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AIDS Vancouver celebrates their 35th Anniversary Red Ribbon Gala Thursday, November 15 aidsvancouver.org Sher Vancouver celebrates their 10th Anniversary shervancouver.com Health Initiative for Men (HIM) celebrates their 10th Anniversary checkhimout.ca Little Sister’s Book and Art Emporium celebrates their 35th Anniversary littlesisters.ca

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Fifteen Vancouver organizations that serve the LGBT community are celebrating big anniversaries, which is why this has been dubbed the Year of the Queer. > BY CHARLIE SMITH, CR AIG TAKEUCHI, AND V.S. WELLS

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Is subjecting youth to criminalization under Bill C-45 a bad policy? Experts weigh in and suggest how to talk to your kids about pot. > BY PIPER COURTENAY

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Women are taking the lead at this year’s rEvolver Festival, tackling everything from population genetics to sexual abuse. > BY JANE T SMITH

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Desertions have struck the board of Vancouverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest municipal party. The resignations followed the controversial May 7 decision of the NonPartisan Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s board denying NPA city councillor Hector Bremner the chance to stand for nomination as the partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s candidate for mayor. NPA president Gregory Baker confirmed that Sarah Weddell, Natasha Westover, and Krissy Van Loon have left the board. Baker didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seem too concerned about the departures.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s disappointing, I have to say, but at the same time, our board is 15 people right now, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big board,â&#x20AC;? Baker told the Straight in a phone interview. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We haveâ&#x20AC;Śa lot of people that bringâ&#x20AC;Śvaluable skills to the organization. Soâ&#x20AC;ŚIâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m confident we still have good people here.â&#x20AC;? Meanwhile, two individuals who previously expressed interest in seeking NPA city-council nominations have withdrawn their applications. One is Adrian Crook, video-game consultant and author of the 5 Kids 1 Condo parenting blog. Crook, who is a Bremner supporter, announced through social media that he will still pursue running for council but not with the NPA. Scott de Lange Boom, a housing advocate, also declared through social media that he is no longer interested in an NPA nomination and will look at options. The NPA board has approved the applications of park-board commissioner John Coupar, businessman Ken Sim, and financial analyst Glen Chernen to seek the partyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nomination for mayoral candidate on May 29. Bremner previously indicated to the Straight that he is not ruling out the possibility of forming his own slate that may run outside the NPA in the October 20, 2018, civic election. Bremner claimed that he had signed up more than 2,000 people for his now failed bid for the nomination. He said that they represent more than half of the NPAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s membership. Baker refused to say whether or not he wants Bremner and his supporters to stay with the NPA. > CARLITO PABLO

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over drinks. And so it is with Year of the Queer, which is the City of Vancouver’s recently announced initiative to celebrate significant anniversaries of 15 organizations that serve the city’s LGBT community. It started a few months ago when the executive director of Out on Screen, Stephanie Goodwin, was sitting in the Irish Heather with the heads of two other arts organizations: SD Holman of the Queer Arts Festival and Fay Nass of the Frank Theatre Company. The conversation turned to the groups’ anniversaries—the 30th for Out on Screen and the 10th for the two other groups. In a phone interview with the Georgia Straight, Goodwin recalled that she then blurted out: “It needs to be declared the year of the queer!” Then it dawned on them that it was the 40th anniversary of the Vancouver Pride Society’s Pride parade. “So, literally, as we were drinking whisky I emailed [councillor] Tim Stevenson from my phone and said, ‘Hey, Tim, I think we should get together and talk. We have this really great idea,’ ” Goodwin recalled. “Tim was really responsive to us.” Stevenson told the Straight by phone that he recalled saying it was a “fabulous idea” and encouraged them to speak to the Vancouver Pride Society. After more discussions with city staff and a lot more research, it turned out that 15 organizations that serve the LGBT community are having either their 10th, 15th, 20th, 30th, 35th, or 40th anniversary.

It’s our Year of the Queer

(Left to right) The Vancouver Dyke March’s Claire Ens, Vancouver Pride Society’s Andrea Arnot, Out on Screen’s Stephanie Goodwin, Pride in Art’s SD Holman, and Frank Theatre Company’s Fay Nass. Tim Matheson photo.

What has also helped, in a diverse region like Metro Vancouver, is other events, movements, and organizations that have arisen With 15 Vancouver LGBT organizations celebrating milestone to address specific groups and offer alanniversaries, it’s time for all of us to salute their achievements ternatives. They include AIDS Vancouver and Little SisIn her separate role as social-media coordinter’s Book & Art Emporium, which have turned ator for the Vancouver Dyke March and Festival 35, and Qmunity, which is 40. Groups turning 20 (VDMF), Thiessen pointed out that the VDMF include Pride in Art Festival, Rainbow Refugee can appeal to women and nonbinary individuals, Society, and Monsoon—Asian Lesbians, Bisex- including bisexual, trans, and other people who uals and Trans in Vancouver. don’t feel represented by or who don’t identify On May 15, city council unanimously passed a with other events. staff recommendation for the city to launch “2018— Although the first VDMF happened in 1981, it Year of the Queer” with a proclamation and to sup- hasn’t always been held annually, as it is a volunport a one-time event at Vancouver City Hall next teer-driven effort with minimal funding. Wednesday (May 23). That’s when huge Pride and Through sheer dedication, the event has contrans flags will be raised on the north lawn until tinued despite challenges, and in an email to August 19 in recognition of the anniversaries. the Straight, VDMF board of directors president “Collectively these organizations have provided Claire Ens said that the 15th march and festival, 330 years of service to the city’s LGBTQ commun- to be held on August 4, will “focus on the genity, and continue to make significant contribu- erational contributions, evolutions, and progrestions to the social, cultural, and artistic landscape sions made throughout the years”, with an eye of Vancouver,” a city staff report states. on the future. Stevenson offered credit to the staff for all the Further alternatives, considering Vancouver’s work that they’ve done to make this the Year of multicultural composition, include LGBT ethnic the Queer. and linguistic groups, which help to give voice “We will still, obviously, have the Pride parade, and presence in unprecedented ways. and we’ll still have a proclamation for Pride, as One example is that the Surrey-based South we have always done,” he said. “I can read that Asian LGBT group—which celebrated its 10thas the deputy mayor if Gregor [Robertson] is not anniversary gala on April 22—marched for its able to make it.” first time in both Vancouver’s and Surrey’s Vai> CHARLIE SMITH sakhi parades in 2017. The organization, founded by Alex Sangha, has ACTIVISM grown from an online group to an incorporated nonprofit society and offers everything from school Consider, if you will, what the acronym outreach workshops, counselling, and immigrant LGBT and its numerous variations convey: assistance to peer support and social events. there isn’t just one community—it’s an amalOther examples include the Asian lesbian, bisexgamation of diverse groups. So how do umbrella ual, and trans group Monsoon and the LGBT refuorganizations bring together multiple commun- gee advocacy group Rainbow Refugee Society, both ities with different, sometimes conflicting needs of which are celebrating their 20th anniversary. and identities while being inclusive and accessYet now that LGBT rights and acceptance have ible to everyone? been gained in many areas, are such organizaThat’s something that the Vancouver Pride So- tions’ events still needed? ciety (VPS) has faced with increasing frequency Definitely, according to both Arnot and during its 40-year history. Thiessen. VPS community partnerships coordinator As testimony to its own success, the Vancouver Kaschelle Thiessen, who has been research- Pride parade (which will be held on August 5) has ing the organization’s history, told the Georgia evolved from an event in which some participants Straight by phone that nascent local marches and wore bags over their heads for fear of losing their movements in the 1970s and ’80s (which some- jobs if outed to becoming one of the premier sumtimes sparked the distribution of hate-filled fly- mer attractions in the city, one that draws thouers in opposition) tended to use the word gay in sands of spectators. their names, like Gay Unity ’81 or Gay LiberaHowever, Arnot pointed out that even if some tion. But over the years, more groups began to be LGBT legislation has passed, there is still work to recognized, precipitating change and expansion. be done. “The reason that the community started to “Societal change often follows a little bit behind come together was because as a coalition, as a laws,” Thiessen explained, citing the fresh example group, we can only be stronger and we can enact of the April SOGI 123 protest against diverse sexbetter political change and policy change if we ual orientation and gender expression in schools. band together and stand together,” Thiessen said. Thiessen added that although everyone has a Accordingly, VPS executive director Andrea different perception of what Pride is, and even Arnot, in a conference call, said that they’re if it appears celebratory, the activism that got now prioritizing the “most marginalized voices” things going still underscores the present-day within LGBT communities and actively seek incarnation. them out “because often they’re people who “I think anytime that you have a group that is wouldn’t normally engage with Pride”. shutting down half the city for a day and carving Thiessen explained that because LGBT com- out space to be unabashedly and unapologetically munities are not a “homogenous group”, they’re queer and trans in a homophobic and transphobic now looking at ways to shift attention to those society, that is inherently political,” she said. > CRAIG TAKEUCHI who have been previously neglected or excluded.

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Queer Arts Festival has been around for 10 years. Performance companies Zee Zee Theatre and the Frank Theatre are also celebrating their decades. “It’s just such an important reminder of where we are and where we’ve been and where we are going,” Frank Theatre artistic director Fay Nass said by phone. Each organization has plans for how to mark the occasion. The Frank is producing Camera Obscura, a play inspired by B.C. artist Paul Wong’s audio-visual work, as part of the Queer Arts Festival this summer. Zee Zee Theatre is continuing its national run of My Funny Valentine, a play that tackles the 2008 killing of gay U.S. teenager Lawrence King. Pride in Art is celebrating with DECADEnce, the 10th annual Queer Arts Festival. The 2018 festival promises to celebrate and honour “our community of trailblazing queer ancestors”, according to a news release. “I think we have made a space in Vancouver for other organizations to do more queer work and so many more things,” Queer Arts Festival artistic director SD Holman said by phone. She cited the festival’s dates as one example: back in 1998, art showcases happened during Pride week at the end of July, as there were no other activities being held. However, as more art events sprung up around the parade in the late ‘00s, the festival moved to mid-June to create space for new organizations. The Frank’s history also goes back more than 10 years. Originally founded as Screaming Weenie in 1996, the company changed its name in 2008. Nass said the organization wanted to signal a decision to have honest dialogue around queer issues and the arts. Zee Zee Theatre started out as a dream. “I didn’t think we’d really do more than maybe three shows,” Zee Zee artistic director Cameron Mackenzie said by phone. The 10-year anniversaries have provided ample opportunities for the organizations to consider the role of queer arts spaces, both in society today and in the future. This year saw Pride in Arts open its own gallery, Sum. Its inaugural exhibition, QueerSUM by Karin Lee, opened on May 12. “Our role is to keep pushing and supporting, making interesting, thought-provoking, avantgarde, incendiary work,” Holman said. In another 10 years, she said, she’d like the festival to be even bigger, more international, and with a more solid structure supporting the event. For Zee Zee Theatre, queer art matters now more than ever. “We all should feel like we exist and we are seen and we have work that is for us,” Mackenzie said. The Frank’s plans for the future involve improving the diversity and intersectionality of its output. “While it [queer] is one word, there are lots of other paradigms underneath it,” Nass said. “Moving forward, it would be great to bring in more female, nonbinary, trans playwrights…[and] more stories by immigrants and refugees whose experiences of being queer outside of our culture have been very different.” It’s been a good 10 years for queer arts organizations in Vancouver. Here’s to the next decade. > V.S. WELLS see next page

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legacy to uphold as the owner and self-described captain of Little Sister’s Book & Art Emporium. That’s because the retail store at 1238 Davie Street has been an anchor of Vancouver’s LGBT community since it opened in 1983 in the upstairs of a home at 1221 Thurlow Street. The cofounders, Jim Deva and Bruce Smyth, turned it into a gathering place for the queer community by selling imported reading material that regularly drew the ire of Canadian customs officials. In 1990, Janine Fuller joined the staff; six years later, the shop moved to its much larger location on Davie Street, where the irrepressibly cheerful Deva and the caring Fuller continued offering advice and support to the community. It was Little Sister’s that helped mobilize a strong police response after a gay photographer named Aaron Webster was beaten to death in Stanley Park in 2001. Deva, a former teacher, passed away in 2014, and Fuller is on medical leave, but the store is still going strong, celebrating its 35th anniversary. Wilson, who has extensive retail experience on Davie Street, stepped in to keep it going, and in October 2016 he bought Smyth’s share in the company. “Little Sister’s is iconic in the Lower Mainland, for sure, and really all over B.C.,” Wilson told the Straight by phone. “It was always heavily involved in the Pride organization and any community projects.” Over the years, the LGBT community has dispersed from the West End to other neighbourhoods, which has led to Little Sister’s becoming a regional destination. Wilson said he has diversified the product line with more clothing, gifts, and novelty items while still stocking a great deal of Priderelated content and adult products. “We carry a full range of flags, whether it be trans to bisexual to leather to bear,” he said. “We probably have 20 different flags that are related to LGBTQ in all sizes and shapes.” Another cultural institution that’s celebrating a landmark anniversary is Out on Screen’s Vancouver Queer Film Festival. Executive director Stephanie Goodwin told the Straight by phone that it began 30 years ago when Vancouver was hosting the Gay Games. A small group of people decided to screen some LGBT films by projecting them on a wall in a Main Street studio and using milk crates as chairs. “Back in the ’80s, there was almost no queer film,” she said. Nowadays, the Vancouver Queer Film Festival receives 900 to 1,000 submissions per year and will run for 11 days, from August 9 to 19. “This year, there is going to be a trans women spotlight because there is a sufficient number of films,” Goodwin noted. The Vancouver Queer Film Festival will also feature multidisciplinary performances, as well as workshops for screenwriters—a sign of how it’s evolving under new artistic directors Amber Dawn and Anoushka Ratnarajah. There’s also a growing number of high-quality international films. “Representation matters,” Goodwin said. “Visibility matters. When we see ourselves represented in complex and beautiful ways on the big screen, it’s a transformative experience.” > CHARLIE SMITH

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the 1980s. Some called it gay-related immune deficiency (GRID). Others called it the “gay cancer”. The epidemic was eventually called acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). It’s rare to hear that term used these days.

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It still exists, but as AIDS Vancouver executive director Brian Chittock explained by phone to the Georgia Straight, that’s because medical advances such as antiretroviral drugs have largely prevented the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from advancing to the AIDS stage of infection. Chittock said they have considered changing their organization’s name. However, their identity is an ongoing reminder of the tragic historical circumstances from which the agency arose. In a period of decimation, desperation, and discrimination, the success and continuation of the organization remains an example of what Vancouverites can achieve when spurred into humanitarian action. On its 30th anniversary in 2013, the agency chronicled its storied and intriguing history in a series of videos (3030.aidsvancouver.org/ ). In one such video, Chittock noted that some of the challenges they face today remain the same as those in their early years. “We’re still serving the poorest of the poor in Vancouver,” he said, adding that some clients aren’t on medication, and some are still dying of AIDS. Ironically, the achievements of the HIV movement have resulted in new challenges. “Part of the problem with being so successful with the treatment is that people think AIDS and HIV is not an issue anymore and nobody’s getting it, and that hurts us,” he said. He went on to say that even though they’re still serving more than 3,000 people in Vancouver, they’re facing cuts in donations and decreased funding due to misperceptions about the state of HIV. Nonetheless, Chittock draws encouragement from initiatives such as their HIV–prevention program, which targets at-risk individuals and has only had one of about 250 clients become HIV–positive over the program’s four-year run. While the organization will mark its 35th anniversary with a Red Ribbon Gala on November 15, its celebrations included its new $2,000 Kenneth Lackner scholarship, which was given to its inaugural recipient, Henry Tran, at the LOUD Foundation’s awards gala on May 10. Chittock said the scholarship was created in memory of former AIDS Vancouver employee Kenneth Lackner, who bequeathed his life-insurance policy to the organization, which turned it into an endowment fund after his death last year. While queer male health was preoccupied with AIDS and HIV during the past few decades, medical and social advances have allowed other organizations to arise to address previously overlooked or unexplored areas of health. One such example is the Community-Based Research Centre for Gay Men’s Health (CBRC), which launched in 1999 and runs the annual Gay Men’s Health Summit in Vancouver; it expanded to the national level during the past year. Another example is Health Initiative for Men (HIM), which takes a multifaceted approach by viewing mental, physical, social, and sexual aspects of health as interrelated. Arising from the gay men’s resource exchange Gayway, the first HIM clinic opened on Davie Street in 2008, and it has since expanded to a total of five health centres across the Lower Mainland. Their comprehensive range of services and programs covers everything from counselling, sexual-health testing, and workshops to yoga, soup-making, and life-drawing sessions, as well as health-awareness campaigns. Although many local LGBT health initiatives may have arisen out of dire and heartbreaking situations, they have developed into organizations that will help ensure LGBT people go beyond mere survival and secure an even playing field upon which they can thrive well into the future. > CRAIG TAKEUCHI


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Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology last month, Valleriani noted that of the 25 percent of youths who reported using cannabis during the past year, only 2.5 percent reported using in ways considered high-risk for severe health problems—a fact, she says, often ignored in discussions of prevention and harm reduction. Although the legislation will allow Canadians aged 12 to 17 to possess up to five grams of cannabis before facing criminal charges, some provinces, like Ontario, are opting for a zero-tolerance policy. Police officers and judges will have discretion when it comes to enforcing the new laws, which, Valleriani cautioned, will open the door to discrimination against youths already marginalized by things

like economic status and race. Scott Bernstein, a lawyer and senior policy analyst with the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, says the people already disproportionately targeted for cannabis-related arrests come from racialized and marginalized communities, and the new laws are likely to make matters worse. “Right now, the biggest harm from cannabis to youth…is not the fact that they are using it but the fact that they are being criminalized for it,” he said. Bernstein said layering on more restrictions is only going to aggravate an already contentious problem, while a “softer approach”, like an administrative penalty, would be better suited to the government’s mandate of protecting young people. “People need to understand that the

hammer of criminal justice on young people is the most serious thing that can happen,” he said, adding that in many cases, criminal records follow youths into their adult years, preventing them from travelling and working. Treating it like a traffic ticket instead, he suggested, acknowledges that someone broke the law and creates a penalty but eliminates the longlasting harm of a criminal offence. “We need to go to the fact that we are not inventing cannabis now. We don’t have to be afraid that people will start smoking cannabis, because they already are,” Bernstein said, adding that education would likely have a better outcome in reducing youth drug abuse. In April, the CSSDP published the Sensible Cannabis Toolkit, an

evidence-based educational resource for parents and teachers that outlines 10 principles for a new type of drug education. Valleriani, who worked on the project, said informed and nonjudgmental conversations are the real first steps to harm reduction and prevention postlegalization. “What they [youths] really want is a centralized, evidence-based place that they can access information,” she said, adding that youths want to be involved in the creation of these types of resources. “Lecture-style conversations around drugs are not very effective. What is really interesting is once you start talking to young people about their cannabis use, they are so open about it but don’t have the avenues very often to talk with adults about cannabis.” One Toronto-based children’s charity has already developed a fresh approach to drug education based on neutrality and inclusion. Danielle Sutherland, the curriculum-development manager at Skylark Children, Youth and Families, has worked with more than 300 children and teens. She said the old system of shaming, essentially scare tactics, isn’t working with kids anymore. Sessions, a Skylark youth program, invites participants to engage in creative activities and lead group projects to foster an informed dialogue. “We came up with a model called integrative resilience. We build relationships with our youth through education and trust, and we’re finding that it has much better results than other drug-education programs,” Sutherland said. “If we can have the knowledge come from the young people in the room, through them asking the questions or driving the conversation, they’re more likely to question their own decisions and make positive choices when it comes to cannabis use.” -

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the universe from that film. Then there’s Chorus, which is a powerful and immersive fantasy adventure. “We wanted a wide range of movies, so not just action films, or documentaries, for example,” he continues. “One thing I do think about VR is that it’s a really strong empathy machine. Being able to experience something from someone else’s point of view, and be literally inside their world, moves people in different ways. You become the director, and you have control over what you see.” In Ng’s view, Vancouver was an obvious choice to launch what he hopes will become a permanent fixture on the film-festival calendar. Dubbed Hollywood North, the city is home to a huge number of film studios and shoots, and is also the second-largest VR hub in the world. With its dual expertise, he believes the city is wellplaced to host the innovative event. “We’ve become a mini Silicon Valley of the north, and Vancouver is a huge centre for movies,” he says. “It makes sense to combine the tech and the film industries here—it’s a no-brainer for us. As well as that, the people here are special. I feel like Vancouverites are very open to trying new things, and more than other places in Canada— especially on the creative side. “There aren’t too many film festivals around the world for VR,” he continues. “You see events around the world like Sundance that have a small VR portion to them, but there aren’t really any dedicated festivals. We’re offering people the chance to come and see these great films, and create an experience around it.” The Vancouver Virtual Reality Film Festival is at CBC Studio 700 (700 Hamilton Street) from Friday to Sunday (May 18 to 20).

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f you google the word exercise along with mental health, more than a million links become available. That’s because there’s a tremendous amount of research showing how working out, running, and even dancing can enhance people’s well-being and help ward off depression and anxiety. “While structured group programs can be effective for individuals with serious mental illness, lifestyle changes that focus on the accumulation and increase of moderateintensity activity throughout the day may be the most appropriate for most patients,” several researchers wrote in a 2006 paper published in the Primary Care Companion to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. “Interestingly, adherence to physical-activity interventions in psychiatric patients appears to be comparable to that in the general population.” But newer research only confirms what one VancouKitsilano gym owner Ron Zalko points out that working ver fitness pioneer, Ron Zalko, has understood for almost out reduces anxiety, which has been linked to insomnia. four decades in the industry. The owner of Kitsilano’s His advice is to start with “baby steps”—maybe a fiveRon Zalko Fitness & Yoga spoke to the Straight in his minute walk around the block, building up to longer office just after finishing a 40-minute workout. “I do upper-body weights for strength,” he said. “Also, I do periods of exercise in the future. And he recommended core, and I do 25 minutes of cardio. I’m that people experiencing everyday very happy with it.” stresses from work and other challenHe explained that as a younger man ges eat properly. training for triathlons or marathons, “Those who take my advice tell me Charlie Smith he would exercise for four hours a day. it has helped them immensely, as we live Nowadays he prefers shorter sessions to keep his mind in a very stressful time as technology advances,” he said. and body in shape. It helps reduce any anxiety, which “Keep away from your smartphone and your computer has been linked to insomnia. and start thinking about yourself—and start to exercise!” “If you don’t sleep well, it creates other problems,” he He even suggested that working out can assist those noted. “You gain weight because your body thinks you hoping to return to the workforce. are under attack. You start producing more fat.” “If you start getting in shape, you’ll find a job,” Zalko He recognizes that depression can sap motivation, said. “You start looking after yourself and you’ll find a and this reduced motivation causes some people to job because you’re going to change. You start thinking avoid exercise. more positively.” -

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The stars set a smooth-sail backdrop for the long weekend. The good momentum continues through the week ahead. Venus in Cancer, starting Saturday, can strengthen relationship bonds. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll easily get the goods out of interactions and activities. Midweek can bring good news. Wednesday, sun/Mars set a lucrative backdrop for work, working it out, official steps, and setting plans in motion. September 22â&#x20AC;&#x201C;October 23

By the end of the week, you should feel you have worked it out well. Saturday/Sunday, less is more. The start of Venus in Cancer can test coping skills and/or ignite worry, especially if you feel you lack control or resources. If so, know youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll make better headway once the sun treks into Gemini (late Sunday) and teams up with Mars (late Wednesday). October 23â&#x20AC;&#x201C;November 21

Even with an adjustment required or preferences to accommodate, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll have no trouble making the most of the long weekend. Venus in Cancer, starting Saturday, and the sun in Gemini, starting late Sunday, set heart and mind on a fresh-track move-along. Tuesday, the stars are on a buildup curve. Let it flow; let it go. Wednesday, success and satisfaction come readily. November 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;December 21

What a week! The stress is mostly out of the way as of Thursday. Friday, Mercury/Saturn bring the workweek to a smooth and productive wrap-up. Friday evening is the best of the long weekend for entertainment, romance, or relaxation. Saturday/Sunday, Venus in Cancer can stir up raw TAURUS emotions. Sunday through Thursday April 20â&#x20AC;&#x201C;May 20 puts a fresh spin on the conversation, The week finishes out the plan, or the get-go. smoother than it started. Even if CAPRICORN life has thrown a curve ball at you December 21â&#x20AC;&#x201C;January 19 recently, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll feel that things are Mercury/Saturn loan you working out for the best. Venus in Cancer, starting Saturday, loans good control, staying power, and folyou more support. While the sun low-through on Friday. Saturday/Suntours Gemini, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be more ar- day, Venus keeps sensitive emotions on ticulate and expressive. Others the ready dial-up, allergies too. Tueswill readily relate and empathize. day/Wednesday, you may have a point Tuesday/Wednesday put you on to prove or something important to discuss. By the end of the day and into the move. Thursday, sun/Mars make for good GEMINI sorting out and a successful wrap-up.

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has always walked the cutting edge of theatre, and with this year’s female-strong lineup, it’s leading the way again. At rEvolver Fest 2018, all the main-stage shows either are created solely by women or feature them as cocreators. “I think it’s exciting and telling that there are this many women on the program—that they had the space and confidence to apply,” says Elysse Cheadle, the theatre artist behind Fuchsia Future. “I’m also excited by the variety in the subject matter.” Female playwrights are taking on everything from sexual abuse (12 Minute Madness) to surviving the apocalypse (Kitt & Jane) to, in Cheadle’s Fuchsia Future, nothing less than popular science, existentialism, and the colour pink. “I tend to describe myself as a collager rather than a writer,” she explains over the phone. “I like to collect a bunch of source material that I find inspiring to challenge myself, using movement and writing.” For the absurd “nihilistic musical” Fuchsia Future, that involved three seemingly far-flung inspirations. The fi rst, and foremost, was the theories of population geneticist George Price, who came up with a mathematical equation to

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In 12 Minute Madness, personas embody the fallout of sexual abuse (Chris Randle photo), while Fuchsia Future (below left) turns pink into a sinister colour.

of imploding in this little biggest survival mechanism in life has been not to closet of shame, I outed take stuff around me too seriously,” says von WalAt the rEvolver Festival, women push the form with everything the motherfucker. And denburg, who hopes the play will give other surfrom a “nihilistic musical” to a darkly comedic take on trauma it helps to be able to ex- vivors strength. “Let’s take this dirty, dark thing ternalize those darker that no one wants to talk about and let’s throw it predict the likelihood of altruistic behaviour. “He internal thoughts.” around like a Frisbee.” The play features 12 women playing the 12 persaid that no behaviour is ever really anything but She adds that the movement around #MeToo selfish—which is kind of a depressing thought,” sonas that she could feel emerging in herself when, has made her topic easier to confront than when Cheadle explains. “Price became famous for this during a therapy session about three decades ago, she tried in 1998. “This is amazing that women are equation. And then he evidently went insane.” In she realized the trauma that had happened to her. actually finally being listened to—and of course “The minute I realized it, I swear all these differ- there’s a backlash, but still, there’s a strength that the fictionalized Fuchsia Future, his wife and son ent parts of me came out,” she explains, stressing wasn’t there in the ’90s.” try to cope when he disappears. The second inspiration was a specific monologue it wasn’t the same as the concept of split-personfrom Jean-Paul Sartre’s Nausea, one in which the ality disorder. “I could actually feel the different The rEvolver Festival presents 12 Minute Madness narrator watches an old woman work her way down parts of me. I could hear the therapist talking, but at the Cultch’s Historic Theatre on May 23 and from May 25 to 27, and Fuchsia Future at the Cultch’s the street with “existential dread”, Cheadle says. the inner battle was so huge.” The strongest weapon in the artist’s arsenal has Vancity Culture Lab on May 24, 26, and 27, and on And the third element was bismuth—the pinkish, radioactive element that has a become her humour around the subject. “My June 2 and 3. half-life a billion times longer than the age of the universe. In the work, pink becomes Performer dishes on The Only Good Indian ’s shocking costume piece a recurring, and threatening, colour. Cheadle puts as much emphasis on Panic, discomfort, confinement: these are just some of the sensations playwrightmovement as on words in her process. performer Donna-Michelle St. Bernard has to fight through when she straps on what “I’m in a bit of a strange place because looks like a suicide vest for The Only Good Indian. in a lot of ways I’d like to describe it as “It’s the correct weight and it’s not comfortable at all,” confides St. Bernard, a colphysical theatre, but I use so much text,” laborator on the project, speaking from Toronto. “There’s such a real and present she says. “I love wordplay, I love rhythms. weight.…I’m genuinely projecting strength and determination through my panic.” Plus, we have musicians.”

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denburg is just as eager to push the form in 12 Minute Madness, but for her, the subject matter is much more personal. She mines her own discovery of a repressed memory—sexual abuse by her grandfather—and serves it up with dark humour. “I didn’t feel any shame or gross feelings about coming out about it. It felt a little bit like waging war,” the playwright and director says candidly to the Straight over the phone from her Vancouver home, talking about the multiyear process that led to the play. “I was able to out this crap. With shame you go into this little closet and stay quiet about it and you feel very, very bad about yourself. So instead

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Editor’s choice BRIT HIT “The first few weeks of Weight Watchers, you’re just finding your feet.” If one-liners are your cuppa tea, then British standup superstar Jimmy Carr is for you. But sometimes that tea is super hot and it can burn, so watch out. Carr returns to Vancouver for his Best of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits World Tour, which is actually the penultimate show of his cross-Canada tour. But with so many nuggets squeezed into a given show, who cares if you’ve heard some of them before? Like, “If we’re all God’s children, what’s so special about Jesus?” With such a prolific mind, you can be sure there will be plenty of new material, too. Jimmy Carr is at the Vogue Theatre on Sunday (May 20).

The provocative new work from Toronto’s Pandemic Theatre rotates three artists in the solo role from May 23 to 27 at the Cultch’s Vancity Culture Lab during the rEvolver Festival. And each gives a deeply personal take on themes that were posed to them at the beginning of the creative process—on topics like colonization, labour, and Indigenous identity. “As far as I’m concerned, Pandemic is doing the most exciting political work in Canadian theatre right now,” says St. Bernard. In the critically acclaimed show, St. Bernard, Jivesh Parasran, and Tom Arthur Davis work partly from the same script, then diverge into radically different world-views. For St. Bernard, the monologue blends history lessons about her Caribbean homeland, the Grenadines and Grenada, with stories of her own family’s experiences of the revolution of 1979 and U.S. invasion of 1983. And the menacing costume piece she wears off the top of The Only Good Indian? “It’s the punch line to every joke,” she says. “It’s what allows us to go on tangents, because you never forget why I’m there. So when I start to tell you about a cruise that my grandmother’s sister went on, the question is how this is going to relate back to the vest.” No doubt: she’ll have your undivided attention.

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A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM (May 19 at the Vancouver Playhouse) Revel in the beauty of Coastal City Ballet’s magical production.

In the news STRATEGY’S FIRST FIXES Early findings by the staff helming Vancouver’s Creative City Strategy have led to some immediate recommendations to city council— especially on the public-art front. So far, the city team has connected with more than 500 people across the cultural sector. It’s identified issues around affordability and the distribution of city funding to the arts. The full strategy is expected to be delivered in early 2019. But for now, staff’s immediate recommendations include launching new public-art initiatives, like an emerging-artists boot camp, and reviewing the public-art program for private developers (which has given rise to works like Gwen Boyle’s New Currents and Ancient Streams for Westbank, shown here) to look at how the city can better support work by Indigenous and local artists. See more at vancouver.ca/creativecitystrategy/. MAY 17 – 24 / 2018 THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT 17


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Left to right, Savannah Walling, Rosemary Georgeson, and Renae Morriseau combined forces to write Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way. David Cooper photo.

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o many threads twine together in the interdisciplinary play Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way that the metaphor of its title could not be more apt. On one hand, it’s the fruition of 15 years of work by Vancouver Moving Theatre in the Downtown Eastside, where different projects—from Story Weaving to the Heart of the City Festival—have thrown light on the urban Indigenous experience. “Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way is the culmination of a journey, the beginning of a journey that’s bigger than us, and a phase of a journey of which we are a part,” says Savannah Walling, the cofounder and artistic director of Vancouver Moving Theatre, interviewed in a Hastings Street coffee shop on break from rehearsal at the nearby Aboriginal Friendship Centre. She’s sitting with cowriter and director Renae Morriseau, who is of Saulteaux-Cree heritage; the two penned Weaving Reconciliation with Coast Salish/Sahtu Dene writer Rosemary Georgeson. Walling adds that the show also weaves in wider events from recent years, from the City of Vancouver’s 2014 recognition of its location on unceded Aboriginal territory to the establishment of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission: “We felt called upon to respond to what was happening.” But, most importantly, the production traces the threads of this city’s diverse Indigenous population’s lived experience—through interviews with elders, youth workshops, the input of First Nations artists on the project, and more. That input coalesces around the story of the Old One (played by Jonathan Fisher), a man struggling with the impact of the residential-school system on his family and the loss of the fishing industry, his ancestral livelihood. Cutting to the heart of the show, Morriseau says: “How do we heal from the impacts from residential school? How do we raise children when we weren’t taught to be parents at residential schools? “Weaving Reconciliation is about one man’s hope and grief and reconciliation with his family and community,” she continues. “It’s about a man trying to reconcile with his

own grief. He wasn’t taught how to be a father, and when he finally got out [of residential school], there was a system that didn’t accept him.” Alongside that story, there is a Trickster (Sam Bob), who plays with and interviews local, unscripted Indigenous youths on-stage. “These are young people who are thriving—language speakers and go-getters and cultural practitioners in their own lives,” Morriseau says, adding that the young voices show hope and resilience in the face of colonization and the ongoing repercussions of residential schools. “We’re creating openings for their voices to come through—a place where they can share who they are and what they’re doing. And that gives us an opportunity to talk about our culture in a good way, rather than the way Canada wants us to.” Throughout, the youths and performers will also play the ancient stick game of slahal, which they’ve learned in workshops preceding the production. The game becomes a larger metaphor for the journey in the play. As the script says, “It can take everything from you/Or give you what you need.…But do we always know what we need?” Ultimately, the team has woven a theatre piece with a structure and process all its own—one that intertwines cultural practices, oral history, and lived experience. “We said, ‘How can we change the shape of a theatrical construct—a Eurocentric construct?’ ” Morriseau says. Preshow weaving demonstrations and postshow talking circles will accompany performances here. Then Weaving Reconciliation will tour to other communities—first the En’owkin Centre in Penticton at the end of the month, then Native Earth Performing Arts in Toronto and Théâtre Cercle Molière in Winnipeg/ St. Boniface in June. At each stop, youths from nearby nations will join the production. “We’re hoping it will inspire other journeys and start other ripples,” Walling says. In other words, the weaving will continue, creating an even bigger fabric that reaches far beyond East Vancouver. Weaving Reconciliation: Our Way runs from Thursday to Saturday (May 17 to 19) and from May 24 to 26 at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre.


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The paper-log house is designed for disaster-relief sites. Lucy Lau photo.

Straight at Offsite. “And there’s this need to kind of conceptualize that, and support and endorse creative work related to this reality.” Originally conceived as emergency shelter for Vietnamese refugees in Kobe, Japan, following a 6.9-magnitude earthquake that struck the area in 1995, Ban’s paper-log house has since been modified by the designer to accommodate earthquake victims in Turkey, Sri Lanka, and beyond. The efficacy of the dwelling lies in its adaptation: in each case, the structure is built according to what materials are readily available at a disaster site with thoughtful consideration of a region’s geography, culture, and traditional construction techniques. In Kobe, for instance, the houses’ bases were composed of beer crates filled with bags of sand; in Bhuj, India, following the Gujarat earthquake of 2001, rubble from collapsed buildings made up the foundations. This malleability makes the piece not only incredibly cost-effective, but swift and easy to assemble—all musts for a city dealing with the aftermath of a crisis. Although not erected in response to a catastrophe, Vancouver’s paper-log house also utilizes local materials. Most notably, Ban trades Offsite: Shigeru Ban is at the Vancoubeer cases for electric-blue milk ver Art Gallery’s Offsite (1100 West crates at Offsite, though, like the Georgia Street) until October 8.

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Intense Wet immerses viewers TH E AT RE WET By David James Brock. Directed by Chelsea Haberlin. An ITSAZOO production. At the Russian Hall on Saturday, May 12. Continues until May 27

To see Wet, we descend from early-summer evening in Strathcona to the basement of the Russian Hall. We turn a corner and suddenly we’re in a long, narrow BAT—a big-ass tent—on a Canadian military base in Afghanistan. You’re first struck by the smell of the plywood that forms the tent’s walls and floor. The sounds of the base— vehicles and men shouting—leak in from “outside”. The audience sits in a single row of chairs on each side of the room and the action begins. This is immersive theatre—more immersive than any virtual-reality experience I’ve tried. There’s no stage because everything is the stage. Wet tells the story of Burns (Genevieve Fleming), a second lieutenant in the Canadian military. We first meet her as she calls home from a base in Afghanistan, teasing her young husband, Michael (Matthew

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MacDonald-Bain). But this Skype call is just a prologue to the play’s main action, where we watch Michael care for a wheelchair-bound, traumatized Burns after her return to Canada. Set designer Jenn Stewart has transmogrified the Russian Hall basement into two finely detailed rooms. After the tent, we stumble down a dark corridor that crashes with the sounds of war into a dank, low-ceilinged basement apartment. The nuances of the claustrophobic design, from the too-

small loveseat to the tattered posters on the wall, tell us so much about this young military couple’s increasingly desperate circumstances. We line the walls of this room, too. Here, our experience of the show becomes even more intense. Voices are raised, weapons are brandished, and there’s an attempted rape, all within arm’s reach of the audience. It’s tough for the actors to have the audience right on top of them but they handle the proximity with courage. Fleming, in particular, was so vulnerable at times that I had to look away. Part of the show’s power is in the way it demands we become clear-eyed witnesses. However, some of the action feels too big for the space. I wonder if director Chelsea Haberlin could have dialled back the clamour. Finding the right ending to a story is, for many writers, the hardest part. This is the case with Wet. David James Brock’s script loses some of its self-assurance in the final minutes. Still, there’s so much to like in Wet—it brims with both fragility and menace. Attendees may need to steel themselves for this R-rated experience, but it’s a rewarding one. > DARREN BAREFOOT

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boids: these are some of the overriding impressions from Ballet BC’s season-closing program last week. The troupe, just back from a smash U.K. and German tour, is as physically honed as it’s ever been—and that could not be more evident from the two muscular feats that bookended this triple bill. The superhuman precision that went into opener Cayetano Soto’s dark and driving Beginning After was on even fuller display this time around than when the piece debuted in 2016. Dressed in black leathermesh body suits, the dancers flickered through the darkness, lunging deeply, swivelling their torsos, and slicing the air with their arms and legs. Soto carved complex movement set to George Frederick Handel’s haunting opera-seria arias. This piece about truth, memory, and dreams let the fiercest, physically strongest dancers show their stuff. Justin Rapaport, in just his second season with the company, set the mood instantly with a powerful opening solo— arms arcing, thrusting, and screwing out from his shoulders. Brandon Alley and Livona Ellis pulled off a punishing, unsettling duet, and Peter Smida folded Kirsten Wicklund’s legs in and out of splits like bendy straws. In the evening’s closer, a remount of Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar’s Bill, which Ballet BC has been honing on the road, the physical prowess played out in an entirely different, raw, and playful way. Dressed in pale body suits so tight they seemed painted on, the dancers committed fearlessly to Eyal’s trademark freak-out solos and pulsing group work set to club beats. Scott Fowler and Alley tapped their inner robo-aliens, creating entire fantasy worlds with their alternately mechanical and reptilian moves. Abdomens and pelvises retract and explode, legs bend into thigh-ripping deep pliés, and the piece builds into a throbbing mass of people, with the occasional individual spazzing out on his own. Don’t let Bill’s oddball moves fool you, though: beneath them, the physical and technical demands are unforgiving. Emily Molnar’s new when you left, then, made a brief but meditative break between these two intense works. It’s set to the haunting vocalizations of the Phoenix Chamber Choir, who conjure a kind of wordless aural magic from the pit. On the dimmed stage, 16 dancers emerge and disappear into the darkness, like the fleeting memories that provided inspiration for the piece. It’s a pleasure to immerse yourself in the otherworldly vocals and strings of Peteris Vasks’s Plainscapes, and to lose yourself in the restless, cycling, searching movement of such a full stage of dancers. Extra credit goes to lighting genius James Proudfoot for enhancing the mood, his lights lowering and raising and scanning the crowd, the way your mind might search for an image or an experience. One of the most successful collaborations Ballet BC’s undertaken, when you left is a reminder of the power of live music with dance. And it’s a power that can sometimes match all the athletic force on-stage. > JANET SMITH

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MOVIES REVIEWS VENUS Starring Debargo Sanyal. Rating unavailable

The pieces that go into Venus have about as

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heels, and skateboards. But director Eisha Marjara makes her culture-crossing family comedy with a transgender twist so light and warm that it all somehow fits together. In the process, the Quebec filmmaker offers a fresh alternative to standard depictions of suffering and isolated trans characters. Sid (Debargo Sanyal) is in the middle of transitioning when she’s approached by Ralph (Jamie Mayers), a 14-year-old who says Sid’s his father. As Sid struggles to come out to coworkers and her traditional South Asian family, the resolutely nonjudgmental Ralph starts to hang at Sid’s apartment. He tries Sid’s gourmet food, engages in impromptu living-room dance sessions, and quickly becomes the samosa-gorging, Ping-Pong–playing son Sid’s “Mamaji” (Vancouver’s Zena Daruwalla)

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Debargo Sanyal (left) is the transitioning Sid, and Jamie Mayers is Ralph, the son she didn’t know she had, in Quebec filmmaker Eisha Marjara’s Venus.

long career, and keeps her working at a time of peril. Eisha Marjara’s light, warm Venus is culture-crossing (She almost retired during Obama’s tenure, but now family comedy that comes with a transgender twist would be replaced by a Scaliaand “Papaji” (London’s Gordon Warnecke) never type reactionary.) Structured around the brief autobiography she had. Complicating this more is that Sid’s on-again closeted boyfriend (Pierre-Yves Cardinal) isn’t read at her own confirmation hearing, the wellpaced movie touches on all that, if only lightly. ready to set up house with a kid. In an artful, slo-mo prologue, Sid describes But it’s also a surprisingly touching love story, her body as being like “a costume you can’t take starting at Harvard, where she met and married off”, but heavy analysis of Sid’s transgender exis- Marty Ginsburg. They pushed and carried each tence sort of ends there. The appeal of Venus is other through school, sickness, parenthood, and that Sid is allowed to simply exist. And while it’s legal eminence from 1956 until his death in 2010. worth discussing whether a cis-gender person Whenever his name comes up, you see a notorishould play someone who’s trans, Sanyal brings a ous twinkle that’s otherwise absent. > KEN EISNER thought-provoking range to Sid. The main character uses sarcasm and a sharp smile to arm herself against judgment, but you can sense the waves DISOBEDIENCE of insecurity and awkwardness that creep up even Starring Rachel Weisz. Rated 14A when she tries to project confidence out in public. A fine cast is humbled by a too-terse script, Thankfully, Venus doesn’t offer up lectures or easy plodding direction, and dull cinematogexplanations for her situation: “I’m his father… mother… I’m working that part out,” Sid says of raphy. In fact, all the intentions on display in Disobedience would seem to be part of a much better her relationship with Ralph. But the key to the movie’s chemistry is Ralph, movie than the finished product turned out to be. Rachel Weisz helped produce the two-hour whom Mayers manages to make wonderfully open and curious. Sid is terrified of what he might think effort, in which she plays Ronit Krushka, a freeto see his biological dad dressed as a woman, but spirited New York City photographer called back to London when her estranged father, the response is a genuine “That’s cool.” On rare occasions, the script feels stilted, and a famous rabbi, dies while giving an impassometimes the gloss and gentle comedy feel more sioned sermon about—what else?—loyalty and like TV. But the characters here are so likable, the free will. The settings are vaguely presented, elements so upbeat, you might forget how trans- probably to heighten the symbolic nature of the gressive its ideas about family and gender really are. characters, and perhaps to underline the uni> JANET SMITH versality of Orthodox communities in different countries. RBG Ronit has been written out of the rabbi’s will, and his life. The late Rav Krushka seemingly A documentary by Julie Cohen and Betsy West. switched his parental guidance to Dovid (cast Rated G standout Alessandro Nivola), a gentle, scholarly In the old days, only the most engaged fellow taken into their household when RonAmericans knew the names and faces of nie was still at home. For a while, you think Supreme Court justices. (And cabinet members, they must have had a thing, but she was actually White House lawyers, and chiefs of staff.) But more attached to Dovid’s new wife, Esti (Rachel now, millions look to identify allies and enemies McAdams). This may have been the reason the during a giant nation’s fast race to the bottom. daughter left in the first place. For this visit, she In the case of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, profiled in stays at their place, which sets off some furithis straightforward doc, there’s also a chance ous tut-tutting from the black-clad, wig-wearing to find some living continuity with the better community. And not without reason, since Esti is parts of the past. pretty sure she doesn’t want Ronit to leave again. Now 85, she’s been on the big bench for 15 Most of the conflict here is self-imposed, as it years. But Ginsburg had several lives before tends to be in repressively fundamentalist socithat, all dedicated to quietly pushing against eties. With men and women so scrupulously segentrenched barriers. The title here, playing on regated in most aspects of life, and so many rules the Notorious B.I.G., nods to her late-life con- to remember, it’s hard for an outsider to see what version to overt feistiness, as seen in her workout the attraction of staying might be—at least in the footage (sweatshirt: “Super Diva”) and low-key hands of Chilean director Sebastián Lelio, workembrace of rap-style fame. ing in English for the first time. Adapting Naomi Having been born at the start of the Great De- Alderman’s semiautobiographical novel, he fashpression, she has been consistently demure, if ioned the script with Rebecca Lenkiewicz, who persistent, in her trailblazing. Only the second also cowrote the Polish-language, convent-set female justice appointed to the Supremes, she Ida, which had a more convincing feel for the tug was one of nine women in a class of 500 men of war between spirit and politics. at Harvard Law School, where she became the Lelio previously had international successes first woman on the Harvard Law Review. This with Gloria and A Fantastic Woman, which won connects her with Barack Obama, just as her last year’s Oscar for best foreign-language film. most despised foe, red-baiter Joseph McCarthy, Both feature very thinly drawn leads who rebel is connected to the current president through against circumstances by smoking a lot and hookhis legal counsel Roy Cohn, Trump’s moral and ing up with strange men in awkward circumpolitical mentor. stances (ah, cursed freedom!), as Ronit does here, The theme of two Americas—one aspira- briefly. This shorthand leaves the actors hanging, tionally democratic, the other crudely authori- and does few favours for Weisz, whose character tarian—runs through the film, but it’s not here is, unusually for her, quite colourless. Some articulated by Ginsburg or interrogated by dir- scenes with McAdams crackle a bit, and then the ectors Julie Cohen and Betsy West. “I tend to movie settles back into a grey, static pallor. be more sober,” the subject admits, and indeed Currently, Lelio is directing a remake of Gloria friends and family members don’t describe with Julianne Moore in the title role. What brand kidding around, or self-revelation, as among of cigarettes do you think she prefers? > KEN EISNER her qualities. But seriousness has centred her

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LU OVER THE WALL Featuring the voice of Michael Sinterniklaas. Rating unavailable

Japan has traditionally drawn its life from

2 the sea, but island living is also fraught

with fears, as the last decade of tsunami, radiation, government failure, and neighbouring disputes has driven home. And that’s not counting the devastation to our environment, the subtextual story behind Lu Over the Wall, an otherwise mostly cheerful exercise in aquatic anime. Unlike most PG–rated export anime, this one really is, you know, for kids. It needs to be seen by unjaded eyes, and even then the almost two-hour length and underwhelming plot may be challenging for some adults. Personally, I enjoyed the big fields of flat colour, giving the movie a more abstract look than most Japanese cartoons, which lean alternately toward the nostalgic or the highly technical. It is harder to relate to the characters, who remain less than two-dimensional. Events nominally centre on moody high-schooler Kai, voiced in the dubbed version by French-born Michael Sinterniklaas, who has been both a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle and a Speed Racer in his time, off-screen and on-. (A subtitled version is also playing here.) Kai is more a balled-up fist than an actual personality, presumably because his mother moved to Tokyo long ago, leaving him with a grouchy grandfather and a dad who’s more like a nagging older brother than a nurturing parent. The mop-haired teen is highly expressive with his laptop Garage Band, however, leading to constant entreaties from schoolmates who want to join musical forces with him. The racially mixed Kunio (Brandon Engman) is into Yuho (Stephanie Sheh), but she likes Kai—not that it matters much to him, or to the movie. It’s more concerned with the merfolk who, legend has it, settled in the harbour of secluded Hinashi Town because of the towering “shadow stone” that protects their waters from the sun’s harmful rays. Anyway, these creatures (spoiler alert!) are real, and highly attracted to music. And one wee mermaid in particular, nicknamed Lu (Christine Marie Cabanos), leaps out and grows legs, the better to attach herself to Kai. She’s a kind of presexual blob, and it’s unclear what all this means, except that the re-emergence of merpeople—including Lu’s father, a giant, Totoro-like shark—triggers the prejudices of Hinashi’s more backward types, including Yuho’s father, a craven politician. In this aspect, the film resembles Wes Anderson’s Japan-set Isle of Dogs. There are mistreated mutts here, too, although they escape and turn into dogfish. I think that’s what happened. > KEN EISNER

KUSAMA: INFINITY A documentary by Heather Lenz. Rated PG

No doubt: this portrait of Japan’s Yayoi Ku-

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lously detailed as her artworks’ dizzying galaxies of polka dots. Yet the eccentric subject remains an enigma to the end—and whether this bothers you may have a lot to do with how easily you can accept the mysteries of her art. If you’ve travelled to Seattle or Toronto in the past year, you’ve likely caught wind of the hype surrounding Kusama’s immersive Infinity Mirrors exhibit. And director Heather Lenz’s complex portrait of the art star fills in the much-needed context behind the masses’ endless Insta selfies with Kusama’s mind-bending works. The most striking revelation is that the Tokyobased octogenarian hasn’t always been famous— not even close. And Lenz, armed with a wealth see next page

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ext Sunday (May 27), in an act of perverse beauty, 12 local filmmakers will premiere their newest short works at the Vancity Theatre, and then ritually destroy them—never to be seen again. Capping the Vancouver International Film Festival’s inaugural Rupture event, Self-Destructive Cinema provides a possibly fiery climax to four days of wild cinematic delights compiled for your pleasure by Altered States programmer Curtis Woloschuk, who knows a thing or two about midnight movies. As he tells the Straight: “It’s my deformed child.” Indeed, if you’ve been keeping an eye on the raves coming out of recent editions of the Sundance, Slamdance, and South by Southwest film festivals,

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then Rupture is probably the most essential thing on your calendar this year, with Ari Aster’s instant horror classic Hereditary the most conspicuous of the nine titles getting their Vancouver premiere. No less impressive: Woloschuk has also scored William Friedkin’s The

Devil and Father Amorth, which sees the veteran filmmaker grappling with a real-life exorcism, along with the latest from Greasy Strangler sleaze auteur Jim Hoskins, An Evening With Beverly Luff Lin, and the Portuguese art-house slasher Forest of Lost Souls. Filmmaker David Lowery will also be on hand to present a Creator Talk about his enigmatic 2017 feature A Ghost Story. It’s with Self-Destructive Cinema, however, that the event really announces itself as the kind of “oldtimey happening” its curator halfjokingly calls for. Woloschuk credits Vancouver filmmaker Julia Hutchings for floating the idea two years ago of a “Not Available Online” film festival. Working together, they’ve induced local notables like Lawrence Le Lam, Cody Brown, and Sophie Jarvis to submit one-night-only works. It’s a poetic way to honour the ephemeral nature of the art form while levelling a blow against the solitary experiences offered by the web. “We plan to have a wake afterwards so people can commiserate, or mourn together, or celebrate the short mayfly lives of these films,” says Woloschuk, adding that they haven’t quite “worked through the exact particulars” of destroying the movies. One team is apparently bent on using an acid bath, but the organizer promises, however it happens, “it’s going to be cinematic.” “I think one of the really enchanting elements about this for us is that we really don’t know what the evening is going to be like,” he says. “Will it be celebratory? Funereal? I don’t know! The filmmakers don’t know either!” The “rules of engagement” are also still being hammered out. As with Dan Savage’s HUMP! Film Festival, cellphones won’t be welcome. “But do we want people to even tweet or talk about or describe what they’ve seen?” ponders the programmer. How about slaughtering the audience on the way out? “No,” insists Woloschuk. “Nobody’s going to die. Everybody makes it out alive. It’s the films that are being sacrificed here.” Rupture takes place at the Vancity Theatre from Thursday to Sunday (May 24 to 27). More information is at www. viff.org/.

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of archival photographs, film, and typewritten letters, details all the sexist, racist forces that stood in her way. Some of the most fascinating material comes at the beginning of Kusama’s life, growing up in a tradition-bound household with a mother who rips up her drawings and holds her paints and papers hostage, all recounted matterof-factly by the artist. From here, Lenz traces the wild artistic journey of Kusama in the heady 1960s and ’70s scene of New York City. To her credit, the director provides space to take in Kusama’s striking work, from room-filling fabric phalluses to dazzling abstract paintings. Leaning heavily to the art-historical, she’s gathered a wealth of art experts to provide context. The main argument here is that Kusama’s radical ideas were often borrowed by male colleagues (including Andy Warhol) who went on to fame and fortune while she languished in poverty. It was quite literally enough to drive her mad. Lenz finds Kusama today ensconced in a Tokyo studio just down the street from the psychiatric hospital where she lives, working feverishly at her drawing table and sporting wild polka-dot dresses to match her scarlet and fuchsia wigs. What we understand is she’s a severely driven woman with boundless stores of creativity; she sometimes leaves this plane of reality as she works; and the infinite has special meaning to a woman who’s attempted suicide twice. We know all this, all the facts of her life, but she feels unreachable—as unknowable as the universes she depicts.

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The little things There are some things that restore and affirm my faith in the potential of humanity, and our overall basic goodness. One of these is that there are other people in my building who clean out the lint trap in the dryer after they use the machine. I am far from the only one. The little things...

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Skytrain Dancing I saw a girl subtly dancing on the skytrain this morning and it was the best thing I’ve seen in ages. She was beautiful and confidant and fun. Made my day.

Bye I have to fire someone tomorrow. It sucks. Right now, I’m really calm, telling myself it’s just part of the job but I know tonight, I’m going to have trouble sleeping and I’ll have an upset stomach pretty much all day tomorrow. I guess it’s good to know this job hasn’t robbed me of all my empathy.

Oh, grow up!! When you use hipster or snowflake in a sentence you completely discredit yourself and look like a miserable bitter old person who can’t sustain a grown-up conversation about anything without railing against your petty childish grudges.

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of the immigrant musician is a sad one, a tragic tale of leaving friends and family and native tongue behind, of venturing out into the unknown and—if the performer in question hails from warmer climes—of dealing with the harsh realities of the Canadian winter. That’s not the story Alex Cuba wants told. Yes, there are probably things that the singersongwriter, born Alexis Puentes, regrets leaving behind on the shores of the Caribbean island that gave him his stage name, but his is not a story of loss. “For me, it’s been a story of gaining,” he stresses, checking in on his cellphone from the northern B.C. community of Smithers, where he’s lived for the past 15 years. “I became a singer-songwriter, a producer, a musician in Canada. Canada has given me an identity, as funny as it can sound. I know to many Canadians it’s mind-blowing to hear that somebody who came from Cuba needed to find an identity; some people can’t put those two things together. “I’ve seen a lot of interviews with immigrants that focus only on loss, you know, omitting the Canadian side,” he continues. “But my story is a little bit different, and I hope people will get that, because I am incredibly proud to talk about my

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Singer-songwriter and producer Alex Cuba—born Alexis Puentes—says Canada shaped his identity and is where he learned to become the musician he is.

acclaim. His most recent LP, Lo Único Constante, garnered the energetic musician his third Grammy nomination, Alex Cuba loves everything about his adopted and he’s starting to take homeland—including Canadian winters, it seems his music into terrain Canadian side, what I’ve done here.…Because my where he’s likely to find an even larger and more music was made in Canada. No Latin artist in the enthusiastic audience—a case in point being Latin world can sound like me, because they don’t this spring’s Carnaval tour, in which he’ll join have this Canadian side that I have. They don’t forces with the highly political, Kansas City– have the situations, the inspirations, et cetera, that based Latin rock band Making Movies for a serI have found in this country. For me, it’s been a ies of dates across North America. “I met them a few years ago,” he says of Makhuge, positive story, and it’s too sad, sometimes, when people just want to hear the sad things. ing Movies, the headlining act. “I was playing a I understand where that comes from, but come show in Chicago, I think it was, and they were on, man! We choose to live in the present time, opening the show, and then we played together last year—in Vienna, I think it was—and we reand we are going to talk happily.” The biggest challenge with life in Canada, for connected. It’s purely based on that musical conCuba, was realizing that this is, as he says, “a gui- nection: they love what I do, and I think what tar culture”. That prompted him to add electric they do is something very good, musically. So, instruments to the Spanish-style nylon-string pre- yes, that’s what brings us together. “We’re going to be performing for a lot of ferred in the Caribbean, and to adopt more of a narrative voice, in line with the Canadian song- people that understand Spanish, that understand writing tradition of Gordon Lightfoot, Joni Mitch- the power of my words,” he continues. “This has been happening for me in Mexico, as well. I’ve ell, Bruce Cockburn, and the Tragically Hip. “In Cuba,” he explains, “sometimes it’s all about been playing solo shows down there; the last one the rhythm; it’s all about making you move, phys- I did, I played for 2,000 people on my own, and ically. But Canada, it’s different. It’s about making it was unbelievable—all those people singing my you move mentally, maybe making you move spirit- songs. I felt like a kid, you know? Like I wanted ually. You know what I mean? That inspired me to to play nonstop for four hours. It was beautiful!” While you’d expect that the warmth of that recepcreate that way, to incorporate that into my music— to pay more attention to the way I craft my music, tion might have Cuba thinking of pulling up stakes my melodies, how many instruments I have on an yet again, the singer-guitarist says that he remains album, et cetera, et cetera. It has given me a sound.” committed to wintering in Smithers. “This year was If Cuba sounds like a cheerleader for Canada, hard and cold and we had to shovel our roof—that’s Canada has also been cheering for him. His six how much snow we got,” he admits, laughing. “But solo albums have, between them, won two Juno normally, I’m completely adjusted. I love jumping awards and four nominations—and that, in in the hot tub in the winter and then rolling in the turn, has propelled him to greater international snow, and sometimes I just lie in the snow to see how

long I can stay there before having to jump back into the hot tub. “It’s fun!” he adds—and fun doesn’t get much more Canadian than that. Carnaval, featuring Making Movies and Alex Cuba, comes to the Biltmore Cabaret on Friday (May 18).

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On the madness of modern life, as reflected in his new video for “El Día de Hoy”: “I’m interested in writing about the times that we’re living in. There’s a lot to say about it, and I think there’s an immense amount of ways we can be doing it. I’m inspired, let’s put it this way, by the times that we’re living in, when there seems to be so many things happening at the same time. We’re maybe losing perspective on what is real and what isn’t—or maybe we never had it, but these times are more than ever putting us into that position, I think.” On the “We are all immigrants” premise of Making Movies’ Carnaval tour: “I think that is, in principle, why I accepted to join the tour. It’s very meaningful; it’s pretty much reflecting what the times are. And so it’s a tour of unity.” On his annual midwinter tour of the Prairies: “You know why we do it? We do it because we need to play music for those Canadians who do not run away to Mexico.”

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founders Carlotta Cosials and Ana García Perrote to look up to when they started playing music in Madrid. As much as Spain loves its garage acts, the country isn’t exactly famous for producing wildly popular rock ’n’ roll bands. Reached on a cellphone at a Cleveland tour stop, Cosials says the groups that do find some measure of success tend to be made up of men, often well into their 30s. That’s hardly super inspiring when you’re a woman looking to form a band. So the very act of putting together an all-female unit trafficking in abrasive indie rawk was somewhat revolutionary in Spain when Cosials and Perrote eventually hooked up with bassist Ade Martín and drummer Amber Grimbergen at the beginning of the decade. And even though Hinds is now firmly established as one of the country’s great DIY exports, the group is still changing the landscape as it releases its sophomore full-length, I Don’t Run. “When we started, Spain had zero girls playing this kind of music,” Cosials says in charmingly accented English. “We were the only ones, and we were breaking borders. It was like everything

For the women of Hinds, making it in their native country was a challenge, given that most rock bands in Spain are made up of men in their 30s.

Hinds did was making history for Spain. It was kind of fucking nuts.” Hinds started out as Deers, but was eventually forced into a name change when Montreal outfit the Dears threatened legal action. That story got the quartet plenty of exposure internationally before it had even recorded a full-length, early singles then talked up by outlets like NME and the Guardian. A 2016 debut LP, Leave Me Alone, suggested a major love of the bands that spearheaded the fabled New York rawk revival of the ’00s. And just as bands like the Strokes and Yeah Yeah Yeahs had to win over England to get a break at home,

the members of Hinds didn’t really taste success in Spain until they’d built a fan base abroad. Raves not only in the U.K. but also at the 2016 edition of SXSW would prove invaluable. “In Spain, you don’t expect to travel and tour the world,” Cosials says. “In Spain, you expect to be big only in Spain. So it was never a big dream for us to go abroad and play, but when it happened we couldn’t believe that we did it. We never expected that people would love us and appreciate us in so many different cities. But that’s what happened. “Right now in Spain we are so much bigger than we ever dreamed,”

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she continues. “This second album especially has really made a change on our career. People now respect us so much, and are so proud that we are travelling and playing all over the world, and telling people how cool Madrid is. It wasn’t like that when we started out.” I Don’t Run finds Hinds both confirming its love of revivalists like the Strokes, and moving its blend of indie rock and garage forward—a sign that the group has started to transcend its influences. Produced by Gordon Raphael (who helmed the Strokes’ classic Is This It), the album serves up everything from distortion-frazzled college rock (“The Club”) to turbocharged indie soul (“Soberland”) to barbed-wire pop (“Rookie”). Just as notable is the way that Hinds has got more daring—which is to say personal—with its writing on I Don’t Run. Take the THC–dosed new-waver “Tester”, where lines like “Why did you have to kiss me after sex?” and “Why did you have to lie to my face?” are punctuated repeatedly by the question “Should I’ve known before, you were also banging her?” “In the beginning,” Cosials recalls, “when it was Ana and me, we’d find ourselves going, ‘Where are all the rock ’n’ roll lyrics written by women? I want to scream things about freedom

and love and feeling lost and needing my friends, but I want to find songs about that stuff written by a girl.’ Not sung by a girl, but written by a girl, because 90 percent of the songs you hear on the radio aren’t. It was like, ‘Someone is missing out reaching half of the population—I wanna be represented.’ ” Mission accomplished not only for Hinds with I Don’t Run, but also for a new generation of rock fans in Spain. The singer might have had trouble finding homegrown role models, but that’s not the case for the kids coming up behind Hinds. “The first time I picked up a guitar, it was with Ana,” Cosials says. “I’d played violin and drums before, but not very good, to be honest. We had boyfriends in a band, but playing music was always something we watched instead of actually doing it. When we broke up with them and picked up guitars, we completely fell in love with the sensation of playing music. We were considered quite revolutionary when we started, but even over four years I see quite a difference. Girls come up to us and say, ‘You showed me I could play in a band.’ And that’s awesome.” Hinds plays the Biltmore Cabaret on Monday (May 21).

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avage Love Live at Denver’s Oriental Theater last week was epic. I fielded sex questions in front of a sold-out crowd, singer-songwriter Rachel Lark performed amazing new songs, comedian Elise Kerns absolutely killed it, and Tye—a token straight guy plucked at random from the audience—joined us on-stage and gave some pretty great sex advice! We couldn’t get to all the audience questions during the show, so I’m going to race through as many unanswered questions as I can in this week’s column…

You’ve famously said, “Oral

comes standard.” How long before anal comes standard? How does a week from next Tuesday grab you?

I enjoyed a

great sex life with many kinky adventures until my husband died suddenly two years ago. I have insurance $$$ and a house to sell and a dream of using the proceeds to become a sex-positive therapist. Crazy idea? Or something the world needs more of? Judging by how many people tell me they’re having a hard time finding sex-positive, kink-positive, openpositive, and poly-positive therapists, I would definitely fi le “sex-positive therapist” under “world needs more of”. Chase that dream!

How do you

introduce your inexperienced-but-willing-to-try partner to BDSM? By starting a two-person book club. Order Playing Well With Others: Your

> BY DAN SAVAGE

they’ve been socialized to defer to men. There’s evidence of that in your question: you want to navigate this problem—the problem being a selfi sh boyfriend who doesn’t care enough about you to prioritize your pleasure and has taken cover behind the orgasm gap—but you want to spare his ego in the process. Fuck his precious ego. Tell him what you want and show him what it takes to get you off. If he refuses to do his What resources are avail- part to close the orgasm gap in your able—which do you recommend—to apartment, show him the door. share with my male partner so he can improve (learn) oral sex? (Girl How do you prioritize sex with your partner when life gets so busy oral sex!) and masturbation is so much easier? Two more book recommendations: My fiancé is down for quickies someThe Ultimate Guide to Cunnilingus: times but not always. How to Go Down on a Woman and Give Her Exquisite Pleasure, by Vio- Forgive my tautology, but you priorilet Blue; and She Comes First: The tize sex by prioritizing sex. SchedThinking Man’s Guide to Pleasuring a uled sex can be awesome sex—and when you’re truly pressed for time, Woman, by Ian Kerner. you can always masturbate together. My boyfriend told me that women orgasm only 60 percent of How do I come out to my family the time compared to men. I said I as a stripper? I’ve been dancing for want orgasm equity. How do I navi- more than two years and don’t plan gate his pansy-assed male ego to fi nd to stop. Some of my family members are biased against sex workers, but a solution? I’m tired of keeping up the façade (I The orgasm gap—91 percent of told them I’m a bartender). men reported climaxing in their last opposite-sex sexual encounter It’s a catch-22: people are afraid to compared to 64 percent of women come out to their closed-minded (National Survey of Sexual Health families as queer or poly or sex workand Behavior)—doesn’t exist for ers or atheists, but close-minded lesbians and bi women in same-sex families typically don’t open their relationships. So the problem isn’t minds until after their queer or poly women and their elusive orgasms, or sex-working or nonbelieving kids it’s men and their lazy-ass bullshit. come out to them. To open their A contributing factor is that women minds, you’ll have to risk blowing often have a hard time advocat- them first. Tell them your truth and ing for their own pleasure because stand your ground. Field Guide to Discovering, Exploring, and Navigating the Kink, Leather, and BDSM Communities, by Lee Harrington and Mollena Williams; The Ultimate Guide to Kink: BDSM, Role Play, and the Erotic Edge, edited by Tristan Taormino; and SM 101: A Realistic Introduction, by Jay Wiseman. Read and discuss, and discuss some more—and when you’re ready to start playing, take it slow!

I keep having sex dreams about Yep. As tempting as it might be to Kanye West. What does that mean? hold on to his stuff or trash it, that just keeps this drama alive. If you You’re Mike Pence. keep his stuff, he’ll keep after you for it. If you trash his stuff, you’ll Am I doing society a disser- have to worry about the situation vice by dating an international drug escalating. If you want him out dealer? of your life and out of your head, put his crap in a bag, set it on your A sexually frustrated international porch or leave it with a neutral drug dealer is arguably more dan- third party, and tell him when he gerous than a sexually satisfied inter- can swing by and get it. national drug dealer—so you may be How clean should a bottom doing society a service. be? A little bit of shit is kinda exCan I want to be monogamous pected, isn’t it? I mean, you are fuckwithout any reasoning? My boy- ing an ass, right? friend would probs be in an open relationship, but I’m not interested for My expectations for sterling silver, no reason in particular. crystal stemware, and fuckable ass are the same: I want it sparkling. Speaking with a low-information Zooming out: One doesn’t have voter is frustrating because they anal sex with an ass full of shit for can’t tell you why they voted for the same reason one doesn’t have someone; speaking with a low-infor- oral sex with a mouth full of food— mation fucker—someone who can’t it’s going to make a mess. Making tell you why they’re doing/screwing sure your mouth is empty is easy, what they’re doing/screwing—is just of course, but it’s not that difficult as frustrating. It’s even more frus- to empty or clean out an ass. Also, trating when the low-information/ a good, fibre-rich diet empties and low-self-awareness fucker happens cleans out the ass naturally. Yes, to be the person you’re fucking. It’s you are fucking an ass, that’s true, fine to want what you want—because and shit sometimes happens. The of course it is—but unless you’re in- top shouldn’t poop-shame the terested only in solo sex, you need to bottom when it does happen, and be able to share your reasons. the bottom doesn’t need to have a meltdown. It just means you need I dated a guy who said he was to pivot to some other sexual activin an open relationship. We started ity—after a quick cleanup restores working together on a podcast. I got the sparkle. irritated because after two months he never did any preliminary research. On the Lovecast : a study of lethal When I pointed that out, he deleted asphyxiation. Spoiler: don’t do it. all our work and blocked me on FB. Listen at savagelovecast.com. Email: Now he’s asking for some stuff he left mail@savagelove.net. Follow Dan on Twitter @fakedansavage. ITMFA.org. at my place. Do I give it back?

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