “shoe beating”. With a background in visual and performance art, Sciarroni is known for delving into everything from juggling techniques to sports rules for his works. “One thing I love most is to work on some subject that I don’t really know,” the artist tells the Straight from his home in Italy.
He became interested in the way that rhythmic dance could be used to explore themes of time and endurance through repetition. He adds: “It’s a tradition that is still very much alive in this region. It’s not something to create for tourists, but something that is still transmitted to the young generation. So my interest was in the fact that it was still alive.” Creating FOLK-S required Sciarroni’s dancers to learn schuhplatter—a task that proved extremely challenging. “I went to these regions and I asked these companies if they would like to teach us,” he relates. “They said no. They have really strict rules—for example, if you are not born in this village you cannot learn the dance.” A little dismayed, Sciarroni went home and tried again by email, this time simply asking the experts if his dancers could show them their steps, just so they could tell them if they were doing it correctly. They agreed. Sciarroni eventually built a structured, 50-minute work, removing the costumes and ironic humour from the original folk dance, placing it squarely in a contemporary context. But something was missing. He says he saw a chance to make FOLK-S about bigger ideas. So he did something radical: now, off the top of the show, a performer grabs a microphone and tells the audience the production will continue until there is only one member of the cast left on-stage or one member of the audience left. Performers will leave the stage, one by one, when they become too exhausted to continue the gruelling dance. Viewers are invited to leave the theatre when they want, but they can’t return. “What has happened is the duration can be very, very different,” Sciarroni explains. “It can be from 1.5 to 2.5 hours; it really depends on the energy you can establish between the audience and
the performers,” he notes, adding that sometimes the crowd starts cheering for the dancers. What Sciarroni had come up with was a strong metaphor. “If you can leave, you start to see this performance with a different amount of responsibility. And this was, for me, translating the idea that traditions are something you have to take care of. You have to still go to witness it for it to stay alive; you have to go to a lot of effort to pass it on.” Adding to the spontaneity of the evening is the fact that, except for the opening number, the playlist changes every night. “We don’t use folk music,” the choreographer explains. “The playlist ranges from classical to pop to hip-hop, and we can choose at any moment to put music from this playlist on. We really wanted the dancers to remain fresh.” The result has garnered raves, striking a category-busting place between theatre, dance, performance art, and even anthropology. But for Sciarroni, just as with the PuSh fest, categories really don’t matter anymore. “Ten years ago, I was very busy into categorizing my work—I was studying the history of art and I was a huge fan of performance art,” says Sciarroni, who says all that started to change when he began showing his work at dance festivals. “Ten years ago, there was still a huge separation between dance, theatre, and performance art. Nowadays, it’s totally different. To me, now, it doesn’t make sense to define the genre of your work.…If I have to think, ‘I have to make dance,’ I cannot.” As part of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, FOLK-S, Will you still love me tomorrow? is at the Scotiabank Dance Centre from February 2 to 4; Wallflower is at Performance Works from February 1 to 3; and Sweat Baby Sweat is at the Dance Centre from January 18 to 20.
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Best in British innovation hits PuSh stages > B Y KATE WIL SON
roving that Canada has more in common with Britain than just the old woman on our banknotes, this year’s PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is placing special emphasis on theatrical work from the U.K. Partnering with Caravan—a group dedicated to advancing contemporary English theatre—the event will play host to five innovative performances and two artist discussions, each pitched to build new audiences for some of Britain’s most exciting thespians. Every piece of theatre pays close attention to delicate issues. Focusing primarily on personal experience, the Caravan productions are united by the honesty of their scripts—and, by choosing a number of different media, including dance, poetry, and drama, each show finds a new way to explore difficult truths. Sincerity and openness are the founding principles of the Point Blank Poets, the collective behind one of Caravan’s most hotly anticipated shows. Exhibiting the work of five spoken-word stars who have between them published books, performed at Buckingham Palace, and racked up millions of YouTube views, the performance tackles topics ranging from immigration and politics to identity and—as group member Hollie McNish points out when discussing her flagship poem—breastfeeding. “I was sat on the toilet when I wrote that particular poem,” she tells the Straight on the line from her home in Landbeach, England. “I was in a public washroom in Cambridge. My daughter was about six months old, I’d just finished feeding her, and she fell asleep. I sat there for nearly an hour because I was so knackered. As soon as she would sleep, I would just stay wherever we were for a little bit. I wrote most of the poem on a note on
school. And then I also said—and I think the headmistress was a little surprised by this—that I’d been really ill, and had spent time going in and out of hospital because of eating disorders. And I told everyone that although recovery is never straightforward, I felt I was getting somewhere. I was stunned by the response. “I ended up being there for about four hours, talking to pupils and parents who were worried. I wasn’t an expert, but because I’d said something about anorexia out loud, I had unleashed a topic that is usually hushed up. It made me really sad that people felt they couldn’t talk about eating disorders, and because I had started to write my own plays, that frustration created a show.” Pitched at all audiences, Mess is not just an educational aid for anorexia sufferers. With a script that allows each member of the three-person cast to address taboo questions about the illness, Horton’s play allows the characters to explore eating disorders and their implications from multiple perspectives, often with a welcome sense of humour. A number of other Caravan plays invite a multifaceted viewpoint of their tough subject matter, affording one-man show Every Brilliant Thing, two-person improvised drama Backstage in Biscuit Land, inIn the Caravan series, Hollie McNish (left) gets real with Point Blank Poets, while Mess tackles anorexia (Edmund Collier photo). ventive dance show Wallflower, Mess, my phone while I was getting more writing like a diary, and start worrying Backstage in Biscuit Land and Every and Point Blank Poets a unique beauty and more annoyed that I was just about the audience and what they were Brilliant Thing—two shows that and profundity. stuck on this toilet. thinking. I’ve made a conscious effort focus on Tourette’s and depression, “I normally write poems as things not to do that, and to keep tackling respectively—Mess considers the dif- As part of the PuSh International happen to me,” she continues. “I never topics that are significant to me.” ficulty of living with mental illness Performing Arts Festival, Mess is at the Waterfront Theatre from Janusit down and think, ‘Right, it’s time to While McNish and the other Point and the stigma that surrounds it. write something now’—it’s much more Blank Poets create a sense of openness “There was a really specific event ary 18 to 22; Every Brilliant Thing is at organic than that. Honesty is really through writing in the first person, that inspired me to create the play,” says Performance Works from January 26 important to me, and for all the other however, Caroline Horton & Co.’s Horton, reached by phone in Madrid. to 29; Point Blank Poets is at the Fox poets in the group. I’ve always written play Mess addresses Horton’s per- “A number of years ago I was invited Cabaret on January 27; Backstage mainly for myself, and I didn’t perform sonal experiences with a semiauto- back to my high school as an old stu- in Biscuit Land is at the Roundhouse my first poem on-stage until I was biographical script, taking aspects of dent, and asked to talk about what I’d Community Arts and Recreation Cenabout 26. When I started doing a lot of the actress’s life and re-creating them been doing since leaving. At first I dis- tre from January 30 to February 1; and spoken-word shows, I got worried that through larger-than-life characters. cussed all the stuff that had happened Wallflower is at Performance Works I’d stop being so candid—that I’d stop Like similar Caravan performances to me on paper, like going to drama from February 1 to 3.
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Trockadero tippy-toes through changing times > BY JA NET SM IT H
f Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo has a primo ballerina, it is Robert Carter, aka Olga Supphozova. The statuesque dancer simply owns the stage, whether he’s moulting gorgeous feathers as the Dying Swan or whipsawing through chaîné turns in Paquita. But it hasn’t always been easy for the 41-year-old, who’s spent half his life with the company that features men in pointe shoes and tutus. In fact, you could say Carter’s journey to this proud place is a direct reflection of the Trocks’ own evolution, and both mirror the slow advance to a more accepting society. “This is a different time, in this modern age of access that everyone can experience now with the Internet. When I started, I was one of the strange ones,” the articulate star begins, speaking to the Straight from his home in Brooklyn before the Trocks return to Vancouver. “I began training at sevenand-a-half at ballet. And, more and more now, you find guys being trained earlier and earlier because consciousness has been raised and parents are more open. But I’m from South Carolina, and it wasn’t such a popular thing for boys to be in ballet at all. There were constant fights and name-calling. “My mother said, ‘Are you going to allow that to stand in the way of the course of what you want to do? Or are you going to buck up and do what you want to do?’ ” Carter says the key to his perseverance was finding that support in her, as well as in his “ballet family”. He also received early training on pointe shoes, which was almost unheard-of at the time. And he got his exposure to the Trocks at just 10. Carter went on to train at the Ivey Ballet School and the Joffrey
In Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo’s Swan Lake, Robert Carter’s Odette gets pulled into action. Sascha Vaughan photo.
Ballet School, and performed for companies like Bay Ballet Theater and the Dance Theater of Harlem before joining the all-male company in 1995. “I was so young and I’ve been there so long, that time when I probably could have gone elsewhere to experience something different came and went a while ago,” he says with a laugh.
That’s okay with Carter. “I have to say, for myself, I have had quite a fortunate existence with this company. I will be 42 at the end of this month, and I’ve had 21 years of not only a satisfying dancing life with the company, but I’ve been able to see the world as well.” Beyond the obvious fact that it features an all-male troupe in pointe shoes, Les Ballets Trockadero de
Monte Carlo (actually, de New York City) is different from traditional ballet companies in other good ways. “In the conventional dance world, once you get there, it’s not always what it’s cracked up to be,” Carter says. “I got the artistic freedom I did here with this company that I never would have gotten elsewhere. I get to be myself and bring my personal-
ity into my character in the different pieces we do as a group.” Still, the technical demands are high. The Trocks are known for pulling off gender-bending parodies of Russian-style ballet, and that requires a strong sense of physical humour—pratfalls, knockdowns, and sneaky sabotage. “We are all class clowns,” Carter says. But the work also requires killer chops. Which brings Carter back to the way times have changed, now that lots of boys have the ability to study pointe work if they want it. “Because of this grand access that everybody has, now you have so many people having a lot under their belt,” the veteran, known as the troupe’s reigning fouetté queen, ref lects. “So you have a lot of people thinking they’re qualified—which is a little frustrating to someone like me who’s devoted most of my life to it. “When I came in, not a lot had the technique to do some of the more difficult works. In those days, even if we weren’t technically perfect, the spirit was fun. Now it has turned into an actual viable career option—and they [the young recruits] are able to do some freaky crazy things!” However times change, Carter is just happy to be where he is, amid the Trocks’ heavy makeup, blond wigs, and miles of tulle. “I’m a spiritual person, and I think everything happens for a reason,” he says. “I’ve always been that funny sarcastic one; I was introduced to ballet at an early age, and to pointe shoes. It all culminated in what I do now for a living. Hence the reason I’ve stayed so long, too.” Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo is at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre next Friday and Saturday (January 20 and 21).
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“The greatest of the great! It must be experienced.” — Christine Walevska, “Goddess of Cello”, saw Shen Yun 5 times
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SATURDAY & MONDAY, JANUARY 14 & 16 8PM, ORPHEUM SUNDAY, JANUARY 15 8PM, BELL PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, SURREY Otto Tausk conductor Simone Lamsma violin* WAGNER The Flying Dutchman: Overture SHOSTAKOVICH Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor* RACHMANINOFF Symphonic Dances Outstanding conductor Otto Tausk makes a return visit to the VSO, conducting a program that includes Rachmaninoff’s sumptuous Symphonic Dances and Shostakovich’s stunning Violin Concerto No. 1 performed by violinist Simone Lamsma in her VSO debut. PRE-CONCERT TALK: 7:05PM, JANUARY 14 & 16. FREE TO TICKETHOLDERS. MASTERWORKS GOLD SERIES SPONSOR
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STOMP The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments to fill the stage with rhythms and routines. Jan 13-15, Queen Elizabeth Theatre (650 Hamilton). Tix from $55, info www.stomponline.com/. MACBETH Third World Bunfight presents an adaptation of Verdiâ€™s opera, itself based on Shakespeareâ€™s tragedy, that incorporates African musical idioms. In Italian, with English surtitles. Part of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. Jan 16-21, Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton). Tix from $45, info www.pushfestival.ca/. HAPPY DAYS Square Planet Theatre, in association with SFU School for the Contemporary Arts and FCAT, presents Samuel Beckettâ€™s darkly comic eulogy to the human spirit. Jan 17-28, 8 pm, Studio T (SFU Woodwardâ€™s, 149 West Hastings ). Tix $25/20, info www.sfu.ca/sca/. THE NETHER Jennifer Haleyâ€™s play is a detective story that explores the nature of virtual realms, fantasy, and morality. Jan 18-28, Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova). Tix $24, info www.firehallartscentre.ca/.
2ONGOING AND BELLA SANG WITH US Sally Stubbsâ€™s play tells the story of constables Lurancy Harris and Minnie Miller,
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RIDING THE MARKET Rarely do art and economics come together in such startling, provocative ways as they will in To refuse/To wait/To sleep and M&A, opening at the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery this Thursday (January 12). Student debt, knowledge-based economies, and illicit markets are just some of the issues tackled in work by Goldin+Senneby, Melanie Gilligan, Gabrielle Hill, Richard Ibghy & Marilou Lemmens, Marianne Nicolson, and Raqs Media Collective. Donâ€™t miss Goldin+Sennebyâ€™s M&A, a durational piece that starts Friday (January 13): in it, an actor performs an endlessly repeated script that only ends when money thatâ€™s actually invested in the stock market runs out. Elsewhere, look for Hillâ€™s pieces built from materials gleaned from illegal economies, like the plastic insulation stripped from copper wire. And take in Raqs Media Collectiveâ€™s video installation Re-Run, featuring a crowd fighting to withdraw money before the currency collapse when the Peopleâ€™s Liberation Army takes over Shanghai. Thought-provoking stuff, explored in more detail Friday in a free symposium from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies at UBC. Vancouverâ€™s first female police officers. To Jan 14, Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova). Tix $24, info www.firehallartscentre.ca/.
THIS IS OUR YOUTH Sticks and Stones Theatre present Kenneth Lonerganâ€™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. To Jan 14, 8-10 pm, Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial). Tix $15 , info www.facebook.com/sticks andstonestheatre/. THE FIGHTING SEASON Bleeding Heart Theatre presents Sean Harris Oliverâ€™s play that investigates the Afghan war through the eyes of three Canadian medical personnel. To Jan 21, Vancity Culture Lab (the Cultch, 1895 Venables). Tix $35, info www.thecultch.com/.
SWEAT BABY SWEAT Flemish choreographer Jan Martensâ€™s work distills the relationship between a man and a woman into an intensely physical, intimate duet depicting all-consuming love. Jan 18-20, 8-9:30 pm, Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie). Tix $26-36, info www.thedance centre.ca/events/global_dance_connec tions_2016_2017/.
2UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS LES BALLETS TROCKADERO DE MONTE CARLO The American all-male drag ballet corps parodies the conventions and clichÃ©s of romantic and classical ballet. Jan 20-21, Queen Elizabeth Theatre (650 Hamilton). Tix from $29 (plus service charges and fees) at www.ticketstonight.ca/.
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2THIS WEEK DANCE ALLSORTS: WAREHAUS DANCE COLLECTIVE The contemporarydance collective performs Warp and Weft and Untitled. Jan 15, 2 pm, Waterfront Theatre (1412 Cartwright St., Granville Island). Info www.newworks.ca/2016/11/ january-15-dance-allsorts-warehaus-dancecollective/.
LUCIA DI LAMMERMOOR Opera Pro Cantanti presents its fully staged and costumed production of Donizettiâ€™s belcanto-style operatic masterpiece. Jan 15, 3 pm, Cambrian Hall (215 E. 17). Tix $18/12, info www.procantanti.com/. SLEEP AND DREAMS The Classical Concert Series presents music by
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WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18 8PM, ORPHEUM Bramwell Tovey conductor Emanuel Ax piano* BEETHOVEN Wellingtonâ€™s Victory MOZART Piano Concerto No. 22 LQ(ÈµDW0DMRU BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5 LQ(ÈµDW0DMRUEmperor*
Maestro Bramwell Tovey teams with legendary pianist, the great Emanuel Ax, in a program that features two piano concertos: Beethovenâ€™s powerful Emperor Concerto, and Mozartâ€™s beautiful Piano Concerto No. 22. Hear the master at work, in his first appearance with the VSO in over twenty years.
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Opening Friday, January 20 â€¢ 7:00â€“9:00PM Hours 10:00AMâ€“5:00PM â€¢ Tuesdayâ€“Saturday Il Centro Italian Cultural Centre 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver, BC www.italianculturalcentre.ca Tel: (604) 430-3337 Media Sponsor Georgia Straight
Australian harpist Tegan Peemoeller. Jan 15, 4-5 pm, Roedde House Museum (1415 Barclay). Tix $12-15, info www.roedde house.org/en/activities/cultural-activities/ second-sunday-concert-xbq/.
DIANA DOHERTY Music in the Morning presents the Australian oboist in a performance of works by Bach and Mozart, accompanied by violinists Terence Tam and Barry Shiffman, cellist Joseph Elworthy, and pianist Lorraine Min. Jan 18-20, 10:30-11:30 am, Vancouver Academy of Music (1270 Chestnut). Tix $38/3517, info www.musicinthemorning.org/.
2UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS 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.vancouver symphony.ca/.
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COMEDY 2JUST ANNOUNCED THROWDOWN INTERNATIONAL THEATRESPORTS FESTIVAL Theatresports teams from around the world compete for your laughs in a contest judged by the audience. Includes teams from Canada, the U.S., Norway, and India. Feb 1-14, The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau, Granville Island). Info www.vtsl.com/.
2ONGOING THE COMEDY MIX 1015 Burrard, Century Plaza Hotel & Spa, 604-684-5050, www. thecomedymix.com/. Comedy club with pro-am night Tue at 8:30 pm, showcase Wed at 8:30 pm, and featured headliners Thu at 8:30 pm and Fri-Sat at 8 and 10:30 pm. Cover $8 Tue, $10 Wed, $15 Thu, $18 Fri, $20 Sat. 2BRENT MORIN Jan 12-14 2SIMON KING Jan 19-21 2SCOTT THOMPSON Jan 26-28 2NIKKI GLAZER Feb 3-4 2BRIAN POSEHN Feb 16-18 2JON DORE Feb 24-25
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Jan. 19—Feb. 4, 2017 Frederic Wood Theatre Tickets: theatrefilm.ubc.ca
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YUK YUK’S COMEDY CLUB 2837 Cambie, 604-696-9857, www.yukyuks.com/vancouver. Comedy club with Top Talent Tue at 8 pm, amateur night Wed at 8 pm, and professional headliners Thu-Fri at 8 pm and Sat at 7 and 9:30 pm. Cover Tue $10, Wed $7, Thu $10, and Fri-Sat $20. 2ARDEN MYRIN Jan 13-14 VANCOUVER THEATRESPORTS LEAGUE Some of the world’s most daring and innovative improv. Firecracker! (Wed, 9:15 pm); Improv After Dark (Fri and Sat, 11:15 pm); OK Tinder (Thu, 9:15 pm); Rookie Night (Sun, 7:30 pm); TheatreSports (Wed, Thu, Fri, and Sat, 7:30 pm; Fri and Sat, 9:30 pm). Jan 11-18, The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau, Granville Island). Info www.vtsl.com/.
2THIS WEEK BRENT MORIN Los Angeles-based comedian, standup comic, actor, and writer. Jan 12-14, The Comedy MIX (1015 Burrard). Tix $18-22, info www.thecomedymix.com/. ARDEN MYRIN American actor and comedian performs a solo standup show. Jan 13-14, Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club (2837 Cambie). Tix $19.05, info www.yukyuks. com/vancouver/.
LITERARY EVENTS 2THIS WEEK INCITE Readings by Rachel Rose, Rob Taylor, Jan Zwicky, and Patricia Young. Presented by the Vancouver Writers Fest. Jan 18, 7:30 pm, CBC Studio 700 (700 Hamilton). Free admission, info www.writersfest.bc.ca/incite/jan-18/.
ET CETERA 2JUST ANNOUNCED TALKING STICK FESTIVAL Indigenous performing-arts festival features 11 days of film, theatre, dance, celebration of powwow culture, an aboriginal artisan fair, a Métis fair, youth colouring and posterdesign contests, talking circles, workshops, and master classes. Feb 16-26, Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews). Tix $10-100, info www.talkingstickfest.ca/.
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UNCAPED CRUSADERS Geekenders presents a burlesque tribute to Batman, featuring performances by Sasja Smoulders, Trixie Hobbitses, Rebel Valentine, Miss Dee Twenty, Ryan Caron, Andrew Lynch, Britney Rears, King Rear, Kitty Glitter, Miss Bacon N. Legs, Effie Alexandra, Scout Starling, Whatsername, Miss Kiss, and Riannaconda. Jan 13, doors 7 pm, show 8 pm, Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway). Tix $20/15, info www.riotheatre.ca/.
DEPTH OF FIELD
Miles, Maureen and Larry Lunn
The Wesik Family
Christopher & Tara Poseley
This exhibition is made possible through support from the Terra Foundation for American Art
Organized by the Josef Albers Museum Quaddrat, Bottrop, Germany and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, in collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery Walker Evans, Citizen in Downtown Havana, 1933 (detail), silver gelatin print, Private Collection
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THE BAD PLUS • FRI. JAN. 20 @ 8 PM
Genre-bending powerhouse jazz trio featuring Ethan Iverson piano, Reid Anderson bass and Dave King drums
A TRIBUTE TO NEW ORLEANS FRI. JAN. 27 @ 8 PM
Music from the birth place of jazz with Capilano U’s top jazz ensembles “A” Band and NiteCap
BANDA MAGDA • SUN. JAN. 29 @ 8 PM
IT’S JUST DRAG! Joan-E and Shanda Leer host an evening featuring Roxxy Andrews and Naomi Smalls (from RuPaul’s Drag Race), along with 30 local performers. Jan 13, doors 8 pm, show 9 pm, Commodore Ballroom (868 Granville). Tix $30 (plus service charges and fees) at www.livenation.com/. DAVID BOWIE: LIVE BAND BURLESQUE TRIBUTE Kitty Nights presents a burlesque tribute to David Bowie. Includes performances by Burgundy Brixx, Shaboobie Boobarella, Sasja Smolders, Miracle Dance Co., Vixen Von Flex, Ann Narky, and the Kitty Nights’ Hot and Heavy Band. Jan 14, 8-10:30 pm, Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway). Tix $20/15, info www.kittynights.com/.
2017 PUSH INTERNATIONAL PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL The 13th annual celebration of groundbreaking theatre, dance, music, and multimedia art features artists from 11 countries. Highlights include an all-star Australian indigenous band, South Korean performance art, Bavarian folk dancers, and participatory recitation from Portugal. Jan 16–Feb 5, various Vancouver venues. Tix $10-103, info www.pushfestival.ca/.
2UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS SHEN YUN Touring production combines ancient legends, technological innovations, historically authentic costumes, and animated backdrops with classical Chinese dancing and orchestral music. Jan 29-31, Queen Elizabeth Theatre (650 Hamilton). Tix $85-179 (plus service charges and fees), info www.shenyun.com/van.
ODYSSEO Cavalia presents a multimedia performance that uses equestrian arts, stage arts, and high-tech theatrical effects to examine the century-old relationship between human and horse. Jan 29–Feb 19, Under the white big top at Olympic Village. Tix $29.50-204.50 (plus service charges and fees), info www.cavalia.net/.
GALLERIES VANCOUVER ART GALLERY 750 Hornby, 604-662-4719, www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/. 2WALKER EVANS: DEPTH OF FIELD (exhibition features more than 200 blackand-white and colour prints from the 1920s through to the 1970s) to Jan 22 2STARE (exhibition features photographic works that evoke a fixed and concentrated gaze on the part of artist and viewer) to Jan 22 2JUXTAPOZ X SUPERFLAT (exhibition offers a unique insight into contemporary art and its place in cultural life) to Feb 5
The small-town cabaret of sealed secrets ST. JAMES HALL
Tickets: 604.990.7810 • Online: capilanou.ca/centre Capilano University • 2055 Purcell Way • North Vancouver
THE VSO NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL An exploration of new creations and contemporary composers. Join us for an exciting Festival experience with music that is new, vital, current, and on the cutting edge! Concerts hosted by Maestro Bramwell Tovey and VSO Composer-in-Residence Jocelyn Morlock.
LAUGH RIOT You may know him as the lovable loser on NBC’s Undateable, or you may know him as the wiseass panelist on Chelsea Lately. Either way, if you’ve seen him, you know Brent Morin is funny. That’s why you’ll want to catch him at the Comedy MIX from Thursday to Saturday (January 12 to 14): standup is where he really shows his stuff. Get a preview on his Netflix special I’m Brent Morin, where you’ll find that when this guy hits his stride the words fly at hyperspeed, mixing unhinged fury, self-effacing heart, and plenty of f-bombs.
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1: HARD RUBBER ORCHESTRA TUESDAY, JANUARY 24 7:30PM ORPHEUM
The Hard Rubber Orchestra takes you on a genre-smashing journey through new creations, led by composer, bandleader and trumpeter John Korsrud.
2: NEW MUSIC FOR OLD INSTRUMENTS I WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25 7:30PM CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL
Join harpsichordist Alexander Weimann and friends at Christ Church Cathedral for part one of a new and unique concept concert: an exploration of new music on Baroque instruments, presented by Early Music Vancouver.
3: PURE PIANO THURSDAY, JANUARY 26 8:30PM ORPHEUM
Four of the most incredible contemporary music pianists in the country, each with a very distinctive style, come together in this unique and exciting concert to explore the outer limits and musical possibilities of the keyboard.
4: REQUIEM FOR A GENERATION FRIDAY, JANUARY 27 7:30PM ORPHEUM
Maestro Tovey, the VSO, and the assembled choirs perform -HUH\5\DQȇV sublime Afghanistan: Requiem for a Generation, created with Canada’s War Poet in Afghanistan, Suzanne M. Steele. Glenn Buhr describes his new work Guernica 2017 as a musical rant against the way children are victimized by our wars.
5: NEW MUSIC FOR OLD INSTRUMENTS II SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 7:30PM CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL Join the3DFLȴF%DURTXH2UFKHVWUD at Christ Church Cathedral for the second part of a new and unique concept concert: an exploration of new music on Baroque instruments, presented by Early Music Vancouver.
6: ON A WIRE SUNDAY, JANUARY 29 7:30PM ORPHEUM
Bramwell Tovey and the VSO join forces with Standing Wave in an eclectic and wide-ranging new music performance. MEDIA SPONSOR
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ADVERTISING & PROMOTIONS ASSISTANT The Georgia Straight is seeking an energetic and organized person for the position of Advertising & Promotions Assistant. This is a full-time maternity leave position working Monday-Friday. You will be primarily responsible for supporting the Director of Arts, Advertising and Marketing, as well as a dynamic team of sales and marketing professionals in the Advertising Department. Duties include administrative and marketing support to the department. You will also be called upon to perform a variety of other tasks, sometimes with very short notice. These include promotions & sponsorship, dealing with client proofs & liaising with production & accounting departments. Responsible for running & monitoring databases for contesting and promotions. In addition, stocking sales literature, preparing media kits, and providing vacation coverage. You are confident in your ability to provide exemplary customer service to clients and reps alike, are professional at all times and have a good working knowledge of Word & Excel. Writing skills are an asset. You must enjoy and be able to handle the intense pressure of a very busy department, determine priorities quickly and efficiently when handed a multitude of tasks, and work effectively under the pressure of firm ad deadlines with great attention to detail. Preference will be given to candidates with some advertising or media experience and an appreciation for the Arts. If you are interested in applying for this position, please reference GS_SA0417 in the subject line and email a cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org We thank all applicants for their interest but only those selected for an interview will be contacted. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.
THE MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY AT UBC 6393 NW Marine Drive, 604822-5087, www.moa.ubc.ca/. 2IN THE FOOTPRINT OF THE CROCODILE MAN: CONTEMPORARY ART OF THE SEPIK RIVER, PAPUA NEW GUINEA (exhibition features the carvings of Papua New Guinea’s Iatmul people) to Jan 31 2LAYERS OF INFLUENCE: UNFOLDING CLOTH ACROSS CULTURES (exhibition features more than 130 diverse cultural garments, from Japanese kimonos, to colourful Indian saris, to the elaborate feather cloaks of the Maori people of Aotearoa/New Zealand) to Apr 9
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Wine, beer, and more to explore at Dine Out We could go on and on about Vancouver’s mind-blowing craft-beer and internationhis year’s Dine Out Vancouver Festival is al-food scenes, but let’s be real: this event doing it big for its 15th anniversary, with sells itself. Join Vancouver Brewery Tours over 280 restaurant participants—nearly for a taste of some of the city’s most talked50 of them new additions. But as any about suds as you’re chauffeured to Big Rock DOV veteran will tell you, the citywide fete is Urban Brewery and Strathcona Beer Co. about more than just food. for insider peeks behind the brewmasters’ Among the glut of multicourse menus, ex- doors. Your evening is capped off with a clusive pop-up dinners, and neighbourhood Mexican-inspired feast in Gastown, where food excursions are a handful of happenings you can balance all that beer-guzzling with that cater to the cicerone, sommelier, and a few of Tacofino’s award-winning plates. general booze lover in all of us. Ahead, we’ve Tickets are $98.25, including tax. rounded up a few of our favourites. Tickets to all events are available at dineoutvancou- EXPLORE B.C. WINE BRUNCH (January 28 at Hart House Restaurant and February 4 at Boulever.ca/events/ while supplies last. vard Kitchen + Oyster Bar) Caesars and mimosas MEDINA DOWN UNDER: AN AUSTRALIAN may be the MVBs—most valuable bevvies— WINE DINNER (January 26 at Café Medina) when it comes to brunch, but did you know wine Mediterranean-inspired cuisine is transport- pairs just as well with eggs Benedict, French ed Down Under at this special wine-pairing toast, and bacon? Indulge in a hearty afternoon dinner hosted by Café Medina owner Robbie meal at Burnaby’s historic Hart House or seaKane and executive chef Adam Perrier. Aside food joint Boulevard Kitchen alongside expertly from an opportunity to dig into the restau- selected vinos from some of B.C.’s best wineries. rant’s signature flavours by moonlight—the A mix-and-mingle format will allow you to get popular downtown spot is typically only open acquainted with fellow guests as well as the charfor brunch—the event offers discerning som- acteristics that make each wine brunchworthy. meliers and curious wine folk the opportunity Tickets are $56.50, including tax and tip. to taste some of Australia’s most revered vinos alongside a delectable four-course meal. Tick- COCKTAIL MASTERCLASSES (Various dates at YEW seafood + bar) Looking to brush up on ets are $106.88, including tax and gratuity. your cocktail game or simply interested in learnCRAFT BEER & TACOS TOUR (Various ing more about the spirits that make your favourdates, departing from Waterfront Station) ite mixed drink so great? Let Lauren Mote, local
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This will lift your spirits: if you want to elevate your cocktail-making skills, Dine Out Vancouver will be offering several master classes that will acquaint attendees with everything from cognac to tequila.
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Meal ticket DINE OUT Known as Canada’s biggest food-and-drink celebration, the annual Dine Out Vancouver Festival will be returning for its 15th year January 20 to February 5. The foodie extravaganza will feature 284 restaurants around Metro Vancouver, with more than 40 participating for the first time. Each eatery will be offering a multicourse menu at $20, $30, or $40. So get your palate ready to taste everything from Indian to Chinese cuisine, French fare to Italian food, and much more. Information on menus and reservations can be found online at www.dineoutvancouver.com/. -
Five culinary events to check out at Dine Out Vancouver 2017
DISCOVER THE EAST VILLAGE CULINARY TOUR (2257 East Hastings Street) Tour around Hastings-Sunrise and try tasty fare from five local businesses.
LUNAR NEW YEAR @ HERITAGE ASIAN EATERY (1108 West Pender) Celebrate the year of the Rooster with a 10-course family-style feast.
SECRET SUPPER SOIRÉE (1150 Station Street) Take a culinary road trip on a 1930s trolley to taste canapés, drinks, and dinner.
STREET FOOD CITY VI (Robson Street and South Plaza, Vancouver Art Gallery) Indulge in all your favourite food-truck fare.
OCEAN WISE POP-UP (Vancouver Aquarium, 845 Avison Way) A bistro dining experience with sustainable and locally sourced ingredients.
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AVOCADO GIMLET Ah, January—the start of a new year, new you, and infinite possibilities. If you’re not in the midst of a juice cleanse, you’ve likely committed to some sort of “dry” period or, for the overly ambitious, an entire 12 months of reduced alcohol consumption. But life is all about balance, which is why we’re turning to L’Abattoir’s avocado gimlet. The classic sip gets a bracing spin with rosemary- and olive-infused gin, ripe avo, and a splash of Lillet Blanc, so you can get your dose of good fats without a lick of guilt. -
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his time last year, we shared in this Daisley, Whole Foods Market’s associate space predictions for 2016 food trends, marketing coordinator for Western Canada. with Baum + Whiteman, an inter- “We’re really familiar with greens and reds national food-and-restaurant consult- and oranges, but purple is popping up more ing company, pointing to poké as one. Boy, and more.… They’re really nutrient-dense was it right: with the Poké Shop, Pacific Poké, and full of antioxidants.” and Poké Time just some of the eateries that Some of the things that produce that colour specialize in the Hawaiian are anthocyanins—pigments dish (of cubed raw fish) that with antioxidant properhave opened in Vancouver ties—that give the veggies during the past 12 months, their bright hue and may Gail Johnson poké spots proved almost as have anti-inflammatory, antipopular as Pokémon Go stops last year. viral, and anticancer benefits. The year ahead, according to that New York–based powerhouse, will see a rise in NEW NOODLES Look for pasta made of breakfast sandwiches and tacos, fried chicken quinoa, lentils, chickpeas, veggies, and kelp. for the first meal of the day, the use of vege- Cowichan Pasta, on Vancouver Island, has been table stems and trims (think beet greens, pursuing this particular passion since 2010 and horseradish leaves, and carrot tops), and vari- claims to be the first pasta company in Canada to ous types of squash, among other items. Plus, make stone-ground noodles with ancient grains such as spelt, emmer, Khorasan, and red fife. look for radishes everywhere. Here are a few more foods that are expected SAVOURY SEAWEED Greens such as fresh to be hot in 2017. and dried kelp, wakame, dulse, and nori PURPLE VEGGIES Violet is where it’s at, will shine even more brightly this year, with with purple cauliflower, asparagus, sweet Japanese-inspired eating beyond sushi bepotatoes, and corn gaining popularity, and coming more mainstream. “We’re seeing not just because they look striking on a plate. nori everywhere—in kids’ snacks, even,” “We talk about eating the rainbow and eat- Daisley says. “Japanese cuisine, and the ing a variety of different colours,” says Grant idea of eating fish and lots of vegetables, is
Strikingly coloured purple vegetables—such as asparagus, cauliflower, and potatoes—are in demand for being chock full of nutrients and antioxidants, as well as for their health benefits.
associated with a healthy diet and lifestyle. City, make their own cider, while other local We’re seeing more Japanese condiments, companies, like the Fraser Valley Cider Company, are specializing in the beverage. “The too,” like ponzu and plum vinegar. raspberry cider they made this summer was so CRAFT CIDER Just as the craft-beer industry delicious,” says Angie Quaale—founder of Well has exploded in these parts, a cider sector could Seasoned, a Langley gourmet-food store—of the see page 30 well flourish. Some breweries, such as Central
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at the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre) Although stainless-steel and oak barrels have been go-to winemaking vessels in B.C. for decades, the introduction of clay and concrete containers is shaking up the game. But what does this mean for the quality and f lavour of the final product? And will consumers enjoy it? Join an esteemed panel of local winemakers, sommeliers, and other industry pros as they hash out the topic before you sip a variety of B.C. VQA wines to come to your own conclusion. An on-site pop-up shop conducted by EveryROASTING, COFFEE, AND BEER thing Wine will allow you to bring TOUR (Various dates, departing your favourites home. Tickets start from Canada Place) While Van- at $57.50, including tax. couver’s craft-beer industry may be the belle of the food-and-beverage ROBBIE BURNS CELEBRATION: ball of late, our caffeine scene is SEMINAR & DINNER (January abuzz as well. Get up close and per- 24 and 25 at YEW seafood + bar) sonal with some of the best cups of Dubbed best culinary event durjoe the city has to offer with jaunts ing last year’s Dine Out Vancouver
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MUSIC Rather than return to the road with his triumphant second solo album, Beulah, John Paul White could probably have settled into a comfortable career behind the scenes. Thanks to his chart-topping stint in the Grammydecorated duo the Civil Wars, the Alabama-based songwriter had the kind of name recognition that few songwriters on Nashville’s Music Row will ever enjoy. He was also no stranger to shopping songs to others after spending over a decade working as a writer for hire in Nashville before the Civil Wars. For a long time, though, White was happy doing nothing musical after the Civil Wars imploded, in spectacularly ugly fashion, at the height of its popularity in 2014. “I had nothing melodic, nothing lyrical going on in my head,” the thoughtful singer-songwriter reveals, on the phone from his home near Muscle Shoals. “I was so fried and cauterized that I didn’t even want to walk across the street and play songs for people. Or write songs for people. It was just one of those things where I knew that I was done, and I had to listen to what my head was telling me.”
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John Paul White’s favourite part of being a solo artist is that he can pose for photos without his erstwhile bandmate Joy Williams hogging the attention.
a question of ‘How long can I be gone and not pulling my hair out because I wanna be back home?’ ” For now, he remains Former Civil Wars member John Paul White aims to balance family duties with life as a touring musician committed to hitting the road, even though he’s well Part of that was because of what he’d missed aware he could easily be sitting at home. out on by being on the road constantly during the “It wasn’t so much ‘Let’s load up the trailer, get in Civil Wars’ five-year run. While White was finally the van, and stay in cheap motels and all that,’ ” he becoming known as one of the most important says with a laugh. “What was weird was that, after voices in modern Americana, he was making sac- I wrote these songs, I had this instant feeling of ‘I rifices he wasn’t aware of. want people to hear them and connect with them. “I’ve got four kids, three at home here with my I wanna look in people’s faces as they hear them wife, and I missed them dearly,” the singer relates. and react to them, and hear from their mouths that “When I was doing most of my touring, they were the songs matter to them.’ And I can’t even say why pretty much growing up without me. My wife was that’s the case, because I didn’t care what anyone basically a single mom, and I’d pop in every once in thought about what I was doing for multiple years.” > MIKE USINGER a while and disrupt things. Once I came home to be here full-time, I really started realizing what exactly I was missing and how important it was for me to be John Paul White plays the Biltmore Cabaret on Monday (January 16). involved as a dad with two boys and a little girl.” Things were idyllic for a while. And then the songs that would become Beulah started to arrive, melancholy offerings like “Hope I Die” and “Make You Cry” that were entirely at odds with the happiness White was enjoying in his personal life. On Despite being ground zero for Vancouver’s the subject of the darkness, the singer suggests hyperinflated housing market, Expo 86 was that sometimes things aren’t totally what they seem. That’s another way of saying there’s plenty also the launching pad for a lot of musical talent. Few of humour in lines such as “And I hate myself for got such an early start as Marin Patenaude, however: staying where I should and should not be/Some- the rising singer-songwriter first basked on the spotone I know I don’t deserve, and doesn’t deserve lit shores of False Creek when she was only three. Such is life when you’re part of a musical family, one me” from “Hate the Way You Love Me”. Musically, the record oscillates between purpose- that now seems destined to become a dynasty. Patenaude’s Expo experience came when she fully raw and quietly majestic. So while the hushed opener “Black Leaf” is perhaps best enjoyed in the joined her dad’s band on-stage, but she doesn’t solitude of a winter forest clearing, the coal-black rate it any higher than, say, playing the Lac La Americana of “I’ve Been Over This Before” is bur- Hache Country Music Festival for several years nished with whisky-dipped fiddles and backing in a row. Both were part of an idyllic childhood spent in the remote but musically fecund hamlet vocals that would make June Carter weep. White admits that he tried to ignore the album’s of Horsefly, in B.C.’s Cariboo region. “I reflect on it as being the luckiest kid ever,” songs when they first started rattling around in Patenaude says of her rustic upbringing, which she his brain. “I got so tied in with my kids and got so dependent shared with three equally talented siblings. “We grew that, when these songs came along, it became tough up in Horsefly, and it’s the Wild West out there, still. going back down that road,” he recalls. “I knew as You can drive around in the back of a pickup truck, soon as I did, that I would be having to step back into you can ride a motorcycle without a helmet on… my old life and be away. And even since I’ve done You can just be wild, and I think growing up that that, it’s been a constant balancing act, trying to fig- way and having those freedoms and hurting yourure out how much is enough to be gone and touring, self and learning more encouraged us to become to be giving the songs on this record their due. It’s really independent and really cautious people—just
Canoe trip convinced Patenaude to make music her true vocation
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personally cautious. We learned to take care of ourselves, and that was a huge part of my upbringing. “And then our parents put us in music lessons right away,” she continues. “We grew up singing with my father, who is a fabulous songwriter, and we did the whole von Trapp kind of thing. Like, Dad played his guitar with his three daughters singing backup harmony for him, and every once in a while we’d pick up an instrument and join the band that way. Music was always a joy; even practising for our lessons was something we didn’t resist.” Patenaude graduated from Capilano University’s acclaimed jazz program a decade ago, but the singer, guitarist, and piano player didn’t consider music her vocation until recently. What changed her mind was a monthlong canoeing expedition down the Fraser River, during which her song “We Go Where We Belong” became the voyage’s unofficial anthem. “It was a really introspective time,” she recalls. “We were all very encouraged to dig deep, and I think having my guitar with me definitely affirmed that I need to do this in order to maintain my happiness. And when people wanted that song so badly after doing the trip, that was it!” Patenaude’s tribute to her grandmother wound up as the last track on her recently released debut, Marin Patenaude and the Follow Through. It’s a warm and comforting ending to an album that otherwise ranges from sinuously seductive earworms (opening track “Tall Thin Man in a Black Cheyenne”) to bleakly heartbroken balladry (“Only Mine”). The record also features an all-star cast of Vancouver musicians, two of whom—cellist Peggy Lee and guitarist Cole Schmidt—will join her in concert next week. Venturing further into improvisational terrain with Lee and Schmidt excites Patenaude, as does a possible return to the old homestead—sonically, at least—in the form of a family album with siblings Ciel, Cole, and Pharis. All are fine songwriters themselves—and the last, it should be noted, is half of the wonderful roots duo Pharis and Jason Romero. There’s no timeline for the Patenaude family album, however; as Marin notes, “The other kids have to stop having children!” As with canoe trips and improvisational excursions, it’s all about going with the flow.
GOLD DIGGER A Minnesota court report has stated that Prince had only $110,000 in the bank, his money instead tied up in 67 10-ounce gold bars worth nearly $1.1 million. Now why exactly did he cut the lines “Honey I don’t want your money” and “I want the heavy stuff” from “Purple Rain”? BABY GOT BACK French police have arrested 17 people in connection with the recent Paris home-invasion robbery of Kim Kardashian West. The robbers made off with over $14.5 million in jewels and threatened to shoot her in the back, which, given the size of her rump, was the only target bigger than Kanye’s mouth. LOOK AT HIM NOW Chris Brown’s former manager, Michael Guirguis, says that thanks to his out-of-control spending habits, the R&B star is on the verge of bankruptcy. To which we can only say it couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.
Fresh and local EMMA CITRINE SAD SURPRISE Ever wonder where someone was hiding out before they roared onto the scene out of nowhere? Dig deep and you’ll discover that Emma Citrine isn’t a total newbie, having played nearly every room that matters in town as a member of dream-dazed duo Leave, under the name Emma Daly. Her reverb-bathed solo debut, Sad Surprise—which, despite its title, is anything but a downer—suggests that she’s not above ripping it up on a Saturday night. Things get off to a gunsmoke-and-whiskyblasted start with “Poor Boy, Blind Man”, after which Citrine channels the discordant beauty of the Velvet Underground with “Make War”. Unleashing her inner torch singer for the hazy “A Screaming Comes (Across the Sky)”, she then proves she hasn’t forgotten her roots with the lovely folk comedown “Give Them Love”. As official coming-out parties go, they don’t get much more self-assured. JANUARY 12 – 19 / 2017 THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT 29
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Contrarian nature gave rise to Presley’s The Wink The Wink is the first album Tim Presley has released using his own name, but thinking of it as his debut solo record gets into some hazy semantic territory. The prolific Los Angeles–based musician usually puts his music out under the White Fence moniker, but White Fence also happens to be a solo project. So what’s the difference between The Wink and any of Presley’s previous outings? For starters, it doesn’t contain anything that could really be described as psychedelic garage pop, which has been White Fence’s stock-in-trade for the past seven years. That style has been ascendant in the indie-rock underground, which was enough to convince Presley to try something else. “I’m a real anti kind of guy sometimes, when it comes to the climate of things,” he admits when the Straight reaches him at home in L.A. “I mean, does the world really need another reverb-y, delayed-out, psychedelic thing? You know what I mean? In my mind, it doesn’t. I’m just trying to keep it fresh for myself, but not in a pretentious way. I think I have this weird anger inside me. It’s not, like, violent or anything, but it’s a healthy dose of anger, and sometimes it comes out in sounds and stuff like that.” The Wink isn’t a particularly angrysounding album, but the wiry attack of a track like “Long Bow”—with its clean vocals, dry and jagged shards of guitar, and driving rhythms—at least suggests Presley was determined not to repeat himself. He credits frequent collaborator Cate Le Bon, who produced The Wink, with shaping the record’s willfully off-kilter aesthetic. “I showed Cate probably about 30, 40 demos or home recordings that I had, that I probably could have just put out as a White Fence album,” Presley notes. “But she helped me pick out a record’s worth of songs from that, and I think she leaned toward the more angular songs, and the ones that had more room to experiment with rather than a typical pop formation—verse-chorusverse-chorus or something. So the song choice was pretty key in that, I think.” Working with Warpaint drummer Stella Mozgawa and engineer Samur Khouja, Presley and Le Bon took an approach to recording and mixing— namely, paring the songs down to their essential elements—that diverged from Presley’s standard operating procedure. “That was the thing with White Fence: I would just be in my room recording, and adding and adding as much as I could. And this was just the opposite; I was subtracting, and giving it space, I suppose, which was a new thing for me.” Presley and Le Bon, who are currently on a coheadlining tour, are also bandmates in DRINKS, which released an LP in 2015 and has a follow-up in the mixing stage. As for his usual musical vehicle, Presley says he hasn’t retired the name, but that fans shouldn’t expect a new White Fence album in the near future. In fact, he reveals that he has been exploring another type of creative outlet altogether. “I’ve been painting a lot, actually. Whereas I would normally be in my room just recording nonstop, I’ve been painting in lieu of that, so that’s been kind of a nice break as well.”
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Tim Presley and Cate Le Bon coheadline a show at the Fox Cabaret on Monday (January 16).
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out the record. She got little response. “I was really upset about it because, not to say the word too much, but I felt this record was the most honest thing I’d ever done,” Andrews admits. “I felt like every song held up to the standards that I hold songwriting up to, so I was really sad about it. I’d spent my whole life working towards making the kind of songs that I wrote. But at the end of the day, it was like, ‘What else am I going to do?’ As much as it’s fun to gather stories as a bartender, I felt like I really needed to persevere and stay strong.” Honest Life eventually found a home on the Portland indie label Mama Bird Record Co., and was soon lovingly embraced by outlets ranging from the Guardian and Rolling Stone to Paste and No Depression. The across-theboard raves surprised both the singer and the label, as the album was released with little fanfare and then instantly hailed as a masterpiece of not only loneliness and heartbreak, but also hope and acceptance. Nowhere is that duality better represented than on the album’s final track, “Only in My Mind”, where Andrews confesses to a list of failures and personal shortcomings over plaintive piano and wounded cello. The kicker to lines like “In my mind I got better/ I was more thoughtful of others/Never judgmental or stubborn/Always gracious giving and kind” is a simple chorus: “But it was only in my mind.” “In hindsight, while it’s sad, that song is to me an acceptance,” Andrews offers. “It’s kind of like when you get your first bill, or get into your first car accident, and your parents tell you, ‘Well, it’s life, and that’s just how it is.’ You’re like, ‘What the fuck?—this isn’t how it’s supposed to happen. I thought I’d be living this grandiose life once I hit 20.’” Instead, the 26-year-old Andrews has learned that life is endlessly messy. The singer started making indie records in her teens, supplementing her art with side gigs from bartending to stints as a backup vocalist and guitarist with the likes of Damien Jurado, Ryan Adams, and Jimmy Eat World. Many of the songs on Honest Life can be traced to contract work in Belgium, where Andrews found herself with plenty of alone time after accepting a job as a backup singer for European pop star Milow. A painful breakup made that solitude doubly difficult. “It was festival season, so they rented me an Airbnb in downtown Leuven, and there’d be times where I’d have five days free between shows,” she remembers. “That left me free to write, which was good, because I was going through a hard time. All I had was songs—there are only so many long-distance Skype calls that you can make. It ended up being a very self-reflective time, but also a very dark time.” That darkness colours much of Honest Life, which straddles sun-faded ’70s-California folk and steel-guitardusted country, and centres on relationships that have gone totally south. Sometimes Andrews mines her observations behind the bar for inspiration; consider the devastating, soft-focus Americana of “How Quickly Your Heart Mends”, with lines like “Now I’m all dolled up for any drunken fool who thinks he can replace you.” And sometimes she looks no further than herself, displaying a wisdom beyond her years on the drinkingdoubles heartbreaker “Table for One”. (Sample lyric: “I’ve been driving till I get tired/Found peace in the redwoods/Lost it 20 miles later.”) One of the wonderful payoffs of Honest Life is that many labels that were uninterested when Andrews first shopped the record are now reaching out. As for Andrews, she humbly but proudly suggests she never doubted herself or her songs, if only because of where they came from: a place of purity. “Something very personal happened to me, so I was doing my best to cope,” Andrews says. “The first thing I started thinking about was ‘I’m going to write a great album.’ I was so in my head in a really bad way that the only thing that made me feel better was to sit down and write songs.”
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f anything good will come out of a spray-tan-orange shitstain taking over the White House on January 20, it’s that we’ll finally know once and for all if punk rock is dead. We’re talking the real crusty deal, not the radio-friendly kiddie pop peddled by Green Day and Blink-182. And sure as the Vandals stank after Stevo left, and Tim Armstrong learned you can’t grow a mohawk after your hair heads for the hills, the genre has been on life support for nearly two decades. No one should be surprised. Remember when Bill Clinton was president? Everyone in North America— and that includes north-of-the-border As appealing as EDM-fuelled unicorn cheeseheads—was in a great mood, love is, we need punk rock more. popping E like M&Ms, dancing until sunrise at illegal raves, and generally of soggy newspapers in a Granville going to bed convinced the world was Mall doorway eating cold McDonan endlessly great place. ald’s fries retrieved from a garbage can The rise of George W. Bush should while Jacques the Quebec Crusty Punk have been great for punk rock, but plays the Casualties on his fourth-genAmerica was understandably too eration iPhone? busy rallying around the post–9/11 You know the answer. flag to get pissed And here’s where off. NOFX gave it the arrival of Donthe good old colald J. Trump in the lege try with “Idiot White House may Mike Usinger Son of an Asshole”, change the game. but mostly it was eight years of the As a wise mohawk—Mark CiviWarped Tour being hijacked by elec- tarese of Boston’s Unseen—once told tro-pop ponces like 3OH!3. the Georgia Straight, the great thing Nothing was worse for punk than about a Republican president landeight years of Barack Obama. It’s hard ing in the Oval Office is that everyone to hate your parents, high-school in North America who’s not old and teacher, and Burger King manager white ends up pissed off. Think back when you’ve got a class act in the to the Ronald Reagan–led ’80s, when White House preaching tolerance, punk rock first exploded in the dive compassion, and respect. clubs of North America. Either you The rise of social media didn’t help sat back and marvelled as the Gipper any either. When you’re young, im- dismantled social safety nets while pressionable, and looking for a tribe pouring billions into arms manufacto join, some genres seem far more turing, or you picked up a guitar and appealing than others. What looks did something about it. like more fun on Instagram? Dancing It’s no accident that the ’80s saw the wearing giant rubber unicorn heads early giants of punk and hardcore— at the EDM stage at Pemberton while D.O.A., Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Dada Life sprays Champagne all over and Bad Brains—reach the height of 12 dancing bananas? Or lying on a pile their considerable and epically pissed-
off powers. And while Reagan is now long gone, his memory lives on in songs like Wasted Youth’s “Reagan’s In”, D.R.I.’s “Reaganomics”, and Suicidal Tendencies’ “I Shot the Devil”. So if there’s anything even remotely resembling a strain of rebellion in today’s teenager, we can all get ready for a wave of punk that’s faster and more vicious than anything the world’s ever seen. And in that, we include the Circle Jerks’ “Red Tape”, M.D.C.’s “John Wayne Was a Nazi”, and Minor Threat’s “Straight Edge”. You fight fire with a fucking flamethrower. Christ knows that no one deserves to be in the crosshairs more than a man who’d actually tweet things like “26,000 unreported sexual assults [sic] in the military-only 238 convictions. What did these geniuses expect when they put men & women together?” Never mind foreign policy, socialservices cuts, and his targeting of Planned Parenthood—as long as the man Jon Stewart once called Fuckface Von Clownstick has an Internet connection and can remember his Twitter password, there’s going to be no shortage of things to get outraged about. So as much as Galantis’s “Peanut Butter Jelly” is the greatest modernday mix-tape song this side of Skrillex’s “First of the Year (Equinox)”, if you’ve got a conscience, it’s time to put the rubber unicorn heads away and unplug the Ableton software. Instead, get ahead of the curve by investing in a Dan Armstrong Plexi electric guitar and a 100-watt Marshall half-stack. For the first time since the ’80s, punk rock officially looks like the wave of the future, a guaranteed go-to soundtrack for what will likely be the most turbulent times in the history of modern humankind. We might learn that punk’s not dead—it’s just been sleeping. And if that’s the case, here’s a simple request for the new troops: this time, don’t forget to bathe. -
Best of Monstercat showcases EDM bangers On Sunday Morning, Bruce Wilson documents a heap of troubled times; everything about the Prettys’ Soirée screams of ’70s nostalgia SUNDAY MORNING
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VARIOUS ARTISTS Monstercat: Best of 2016 (Monstercat)
Vancouver’s fastest labels, Monstercat unashamedly caters to mainstream EDM audiences. Finding huge success soundtracking the Twitch gaming market and running a YouTube subscription service that permits users to feature Monstercat tunes in their videos, the imprint specializes in releasing high-octane club bangers. It’s no surprise, then, that the label’s Best of 2016 album showcases some of the most hyperactive songs of the year. The sprawling 43-track epic is impossible to pin down. Future bass, dubstep, vocal house, electro, drum ’n’ bass, and hardstyle all jostle for position among a host of other genres, with the record’s final tracks blending the diverse releases into three seamless long-form mixes. Beginning with Marshmello’s “Alone”, the label stacks the initial half of the record with its most popular artists. Fan favourites Pegboard Nerds feature twice, enlisting the help of producers NGHTMRE and Grabbitz, respectively, to produce energy-fuelled dubstep hit “Superstar” and the softer “All Alone”. Ephixa, one of Monstercat’s first signings, collaborates with Stephen Walking on “Matches”, a slower vocal track with a breezy melody and driving beat. Closing with Mr FijiWiji, Direct, and ARUNA’s fitting “Time to Say Goodbye”—a piano-scored song dashed with sustained chords and warm synths—Monstercat’s Best of 2016 achieves a variety often missing from dance compilations.
> KATE WILSON
Sunday mornings are meant for contemplation, with the early crack of light and a strong coffee helping get one through a hangover and heavy thoughts. Bruce Wilson has had several years to ponder his pain, his recently launched Sunday Morning having come out of trying to re-create a lost journal that apparently documented a heap of tough times. Working alongside arranger and onetime Tankhog bandmate Stephen Hamm, Wilson pleads for a purifying cloudburst on “Come the Rain”. The ballad wades through ’70s material from artists like Lou Reed and John Cale, and comes strung together by weeping strings, downer piano, and Wilson’s rough and gravelly singing voice. The blue mood continues throughout “Can’t Find You”, which muses on loss and feeling lost, and the pedal-steel sadness that soaks the doubled-down “Drink for Two”. Despite its nihilistic, “don’t care” spirit, “Sick in the City” is bizarrely upbeat in comparison to the rest of the album, its boogie-woogie electric piano sounding surprisingly brighteyed. “1986” brings things back to the gutter, with self-proclaimed “alley rat” Wilson getting soulful and sleazy above messy sax and more. Later, “Dirty South” has him claiming to be a poison-veined gator from hell, but it’s the rough female choir on micropiece “Satan’s Gonna Drag Us Down” that’s more haunting. While it clearly mines the personal, only Wilson will know if this fullalbum re-creation of his long-lost journal hits as hard as the original outpouring. With another Sunday morning coming up just around the
corner, odds are he’ll be thinking Hue: her instrument’s standard repabout this soon enough. ertoire tends toward shimmering > GREGORY ADAMS timbres and delicately beautiful melodies, both of which abound here. THE PRETTYS The word that comes to mind is rapturous: Thorn’s captivating music is Soirée (Independent) easy to apprehend, yet possessed of Formerly known as the Bumpin’ an emotional strength that invites Uglys, the Prettys is a driving repeated investigation. force in the lives of its members. Lead Upright bassist James Meger and guitarist-vocalist Code Andrusko has drummer Justin Devries sometimes said the entirety of the dark-glam, tilt the balance toward jazz—especially protopunk, retro-rocking quintet on “Night Song”, which suggests that would be in either jail or graves if it Thorn shares pianist Chick Corea’s weren’t for this project, and that sense Spanish heart. Elsewhere, though, the of life-and-death urgency can be music is harder to classify, unless it’s heard in its sophomore album, Soirée. emblematic of what could be an emerGranted, depending on a band for ging genre all on its own: smart, constability may not sound like the most templative, progressive music made by solid plan. Being in a band is usually (mostly) female-fronted ensembles. how people pick up their demons, not “Reds” certainly points that way. drive them away, but these days, you’ve Initially driven by an insistent, almost gotta grab onto whatever you can, and mechanical rhythm, the tune pivots ride it out as far as it’ll take you. between a pair of enigmatic chords From the sporty stripes and or- before taking flight into billowing arnate font of the washed-out cover to peggiated clouds—after which we’re the rich vintage sound (recorded, delivered into an extended passage of produced, and mixed by Felix Fung sunny-Sunday-afternoon loveliness. at Little Red Sounds), everything What’s most intriguing about Hue, about Soirée screams of ’70s nostal- however, is that the music gives only gia, touching on reference points as half the picture. Thorn composed the diverse as Thin Lizzy, Alice Cooper, 32-minute mini-album as part of The Sweet, T. Rex, and Talking Heads. Painting Project, a multimedia venSoirée may appear all sepia-toned ture in which she’ll play to projected and summery, but it has an edge images of her father Bruce Thorn’s abthat sharpens with repeat listenings. stract-impressionist paintings. With Think Bend Sinister with a little more these as vibrant and evocative as the dirt under their fingernails and funk younger Thorn’s music, the collaborain their trunk, or a sweet jam session tion—which debuts with a January 14 with Diane Coffee, King Gizzard and CD launch at the China Cloud—althe Lizard Wizard, and the Growlers. ready looks like a winner.
his vocals punctuate the Swollen Members songs that soundtracked your high-school hookups, he also had a brief stint in Len, the Toronto band behind the exasperatingly catchy single “Steal My Sunshine”. Three Junos, five MuchMusic Video Awards, and 11 Western Canadian Music Awards later, Moka Only is still pushing the envelope with his rap. The hip-hop star is, without doubt, one of Vancouver’s most prolific musical artists, releasing 12 full-length albums over the course of 2016. (Yes, you read that right.) And while skeptical listeners might assume that the quality of the performer’s tunes would take a dive in the process of recording so many songs, they’d be wrong. The rapper’s final release in his 2016 collection, To the Next Season, captures everything that’s unique about Moka Only’s recent sound. The album’s breezy, old-school feel marries jazz riffs and reverbed drum patterns, providing the foundation for the artist’s familiar palette of muted bass tones and relaxed melodies. A true Vancouver record, To the Next Season has a local flavour to its lyrics. Album opener “Come Back!” gives a nod to the Pacific Centre food court, “Everyday Rain” makes reference to the precipitation that soaked Vancouver over October and November, while “Where Did All the Muffin Shops Go” is a tongue-in-cheek tribute to Metrotown cafés in the 1990s. Resisting the urge to follow main> ALAN RANTA > ALEXANDER VARTY stream hip-hop into the world of aggressive trap music, Moka Only ELISA THORN MOKA ONLY wisely sticks to his trademark sound on To the Next Season, creating Hue (Independent) To the Next Season (URBNET) warm fireside jams that will persist Harpist Elisa Thorn doesn’t Trust us, you already know well beyond winter. > KATE WILSON exactly play against type on Moka Only. Not only did
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CONCERTS 2JUST ANNOUNCED BLACK GARDENIA Coastal Jazz presents the Vancouver-based five-piece jazz band led by vocalist and ukulele player Daphne Roubini. Jan 22, 8-11 pm, Frankie’s Jazz Club (765 Beatty). Tix $15, info www.blackgardenia.ca/. A TRIBUTE TO NEW ORLEANS Join “A” Band, NiteCap, and faculty guests for a night filled with the sounds of New Orleans, from Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton, King Oliver, Buddy Bolden and Sidney Bechet to brass band music, Dixieland, R&B, and funk. Jan 27, 8 pm, BlueShore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts (2055 Purcell Way). Tix $30/27, info www.capilanou.ca/centre/. THE HARPOONIST AND THE AXE MURDERER Vancouver-based blues-soul duo composed of Matthew Rogers and Shawn Hall. Jan 28, 8 pm, The ACT Arts Centre (11944 Haney Pl., Maple Ridge). Info www.theactmapleridge.org/actpresents/act-presents-series/harpoonistaxe-murderer/. BOOTS N’ BABES BALL Vancouver country band the Washboard Union performs with guest host and DJ jaXon Hawks. Feb 11, doors 8 pm, show 9 pm, Commodore Ballroom (868 Granville). Tix on sale Jan 6, 10 am, $25 (plus service charges and fees) at www.livenation.com/. PIERCE THE VEIL American experimentalrock band performs on its Rest in Space Tour, with guests Falling in Reverse and Crown the Empire. Feb 20, doors 6:30 pm, show 7:30 pm, Vogue Theatre (918 Granville). Tix on sale Jan 13, 10 am, $32.50 (plus service charges and fees) at www.livenation.com/.
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THE KLEZMATICS New York City-based klezmer band incorporates Arab, African, Latin, Balkan, jazz, and punk influences. Part of the Chutzpah Festival. Feb 23, 8 pm, Norman Rothstein Theatre (950 W. 41st). Tix $36/25, info www.chutzpahfestival.com/. ANDY BLACK American rock singer-songwriter and Black Veil Brides vocalist, with guests William Control and Palaye Royale. Feb 28, 6:30 pm, Rickshaw Theatre (254 E. Hastings). Tix $29.50 (plus service charges and fees), info www.rickshawtheatre. com/886/andy-black-the-homecoming-tourcurtain-call-w-william-control-palaye-royale/.
Scan to confess Close Relationships I have much closer relationships with people who are not on social media. The conversations are richer with more substance and no fluff. Thanks to all my true friends.
I’ve booked some plane tickets I’m going to start checking out other cities and scoping out new places to call home. I’m sorry Vancouver. It’s not me, it’s you.
The Price Of Pot One of the only things that hasn’t gone up in the past three decades, if anything, it’s gone down.
Entitlement and Self Worth I swear the problem with a lot of people these days, is that they can’t have a genuine emotion for someone else that isn’t in some way associated with their own shallow pride and ego.
Kids These Days Can type without looking at their fingers...
I miss my bike. Snow is good when you are age 1-16, then as you age it gets to be an annoyance. I mean really 3 weeks of snow and ice. Come on already I am itching to get back on my bicycle again. This taking the bus crap to work is garbage and pricey. I mean come on! When is the rain gonna wash all this white gunk and ice away. Sick of this shit already.
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THE REAL MCKENZIES Vancouver punk band celebrates its 25th anniversary, with guests Isotopes. Mar 4, 8 pm, Rickshaw Theatre (254 E. Hastings). Tix $16.50 (plus service charges and fees), info www.rick shawtheatre.com/901/the-real-mckenziesisotopes-punk-rock-baseball-club/. BLACK MOON OVER ROSS BAY Music by black-metal bands Archgoat, Blasphemy, Valkyrja, Weregoat, and Hellfire Deathcult. Mar 12, 7 pm, Rickshaw Theatre (254 E. Hastings). Tix $30 (plus service charges and fees), info www.rickshawtheatre. com/910/black-moon-over-ross-bayarchgoat-amp-blasphemy-co-headliningvalkyrja-weregoat-hellfire-deathcult/. ROSE COUSINS Canadian folk-pop singer-songwriter tours in support of upcoming album Natural Conclusion. Mar 19, 8 pm, WISE Hall (1882 Adanac). Tix $24, info thefestival.bc.ca/concerts/ rose-cousins-at-the-wise-hall/. FUCKED UP Canadian punk band returns to Vancouver. Mar 19, doors 8 pm, show 9 pm, Cobalt (917 Main). Tix on sale Jan 13, 10 am, $18 (plus service charges and fees) at Red Cat, Zulu Records, and www.ticketweb.ca/. TEENAGE FANCLUB Scottish rock band tours in support of first release in six years Here. Mar 25, doors 8 pm, show 9 pm, Rickshaw Theatre (254 E. Hastings). Tix on sale Jan 13, 10 am, $25 (plus service charges and fees) at Red Cat, Zulu Records, and www.ticketweb.ca/. BIFFY CLYRO Scottish alt-rock band tours in support of its seventh studio album Ellipsis, with guests O’Brother. Mar 31, doors 7 pm, show 8 pm, Vogue Theatre (918 Granville). Tix on sale Jan 13, 10 am, $25 (plus service charges and fees) at www.livenation.com/. THE ZOLAS Vancouver-based indie-rock band tours in support of its currently untitled upcoming LP. Apr 6, doors 7 pm, show 8 pm, Vogue Theatre (918 Granville). Tix on sale Jan 13, 10 am, $20 (plus service charges and fees) at www.livenation.com/. MITSKI New York City-based indie-rock singer-songwriter tours in support of latest release Puberty 2, with guests
SAN FERMIN Brooklyn-based chamberfolk ensemble tours in support of latest release Belong, with guests Low Roar. Apr 20, doors 8 pm, show 9 pm, Biltmore Cabaret (2755 Prince Edward). Tix on sale Jan 13, 10 am, $85/15 (plus service charges and fees) at Red Cat, Zulu Records, and www.ticketweb.ca/. THE XX English indie-pop band tours in support of upcoming third album I See You. Apr 25, doors 7 pm, show 8 pm, Thunderbird Arena (6066 Thunderbird Blvd., UBC). Tix on sale Jan 13, 10 am, $65/55/49.50/39.50 (plus service charges and fees) at www.livenation.com/. LYDIA AINSWORTH Toronto pop singer-songwriter and producer tours in support of latest release Darling of the Afterglow. May 4, doors 8 pm, show 9 pm, Fox Cabaret (2321 Main). Tix on sale Jan 13, 10 am, $12 (plus service charges and fees) at Red Cat, Zulu Records, and www.ticketweb.ca/. U2 Irish rock quartet kicks off its Joshua Tree Tour 2017 by performing the 1987 album in its entirety, with guests Mumford & Sons. May 12, BC Place Stadium (777 Pacific Boulevard). Tix on sale Jan 16, 10 am, at www.livenation.com/.
2THIS WEEK TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD ORCHESTRA 10TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW The Victoriabased folk-roots band celebrates 10 years of music, adventure, and storytelling. Jan 12, 8 pm, Rickshaw Theatre (254 E. Hastings). Tix $20, info www.rickshawtheatre.com/. T.I. American actor and rapper tours in support of his latest EP release Us or Else. Jan 12, doors 8 pm, show 9 pm, Commodore Ballroom (868 Granville). Tix $55-125 (plus service charges and fees) at www.ticketmaster.ca/.
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DAVID BECKINGHAM AND TWIN BANDIT Vancouver singer-songwriter performs with Twin Bandit. Presented by the Rogue Folk Club. Jan 13, 8 pm, St. James Hall (3214 W. 10th). Tix $10-15, info www. roguefolk.bc.ca/concerts/ev17011320/. FRIDAY THE 13TH Music by War Baby, Wishkicker, Frank Love, and Mess, with Friday the 13th films playing all night long. Jan 13, 8 pm, Rickshaw Theatre (254 E. Hastings). Tix $10, info www.facebook. com/events/317232905298589/. B3 FOR BUNNY WITH KANSAS CITY ORGANIST CHRIS HAZELTON Funky, rhythmic soul-jazz that harkens back to the late 1960s and early 1970s. Presented by Coastal Jazz. Jan 13-14, 8 pm, Frankie’s Jazz Club (765 Beatty). Tix $15, info www. coastaljazz.ca/. BOWIE BALL: A CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF DAVID BOWIE Celebrate the life and legacy of the great David Bowie with performances by Martin Flytrap, the Salvos, Unique Motels, Zafirios, Rebel Priest, China Syndrome, Jimmy Baldwin, the Judys, Jesse Waldman and the Mojophonics, Nu Braineaters, Space Junk, Cass King and the Next Right Thing, Eddy D and the Sex Bombs, Lil Miss Rockpile, Left Spine Down, and Fuck Guns. Jan 14, 7 pm, Rickshaw Theatre (254 E. Hastings). $15, info www.rickshawtheatre.com/. ELISA THORN’S PAINTING PROJECT Album-release show for the Vancouver ensemble’s debut album Hue, which features music inspired by the abstract paintings of Thorn’s father. Jan 14, 9 pm, China Cloud (524 Main). Tix $10 at the door, info www.elisathorn.com/hue/. DAVID BLAKE QUARTET Jazz band composed of guitarist David Blake, trumpeter Brad Turner, bassist Darren Radtke, and drummer Joe Poole. Jan 15, 8 pm, Frankie’s Jazz Club (765 Beatty). Tix $15, info www. coastaljazz.ca/david_blake_quartet/. CATE LE BON AND TIM PRESLEY Los Angeles-based Welsh folk-rock singersongwriter coheadlines with American garage-rock singer-songwriter. Jan 16, doors 8 pm, show 9 pm, Fox Cabaret (2321 Main). Tix $16 (plus service charges and fees) at Red Cat, Zulu Records, and www.ticketweb.ca/. GREAT GOOD FINE OK New York Citybased indie-pop duo tours in support of latest EP release III. Jan 16, doors 8 pm, show 9 pm, Alexander Gastown (91 Powell). Tix $12 (plus service charges and fees) at Red Cat, Zulu Records, and www.ticketweb.ca/. JOHN PAUL WHITE American folkcountry singer-songwriter tours in support of new album Beulah. Jan 16, doors 8 pm, show 9 pm, Biltmore Cabaret (2755 Prince Edward). Tix $20 (plus service charges and fees) at www.livenation.com/. A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE Bronx-based rapper tours in support of his latest EP. Jan 18, doors 8 pm, show 9 pm, Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway). Tix $25 (plus service charges and fees) at www.ticketweb.ca/.
2UPCOMING HIGHLIGHTS GUNS N’ ROSES Los Angeles hard-rock band (“Sweet Child o’ Mine”, “November Rain”) performs on its Not in This Lifetime Tour. Sep 1, doors 6 pm, show 7:30 pm, BC Place Stadium (777 Pacific Boulevard). Tix $275/150/115/35 (plus service charges and fees),at www.livenation.com/. COLDPLAY British rock band led by Chris Martin performs on its A Head Full of Dreams Tour 2017. Sep 29, doors 5 pm, show 7 pm, BC Place Stadium (777 Pacific Boulevard). Tix $199.50/139.50/89.50/59.50 /29.50 (plus service charges and fees) at www.livenation.com/.
CLUBS & VENUES ALEXANDER GASTOWN 91 Powell, 778379-0407. 2GREAT GOOD FINE OK Jan 16 2DUMBFOUNDED Jan 26 2LIZZO Jan 27 2VALLIS ALPS Mar 11 AT THE WALDORF 1489 E. Hastings, 604253-7141. The Waldorf has been a Vancouver mainstay since the late 1940s with its retro and Polynesian décor. Three separate rooms, including Tiki Room, Tabu, and the Hideaway. Punk as F*CK Tuesday, TING! Dancehall & Reggae Thurs, The Hangout Friday, Vison Saturdays. 2THE HANGOUT Jan 13, 20 & 27 BACKSTAGE LOUNGE Arts Club Theatre, 1585 Johnston, Granville Island, 604-6871354. Vancouver’s only live-music venue on the water, with music nightly. Hot Jazz Jam night on Tue. 2END OF EMPIRE Jan 11 2THE PHONIX Jan 12 BILTMORE CABARET 2755 Prince Edward, 604-676-0541. 2JOHN PAUL WHITE Jan 16 2KITTY NIGHTS BURLESQUE: 9TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW Jan 29 2LYDIA LOVELESS Feb 2 2KOBO TOWN Feb 4 2KATE BUSH: LIVE BAND BURLESQUE TRIBUTE Feb 12 2LEON Feb 14 2CLOUD NOTHINGS Feb 16 2FORTUNE FEIMSTER Feb 17 2NATE BARGATZE Feb 18 2MICHELLE WOLF Feb 19 2CLIPPING. Feb 22 2BARRY CRIMMINS Feb 23 2STOP PODCASTING YOURSELF Feb 23 2APARNA NANCHERLA Feb 25 2KEVIN ABSTRACT Feb 26 2THE RADIO DEPT. Feb 28 2TENNIS Mar 1 2SPRING BURLESQUE SHOWCASE Mar 12 2JOSEPH Mar 18 2JAIN Mar 27 2COLONY HOUSE Apr 1 2MITSKI Apr 7 2WHITNEY Apr 10 2SAN FERMIN Apr 20 2THE WEDDING PRESENT Apr 26 2SONDRE LERCHE Apr 28 BIMINI PUBLIC HOUSE 2010 W. 4th, 604733-7116. Twenty-four taps of rotating and interesting craft beers. Pub trivia Mon; beer club Tue; Wing Wed; dance party Fri-Sat; happy hour 3-6 pm. BLUE MARTINI JAZZ CAFE 1516 Yew, 604-428-2691. Live jazz, soul, and blues. COBALT 917 Main, 778-918-3671. 2THE LEMON TWIGS Feb 1 2SERATONES Feb 4 2CHERRY GLAZERR Feb 7 2HIPPO CAMPUS Feb 23 2MOON DUO Mar 4 2FUCKED UP Mar 19 2ALL THEM WITCHES May 6 COMMODORE BALLROOM 868 Granville, 604-739-4550. 2T.I. Jan 12 2IT’S JUST DRAG! Jan 13 2ECCW WRESTLING: BALLROOM BRAWL VII Jan 14 2THE FIGHTER AND THE KID LIVE Jan 19 2STEEL PANTHER Jan 20 2AFI Jan 24 2BIG WRECK Jan 27 2STING Feb 1 2JOHN K. SAMSON AND THE WINTER WHEAT Feb 2 2SONREAL Feb 3 2REEL BIG FISH AND ANTI-FLAG Feb 9 2USS Feb 10 2BOOTS N’ BABES BALL Feb 11 2MATTHEW GOOD Feb 16 2THE PHILOSOPHER KINGS: CANCELLED Mar 6 2THE CADILLAC THREE Mar 8 2BLACKIE AND THE RODEO KINGS Mar 10 2CHRONIXX Mar 18 2JAPANDROIDS Mar 20 2MOTHER MOTHER Mar 25 2THE TEA PARTY Mar 31 2THE DAMNED Apr 15 DOOLIN’S IRISH PUB 654 Nelson, 604605-4343. Live music Sun-Thu, with acoustic soloist or duo Sun-Wed and live band Thu DJ Fri-Sat. FORTUNE SOUND CLUB 147 E. Pender, 604-569-1758. 2HOLY FUCK Jan 19 2DREAM WARRIORS Jan 24 2THE PANCAKES AND BOOZE ART SHOW Feb 2 2THE KNOCKS Feb 3 2PROF Feb 11 2THE STAVES Feb 17 2P.O.S Mar 3 2ISAIAH RASHAD Mar 22 FOX CABARET 2321 Main. 2CATE LE BON AND TIM PRESLEY Jan 16 2SCULPTRESS: THE MUSIC OF NICOLE LIZÉE Jan 30 2HENRY WAGONS Feb 10 2PARSONSFIELD Feb 23 2TINDER TALES Feb 24 2THE RURAL ALBERTA ADVANTAGE Feb 25 2JOEY LANDRETH Mar 3 2LYDIA AINSWORTH May 4 FRANKIE’S JAZZ CLUB 765 Beatty, 778727-0337. Live music Thu-Sun. and menu items that include fresh house-made pastas and signature entrées. Wine list features Italian and BC VQA wines along with local craft beer, classic, and feature daily cocktails. Happy Hour Wed-Fri. from 4 to 6 pm features live music and no cover. 2MILES BLACK TRIO Jan 12 2B3 FOR BUNNY WITH KANSAS CITY ORGANIST CHRIS HAZELTON Jan 13 2DAVID BLAKE QUARTET Jan 15 2BLACK GARDENIA Jan 22 FUNKY WINKER BEANS 37 W. Hastings. Evil Bastard Karaoke Experience Sun-Thurs. THE IMPERIAL 319 Main, 604-868-0494. 2BEAR’S DEN Jan 21 2BENJAMIN FRANCIS LEFTWICH Feb 4 2LOS CAMPESINOS Feb 21 2BANNERS Feb 25 2THE WOOD BROTHERS Mar 12 2CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH Mar 18 2STRFKR Mar 22 2AGNES OBEL Mar 25 2MARTHA
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Eby says B.C. interest-free loans may have no impact
tarting on Monday (January homebuyers who choose to also bor16), some first-time home- row from the government? buyers will be eligible to “There’s a really interesting and borrow up to a five-percent live question about how the banks down payment for a primary resi- are going to be treating these governdence. Under the B.C. Home Owner ment loans for down payments,” B.C. Mortgage and Equity Partnership— NDP housing critic David Eby told also called the B.C. HOME Partner- the Georgia Straight by phone. “Some ship—the provincial government of the early responses I’ve seen sugwill make this loan interest-free for gest that the banks might actually be five years and it must be repaid over treating these loans as what they are, 25 years. The maxwhich is loans, not imum anyone down payments. can borrow will And if that’s the be $37,500. case, it may not acCharlie Smith When Premier tually increase the Christy Clark announced this pro- buying power of any first-time buyer gram in December, critics alleged that trying to get into the market.” it would boost demand for housing, Eby said he assumed in December jack up prices, and pile more debt on when the program was announced millennials. Supporters, on the other that the government had spoken hand, said it would help thousands of to bankers, who would treat B.C. B.C. residents become homeowners. HOME Partnership loans as down But what if both of the claims are payments. That led Eby to conclude false? Tough new federal mortgage that this “would mean an incredible rules have already capped how much increase in the amount of capital in people can borrow in comparison to the housing market, causing inflation their income. What if lenders cut the in an already overheated market”. amount they’ll provide to first-time Since then, he said, he has read
correspondence from some of the big five banks saying they only had a few days’ notice before the heavily advertised program was announced. “They weren’t sure yet how they were going to respond to it,” Eby said. “The whole thing just might be an election-year promise that has no impact at all.” Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation deems B.C. HOME Partnership loans to be a “nontraditional source of down payment”, which includes any arm’s-length funding
not tied to the purchase or sale of a property. People who borrow under this program must pay the highest mortgage-insurance premium, 3.85 percent, on their entire mortgage if their loan-to-value ratio is between 90 and 95 percent. Under new federal mortgage rules, borrowers can’t qualify if over 39 percent of their household income would go to gross debt-servicing charges, which include mortgage payments, heat, and taxes. The total debt-service ratio, including carrying costs and other payments, cannot be more than 44 percent of household income for a borrower to qualify for a mortgage. The CEO of the Mortgage Brokers Association of B.C., Samantha Gale, told the Straight by phone that the B.C. HOME Partnership program will enable people to get a down payment if they already have a high enough family income to service a mortgage. She added that the cost of repaying the B.C. government loan will be included in a borrower’s debt-servicing ratio. She also suggested that B.C. HOME Partnership loans will typically be
between $10,000 and $12,000, which isn’t going to be too onerous to repay over a 25-year period. “Right now, there’s a certain segment of the population—a lot of them are millennials, first-time homebuyers—who are struggling to keep up with the market,” Gale said. “They cannot afford to save enough money for that down payment. So it’s going to help them.” Eby, however, remains skeptical, noting that young people are already dealing with record levels of both student and credit-card debt. And there’s no guarantee that borrowing rates won’t be far higher when first-time homebuyers are required to pay interest on the government loan in five years. “So even if the program worked as intended, it seemed like a pretty dismal proposition,” the B.C. NDP housing critic said. “But we’re now facing the situation that it may not even work as intended. And it may be a massive government advertising campaign for a program that actually doesn’t do what it’s supposed to do.” -
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RIDDIM Jan 19 2ELEANOR RISING Jan 20 2THE POOLSHARKS, SAM THE ASTRONAUT Jan 21 2BREAKTHROUGH COUNTRY MUSIC PROJECT Jan 22 2WICKED LIQUOR Jan 24 2WOODSHED SUPPLY CO, STEPHANIE STANDERWICK Jan 27 2COASTLINE PILOT, THE ECHOES, BRENDAN CADE Jan 28
RIVER ROCK SHOW THEATRE River Rock Casino Resort, 8811 River Rd., 604247-8900. 2THE ROBERT CRAY BAND Mar 3 2ENGELBERT HUMPERDINCK Mar 10 2ABBAMANIA Mar 18
ST. JAMES HALL 3214 W. 10th, 604-7363022. 2DAVID BECKINGHAM AND TWIN BANDIT Jan 13 2JEFFREY FOUCAULT Jan 15 2PETER GRAHAM-GAUDREAU Jan 22 2TOWER OF SONG Jan 28 2ANNA AND ELIZABETH Feb 3 2STARMAN: AN ACOUSTIC EVENING OF BOWIE SONGS Feb 5 2CAJUN COUNTRY REVIVAL Feb 10 2ALASDAIR FRASER AND NATALIE HAAS Feb 12 2THE GONZALO BERGARA QUARTET Feb 13 2OLD MAN LUEDECKE Feb 17 2KIÉRAH Mar 3
VOGUE THEATRE 918 Granville, 604-5691144. 2US THE DUO Jan 27 2ADAM ANT Feb 4 2ILIZA Feb 17 2PIFF THE MAGIC DRAGON Feb 18 2MY FAVORITE MURDER Feb 18 2LIFTOFF: CANCELLED Feb 19 2PIERCE THE VEIL Feb 20 2WILLIAM SINGE Feb 22 2CHRIS D’ELIA Feb 24 2TOM SEGURA Feb 25 2VINCE STAPLES Feb 28 2SEBASTIAN MANISCALCO Mar 11 2MØ Mar 17 2ZUCCHERO Mar 22 2DAN + SHAY Mar 25 2MARC MARON Mar 26 2BIFFY CLYRO Mar 31 2BILL AND JOEL PLASKETT Apr 1 2THE ZOLAS Apr 6
WAINWRIGHT Apr 24 2METACOSM Apr 29 IVANHOE PUB 1038 Main, 604-608-1444. Pub with live bands on weekends and open jam night Sun from 4 to 8 pm. Open at 9 am with breakfast and daily food specials. Pool tourney Thu. No cover. LAMPLIGHTER PUBLIC HOUSE 92 Water, 604-687-4424. Pub trivia with Nice Guys Inc. Tue; bourbon and bingo Wed; Rocksteady with DJs Arems, Hoppa & Rexx Thu; FKYA DJs Fri; DJ Antonia & Friends Sat. MEDIA CLUB 695 Cambie, 604-608-2871. Live music most nights. ORPHEUM THEATRE 601 Smithe, 604665-3050. 2SAM ROBERTS BAND Feb 7 2COLIN JAMES Mar 8 2PASSENGER Mar 25 2KALEO Apr 4 PRINCETON PUB & GRILL 1901 Powell, 604-253-6645. Live music on Thursdays with the Palomars (first Thu of every month), the Honky Tonk Dilettantes (second Thu), Sick Boss (third Thu), and Gabriel DuBreuil (fourth Thu). Jam session Tue, trivia night
Wed, live local bands Fri-Sat, and karaoke Sun. No cover.
QUEEN ELIZABETH THEATRE 650 Hamilton, 604-665-3050. 2BLUE RODEO Jan 27 2LYLE LOVETT AND JOHN HIATT Mar 6 2BRIAN WILSON Apr 8 REPUBLIC 958 Granville, 604-669-3214. House, hip-hop, EDM, chart, and reggae. Open nightly from 10 pm to 3 am. RICKSHAW THEATRE 254 E. Hastings, 604-681-8915. 2TEQUILA MOCKINGBIRD ORCHESTRA 10TH ANNIVERSARY SHOW Jan 12 2FRIDAY THE 13TH Jan 13 2BOWIE BALL: A CELEBRATION OF THE LIFE AND MUSIC OF DAVID BOWIE Jan 14 2DIRKSCHNEIDER Jan 19 2HIGH ON FIRE Jan 20 2ART SIGNIFIED 4 YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW: NIGHT 2 Jan 21 2ENTOMBED A.D. Jan 22 2THE SUPER DUPER SHOW Jan 27 2HELLCHAMBER Jan 28 2BLACK LIPS Feb 1 2LORDI Feb 2 2MAYHEM Feb 3 2ALCEST Feb 4 2WAX TAILOR Feb 7 2THE WHAMMY AWARDS Feb 10 2WHITE LIES Feb 11
NDP MLA David Eby points out that loans from government are not equity.
ROGERS ARENA 800 Griffiths Way, 604899-7400. 2DIERKS BENTLEY Feb 9 2RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS Mar 18 2ARIANA GRANDE Mar 24 2CHRIS STAPLETON Mar 27 2GAME OF THRONES LIVE CONCERT EXPERIENCE Apr 1 2THE WEEKND Apr 25 2LIONEL RICHIE Apr 27 THE ROXY 932 Granville, 604-331-7999. 2SAIL WITH KINGS, RUNE, MATTHEW ST. JOHN Jan 14 2BREAKTHROUGH COUNTRY MUSIC PROJECT Jan 15 2MAN MADE TIME Jan 18 2MOSAIC
VENUE 881 Granville, 604-646-0064. 2TALIB KWELI Jan 25 2TOM GREEN Feb 10 2TRENTEMOLLER Mar 10 2SAVE FERRIS Mar 18 2LADYHAWKE Mar 24 2WHY? Mar 25 2KATATONIA Apr 5
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ave you been feeling it? For the past couple of days, the Capricorn sun and the building full moon in Cancer have been amped up by Uranus, Jupiter, and Pluto. Uranus produces stimulus and excitement; Jupiter increases, spreads, and travels; Pluto adds impact. Either you’ve met with timely opportunity or you’ve faced a tough cut to the chase. Perhaps you’ve experienced a mix of both. Mostly past peak by the time you and I are up and at ’em, Thursday’s full moon in emotional Cancer puts all matters to do with home, real estate, roots, family, parents/parenting, protection, and self-preservation to the forefront. National security and safety are on the front burner too. All get-it-under-better-control initiatives and emancipation bids are highly favoured. The full moon assists (or forces) us to offload anything that’s been encumbering or prohibiting. Working in tandem with the full moon, Mercury, freshly out of retrograde, reenters Capricorn on Thursday. Mercury helps us to be more effective regarding plans, communications, studies, buying, selling, and action-taking. Also on Thursday, Venus in Pisces aligns with Neptune. It is a combination that is ideal for dreaming and doing. Seek romance, an escape, creative or spiritual replenishment, or chase the money down. Don’t dwell on loss; hope, faith, and inspiration are the keys to your salvation. This full-ofpromise combination can turn the po-
tential into a reality. The stars are fruitful through Saturday. Sunday, take time out to replenish yourself. Monday holds ups and downs. Wednesday is another trigger or punch-through-it day, but all’s well that ends well.
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Capping off an intense few days, Mercury’s regain of Capricorn on full-moon Thursday is resultsgenerating. Venus/Neptune calls for you to relinquish, surrender, allow, accept, and open up. Both bring the reality into better focus and/or make the potential real. They can also touch heart, soul, or wallet in some rich way. Thursday evening through Saturday, make the most of it; reward yourself.
April 20–May 20
A friend or sibling can be a strong support system. Then again, perhaps the shoe is on the other foot. Thursday’s full moon can break down resistance, push you past an important hurdle, end a wait or term, or deliver results. A talk clears up plenty. Once it’s taken care of, it’s all good. Even so, more is on brew. Tension continues through Wednesday/Thursday.
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June 21–July 22
The full moon has already beaten itself to the punch during the past few days. The stars smooth it out Thursday afternoon through Sunday. To the plus, Venus/Neptune is a creative, romantic, soulful, and gifting combination. They mark a good time for a vacation, a new marketing venture, or a location move. Monday puts you to work. Tuesday/Wednesday, a compromise is called for.
July 22–August 22
As of Thursday evening, you can move on to better things. While Mercury, freshly into Capricorn, will put more emphasis on work and the serious stuff for the next couple of weeks, Venus/Neptune is in the mood for movies, music, and romance—or whatever else turns your crank! The transiting Leo moon brightens you and your prospects through Saturday. Sunday, let it slide.
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You can lighten up, unwind, and let it go as of Thursday night. Venus/Neptune makes for a wonderful few days for romance, an escape, creative immersion, a spiritual retreat, or a relaxation top-up. Mercury freshly into Capricorn helps you gain better control and feel more secure about
CAPRICORN plans, commitments, communicaDecember 21–January 19 tions, and involvements. Sunday, write Have you felt hit from it off. Monday through Wednesday are all sides? Whether it’s been hard a mixed bag. or great, this full-moon week has LIBRA pulled out all the stops. It’s an ideal September 22–October 23 time to push forth with a big plan It’s been a huge week! or major move. A new career, home, Whether you’ve taken a risk and made relationship, or material trajecit happen or it has been thrust upon tory—don’t see it as a risk; see it as you, as of full-moon Thursday, you’re ripe and timely opportunity. mostly over big stuff and well on your AQUARIUS way. Travel, relocation, or a new home, January 20–February 18 family, or career trajectory is well You’ll get a better hantimed. Enjoy the weekend. A full-tilt week lies ahead. Monday, get to work. dle on it now that Mercury has regained Capricorn and the peak SCORPIO of the full-moon week has been October 23–November 21 surpassed. The Leo moon sets the It’s been an exceptional weekend on a positive upswing. week for travel, romance, work, and Communications, travel, and acputting yourself out there. Thursday tivities in general f low well. Sunthrough Saturday signs you up for day, if you don’t have to, don’t. reward and special attention. Venus/ Work through it Monday. Tuesday/ Neptune are in beautiful shape; ex- Wednesday, carry on. press what’s in your heart and soul. PISCES Sunday, minimize expectations; take February 18–March 20 it as it comes. The week ahead adds The full-moon from Thurssidetracks, extras, and stress. Striking a balance takes work and diplomacy. day through Saturday nets a major payoff for this week’s perseverance. Either SAGITTARIUS you have accomplished what you set November 21–December 21 out to do or the way is now cleared to This full-moon week has move on to better things. Potentials been a major one for figuring it out, are especially ripe. Venus/Neptune setting the record straight, moving is spiritually replenishing. The mopast the past, and hitting fast-forward. ment is auspicious for creative underA family member or lover has likely takings, fresh starts, fame, money, tugged extra hard on the heartstrings, and romance. too. Thursday through Saturday puts you on a major upswing and/or deliv- B o o k a re a d i n g o r s i g n u p f o r ers reward. Monday onward, it’s one Rose’s free monthly newsletter at www.rosemarcus.com/astrolink/. thing after another.
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I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: JANUARY 7, 2017 WHERE: West Oak, Yaletown I joined you and your friends at the corner table at the West Oak in Yaletown. It was your birthday I and I bought you shooters. Wish I got your number. Coffee?
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I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: JANUARY 8, 2017 WHERE: Oakridge Station We both boarded the SkyTrain at Oakridge around 6pm, saw you peeking at me few times, you were Asian 20s, light beige jacket, black leggings, gray sweater and a pair of Uggs color cream... you stayed standing by the door till I had to get out at Granville station... I was the guy listening music, blue umbrella, with camo joggers, short hair and a blue jacket... I'm sure you remember - we locked eyes few times ;) holla back!!
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We sat next to each other at Scotiabank Theatre, watching Passengers in 3D. You were casual cool in a nice button down, I was the fidgety brunette with the plaid shirt and ponytail. You were snacking on nibs, I sorta wanted to snack on you. I know, cliche.
I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: JANUARY 4, 2017 WHERE: Afghan Horseman, Granville Island I was waiting for someone and I guess you were too, so the waitress brought you to look at me and asked you “Is that her?”. I looked up and smiled. Of course I wasn’t your date, but I wish I had been. You are handsome, tall, with light hair. I am Caucasian, brunette, 5’7”. What a funny coincidence. Maybe we could meet intentionally next time? :)
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I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: JANUARY 7, 2017 WHERE: Continental Cafe on The Drive Must admit I was jealous, you were the woman with the toque wearing all black sitting with your back to the window. I was the tall guy wearing black (with the black/white hat). You were looking outside the window at a girl standing in front of the cafe on her phone. I’m guessing you were more interested in her, (I don’t want to make assumptions) and just saw me as just another guy (if helps I was transitioning to female, but decided to stop & feel I’m now non-binary/genderneutral I am on estrogen). Anyway who knows.
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I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: JANUARY 2, 2017 WHERE: West End I said hi to you in passing at Safeway just before closing, months back. We left at similar times. Outside, it was raining. You were driving, I was walking. You asked if I had a big enough umbrella hinting the opportunity for a ride. I passed on the offer. In truth I wish I had said yes. Just over a week ago, I saw you at a different supermarket. I would like to have given you my number but the timing was inopportune, as you were arriving as I was checking out. This is the alternate extreme, though I hope you get this. I would like to not have to wait as long to see you again.
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I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: JANUARY 1, 2017 WHERE: Celebrities Nightclub I saw you at the Black and White NYE Ball at Celebrities Night Club. I first met you when I was scanning my phone near the pillars at the front of the club. You asked me to meet you on the dance floor. I was wearing all black except for black and white Vans. Something about you honestly took my breath away. We briefly caught each other but your friends seemed to be pulling you in different directions. I hope we can cross paths again - Aaron
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savage love My partner and I have been playing with male chastity devices. We’ve been considering going to a strip club while his cock is caged up and getting him lap dances. Is there some etiquette for this with the dancers? Do we let the dancer know before she is on his lap? Or do we not mention it? Is it rude to get a dancer involved at all? I’ve not yet found an etiquette guide for this situation. > LETTING OUR CAGE KINK SHOW
“I think I speak for most dancers when I say I don’t care what’s going on underneath a customer’s pants,” said Bobbi Hill, a lap dancer based in Portland, Oregon, strip-club capital of the United States. “Grazing over a stiff object in the crotch region is not an uncommon experience when giving a lap dance, and depending on the texture of the device, I might not even give it a second thought.” While your concern for lap dancers is commendable, LOCKS, the person most at risk of injury is your partner. Nothing is more fun than inducing an erection in someone who’s locked in a male chastity device—a necessarily painful and punishing erection—but the devices are unyielding (ideally) and the cock flesh is weak (even when hard). A dancer who grinds down on your partner’s crotch is likelier to hurt him. That said, lap dancers don’t like surprises. If a dancer grinds down on your partner’s crotch and feels something hard, clunky, and uncocklike in his pants, “she might go into airdance mode,” said Hill, “which is essentially a lap dance where you make
as little contact with the customer’s crotch as possible. Of course, you can never go wrong investing in a stripper’s patience and well-being—try handing her a Benjamin as you explain your situation.” Just in case you’re not interested in dancers who are hers, LOCKS, I ran your question by a male stripper. “I don’t think most dancers would mind if a customer was wearing a male chastity device as long as it caused no physical harm or discomfort,” said Aaron, a dancer at Stag PDX, Portland’s new male strip club. “If all parts of the device are safely tucked away between your legs while you receive the lap dance, there should be little to worry about. But if the device has parts that protrude—and could possibly harm an overzealous dancer while they grind up on you—you may want to be more cautious. It also never hurts to ask the dancers what they’re comfortable with.” Strippers! They’re just like us! You can ask them questions! They will answer them! They respond positively when you take their comfort into account! They also appreciate large tips! And good personal hygiene! And clients who aren’t completely shitfaced!
I recently left my husband and moved from the suburbs to my own apartment in Philadelphia. It’s very liberating, and I have been starting to venture out for some great sex, something missing in my 25-year marriage. Two weeks ago, I decided to be adventurous and went to a clubby bar around the block and brought a guy back to my place. The guy was in
> BY DAN SAVAGE his 40s, lean, and muscular. The sex was great! He was very oral, unlike my vanilla husband. When we got this stud’s clothes off, I saw that his pubic area was completely shaved, basically from his navel down. I don’t know if I looked as shocked as I felt. While he was humping away— I have never had anyone with such stamina and power—he told me to feel his anus, and that area, too, was shaved. I didn’t want to ask him why he shaves, but I am wondering if this is common these days? Is there some “meaning” to it? And is anal touching now customary? I am really out of it and thought I’d ask you. > CONFUSED OVER UNDERGARMENT-AREA REGION
While I love your signoff, COUGAR, sleeping with a lean, muscular guy in his 40s who likes to have his anus touched doesn’t earn a woman her cougar wings or whiskers or whatever. You’re going to have to fuck a few boys in their 20s if you want to be a cougar. In regards to your recent hookup, COUGAR, the removal of pubic hair has definitely become more common over the last 25 years. Studies have found that upwards of 60 percent of women regularly remove most or all of their pubic hair; there aren’t studies about men removing their pubic hair, but many men do. Shaving or waxing doesn’t necessarily mean anything in particular, other than a preference for hairless junk. And the younger people are—chronologically or in spirit—the likelier they are to remove their pubes.
And while I wouldn’t describe anal touching as customary, there are definitely more straight men around today who aren’t afraid of their own assholes.
I met my boyfriend at a gay night
in a club. I thought he was gay because he was dancing shirtless. But he loves going down on me, the PIV sex is the best I’ve ever had, and I believe him when he says he’s straight. He’s got an above-average cock, but he likes me to tell him it’s small and compare him unfavourably to men I’ve been with who had bigger cocks. I’ve had bigger, and I don’t mind degrading him like this. (It’s a nice change of pace to be with a guy who doesn’t want me to pretend like I’ve never seen another cock before!) So that’s not the reason I’m writing. This is: he likes to be called a “faggot” when he’s fucking me. It makes him incredibly horny, but I feel guilty for using an antigay hate term while we’re having straight sex. Is this okay? Is it fucked up? Should we stop? > FEMALE ANXIOUSLY GRANTS SLURS
It’s not okay; it’s completely fucked up; and you don’t have to stop. And if you feel the least bit guilty about calling your boyfriend a fag when he’s fucking you, FAGS, an hour on gay Tumblr will make you feel better about that. The number of gay men out there who think it’s hot to call their own assholes or other men’s assholes “cunts” will both surprise you and make you feel less conflicted about calling your straight boyfriend a fag.
I recently stopped reading your advice column due to its current focus on homosexuality. Just letting you know the heterosexuals are still alive and doing well. > BORED READING ENDLESSLY EXPERIMENTAL DEVIANTS EXPLORING RECTUMS
Over the last year, BREEDER, I published 140 questions from readers who identified themselves as gay, lesbian, bi, trans, or straight. Twenty-six of those questions were from gay men (18 percent), 16 were from bisexuals (12 percent), six were from trans people (four percent), two were from lesbians (one percent), and 90 were from straight people (65 percent). Almost all of the bisexuals whose letters I responded to were in opposite-sex, a.k.a. “straight”, relationships, and the same goes for half the letters from trans people. (Lots of trans people are straight-identified and in opposite-sex, a.k.a. “straight”, relationships.) So nearly 80 percent of the questions I answered last year focused on straight people and/or straight sex. If a sex-advice column that’s about straight people and/or straight sex 65 to 80 percent of the time is too gay for you, BREEDER, then my “current focus” isn’t the problem—your homophobia is. I would say that I’m sorry to lose you as a reader, BREEDER, but I’m not. Listen to the Savage Lovecast every week at savagelovecast.com. Email: email@example.com. Follow Dan on Twitter @fakedansavage.
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