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Writer and “human vuvuzela” Lindy West tells the Straight about the importance of being funny, the joys of silencing Internet trolls, and the satisfactions of her bold, incisive new memoir, Shrill. > BY JENNIFER CROLL

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indy West is a funny woman. Let’s not fight about it—I’m looking at you, Twitter! But as the Seattle-based writer has cut a path for herself as an outspoken columnist at Jezebel, the Guardian, and GQ, publishing witty, loudmouthed, and incisive opinions on topics like feminism, fat acceptance, and, most famously, whether it’s okay to make rape jokes (spoiler: usually not), she has been forced to give up the “funny” part of her self-image. As she recounts in her first book, a collection of personal essays entitled Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman, her “identity as a funny person—the most important thing in my life—didn’t survive” her politicization. But, as West tells the Straight over the phone from one of her book-tour stops in San Francisco, Shrill is a vindication of her comic being. “There was definitely a part of me, when I was getting ready to write this book, that really wanted to just nail it. Just make it really undeniably funny… I wanted to make something that can’t be argued with.” But to call Shrill simply funny would do it a disservice; it’s also a bold, revealing memoir that goes waist-deep into hard-to-talk-about and often taboo topics like body shame, periods, abortion, and death. “It’s a pretty dark book in a lot of ways,” West confirms. “And humour has always been my personal coping mechanism. So there wasn’t really a way around it. If I’m going to go that dark, I have to pack it with jokes, because otherwise I can’t deal.” West found her writing voice (which, in Shrill, she likens to a “human vuvuzela”) at Seattle’s alt-weekly the Stranger under editor Dan Savage—imagine a bizarro-world Georgia Straight where high-level snark is mandatory and the editor is an internationally syndicated sexadvice columnist, and you’ve got the picture. “The Stranger was never afraid to be really aggressively satirical,” West explains. “Dan really shaped that sensibility, too. I credit the culture Dan created for a lot of my development as a writer.” It was at the Stranger that West wrote the scathing, hilarious takedown of Sex and the City 2 that won her widespread recognition (though she distances herself from it a little now, saying, “There are a lot of jokes in there that I wouldn’t make today.

Lindy West’s outspoken essay collection Shrill: Notes From a Loud Woman takes on taboo topics like body shame and death—and packs them with jokes.

When I wrote that, I was still on the tail end of wanting to be edgy”). The paper was also the setting for the online battle that people jokingly refer to as the “Lindy West Origin Story”. It goes like this: in 2009, Dan Savage took on the “obesity epidemic” as a personal cause in his columns, and West—after privately informing him, to no avail, that he was making her feel like shit—“came out” as fat on the Stranger’s website and took him to task for what she saw as his bigoted opinions. West devotes a full chapter in Shrill to this, the moment she found her footing as a political writer. In it, she manages to thoroughly tear down Savage, while still being respectful. But it’s an old war, and when West told him the episode would be in the book, he took it with grace. “It wasn’t like I thought we were going to reignite our feud or anything,” she says. “It’s just an awkward thing to navigate.” It’s impossible to talk about West’s work without talking about trolls. After the Stranger, as she moved to national platforms like Jezebel and her voice on the Internet became louder, trolls flocked to her like zombies on The Walking Dead to a human who has accidentally sneezed. In her book, West likens her daily battle against them to her little-girl fantasy-novel dream of slaying evil with a broadsword—“I do fight monsters,” she says. But despite the carnage, West has learned that what she gets out of baring her soul online—the possibility of offering other women encouragement

and solace—is worth the risk of verbal abuse from egg avatars. “I don’t care what some horrible, random person on Twitter thinks about me. They can certainly be frustrating and alarming, but I don’t care about their opinions,” she says. Yet, in writing Shrill, the absence of those nagging, threatening voices made space for her to really be honest. “It made it easier to write about things that I find difficult to talk about, because it’s easy to say those things to yourself, alone in your house. And I hope that that sort of candour made it a better book. I feel like I certainly reached farther than I normally do. I definitely gave more of myself than I normally do.” Now that Shrill—a book six years in the making—has been published, the future is wide-open for West. “First, I’m going to go on vacation,” she enthuses, “because my husband and I got married almost a year ago and we haven’t gone on a honeymoon.” But, tellingly, she’s eager to get back to work. “I really enjoyed working on this book, and now that I know how to do it and it’s not quite as scary, I’m excited to write another one,” she says. “I mean, I might try to write fiction—there’s another idea. Well… don’t hold me to that.” I won’t. But there are monsters to battle, and someone’s gotta write about them. -

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to do it to shape [your body], and diet is 80 percent,” Vickerd says. “You’ve got to eat right to make sure you maintain that shape.” Vickerd says they have two main menus: one for business professionals, the other for athletes and bodybuilders. They use gluten-free ingredients and free-range, local, hormone-free meat to make nutritionally balanced meals. Meal packages vary from $108 to $300, and include nine to 30 meals. She describes the foodie menu, for professionals, as healthy comfort food. “They’re lower-calorie meals so that you’re not overeating in portion sizes,” she says. “It gives your body the proper time to digest the meals so you’re getting good use out of all the macronutrients that you’re actually eating.” She says they also make dishes with halal meat if requested, as well as vegan, vegetarian, diabetic, and glutenfree meals. Their services also attract elderly clients and film and TV professionals, and they also work with nutritionists and doctors who have clients coming off medication. Vickerd says the prep meals are for bodybuilders, physique competitors, or athletes with restrictive diets needing “something to be quite precise and exact”. Describing these items as “clean food”, they don’t use oils to cook with unless requested, to reduce fats, and also avoid sodium. The salmon, for instance, is lightly dressed with just enough herbs to give it flavour. All vegetables are steamed to help retain nutrients. The portions are conservative but filling enough. While they are both personal trainers, they also work with other trainers across the Lower Mainland in a referral program. Overall, Vickerd says that they’re focused on helping people develop a sustainable lifestyle. “It’s just about making fitness taste good,” she says. -

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It’s easy to take Vancouver for granted—until BY JANET SM IT H

you talk to someone who’s spending the summer here for the first time. Such is the case for Andrew Chown and Hailey Gillis, the young Ontario actors taking on the title roles in Romeo and Juliet at Bard on the Beach this year—a gig they both describe as “the dream contract”. “When I was hired, everyone was like, ‘Oh yeah, Bard is the best gig in Canada,’ ” Chown relates, sitting in one of Bard’s oceanside tents, having biked to the site like a true Vancouverite. “Where else am I going to see this, witness the sunset, every day?” he adds, surveying Vanier Park beyond the red-and-white tent village. “We were saying yesterday that it’s so nice to breathe fresh air, because so often during tech time in a theatre you feel like you’re in a cave for two weeks,” his costar says, jumping in. “It’s so nice to stand there and say, ‘That’s the ocean, those are mountains,’ and to breathe this fresh, fresh air and say, ‘I’m awake. I’m ready.’ ” It’s more than just the setting of Bard’s open-air main stage that has the pair so pumped to be here for the next three months. They’re working with director Kim Collier, whose 2013 Hamlet was one of Bard’s most unforgettable productions, as well as a cast full of acclaimed Bard on the Beach veterans, like Scott Bellis, Dawn Petten, Anton Lipovetsky, Jennifer Lines, and Andrew McNee. And, of course, they’ve scored the lead roles in one of William Shakespeare’s best-loved plays—the story of feuding families keeping two star-crossed lovers apart, a tale

Bringing love to the beach

Hailey Gillis and Andrew Chown have tricks for maintaining that fresh surge of first love in Bard on the Beach’s Romeo and Juliet. David and Emily Cooper photo.

and for hate and…the only actual solution is the possibility of love.” The biggest challenge, both actors say, is to maintain that fresh surge of first love in every show they do at Bard this summer. Brian Linds’s immersive sound design is one production element that helps keep Chown focused. “Also I’m noticing, if I’m talking about her eyes, then I really have to look at Hailey’s eyes,” he adds. “Always expect the scene or the play or the moment to go a different way than it actually goes. If we play the tragedy right off the top, then it doesn’t work.” The key to the work, they end up agreeing, is getting the audience to that same place of belief. “Everyone who comes in to see the show knows how it’s going to end, but if the show’s done well, then they forget halfway through and think, ‘They might make it,’ ’’ says Gillis. “That’s the tragedy. I go through that too: I go, ‘Maybe… Maybe in this one the ending won’t happen.’ ” For now, that place of hope is where Gillis and Chown are really going to live for their summer in Vancouver. And anchoring their fi rst professional Shakespeare play on a main stage in one of the most scenic locations in the country, they don’t need to worry about where they’re going to head next. “This is an incredible gift to get this role, to work with these people and this director, at this location,” adds Chown. “So I’m really grateful for that, and hopefully, that overwhelming gratitude is the thing to focus on.” That, and those magnificent views. -

Young Ontario actors Andrew Chown and Hailey Gillis pretty much have the dream gig in Bard’s Romeo and Juliet this summer

that still reduces everyone from high-school English students to veteran theatregoers to tears. “I think I first connected with the text—not an actual performance, but the book in my hands,” says Gillis, who remembers it from school in Grimsby, Ontario. “When I was reading it I was trying to figure out who I was independently, and I think that’s what Juliet’s going through—trying to figure out who she is separate from what she’s grown up with.” Chown, a National Theatre School grad, laughs and says his first exposure to the play was also at school—but in a renegade movie version. “I had a teacher in Grade 6 who was pretty zany and probably played us fi lms we weren’t allowed to see in our school,” he says. “One of them was the Leo DiCaprio Romeo & Juliet, the Baz Luhrmann fi lm. “I don’t think I ever connected with Romeo that much before. I never empathized with him because he was the lover and Mercutio’s cool,” he adds. Chown’s attitude has changed—and the actors say this show fires up the passions big-time. Gillis says Collier is emphasizing the way some characters direct those passions into beauty and love, while others channel them into violence and hate. “Also, this production is timeless: it’s periodinfluenced, but it’s not set in any specific time or place,” Chown says, referring to the scenery, designed by Pam Johnson. “These feuds still exist in the world today, and if we place it in a specific setting, which you can do very beautifully, it allows the audience to say, ‘Oh, those people and their problems.’ I like the idea that this is saying we’re all Romeo and Juliet runs at Bard on the Beach’s BMO culpable and we all have this capacity for violence Mainstage from Friday (June 3) to September 23.

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Aside from a Romeo and Juliet that mixes fresh faces with old favourites, the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival is serving up a strong roster of other plays—each with its own twist. Here’s the scoop on the rest of the works down at Vanier Park this summer:

THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR (June 17 to September 24 on the BMO Mainstage) The talented director Johnna Wright won a 2012 Jessie Award for her 1960s-set, Canadiana-filled version of Shakespeare’s rollicking comedy on the fest’s smaller studio stage in 2012. What’s really groovy, baby, about this production is she’s bringing it back bigger and wilder on the main stage. OTHELLO (June 24 to September 17 at the Douglas Campbell Theatre) One of the city’s top actors, Bob Frazer played the evil Iago at Bard on the Beach in 2009, the last time the fest presented the tale of the wronged Moor on its main stage. Now he’s back to direct his own version of it, this time set during the American Civil War. PERICLES (July 2 to September 18 at the Douglas Campbell Theatre) Another well-known Bard actor—Lois Anderson—makes a directing debut at the fest. She’s taking on this rarely performed, fantastical work. The costumes and set design are a spectacular draw for this story set in a mythical world where clay figurines come to life. > JANET SMITH

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Editor’s choice TEARS OF A CLOWN Old-school clown Gale LaJoye creates low-tech, gentle magic in Snowflake down at the Kids’ Fest, turning everything from old rubber boots to bubble wrap into amusing routines. But there’s so much laughter, adults might get caught off guard by his show: it’s clear Snowflake is homeless, living behind a broken-down fence, and as he gazes longingly at a nearby billboard that shows a perfect family, it becomes apparent that he’s trying to make friends and art out of junk to stave off loneliness. Snowflake is at the Waterfront Theatre as part of the Vancouver International Children’s Festival until Sunday (June 5).

Five events you just can’t miss this week

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MAHLER’S TRAGIC SYMPHONY (At the Orpheum June 4 and 6) Hang on tight as the VSO takes on the Sixth’s swirling, dark nightmare-scape.

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MAZ JOBRANI (At the Vogue June 3) The Iranian-American comedian’s show title says it all: I’m Not a Terrorist, But I’ve Played One on TV.

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NEW WORKS@NIGHT (At the Annex on June 3) Sizzling street-dance crew Project Soul presents its new Into the Tao.

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HOW TO SURVIVE AN APOCALYPSE (At the Firehall from June 2 to 11) A new play by Jordan Hall? We’re in.

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MASHUP (At the Vancouver Art Gallery to June 15) You only have a couple weeks left to catch this cool show.

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THRONE AND GAMES Our arts fan this week is Colleen Brow, comedy writer/coproducer of CFRO Radio’s What’s So Funny. Her onewoman comedy show hits the stage this fall. Here’s her pick this week: “Vancouver TheatreSports League’s Throne and Games, a parody of the popular HBO series, builds on the success of last year’s show. The cast ramps up the suspense this time round with more plot twists than a Republican campaign. Who’s dead? Who’s not? It doesn’t matter whether you watch the actual TV show or not, hilarity reigns!” Vancouver TheatreSports League presents Throne and Games—A Chance of Snow at the Improv Centre to June 25.

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es, yes, the sex was good. You really know how to put your penis in a woman.” Playwright Jordan Hall knows her way around a line, and her newest work, How to Survive an Apocalypse, is a funny and frank exploration of a young couple who become endof-the-world “preppers” when faced with financial hardship. Desperately unprepared for any actual wilderness living, they join another couple in the woods to boost their survival skills. One botched rabbit murder and a messy one-night stand later, the actual apocalypse starts to look pretty good. Actors Lindsey Angell and Sebastien Archibald join Hall and the Straight to talk about Apocalypse during a break from their daylong rehearsal. The theme came to Hall in 2013 when she observed a “resurgence of apocalyptic ideation” in the movies and among her cohort. “There are these weird, looming pressures, and we don’t know how we’re supposed to deal with them,” Hall says. “Frequently, it feels like you go to your little protest and then they run the pipeline anyway. Instead, it’s like, ‘Well, that’s fine, the world is clearly screwed, I can’t convince anyone to do any better, so what I’ll do is stockpile some soup and then when the world ends, as it inevitably will, I’ll at least have the soup.’ ” I confess that I’ve been harbouring my own plan to learn soup-making so that I’ll have something to fall back on if and when the end comes. “Are you worried about not being clean?” Angell asks. “Do you know how many people died from not being clean before the advent of hygiene?” Hall interjects. “My instinct is to have a route out of the downtown core; however, I don’t think that’s really realistic,”

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Angell says, admitting she, too, has done some “prepping”. “I work a lot in Alberta, so my plan is to just not really be here. Perfectly timed to be elsewhere.” Everybody laughs. “Because the apocalypse happens on a timetable,” Archibald jokes. “We, fortunately, live on the top of a hill, near City Hall. I’ve definitely thought a number of times, ‘Okay, if the earthquake hits’—and I actually looked into it at one point, what the expected rise in sea level would be—‘Oh, great, okay, all those people from Broadway down to the water are fucked but I’m okay, ’cause we’re at the top of this hill. Maybe I’ll get a boat.’ ” Judging by the response of this small group, Hall has tapped into something that resonates loudly, adding an exciting new voice to the local scene of emerging professional playwrights. As much as the script is a loving skewering of its demographic, it’s also extraordinarily clever, charming, and thoroughly modern in its exploration of traditional gender roles, a shifting masculine paradigm, and what women want. Archibald, who is also a playwright, says Hall’s writing reminds him of George Bernard Shaw.

“They are these articulate, intelligent people who are just fucking up miserably,” he says. “There’s something really satisfying about watching smart people who are supposed to be really with it, but are maybe lacking a certain emotional intelligence, just fail miserably. It also reminded me, too, of vintage Woody Allen, these smart, academic people who are just really going at it, leading with their hearts or crotches, or both, and it just leads them astray or to all sorts of debaucherous situations.” “On a personal note, I prefer Shaw to Woody Allen in terms of actual comparisons,” Hall interjects with a laugh. “It’s really important to me; I don’t like scripts and writing that underestimate the audience,” Hall says. “I know so many really clever people— I wanted to create a portrait of this generation and the space that we’re in, the authenticity of the language and the rhythms, but also a really faithful portrait of how smart and how hard they are trying.” How to Survive an Apocalypse runs from Friday to next Saturday (June 3 to 11) at the Firehall Arts Centre.


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Uneven Wit follows a woman to her death WIT By Margaret Edson. Directed by Angela Konrad. A Pacific Theatre production. At Pacific Theatre on Friday, May 20. Continues until June 11

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as it looks at first. The script is about Vivian, a literary academic who is dying of ovarian cancer. Vivian’s specialty is the metaphysical poetry of John Donne and the play examines mortality through that lens—so, in some ways, it’s ambitious and smart. Early on, Vivian’s academic mentor, E.M., releases an outraged diatribe about melodramatic punctuation in later renderings of Donne’s poetry: her rant is hilariously petty, entirely supportable, and, ultimately, moving in its defence of beauty. And you’d have to be made of stone not to be touched by the core story of Wit: a vital, courageous character expires in front of our eyes. Wit is not consistently satisfying, however. The dynamics between Vivian and Jason, the resident who attends her, are simplistic. Jason is so fixated on research that, to him, Vivian might as well be a lab rat. I’m not saying that this attitude is entirely unrealistic, but, as presented in the play, it is one-note and extreme. Thematically, the script gets repetitive. It’s obvious from the start that Vivian’s intellectual arrogance will buckle in the face of her mortality. The script’s central idea, that because we all need

compassion, kindness trumps intelligence, is worthy, but it’s not complex. The play also suffers narratively because it doesn’t deeply explore Vivian’s relationships—or the lack of them. The central connection is between Vivian and her primary nurse, Susie, but Susie is an emblematic figure: stalwart, practical, and humble. And, in this Pacific Theatre production, which was directed by Angela Konrad, Julie Casselman underplays the role: she is honest, but so casual and even hard to hear that the dramatic anchor that Susie could provide all but dissolves. Vivian is written for a relatively showy kind of performance: she’s a brassy bag off the top and then she crumbles. Katharine Venour, who’s playing Vivian, is an excellent actor whose default mode is restraint and her approach mutes the play’s dynamics somewhat. Nonetheless, Venour’s work is witty, moving, and true. Dan Amos gets all of the awkward humour and deep nerdiness that’s written into Jason. And Erla Faye Forsyth is perfection as E.M., the mentor. When E.M. visits Vivian late in the play, their interaction is heartbreaking. With its curved white walls, John Webber’s set is appropriately sterile and claustrophobic. And Corina Akeson and Jeff Tymoschuk’s understated sound design supports the story’s emotional content without blatantly manipulating the audience. Pacific Theatre’s Wit moved me at times, but I wanted it to take me deeper—probably deeper than the script is capable of going. > COLIN THOMAS

Flicker a first step toward mixing ancient and new D ANC E FLICKER A Dancers of Damelahamid production. At the Cultch’s Historic Theatre on Wednesday, May 25. No remaining performances

How do you turn a traditional art form into something contemporary, while still respecting its roots? We’ve seen increasing numbers of dancers tackling this challenge, whether it’s been Aakash Odedra melding classical Indian bharata nat-yam with projections and props at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, or local troupes like Flamenco Rosario, Co.ERASGA, and Wen Wei Dance. Indigenous dance is getting in on the act—big-time. Think artists like Vancouver’s Raven Spirit or Toronto’s Santee Smith, whose NeoIndigenA is coming to the Cultch next year. Now come the Dancers of Damelahamid. Best known for its spectacular ceremonial performances in settings like the Museum of Anthropology’s Coastal Dance Festival, the ensemble has made a name for drawing on the Gitxsan people’s rich history of mask dancing. Now, though, it’s making a departure with its dive into the multimedia and contemporary. The result is a work that amps up the art and regalia of indigenous culture with 21st-century style. Flicker inhabits a lush visual world. It blends Andy Moro’s projected video imagery of water, mountains, sky, and Northwest Coast graphic design on a longhouse-shaped backscreen with Rebecca Baker’s intricate costumes that riff on the masks, beaded boots, and woven dresses of the region. Choreographer Margaret Grenier’s dance retains a lot of the powwow-style steps and the animistic movements of traditional First Nations dance-storytelling amid its contemporary flow. The vocabulary is subtle and never showy. It’s slow

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and rhythmically hypnotic, meditative in a way that you could almost compare to the feel of butoh, except for its steady beat. For music, the group has stuck to stripped-down traditional singing intercut with storytelling in the Gitxsan language. The piece is at its best when it reaches a dream state. There’s an extended sequence when Nigel Grenier’s hunter comes upon two mountain goats—embodied by two dancers wielding eerie long hoof rattles in front of them, wearing stunning frosty-white dresses and headbands circled with black horns. In the background, grey light and falling snow move in, Grenier curls amid their interlocked limbs for warmth, and it’s magical. The slow-paced storytelling is harder to follow, though it’s clear that Grenier, the sole male dancer, is on a journey that is bringing him back in touch with his ancestors and the traditional spirit world. Flicker culminates in his transformation into the titular West Coast bird, bedecked in a beautiful big beaked mask and design-emblazoned blanket—and reads as symbolic of the way indigenous people, and the rest of us, are connecting with and celebrating a culture our government once tried to obliterate. This is a start, but it feels like the Dancers of Damelahamid could push even more—in form and content, though clearly this is difficult new ground that requires respect for the past. And yet it’s new ground that’s been dug up, to varying degrees of controversy, by dancers around the globe in recent years; just talk to people like Thai khon master Pichet Klunchun, who’s performed here. But Flicker, which now heads to the Canada Dance Festival, is an important start—the beginning of a truly West Coast take on the thriving area of indigenous contemporary dance. And the beginning of change. > JANET SMITH

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ar ts/ timeout THEATRE 2OPENINGS HOW TO SURVIVE AN APOCALYPSE Touchstone Theatre presents Jordan Hall’s play about a pair of young, successful urbanites who become convinced that their lifestyle is coming to an end. Jun 3-11, Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova). Tix $24/20, info www.firehallartscentre.ca/. BARD ON THE BEACH Annual outdoor Shakespeare festival features performances of The Merry Wives of Windsor

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THE LION IN WINTER United Players presents a play that uses the Plantagenet saga to explore the notion that the bonds of family are weak when ultimate power is at stake. Jun 3-26, 8 pm, Jericho Arts Centre. Info www.unitedplayers.com/. HE SAID IT AND WHITE WINES Radio Free Stein presents a concert staging of two plays by Gertrude Stein. Jun 4, 5, 8 pm, The Cultch (1895 Venables). Tix $15, info www.radiofreestein.com/.

2ONGOING BILLY ELLIOT The Arts Club Theatre Company presents the musical story of an

11-year-old boy who discovers he loves ballet dancing. Book and lyrics by Lee Hall. Music by Elton John. To Jul 10, Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage (2750 Granville). Tix from $29, info www.artsclub.com/.

WIT Pacific Theatre presents a poignant play about unwitting redemption, starring Katharine Venour, Erla Faye Forsyth, and Ron Reed. Directed by Angela Konrad. To Jun 11, 8-10 pm, Pacific Theatre (1440 W. 12th). Tix $22.99-29.99, info www.pacific theatre.org/season/2015-2016-season-3/ mainstage/wit/.

DANCE 2THIS WEEK PETER & THE WOLF Goh Ballet presents a ballet that tells the story of a young boy who discovers how logic and teamwork can accomplish unlikely aims. Music by Sergei Prokofiev. Choreography by Adonis Daukaev and the Goh Ballet Faculty. Jun 3, 4, 7:30-9:30 pm, Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton). Tix $50.67, info www.gohballet.com/.

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JOURNEY HOME: THE SEARCH FOR SAFE HAVEN City Soul Choir presents an a cappella concert of songs that bring to life the perilous journeys that we take to find a new home in a safe place. Jun 3, 4, 7:30 pm, Unitarian Church of Vancouver (949 W. 49th). Tix $25-30, info www.citysoulchoir.com/. FROM BAROCK 2 ROQUE Romanian violinist Cristian Herki performs with Vancouver’s EnPraxis Ensemble and guest pianist Cathy Gallagher in a journey through music history. Jun 4, 7:30 pm, The Cultch (1895 Venables). Tix 35/25/10, info www.frombarock2roque.com/. MAHLER’S TRAGIC SYMPHONY Bramwell Tovey leads the VSO in Mahler’s Symphony No. 6 in A Minor, Tragic and Edward Gregson’s Dream Song. Jun 4, 6, 8 pm, Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe). Info www.vancouversymphony.ca/. KOERNER QUARTET MEETS ROLSTON QUARTET Local ensemble the Koerner Quartet performs with Houstonbased Rolston String Quartet. Works include music by Haydn, Debussy, and Mendelssohn. Jun 5, 7:30 pm, Vancouver Academy of Music (1270 Chestnut). Tix $15-18, info www.koernerquartet.com/.

COMEDY 2ONGOING THE COMEDY MIX 1015 Burrard, Century Plaza Hotel & Spa, 604-684-5050, www. thecomedymix.com/. Comedy club with pro-am night Tue at 8:30 pm, showcase Wed at 8:30 pm, and featured headliners Thu at 8:30 pm and Fri-Sat at 8 and 10:30 pm. Cover $8 Tue, $10 Wed, $15 Thu, $18 Fri, $20 Sat. 2GABRIEL RUTLEDGE Jun 2-4 2CHAD DANIELS Jun 9-11 2DEANNE SMITH Jun 16-18 2CHRIS LOCKE Jun 23-25

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DARING DANCE Twelve Minutes Max spotlights edgy, short works by talented up-and-comers— and the roster this Friday night (June 3) at the Scotiabank Dance Centre looks especially promising. Check out Iris Lau’s Babel 3.0 (shown here), a duet with Carmine Santavenere that features live music by viola player Elliot Vaughan. Or Bevin Poole’s solo, I never know what you think is important, inspired by the ominous pen-and-ink drawings of illustrator and storyteller Edward Gorey. Elsewhere, in Inconsequential, Ahalya Satkunaratnam looks at the global war on terror using classical bharata natyam, music, text, and red ribbon. And Akeisha de Baat and Nathan Todd’s duet, on [between], employs a 10-metre length of fabric to create tension and pressure. INTO THE TAO New Performance Works Society presents the latest work by Kim Sato and Project Soul. Jun 3, 8 pm, Orpheum Annex (823 Seymour). Tix $25/20, info www.newworks.ca/2015/09/ new-works-at-night-project-soul/.

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12 MINUTES MAX The Dance Centre presents five eclectic contemporary dance works each lasting 12 minutes or less. Jun 3, 8 pm, Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie). Tix $28/22, info www.thedancecentre.ca/.

MUSIC 2THIS WEEK BRAVO! A VANCOUVER OPERA CONCERT The Vancouver Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Tracy Dahl, Daniel Okulich, Krisztina Szabó, and John Tessier perform pieces by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Bizet, and Johann and Richard Strauss. Jun 2, 7 pm, Queen Elizabeth Theatre (650 Hamilton). Tix from $25, info www.vancouveropera.ca/.

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YUK YUK’S COMEDY CLUB 2837 Cambie, 604-696-9857, www.yukyuks.com/ vancouver. Comedy club with Top Talent Tue at 8 pm, amateur night Wed at 8 pm, and professional headliners Thu-Fri at 8 pm and Sat at 7 and 9:30 pm. Cover Tue $10, Wed $7, Thu $10, and Fri-Sat $20. VANCOUVER THEATRESPORTS LEAGUE Some of the world’s most daring and innovative improv. Improv After Dark (every Fri and Sat, 11:15 pm); Off Leash (every Wed and Thu, 9:15 pm); Rookie Night (every Sun, 7:30 pm); TheatreSports (every Wed, 7:30 pm; every Fri and Sat, 9:30 pm); Throne and Games: A Chance of Snow (every Thu, Fri, and Sat 7:30 pm). Jun 1-8, Improv Centre (Granville Island). Info www.vtsl.com/.

2THIS WEEK MAZ JOBRANI Iranian-American comedian performs his show I’m Not a Terrorist, But I’ve Played One on TV. Jun 3, doors 7 pm, show 8 pm, Vogue Theatre (918 Granville). Tix $100/39.50 (plus service charges and fees) at www.livenation.com/.

STRING REUNION Houston’s Rolston String Quartet was founded in 2013 by cellist Jonathan Lo, a Vancouver Academy of Music alumnus who used to live on the North Shore. Now he brings his virtuosic group, which serves as ensemble in residence at Rice University’s prestigious Shepherd School of Music, back home. Vancouver’s Koerner Quartet (whose own cellist, Joseph Elworthy, is head of cello and executive director at the academy) joins the Rolston on Sunday (June 5) at the Vancouver Academy of Music Koerner Recital Hall in a program that spans Franz Haydn to Claude Debussy, culminating in all eight players tackling Felix Mendelssohn’s String Octet. comics and manga. For ages 13 to 18 years. Jun 3, 4-6 pm, Vancouver Public Library (350 W. Georgia). Free, info www.vpl.ca/.

ET CETERA 2THIS WEEK ON BROADWAY Burstin’ With Broadway presents 155 singers, dancers, and actors, as well as a six-piece band in a performance of material from Beautiful, Aladdin, Sound of Music, and Motown. Jun 4, 2 pm, 7:30 pm, Centennial Theatre (2300 Lonsdale Ave., North Van). Tix $30/27, info www.burstinwithbroadway.com/. TASTING NOTES Turning Point Ensemble and L’Abattoir present an evening that pairs music with wine and appetizers. Jun 5, 5 pm, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W. Hastings). Tix $150, info www.turn ingpointensemble.ca/.

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MARLON WAYANS American actor, writer, VANCOUVER ART GALLERY 750 Hornby, director, and comedian, known for films such as White Chicks and A Haunted House, 604-662-4719, www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/. 2MASHUP: THE BIRTH OF MODERN will be performing on his SCANDAL-LESS CULTURE (survey of mashup culture docutour. Jun 4, doors 7 pm, show 8 pm, Vogue ments the evolution of a mode of creativTheatre (918 Granville). Tix $48 (plus service ity that has grown to become the domincharges and fees) at www.livenation.com/. ant form of cultural production in the early MATTERHORN IMPROV Evening of 21st century) to Jun 12 improv comedy by Andrew Barber, Brian Cook, Cameron MacLeod, and Scott MUSEUMS Patey. Includes guest Sophie Buddle and Chris and Travis. Jun 7, 8:30 pm, Fortune THE MUSEUM OF ANTHROPOLOGY AT Sound Club (147 E. Pender). Tix $10 at the UBC 6393 NW Marine Drive, 604-822-5087, door, info www.fortunesoundclub.com/. www.moa.ubc.ca/. 2LAWRENCE PAUL YUXWELUPTUN: UNCEDED TERRITORIES (Vancouver-based artist is showcased in a presentation of works that confront the colonialist suppression of First Nations For up-to-the-minute, searchable peoples and reflect the ongoing struggle Arts listings on your phone, visit for indigenous rights to lands, resources, www.straight.com and sovereignty) to Oct 16

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carious civilization of ours, you might wanna keep Ellen Page among your plucky band of survivors. You’ll need protein, for one thing, and she knows how to gut a pig. “Oh, lord, yeah,” she says with a sigh during a call to the Georgia Straight from Toronto. “It’s a skill I’m shocked I have.” The Oscar-nominated actor puts this recently acquired expertise to very graphic use in the film Into the Forest. The gagging she does on-screen as she pulls an armful of intestines and viscera from the slit belly of a wild hog is quite, quite real. So were the reactions of camera-crew members who were “dropping like flies”, according to the film’s writer-director, Patricia Rozema, along with the assembly editor who complained that he couldn’t bear to work on the sequence. But let’s not discourage viewers here. Into the Forest, which opens Friday (June 3), is a triumph for Page as both an actor and first-time producer, and it is a gift to grown-up moviegoers. An apocalypse drama of rare intelligence and originality, it features two stunningly committed lead performances from Page and Evan Rachel Wood as sisters facing Armageddon in a remote Pacific Northwest luxury home cradled by old-growth forest. The novel by Jean Hegland was set in California, but Rozema and her team fudged the geography and shot Into the Forest in locations around Vancouver and Vancouver Island, all of it spectacularly lensed by cinematographer Daniel Grant. Vancouver provided a few other, less obvious benefits: Page was trained to disassemble a pig by Campagnolo’s chef de cuisine at the time, Ted Anderson. Meanwhile, globally acclaimed choreographer Crystal Pite appears on-screen as Wood’s dance instructor. “I just watched her in rehearsal with Evan and I thought, ‘I have to catch this,’ ” Rozema says in a separate call from Toronto. “She’s so beautiful and mesmerizing; I could make an entire movie about her.” These details aside, Into the Forest haunts with

Out of time into the forest

As Nell, one of two sisters waiting out the collapse of civilization in their remote family home, Ellen Page had to learn some serious (and gory) survival skills.

ters’ respective psychological and emotional journeys, envisioning something like the unknown and unknowable catastrophic event that sets the human drama of Michael Haneke’s 2003 film Time of

need to reengage with the needs of this planet. And I’m one of so many people saying this, but it felt like a very useful thing to say. Civilization is a thin, thin little layer over top of our animal nature, over the top of wildness.” Making her debut as producer, Ellen Page finds an “Do I think about a life, at some point, that is a earthy answer to our confrontation with apocalypse little more connected to the natural world? Absoits larger vision of a world in collapse, made all the Wolf in motion. lutely,” Page offers. “But I’m talking to you from the more affecting because we’re told so little “I loved that movie so much,” she says. “I think a room in the Ritz-Carlton right now, you know about it. One day the power goes out—with a Patricia is someone who’s able to capture intimacy what I mean? It’d be pretty horrible of me to be, whimper, not a bang—and then it simply never in a way that really moves me, and I think it’s one like, ‘I’m ready!’ ” comes back. With all forms of mass communica- of the strengths in all of her films. Just the sincerity All the same, the actor continues, the effect of tion gone besides rumour and Chinese whispers, of experience, whether she’s doing a family film or living and working inside an ancient rainforest was humans are left very much in the dark. “That’s a period film or a love story between two women palpable and inevitable and mirrored the story they truthful to me,” Rozema remarks. “The absence in the ’90s or what have you. And, obviously, the were trying to tell. “There’s sort of a shift in the film of knowing is what’s going to be difficult for lots relationship between the two sisters is one of, if not when the forest is something to be so feared, and of people. I would find that just terrifying.” the most crucial part of the film. I just felt like she then it’s actually something that’s basically offering “When I read this book—I guess I was 22—it was the perfect voice to tackle the story.” you everything you need,” she says. “And the mowas something that I was thinking about a lot,” Rozema was no less focused on the psycho- ment we got out into the woods, Evan and I were Page explains. “I would imagine it’s a fear, wheth- logical insights contained in Hegland’s book. But just like, ‘Oh, my God…’ The stress just goes. The er conscious or unconscious, that we all have: everyone involved with Into the Forest kept a bead feeling, at least for me, is pretty immediate. And I what happens when all these oftentimes amazing on its larger and perhaps more pressing themes. guess I know lots of people who aren’t that interestbut very elusive things that aren’t really that real “I found it fascinating that some people, maybe ed in going for a walk in the woods, but for myself, in terms of what life actually is, what does it mean like me, might say: ‘Oh, it’s all going to be fine; yes—it really changed the game.” if that all disappears tomorrow? I know—for my- it’s all gonna come back very soon. Let’s just keep “The whole spirit behind it is about us going self, I mean—I wouldn’t have a chance!” working on our careers; let’s hope for the best,’ ” the into the forest and becoming closer to nature Page had been working with Rozema on a decid- filmmaker begins. “But there’s no room for either in some profound way,” concludes Rozema, edly less serious project, a (sadly) unmade adapta- optimism or pessimism; it’s just a fact. It’s just a fact who believes that if you are going to live out tion of Robert Munsch’s The Paper Bag Princess, that we, as fossil-fuel-burning people, are a cancer the apocalypse anywhere, British Columbia is when she brought Into the Forest to her director’s on this Earth and we’re cooking ourselves and eat- probably the best place to do it. “It’s our fantasy attention. Page was principally interested in the sis- ing our host alive. It’s a bit grimly put, yes, but we and it’s our fear, right?” -

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compete for title of “best in everything” in Athina Rachel Tsangari’s comedy, a hit at TIFF and a must-see for anyone with a taste for the biting and insurgent surrealism coming out of the Greek arthouse these days. A cowrite with Dogtooth and The Lobster screenwriter Efthymis Filippou, if that’s any incentive, and it is, Chevalier begins a six-day run at the Cinematheque on Friday (June 3). -

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RAMS This quiet Icelandic drama about two feuding sheepherder brothers received a gold star from the Straight ’s Ken Eisner, and that guy doesn’t like anything. You’ve got one more chance to catch Rams when it screens at the Vancity Theatre on Tuesday (June 7).

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inventive almost-doc and personal cinematic essay kicks off a monthlong series highlighting independent Chinese cinema, starting at the Cinematheque with VIFF programmer Shelly Kraicer in attendance on Thursday (June 2). this? The newest from ever-so-hip Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos—in which Colin Farrell is by one of the more unusual forms of government intervention—gets two nights at the Rio Theatre on Sunday and Monday (June 5 and 6).

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Cinematheque opens its fabled vaults for a ticket-free day of screenings including shorts by the likes of Al Razutis and Sturla Gunnarsson, classics from its NFB collection, and activities that include scratch animation, a projection how-to, and a hands-on talk on film preservation. You’ll miss it when it’s gone! Grab your complimentary bag of popcorn on Saturday (June 4). JUNE 2 – 9 / 2016 THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT 19


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Our big, friendly guide to summer cinema WAR DOGS Hangover director Todd Phillips sends two naive arms dealers into Afghanistan in the shape of Miles Teller and shapelier Jonah Hill. Based on a true story, tragically. (August 19)

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ummertime is here and it’s time to take a trip (to the movies). You think you want to be outside? With some of the titles we’ve highlighted below, you’ll probably end up boxed inside that theatre like a turtle’s pecker. We recommend a sprinkling of vitamin-D drops on the popcorn, at the very least.

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THE TENTPOLE 8 THE BFG If you weren’t already planning to see Steven Spielberg’s (Vancouver-shot) adaptation of the Roald Dahl favourite, and we told you it starred Mark Rylance, would it help? (July 1) THE PURGE: ELECTION YEAR

A senator who opposes state-sanctioned violence is double-crossed by the government in this metaphor for Bernie Sanders’s presidential campaign. (July 1) THE LEGEND OF TARZAN A newly

civilized Lord of the Apes (Alexander Skarsgård) heads back to the jungle, which makes very good sense if you’ve been paying any attention to London’s real-estate market. (July 1) It’s like the best joke in the original (“This man has no dick”) took root and grew into this decisively no-dick remake. Starring Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, and Kate McKinnon, like you didn’t already know. (July 15)

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Capt. Kirk and company find themselves stranded on a distant planet, more familiar to us as Squamish. (July 22)

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Matt Damon returns to the role, Jason Bourne remembers who he “truly is”, audiences try to forget Aaron Cross. (July 29)

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Elle Fanning’s career bleeds out in The Neon Demon, the latest cinematic punch to the groin from everybody’s favourite bad boy, Nicolas Winding Refn. SUICIDE SQUAD Sad Ben Affleck

is still lumbering around the expanded DC Universe in the batsuit, but this time he’s joined by Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinne and Jared Leto’s Joker. (August 5)

premise here—she’s alone and stranded less than 200 metres from shore— is pretty tight. (June 29)

As a loudly farting corpse, Daniel Radcliffe finally scores a role worthy of his talents in BEN-HUR Jack Huston steps into this indie mindfuck. (July 1) Charlton Heston’s sandals and maybe even Gore Vidal’s queer sub- DON’T BREATHE Like a much nastext in this remake of the Hollywood tier Wait Until Dark. Three thieves are outmatched by their blind vicclassic. (August 19) tim. Director Fede Alvarez’s surWEIRDO FREAKY CULTY prisingly good Evil Dead remake MOVIES! means high expectations for this one. (August 26) THE NEON DEMON Elle Fanning decisively leaves innocence behind GET YOUR YUKS OUT in the latest and, hopefully, gaudiest offering from master provocateur ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE After a quarter-century of Nicolas Winding Refn. (June 24) vodka-fuelled bad behaviour, Eddy THE SHALLOWS It’s Blake Lively (Jennifer Saunders) and Patsy (Joanna versus great white shark versus Lumley) finally and smearily hit the waning audience interest. Still, the big screen. (July 22) SWISS ARMY MAN

ANGRY INDIAN GODDESSES An impromptu bachelorette party leads to some wild nights in Goa in this barn-burning indie from India. (August 5) THE INFILTRATOR Bryan Cranston

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quickly to fully make sense, but Into much old-school verve, you have to the Forest casts a spell that doesn’t let get entranced by at least some of it. > KEN EISNER up. It also makes you feel very secure living on the edge of the rainforest in MOUNTAINS MAY DEPART the face of the pending apocalypse.

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restored edition of an analogue treasure from 1973—one that has only ever travelled here by infamous reputation. This eclectic foray into violently erotic objectification may have been a desperate attempt to cash in on the era’s porn boom. The results, drawing on the line-heavy art-nouveau style of Aubrey Beardsley, by way of Andy Warhol, fall into the category of indescribable wonders. Director Yoshiyuki Fukuda literally drew on a Dark Ages fable from Jules Michelet, the French historian who coined the term Renaissance. But there’s not much enlightenment available to medieval peasants Jean and Jeanne. On their wedding night, Jeanne is raped by the local lord, throwing her new husband into a permanent funk. When the wounded bride tries to summon help, it arrives in the form of a phallus. “You’re so small,” she says to the devil, voiced by Ran’s Tatsuya Nakadai. No matter. A few strokes and he gets much bigger. Who knows what the filmmakers are saying about Jeanne’s deal with this hot Mephistopheles, which gives her witchlike powers and shuddering orgasms. The fact that she wanders voluptuously naked with her Medusa-like hair flying for most of the movie’s 90 minutes is sold as a kind of empowerment. The oddest thing about the movie, though, isn’t its faux feminism but the fact that the first third—with the camera mostly panning across static illustrations—is pretty boring. But as Jeanne’s libido heats up, so does the animation, becoming ever more fluid and, some might even say, sticky.

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INTO THE FOREST Starring Ellen Page. Rated 14A

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auditions for a national dance school— with coaching and striking choreography from our own Crystal Pite. They continue to prepare for those futures even as the electricity fails and the gasoline runs out. One of the film’s strengths is that it doesn’t explain everything, just as it doesn’t spoon-feed us details about why the two women are the way they are. An accident shifts the pair from self-absorption to selflessness and subsistence. The male characters, and the way they challenge the central duo, are also important here, aided by nuanced performances from Max Minghella, Michael Eklund, and Callum Keith Rennie. What Rozema and Hegland are really pondering is how we might actually reconnect if we can disconnect from technology. As the titular woods overtake the house, Into the Forest posits the very maternal idea that love and family and nature are all we need. We could probably do with a little less back-to-the-land berry-picking, and the pair’s final decisions come too

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HEVN (REVENGE) Starring Siren Jørgensen. In Norwegian, with English subtitles. Rating unavailable

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Despite naming itself after the broadBY KATE WI LSON

cast medium, local electronic trio DiRTY RADiO is surprisingly disparaging of the airwaves. “When we first started DiRTY RADiO,” keyboardist Anthony “Tonez” Dolhai tells the Straight, sipping a tea with bandmate Farshad “Shaddy” Edalat at Starbucks, “it was just a project that we put together for Shaddy. Virgin Radio’s music director came across our CD, found some songs he really liked, and he started playing them. Then all these other stations starting picking us up. We had three songs chart in the Top 50, and suddenly the phone started ringing—labels were calling us, managers were calling us…” “But the radio’s just not really relevant anymore,” chimes in Shaddy, DiRTY RADiO’s singer. “They’re not breaking music, and they’re not really tastemakers. And Canadian stations are kind of afraid of us. We want to launch outside of Canada—and we’re going to do it using blogs and the Internet.” The band poured resources into perfecting its “SoundCloud game”, and its digital approach is already paying off. Along with drummer Zachary “Waspy” Forbes, DiRTY RADiO’s unique brand of “future house R&B” is lighting up the online world. With recent harmony-drenched single “Numbers” boasting over three million plays on Spotify, and new club banger “Curious” racking up over 47,000 listens on SoundCloud alone, the band is mastering multiple modern platforms in its quest to spread its upbeat synth-pop across the globe.

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The folks at the home-décor shop didn’t want the DiRTY RADiO guys to pose on their sofa because they took the first part of the trio’s name too literally.

and changing our sound, and we didn’t want to perform on our turf during that time. We had a whole record, and then we In spite of its moniker, DiRTY RADiO has forsaken scrapped it. We weren’t the airwaves in favour of building its base online feeling the sound, and we “Every time we put a song out, there’s a great didn’t want to play here until it was perfect.” reaction online,” Waspy says. “And not just “This is our first big headline show in Vancoufrom the fans, either. We’ve found that the ver for three years,” Shaddy adds. “It’s going to be more people start hearing Shaddy’s voice, the really special in that sense.” more really great international producers have Despite the band’s clear enthusiasm, its homestarted sending us stacks and stacks of beats. coming gig nearly didn’t happen. After hastily By the end of this year, we’ll have a full record moving it from May 13 to avoid a scheduling conof collabs. We’re writing all the time, and those flict—not, as Waspy jokes, because “he had to go tracks are blowing up on the Internet.” to rehab”—DiRTY RADiO will take to the stage That’s no exaggeration. After DiRTY RADiO this week with locally spawned supporting acts released seven singles over the past year, its on- the Life Times, I M U R, and SaveMeBoots. line presence grew dramatically. But despite its “We’ve got some exciting things planned for obvious aptitude for producing tracks in the the night,” Tonez says. “Normally, we have a studio, the band attributes much of its burgeon- really simple stage rig—it probably takes us about ing success to live performances. 15 minutes to set it all up. But we’ve customized “We have a really unique sound,” Shaddy it for this show. We’ve rigged up synchronized proudly suggests, swirling a Frappuccino. LED lights on our stands, and we’ve got a lighting “We’re the only three-piece Canadian band that designer who’s going to come down and dial in plays electronic music live, really. Other than some really cool patterns.” Humans—but they’re a duo, and they’re using “We’re pulling out all the stops now that we’re drum machines. Nobody plays instruments back performing in Vancouver,” Waspy adds. “We’ve right in front of you in the same way we do. It’s got big ambitions to go global, but this will always be great that we’re not just DJs, because we can our home. It’s where we started. And right now the actually perform.” scene is amazing. Everybody’s just killing it—look at The band has honed its explosive live set by Sleepy Tom, Vanic, and Humans. This community touring alongside a number of up-and-coming is just blowing up, and we love being a part of it.” artists. Spending much of 2015 on the road with Fortunately for the city, DiRTY RADiO is dediAustralian indietronica group Miami Horror cated to maintaining its base in Vancouver—at before jumping in a van with Toronto favourites least for the near future. Dragonette, DiRTY RADiO has finally brought “The idea is to keep putting music out online, its show back to its hometown of Vancouver. And and keep building the catalogue from our studios with a set list perfected over a year of travelling, here,” Tonez describes. “We have enough stuff in it promises to be a triumphant return. the vault that we can keep releasing tracks every “We’ve purposely stayed away from playing this month for the rest of the year—both singles we’ve city,” Waspy says. “We were really experimenting written ourselves and collaborations.”

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On the shortage of band names: “It’s funny playing at Canadian Music Week. About 700 artists perform, so you get a real insight to all the stupid new band names out there. There’s one called Diarrhea Planet. That’s real. There’s one called Radio Radio, too—we thought it was a misprint for ourselves, but it’s actually a band from Montreal. Maybe they’re a parallel-universe version of us. But not as good.” On the perks of being in a band: “On the second day of Coachella, we didn’t have tickets but somehow we managed to talk our way into VIP passes. At the end of the festival we ended up walking up to Skrillex’s house party. Obviously, there was no way of getting inside—there were bouncers everywhere. Somehow a friend of ours remembered the gate code, typed it in, and we just ran into the party.” On first meetings: “We met at a showcase for a really awful band. I can’t even say the name—it’s just too embarrassing. I walked up to Shaddy and asked him if he could sing the high Pharrell part in the track. So if you think about it, Pharrell sort of started our career.”

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DOGG DOGMA Reacting to a new Roots miniseries debuting on the History Channel, Snoop Dogg commented: “I ain’t watching that shit, and I advise you motherfuckers that’s real niggas like myself; fuck them television shows.” If only he’d let us know how he really feels. STILL ROLLING Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood welcomed twin children into the world Monday (May 30) with his wife, Sally Humphreys, who is 30 years his junior. In doing so, he proved that, as sure as his name is Mr. Wood, he has no problem getting wood.

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City and Colour goes country, in its own way As the man behind City and to support City and Colour’s 2013 album, The Hurry and the Harm. to George Pettit’s omega in Alexis“We were sort of right in the onfire, Dallas Green is now known rhythm of everything, and I started less for his role in what was arguably to know in my head that I wantCanada’s most popular post-hardcore ed to make the next record with band and more for his ability to write them playing,” Green says of the simultaneously beautiful and heart- musicians, with whom he’s now wrenching love songs. worked for more than two years. Abandoning his usual process—writSo when Green sat down to put together his latest album, his wife ing alone, demoing each instrument in didn’t hesitate to tell him that it his basement, and then searching for wouldn’t hurt to try to write a couple. players—he and the band piled into his “My wife likes to remind me when I’m living room and threw around ideas trying to write that people have enjoyed about rhythms and accompaniments. “I just let everybody play to their my love songs in the past,” Green tells the Straight from his house in Nashville. strengths. It’s a lot easier to have that, It was that initial nudge that led Green as opposed to doing it all myself, beto write the title track on his latest rec- cause as much as I like playing drums, ord, If I Should Go Before You. I’m not very good,” jokes Green. “I’m “I thought the idea behind the song still the voice at the core of the songs, was beautiful, this everlasting love but it sounds the way it does because that would outlast death,” says Green. of the band just as much.” “So I sang it to her, thinking it was Familiar in its cadence, If I Should this beautiful love song, and she was Go Before You begins with “Woman”, like, ‘Well, that’s pretty sad,’ ” he says a sweeping, ethereal nine-minute track that combines distorted with a laugh. Fans won’t be surprised by this pedal steel—Green’s favourite injuxtaposition: it’s precisely what strument—with dual guitars and a they’ve come to know and enjoy slow but driving tempo. Like every album touched by his about City and Colour. Green’s songs of companionship, heartbreak, and songwriting skills, the record addressloss seem to resonate with an over- es Green’s preoccupation with sense of whelming number of angst-ridden place. In “Northern Blues”, he reflects on his recent relocation to the U.S. teens and adults alike. “There is almost this sense that As for the record’s title, Green says the phrase has a slightly different I have a giant chip on my shoulder, where, as far as being a Canadian connotation. “Let’s say for some strange reason musician, I’m trying to get this idea that this is the last City and Colour of respect from other people and the record I ever make. If I were to go be- rest of the world,” Green says. “I felt to a degree guilty that I had fore everybody, this is something I’m moved, that we had left Canada, even proud to leave you with.” And he should be. The 11-track LP though I didn’t, really, because we still is the first City and Colour record live in Toronto. I travel and I move that combines the artist’s mesmer- around all the time—since I was 20 izing songwriting with a consistent years old now—so I can’t help but lineup of instrumentalists: Dante have it seep into the writing,” he adds. Green wrote the album in NashSchwebel, guitarist for Dan Auerbach and Rumba Shaker; Doug Mac- ville, so it seems to make sense that Gregor, drummer for the Constan- If I Should Go Before You is the most tines; Jack Lawrence, bassist for the “country” City and Colour album yet. Raconteurs and Dead Weather; and Songs like “Runaway”, “Map of the multi-instrumentalist Matt Kelly. World”, and “Friends” incorporate The album began taking shape as more pedal steel and plucky electric see next page Green and the band were touring

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guitars, sometimes reminiscent of the folk-rock of the Traveling Wilburys. Despite the infusion of a genre one might classify as the exact opposite of what Green embraced in his early years as a musician, his unmistakable voice glues the record together in a way that has the potential to win over even the most anticountry listeners. “I never want to be pigeonholed,” Green says. “After making records for so long, I don’t really worry too much about what people are going to think or say about my music. I’ve never really done that, so to start now wouldn’t make any sense.” Instead, Green simply hopes that his fans will acknowledge that evolution as a musician is inevitable. Between Alexisonfire, City and Colour, and his recent work with P!nk as the folk duo you+me, one might wonder where that evolution starts and ends, and what genres Green might dabble with in the future. “I like being able to sort of express all of my influences,” says Green, “but as much as I love hip-hop, I’d probably

When it’s pointed out to Jiwani draw the line there. I don’t think that he might be one of the most you’re ever going to hear me rap.” > AMANDA SIEBERT quotable guys working in modern rock ’n’ roll, he doesn’t disagree. City and Colour plays Rogers Arena “I’m full of good quotes,” he says on Friday (June 3). with a laugh on his cell from a tour van rolling across Saskatchewan. “And I appreciate you saying so.” Ask him, then, what Greys were shooting for sonically on the distortion-glazed and beautifully punishing A lot of territory gets covered Outer Heaven, and you get an answer during a 40-minute conversa- that’s actually original. Even though tion with Greys singer Shehzaad Michael Azerrad’s essential book Our Jiwani, the frontman proving as en- Band Could Be Your Life has already tertaining as he is illuminating. come up a couple of times in the conThe Torontonian eloquently versation, Jiwani resists the urge to holds forth on everything from name-check Hüsker Dü, Big Black, the culture-shifting gentrification and other alternative forefathers whose of his hometown to the everyman shadows loom large over his band. genius of seminal alt pioneers the “The vision was to have a lot of Replacements. The crippling na- space,” Jiwani explains. “We’d kind ture of depression surfaces—as of conceptualized the record before it does on Greys’ towering new we’d written any songs because we album, Outer Heaven—as does knew what we wanted to accomplish. the band’s affection for films that I wanted the record to sound the way reach for something bigger than that a Stanley Kubrick movie looks. popcorn-scented escapism. Like, if you were to take every shot in

Greys went cinematic on towering Out of Heaven

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a Stanley Kubrick movie and put it on a piece of paper, you’d see all sorts of different sets and colours, but it’s still cohesive as a movie despite all the different environments. That’s what we wanted our record to sound like.” Outer Heaven is all about texturing; check out the way that “Complaint Rock” dissolves into a messy pool of red-lined guitar violence, or how “Blown Out” is powered by drums on a mission to wreck everything in sight. The album is also about rewriting the rules of punk, postpunk, and alternative rock—something that was standard practice in the ’80s and ’90s but got lost when fringe bands started landing lucrative record deals. Consider “Strange World” taking a six-string blowtorch to slacker rock, or how “My Life as a Cloud” wraps up an unrelenting exorcism of a record on an almost spacey and serene note. Such moments are a sign Greys are open to all ideas when the tape starts rolling. “We’re pretty meticulous in the studio, even though I know it can sound kind of chaotic,” Jiwani notes. “We’re

regimented with the chaos, and we’re pretty chaotic with our regimen.” That discipline has Greys on the forefront of one of the most exciting scenes in North America. Sorry, Torontohaters, but the Centre of the Universe is booming like Seattle, Minneapolis, and Chicago back in the Our Band Could Be Your Life years. Fittingly, Jiwani is not only proud, but eloquent in his assessment of where things are at. “I don’t want Toronto’s scene to explode, and maybe that’s selfish,” he offers. “I would like things to remain sustainable, and I find that the worst thing that can happen to a music community is success. Right now, even the biggest bands in the scene are still working at bars and restaurants. That puts things in perspective to where it makes the scene mean more—people are doing it because they love it, as opposed to it being a job, and that’s why the music is so good.” > MIKE USINGER

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Victoria’s West My Friend lives for challenges

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onsidering that it’s one of the sweetest and most elegant folk albums released this year, West My Friend’s Quiet Hum opens with something quite shocking: a frank, a cappella declaration that making music is not always easy. “I don’t want to write a song today,” singer-guitarist Eden Oliver confesses, before the band kicks in and she sings “Each new word is much too tired or too clichéd.…Each new verse is like a home in disarray.” Worse still, Oliver admits, she always has to fight an inner demon—the “No Good Monster” of the song’s title—in order to make any art at all. Lucky for us, then, that she and her bandmates have found ways to overcome that inner critic— a process that sometimes requires outside help. “That day, when I was writing that song, I’d gone up Alexander to my roommate’s and I was like, ‘I can’t write a song!’ ” Oliver reports, on the line from West My Friend’s Victoria practice space. “And she was like, ‘Go into your room and don’t come out until a song is

Alex Rempel, Nick Mintenko, Eden Oliver, and Jeff Poynter of West My Friend do a killer version of “You Are My Sunshine”. Christopher Poynter photo.

written!’ So that was a helpful strategy. “I find that just immersing myself in music is also really helpful,” she continues. “After seeing shows or listening to albums, I get really excited about writing music. And I wrote a number of the songs on the album at the Banff Varty Centre, ’cause I went to a musicians-in-residence program there last fall. It was like isolation, because I was in my own cabin-studio all day, but I was also exposed to lots of music in the evenings, ’cause

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there were other musicians there.” At Banff, Oliver received helpful advice from mentor Alex Cuba, whose guitar stylings helped inspire Quiet Hum’s “Tombée”, which features lyrics en français from another artist in residence, Québécois poet Joanne Morency. “We were sort of talking about the challenges of writing in something other than your native language,” Oliver says, “and by the next day she’d written me a poem to turn into a song.” Most of Quiet Hum’s influences can be found closer to home,

however. In many ways, West My Friend’s third album is emblematic of Vancouver Island’s burgeoning folk scene, where acts like Oliver Swain’s Big Machine, the Fretless, and the Sweet Lowdown are all making music that is simultaneously adventurous and unpretentious. Oliver stresses that each of those bands has its own distinct identity. “With our group, it’s kind of about making whatever kind of music we want to make, regardless of the limitations of our instruments,” she says. “We look like a bluegrass-slash-zydeco band, ’cause we’ve got mandolin and accordion, but that’s not the type of music that we’re making, right? We’re just interested in pushing our instruments out to their edges.” It probably helps that Oliver, mandolinist Alex Rempel, and accordionist Jeff Poynter all studied classical music at UVic. (Bassist Nick Mintenko is the ringer, having trained in jazz at the Victoria Conservatory.) But there’s a twist: other than Mintenko, none of them play their primary instrument in West My Friend. “Alex is an upright bass player, and he plays with the Victoria Symphony sometimes,” Oliver explains. “I’m a

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classically trained flute player, and Jeff is a classically trained saxophone player. And Nick plays with [Gypsyjazz specialist] Marc Atkinson and that kind of thing. So we all bring nontraditional perspectives to our instruments, I think.” That carries over to Quiet Hum as a whole. While it initially plays out as a simple collection of songs, the record eventually reveals itself to be more than that. If it opens with a song of self-doubt and ambivalence in “No Good Monster”, it closes on a much more positive note, thanks to the up-with-people optimism of “How Could I Not Sing?”. “The album has a lot of themes, including songwriting and the role of artists in society,” Oliver says, noting that Quiet Hum progresses from “I don’t want to write a song today” to “If the birds were singing, how could I not sing?” “Regardless of whether you totally feel like it every day,” she adds, “music is something that you kind of have to do.” West My Friend plays a CD-release party for Quiet Hum at Café Deux Soleils on Friday (June 3).

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TODD KERNS Member of the Age of Electric and bassist for Slash performs an acoustic show. Jun 2, doors 8 pm, The Roxy (932 Granville). No tickets sold, only available as prizes for listeners to the Toddcast Podcast, info www.toddhancock.ca/. CITY AND COLOUR Canadian alt-rock singer-songwriter, with guests Shakey Graves. Jun 3, doors 6:30 pm, show 7:30 pm, Rogers Arena (800 Griffiths Way). Tix $65/49.50/35 (plus service charges and fees) at www.livenation.com/. KIÉRAH The Rogue Folk Club presents Canadian folk artist, with guests Adrian Dolan and Adam Dobres. Jun 3, 8 pm, St. James Hall (3214 W. 10th). Tix $20/16, info www.roguefolk.bc.ca/. THE SADIES Canadian alt-country band, with guests Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet. Jun 3, 9 pm, Rickshaw Theatre (254 E. Hastings). Tix $25 (plus service charges and fees) www.ticketweb.ca/. ISLANDS Canadian indie-rock band tours in support of new release Taste. Jun 4, doors 7 pm, show 8 pm, Biltmore Cabaret (2755 Prince Edward). Tix $15 (plus service charges and fees) at www.ticketweb.ca/. KAKI KING American experimental guitarist, composer, and vocalist. Jun 6, doors 8 pm, show 9 pm, Fox Cabaret (2321 Main). Tix $20 (plus service charges and fees) at www.ticketweb.ca/. AT THE DRIVE-IN Texas post-hardcore band, with guests Le Butcherettes. Jun 7, 8:30 pm, Commodore Ballroom (868 Granville). Tix $45 (plus service charges and fees) at www.livenation.com/. FRANK SOLIVAN AND DIRTY KITCHEN The Rogue Folk Club presents bluegrass band, with guest Annalisa Tornfelt. Jun 8, 8 pm, St. James Hall (3214 W. 10th). Tix $24/20, info app.arts-people.com/index.php.

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ROGERS ARENA 800 Griffiths Way, 604-899-7400. 2CITY AND COLOUR Jun 3 2JAMES TAYLOR AND HIS ALLSTAR BAND Jun 11 2DIXIE CHICKS Jul 7 2ADELE Jul 20 2THE TRAGICALLY HIP Jul 24 2DEMI LOVATO AND NICK JONAS Aug 24 2GWEN STEFANI Aug 25 2DURAN DURAN Aug 28 2KEITH URBAN Sep 10 2DRAKE Sep 17 2DOLLY PARTON Sep 19 2FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE Nov 12 THE ROXY 932 Granville, 604-331-7999. House band Tattoo Alibi Sat & Mon; country band Locked & Loaded Sun; the Bulge and DJ Joe Pound Tue; Troys ‘R Us WedThu. 2TODD KERNS Jun 2 ST. JAMES HALL 3214 W. 10th, 604-736-3022. 2KIÉRAH Jun 3 2FRANK SOLIVAN AND DIRTY KITCHEN Jun 8 2DANNY MICHEL Jun 10 2EAST MEETS EAST Jun 12 2FIESTA LATIN PARTY Jun 24 VENUE 881 Granville, 604-646-0064. 2CHUCK RAGAN Jun 10 2ONE LEFT ALIVE Jun 11 2CRASHING ANGELS Jun 18 2LIFE’S STRANGE DREAM Jun 23 2LEFTOVER CRACK Jul 1 2INSANE CLOWN POSSE Jul 15 2IRON KINGDOM

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VOGUE THEATRE 918 Granville, 604-5691144. 2ALPHA BLONDY AND THE SOLAR SYSTEM Jun 17 2HIROMI: THE TRIO PROJECT Jun 24 2OLIVER JONES TRIO Jun 25 2DOWNCHILD BLUES BAND Jun 27 2JOE LOVANO CLASSIC QUARTET Jun 28 2GREGORY PORTER Jul 2 2JOHN PRINE Jul 9 2KACEY MUSGRAVES Aug 2 2BROODS Aug 16 2COLVIN & EARLE Aug 20 2FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS Aug 24 2GIPSY KINGS Aug 26 2PARQUET COURTS Aug 27 2BOYCE AVENUE Sep 10 2BAND OF SKULLS Sep 16 2ANIMAL COLLECTIVE Sep 27 2GOJIRA Oct 9 2MATTHEW BARBER & JILL BARBER Oct 22 2TERRI CLARK Nov 12 2MØ Nov 23 WISE HALL 1882 Adanac, 604-254-5858. 2LINDSAY ROBERTSON Jun 2 2RAE SPOON Jun 3 2MUSIC CONQUERS CANCER Jun 4 2MUSIC WASTE 2016 Jun 5 2DROP IN ROCK CHOIR! Jun 7 2TWO NIGHT STAND Jun 8 2GUTS & GLORY Jun 11 2PLANET PINKISH Jun 15

OUT OF TOWN 2THIS WEEK BOB DYLAN American songwriting legend, with guest Mavis Staples. Jun 4-5, 7 pm, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery (Woodinville, Wash.). Tix US$144.50/70 (plus fees) at www.ticketmaster.ca/.

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CLUBS & VENUES ALEXANDER GASTOWN 91 Powell, 778-379-0407. 2OG SATURDAYS May 21 2ELEPHANT MAN Jun 8 2JMSN Jun 20 2JESSY LANZA Jun 21 2BAS Jun 23 2PHOEBE RYAN Jul 23 2BJ THE CHICAGO KID Jul 27 2KING Oct 6 BACKSTAGE LOUNGE Arts Club Theatre, 1585 Johnston, Granville Island, 604-6871354. Vancouver’s only live-music venue on the water, with music nightly. Hot Jazz Jam night on Tue. BILTMORE CABARET 2755 Prince Edward, 604-676-0541. 2ISLANDS Jun 4 2THE MAGICIAN Jun 14 2KATHRYN CALDER & THE BURNING HELL Jun 25 2RISING APPALACHIA Jul 28 2MISERY SIGNALS Jul 30 2SONGHOY BLUES Aug 2 2DAVID BAZAN Aug 28 2THE BOXER REBELLION Oct 23 BIMINI PUBLIC HOUSE 2010 W. 4th, 604733-7116. Twenty-four taps of rotating and interesting craft beers. Pub trivia Mon; beer club Tue; Wing Wed; dance party Fri-Sat; happy hour 3-6 pm. COBALT 917 Main, 778-918-3671. 2ADIA VICTORIA Jun 12 2THE FLATLINERS Jun 16 2NORTHCOTE Jun 25 2YOU WON’T Jun 26 2DUCKTAILS Jul 9 2WE ARE SCIENTISTS Jul 10 2MITSKI Jul 12 2SEAWAY Jul 19 2WHITNEY Aug 1 2THE DESLONDES Aug 3 2MARISSA NADLER Aug 7 2JULIEN BAKER Aug 9 2FOUR YEAR STRONG Aug 14 2TURNOVER Aug 27 2JOSEPH ARTHUR Sep 16 2PUP Nov 21 COMMODORE BALLROOM 868 Granville, 604-739-4550. 2AT THE DRIVE-IN Jun 7 2TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS Jun 23 2TIGER ARMY Jun 24 2ECCW WRESTLING: BALLROOM BRAWL VI Jul 16 2BIG WRECK Jul 22 2CRYSTAL CASTLES Jul 23 2QUEER AS FUNK! Jul 29 2THE CAT EMPIRE Aug 2 2THE MAVERICKS Aug 4 2FOALS Aug 7 2AWOLNATION Aug 11 2ZAKK WYLDE Aug 25 2EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY Sep 4 2JAKE BUGG Sep 7 2LEE SCRATCH PERRY Sep 15 2THE TEMPER TRAP Sep 21 2ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN Sep 24 2DINOSAUR JR. Sep 30 2SQUEEZE Oct 3 254-40 Oct 7 2THE PROCLAIMERS Oct 11 2I MOTHER EARTH Oct 14 2YOUNG THE GIANT Oct 26 DOOLIN’S IRISH PUB 654 Nelson, 604605-4343. Live music Sun-Thu, with acoustic soloist or duo Sun-Wed and live band Thu DJ Fri-Sat. FORTUNE SOUND CLUB 147 E. Pender, 604-569-1758. 2MUSIC WASTE FESTIVAL Jun 2 2MATTERHORN IMPROV Jun 7 2DVSN Jun 8 2GANG SIGNS Jun 9 2UNIIQU3 Jun 10 2NOODLES Jun 10 2BLACKALICIOUS Jun 11 2OSHI Jun 24 2CHASTITY BELT Jun 25 2GOLDFISH Jul 7 2DEERHOOF Jul 8 2PANCAKES & BOOZE ART SHOW Jul 14 2STEVE GUNN AND THE OUTLINERS Sep 23 FUNKY WINKER BEANS 37 W. Hastings, 604-764-7865. 2ROTTEN SOUND, CRACKWHORE, GROSS MISCONDUCT, NORTHERN STEEL Jun 3 2LUNGFLOWER, MEDEVIL, CROWN OF TALONS Jun 4 2ODINFIST, IRON KINGDOM, APPRENTICE, GATEKEEPER Jun 10 2BISHOPS GREEN, VICIOUS CYCLES, FASHIONISM Jun 11 THE IMPERIAL 319 Main, 604-868-0494. 2DIRTY RADIO Jun 3 2A TRIBUTE TO THE BAND Jun 10 2PLANTS AND ANIMALS Jun 16 2BENJAMIN CLEMENTINE Jun 25 2THE JAYHAWKS Jul 18 2HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF Aug 4 2THE WHITE PANDA Sep 3 2MARGO PRICE Oct 19 IVANHOE PUB 1038 Main, 604-608-1444. Pub with live bands on weekends and

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savage love There’s this boy—he’s 29; I’m 46 and female. We met when we were 23 and 41. I was not and am not into little boys. The Kid chased me, and I turned him down for months—until I got drunk one night and caved. It was supposed to be a one-night stand, but it isn’t anymore. We’ve never been “together”, because the Kid wants kids and happily ever after and all that horseshit, and I don’t (and I’m too old even if I did). The Kid has been in several relationships over the years, looking for The One, and I genuinely hope he finds her. In my wildest dreams, I’m invited to their wedding and their children call me auntie. But in the meantime, the Kid runs to me when he hits a hiccup in a relationship, and I let him—meaning, he gets mad at her and fucks me madly. Afterward, I get him to talk about it—he tells me what happened, and I always try to advise him how to make it better, how to make it work. But so far it hasn’t, and we’re “us” again until he meets another girl. I do love this Kid, for what it’s worth. But I’m afraid I’m ruining his chances. I’m afraid that by being an escape hatch, I’m giving him a reason not to work on these relationships and he will never find the kids/forever thing he’s looking for. Should I let him go for his own sake? If I tell him honestly why, he won’t accept it, so I’d have to just vanish. I’d hate that. It would be worth it if I knew he met someone and got to live happily ever after. But I’d spend my life feeling bad for

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disappearing on him, and I’d always Because single/you may be what he sleazy things often refuse to date the people they meet at sex parties, et cetwants right now. wonder if the Kid wound up alone. > DON’T CALL ME COUGAR era, because they believe no LCR ever If I first met someone on a had a CSS. If couples that had sleazy I don’t see any conflict between what hook-up site or at a sex party and then starts told the truth about themselves, the Kid says he wants in the long run— we start seeing each other, what’s the single people would be less likely to rule kids and happily ever after and all that best way to explain how we met when out dating people they met sleazily. horseshit—and the things his actions we’re at a social event and people ask? > TORRID REVELATIONS I despised your advice to LIindicate he wants now, i.e., your rear UNDERMINING TOTAL HONESTY BIDOS, the poly married woman who and your ear. He’s young, he hasn’t met you counselled to have sex with her a woman he could see himself with for the long haul, and he appears to be in The truth is always nice—and in husband even though she has zero deno rush—he can have his first kid next your case, TRUTH, telling the sire to do so. You came close to telling truth about your relationship could her to throw away her consent. Someyear or 20 years from now. where between a third and half of And in the meantime, DCMC, he be constructive. There are a lot of people out there women have been sexually assaulted. has you. Here’s where I detect some conflict in loving, committed relationships Would it be possible for most of them between statements and actions: the (LCR) that had crazy sleazy starts to suck it up and sleep with someone fact that you keep fucking the Kid (CSS). But very few people in an LCR they had no desire for without endwhile he’s technically still with other with a CSS tell the truth when asked ing up resenting or hating that perwomen—first you fuck him (madly) how they met. A couple who met at a son? Even if LIBIDOS won life’s coin and then you advise him (sagely)—is sex party will say they met at a din- toss on sexual assault, she would most a pretty good indication that you’re ner party; a couple that met inside a likely come to resent her husband if she not ready to let go of him, either. If you cage in a sex dungeon will say they had passionless sex with him. From really wanted to encourage the Kid to met doing a team-building exercise the husband’s perspective—assuming work things out with whatever woman at a work retreat; a couple that met he’s not a piece of shit who thinks he’s he happens to be seeing, DCMC, you during an impulsive, drunken three- entitled to sex but rather just wants would offer him your make-it-work some will say they met at a riotous a sexual connection with his wife— protest outside a Trump rally. wouldn’t being lied to in this way ruin advice without fucking him first. These lies are understandable: people him? I also don’t think you would’ve Fucking someone who has a girlfriend—especially someone who has a don’t want to be judged or shamed. But given this advice to a gay man—to let girlfriend he’s supposed to be with ex- when a CSS couple lies about how they his husband fuck him in the ass, even if clusively—doesn’t exactly telegraph, “I met, they reinforce the shame and stig- he didn’t want to get fucked. The truth think you two should work it out.” So, ma that made them feel like they had is really the only solution here. The going forward, maybe you should of- to lie in the first place. And they play road you set this woman down leads fer the Kid your advice when he’s see- into the sex-negative, self-defeating, only to bitterness and divorce. > SERIOUSLY HORRIFIED ABOUT THAT ing someone, fuck the shit out of him and hypocritical assumption made by when he’s single, and don’t waste too singles who attend sex parties, spend much time worrying about whether time in cages, and have impulsive LIBIDOS, a poly woman with a boyfucking you incentivizes being single. threesomes: these single people who do friend (who she’s fucking) and a

husband (who no one is fucking), asked me if she should “force” herself to fuck her husband. She also mentioned having a kid and not wanting to get divorced. And it was my opinion—an opinion she sought out—that she might wanna fuck her husband once in a while. Advice isn’t binding arbitration, SHAT, and if fucking her husband is a traumatizing ordeal, as opposed to a dispiriting chore, she should ignore my advice and keep not fucking her husband. And seeing as LIBIDOS asked me if she should fuck her husband, it seemed safe to assume that she was open to the idea. You weren’t the only reader to take me to task for my advice to LIBIDOS. Apparently, there are lots of people out there who don’t realize how many long-marrieds—men and women, gay and straight, poly and mono—fuck their spouses out of a grim sense of duty. It seems a bit extreme to describe that kind of sex as a consent-free/sexual-assaultadjacent trauma. Choosing in the absence of coercion to go through the marital motions to keep your spouse happy is rarely great sex— for either party—but slapping the nonconsensual label on joyless-buttrauma-free marital sex is neither helpful nor accurate. Decriminalizing prostitution on the Savage Lovecast : savagelovecast. com . E-mail: mail@savagelove.net . Follow Dan on Twitter at www.twitter. com/fakedansavage/.

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I blew it.. I’m a working 57 year old renter Back in the day I never thought of buying a condo. Should have, could have, whatever. But then how was I to know Vancouver was going to be allowed to be taken over with greed. Transformed into a soulless place for rich people. Hell, I can remember when Kitsilano actually had hippies. Them days are long over.

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again. Saturday and Monday can be swing. Monday is most lucrative/ quite fortuitous. When it feels right, pleasing. Tuesday/Wednesday are go right ahead: jump in with both winners too. feet. LIBRA CANCER September 23–October 23 June 21–July 22 Thursday/Friday is an ausThursday/Friday can break picious time to sign on or sign off, to a silence, get you over the hump, see hire an agent, or to go hunting. You’ll you complete a project or a Phase get your money’s worth out of a short One. A job callback or test result trip, a workshop, a special event, or a holds promise. Uncertainty gives way flirt session. Someone or something to clarity, which is a byproduct of al- special can catch your eye. Soundlowing time to do its thing. It’s one at ing good/looking good: it’s all good a time prior to Saturday’s new moon, news and good luck thanks to Satand a floodgate following. Monday urday’s Venus/Jupiter and Monday’s gifts you. Venus/sun.

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LEO

July 22–August 23

Venus/sun and Saturn bring you to a goal or milestone, a first base, or a completed first step. One thing leads to another, to more, to plenty more. A hello or goodbye could be said. An auspicious meeting or conversation could get you thinking/moving along new lines. A new trend, or a change of heart or mind can also redirect you. Monday through Thursday, you’ve got game.

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VIRGO

August 23–September 23

Mars is still retrograde to the end of June, but allowing for this transition overlap, sun/Venus and Saturn now officially mark the start of a new chapter. Home and personal life, social and professional life, health, appearance, style, legal status, education, relocation: change one thing and it changes everything. Saturday onward, put it into full

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SCORPIO

October 23–November 22

You have important paperwork or sorting out to do now. If you have doubt or uncertainty, wait for someone to speak up, divulge, make an offer, a move, et cetera. Your best decision or play could pick itself. Thursday/Friday, it’s a wrap. As of Saturday’s new moon, you can ease up, open up, love ’em up, or cash in. Monday, fortune smiles on you.

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SAGITTARIUS

November 22–December 21

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CAPRICORN

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AQUARIUS

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PISCES

December 21–January 20

Thursday through next week’s start puts you in the know and gives you a much better feel. Soak it up this weekend. Sun/Venus helps you to entertain more than one viable option or to hit two targets with one stone. Monday is a gamechanger: there’s more to consider, to discuss, to know. There’s more cost and more to gain. January 20–February 18

A creative project or moneymaking venture shows good potential or profit now. Thursday/ Friday can deliver great results or reward. Personally or relationshipwise, something you have hoped for also holds good promise now. Saturday through Wednesday places you on a fresh-page upswing. Monday, talk it out or up; the comfort zone is readily found. February 18–March 20

No matter how it’s shaped up so far, things are working out for the best. Beyond a good end to the week, Thursday/Friday is solidifying in some significant way. Saturday is great for entertaining at home and/or for reestablishing the bond. The new moon through Monday pushes the Refresh button in some fulfilling and/ or profitable way. -

Reconciling with reality may have recently knocked the wind out of your sails, or perhaps you have succeeded in staying the course. Either way, not only are you still standing, but as of Saturday’s new moon, you’re on the forward march. Whether it’s a complete start-over or on to the next step, Monday’s sun/ Book a reading or sign up for Rose’s Venus and Tuesday/Wednesday’s free monthly newsletter at www.rose marcus.com/astrolink/. Leo moon set you up for success.

> Go on-line to read hundreds of I Saw You posts or to respond to a message < CUTIE READING AT THE PARK

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I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: MAY 30, 2016 WHERE: Jonathan Rodgers You were reading in the park and my dog came up to you to say hello. You laughed and said that it was probably because he could smell all of the other dogs you had been petting previously, but truth be told my dog just likes pretty girls. ;) We made small talk for a bit before I had to leave to meet a friend and I was kicking myself all day for not getting your contact info.

TALL DARK AND HANDSOME STAGE ACTOR ON #20

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I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: APRIL 20, 2016 WHERE: Commercial at Venables I sat across from you weeks ago now on the #20 downtown early one morning. You chatted with an older woman charismatically, said hello to an acquaintance, of your profession I believe, and were generally quite charming to behold. I didn’t want to interrupt however and so read my book in silence until I could not help but laugh out loud several times from the comedy. We made eye contact several times and smiled across the isle before you said something, also charming, about my laughter and we exchanged a few words, at which point I mentioned I recognized you from the neighborhood. You said you lived on the Drive and elaborated on your work in various theatres over the years. Then abruptly we were all getting off the bus downtown and I never even got your name which I immediately regretted. I’d love to converse further. I have taken to crossing my fingers every time I get on the bus these days or that I’ll simply have the pleasure of running into you one day in the street.

MY ENGLISH TUTOR

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I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: MAY 7, 2016 WHERE: Commercial Dr and Lamplighter Pub You were my IELTS tutor for a short time. We decided to dine out in a Portuguese restaurant in Commercial Dr. Then we went to a pub and drank a couple of Irish whiskies and smoked cigarettes. I really enjoyed every minutes of talking with you. We continued our chatting in Lamplighter in Gastown. It seems to me that I was flying above clouds! We both were drunk and kissed each other lovely for one time. You said; ”boundaries are broken” and you can not be my tutor any more. I made a mistake. I apologized to you many times, you didn’t accept and left me alone for ever. I really miss you, Jen.

SUNDAY AFTERNOON ON THE SEA BUS

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I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: MAY 29, 2016 WHERE: Waterfront SeaBus Terminal We were standing in line to get on the SeaBus at Waterfront. I excused myself and asked you if you knew of any good restaurants at the Quay. You said you were heading to work at Denny’s. I said “Oh...” and seemed disappointed. I thought you were really cute.

YOU ASKED ME FOR A LIGHT AT THE ALABAMA SHAKES SHOW

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I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: MAY 28, 2016 WHERE: Alabama Shakes - Deer Lake Park I was standing off to the side of the venue when you came up with a pack of Belmont’s and asked for a light. My buddy and I both reached for one. I thought you were super cute. We didn’t get a chance to talk but we saw each other again near the top of the hill. We made eye contact when you walked by with your friends. Would be great to get your name and maybe see a live show together. Me - Beard, blue rain jacket and grey toque. You - very good looking, beard with a baseball cap. I’ve never posted one of these before and I know it's a total shot in the dark. Cheers.

VOLUPTUOUS REDHEAD AT STORM CROW

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I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: MAY 27, 2016 WHERE: Storm Crow Alehouse in East Van You were the gorgeous, flame haired beauty sitting at the bar at Storm Crow Tavern on Friday. You ordered a Kitty Pryde, and your smile absolutely lit up the room. If you show up this Sunday for Game of Thrones night, I’ll call you Ygritte and buy you a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster to share with me. What do you say, Pretty Lady?

SOLILOQUY

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I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: MAY 19, 2016 WHERE: #20 Bus @ Grant on Commercial Drive I was the guy unsure about my use of the word ‘soliloquy’ while speaking with a friend. You were the English teacher holding a basketball who assured me I’d used it correctly. My 2nd favorite bus encounter, so far. Wish I’d gotten your name.

BEAUTIFUL WOMAN WAITING FOR APPT AT PILLARS SALON

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I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: MAY 18, 2016 WHERE: Burnaby

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We ended up at the front of the stage/ mosh. You helped pull me up several times when I started to fall. We also danced together a bit. Your hands felt really good on my waist. I had such a good time being next to you. We should hang out sometime.

You were relaxed and slouched in your chair when I walked in though the back door. You noticed me and sat up. I sat down a couple of chairs over from you. We were both waiting for our 4:30 appointments on Wednesday, May 18th. We both took a few glances at each other before you were called in to your appointment. You turned and looked back one final time before disappearing. I didn’t see a ring so hoping that you are single and see this. Coffee? A drink? I would really like to know more about you.

STILL LOVING CROSSWORDS?

I COULDN’T RESIST....

TITUS ANDRONICUS MOSH

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I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: MAY 28, 2016 WHERE: Biltmore

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I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: MAY 27, 2016 WHERE: Wesbrook Village in UBC

I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: MAY 20, 2016 WHERE: Starbucks near PNE

You were in blue casual shirts and riding a bike in the Wesbrook Village. It’s been over 4 years since I met you the last time. You were very intelligent and sweet, gave me so much inspiration and comfort. It was a difficult time in my life so I needed to move on, but I am back in town again and started a new life. I am hoping that we become friends again. I hope you still have my number.

....telling you that you were beautiful while we were in Starbucks on Hastings near the PNE. I wish I had gotten your name, but didn’t want to freak you out, so I left as soon as we had exchanged our, “I hope you have a great day”. I still think that you are lovely and I do not regret for a second that I told you so that Friday afternoon. I would love to meet you for a coffee, so how about it?

COMEDY AT THE VOGUE

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GRUMPY GUSS FACE

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I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: MAY 26, 2016 WHERE: The Vogue, Granville Street

I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: MAY 21, 2016 WHERE: SBC

You are the cute guy with an accent who held the line for me at the bar while I wandered off to get cash to buy a drink. I’m the short girl who almost didn’t make it back in time. We exchanged seat numbers (you were in Row 11) and said we’d find each other after the show, but we didn’t. You seemed really nice - we should get a drink.

I always come to your spot SBC down on Hastings, your either running around scowling super busy or behind the bar barking. regardless none the less when I come to shows and see you I instantly I feel like a sat on slug. Turn that frown upside down lets have a drink? Aren’t you suppose to be the Smilin' Buddha?

THE TWISTED FORK

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MATCHING OUTFITS ON THE CANADA LINE

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I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: MAY 28, 2016 WHERE: The Twisted Fork

I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: MAY 21, 2016 WHERE: Canada Line

The food was great but I couldn’t keep my eyes off of you! I should have lept from my chair before you left in response to your effort but my older friend has alzheimer’s and gets confused. Another chance to talk?

We both got on the Canada Line at Vancouver City Center. You pointed out that we were wearing the same outfit (burgundy top, black pants) and we had a good laugh over it. I had to get off at the next stop. But I'd love to talk again sometime.

SOLO DINER AT THE NAAM

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I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: MAY 23, 2016 WHERE: The Naam

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You greeted me with a warm smile when I sat down late Monday night. I overheard the waiter mention you were from Manitoba. That explains the friendliness! Get in touch if you’d like to grab a table for two sometime.

“RAPPING GIRL” CROSSING STREET (CAMBIE & BROADWAY)

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I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: MAY 19, 2016 WHERE: Cambie & Broadway (Crossing the Street) We crossed the street at Cambie & Broadway together at about 10:45pm Thursday night. I told you that you were “rapping” and we started to talk. You liked my “people skills” and I gave you my number... I then told you that I was in a hurry to go to work, and then I jokingly said some none sense before I left (like you want my number in case I get famous one day...) I didn’t mean to say what I did, I was just really tired from working 16 hrs the night before, so I was not thinking straight. I also realized that I had to go to work. I loved your personality and amazing smile (although I never told you this). In the 1 in a billion chance you see this, I would so much love to talk with you again... If it's you, please let me know what we quickly talked about, or what you (or I) look like, or something to know its you :) you really made an amazing impression on me and I wish I didn’t say what I did!

BABE WORKING AT IGA BROADWAY AND VINE

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I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: MAY 15, 2016 WHERE: IGA Broadway and Vine I came into IGA after work on Sunday night around 8:30. I was on the phone and wearing a fur coat. I think you were restocking shelves? You are tall with lots of tattoos, and were wearing jeans and black Vans. I was caught off guard when I saw you because I think you are such a babe. There's a chance my jaw actually dropped and I completely forgot what I came in to get, or what my sister had just said to me on the phone. I circled around the store a few more times than I needed to, trying to catch another glimpse of you. Let’s grab a drink sometime?

A BIG PLAYGROUND...

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I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: MAY 18, 2016 WHERE: Main Street, Near the Viaducts Walking south on Main Street, near Chinatown. We started talking after two guys on bicycles nearly ran into each other. You were laughing and you said you love this country - It’s like a big playground. We talked a bit. You wanted to know the easiest way to get downtown. I asked where you were from and you said South East Asia. You seemed surprised when I guessed the right country. Your job is IT related. Message me and tell me my job if you’re interested in meeting up. You charmed me.

YYOGA TINDER RUN-IN FAIL

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I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: MAY 21, 2016 WHERE: Yyoga Kits

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YOU: “What *exactly* happens in Restorative yoga?” ME: “You see God and sh*t”. I saw you checking me out, but was so high from my yoga class that it wasn’t until I left that I realized who you were. I recognized you so started chatting, you asked me about what you could expect in Restorative class as I was leaving. I believe we met on Tinder last summer, I was on such a dating rampage that I never replied after our meet. At the time you didn’t seem to fit the bill, but now I’m not so sure. So, apologies for ghosting, you still seem mega cool and magnetically attractive. Let me know if you ever want to try for round two. If not, sorry for being a jerk.

BEAUTIFUL GIRL/OFF CENTER LIP RING/ AMAZING ORANGE HAIR

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I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: MAY 20, 2016 WHERE: 12th/Commercial Dr. on the #20 Bus Going South! On the 20 bus going south, right around 12th and Commercial Dr. May 20th I believe??? My jaw hit the floor when I saw you. I did my best to play it cool. We made eye contact many times and both exchanged smiles. I was the guy in work clothes and sunglasses trying very hard not to stare! You had beautiful dark skin, maybe first nations?? Your whole style was perfect. Not a hair out of place. You could easily model... I didn’t really look the best as I was returning from work but rest assured, I clean up well! Getting another chance to see you would make a man very happy:)

DELI INSIDE GRANVILLE ISLAND MARKET

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I SAW A: I AM A: WHEN: MAY 18, 2016 WHERE: Granville Island Market My friend and I were walking around aimlessly and hungry through the market and I stopped by the deli you work at, looking at the pasta, trying to get inspired for dinner. You looked up and asked me if you could help me with anything and I got shy and said no and quickly walked away. I really wish I would have struck up a conversation and given you my number. You had a man bun and an accent, I had long brown wavy hair and a denim jacket. Can you tell me where you work and where your accent is from? Drinks?

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