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Like the city it examines, Charles Wilkinson’s housing crisis doc Vancouver: No Fixed Address ravishes the eye while it’s busy breaking your heart.
admirably balanced POV as it looks at the various solutions adopted by Vancouverites who have been priced out of the market in their own city. But it also makes the basic assumption that our homes have been converted into speculative instruments for the rich. UBC geography prof David Ley speaks of the “irrefutable” impact of offshore money, while David Suzuki reminds us that “world class”—that distinctly pathological ambition of ours—is really a weasel term meaning “corporate agenda”. Investigative journalist Sam Cooper is the most blunt, arguing that the city consciously busies itself building “a bunch of stocks in the sky.” “Maybe I shouldn’t say this,” he says in one of the film’s bigger bombshells, “but a former city planner who is no longer under the thumb of the government told me that 90 percent of condo units in Vancouver are bought by investors. It’s a big number, yeah.” “I thought Sam Cooper and Sandy Garossino, they certainly nailed the big picture. Our interviews with them just chilled me to the bone,” says Wilkinson, who adds rather ominously that he was most haunted by information that he couldn’t include in the film. “Some of this stuff is so fucking dark. It’s more dark than you even want to know. Like Sam said at one point, people look at Vancouver and they see this beautiful, glittering paradise of a clean place, and they don’t realize that, like in the opening of Blue Velvet, when the guy falls
down and has a heart attack on the grass and the camera goes tracking down and under the surface, there’s all this dark, evil, black stuff. He said: ‘That’s Vancouver.’ ” That’s also a whole other film. “The kind of film where you wake up with two broken legs at the bottom of the ocean,” quips Wilkinson, who acknowledges that we’re on the bleeding edge of a worldwide problem, with Vancouver occupying one of the favoured tables in the highly exclusive (and somewhat crooked) global economic casino. If that’s enough to plunge anyone into despair, Vancouver: No Fixed Address somehow remains an amazingly bright and engaging piece of work. Maybe because its director isn’t ready to give up on his city’s future. “We could all remain so scared that we keep voting for the money politicians and say, like so many of my friends, ‘Well, we’re doomed, so let’s keep partying,’ ” Wilkinson says. Or, he adds, we could actually fight to repair a broken social contract. “Marching, writing letters, taking part in the democratic process in the way that my parents’ generation did. If people do that,” the filmmaker offers, “then we can turn this thing around.” Panel discussions featuring Charles Wilkinson, housing critics, and cast members have been confirmed for the Friday (May 19) and May 25 screenings of Vancouver: No Fixed Address. For movie reviews, go to page 27
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Zoning Incentives for fo Character Home Retention Join us at an open house to review the proposed incentives and draft design guidelines for retaining pre-1940 character homes and introduce new housing types in single-family (RS) zones across the city. City staff will be on hand to answer questions and receive your feedback. Saturday, May 27, 2017, 11 am – 2 pm Oakridge Centre Auditorium 650 West 41st Avenue (access from west entrance, adjacent to Oakridge Seniors’ Centre)
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veryone has their own version of Vancouver. For Charles Wilkinson, the madness that so visibly and famously seized our housing market during the past few years actually began at least three decades ago. “Expo pissed me off so much,” says the filmmaker, who fled the city for Deep Cove in 1986. “I remember thinking, ‘You’re partying with money you don’t have. This is a terrible idea.’ And, as it turns out, it was a terrible idea.” He’s a little more circumspect with his own opinions in Vancouver: No Fixed Address, which begins an unprecedented three-week run at the Vancity Theatre on Friday (May 19). Rather, Wilkinson manages to juggle virtually everybody else’s Vancouver story inside the ravishingly shot feature-length doc, hitting all the various perspectives you’d expect from, among others, new immigrants interviewed on stunning West Vancouver patios, millennials sharing a tiny East Side property, and one beach-dwelling 67-year-old who you’d never take for homeless. The common thread here is a housing market inflated beyond all reason by Vancouver’s desirability not only to humans who happen to admire the air quality but also to liquid capital— a situation interpreted in the film to greater or lesser degrees of credibility by pundits like Sandy Garossino, economist Fayyaz Alimohamed, and “condo king” Bob Rennie. Anybody who has lived through the city’s phenomenal transformation from sleepy lotusland to globalist’s wet dream will feast on what Wilkinson has assembled here, and his timing with the project is miraculous. It is also, he points out, “the natural sequel” to a trio of environmentally minded docs that climaxed last year with his multiple-award-winning Haida Gwaii: On the Edge of the World. “I woke up one morning and realized that this was actually my environment,” he explains during a call to the Georgia Straight. “This is where I live, and it’s under threat from extraordinary commercial overexploitation.” With Haida Gwaii, Wilkinson tipped his hand a little, gently urging viewers to disengage from a lifestyle so steeped in consumerism that we’ve become largely blind to it. Vancouver: No Fixed Address strikes an
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Our Social Fabric gives textiles a second life These days, OSF operates from a dedicated storefront in Strathcona, ccording to a report by where experienced and amateur sewValue Village, the average ers alike regularly flock to score deals North American disposes on high-quality textiles. Past sales of 81 pounds of textiles have included cotton bamboo, silk, every year. So imagine the amount of merino wool, and denim. Technical, fabrics, supplies, and materials that go upholstery, and drapery fabrics are to waste in garment-production facili- also available, as well as supplies such ties where, in the age of fast fashion, as zippers and cone thread. seasonal collections are pumped out Many of the items are brandat record speeds new but may Green Living and trends are be deemed “unas plentiful as usable” by variPresented by they are fleeting. ous industries It’s a problem because they’re that has, unfrom a previous doubtedly, conseason or perhaps tributed to the textile sector’s label as were shipped in the wrong colour. one of the most polluting industries “There’s not necessarily anything in the world. In Vancouver, how- wrong with the fabric,” Smith exever, one volunteer-driven group has plains. “It just no longer works in the been combating local textile waste manufacturing plant or wherever for years—long before recycling and it’s from.” thrift ing were considered cool. Fabrics are sold at 10 to 20 percent Since 2009, Our Social Fabric has of the original retail price, with few been collecting unused cloth from materials exceeding $10 per metre. local designers and garment manu- “Everyone who walks in is very facturers and selling them to stu- happy,” Smith adds. “They’re local dents, eager craftspeople, and every- designers; they’re grandmas sewday sewers at rock-bottom prices. ing for their grandchildren. They’re The nonprofit has grown exponen- crafters; they’re people looking for tially since then and now stocks do- fabric to make costumes.” nations from fi lm and theatre sets, All of the proceeds from OSF’s estate closures, and more. sales help pay the nonprofit’s rent, Carol Smith, a long-time vol- utilities, and other expenses. A unteer and now board member at number of board members and OSF, recalls stumbling upon one volunteers also craft blankets from of the organization’s monthly sales the unused textiles to distribute in 2011. At that time, the event was to folks living in the Downtown running out of a small storage locker Eastside. In addition, Smith says in East Vancouver. “I thought it was that she and the other board mema fantastic opportunity to take fab- bers are working on establishing ric that would otherwise have gone a scholarship for eco-minded stuinto the garbage or dump and put dent designers. it back in the hands of people who “That’s one way we’re trying were excited about doing something to help local designers or anyone with unwanted fabrics,” she tells the who’s looking to become a designer Georgia Straight by phone. in the garment industry or fashion > BY L UC Y LA U
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Local sewers flock to the nonprofit’s monthly sales to score deals on fabrics saved from the landfill. Photo Rod Raglin.
industry,” she says. “We’d like to support people who have upcycling and recycling as their main focus.” OSF’s next sale takes place on Tuesday (May 23), from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 340–1275 Venables Street. First timers should arrive early, as
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Despite winning prestigious awards, Jillian Tamaki’s work has wound up at the top of an American Library Association list of titles accused of being “offensive”.
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n April, the American Library Association released its annual list of the books most often challenged in the United States. Topping that list was This One Summer, a Canadian graphic novel about two preteen girls vacationing in Ontario’s cottage country. The book earned a number of prestigious citations—including a Caldecott Honor and the 2015 Eisner Award for best graphic novel—but its unflinching look at adolescence didn’t sit well with everyone. Libraries in Florida and Minnesota pulled the book off their shelves after parents complained about its mature themes. Of the 10 titles on the ALA’s list, half have “LGBT content” listed as a factor in their having been challenged; “sex education” and “offensive political viewpoint” are among the other reasons. Considering where these challenges have taken place— it’s a roughly even split between schools and public libraries—when a book does get removed, it might as well no longer exist as far as its intended readership is concerned. “When you talk about a challenge, you’re talking about access to an audience that might not be able to buy books, or they’re kids,” says Toronto-based illustrator Jillian Tamaki, who created This One Summer with her cousin, author Mariko Tamaki. “They don’t know who you are, you know? They’re not following your Twitter feed. It’s a different kind of interfacing with your work. If they’re denied access to it, you’re getting cut off from an institution, and by default a larger group of people.” The undaunted Tamaki is currently at work on a children’s book, due out next spring. She’s also hitting the road to promote her most recent graphic novel, Boundless, which will be published on May 30 by Montreal’s Drawn & Quarterly. A collection of stories—some new, some published previously—Boundless explores themes of consciousness and identity, of individuality and community. The central character of “1.Jenny”, for instance, compulsively follows a copy of herself that appears on a mirror version of Facebook. The duplicate Jenny’s life starts to diverge from that of the original, who watches it unfold with a mixture of obsession, annoyance, envy, and, finally, schadenfreude. “I am extremely fascinated by the curation that happens online,” Tamaki says. “The way one curates one’s feed speaks so much to the hopes and dreams, aspirations, and desires of an individual. I had just moved away from New York, where I had lived for 10 years, so all my closest friends, their main contact with me was through Instagram and stuff. I was just so
aware of the image I was trying to present, which was of being okay, and being happy, and being fascinated by my environment. I think I was those things, but it was definitely a message. All of that was messaging. “So, what if the message was to oneself? What would be revealed in that person that’s receiving the message? And it wasn’t pretty. She [Jenny] has a very ugly reaction to what she sees, which was somebody else’s happiness—which is not a very flattering thing. And you’re never supposed to show what’s unflattering on social media.” Tamaki goes decidely more lowtech in the book’s title story, eavesdropping on the inner monologues of various small living things, including a spider and a bird. Their feelings—from existential dread to a sense of literally boundless freedom—are rooted in human emotion, making these creatures tiny stand-ins for people. The philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein wrote, “If a lion could talk, we could not understand him.” For her part, Tamaki doesn’t pretend to know what’s going on inside the mind of a squirrel. “We have a hard enough time trying to understand different cultures,” she says. “I’ve only travelled in Asia as an adult, but I was just aware, especially in Japan, ‘I’m, like, breaking rules I don’t even know exist.’ You know what I mean? I’m not even aware of them. They’re just there and I don’t even perceive them. I think that that story is about perception, and navigation, perhaps, and trying to imagine the different ways that we all sort of navigate through the world—and they’re kind of unknowable to people outside of yourself or your group or whatever.” Given her fascination with the interactions between our internal and external selves, you might well wonder if Tamaki believes in the soul, that intangible, incorporeal spark that allegedly separates a living being from a lump of clay. “How would you ever be able to definitively know?” she asks. “The only logical stance I feel I can take is to say I don’t know. I don’t think that our society says ‘I don’t know’ enough. We feel like we always have to have an opinion and have a definitive answer or be educated on a topic, when you actually can just say ‘I don’t know.’ ” That’s a stance that thin-skinned parents who find copies of This One Summer in their local public libraries would be well-advised to adopt. Jillian Tamaki appears at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch on Wednesday (May 24), along with fellow cartoonist Guy Delisle, as part of the Vancouver Writers Fest’s Incite series.
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2ONGOING MOM’S THE WORD 3: NEST 1/2 EMPTY Mom’s the Word Collective presents the story of a group of moms whose kids have grown, whose marriages have evolved, and whose bodies are backfiring. To May 27, Granville Island Stage (1585 Johnston, Granville Island). Tix from $29, info www.artsclub.com/. CIRCLE GAME: REIMAGINING THE MUSIC OF JONI MITCHELL The music of Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell is reimagined in a musical experience conceived and directed by Vancouver’s Andrew Cohen and Anna Kuman. To May 20, Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova). Tix from $23, info www.firehallartscentre. ca/onstage/circle-game/. A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Patrick Street Productions presents Stephen Sondheim’s Broadway-style musical about mismatched couples. To May 21, Anvil Centre (777 Columbia St., New Westminster). Tix $21.50-35.50, info www. patrickstreetproductions.com/.
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MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET The Arts Club Theatre Company presents a jukebox musical inspired by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins. Directed by Bill Millerd. Book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux. To Jul 9, Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage (2750 Granville). Tix from $29, info www.artsclub.com/.
DANCE 2THIS WEEK GISELLE Coastal City Ballet presents Irene Schneider’s timeless exploration of the redemptive power of love, with score by Adolphe Adam. May 19, 8 pm, Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton). Tix from $19.95, info www.coastalcityballet. com/performances.html.
MUSIC 2THIS WEEK VANCOUVER OPERA FESTIVAL Celebration of opera features a new production of The Marriage of Figaro. To May 18, Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton). Info www.vancouveroperafestival.ca/. ELVIRA MADIGAN: JONATHAN BISS PLAYS MOZART Alexandre Bloch conducts pianist Jonathan Biss and the VSO in a program of Schumann’s Manfred: Overture, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major, and Haydn’s Symphony No. 92 in G Major, Oxford. May 19-20, 8 pm, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Rd., UBC). The event also runs May 21, 2 pm, at the Bell Performing Arts Centre, info 604-8763434, www.vancouversymphony.ca/. SWEET AIR William Rowson conducts the VSO in a program of David Lang’s Sweet Air, Marcus Goddard’s Voices Rising, Jocelyn Morlock’s Icarus, landing, Keith Hamel’s Dreamer, and Andy Akiho’s Speaking Tree. May 20, 7:30 pm, Orpheum Annex (823 Seymour). Info www.vancouversymphony.ca/.
PAN-PACIFIC PROGRAM Tensions are mounting in the South China Sea, but here in Vancouver it’s all smiles as Taiwanese, Chinese, and Canadian musicians join forces for Silk Bamboo and Maple. The annual festival, produced by the B.C. Chinese Music Association, takes place at various Vancouver and Richmond locations this week, ending with a pair of concerts at the Vancouver Playhouse on Saturday and Sunday (May 20 and 21). Chih-Sheng Chen (shown here), a Vancouver favourite for his local appearances with Taiwan’s Little Giant Chinese Chamber Orchestra, will join resident conductor Peggy Hua on the podium, leading a large ensemble through works by an intercultural cast of composers, including Mark Armanini, Owen Underhill, and ruan virtuoso Zhimin Yu. For more information, visit www.bccma.net/.
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COMEDY 2ONGOING 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. 2JONATHAN BAUM May 18-20 2RICHARD LETT May 25-27 THE COMEDY MIX 1015 Burrard, 604-6845050, 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. 2CHRIS JAMES May 18-20 2RICH VOS May 25-27 VANCOUVER THEATRESPORTS LEAGUE Some of the world’s most daring and innovative improv. #NoFilter (Thu, 9:15 pm); Firecracker! (Wed, 9:15 pm); Ok Tinder (Fri and Sat, 11:15 pm); Rookie Night (Sun, 7:30 pm); TheatreSports (Wed, 7:30 pm; Fri and Sat, 9:30 pm); Western World (Thu, Fri, and Sat, 7:30 pm). May 17-24, The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau, Granville Island). Info www.vtsl.com/.
2THIS WEEK COMEDY ON WHEELS Communitybased performance celebrates Canada’s birthday with performances by Tanyalee Davis and a crew of cast members. May 18-20, 8 pm, Performance Works (1218 Cartwright, Granville Island). Tix from $20, info www.realwheels.ca/. FRED ARMISEN American actor, comedian, voice artist, screenwriter, producer, singer, and musician. May 20, doors 8 pm, show 9 pm, Commodore Ballroom (868 Granville). Tix $40 (plus service charges and fees) at www.livenation.com/.
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2THIS WEEK BETWEEN WORLDS: THE MOTH IN VANCOUVER Performance by the nonprofit organization dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. May 20, doors 7 pm, show 8 pm, Vogue Theatre (918 Granville). Tix $45 (plus service charges and fees) at www.livenation.com/.
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GALLERIES VANCOUVER ART GALLERY 750 Hornby, 604-662-4719, www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/. 2PACIFIC CROSSINGS (works from wellknown Hong Kong artists created after their relocation to Vancouver throughout the 1960-90s) to May 28
MUSEUMS THE MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY AT UBC 6393 NW Marine Drive, 604-822-5087, www.moa.ubc.ca/. 2AMAZONIA: THE RIGHTS OF NATURE (Amazonian basketry, textiles, carvings, feather works, and ceramics both of everyday and of ceremonial use, representing indigenous, Maroon, and white settler communities) to Jan 28
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Victoria Day going strong from early the show. One way or another, Victo late. Tuesday/Wednesday calls for toria Day keeps you going from start arking the midpoint of the soft touch. to finish. Tuesday is ideal for a date a one-year (plus) colnight, a talk, or for going easy on it. ARIES laboration of Saturn in March 20â€“April 20 CANCER Sagittarius trine Uranus If you arenâ€™t there already, June 21â€“July 22 in Aries, Thursday delivers the second If itâ€™s not doing the trick, of three exact alignments (December you are very close. Thursdayâ€™s Sat24, 2016; May 18 and November 11, urn/Uranus puts an important event, why keep going? This is not a time 2017). This time-it-right duo will also goal, or next phase well within sight. to stick with same old, same old. continue to open doors for each other Fridayâ€™s Venus/Jupiter helps you Entertain or embrace something make excellent strides with some- new and the stars will roll it out through a good portion of 2018. Saturn in Sagittarius makes the one or something. Financial, profes- for you. Thursdayâ€™s Saturn/Uranus shaping and defining of the future sional, social, or romantic, a poten- is especially lucrative for a fresh its top priority. Shake-rattle-and-roll tial now shows excellent prospect. launch or further exploration. FriUranus in Aries, a risk taker and an Make full use of your weekend. Itâ€™ll day, the appearance or presentation invention genius, is great at kick- shape up quite beautifully, especially counts. Spend to make yourself or starting a new reality. There is no through Monday. Tuesday/Wednes- it look good. Monday to Wednesday, stay creative. better time than right now to hit the day calls for creative thinking. ground running. Try your luck and TAURUS LEO see what you can rustle up, or watch April 20â€“May 21 July 22â€“August 23 for the out-of-the-blue to deliver. Donâ€™t resist, give in to the Itâ€™s all good news. Your Venus in Aries, the money and relationship planet, has been on the kar- process or the reality. You stand to stars are in excellent shape over the mic clock since the start of the year gain more than you know. Progres- next couple of days. Saturn/Uratoo. As of Friday, Venus is finally out sively, you are developing a better nus and Venus/Jupiter are great of the shadow of her recent retrograde awareness of what tomorrow re- confidence-building transits. They cycle and shines her light for Jupiter quires of you and what it can deliver. are ideal for travel, socializing, and in Libraâ€™s appreciation (opposition Thursdayâ€™s Saturn/Uranus and Fri- loading up on pleasure wherever you aspect). Aiming for a win-win, these dayâ€™s Venus/Jupiter enhance job and aim. Gemini month, starting Saturtwo gratification seekers plan to make work-it-out prospects. They also set day, prompts a fresh idea, plan, or the most of the moment. The transit up a fun, productive, or profitable infusion. Victoria Day keeps you/it can set a lucrative, social, or romantic weekend. Tuesday/Wednesday, go, going great guns. do, talk; your stars are optimized. launch to the long weekend. VIRGO When it comes to doing yourself GEMINI August 23â€“September 23 justice, bettering your best, and cashMay 21â€“June 21 A major investment of ing in, Fridayâ€™s Venus/Jupiter can be Thursday/Friday, the flow time, money, or heart is required likened to the test drive that already has the seal of approval, if not from is particularly good. Indulge, allow, from you now, but you know how and take full advantage of what you much there is to gain. Expectations all then at least from Numero Uno. Saturdayâ€™s sun into Gemini shifts have to work with. Saturday, hang for it or them run especially high. the momentum, attention, conversa- loose on expectations, opinions, or Stay the course: your confidence tion, or plan. The Aries moon keeps plans and allow the day to direct is well placed, especially when you May 18 to 24, 2017
aim for fresh and new. Saturdayâ€™s a switch-track day. Sunday through Wednesday, stoke the fire.
September 23â€“October 23
Ready for something new? Itâ€™s ready for you, too. The end of the workweek puts you, it, or them into full swing. Fridayâ€™s Venus/Jupiter brings you favoured attention. Take your best shot. Saturday, a choice, decision, or best pick stands out. Spontaneity puts you in the know or prompts a breakthrough. Monday, one thing gets you going onto the next.
October 23â€“November 22
Borrow an idea and make it your own. Take a fresh stab at it; give it another try or look-see. Fridayâ€™s Venus/Jupiter can springboard you someplace good. Spend or splurge to make yourself look or feel better (within reason, of course). Saturday through Monday can get you going on something new. Tuesday/Wednesday, go by feel; speak your heart/mind.
November 22â€“December 21
December 21â€“January 20
Try on a new look or something more/bigger. Thursdayâ€™s Saturn/Uranus encourages you to think outside of the box, to embrace a whole new way of seeing, being, and doing. Donâ€™t view your present initiative, project, or prospect as a risk; see it as opportunity in the making. Fridayâ€™s Venus/Jupiter sets you and the weekend into full swing. January 20â€“February 18
A piece of news, a special event, new trend, or fresh idea keeps you on a great perk-me-up. Saturn/ Uranus and Venus/Jupiter make for an excellent flow and go. Your weekend and your future are shaping up quite nicely. Drift, dream, immerse, cozy up Friday night. Make the most of it Monday. Tuesday/Wednesday, feel it out. February 18â€“March 20
A change of scenery or momentum does you justice. Thursday through Saturday, jump in with both feet. Give it your all; be here now. The reward can far exceed your investment or expectation. Venus/Jupiter boosts pleasure and romance prospects. The duo can see you make more moneyâ€” or spend more, too. Monday fasttracks you.
Thursdayâ€™s Saturn/Uranus keeps life moving along just fine. The duo will continue to benefit you for the rest of the year, especially regarding career, creativity, and lifestyle upgrades. Friday, do it/get your way. When you are happy, everyone else is too. Saturday, you could get pulled into it unexpectedly. Monday, youâ€™re Book a reading or sign up for Roseâ€™s hot stuff. Tuesday/Wednesday, go by free monthly newsletter at www.rose marcus.com/astrolink/. feel; take your time.
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Easy getaways refresh body, mind, and soul PENDER ISLAND
Hear that? The nothing? The
2 lack of sirens, honking horns,
and roaring buses? The combination of that silence with tranquil woods, picturesque oceanscapes, and limited rainfall makes it easy to understand why people would move to Pender Island to live. Despite all those attractive qualities, though, it’s one of the Southern Gulf Islands that may not be on many people’s vacation radars. Why? That may be chalked up to the limited accommodation options available. Because it is primarily a residential community, it tends to be more of a visiting destination for those who have connections to residents there, or for camping. Yet with its proximity to Vancouver, it’s the ideal spot for city folk to decompress from the frenetic pace of tech-driven, traffic-congested urban lives and stroll through the forests or loll upon the shore. Covering about 34 square kilometres (13 square miles), it actually consists of two islands: North and South Pender. They’re separated by a canal, dredged across an isthmus in 1903, and are connected by a onelane bridge (built in 1955). Most of the residences are concentrated on North Pender, and there’s no shortage of hiking trails, forests, and seaside vistas to explore on both of them. Marty Swan, who moved from Vancouver to the island in 1999 and owns the Pender Island Pharmacy, took the Georgia Straight on a tour of Pender while highlighting some of the best places for hikes and views. After all, he runs the Pender Island Cab Company, so could there be a more knowledgeable tour guide? Although the island is populated with wildlife like mink and beaver, visitors will inevitably see deer that tend to wander across lawns at dawn and dusk—or at least poke their heads out of the bushes. Orcas also often circle the island clockwise. Swan explained that word of arriving orcas spreads by phone among residents, prompting them to rush out to Thieves Bay, near Buck Lake on the west side of North Pender, to view the seafaring wonders. Orcas can also sometimes be viewed from one of Swan’s recommended seaside spots. The crescent-
Beach walks on idyllic Pender Island offer mental decompression as well as physical exercise. Craig Takeuchi photo.
shaped Bridges Road Beach on the northeastern tip of North Pender offers views of Salt Spring Island. At low tide, Swan said, the beach is rife with tide pools brimming with sea life, which makes it a great place to for children of all ages to explore. Another ideal spot is Craddock Beach on the southern edge of South Pender. Sheltered in a cove, a sprawling rock cliff face creates a luxurious microclimate by absorbing sunlight and radiating heat throughout the day. Swan also recommended it as a good place for kids to explore and examine sea caves and marine life at low tide. For hiking, a good tip Swan offered is that if you’re taking the Hooson Road Trail (located in a cul-de-sac that offers parking) on North Pender, follow the trail without a marker. The trail that heads to Mount Menzies winds up in a field without a view. However, the unmarked trail heads up to a cliff that looks out upon the sea. Another recommended hike is up to Roe Lake on the west side of North Pender—part of the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve— which offers a trail around the freshwater lake located within a Douglas fi r forest on a mountaintop.
For those seeking to camp, Swan said there are a few campsite options (available from May 15 to September 30). North Pender’s Shingle Bay campground opened up last year in a former orchard by the water’s edge. Campers can walk along a 400-metre road, or kayak or boat in, to the gravel beach. The area offers 10 campsites and picturesque views below Roe Lake. While there are pit toilets and picnic tables, there is no freshwater available, so be sure to take your own. Another beachside camping option is South Pender’s Beaumont Marine Park, to which campers can walk via a half-hour cliffside hike. The sandy beach offers 11 campsites, with mooring buoys for boaters, drinking water, pit toilets, and picnic tables. Meanwhile, for those who don’t mind not having a view, North Pender’s Prior Centennial Campground is enclosed within a forest of maple, alder, cedar, and fir trees. Of course, this is just a sampling of the multitude of what Pender Island has to offer, ranging from kayaking and disc golf to restaurants and a winery. For further details about what to do and see on Pender Island, visit Straight.com for further
articles about the island or visit the island’s tourism website at www. penderisland.info/. GETTING THERE: Ferries run from Tsawwassen to Pender Island’s Otter Bay, and the island also has marinas for access by boat. There isn’t a bus system, although there is a two-year pilot-project community shuttle on North Pender (movingaroundpender. ca/ ) and Swan’s Pender Island Cab Company (penderislandcab.com/ ), which also offers customized tours. As well, there are car stops, or organized hitchhiking. Cycling is also an option, though some areas can be challenging due to steep hills or places where there aren’t road shoulders. > CRAIG TAKEUCHI
SOUTHERN GULF ISLANDS
Although Pender Island (see has a well-deserved reputation for its outstanding beaches, hiking trails, and marinas—as well as its lively community spirit— it’s not the only destination worth visiting in the Southern Gulf Islands. This area includes Salt Spring, Galiano, Mayne, and Saturna islands.
“Each island is unique,” Janet Clouston, executive director of the Salt Spring Island Chamber of Commerce, said by phone. “Galiano has great wild spaces, but it also has a very good festival and arts scene.” Mayne Island once had a thriving Japanese-Canadian community until these residents were moved into the B.C. Interior and interned during the Second World War. The community honours their legacy with an idyllic and tranquil Japanese garden. About half of mountainous Saturna, the easternmost island in the chain, is set aside as park land. Salt Spring is the largest of the Southern Gulf Islands at 182.7 square kilometres and with a population in excess of 10,000. It has three ferry terminals, which enable people to go directly to Swartz Bay, Tsawwassen, and Crofton. “I think the real key to the five islands is the outdoor adventure— hiking, biking, kayaking, and standup paddleboarding,” Clouston said. She pointed out that the flourishing agricultural sector ensures that there are excellent dining options on every island. In fact, there’s a deeply ingrained farm-to-table food culture. Th is is, after all, the fi rst area in Canada that was represented by a Green party MP, Elizabeth May, and it’s about to be represented in the legislature by its fi rst Green MLA, Adam Olsen. “We’re all ecofriendly,” Clouston said with a laugh. “We value our communities. We value our green space and the environment.” Even the Salt Spring Island Chamber of Commerce obtained a silver accreditation through Green Tourism Canada, becoming the first organization of its kind in the country to achieve this distinction. Ganges is where people often gather on Salt Spring, which is known as a writers hub. Clouston said that there are 100 businesses in and around the community, ranging from cafés and larger retail outlets to bookstores and little bohemian shops offering locally made craft goods. One of her dreams has been to make it easier for people to engage in island-hopping. And from June 23 to 25, this will become a reality with Tour des Îles. It will enable people to see next page
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who spends part of the year as music director of the Moscow Symphony. Arnold is also a cellist, just like local NDP MLA Nicholas Simons. “They’ve had some goofy cello playoffs at some of our events,” Barton-Bridges said with a laugh.
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ride a passenger-only ferry shuttle between the islands for $5 a trip. “We’re working on a pilot project to look at inter-island transportation and being able to get people—and their bikes, kayaks, backpacks, and guitars—on these passenger-only shuttles,” Clouston said.
> CHARLIE SMITH
HARRISON HOT SPRINGS
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by Tai Uhlmann and Theo Angell, which tells the story of U.S. draft dodgers who fled to the Sunshine Coast community of Lund to escape the Vietnam War. “You found utopia,” the tag line reads, “now what?” For Paul Kamon, executive director of Sunshine Coast Tourism, utopia is a good word to describe the region that he’s doing his best to promote to Lower Mainland residents. “Lund is one of the most beautiful small-craft harbours on the coast,” the former Vancouver resident told the Straight by phone. “This film has been made by the kids of the parents. It’s absolutely hilarious.” The southern Sunshine Coast extends from Langdale—which is accessible by ferry from Horseshoe Bay—to Earls Cove. The northern Sunshine Coast can be reached by ferry from Earls Cove and includes Powell River and Lund. “It is the end of the road—the end of Highway 101,” Kamon said. The best time to visit this region is May and June or in September and October because the weather is great and it’s not as busy as in the peak summer season. And there’s no shortage of events to lure Lower Mainland residents to the region. Longboarders have already circled May 19 to 24 on their calendars for Attack of Danger Bay XVI in Pender Harbour. From May 26 to 28, the 10th annual Lund Shellfish Festival will take place in, you guessed it, the town made famous for its draft-dodger past. It will include cooking demonstrations, musical performances, artisan and craft booths, a kids zone, and even some gluten-free chowders. Kamon calls the region “the artisan coast” because there are no major hotel chains. “It’s an artists haven,” he said. “We have the highest concentration of artists in Canada.” People from across the region will be gathering at the Pender Harbour Blues Festival from June 2 to 4 to hear such acts as Brickhouse, Steve Kozak, the Grand Koolios, Joe Stanton, and Diane Lines, who was the pianist-accompanist to Michael Bublé. Others performers include vocalist Dawn Pemberton and
Arthur Arnold is the driving creative force behind the PRISMA concerts.
singer-songwriter-guitarists Arsen Shomakhov and Jim Foster Two weeks later is the Gibsons Landing Jazz Festival, from June 16 to 18. Some of the acts are free, such as the Creek Big Band with Crystal Spence, Celso Machado, and the Rakish Angles, who will all perform in Winegarden Park. At the main-stage street-festival event, audiences will be treated to the Dan Brubeck Quartet, the Katherine Penfold Quartet, and the Blaine Dunaway Quartet. Lovers of classical music will want to head to Powell River between June 12 and June 24 for PRISMA, a.k.a. the Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy. The event’s marketing and communications manager, Sarah Barton-Bridges, told the Straight by phone that 70 applications are accepted each year from talented students around the world. “We’ve got guest artists from orchestras around the world who come and teach them,” she explained. “So during the weekdays, we’ve got master classes that are open to the public for a $5 admission. They get to see a very intimate setting of the guest artists instructing the students, giving them tips on auditions, and maybe doing some practices.” These are often followed by student recitals at venues in Powell River. The students also perform as an orchestra at PRISMA on the Beach on June 14. “We’ve got this beautiful bandstand down at Willingdon Beach,” Barton-Bridges said. Some of the big draws at PRISMA are chamber-music concerts with the guest artists at the Evergreen Theatre on June 22, as well as symphony evening concerts on June 17 and 24. PRISMA is spearheaded by Arthur Arnold, a Sunshine Coast resident
from Vancouver, but it’s a world away for those seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Visitors can paddle Harrison River or go windsurfing, parasailing, kayaking, or banana tubing on the 60-kilometre Harrison Lake. Or they can hop on their bikes for the 11th annual Agassiz Farms Cycle Tour on July 22. It’s an easygoing and flat 30-kilometre ride to a dozen farms in the area for those interested in learning how food makes it from the fields to the dinner table. There are also some outstanding hiking opportunities along the Sandy Cove Trail, the Campbell Lake Trail, the Bear Mountain Trail, and the Spirit Trail. According to Tourism Harrison executive director Robert Reyerse, the Spirit Trail has about 40 ceramic masks hanging in trees and other locations along a 1.5-kilometre walk through a forest. “You try to see how many of these masks you can spot,” he told the Straight by phone. “It’s a great trail for young families and older people.” The Fraser Valley has undergone tremendous changes during the past two decades, but Harrison Hot Springs remains much the same as it was in the 1980s. Its claim to fame is the hot springs, which are owned by the Harrison Hot Springs Resort. So to experience them in a natural setting, you have to book a room. But for those who don’t mind being indoors, it’s possible to experience the same water at a public hot-springs pool. The major cultural event is the Harrison Festival of the Arts, which features world music, art exhibits, and a country craft market from July 8 to 16. In addition to ticketed events, there are also free concerts on the beach. For those looking for a familyfriendly way to celebrate Canada Day, Reyerse recommended the village’s lighthearted, small-town parade in which everyone, including neighbourhood dogs, are invited to participate. It culiminates in a memorable fireworks display over the lake. The lake is also home to the only floating water park in southwestern B.C. “It’s like our own personal version of the wipeout zone,” Reyerse said. “It’s got these huge blowup obstacles that people can climb on, jump on, and swing on. People are given a wetsuit so they don’t get too cold.” > CHARLIE SMITH
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Summer camps give youths a head start
re you wondering what to do with your elementaryor secondary-school son or daughter this summer? A popular solution is to send them to a summer camp where they can learn skills, meet new friends, and possibly ignite a passion that will remain with them for their entire lives. Below, you can read about seven options in a wide range of areas.
tronic music? Wired’s kids summer workshops are open to those 12 and older. Best of all, they’re open to those without experience and without equipment. Who knows? It could transform a youth’s life, particularly if it launches him or her on a path that leads to a lucrative career. But even if there isn’t a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, they’ll still have fun learning the craft. The camps will be held from July 17 to 21 and July 24 to 28. For more information, visit www.wiredmusic.ca/.
VANCOUVER FILM SCHOOL SUMMER INTENSIVES The film-
industry bible Variety recently included VFS on its annual list of stellar film schools around the world. It was the only Canadian institution to achieve this, thanks to its 13 full-time programs and highly regarded industry-mentorship programs. From July 4 to August 10, it will be possible to enroll in one-week intensive sessions in creative media production in a variety of areas, including acting for film and television, film production, animation and visual effects, game design, and introduction to film, animation, and design. Discounts are available for those who take two or more intensives. They’re open to applicants 16 years or older with intermediate-level English. For more information, visit www.vfs.edu/ summerintensives/.
in the industry. And it sure beats sitting on the beach doing nothing but getting a sunburn. The camps are offered in July and early August. For more information, visit langara.ca/.
Teenagers can pursue their passions in a wide range of summer camps offered at Langara. There are one- to twoweek programs in photography, digital-music production, filmmaking, theatre and film for First Nations, graphic novels and manga, coding and game design, and journalism. They can also try their hand at sports reporting. It’s a great way for a secondary student to see if they’re suited for full-time programs, which are known for their close interaction with people working
Since it was founded a decade ago, the Vancouver-based Centre for Digital Media has been on the forefront of a technological revolution that is transforming many industries, including banking, transportation, construction, energy production, and health care. From July 10 to 21, it’s offering a two-week intensive summer boot camp for teens with a keen interest in art or technology. The Tomorrow’s Master of Digital Media program is open to those entering grades 9 to 12, and it’s ideal for students who want
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nless you enjoy getting caught in torrential downpours and drying off in high winds—before being met with yet another bout of rain because, damn it, those meteorologists were wrong again—you’ve likely kept your bicycle locked safely in the garage for the entirety of Vancouver’s “spring”. But with clear skies and sunny weather (hopefully) on the horizon, fair-weather cyclists will soon have an opportunity to trade in their car keys or Compass cards for helmets and U-locks. If you’re a casual biker waiting for the weather to warm, it’s worth making use of this time for a tune-up to ensure your twowheeler is set for a season of easy riding. “A well-tuned bike is more enjoyable to ride, it shifts more smoothly, it’s more comfortable, and it’s just a better piece of equipment to use,” Paul Dragan, owner of Vancouver’s Reckless Bikes, tells the Georgia Straight by phone. “And it’s a lot safer to ride, too.” After a long winter, it’s wise to prepare your bike for a new season of riding. Ipopba/Getty Images photo. Below, Dragan offers his top tips for getLubricants should be applied to the inside of pads, which may prevent you from slowing or ting your bicycle of choice in tip-top condition bicycle chains; anything left on the outside only stopping effectively. “People get a squeaky brake for commuting. attracts dirt and grime, Dragan explains. Lu- and they think that it needs oil,” Dragan says. “It GET PUMPED Bicycle tires def late natur- bricants should also never be applied to brake doesn’t; it needs to be adjusted correctly.” ally over time, so it’s important to inf late Different ways to get into the two-wheeler game them after a few months of inactivity. “Some people wonder, ‘Gee, did I get a f lat tire over If you’re looking to get serious about cycling this year but are intimidated by the winter?’ ” Dragan says. “More than often, road bikes speeding down bike routes, here are three alternatives to consider. no. It’s just like a balloon after a birthday party, where it goes soft after a couple of CITY BIKES With a streamlined shape that looks as good as it functions, citydays—tires do the same thing.” style bikes remain popular with urban dwellers interested in more leisurely Recommended pressures—measured in travels. The design features an upright riding position, making the model ideal for new or novice PSI (pounds per square inch)—are noted cyclists. Add a basket or pannier rack for weekly grocery runs. on the sidewalls of tires. Cyclists should observe this number to avoid under- or HYBRID BIKES Part traditional road bike, part mountain bike, a hybrid is a great option for overinflating their tires, which may affect those who may be uncomfortable with the bent-seating position required for road bikes. The hybrid riding efficiency.
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SADDLE UP If you’ve adjusted your saddle so your bike could fit in storage, it’s worth taking some time to ensure it’s raised—or lowered— to the proper level. “The general rule of thumb for a city-style bike is when you’re sitting on the saddle, your two tiptoes are just touching the ground,” he says. A quick question to a bike-store employee should point you in the right direction, though if you’re experiencing discomfort, an alternate saddle may help. “Lots of people don’t know that they can get a more comfortable saddle than what they’re riding,” Dragan explains. “They make them for men and women and there are all kinds of different densities.” COME CLEAN Dust and dirt may seem harmless, but buildup of grime can actually affect your bicycle’s performance in the long run. “A cleaner bike is a happier bike,” Dragan says. “Your parts last longer and the mechanical performance of the bike is improved: it shifts better; it brakes better; it just works better overall.” To get your two-wheeler squeaky clean, wash it with soap and water. Dry off as much water as you can and then, he says, it’s on to the dual-step stage: apply WD-40, a waterdisplacement spray, on the chain and derailleur to chase away water. Then wipe off the excess. A light layer of lubricant may then be applied.
To ensure your commute is as comfortable as possible, Dragan recommends replacing accessories such as bicycle grips. A good set leans more toward oval than round, he notes, and helps bear your body weight. “Getting support there is like having on a great pair of shoes, because that’s where your body weight tends to rest.” Dragan also recommends lightly padded gloves for rides of 20 minutes or more. These relieve stress on your hands during longer distances while preventing injuries during falls. Make sure your helmet fits snugly—and correctly—too. “We see lots of people with their chin straps hanging down or their helmet on backwards, on halfway,” Dragan says. -
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As a working artist, Emelia Symington Fedy (with Arthur, Christie, and Obidiah Watson) has had it with crazy housing and daycare costs. Amanda Siebert photo.
you to my favourite cof- laughing/crying in recognition, thankful that fee shop on St. George they were not alone. theatre artist tried to make it work here, but the city she Street that is classy as This is not bragging. This is my work. I’ve given loves broke her heart—and she’s headed east hell and at Christmas my creative soul to Vancouver—freely and hapgave my kid his first pily—and now I have no choice but to leave. And then I got married and I had kids. And fear of Santa. Thank you to the library that doesn’t I’m losing my home and Vancouver is losing me. things changed. fine my kids for overdue books and to the beach I don’t want to go, I’m clutching at the doorWe rent. I work all day while they are in daycare where I met my husband. knob, no, no, don’t make me. I’m pretending for $2,500 a month, and then after dinner, stories, Thank you to the fierce LGBTQ2 community that it’s not happening. I’m begging for a miracle. and bedtime I work another four hours to try and has taught me, a privileged white woman, how to be I say, “There’s opportunity.” “It’s an advenget a few more pitches, ideas, grants out—just to an active ally, and to the people of colour who are ture!” “Hey, the East is supposed to have great barely (sometimes not) pay the bills. At any moment brave enough to stand up and fight for representa- winters!” (Just kidding.) And I try to convince we could be renovicted, and if we were, our compar- tion on Vancouver stages. #BlackLivesMatter. Inter- myself if I really hate it I’ll come back, but we able option would be a one-bedroom basement suite. sectional feminism, community gardens! I’ve know that’s not true. Once you’re out of And that’s not living. That’s not thriving. It’s not. learned a lot about how to be a better huthe rental you found from your best It’s the hustle. I can’t do it anymore. I love man here, and not from school but by friend’s boyfriend’s dead grandma’s Check out… Vancouver. I’ve cultivated a huge and rich com- being surrounded by such incredible neighbour, you can’t afford to ever STRAIGHT.COM munity here, but I just can’t keep up the pace. inclusivity. get back in. We all know that. Visit our website So we have to move. I have to leave my home That’s another thing I’ll miss. So we are moving. I’m taking for morning-after and I’m heartbroken about it. I’ve contributed to the arts commy art, my community service, my reviews and local I don’t have big aspirations. I don’t expect to munity in Vancouver for two decades. collaborations with kids, teens, stuarts news own a house here. I don’t need to go out for din- I’ve lain naked on-stage so you could dents, and artists to Halifax. (It’s the ner. I don’t need to buy new clothes. All I want is contemplate your own mortality; I’ve only urban centre with an arts communmy kids to have a back yard. And for that, I have to passed my Chihuahua around the audience to ity where we could get a mortgage on a starter move across the country and begin again. have a snuggle; I’ve taken you through an audience- home in Canada.) So goodbye, Vancouver. I don’t want to go, participation yoga/theatre class, poking lovingly at Do you want this, Vancouver? Do you want to but I feel like you’ve become an abusive partner. our city’s over-the-top spiritual questing. lose the only thing that makes a city a home—its You’re treating me like shit and I’ve given you I’ve spoken publicly online (tryingtobegood. creative spirit? everything I’ve got and I’m tired and I think you com) and on the radio about the death of my I’m begging you not to lose anymore of us. might be losing your heart. mother and the crushing grief I experienced, creThe irony is, with the money I’ll save on childTwo decades of potlucks and picnics and bike ating a network of folks who have also lost loved care I’ll be able to fly back here and work a few rides and farmers markets and cherry blos- ones, to support each other. times a year. soms and street festivals. We complain so much I built a collective of Vancouver theatre artists So, hey Vancouver, let’s hang out sometime, about this city, but now that I’m leaving all I see who shared their personal stories of new parent- okay? I’ll be waiting for your call. is its beauty and I weep. hood and the isolation and darkness they felt, Thank you to the community acupuncture and then we brought that show to the Cultch for Emelia Symington Fedy runs the Chop Theatre, places that have helped me heal affordably, thank two sold-out runs, with mothers in the audience and is a storyteller, writer, and radio producer.
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Editor’s choice GISELLE RETURNS As they like to joke in the dance world, this is a show that will give you the Wilis. That is, after all, the term for the ghostly tutu’d figures so maniacally bent on revenge in the iconic classical ballet. We don’t often get a chance to see the en-pointe masterpiece in Vancouver, but Coastal City Ballet is ready to stage it for the first time in 10 years. This time out, it’s a Canadian premiere choreographed by Irene Schneider, but expect all the balletic romanticism that you might have found at its Paris debut in 1841. If you loved Swan Lake, you’ll get sucked right into this story of a young peasant girl who dies—oh so dramatically—of a broken heart, only to join the Wilis. Coastal City Ballet presents Giselle on Friday (May 19) at the Vancouver Playhouse and June 9 at the Surrey Arts Centre.
Five events you just can’t miss this week
BETWEEN WORLDS: THE MOTH IN VANCOUVER (May 20 at the Vogue Theatre) Unmissable, riveting storytelling from the famed collective.
TRANSFIGURED LIGHT (May 18 at Mountainview Cemetery Celebration Hall) A spellbinding journey through death and rebirth with the Arkora Ensemble.
FRED ARMISEN (May 20 at the Commodore Ballroom) He isn’t just twistedly hilarious; the Portlandia star and Late Night With Seth Meyers bandleader is insanely multitalented.
TRACES OF WORDS (To October 9 at the UBC Museum of Anthropology) Spanning graffiti to video, it’s shaping up to be one of the year’s best exhibits.
EXPRESSIONS THEATRE FESTIVAL (May 18 to 27 at the Waterfront Theatre) Arts Umbrella’s aspiring thesps take on teen anxiety and the pee-rfect Urinetown: The Musical.
In the news BALLET BC UNVEILS SEASON A world premiere by Spanish choreographer Cayetano Soto and the North American debut of B.R.I.S.A. by Swedish sensation Johan Inger will kick off Ballet BC’s just-announced 201718 season. The company unveiled the lineup after the opening performance of its Program 3 on May 11. Soto, the troupe’s resident choreographer, and Inger, associate choreographer at Nederlands Dans Theater, will debut their work from November 2 to 4 in Program 1. The following February, in Program 2, Parisian talent Medhi Walerski, who’s created such Ballet BC favourites as Petite Cérémonie, returns to stage a new, full-length Romeo and Juliet. Program 3, in May 2018, sees the return of Soto’s Beginning After and a remount of Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar’s Bill. Artistic director Emily Molnar will also premiere a new work for the show, collaborating with Vancouver’s Phoenix Chamber Choir. Ballet BC will also again present the Alberta Ballet’s Nutcracker from December 28 to 30. MAY 18 – 25 / 2017 THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT 21
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fantastic people and their wines right to you, and even be in the room when you try them! When I was in Barolo, Italy, last July, one of the highlights was meeting the Abbona family from Marchesi di Barolo, a phenomenal producer with a knack for weaving their clay and limestone soils through their elegant takes on the Nebbiolo grape. Anna and Valentina Abbona, mother and daughter proprietors, are two of the sweetest people in the wine business you’ll ever meet. I’m stoked that Valentina will be here to share their stories and that you’ll get to experience her charm in person. Speaking of second-generation principals, the name John Duval has long been the stuff of legend in the Australian wine industry. After all, he was at the helm of Penfolds, and the winery’s iconic Grange wines, for 29 years. He now makes his own wine under John Duval Wines, and his son Tim, who is part of the family business, will be here to talk all things Barossa Valley. Also on the eponymous winery front, we’ve got John Bookwalter of Bookwalter Wines here with his rich, rugged Washington state reds, and Anthony Truchard of Napa’s Truchard Vineyards, who’s also the second
generation of a notable wine family. Then there are many wineries I’m going to be experiencing for the first time. Champagne Devaux is on hand, and I can definitely see myself beelining to its table right off the bat, though the intrigue of my maiden voyage with sparkling wine from Luxembourg may see me popping by Caves BernardMassard’s table first. Of course, there are downsides to running an event like this, besides the sleepless nights leading up to it. With all of the running around that’s in store for me, I won’t be able to enjoy any of the Top Drop dinners, including the Low Country Seafood Boil at Chinatown’s Mamie Taylor’s, where attendees will enjoy the wines and company of principals from Portuguese, Australian, American, and Italian wineries while cracking into spot prawns, lobster, Dungeness crab, and more. As well, every year after it’s over, I realize that with all my running around I’ve hardly had the chance to try any wines! You can, though! Come join us, say hi, and meet some incredible global producers while enjoying authentic wines of place. By doing so, you’ll also be supporting the B.C. Hospitality Foundation, so it’s a win-win for all. I hope to see you there. Get the scoop on all the producers, events, and more at www.topdropvancouver.com/. -
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> Go on-line to read hundreds of I Saw You posts or to respond to a message < BLONDE FOR BLONDE AT STARBUCKS ON DAVIE
I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: MAY 15, 2017 WHERE: Starbucks at Yaletown
I was working to finish before my deadline and you came in. You came and sat next to me. I should have introduced myself. Maybe you’ll see this and we can grab coffee together. Me: blond hair, beard, wearing a grey jacket, working on my laptop. You: Drop dead gorgeous blonde.
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I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: MAY 14, 2017 WHERE: 99 B-Line Westbound at Main St Carrying home some groceries on the bus I had the pleasure of your company in the seat next to me :). I thought about striking up a conversation, but got shy! We didn’t talk except for me thanking you for letting me out. You: long dark-red beard, great smile. Me: glasses, green pants, carrying produce in my lap. Thanks for the laugh and wave as you drove away! If you’d like to grab a coffee, you now know where to find me.
MIDNIGHT WAITING FOR A BUS
I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: MAY 12, 2017 WHERE: Hastings and Abbott Waiting for the bus on Hastings and Abbott Friday at midnight. I was on a date that was going nowhere. You: grey Philips brewing shirt, white (?) hair. Me: jeans, blond. Couldn’t take my eyes off you, and it felt mutual. Want to light the spark?
BEAUTIFUL EUROPEAN? LADY CYCLIST/BUS RIDER KING EDWARD
I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: MAY 12, 2017 WHERE: Main and King Edward Very nice talking with you - you have a great bike (with only a single fork!). Your hands are very nice too! Sorry to get separated from you on the bus.
I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: MAY 9, 2017 WHERE: Downtown
We were at the NDP rally on election night. I was standing with my ginger friend and you were somewhere near us. I thought that you were with the press because you were wearing a name tag, or maybe it was because you looked so cosmopolitan in your pyjama pants and fancy shoes. Somebody gave you a beer, then you stood right in front of me and took off your jacket, and I saw you had an elephant tattoo. I knew I had to say something to you, so I turned to my friend and started talking to him about a coalition or something. Good thing that one of us doesn’t mind starting conversations with strangers. 1200k cal+ later and I’m sitting here thinking that even though I have your phone number, this is the best way to get in touch with you. I hope you find your phone.
WALKING BY UBC POOL, FRIDAY MAY 12
I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: MAY 12, 2017 WHERE: Outside UBC Pool Me in my Orioles baseball cap and ‚"NASA" glasses, walking from the bus loop, when I caught just a glimpse of you out of the corner of my eye. I suspect few men appreciate the privilege of contemplating your unique beauty, which explains why it took me several seconds to take in what I had just seen. Shoulder length black hair, a strong, crisp jawline and oh-so-wise, bluegray eyes. A scatter of freckles over high, broad cheekbones and a nascent smile as you spoke to the female friend you were walking with. What dazeinducing magic it would be to see you laugh. I have no idea what you were wearing, you dazzling woman, because even this barest glimpse of your beautiful, soulful face made everything else fall away. Though the chances of you seeing this are just about nil, I want to thank you for filling my world - however briefly - with your beauty.
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YOU CAUGHT MY YAWN; CLEARLY YOU’RE NOT A PSYCHOPATH
I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: MAY 11, 2017 WHERE: Laughing Bean
You caught my yawn buying coffee at the Laughing Bean; we chatted about compassion and botox. (Now there’s a combination!). I sat and chatted with a friend but missed the chance to talk with you some more, which I regret. ‘Who was that woman?’, I think to myself. Should I cruise the Bean every Thursday at five? I’d enjoy talking with you again.
WE SMILED; I WAS BEGUILED
I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: MAY 13, 2017 WHERE: 50th and Fraser Street, Vancouver 50th and Fraser; 7pm Saturday the 13th. Thirteen must be my lucky number. You caught me looking at your red beard a wee bit too long. I couldn’t help myself. You: uniformed handsome. Me: wet hair and purple scarf. Should have stopped to say hello. Kept buying red foods at Buy-Low afterwards. Coincidence?
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BEAUTY IN THE RAIN
I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: MAY 11, 2017 WHERE: Hemlock & West 13th I was walking along Hemlock, near West 13th, and you were getting out of your Evo car, we exchanged a few smiles, but it was raining pretty hard and I didn’t want to hold you up. I think you went into a nearby apartment, as you disappeared quickly, but I live in the area as well. Coffee?
I GAVE YOU A WRONG NUMBER
I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: MAY 8, 2017 WHERE: Coquitlam
It was nice talking to you but I think I typed my number in wrong on your phone, totally an accident! We were looking at car accessories. Message me if you see this!
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Tanyalee Davis won’t let a few unruly tabletops stop her act.
ancouver’s produced a lot of great comedians over the years. Though she only spent two years here before moving away to Los Angeles in 1997, Tanyalee Davis, who now lives in England, has to be considered one of the more successful international standup acts that spent time honing chops on our stages. From Winnipeg to Vancouver to Vegas to North Carolina and now Norwich, Davis has resided in more places than some comedians have performed in. A 2015 stint on The John Bishop Show in Britain was followed by a killer set on Live at the Apollo, which precipitated her move overseas. After her Apollo set, she was hired for a sweet corporate gig in Norway, which culminated in a standing ovation. “I was the belle of the ball,” she tells the Straight at a downtown coffee shop. From there, she was off to Australia, playing Melbourne for four weeks and Sydney for one. Things are looking up. Then again, at 3-foot-6, Davis has spent her lifetime looking up. Life isn’t without its challenges, but damned if the diminutive dynamo doesn’t make the most of them. In order to be seen, depending on the venue’s setup, Davis will often perform on a table. Two weeks ago, just before flying home to prepare for a three-night run at Performance Works on Granville Island as the special guest of RealWheels Theatre’s upcoming show Comedy on Wheels: Celebrating Canada’s Birthday With Belly Laughs, she suffered a mishap, a first in her 27-year career. “I’m standing on a rectangular table, an old table,” she says. “I must have shaken the table. I sit back down on my step stool and the back legs shot out and I slid back and went headfirst into the wall. I blanked out. But I’m in front of an audience. I was like, ‘Damn it, that wasn’t my closer!’ I was so dizzy but I couldn’t acknowledge it. I felt sick right away.” She had to close out another show in a nearby village right after that, though. “I had to get my shit together,” she says. A little woozy, the usually physical Davis performed that set sitting down. “Then I get an encore. I haven’t had an encore in years and I’m like, ‘Are you kidding me?’ The one night where I’m just like, ‘I’m glad that’s done!’ ” No doubt, that experience will find its way into her act. “I talk about situations I get into as a result of being a little person,” she says. “That’s my angle. I’m not political; I don’t have an agenda. I think I have such an interesting life. And because I think I’m a good performer, it gives people insight into my life. We live in a very voyeuristic society these days with all these reality shows. People are very nosy. When I get up there, they think, ‘Oh my God, poor thing.’ And then I come busting out.” So she’s a perfect choice for Comedy on Wheels, a comedic variety show. “There are 17 of us with varying types of disabilities,” Davis says. “It’s all about inclusion.” C o m e d y o n W h e e l s p l a y s Pe rformance Works from Thursday to Saturday (May 18 to 20).
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TRACES OF WORDS Art and Calligraphy from Asia Image: Sisyu + teamLab, What a Loving and Beautiful World, 2011.
Comedy n Wheels
A community-based production featuring special guest comic Tanyalee Davis
May 18, 19, 20 2017 8pm Performance Works 1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver, BC
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Vancouver arts producer Robert Carey initiated the project after encountering Humphreysâ€™s book. And after reading it herself, Pidgorna knew sheâ€™d be the right composer to work with librettist Val Brandt in bringing Wild Dogs to the stage. â€œWhatâ€™s interesting about it is that it all takes place outdoors pretty much,â€? she says. â€œAnd the author really brings in a lot of sounds of nature. Birds, and thereâ€™s the feral dog pack in the woods, and thereâ€™s frogsâ€Ś Itâ€™s all there, and itâ€™s described on the page, but it really made sense to turn it into a musical piece, because then you could lift those sounds off the page and make them real. â€œThatâ€™s one of the things that really appealed to me,â€? she continues. â€œAnd the other thing is the character Lily, whoâ€™s going to be the star of the scenes that weâ€™re presenting. She was braindamaged as a child and still kind of retains a childlike view of the world, so itâ€™s through her that we really perceive all these nature sounds. It was just fascinating for me to see it from her point of view.â€? Lilyâ€™s sense of wonder, Pidgorna adds, resonates with her own approach to creation. â€œBeing an artist,â€? she says, â€œyou have to retain the ability to play. Thatâ€™s what Lilyâ€™s doing in the forest: sheâ€™s playing with these sounds and actions. So my approach has been to try to inhabit her character. I sing through her lines and try to imagine what it would be like for her in the forest. I crawl around on the floor on all fours if I need to. If sheâ€™s supposed to be communicating with dogs and growling at them, then I do that.â€? Will there be growling on-stage? Pidgorna doesnâ€™t say, but itâ€™s safe to say that opera has rarely been this feral. -
he members of Vancouver new-music sextet Standing Wave are ready to do whatever it takes to realize a composerâ€™s vision. In the service of art, they have â€œpreparedâ€? their pianos, struck their strings with diverse objects, and mastered microtonal tunings. Itâ€™s only recently, though, that theyâ€™ve spent some of their rehearsal time barking like dogsâ€”but who wouldnâ€™t, if asked by Anna Pidgorna? â€œThey were great!â€? the Ukrainianborn, Canadian-raised sonic explorer reports, reached by phone at New Jerseyâ€™s Princeton University, where sheâ€™s finishing a doctorate in composition. â€œWe did a workshop in the fall, and I had them doing all these funny noises with their voicesâ€”croaking like frogs, howlingâ€”and they were totally up for it. Really good sports! Not every classically trained musician would be comfortable doing that.â€? Pidgorna wasnâ€™t asking the Standing Wave players to do anything she wouldnâ€™t do herself. In the ongoing process of turning Helen Humphreysâ€™s novel Wild Dogs into an operaâ€”weâ€™ll hear an excerpt at Standing Waveâ€™s upcoming concert, Wild, with soprano Carla Huhtanenâ€”sheâ€™s gone well past her previous fascination with bird- and folk-song and into truly wild terrain. â€œOne of the things I did, researching this project, was watch a lot of YouTube videos of wolf packs,â€? she explains. â€œI was listening to dogs as well, and then I sat in the studio and imitated them, creating my own artificial dog packs with my voice. And then together with the ensemble we looked for ways to transfer them to instruments also. So it was this process of absorbing information through Standing Wave presents Wild at the my own body, and then trying to get Orpheum Annex on Wednesday (May 24). other people to do the same.â€?
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SCHUMANN Manfred: Overture MOZART Piano Concerto No. 21 in C Major* HAYDN Symphony No. 92 in G Major, Oxford Jonathan Biss piano*
Alexandre Bloch makes his eagerly-anticipated return to the VSO, conducting a program that includes fascinating pianist Jonathan Biss performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21, with its famous and beloved “Elvira Madigan” second movement, and Symphony No. 92 by the “Father of the Symphony,” Franz Joseph Haydn.
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by the number of people who threw themselves into Ohad Naharin’s Minus 16 on opening night of Program 3, Ballet BC is doing just fine, thank you very much. Those who saw Naharin’s Batsheva Dance Company perform at DanceHouse in 2009 witnessed the thrilling opening excerpt of Minus 16: a half-circle of 16 seated, black-suited and -hatted dancers who create a sort of repeated human wave, arching violently backward as if lightning bolts were hitting them, one by one, to the music’s pounding folk rhythms. But with typical Naharin black humour, the last one falls flat, dead, on the floor with each round. Naharin, whose 1999 work still manages to surprise, has more tricks up his sleeve, too. Scott Fowler performs a wonky soft-shoe to zootsuit jazz during intermission. Emily
Chessa and Brandon Alley pull off a sensual duet full of strange, unearthly lifts to Antonio Vivaldi’s baroque strains. To the considerable delight of the assembled, footwear, hats, and clothes eventually come off, thrown in giant arcs to rain down at centre stage. And then the dancers have to push right out of their comfort zones, into cheesy mambos and Dean Martin territory, fearlessly venturing out into the crowd to find partners. By the end you had nonprofessional dancers, old and young, cheerfully givin’er alongside the pros. That this highly honed crew could pull off both Naharin’s explodingfrom-the-core movement and the ballroom work, plus take such comedic glee in the audience interaction, speaks to the troupe’s incredible range. The payoff was huge. Minus 16 lets off a bit of steam after an evening dense with complex choreography and music. Emily Molnar’s new Keep Driving, I’m Dreaming is a swirling, mindbending delirium set to Montreal composer Nicole Lizée’s layered, cinematic score. True to its title, it follows the logic of a dream, the dancers leaning
perilously off-centre, running backward, and partnering like they’re just flashes of memory. The performers are as liquid as the concepts of time and space here, Chessa and Alley again the fluid standouts amid the ever-shifting tableaux. Driving it all is the eerie, elaborate soundscape, with sumptuous strings and jazzy lilts that evoke a hundred old movie thrillers. It was a lot to take in, and so was Emanuel Gat’s new LOCK. At times, absorbing the 16-dancer effect is like trying to comprehend the particle theory of matter, watching all those flickering limbs and perceiving the forces that seem to pass through the sculptural mass. This is a pure experiment in complex, nonunison movement, heightened by Gat’s own industrial-tinged, atonal score and shadowy lighting. The dancers have an odd, zombielike remove, often partnering without touching each other at all. It’s existential and intense to the point of being exhausting. Still, you can’t help but marvel at the precision, commitment, and versatility of these shape-shifting dancers. > JANET SMITH
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Kristen Stewart heads hinterland who’s who RE VIEW S CERTAIN WOMEN Starring Michelle Williams. Rating unavailable
Writer-director Kelly Reichardt incident over drama and image over words—sometimes at the expense of both humour and narrative engagement. Her previous films featuring Michelle Williams, the sparely contemporary Wendy and Lucy and the period western Meek’s Cutoff, were both primarily scripted by frequent collaborator Jon Raymond (who also penned the HBO take on Mildred Pierce). Reichardt seems to have found her own, warmer voice in Certain Women. Here, she has woven together characters loosely drawn from the terse short stories of Maile Meloy, who (in the collections Half in Love and Both Ways Is the Only Way I Want It) brought a sharp-eyed, Raymond Carver–esque approach to tales set in or near her native Helena, Montana. There are tangential connections in the film’s episodic structure, but they are often more geographic than personal. In the initial segment, a stressedout Montana lawyer (Laura Dern) is struggling to help an industrialaccident victim (a superb Jared Harris) who settled too soon with his negligent employer. The lawyer is sleeping—well, not sleeping, exactly—with a local man (a bearded James Le Gros) who, it turns out, is married to Williams’s character and is struggling with a teenage daughter (Sara Rodier) unhappy living in the tent where their new house is being built. The linchpin of this sequence is a visit to an old codger with some extra limestone sitting around, thus allowing a beautifully modulated, one-scene performance by TV and stage veteran Rene Auberjonois.
Elsewhere, Kristen Stewart plays a recent law graduate who has to drive many hours to hold an educationalrights class for small-town schoolteachers. But the tender focus here is really on a soft-spoken indigenous woman (cast standout Lily Gladstone) who puts aside her chores caring for horses at a nearby stable when she becomes accidentally smitten by the scattered newcomer. Some paths cross and others diverge in this collection of small events, all seen through the refracted, winterlight lens of Christopher Blauvelt, who also shot several of Reichardt’s other films. (Jeff Grace’s spare guitar music is another plus.) The movie’s snowdampened pace and resistance to sensationalism could make this a challenging sit for some viewers. But those who surrender to its compassionate take on survivors of their own harsh hinterlands will be richly rewarded.
> KEN EISNER
VANCOUVER: NO FIXED ADDRESS A documentary by Charles Wilkinson. Rating unavailable
It isn’t hyperbole to say Vancou-
2 ver: No Fixed Address is essen-
tial viewing for anyone living in the Lower Mainland. In fact, if you don’t believe it’s too late to do anything about this city’s insane housing crisis, you might want to file it under Totally Fucking Urgent Viewing. Documentary director Charles Wilkinson has pretty much done the impossible: he’s taken an issue that has emotionally divided residents and politicians and tried to find rational common ground. He manages to bring in all the voices of the beyond-heated debate—Chinese newcomers, condo kings, East Van millennials, eco warriors, academic economists (to give the global perspective), and even a former homeowner who’s now living in a van at
Kristen Stewart is among the big stars going low-key in Certain Women.
Kits Beach. To his credit, Wilkinson has also included the long historical perspective, with stories from indigenous playwright Quelemia Sparrow about colonists burning down First Nations homes to make way for Stanley Park. The big surprise is that he’s managed to do this all so artfully, editing together the dreamy vistas of Vancouver’s glittering beaches and mountains that draw so many here and juxtaposing them with the homeless in sidewalk sleeping bags against shiny glass towers. The row upon row of real-estate signs, billboards, and bus-shelter ads are also shown to be part of the landscape here. Driving it all is the music of buskers—the percussionists, violinists, guitarists, and other artists who help keep the city’s culture alive. That is, until they can’t afford a place to live anymore. Wilkinson doesn’t uncover easy solutions. But what he does find, through thorough research and compelling interviews, is that our housing here—as in so many other big cities— has become a commodity. For whatever reasons—foreign investment, developers’ greed, lack of governmental vision, and our own desire for “world-
class” status that traces back to Expo 86—we’re losing, or have lost, our sense of home and community. Millennials, families, and retirees are all getting squeezed out. Real-estate titan Bob Rennie puts forward a simple answer here: get rid of strict zoning and allow for more mega-towers. But, as others point out, why are so many condos sitting empty? How do you prevent developers from just building more-profitable, less-family-friendly studios and onebedrooms? And why have European cities been able to densify by using human-scale, multiple-unit housing that’s only three or four stories high? Yes, people are finding new ways to live here: Wilkinson talks to tinyhouse advocates and a young group of house-sharers. But are these ideas viable for the long-term? Though the movie doesn’t take sides, these hard questions will linger long after it’s over. If it’s not enough to make you pack your bags, green guru David Suzuki, near the end, has an alternative: assert “I’m staying.” But that’s much easier to do if you paid your mortgage off long before the boom. > JANET SMITH
THE LOVERS Starring Debra Winger. Rated 14A
The paramours referred to in
2 the title are ostensibly the side-
show partners of bland suburbanites Mary and Michael, played by Debra Winger and Tracy Letts (a theatre veteran who stood out in last year’s Indignation). But the real stars of the show are their smartphones, which must be lovingly attended if their joyless cheating is to proceed apace. Ensconced in their huge tract home in the Caucasian foothills north of Los Angeles, the harried marrieds spend much of the short, oddly attenuated movie checking their devices to see
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what their other halves are up to. These alleged adults both have undefined, semicorporate jobs, but their real vocation is adultery. Tellingly, Michael has labelled as “Work” incoming calls from an aging dancer (Melora Walters) whose high-pitched demands are getting louder. Mary, meanwhile, keeps booking off time for nooners with a handsome, self-absorbed novelist of vaguely Irish origin. (Hard to tell, as Aidan Gillen’s accent keeps changing.) Writer-director Azazel Jacobs has terrific rapport with his actors, who supply some context missing from the script. His previous features, Momma’s Man (which starred his own, eccentric New York parents), the high school-set Terri, and the HBO series Doll & Em all took place in highly specific worlds. But here he moves into the Realm of Metaphor, and it’s never quite clear what these totems stand for, or how we’re supposed to feel about them. There’s no history to ground the marriage or to explain what their younger, more attractive partners see in these stiffs. Put simply, Michael and Mary seem comfortable being uncomfortable—that is, sharing a bed without making eye contact and comprehending each other’s affairs without ever confronting them. Perhaps they’re saving their energy for the almost daily rutting that is quite impressive for characters pushing 60. Anyway, this odd stasis is thrown off-balance by the arrival of their college-student son (Zombieland’s Tyler Ross) and his new girlfriend (Welshborn Jessica Sula), which somehow drives them back together. This romcom development comes too late in a tale that is neither romantic nor funny. And Jacobs seems more intent on judging his characters than exploring them. The cast works hard, but they still end up phoning it in. > KEN EISNER see next page
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MY ENTIRE HIGH SCHOOL SINKING INTO THE SEA Featuring the voices of Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts. Rating unavailable
Mumblecore meets 2-D anima-
2 tion in this handcrafted artifact
that spends 75 strange minutes, sometimes amusingly, searching for an audience that might not really be there. This freely drawn nuttiness starts with the odd, present-tense title that graphic novelist, director, and principal animator Dash Shaw came up with for his debut tour de farce. A teen-angst tale that goes off the rails within minutes, My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea takes place in a fictional California escuela built on an unusually active fault line. This is unknown to best friends Dash and Assaf, voiced by Jason Schwartzman and Reggie Watts, respectively. They write for the school
paper, nominally edited by the less ego-driven Verti (Maya Rudolph). But when Assaf and Verti start getting closer, Dashâ€”a misanthrope with acne-related self-loathing issuesâ€”puts out a special issue slurring his best pal. Dash is banished from the paper, and then does a little sleuthing on his own, managing to findâ€”among papers just randomly dropped in a boxâ€”a government document declaring that any new add-ons to the school building could lead to a seismic disaster. Thatâ€™s not the least plausible thing that happens. The storytelling here is essentially a childâ€™s view of adult shenanigans, uplifted by A-listers like Lena Dunham and Girls cohort Alex Karpovsky as fellow students and Susan Sarandon as a surprisingly helpful Lunch Lady. Dialogue is frequently drowned out by pounding electronic retro-arcade music. Thatâ€™s not the only drowning, of course, but things become more interestingâ€”which is to say crazily unpredictableâ€”when the school really does slide into the Pacific.
The laws of physics do not apply to this Breakfast Clubâ€“meetsâ€“The Poseidon Adventure, and that unleashes painterly drawings that are more fun for being untethered from anything like reality. Of course, the film reveals its inner Afterschool Special when the surviving teens (yawn) learn and grow. â€œNext time,â€? concludes Dash, after writing about his underwater crisis, â€œIâ€™ll water it down so it can be shitty, and more popular.â€? Maybe. > KEN EISNER
THE BELKO EXPERIMENT Starring John Gallagher Jr. Rated 18A
The Belko Experiment looks
2 great on paper if youâ€™re a devotee
of scary movies. Itâ€™s directed by Aussie Greg McLean, who blew horror fans away with his outback-set psychokiller debut Wolf Creek back in 2005. And itâ€™s written by James Gunn, who worked wonders helming the comically gory Slither in 2006 before hitting it big with the family-friendly Guardians of the Galaxy flicks.
Then thereâ€™s the cast, which includes such genre faves as Michael Rooker (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer), John C. McGinley (Intensity), and Gregg Henry (Body Double). But what looks so promising on paper doesnâ€™t always translate to the big screen. Not that The Belko Experiment is all bad. The first half-hour is totally decent, as it tracks a diverse group of white-collar workers, mostly American, converging on their high-rise corporate building in BogotĂĄ, Colombia. McLeanâ€™s keen eye keeps you involved while following office manager Mike (John Gallagher Jr.) on his commute through the colourful bustle of BogotĂĄ, the trip highlighted by a jolting jump-scare when a grimy street merchant suddenly appears at his car window, flogging a freaky corncob idol. Once the 80 employees of the recruiting firm Belko Industries get settled in for their shift, though, an unknown voice comes over the hijacked intercom, warning that if the workers
donâ€™t murder three of their own in the next 30 minutes many more of them will die. Metal shutters power up over every door and window, snuffing out any thought of escape. When the order isnâ€™t followed, a sniper starts delivering fatal headshots to random workers. Thatâ€™s what it looks like, anyway, but itâ€™s actually the victimsâ€™ skulls exploding from the inside out. Ya see, they all agreed to have tracking devices implanted in their noggins in case they got kidnapped. They got little bombs instead. The rest of the film is a monotonous cavalcade of exploding heads, interspersed with shootings, stabbings, and blunt-force trauma to mix things up. At one point a guy gets his head ironically bashed to bits with a large stapler. All the numbing bloodshed is carried out for a reason, it turns out, but unless youâ€™re thoroughly entertained by the sight of folks dying gruesomely every six seconds or so, the underlying commentary will hardly seem worth the brain-splattering tedium. > STEVE NEWTON
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had been asked to write a business plan for his flourishing electronic-music imprint when it began, he wouldn’t have been able to. “The idea never made sense on paper,” the company’s founder tells the Straight with a chuckle over a coffee. “For my whole career, I’ve always just gone with my gut—wherever that’s led us.” In 1997, Vancouver’s dance scene was small. Club nights like those at the Chameleon Lounge, Richard’s on Richards, and Sonar were some of the only outlets for those interested in electronic beats to strut their stuff. Few local labels were operating out of the city, and news of dance music events travelled by flyers or word of mouth. Of the regular nights that did gain traction, McKeehan had a hand in most. He launched an evening named Mo Funk with two other partners, and his acid-jazz-cum-house-music showcase soon developed into a compilation imprint—a venture that gave the DJ and promoter his first taste of managing a label. “We had a great time licensing music for rerelease,” he says. “It was an awesome experience. But it wasn’t that close to what I was spinning at night, so while we had success with Mo Funk, I wanted to try
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It suddenly dawned on DJ and Nordic Trax head Luke McKeehan that he could save time and effort by running his iPod through the PA. Moodberlin photo.
“Our joke is that if I see someone at a conference, or I bump into someone from the pre-Internet era who’s still in the business, Luke McKeehan’s record label survived the rise of it’s like seeing an old war file-sharing sites to become a Vancouver institution friend,” he continues. and put out some singles. That was a whole different “The music industry really was a different beast ball game—signing new tracks rather than getting then, in terms of even how we would run a label the rights to music that already had some kind of in Vancouver. You had to have an office, you had cachet. But being a DJ, I bought a lot of 12-inch rec- to receive goods, and you had to ship them. You’re ords, so I knew 90 percent of the labels that I would not thinking about what tracks are coming out, be comparing Nordic Trax to, or trying to become. but rather how to fill the postage meter to send out It seemed like a natural extension for me to go for another hundred records. The reality was paper it, but I didn’t want to push it on the other guys if it cuts and Rolodexes. All of that’s changed now.” didn’t excite them. In the end, I took the financial Emerging into the streaming age reasonably unrisk and got into it myself.” scathed, McKeehan—a perennial optimist—sees Although the label’s initial years were rocky— the shift to digital as a positive for his business. Herthe first 10 releases, McKeehan recalls, never alding the Internet as a tool that lowers the barrier to earned a cent—the DJ refused to be discouraged. entry for those exploring electronic music, he celeSelecting house and downtempo tracks for their brates its ability to bring Nordic Trax’s fresh releases quality rather than for their sound’s popularity, and extensive back catalogue to a global audience. his patient approach helped him build a catalogue “We put out a track from Gavin Boyce called that soon started to gain traction. ‘Haboo’,” he recalls. “It didn’t do anything signifiTwenty years later, the label not only has one of cant when it first came out, but in March this year the most recognizable names in the city, but com- I started to see a random spike on Soundcloud. mands worldwide respect. It went from doing 20 plays a week to thousands. “We took Nordic Trax seriously, of course, but Usually, you can reverse-engineer it to figure out I don’t think any of us thought, ‘Okay, this is what what the source was, but it was unclear. Eventually, we’ll be doing in two decades,’ ” McKeehan says, I discovered that Dixon DJed all night at Ministry of sipping his coffee. “But here we are.” Sound in London, and all these trainspotters went That’s not to say that the company hasn’t faced and made a list on Soundcloud of everything that he challenges over its lengthy history. In its third played. No matter how much people loved the track, year, not long after McKeehan had got the hang of though, we never would have seen the same uptick shaking down manufacturers, securing distribu- of interest if everything were still just on vinyl.” tion, and sweet-talking Canada Post cashiers into Despite the label’s financial and cultural suchelping mail out 300 white-label promos, websites cess, McKeehan has never lost touch with his orilike Napster and LimeWire surfaced. Unleashing gins: the club nights that gave him his first taste of a wave of piracy that gutted the music industry, the music business. Maintaining a hand in some the Internet threatened to sink the fledgling label. of the city’s top parties, the label is currently gear“We had to adapt or die,” he recalls. “For me, ing up for its 20th anniversary showcase, set to there were some thin years there for sure, where stage some of the imprint’s major players. “There’s a lot of things I’m looking forward to,” a distributor would just go down, or the big chain stores we would sell to would unexpectedly col- he says. “One is that Gavin Froome is coming out of lapse. When those businesses fall, they take a retirement to do a live PA, which he hasn’t done in whole lot of smaller companies with them. Dance over 10 years. A lot of guys will just have some loops music has always been a little bit insulated from in their computer for that kind of show, but his set that, because DJs have always paid for tracks in is all going to be played on outboard gear—stuff high quality—but that massive change meant that people can see. Then there’s Mark Farina, who’s a fan a lot of the younger labels were eaten by bigger fish. favourite and one of our longest supporters. On the
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NOT SECURED, LOOSE ENDS The Beastie Boys once flagged Japan as their favourite place on Earth largely because it gets everything cool five years before the rest of the world catches on. On that front, give thanks for the upcoming arrival of Next Music From Tokyo Vol. 10 at the Biltmore Cabaret on Wednesday (May 24). On the bill is Not Secured, Loose Ends, a female quartet that sounds like someone combined the best parts of the Sundays, the Knife, and Every Time I Die—sweeter-than-syrup vocals set to ethereal J-pop and fire-in-thehole screamo. Also on the bill is Hyacca (extreme math-rock), Bakyun (boy-girl vintage emo), Yubisaki Nohaku (art-school indie-prog), and the Taupe (classic pop with distorted core). Entry to the show is free after 10:30 p.m. The Beastie Boys would be impressed. -
20 Years of Nordic Trax is at the Imperial on Sunday (May 21).
in + out
Luke McKeehan sounds off on the things that enquiring minds want to know.
On the music industry’s shift to digital: “I think of the change like being a stagecoach driver when the automobile came along. You can get up and think, ‘Don’t worry, I’m going to kill it today,’ but eventually there’s cars everywhere, and literally only one guy in Stanley Park who’s still parading round his horses.” On piracy: “The gaming industry dealt with the rise of the Internet really well. The music industry didn’t. There were people like Metallica who were already living in the lap of luxury, saying, ‘Hey kids, don’t steal our music because we need to get paid.’ Everyone’s just thinking, ‘Whatever.’ They made a good point, but the way that the dialogue was communicated was poor.” On leaving the club business to run Nordic Trax full-time: “Even though music happens in venues, managing clubs is not the purest form of the industry. There are a lot of other things going on. For the people who are good at venue management, music is more of a byproduct than the goal. It’s about what can generate the most revenue through alcohol sales.”
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road, he’ll wear a Nordic Trax shirt or play one of our releases, and he won’t say that he did it, but it goes a long way when people in that world clock it. The final highlight is Pete Moss, from Philadelphia. We’ve never been able to get him out to Vancouver before, but we’re huge supporters of his music—his releases on the label are some of my personal favourites. “Nordic Trax has always been a reflection of what I’m listening to or what I’m playing as a DJ,” McKeehan continues. “You’re not trying to necessarily say, ‘Is everyone going to get this?’ or ‘Do I care?’ You’re trying to contribute back into the DJ culture that you’re part of.” -
OUT WITH THE OLD Rapper Travis Scott was arrested May 13 in Arkansas for inciting a riot at his own show. That same night, Axl Rose showed up on-stage at Los Angeles’ Dodger Stadium to sing “Big Shot” with Billy Joel. Yes, the torch has officially been passed. WHO JERSEY? Jon Bon Jovi surprised grads at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s commencement exercises on May 16 with an impromptu performance. Coincidentally, the most popular Google search among FDU students that day was “Who is Jon Bon Jovi?”. #ITMFA Moby took to Twitter to encourage Donald Trump to resign before he gets impeached, suggesting the U.S. president step down and maintain “a tiny shred of dignity”. Too late!
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After 35-plus years in the music business, iconic singer and songwriter Art Bergmann finally has his hair the way he likes it. Lisa MacIntosh photo.
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“I’m from an old world,” he says, “where, I don’t know, I got sucked into the whole fallacy of getting sucked into a record company, which turns out to be ‘You owe the bank a fuck of a lot of money’. Then you can’t get your music back. You’re continuously under their thumb, even after all this time. So I’m not totally sure what the solution is. A lot of people have found their way around it. I’m not sure if I have the time, or inclination, to be online 24/7 selling my ass.” Now Bergmann finds himself in a period when Spotify rules and the only artists who actually seem to sell records are superstars like Drake and Beyoncé. He understands that the way most artists make money these days is by steady touring, something that’s not an option for him. “When I’m on-stage, the adrenaline seems to kick in and kill the pain momentarily,” he reveals. “But then you pay for it later. I don’t look forward to the after-pain, but at least everything disappears while you’re playing music. What actually got me back playing was that I had some surgery done on my spine—as well as pain, I’d had some numbness in my extremities,” he says. “So I couldn’t figure out if I ever wanted to play again. The surgery improved things a bit, but now it’s starting to return again. So I don’t know whether I want more surgery or not.” That’s going to be our loss—again. Bergmann proved impossibly skilled at writing great rock songs after surfacing as a leader in Vancouver’s famously fertile punk scene of the late ’70s and early ’80s. As singerguitarist of the Young Canadians, he gave us propulsive, era-defining classics like “Automan” and “Hawaii”. As a solo artist in the major-label system of the ’80s and ’90s, he walked a line between beautifully bleak and emotionally powerful, exploring such sunny topics as incest (“Our Little Secret”), the view from the gutter (“The Junkie Don’t Care”), and suicide (“More Blue Shock”). If you’ve never heard Sexual Roulette—Bergmann’s masterful 1990 exploration of drugs, depression, death, and redemption—you’ve missed out on one of the greatest records this country has ever produced. Bergmann is well aware of his legacy—even as he tends to downplay it. (“My songs, as far as I’m concerned, they’re full of too many hooks.”). And he notes that, even if we might be seeing the end of his touring days, he isn’t done yet. “I’m working on a new batch of songs for a record as we speak,” he reveals. “It’s going to be all over the map musically. It’s not going to be mellow lyrically.” Given the current, relentlessly bleak state of the human condition—and Bergmann’s obsession with it—there’s no way it could be anything else. -
rt Bergmann had every reason to walk away permanently from an industry he should rightly hate, but sometimes the creative pull ends up being impossible to resist. As the second decade of this new century winds down, he’s back touring sporadically and releasing records like last year’s official comeback, The Apostate. Reached at home in rural Alberta, the 64-year-old Vancouver-spawned legend has zero trouble articulating what’s got him back in the notoriously soul-crushing music business after a decadelong hiatus that looked like it would be permanent. “It’s my fortune to have a curiosity as to where the human condition comes from,” Bergmann says from the outside-of-Calgary farm where he’s lived since the beginning of the ’00s. “I’m lucky to be interested in ceaseless looking and discovery.” That curiosity bleeds through during a wide-ranging conversation that covers everything from Marxist history to the power of film noir to Canadian cultural genocide to the genius of the Replacements’ Pleased to Meet Me. Bergmann is candid about his various disappointments, noting, for example, that The Apostate’s rave reviews didn’t exactly translate into stratospheric record sales. And he’s remarkably upbeat about his future as a musician determined to build on what’s already a rich legacy. While arthritis, back problems, and other ailments continue to make performing live painful and difficult, he’s still writing music. That’s what he’s done ever since his late-’70s band the Shmorgs, which was followed by his visionary first-wave punk outfit the Young Canadians and then a career as one of the country’s most gifted solo artists. In some ways, he suggests, what we hear on The Apostate is a man reshaped by the small-town community that he’s lived in for most of the past 20 years. In a departure from the snarling vocals and all-out guitar savagery that often marked his earlier works, Bergmann isn’t afraid to dial things back. That approach suits him, whether he’s doing a grimy blues strut with “Mirage”, referencing sunset Tex-Mex on “The Greatest Story Never Told”, or drinking doubles at the lonely end of a roadhouse bar for “A Town Called Mean”. “My whole sound and tastes all changed, sort of back to where I learned music from, which is old folk and country songs,” Bergmann says. “I had all of that knowledge before my punk period came along. I basically added everything back into the music that I was writing, along with really amazing stuff that I was hearing out there in Alberta. Out here everything is much more country-oriented.” Other changes have been more challenging. Bergmann recalls his years on a major label in the ’90s, watching everyone make money except for the artists who were actually Art Bergmann plays the Rickshaw Theatre on Friday (May 19). producing music.
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STEVE EARLE AND THE DUKES American country-rock singer-songwriter tours in support of upcoming album So You Wannabe an Outlaw. Oct 1, 8 pm, Commodore Ballroom. Tix on sale May 19, 10 am, $55 (plus service charges and fees) at www.livenation.com/.
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AUGUST ALSINA New Orleans R&B artist performs on his Drugs Tour. Sep 2, doors 8 pm, show 9 pm, Commodore Ballroom (868 Granville). Tix on sale May 19, 10 am, $35 (plus service charges and fees) at www.livenation.com/. CIGARETTES AFTER SEX Brooklyn-based pop band tours in support of upcoming self-titled debut full-length album. Sep 7, 9 pm, The Imperial (319 Main). Tix on sale May 19, 10 am, $20 (plus service charges and fees) at www.ticketweb.ca/. RAC Portugal-born indie-electronica artist and Grammy Award winner. Sep 17, doors 8 pm, show 9 pm, The Imperial (319 Main). Tix on sale May 19, 10 am, $25 (plus service charges and fees) at www.livenation.com/.
BAD SUNS Southern California rock band tours following its latest release, Disappear Here. Oct 14, doors 7 pm, show 8 pm, Fortune Sound Club (147 E. Pender). Tix on sale May 19, 10 am, $20 (plus service charges and fees) at www.ticketweb.ca/. THE NATIONAL American indie-rock band performs in support of upcoming album Sleep Well Beast. Dec 1-2, doors 7 pm, show 8 pm, Queen Elizabeth Theatre (650 Hamilton). Tix on sale May 19, 10 am, $73/63/53 (plus service charges and fees) at www.ticketmaster.ca/. PIXIES American alt-rock band performs on the second leg of its 2017 North American tour, with guests the Orwells. Dec 4, doors 7 pm, show 8 pm, Queen Elizabeth Theatre (650 Hamilton). Tix on sale May 19, 10 am, $79.50/59.50/45 (plus service charges and fees) at www.livenation.com/. KATY PERRY American pop superstar (“Teenage Dream”, “Firework”) performs tunes from upcoming album Witness. Feb 5, Rogers Arena (800 Griffiths Way). Tix on sale May 26, 12 pm, at www.ticketmaster.ca/.
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married straight man. My wife, who is 33 years old, cannot orgasm through intercourse since we had our last child. Her explanation is that she has this constant sensation to pee. Now we find other means to please her through toys, oral, etcetera. Are there exercises or other means to get her to climax through intercourse? Is this common from childbirth? > CLIMAXING LIBERALLY IS FUN
“Failure to orgasm with penile penetration is not a medical condition,” said Dr. Jennifer Gunter, an ob-gyn, writer (drjengunter.wordpress.com), and kickass tweeter who practises in the San Francisco Bay Area. “If a woman can orgasm with other methods—oral sex or masturbation or toys—then that means everything is working just fine. Remember, it’s not how she gets to the party that matters; it’s that she got to attend the party.” As all straight men need to be aware, CLIF, only a small number of women— less than a quarter—can get off from vaginal intercourse alone, aka PIV. “Most women require clitoral stimulation to have an orgasm, and often the mechanics of penile penetration just don’t produce the right kind of friction,” said Gunter. “It’s possible that the subtle anatomical changes postchildbirth have altered the friction mechanics of your coupling. Introducing a vibrator during sex might help.” And while we’re on the subject of clits, CLIF… We abbreviate sign-offs around here, as everyone knows, and like PIV for your wife, CLIF, your sign-off didn’t quite get you there. You could’ve
> BY DAN SAVAGE
gone with “Climaxing Liberally Is Terrific” or “Tremendous” or “Totally Spectacular”, but you didn’t. Perhaps it was an innocent brain fart—perhaps I’m reading too much into this—but if you didn’t spot the near-CLIT staring you in the face in your sign-off, CLIF, it seems possible that you may have overlooked your wife’s clit too. Also possible: your wife wasn’t actually having orgasms “through intercourse” before she gave birth to your last child. You’re clearly invested in climaxing together—just like in the movies and porn and other fictions—and your wife, like many women, may have been faking orgasms to please a male partner. Tired of faking orgasms, your wife seized on the birth of your last child to explain why she “suddenly” couldn’t come from PIV alone anymore. What about your wife’s constant sensation to pee during intercourse? “That’s something to be looked at,” Gunter said. “After childbirth (and sometimes just with age), women can develop an overactive bladder or pelvic-muscle issues, and these could be exacerbated during penetration, making a woman feel as if she needs to empty her bladder. Worrying about peeing during sex might be holding her back. It might be worth a visit to a pelvic-floor physical therapist and/or a urogynecologist if this sensation to pee during sex is bothering her. But if neither the lack of orgasm with penile penetration nor the urgency to pee is bothering her, and she is having orgasms other ways and is happy with that, I would be happy with it, too. After all, it’s her orgasm, and stress or pressure to
orgasm a particular way might negatively affect her party.” Follow Gunter on Twitter @DrJen Gunter. Do it: she’s amazing and hilarious, and she kicks right-wing, antichoice, sex-negative ass up and down Twitter on a daily basis.
I’m a 29-year-old man who desires a monogamous relationship. I’m currently in an LTR with a 29-yearold woman. Despite my feelings about monogamy, I’ve sought attention from women and men on dating apps. I’ve gotten caught doing this more than once. I have never met up with anyone in real life, and my girlfriend has yet to find out about the use of gaydating apps. After some soul-searching, I realized that my bisexuality is a huge issue in our relationship. I’ve never discussed it with her, and while I don’t think she would react negatively, I’m scared of how it would affect our relationship. I’m not sure whether to go to therapy, bring it up with my girlfriend, or do some combination of the two. I’d love some advice about having this discussion in a way that won’t end my relationship. I’m not really interested in an open relationship, and I would like to stay with my girlfriend, but I’m confused because I don’t know if a monogamous relationship will still be what I want once I open up about my sexuality. It seems like a no-win situation—stay in the closet and no one knows but I keep wanting outside attention, or tell her the real reason I’ve used dating apps and probably lose the relationship. > BISEXUAL REELING ABOUT CLOSETED ETHICAL DILEMMA
The use of gay-dating apps isn’t the issue—it’s your use of them. And while I’m nitpicking: it’s not “outside attention” you want, BRACED, it’s cock. Backing way the hell up: lots of partnered people—even contentedly monogamous people—dink around on dating apps for the attention, for the ego boost, for the spank bank. Fakes and flakes annoy the people who are looking for actual dates on those apps, of course, but apps are the new pickup bars, and partnered people were strolling into pickup bars to harmlessly flirt with strangers before heading home to their mates, all charged up, long before apps came along. The dangers and temptations of app-facilitated flirtations are greater, of course, because unlike the person you briefly flirted with in a bar, the person you flirted with on an app can find you again—hell, they come home with you, in your pocket, and you can easily reconnect with them later. But the real issue here isn’t apps or flirting along the harmless/dangerous spectrum, BRACED, it’s closets—specifically, the one you’re in. The closet is a miserable place to be, as you know, and the only relevant question is whether you can spend the rest of your life in there. If the answer is no—and it sure sounds like it’s no (you sound miserable)—then you’ll have to come out to your girlfriend. If you don’t think monogamy will be right for you once you’re out, then monogamy may not be right for you period. Find yourself a queerpositive therapist, come out to your GF with their help, and allow her to make an informed choice about whether she wants to be with you. Worry less about
the right words, BRACED, and more about the truthful ones.
A woman recently wrote to you that her husband could not maintain an erection for “more than a few thrusts”. She said that Viagra is of no use to them (the drug gave him headaches) and she was contemplating the pursuit of sexual affairs with other men who could better serve her needs (with her husband’s permission). No need for me to rehash what you told her. I want to call your attention to a better solution to their quandary: any competent urologist can write a prescription for a preparation known as Trimix (phentolamine, papaverine, and prostaglandin, in various strengths), which must be supplied by a compounding pharmacy. Or failing that prescription, then, alternatively, one for a brand-name drug called Caverject. Both of these preparations are injected directly into the penis—into the corpora cavernosa, to be specific—and both effectively enable an erection of prodigious size and stiffness that will endure for as much as six hours. > POTENTIAL ALTERNATE SOLUTION SIDESTEPS INFIDELITIES’ OBVIOUS NEGATIVES
Thanks for sharing, PASSION. And to guys out there with erectile dysfunction: ask your doctor if Caverject is right for you. On the Lovecast, a comprehensive rundown on anal lubes: savage lovecast.com . Email: mail@savage love.net . Follow Dan on Twitter @fakedansavage. ITMFA.org.
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