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A nonprofit called Move the Movement is digitally recording and archiving people’s experiences with medical marijuana, including those of Bianca, a North Van resident with a multitude of conditions. > BY PIPER COURTENAY

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FEATURE

At the Indian Summer Festival, Indigenous and South Asian artists come together in a spirit of friendship forged over a century ago. > BY CHARLIE SMITH

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Vancouver city council actually has the ability to set and regulate rents, according to a local lawyer. Why councillors aren’t wielding the full extent of the authority they have under the Vancouver Charter is something that stumps Nathalie Baker, an attorney who specializes in municipal law. “They should use the powers that they have to ensure that we get affordable housing, not expensive rental housing,� Baker told the Straight in a phone interview. Since 2009, the City of Vancouver has been granting financial subsidies and other incentives for developers of what is called affordable for-profit rental housing. Developers are required to enter into a housing agreement with the city, and this is where Baker said powers under the Vancouver Charter are relevant. Section 565.2 of the charter provides that council can enter into housing agreements whose terms include “rents that may be charged and the rates at which rents may be increased over time�. Baker noted that what is happening is that rents start high, and these rates apply only to the first tenant. Moreover, the starting rents become effective on the day of the public hearing for the project, allowing developers to increase rents per year during construction. “By the time it goes to market, the developer gets to charge the current rents, not the ones that were reviewed by council,� Baker said. Baker cited as example the Duke, a project on Kingsway that was approved by council in 2015 under the Secured Market Rental Housing Policy, or Rental 100. A city-staff report to council stated that the developer “estimates� to rent a studio unit would rent for $1,050 a month, a one-bedroom unit for $1,200, and a two-bedroom unit for $1,725. Baker noted that a studio unit at the Duke now rents for $1,702. An inquiry with the Duke revealed that rent for a one-bedroom is currently $1,979, and a two-bedroom goes for $2,494. Green councillor Adriane Carr has called for an audit of the rentalincentives program. A staff report is expected next spring about Carr’s motion to compare starting and current rents in

Rental 100 projects as well as those approved under the program’s predecessor, the Short Term Incentives for Rental (STIR). “The public needs the information,� Carr told the Straight by phone, “and I think councillors need that information to make the best possible decisions on how to support the building of rental housing in the future in a way that actually delivers affordability, because it’s not delivering affordability right now.� > CARLITO PABLO

PUBLIC HOUSING WILL KILL COMMUNITY GARDEN

An East Vancouver community garden will be uprooted to make way for public housing. The Cedar Cottage Garden Society will have to find a new patch to replace its current home at 2009 Stainsbury Avenue, near its intersection with Victoria Drive. The City of Vancouver is planning to develop a five-storey rental building at the site, with tenants expected to move in by 2021. “We’ve been told we can garden until the end of 2018,� gardener Dalia Levy told the Straight in a phone interview. The Cedar Cottage Community Garden started in 2008 under the SkyTrain guideway and has since expanded. The garden has 109 plots, an orchard of about 30 different fruit trees, a composting system of multiple bins, an apiary, and areas dedicated to growing foods that are donated to the Cedar Cottage Neighbourhood House. The community gardeners are eyeing a new location nearby. The Cedar Cottage Garden Society is proposing to use a 0.2-hectare area, which is about the same size as its current location, in the 27-hectare John Hendry Park. The group has written the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, noting that a community garden has been one of the ideas suggested for a new master plan for the park, whose central feature is Trout Lake. “From our perspective, John Hendry Park would be an ideal location as it provides both proximity (being close to our existing location allows us to draw on the same membership base and support the same community organizations) and stability (no threat of imminent development so we can invest our

time and effort in creating both a beautiful and productive space),� according to the garden society’s letter to the park board. A city-staff report noted that the current location of the garden also hosts a laneway house. The energy-efficient home, called the West House, is a project of SFU, which has been leasing the dwelling’s spot from the city since April 2013. The Cedar Cottage cultivators will host a fundraising dinner at the garden on July 21. They will harvest their vegetables and prepare the food on-site. > CARLITO PABLO

INDIGENT SUES MAYOR GREGOR ROBERTSON

When Meynard Aubichon ran for mayor of Vancouver with the Stop party in 2014, he attracted 508 votes. Aubichon, whose birth name is Matthew Michael Bristo, didn’t succeed in halting Mayor Gregor Robertson’s political career as the incumbent collected a record 83,529 votes. But now Aubichon is once again taking on Robertson—this time in B.C. Supreme Court. On June 28, the Regal Place Hotel resident succeeded with his “indigent application�. This means that his court fees are being waived in his conflict-ofinterest lawsuit against the mayor. In a phone interview with the Straight, Aubichon said he’s alleging that Robertson has “gone too far� in using his influence. The former mayoral candidate also claimed that Robertson and his Vision Vancouver councillors “were too close to developers�. “He thinks he owns communities,� Aubichon declared. None of his claims have been proven in court and Robertson hasn’t yet filed a statement of defence. In 2014, Aubichon was a strong advocate for term limits for municipal politicians, and his view hasn’t changed four years later. “I’ve known Gregor for years,� Aubichon acknowledged. “Don’t get me wrong. The city wouldn’t be the same without Gregor, but they’ve just been there too long.� Aubichon added that he’s planning another run for Vancouver mayor in 2018, this time with the “Weed party�. > CHARLIE SMITH

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ach and every person who has found relief in cannabis has a part to play in this movement,” says Bianca, a 33-year-old single mom living in North Vancouver. “It can be as simple and as powerful as just sharing your story.” Bianca is sitting on a couch in her local dispensary, Weeds (on Marine Drive), to talk about how she became one of the faces of Move the Movement (MTM)—a Vancouver-based nonprofit society building a digital database of patient experiences with cannabis. She credits this dispensary, and the people who run it, with restoring her quality of life while she was in “a very dark place”. She intends to pay that forward by breaking her silence about her struggle with physical and mental health through MTM. “I had never talked about my cannabis use, but something felt right about what this organization was doing. Everyone involved is coming from a genuine desire to help,” she says. Bianca’s story has been published as both a video diary and written testimony on the organization’s website. She also attends events and conferences with the MTM team to connect with people looking to understand the medical and therapeutic effects of cannabis. (Because of her personal circumstances, the Georgia Straight, after verification of her identity, has agreed to withhold Bianca’s surname.) A Straight reporter first met Bianca at her home while she was filming her video diary for the organization in May. Balanced on a rock in her backyard, against a backdrop of the Capilano River, she explained her journey. At first, it was jarring to try to comprehend how a woman who radiates such infectious positivity has withstood so much suffering. She says the credit is owed to cannabis. From an early age, Bianca says, she has battled a handful of debilitating conditions, including anxietyinduced nausea, posttraumatic stress disorder, chronic pain caused by scoliosis, and unrelenting flares of eczema—to name just a few. “I’ve been on OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet, morphine, Demerol, methadone—pick a narcotic, I’ve been on it,” she says, laughing. “Nothing comes close to cannabis.” Bianca began exploring more holistic treatments in 2009, when her pain specialist recommended joining the B.C. Compassion Club, the country’s first medical-cannabis dispensary. Since then, she has created an entire treatment plan based on the

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A Vancouver-based nonprofit society called Move the Movement is creating a digital database of patient testimonies of experiences with cannabis.

plant—but not without difficulty. “Cannabis is one of the hardest medicines to use properly. If you’re treating mental illness, it can be even more difficult,” she says. “You need to figure out your body’s rhythms, your brain chemistry, your sleep schedule—there is a lot to it. And you’re doing it, for the most part, on your own.” MTM hopes to rewrite that lengthy and isolating experience for current and prospective cannabis patients. What started as a passion project for Kelsey Yee, the movement’s cofounder and an industry entrepreneur, is now a growing database of patient testimonies. “It’s my experience, after I started using cannabis, that the people who have been helped or healed using it want to tell everyone, but there’s nowhere to tell that story,” Yee says in her video testimony. She says prohibition has resulted in the loss of decades’ worth of data that prospective consumers need to craft their own treatment. “It’s our job to rebuild the database on cannabis.” She teamed up with industry leaders and community advocates, including vice president and project coordinator Daryl Fontana, to create a database that allows patients to share healing plans and pull information from an expanding database of self-care. “With legalization coming into effect, everybody has the opportunity to break away from the fear and share the truth about this plant,” Fontana says. He says that when he started in

the industry in 1997, he knew there were voices that needed to be heard, but the plant’s illegality shrouded the conversation with secrecy and fear. With legalization coming into effect in October, he says he believes it’s the right time for people to break their silence. “It’s time for all of us to speak up. Everybody who has seen the benefits needs to speak the truth about what this plant is all about, and we can do so together.” The site, which is now live, allows consumers to create a profile and read curated testimonies from people living with similar conditions. Much as on a basic doctor’s intake form, users can also anonymously answer a series of questions exploring frequency of use, consumption methods, and additional lifestyle changes that contributed to finding success with cannabis. Bianca says that it took years of trial-and-error experimentation with vaporizers, dried f lower, topicals, and edibles until she found a reliable and consistent source of information. In 2016, she found a “home away from home” at Weeds and— alongside manager and former nurse Robynne Edwards—was able to craft a treatment plan that allows her to live a balanced life. “Because of prohibition, there has really never been an open conversation in society about cannabis and its impacts, and because of that people are forced to have those conversations inside cannabis-friendly places only, which is wonderful…if you have a safe space,” she says. “Move the Movement is offering that safe space to everyone.” -

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INDIAN SUMMER

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offers a national platform for Indigenous musicians on Sundays on CBC Radio One and Wednesdays on CBC Music. Through this show and his music platform RPM, Martineau helps Indigenous artists occupy spaces that have historically been denied to them. He noted that many feel they can reclaim their roots through music, having been inspired by Indigenous trailblazers like Buffy Sainte-Marie, Tanya Tagaq, and A Tribe Called Red.

“They are done with the idea that they are going to be separated from their culture,” Martineau said. “They want to have those connections back—and they’ll do everything they can to make it happen.” At the same time, Martineau aims to create “points of encounter” between Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists. “I’m really interested in that encounter, and not in a predetermined way,” he said. “Not in a way that’s trying to prescribe some kind of outcome but is more about saying, ‘Well, if we haven’t been in the same room together, what happens if we are? And what happens if we invite new people into that conversation?’ ” That’s the idea behind an event called Confluence that Martineau is curating at the Indian Summer Festival. It will bring together South Asian, Indigenous, African-Canadian, and queer stories at the Imperial on Saturday (July 7). Sidhu and the Sufi music group Rajasthan Josh will perform together in Jhalaak, which is a new project launched by sound designer Adham Shaikh. Celebrated Anishinabeg writer, academic, and musician Leanne Betasamosake Simpson will join cellist Cris Derksen, singer-

songwriter Ansley Simpson, and guitarist Nick Ferrio. Also appearing that evening will be CaribbeanAmerican poet Aja Monet and the Too Attached sibling duo of Vivek Shraya and Shamik Bilgi. Martineau emphasized that this form of interculturalism should not be seen as “fusion” in the conventional sense of the word. “We’re trying to actually respect the point of mutuality and the point of difference and not collapse it all into one messy soup of everything,” he said. Martineau pointed out that what he’s doing mirrors the overall objective of the Indian Summer Festival, which has always made space for relationships to develop between different communities. “I was thinking about artists who, in their own ways, were…imagining new possibilities,” he said. “I’ve been a fan of everyone on the lineup independently. I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be a great opportunity to have everyone in the same room and see just what comes out of that cross-pollination.’ ” Confluence takes place on Saturday (July 7) at the Imperial as part of the Indian Summer Festival.

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ovelist, poet, and essayist Amitava Kumar has often pondered the differences between a writer and a rioter. The Indian-born Vassar College professor of English is well aware of how demagogues can provoke violence. It’s occurred on several occasions in his home country: in 1984 with a pogrom targeting Sikhs, in 1992 with communal riots following the demolition of a mosque in Ayodhya, and in 2002 with a massacre of Muslims in the western state of Gujarat. “What sets people’s imagination afoot so that they go crazy and burn down a neighbourhood?” Kumar asked in a recent phone interview with the Georgia Straight. “What is said by the person holding a megaphone inciting a crowd, or what is said by someone who incites a rumour? And what is the difference between that person and me, sitting in my room imagining something, telling a story?” He cited one particularly deadly rumour that surfaced last year in the Indian state of Jharkhand, which used to be part of his home state of Bihar. The Hindustan Times reported that hundreds of tribal people lynched seven people in two incidents—and at least six escaped with injuries—because of a false message about child abductions being spread over social media on WhatsApp. Kumar, whose latest work is Immigrant, Montana: A Novel, hopes to explore the issue of fake news in a discussion at this year’s Indian Summer Festival, which takes place from Thursday to next Sunday (July 5 to 15) in Vancouver. (For details about Kumar’s event, see the box to the right.) He pointed out that fake news is on display in America every time Donald Trump opens his mouth and utters a lie. “Is he a fiction writer? Nooooo,” Kumar said. “What is the difference between the novelist and the liar? At some moments, I have often wondered.” This out-of-the-box thinking permeates Immigrant, Montana, which is Kumar’s 10th book. It tells the story of a young man who moves in the 1990s from India to America, where he becomes infatuated with women and is mentored by a man who conspires to kidnap Henry Kissinger. Kumar said that his novel embraces “full-bodied cosmopolitanism” in opposition to narrow nationalism.

Author Amitava Kumar believes what’s taking place in America and India nowadays goes far beyond what many fiction writers could possibly imagine.

It’s not the first time he’s examined this dichotomy between nationalism and cosmopolitanism. His collection of essays, Lunch With a Bigot, caused controversy in India, according to Indian Summer Festival artistic director Sirish Rao. “He got put on a blacklist by a right-wing Hindutva [a militaristic ideology promoting India as a Hindu nation] group that he sat down to lunch with,” Rao revealed in an interview in his Vancouver office. Kumar sees “a lot of parallels” between Trump and Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, whom he accused of using “crass dramatic powers of oratory” to incite crowds.

This oratory, according to Kumar, has encouraged Hindu fanatics to attack and sometimes kill Muslims as hated “beef eaters”—at the same time as Modi is protecting corporate power. Both Trump and Modi specialize in promoting hatred of journalists as enemies of the nation. “Philip Roth, who died recently, had a statement about how every day what happens in America is a challenge to the imagination of the novelist,” Kumar noted. “Because no imagination of the writer can compete with how reality—really, every day—presents itself to our baffled, bewildered minds.” -

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like to think we live in a world where ideas mingle like never 2 We before. Even the social-media blood sport that now passes for politics

seems to reflect this sense of mental free-for-all in a realm of Everything. But it’s become clear that most ideas expressed online just rattle around inside bubbles with similar ones. Perhaps, for truly open meetings of minds, we still need to get together in a room (you know: floor, walls, ceiling, at least one door) from time to time, just as we’ve done since the cave days. The newest edition of the English-born, globetrotting talk series 5X15 is set to land at this year’s Indian Summer Festival, and it’s all about eclectic face time. When it takes place on Saturday (July 7) at the Imperial, the format and rules will be the same as they are for every 5X15 session, whether in London, New York, or Milan: five figures from an array of backgrounds will take their turn at the mike, each holding forth on a topic or personal experience close to their heart. No scripts allowed, and no speech longer than 15 minutes. That last rule could be seen as a concession to the pace of our distracted times. But the variety and openness of 5X15 are bound to create exchanges that happen too rarely between online avatars. The roster will feature Indigenous scholar and CBC Music host Jarrett Martineau; Sunshine Coast author Charlotte Gill; New York writer, poet, and journalist Amitava Kumar (arriving just ahead of the publication date for his new novel, Immigrant, Montana); author and ethnobotanist Wade Davis; and a yet-to-be-named special guest. Local writer and comedian Kamal Pandya will host the evening. No trolls, no grifters, no hacks or ideologues—it should be a provocative and welcome break from screenworld. -


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solving problems, and working to quick time lines make for an exciting and flexible career.” At base, Tipping says, technology companies are dedicated to identifying ways in which life could be improved for everyday individuals. Local companies are in the business of creating cutting-edge tools to help eliminate irritating or time-consuming problems or make dangerous situations safer. In Metro Vancouver alone, organizations are currently working on projects such as generating clean energy by replicating the reactions happening inside the sun, correcting vision with virtual-reality headsets, and creating customfitting footwear using a picture of a person’s foot. “I see technology as a force for good in society,” Tipping says. “It makes opportunities more equal and improves outcomes. “It’s also important to help people recognize how tech can help them in simple terms,” she continues. “Often, engineers can get caught up in the

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The end of the workweek keeps you going strong and timing it right. You’ll shift into low key Saturday/Sunday, and still make the most of it. Mercury, Venus, and Jupiter are on the move as of Monday/Tuesday. Next Thursday’s super new moon eclipse puts the focus on sorting out what’s real, what’s viable or useful, and what needs to be reworked.



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It’s time to hit the refresh button! Venus in Virgo, the end of Jupiter retrograde, and next Thursday’s solar eclipse set the timer switch to breakthrough/break free/bust up the concrete. It’s an auspicious moment for personal, career, and lifestyle reinvention, for getting your act together regarding health, wealth, and emotional fulfillment. Despite the limitations, how you live life is up to you. Tuum est. September 22–October 23

No matter how it frees you up, something inadvertent or unexpected on Thursday paves the way for an improvement. Monday begins a major move-ahead week. Next Thursday’s solar eclipse can mark a milestone passage or a special anniversary. It’s rinse yourself off and build it better time. The eclipse moves your career or personal life reality to a timely (or overdue) next level. October 23–November 21

A fresh try or creative solution could do the trick Thursday/ Friday. Spontaneity is the way to play it. The weekend can slow you down, but not by much, and likely in the best of ways. As of Monday/Tuesday, you’ll hit an activity or good-idea upARIES swing. Wednesday to Friday, retrace March 20–April 19 your steps. A revisit or rethink sets Thursday/Friday finish you up for an evolutionary leap. the week on an upswing. You should SAGITTARIUS feel that you are getting yourself November 21–December 21 someplace better. Entering Virgo on Venus in Leo ends on MonMonday, Venus forms a good working relationship with both Uranus day, but you’ll continue in good grace and Saturn for the rest of the week. as Venus in Virgo makes favourNext Thursday’s solar eclipse offi- able contact with Uranus and Saturn cially marks the end of a personal through the end of next week. The reera and the beginning of a new base ality is shifting. Jupiter and the super line, especially regarding home, solar eclipse on the go set up an auspicious backdrop for a new/reparative/ family, and career. restorative inner and outer life chapter TAURUS to begin. It’s nesting time for some!







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The stars keep to a relatively smooth-running track through the end of the weekend. You’ll have no trouble making the most out of the time you spend and the conversations you have. Once Venus enters Virgo and Jupiter ends retrograde you’ll hit a major move-it-forward track. Monday through Friday defines the shape of things to come in some significant and karmic way.



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Thursday/Friday are optimum for cutting loose. This weekend, take it as it comes, avoid the crowds, easy does it best. One way or another, Venus in Virgo, starting late Monday, will put you to work. Home matters and family keep you especially busy. Health, wealth, or actual repairs and upgrades will too. Thursday’s solar eclipse in Cancer begins a new chapter regarding rebuilding and replenishing.



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Mars in Aquarius continues on the backtrack, but as of Tuesday, Jupiter in Scorpio resumes forward motion. Along with the rest of the stellar deck, the week ahead is a productive one for uncovering what needs to be addressed and put to bed. Thursday’s solar eclipse begins a next-phase correction, heal it, fix it, get to work on it cycle. February 18–March 20

Overall (and despite it all) you’re in good shape. On vacation or not, Thursday’s sun/Jupiter and Sunday’s sun/Neptune set you up to max out on the best the stars have to offer. Venus in Virgo and next Thursday’s solar eclipse set up an auspicious backdrop for matters of the heart. An important reconnect or turnaround can be made. -

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Artists Jay Senetchko and Tiko Kerr (from left) found common ground in their love of collage to create the digitally interactive The Gift of the Given on the wall at 1873 West 4th Avenue. Chris James photo.

The Gift that keeps on giving

“So art-history paintings are reoriented to flow into each other, and that requires reorientation on the viewer’s part. “It’s almost like a Where’s Waldo?,” he adds with a laugh, referring to the deeper consideration the work invites. “We didn’t want to go entirely Tiko Kerr and Jay Senetchko play with art history, high tech, and representational or entirely abstract. It’s something the spirit of Kits in a new mural for the Khatsahlano Street Party that’s going to have such a Approaching Tiko Kerr and Jay significant public discourse for such a long time.” Senetchko’s massive new mural at 1873 West 4th That discussion will have a high-tech new power. BY JANET S M IT H Avenue, the first things you take in are the playfully The artwork will have touch points, or QR codes, colourful abstract forms collaged across the wall. that viewers can scan with their smartphones to Draw closer, though, and tilt your head from get further understanding of the puzzlelike picside to side, and you’ll start to recognize frag- ture they’re looking at. Local augmented-reality ments of familiar forms—one of B.C. Binning’s students are helping develop the platform. stylized boats, upended; the red and green stripes “We will keep adding to that,” enthuses Kerr of of a famous Jack Shadbolt painting; the round his first foray into interactive murals. “For example, shape of a locomotive engine from a vintage Pacif- you might scan something and you see the original ic Railway ad illustration; Alex Colville’s iconic Lawren Harris painting, or you scan another thing racing black steed from Horse and Train, turned and you see a slide show of Kitsilano. That way, upside down, its head morphing into the ethereal people can keep discovering it.” Beyond that, he island of a Lawren Harris landscape. says, the augmented reality will allow for some surThe work, titled The Gift of the Given and com- prising ways to add to your selfies with the mural. missioned by the West 4th Avenue Business Improvement Association, evokes the history of THE TWO ARTISTS giving West 4th its colourthe place where it sits. At the site where it will debut ful new landmark have, at first glance, vastly difduring the West 4th Khatsahlano Street Party on ferent styles and art practices. Though both are Saturday (July 7), Kerr points to the “spine” of the accomplished painters, Kerr made his name with work—a richly painted brown column that at first his warped and wobbly local landscapes, while looks like a log or the trunk of a tree. “But it also Senetchko is known for his figurative work, popuhas the element of the man-made, of a totem, or of lated by expressive human forms. The duo have a building material,” the veteran Vancouver artist bonded over their love of brushwork—Kerr jokes says. “It’s this great mix of familiarity and abstrac- that they both love to get messy mixing their paints at the West 4th site. But their immediate common tion—a kind of trickster imagery. “I’ve always believed that a successful piece of ground is collage, a technique both use individually, often as inspiration for their canvases. art is one that keeps your eye moving,” he adds. “In my case, I use it to create a juxtaposition “We wanted to get the idea of history informing the present and that in turn informing the future,” of time and space and scale, and Tiko is doing explains Senetchko in a separate phone conversation. the same with his art-historical pieces,” explains

Senetchko, who’s known Kerr for years but has never gotten the chance to collaborate with him. For Kerr, collaging has marked an abrupt shift in his work, one that came after he successfully battled cancer a few years ago. “I had been doing my wobbly landscapes for a long time,” he says. “I saw that it was either now or never.” Inspired in part by the vast collection of art books he’d inherited from the estate of his friends Jack and Doris Shadbolt, he started cutting and pasting imagery of masterworks by the likes of Andy Warhol and Pablo Picasso—“not appropriating but recontextualizing it,” as he says. “This was working intuitively rather than working with a fixed goal in my mind. All my paintings begin as collage now.” You can expect to see the mural studies on canvas, as well as the actual collages, at some of his upcoming exhibits—including one at the Pendulum Gallery, opening July 30, and a major show at the Gordon Smith Gallery from May to September 2019. For now, though, you can celebrate The Gift of the Given at the parking lot beside Romer’s Burger Bar, which the BIA will turn into a West Coast Wine Bar. New to Khatsahlano this year to show off the mural, the space will be transformed into a green garden space with some décor, tables, chairs, lounges, and a wine bar from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Hosts will be on hand to demonstrate the high-tech interactive features of the new mural. For Kits residents and Khatsahlano-goers alike, the mural, true to its name, will be a major gift of art. The BIA is aiming to add a technologically interactive mural annually to the Kitsilano neighbourhood. And while the first mural avoids paying tribute to its setting in a literal way (other than referencing several artists who have a West Coast connection), Kerr is happy the bright new collage-painting captures the spirit of Kitsilano. “It shows we’re gathered in a place that’s healthy and open and accepting—and out of that, art can happen,” he says. The West 4th Khatsahlano Street Party takes place on Saturday (July 7).

PLASTIC ORCHID PLAYS WITH TIME FOR ITS 10TH YEAR >>> plastic orchid factory 2 When marks its 10th anniversary this

week, the Vancouver dance company will celebrate not only where it’s been, but—quite literally—where it is now. The new piece i miss doing nothing revels in its setting, the Left of Main studio the husband-and-wife duo of James Gnam and Natalie LeFebvre Gnam helped create out of a centuryold, second-floor dim-sum restaurant last year. They’re working with dance artist Vanessa Goodman and lighting designer James Proudfoot, who will both play with the ever-shifting natural light that streams through the windows of the Chinatown space. The duo will manipulate it by activating louvres and moving around frames with foil and translucent surfaces. At the same time, composer and sound artist Nancy Tam will live-edit a score that incorporates noises miked up from the busy streets below the studio. She’ll also weave in fragments of music from plastic orchid factory’s past pieces, as dancers Gnam

and LeFebvre Gnam draw from the physical memories of them. “So Natalie and I are working with the past, while James [Proudfoot], Nancy, and Vanessa are working with the now,” explains Gnam, sitting in the Left of Main office with his partner in life and art. “It’s almost like working with currents to settle them. There are in-between spaces to hear the street sounds—like that squeak,” he says, stopping to point out an intermittent, high-pitched street noise, “and to see the light shift and feel someone remembering a dance. “We lose track of time while we do it,” he adds, “and we invite people to lose track of time while they watch it.” Time, and the speed with which it passes, are top of mind for the busy couple these days. Before they danced with Ballet BC in the 2000s, both had performed for Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal. Since launching their own indie company 10 years ago, right after the birth of their first son, they’ve blazed a risky and artful

Hours and light shift in the new i miss doing nothing. Evann Siebens photo. contemporary trail. Sometimes, work like _post has upended the ballet of their past. More recently, the clubby, rock-fuelled Digital Folk has played with immersive, interactive spaces. Four years ago, LeFebvre Gnam started trying to acquire a studio. The Left of Main space, a restaurant that had sat empty for a decade, would later require more funding to renovate. The ambitious project succeeded, with

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plastic orchid factory now sharing the studio and office with Tara Cheyenne Performance and MACHiNENOiSY—an almost unheard-of undertaking in the indie-dance scene here. “There’s been moments where we didn’t know if we could do it,” Gnam says. “People who stay here kind of feed off adversity. We decided we were going to work with scarcity differently. ‘How can we use space differently so resources are available to more of us?’ ” Around the same time as they were finalizing the space, just over a year ago, the couple had another baby. “After our second son was born, we really wanted to think about how we could work differently. So we ended up moving the family into the studio for eight hours a day,” Gnam says. Starting late last summer, the couple began experimenting with their memories of their previous works in their studio. As Gnam puts it, “We connected to the rhythms of memory— the patterns that live in us.” The piece that’s grown out of all

this is a durational, three-hour “living installation”. It replays—but never quite the same way twice—in the Left of Main space on four summer afternoons. Viewers are invited to come and go—30 are allowed in at any given time—losing themselves to the fluctuating time, space, light, and sound. “The sun might just suddenly come out from behind a cloud and go right across the room—whoosh!” LeFebvre Gnam says. Proudfoot’s big frames, some on wheels, “let you see things through a different window”, she adds. To take it in, though, you won’t necessarily need to know plastic orchid factory’s repertoire, or the 10-year history that’s brought them to this time and place. “The most important thing is understanding that we are working from the past and framing it in the present,” Natalie explains. Plastic orchid factory presents i miss doing nothing from next Wednesday to Saturday (July 11 to 14) at Left of Main.

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Settle in for a summer of strong female roles Tanja Dixon-Warren and Alexis Kellum-Creer tackle two of the imposing women in Ensemble Theatre Company’s repertory series > BY JA NET SM IT H

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Alexis Kellum-Creer (left, with Michael Kiapway and Zac Scott) admires the way her character stands up to a masculine military world in A Few Good Men. Meanwhile, in The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Tanja Dixon-Warren (seated, with Kirsten Slenning) takes on the manipulative matriarch in a mother-daughter relationship. Derek Fu photos.

Kellum-Creer says the play is as relevant as ever, with global fears about the rise of the military-industrial complex and the growing presence of women in the armed forces. “I didn’t realize until I did a bit of research that the first woman was enlisted in 1918, but as late as 1984, while women could serve as marines, they couldn’t be anywhere near combat. That wasn’t put into effect until 2016. So women have been serving for 100 years, but combat is not in the picture,” she says. Kellum-Creer adds that the new production will update the original 1980s-set version to a world where women are serving as marines. Codirected by Tariq Leslie and Alan Brodie, the latter better known as a lighting-design luminary in town, it will use light to create the different locations. The Beauty Queen of Leenane, directed by Kathleen Duborg, has its

own rich female roles, exploring the poisonous codependency between mother Mag (Tanja Dixon-Warren) and daughter Maureen (Kirsten Slenning). But unlike A Few Good Men’s Galloway, the matriarch of McDonagh’s toxically shut-in County Galway household is not exactly admirable or principled. In fact, she can be quite a nasty piece of work. No problem for Dixon-Warren. “It’s an absolute blast to chew up something like that,” she tells the Straight, before going through her lines with Slenning. “I come from a large family and I love stories about family. I have had a fantastic relationship with all my siblings and my mom, and, for me, this is a love story between a family—just a family that is completely dysfunctional. “It’s also a story of survival for these two women and the codependency between them,” Dixon-Warren

adds. “Only people who desperately love each other can hurt each other deliberately.” Beauty Queen’s domineering Mag is 70 and spends most of her day in her rocking chair. Her 40-ish daughter has cared for her for at least two decades— and has only ever kissed two men. When a new man offers what may be Maureen’s last chance to escape the village of Leenane, a truly ugly power struggle ensues—sharpened with the same dark McDonagh wit that made his 2017 film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri so bitterly enjoyable. But Dixon-Warren sees beauty in the script, too—and empathy for her miserable old Mag. “I love the rhythm and the cadence of the language—I love the Irish!” the actor says, and then turns to her difficult character. “She does do behaviours that are to me reprehensible. But then she can say something very sweetly.” With

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elderly relatives in her life, and adult children, Dixon-Warren has a window onto what Mag and Maureen are going through. “I’m quite moved by this dilemma between letting kids go and caring for elderly relatives. What is the burden on the family member who is providing the care?” For Dixon-Warren, it’s a matter of finding something to relate to in a female character that so contrasts herself. The situation, as you might expect, is a little different for Kellum-Creer, playing her naval attorney. “It’s fun every time you get to play someone with characteristics you wish you had,” she says. Ensemble Theatre Company presents A Few Good Men from July 13 to August 17 and The Beauty Queen of Leenane from July 14 to August 15, both at the Jericho Arts Centre.

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Hariprasad Chaurasia has played his traditional instrument on everything from Bollywood soundtracks to Beatles records.

Paige Fraser, here with 42nd Street costar Andrew Cownden, says she has plenty in common with the lead character of the ’30s-set musical. Lindsay Elliott photo.

High spirits live at the end of 42nd Street > BY JA NET SM IT H

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n 42nd Street, young Peggy Sawyer arrives in New York City fresh off the bus from smalltown Pennsylvania with her tap shoes and dreams of stardom. For Theatre Under the Stars’ Paige Fraser, it was more like fresh off the ferry. But she’s the first to admit her own experience isn’t that far removed from that of the lead character she’ll play all summer long at Malkin Bowl. “I feel some kinship with her about how badly you have to want this to make it work,” the triple-threat singer, dancer, and actor tells the Straight, speaking over the phone before heading to Stanley Park for rehearsal. “We’re both small-town girls. I’m from northern Vancouver Island and I came here to do theatre,” adds the native of Black Creek, near Courtenay, where she started early in musical theatre before moving on to tap lessons in her teens. “I get that feeling of having to leave all that behind in order to do this. There’s nothing else to do! You have to have a thick skin and an open, beating heart. So I get where she’s coming from. She’s 21; when I came over to Cap [Capilano University for musical theatre] I turned 18 my first day and I definitely had stars in my eyes.” That’s not the only background experience Fraser brings to the retro song-and-dance classic, though. You could say she knows the story of the chorus girl who finally gets her big break from the inside out. At Studio 58, where she headed

after graduating from Cap, she worked on the same musical’s sets last year—part of the well-known Langara College theatre program’s all-round approach to the art form. Consequently, she got to know the behind-the-scenes musical from behind the scenes. “To see the sets and say, ‘I built that with my own hands!’…I had fallen in love with the show working on it, building the proscenium arch and the props,” she says. “That gives you a full appreciation of all that goes into making the show, which is so much what 42nd Street is all about. So many people work so hard to make sure every single element is perfect.” It’s hard work lightening audiences’ moods—and it’s a job Fraser takes quite seriously. “Especially for this style and this era, it’s about spectacle and lifting people’s spirits. In the ’30s, that was a huge part of why people were going to the theatre,” says Fraser, referring to the era when the musical is set—and when the Hollywood movie it was based on was made. “The parallels with today are hard to ignore. From my perspective, it’s why I do theatre: so people can have a laugh.” And there the parallels with 42nd Street go again. After all, director Julian Marsh does tell young Peggy Sawyer, “You’ve got to go on, and you’ve got to give and give and give.” Theatre Under the Stars presents 42nd Street from Wednesday (July 4) to August 18 at Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park.

Chaurasia a humble master The 80-year-old wizard continues spreading the sweet tones of the bansuri > B Y A LE X A ND ER VA R TY

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s musical instruments go, the bansuri could not be simpler. A side-blown f lute made from a stalk of bamboo, with six to eight finger holes bored in its side, it is one of the foundational components of Indian classical music, far predating such Mughal innovations as the sitar or sarod. Some, in fact, claim that the bansuri was invented by the Hindu deity Krishna, who is often depicted with one in his elegant blue hands. Simple it might be, but the instrument is capable of producing a hauntingly beautiful tone, sweeter than the familiar metal f lute of the western orchestra, and considerably more voicelike in its ability to convey emotional nuance. If, that is, the instrument is being played by a master. And there is no more accomplished master than Hariprasad Chaurasia, the Uttar Pradesh virtuoso who’s headlining this year’s Indian Summer Festival of the South Asian arts. Revered at home and respected abroad, he’s done everything a musician of his generation is expected to have done: made best-selling records; scored major Bollywood epics; opened his own school; recorded with Ravi Shankar; and had Beatles sit at his feet. (George Harrison hired him to play on his tune “The Inner Light”, the flip side of the Fab Four’s 1968 hit “Lady Madonna”.) And yet no sonic guru could be humbler, or more willing to share the essentials of his craft. “Anybody can make it work, playing f lute,” Chaurasia says,

reached while giving a bansuri workshop in Amsterdam. “You don’t even have to order a company to make an instrument and spend more money. You just find a piece of bamboo, put some holes in it, and then play and tune it properly.” Anybody? “Let me come to Vancouver,” he says. “I will give you one to try.” Of course, it’s not that easy. Chaurasia himself had to study in secret, overcoming family disapproval to pursue a life in music. (His father wanted the young performer to become a wrestler.) What at first sight might seem an almost unadorned bamboo tube is actually cut from a very special strain of the grasslike plant found only in the foothills of the Himalayas, aged under exacting conditions, and lacquered with a blend of organic oils and resins. And to truly master the bansuri involves immersion in a rigorous course of study that involves more than just learning the infinite permutations of Indian classical music’s many modes— preferably with Chaurasia himself. Despite having turned 80 on Canada Day, the bansuri wizard keeps himself busy with concertizing the world over, and with crafting film scores for a variety of Bollywood directors. “I love doing commercial work, because I used to enjoy the music of Bollywood,” he says. “So if they let me work, why not? I have some ideas, so why not use them? And people, they like it.” But there’s another reason why Chaurasia works in film: it funds his music school, which, beyond performing, is probably the project that’s closest to his heart.

“It is not a day school; it is a traditional school, like from a thousand or two thousand years back, and it’s called Vrindaban Gurukul,” he explains. “Gurukul means ‘guru’s house’, where you have to stay. And you have to obey your guru, and whatever your guru plans for your life, you have to worry about. You have to watch your guru properly— how he became a guru, and how are his dealings, and how is his nature, and how he takes care of the students. That’s very important.” As guru, Chaurasia is as much a life coach as a music tutor. His students, he explains, learn “how to become a nice human being, how to write about music, how to speak about music, how to compose music, and how to play music differently than others. That’s the main idea. “We don’t have certificate,” he continues. “In gurukul, we don’t get any certificate, but we become, ourselves, the certificate. We don’t have to show a paper; we just have to play in front of anybody, any day, and prove that we are there.” It’s a different way of doing things, but no less practical than university training. Still, how did Chaurasian himself know, back when he was practising the holds and poses of traditional pehlwani wrestling, that he was really born to be a musician? “I don’t know,” he says, with a true master’s humility. “Up till now, I’m still finding out who I am, playing music. With time, I’m learning.” Hariprasad Chaurasia plays the Orpheum next Saturday (July 14), as part of the Indian Summer Festival.

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Retro musicals fire up Volcano > B Y JA NE T S M ITH

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ith Volcano, dance artist Liz Kinoshita uses the language of a bygone time to express the here and now. The Toronto-born, Belgium-based choreographer draws on the song and dance styles of old musicals. But listen to the lyrics closely, and lose yourself in the shifting tempos of the fancy footwork, and you’ll realize Volcano is a clever meditation on the rush of our modern world. “The ’30s, ’40s, and ’50s—there are so many movies in that era that I could watch again and again,” she tells the Straight from a tour stop in Stuttgart, where her troupe is performing before heading back to Belgium and then over to Toronto and later Vancouver for Dancing on the Edge. “I, as a contemporary performer, can really appreciate them, to see how the timing and the weight shifts, and to watch these genius performers. They’ve really stood the test of time.” Part of her fascination with old movie musicals stems from the fact that, at the height of the form in the 1940s, a war was raging, and yet was barely mentioned in the day’s upbeat flicks—a fact she attributes less to simple escapism than to a mutual understanding with the audience that the world was on fire. In the studio, she started working with the vernacular in her own ways. Composing their own musicalstyle songs, her collaborating artists started expressing contemporary concerns in the classically rhyming lyrics. What emerges again and again in their words is the hectic pace

At Dancing on the Edge, Liz Kinoshita recasts the songs and dance styles from old movie musicals into a very modern meditation. Giannina Urmeneta photo.

of their globetrotting lifestyles—“A suitcase is all I need,” “Got to get out of the air!” Meanwhile, Kinoshita also started playing with tap dance and shifts in tempo, experimenting with the effects of speeding up the footwork and slowing it down. Playing out on a spare stage in dim light, removed from the high polish and grand sets of cinema, Volcano ends up striking an intimate, sometimes hauntingly contemplative tone. And the title? Kinoshita bases it on her own experience of shifting tempos as an always-on-the-go travelling artist. Her busy touring schedule came to a grinding halt in Oslo when Eyjafjallajökull, the Icelandic volcano, erupted in March 2010. Because it caused mass cancellations across European skies—the largest disruption of air travel since World War II—she and her troupe had to resort to a long, slow ferry ride back

to Brussels for a performance. “It was a kind of beautiful moment, rather than getting on another airplane, to be on the open seas and have the skies above you,” she recalls. “And I remember being on the deck and really feeling like I was shifting gears. It was a minihiatus; it was a kind of suspension of time rather than an interruption—and we’re interrupted all the time these days.” But like the rest of the work, the title is not meant to be taken too literally. You could say the eruptions it refers to are the ones that happen through the hours and days of our lives. “It’s really about taking into consideration the ebb and flow of the performance,” Kinoshita hints. “It’s how we treat time, and how we take time.” Dancing on the Edge presents Volcano at the Firehall Arts Centre on Wednesday and Friday (July 11 and 13).

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single stuffed owl and grainy, closed-circuittelevision footage tracking visitors’ every move in an unlit room. A shadow-puppet theatre that invites guests to contort their fingers into the shapes of crabs, coyotes, and other creatures. And a Roosevelt elk bursting through a wallpapered dining room, head illuminated under the glow of a pendant lamp as though it’s the guest of honour at an intimate dinner party. These may seem like unlikely scenes in your typical nature-centric exhibition, but then again, the Museum of Vancouver’s Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives is anything but ordinary. Old-style museums—the kind typified by Night at the Museum—had a different approach. They would “use their natural-history specimens in these kind of superillustrated and detailed dioramas, so that people would understand what the real environment was,” Viviane Gosselin, Wild Things cocurator and the MOV’s director of collections and exhibitions, explains during a media tour of the recently unveiled showcase. “We’re not trying to do that.” Indeed, the Kitsilano institution is weaving elements of nature—including plants, dirt, and taxidermy—with personal anecdotes, interactive components, and creative storytelling that, together, aim to connect Vancouverites with the wildlife that surrounds them. In this sense, Wild Things, co-curated by artist-educator Lee Beavington in celebration of local nonprofit group Nature Vancouver’s centenary, is no textbook walk-through. Rather, it’s an immersive, multiroom art installation, where the most curious and adventurous among us—those willing to delve beyond the surface via crawlable tunnels, or peer into tiny peepholes piercing a mini climbing wall—will be rewarded. “We’re inspired by visual art and visual artists’ work and installations, videography, and animation, because we know other museums—natural-history museums, the Vancouver Aquarium—are doing their work in environmental education,” says Gosselin. “So, we try, as an urban museum, to frame it a little differently and really ask people to…reflect on their personal relationship with nature.” The first half of Wild Things is dubbed the Encounter Room and features four separate vignettes that bring to life vivid experiences with rain, salmon, owls, and elk, as recalled by local residents. One woman’s meeting with a school of salmon crossing a flooded road is accompanied by a projection of the fish atop sheets of acetate swaying gently below two fans so that the critters appear to be swimming along the museum’s walls. In another space, Squamish Nation cultural worker and weaver Tracy Williams speaks about the significance of hunting—and the intimate understanding of nature it requires—in her family. The story is broadcast as an audio loop, which guests can take in while seated at a dining room table opposite a stuffed elk. “They kind of tend to a variety of emotions,” Gosselin says of the Encounter Room’s themes, “rain being more 22 THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT JULY 5 – 12 / 2018

In Wild Things, the Museum of Vancouver weaves together a unique mix of taxidermy, storytelling, and interactive exhibits.

about contemplation; salmon about beauty; owl about this kind of unsettling relationship or scary encounter you can have [with nature]; and the elk is really about provocation.” The Engagement Room, meanwhile, embodies a more traditional museum experience, where four “learning pods”—the Unknown, the Land Ethic, Web of Relationships, and Language and Story—are packed with drawers full of flora and fauna specimens, nature books, and interesting facts that help cultivate a deeper grasp and appreciation of the living, breathing beings that inhabit the Lower Mainland. Visitors can get acquainted with tardigrades or water bears—“Earth’s most resilient animal”—or don headphones to hear the different calls of regional bird species such as the barn swallow and Pacific wren. Careful thought is given to the region’s Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh peoples throughout, with one drawer offering guests a pronunciation crash course in the Squamish language. Sustainability is another overarching theme, and 70 percent of Encounter is constructed from upcycled materials obtained from local film sets—something the MOV hopes to continue with its future exhibitions. “This is not a one-time deal,” Gosselin stresses. “We want this to be a practice we embrace for all projects.” Wild Things consistently challenges urbanites to be more kind to—and respectful of—Mother Nature. “We feel sometimes that, living in Vancouver, we live in a postcard because the environment is so present,” Gosselin notes. “But at the same time, perhaps, we don’t ask ourselves enough questions like ‘How do I feel about this? How much time do I spend actually in nature or am I always busy at work, at home, and not considering the place of nature in my life?’ ” The Museum of Vancouver presents Wild Things: The Power of Nature in Our Lives until September 2019.


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2ONGOING MAMMA MIA! The Arts Club Theatre Company presents a feel-good musical featuring the music of ABBA. To Aug 12, Stanley Industrial Alliance Stage (2750 Granville). Tix from $29, info www.artsclub. com/shows/2017-2018/mamma-mia/.

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DANCING ON THE EDGE FESTIVAL Canada’s longest running festival of contemporary dance features over 30 performances, with artists from Canada, Belgium, and South Korea performing in full-length and mixed-bill programs, as well as site-specific works. Jul 5-14, Firehall Arts Centre (280 E. Cordova). Free to $28, info www.dancingontheedge.org/. I MISS DOING NOTHING Vancouver’s plastic orchid factory presents a threehour lived retrospective-installation created and directed by dance artists Natalie LeFebvre Gnam and James Gnam, in collaboration with Nancy Tam, James Proudfoot, and Vanessa Goodman. Jul 11-14, 3-6 pm, Left of Main (211 Keefer). Paywhat-you-can, info www.plasticorchidfac tory.com/i-miss-doing-nothing/.

MUSIC 2THIS WEEK SCHAFER/85: A BIRTHDAY SPECTACULAR Jon Washburn leads the singers and soloists of the Vancouver Chamber Choir and the Vancouver Chamber Orchestra in three major works by R. Murray Schafer. Jul 6, 8-10 pm, Chan Centre for the Performing Arts (6265 Crescent Rd., UBC). Tix $24.50-53.50 ($15 student rush), info www.vancouver chamberchoir.com/event/schafer85/. UBC CHAMBER ORCHESTRA FESTIVAL Concerto soloists from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestral Institute at Whistler perform works by Mozart, VaughanWilliams, Rossini, and Sibelius with the UBC Chamber Orchestra. Jul 7, 7:30 pm, Chan Shun Concert Hall (6265 Crescent Rd., Chan Centre at UBC). Tix $8, info www.music.ubc.ca/. SUMMER MUSIC VANCOUVER Music in the Morning presents performances by members of the Afiara Quartet, Geoff Nuttall of the St. Lawrence String Quartet, violinist Drew Jurecka, and pianist Steve Prutsman. Jul 9-14, Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard). Tix $38/42, info www.music inthemorning.org/.

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Have severed head, will travel RE VIEW S MARLINA THE MURDERER IN FOUR ACTS Starring Marsha Timothy. In Indonesian, with English subtitles. Rating unavailable

An Indonesian revenge fantasy a spaghetti-western treatment—the laksa look, you might say— in Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts. A third feature for writer-director Mouly Surya, only 37, the movie is a marvel of highly controlled visual elements, all set in glorious super-widescreen compositions and guaranteeing that its essentially grim subject never overwhelms her sense of style and, viewers may have to admit, fun. The Marlina in question (Marsha Timothy) is a young widow living in a remote and unusually scrubby part of Indonesia, better known for dense rainforests and even thicker cities. We know she’s a widow because, hey, isn’t that the mummified body of her much older husband propped up in the corner of her cabin? From his articular body language, you get the sense that he was always a bit indifferent. A lot more detachment happens after some random dudes show up, determined to rob her and much, much worse. The movie’s real subject is patriarchy, and how the lowliest men still expect to get whatever they want from even the strongest women. It might seem a polemic passing as a folktale; the outstandingly twangy score is like Morricone fused with Southeast Asian themes. But Surya, who reportedly got the story idea from cowriter Garin Nugroho (veteran director of Bird-Man Tale and many other titles), is careful in her characterizations. The men Marlina encounters at home and on the road are brutal, but they clearly don’t know they’re doing anything wrong by asserting their dominion. Although generally stoical when not wielding a machete, Marlina has a strong feel for justice, and sisterhood. (She has a friend whose pregnancy offers no protection from bandits.) But when she takes the ringleader’s head on a long bus trip to the nearest town with a police station, the on-duty officer is utterly dismissive. “We can’t act without evidence,” he complains. “And the rape kits don’t arrive until next month, at least.” As you can tell, rage mixes fairly freely with genre sensibility in these Four Acts. There’s even a ghost story mixed in, with her attacker’s headless body showing up occasionally to play plangent melodies on a small stringed instrument. It’s not clear what that means, except that regardless of what social norms and rules happen to govern men and women, we’re pretty much stuck with each other.

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LEAVE NO TRACE Starring Ben Foster. Rated G

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tine existence deep inside Portland’s vast Forest Park, foraging for greens and mushrooms, huddling to keep dry beneath a tattered tarp, and running drills in the event that somebody might notice them. So begins this affecting and sensitive drama, in which the probably PTSD–suffering Will (Hell or High Water’s Ben Foster), framed inside Pacific Northwest rainforest that might as well be Southeast Asian jungle canopy, comes to symbolize multiple generations of American “fighting” men alienated from the war state they served. Director Debra Granik isn’t prone to such blunt messaging, mind you, adapting Peter Rock’s book My Abandonment with an almost Zenlike grace in cahoots with frequent writing and producing partner Anne Rosellini. This portrait of America’s invisible underclass is as reserved and practical as the off-the-grid impulse it depicts, with a mossy feel for location that invites comparison to the films of Kelly Reichardt. Yet, beneath

As Marlina, Marsha Timothy takes what’s left of her assailant on the road.

the slight narrative, deliberate pace, and long stretches of quiet, Granik and her outstanding cast are busy f lushing Leave No Trace with sadness and compassion. The film avoids explaining what makes Will tick, or why he’s chosen, as a single parent, to disappear into the margins. Home-schooled (forestschooled?) daughter Tom (flawless Thomasin McKenzie) tests above average when the duo is busted for vagrancy and ends up in the case files of social services. Tom’s deeper smarts are developed, we suppose, from years of providing a damaged but loving father with an equivalent amount of caregiving. (And helping him with those night terrors.) It’s that forced induction into slightly more conventional society that naturally gives the film its thrust, as its characters journey from a Samaritan-run tree farm to, ultimately, another deep-woods community with a collective allergy to modern life, seductively depicted complete with acoustic campfire asides from folk veterans Michael Hurley and Marisa Anderson. Along the way, Tom finds herself drawn to iPhones and a rabbit-rearing farm boy (Isaiah Stone, who debuted in Granik’s Winter’s Bone). But Will’s withdrawal is a one-way deal, and the film gambles (and wins) on an eloquent final image that transports Leave No Trace into the realm of modern fable.

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DESIGN CANADA A documentary by Greg Durrell. Rating unavailable

Design Canada makes a case that

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of the world’s largest nations find a recognizable identity. Like hockey and radio, visual iconography has been there to reassure citizens from two major language groups and increasingly multitudinous backgrounds that they somehow belong together. The modern Canadian flag is key to this, obviously, and the story of how it happened is literally representative of the nation. As occasional tour guide George Stroumboulopoulos points out, it took almost a hundred years after Confederation for the country to even realize it needed its own, Union Jack–less emblem. Under pressure from Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson, and over fierce opposition from former PM John Diefenbaker, a multiparty committee looked at various designs, most using some form of maple leaf. Pearson’s own preference was for a hideous pennant with three conjoined leaves, but this gave way, in 1964, to the more familiar single maple with two red fields. The first version’s rococo leaf was soon stylized to the now-familiar “11-pointer”, as one elderly participant calls it. The CBC logo, with its multiple orbs, was likewise simplified in 1992, mainly so it could be better read in the corner of TV sets—to the continuing consternation of Burton Kramer, who came up with the original in ’74. Other on-screen old-timers include Fritz Gottschalk, the Zurich-born designer who led a sedate charge toward clean

lines, open space, and Helvetica-based typography, as seen in signage for the Olympics and more official functions. There’s also an anti-Swiss movement, arriving like clockwork from Heather Cooper, whose Renaissance-tinged illustrations and playful design brought life to Canadian imagery in the 1980s—most famously in her beaver logo for Roots. Her namesake agency, Burns Cooper, is never mentioned (neither is the enigmatic bandage on her forehead), nor does the film bring up more radical movements, like those encapsulated by Toronto’s Reactor Art + Design, whose illustration-heavy work (especially that of original partner Barbara Klunder) greatly influenced the retro styles popular today. The doc makes some attempt to sketch out the more inclusive contemporary scene, in terms of gender, ethnicity, and outlook, with Douglas Coupland and some younger voices briefly evident. Filmmaker Greg Durrell, who has himself made graphics for movies and the Olympics, doesn’t try to be definitive; at only 74 minutes, his first feature doesn’t go into overtime about anything. But it’s an appropriately well-ordered intro to a subject almost all Canadians have thought about, even if they had no idea that’s what they were doing.

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BOUNDARIES Starring Christopher Plummer. Rated 14A

“I’m so fucked-up,” says Vera persistently dishevelled Laura Jaconi, “I can’t even tell my therapist how fucked-up I am.” It’s one of the funniest, most selfaware moments in a tale that is otherwise clueless and lacking in laughs. A road movie with a fixed destination and no working GPS, Boundaries appears to have assembled a great cast around an overly familiar idea and then left the script too late. That’s weird, because this is the fourth feature for writer-director Shana Feste, best-known for her goopy Gwyneth Paltrow vehicle Country Strong. (Never heard of Feste’s 2014 remake of Endless Love? You’re not alone.) Here’s the concept: middle-aged Laura has abandonment issues, thanks to endless disappointments from her shiftless father, Jack (Christopher Plummer), who’s getting kicked out of his retirement home for growing pot. Her sad past has caused Laura to fill her home with mangy stray cats and dogs. And she’s far too close to her geeky teenage son, Henry (A Monster Calls’s Scottish-born Lewis MacDougall). He’s always in trouble for drawing obscene naked portraits of teachers and his mother’s fleeting boyfriends. Are you chortling yet? When absent Dad begs Laura for help, the best she can offer is getting him to her more tolerant sister, JoJo (The Daily Show’s Kristen Schaal), in L.A. Jack says he can’t fly, so Laura reluctantly agrees to drive him in his ancient Rolls-Royce, with Henry in tow. She takes time off from a job that is never really explained to go on a mission that makes no sense; she knows, even if we don’t, that JoJo lives in a 400-square-foot rented apartment, while Laura has a huge, freestanding house in Seattle, presumably paid for by that mystery job. She needs to make the trip as quick as possible, so of course she takes Highway 101, with a trunk filled with pot he sells along the way without her ever figuring it out. (Guess I’ve been picking the wrong rest stops for my old-rock-music montages.) The Canadian-enabled film makes adequate, if dimly lit, use of B.C. locations subbing for the American west coast going south. Granville Island stands in for Sausalito, where her deadbeat ex-husband (Bobby Cannavale) lives on a houseboat. It’s hard to say what’s more poorly written, their disjointed family reunion (“What’s your

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A Trace of lives off the grid operate on such an all-consuming bandwidth. (Not to mention a time, between Vietnam and the state of permanent war that ensued in 2001, when America wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t producing endless hordes of damaged veterans.) As adapted from Peter Rockâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s book My Abandonment, Leave No Trace, opening Friday (July 6), also very deliberately recalls the kind of grown-up cinema that was squeezed out of the multiplexes starting early in the new millennium. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a film distinguished by its tone, its quiet, and the same passionate sensitivity that Granik brought to her addiction drama Off the Bone andâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;mirroring her feel for marginalized character and locationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;2010â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ozark-set breakthrough, Winterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bone. In other words, this is not Themiscyra or Wakanda. But the filmmaker notes: â&#x20AC;&#x153;It becomes a big risk; it becomes inherently uncommercialâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;people are expecting jolts and a huge score and the roaring of an automatic weapon and the sound of extreme pain when someone gets knifed, you know? The level of bloodlust that a lot of entertainment relies upon makes it very difficult to come down. How do you decelerate to watch a quieter film? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something that filmmakers in my camp are really struggling with.â&#x20AC;? Well, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also something that viewers in our camp accept with sincere gratitude.-

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Thomasin McKenzie and Ben Foster star in Debra Granikâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Leave No Trace.

It turns out that Granikâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lead, Ben Foster, capping an impressive run of recent work that includes Hostiles and Hell or High Water, was pondering these questions himself. As shooting began, he learned that he was about to become a first-time dad. His research, meanwhile, led him to Sam Keithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s One Manâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey, the chronicle of a friendâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s solo retreat into remote Alaska, first published in 1973. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d liken it to the nonflowery writing of Henry David Thoreau,â&#x20AC;? Granik remarks. There is, undoubtedly, another kind of grief being expressed here. Gen-Xers like the 55-year-old Granik naturally remember a time when media, social and otherwise, didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t

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problem, kid?â&#x20AC;?) or the pointless visit with Peter Fonda, as a rich guy who buys the rest of Jackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stash. Christopher Lloyd fares better as a fellow old-timer off the grid. But none of these encounters are used to deepen Jackâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back story or change Lauraâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s perceptions of him. Instead, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s left entirely to the actors to oversell their thin material, and the effort is all too visible. Maybe they should have had Plummer play all the parts.

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UNCLE DREW Starring Kyrie Irving. Rated PG

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2 decade as a point guard for the Cleveland Cavaliers (now heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s with the Boston Celtics), and was an Olympic gold medallist two years ago. In 2012, he took time out to don a white wig and aging makeup for an amusing series of Pepsi Max spots in which he played a Harlem old-timer hustling â&#x20AC;&#x153;young bloodsâ&#x20AC;? on the basketball court. NBA greats like Bill Russell popped up in the ads, Irving proved to be a talented improviser, and you can see why the marketing folks at not-Coke thought they had something worth expanding. Even so, to call this feature-length spinoff familiar is an understatement. Indeed, Uncle Drew writer Jay Longino told Variety that the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s initial pitch was based on The Blues Brothers and other letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s-get-the-old-gang-together flicks.

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Bif Naked lives BY MIKE US IN G ER

in Toronto these days, but one gets the sense that Vancouver will always remain home. The Winnipeg-raised singer arrived on the West Coast after tossing a coin with her first real band, Gorilla Gorilla, the choice being either Toronto or Vancouver. That was circa 1990, and Lotusland won. “We came here and all our friends went to Toronto,” Naked says, on her cell from a rental car just after landing in Vancouver from Hogtown. “So really, for almost all my adult life, I’ve always lived in Vancouver. I get the city. I get the rhythm of the town and I have my roots here. I grew up here.” That Naked found herself choosing between what were, at the time, Canada’s two underground epicentres speaks volumes about how she was driven to carve out a career in music. To make it in the ’90s, you didn’t stay in the ’Peg. She arrived from Winnipeg a hungry young punk, roaring right onto our city’s alternative scene with Gorilla Gorilla. “Oh my God, it was all about PD’s Hot Shop,” she says of the long-time Vancouver skateboarding gathering place. “That’s all we did—go to PD’s and go skateboarding every day. I remember getting wicked road rash going down Arbutus to Kits

A very Naked homecoming Winnipeg-raised, Toronto-based rocker Bif Naked returns to Vancouver to headline Khatsahlano

In her storied career, Bif Naked has scored gold and platinum records, written a memoir, and beat breast cancer to come back and rip things up on-stage.

the battle changed her life. “As an artist I probably played 300 shows a year Beach in a bikini when I was 19. I was almost hit for, I don’t know, 18 years until I was diagnosed by a car—it was no kneepads, no helmets. It’s all with breast cancer. When that happened, it was so funny to me now. The guys in the band had lots all of a sudden like, ‘Oh my God, thank God, I of friends out here and skateboard culture was can finally stay home,’” Naked says, laughing. “It huge. We were lucky enough to play with bands was like it was the best thing that ever happened to like the Wongs, which introduced us to places me. I was in Vancouver, which was like the mecca like the Cruel Elephant. My formative years were of tit cancer, so I was like, ‘This is fantastic shit spent in, and around, those types of venues.” that’s happening to me right now.’ At that time, I But it’s for her long solo career that Naked finds had two little dogs and had just got married to my herself back in Vancouver to headline the upcom- second husband, so it all felt like serendipity, like ‘If ing West 4th Khatsahlano Street Party. After Gor- I croak, I can die happy. And if I don’t croak, I get illa Gorilla, the singer fronted the metal-edged to be home with my dogs in the city that I love.’ ” Chrome Dog, and then decided to go it alone. After successfully coming through treatment, It didn’t take Naked long to announce herself she discovered that her priorities had changed. as a formidable solo talent, with the bittersweet “I went through chemo, turned 40, and sud“Daddy’s Getting Married”, off her eponymous solo denly I became a woman,” she notes. “In my 40s, debut, bridging classic Pacific Northwest grunge it was like, ‘Oh shit—now I’m becoming the adult and winningly vulnerable alt-rock. What followed I thought I’d already been but never was.’ When in subsequent years was a string of solid and well- I returned to singing, I really only wanted to do deserved radio hits, from the electro-tinted pop ex- acoustic stuff for a while, just because it felt right. plosion “Spaceman” to muscular hard rockers like There’s a weird headspace that happens to a lot of the crowd-pleasing “I Love Myself Today”. women when they come back into their workplace Naked gradually secured iconic status in Can- after breast cancer. They feel really conspicuous in ada, scoring gold (2001’s Purge) and platinum a weird way. It’s this embarrassing shit that hap(1998’s I Bificus) records and cementing a reputa- pens. I didn’t want to try to recapture the weird, tion as one of the country’s fiercest live performers. anorexic jumping-bean punk rocker that I had Born in Mumbai and adopted by missionaries, built my career on. I wanted to be a woman who Naked—who grew up Beth Torbert—is today a re- was being authentic.” spected motivational speaker. She’s also dabbled As good and right as unplugged shows felt for in acting, with credits including Buffy the Vam- a while, Naked eventually rediscovered—as many pire Slayer and The L Word. rockers do—that few things provide the adrenaline Naked—who marvels at the fact that few things rush of hitting the stage and ripping things up. are as difficult as staying focused in front of a com“Everybody died,” she says with a laugh, “and I puter screen—has also branched out into writing, went, ‘Fuck everyone—I’m an old aging punk, so penning a memoir titled I, Bificus. She has a mas- fuck the world.’ Now I just have fun playing live, sive following on Twitter, her tweets generally so that’s also a good thing.” painting a picture of someone who considers each What has her excited about being tapped for day on Earth a gift. Khats is, as one might expect, getting to headline A decade ago, Naked was diagnosed with breast one of the city’s marquee music events, with a strong cancer, and eventually beat the disease through a undercard including everyone from Frazey Ford to lumpectomy and chemo. She’s up-front about how Slow. But her high-profile return to Vancouver is

important to her for another reason. “I think the history of the festival is really amazing—the fact that it has so many bands, that they close the street for blocks, the fact that it’s free,” Naked says. “We do festivals every summer, but I’ve never played this one. So I feel like it’s a real honour and I want to do a good job. It’s going to be hard to follow a band like Slow because they are so iconic, but still I’m really excited. Basically, it feels like coming home.” Bif Naked headlines the West 4th Khatsahlano Street Party on Saturday (July 7).

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On the Centre of the Universe: “Being in Toronto has been very, very different. Their social-justice issues are different, their neighbourhoods have a different feel, the energy of the people is different. Their sports teams are immense. But it’s all really exciting and different.” On playing festivals: “We always pull out the fun songs. We always do ‘I Love Myself Today’. We always do ‘Spaceman’. I still love singing both of them, thank God. And it’s still fun to perform. It’s hard for me not to swear and get on my soapbox once someone hands me the microphone, but that’s just part of having a sense of passion that will never go away.” On the future: “We’ve got 20 or 30 songs in the can earmarked for a record we’re hoping to do in the fall. We’ll also be doing a national tour, hopefully in October, that will include a Vancouver date. I haven’t done a rock tour in a long time, so that will be exciting.” -

WALLGRIN BL URS GENRES AND G E NDE RS >>> In among all the praise Wall- makes up for in mystery: the record’s gorgeous blend of acoustic violin, release, Bird/Alien, the artist other- subtle electronic textures, and quasiwise known as Tegan Wahlgren liturgical singing skirts the boundis hearing one small note of com- ary between the secular and the plaint: people want to hear the lyrics sacred in much the same elegant way more clearly. that Wahlgren, who self-identifies as “Sometimes it seems to frustrate “nonbinary”, blurs gender roles. people,” the singer, violinist, and elec“In one description of the album, tronic producer confirms, checking I called it ‘pseudoreligious’,” Wahlin with the Straight from East Van- gren says. “I’m kind of trying to couver. “People really want to hear the imitate these tropes of sacred music words, and they want to know what that I’ve picked up over the years I’m saying, and sometimes I’m like, without actually having a personal ‘But I don’t want you to know!’ experience of growing up with that “For me, the lyrics are the last music in the context that it’s supposthing I think of,” Wahlgren adds. ed to be in.…But I’m also recogniz“They do become important, but ing that I am in the modern world. they’re always the last part of writing, Like, I’m not trying to re-create for me. They’re often something that something that’s already been done. frustrates me and that takes me a long I’m melding being inspired by this time to come up with. I think much kind of ceremonial past with being more in melody than in words.” very much in the modern world.” This isn’t really a problem. WhatBeing modern, however, also inever Bird/Alien lacks in clarity, it volves embracing the enduring power

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Tegan Wahlgren is fascinated by the enduring power of mythology.

of myth. Part of Wahlgren’s creative strategy is to cloak personal experience in the language of archetype: the harpy and the banshee figure prominently in two of Bird/Alien’s songs, and another fearsome creature emerges in a third, “Two-Mouthed Woman”. “That’s based on this creature called the futakuchi-onna in

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Japanese mythology,” Wahlgren explains. “The legend goes that there’s this woman who lives with a husband who is either poor or greedy, who doesn’t provide her with enough sustenance and money and stuff, so she gets a second mouth that appears on the back of her head, and this mouth will eat all the rice in their house. In secret, when the husband isn’t there, it just eats everything. There are many versions of this story. Some of the versions say that the mouth appears after her husband accidentally hits her on the back of the head with an axe, which is kind of weird. But this mouth consumes so much food, like twice the amount that a normal person would eat, so it really gets in the way of their relationship. It’s just this weird thing that the woman can’t control.” The banshee, the harpy, and the futakuchi-onna all embody aspects of female rage or desire, but Wahlgren

is less interested in advocating for female empowerment than in questioning gender itself. “I go through the world with people seeing me as female, which colours my experience of the world, obviously,” the 24-year-old musician says. “But I’m really interested in exploring why all these mythological beings and creatures that I chose to write about are female figures who have been kind of demonized—literally, in some ways. I’m just questioning why, so many times, evil or sinister beings are portrayed as female or feminine, and what that has to do with the way that people view gender in our modern world.” Wallgrin and band will host a CDrelease party for Bird/Alien at the Fox Cabaret on Thursday (July 5). The artist will also perform solo as part of the Khatsahlano Street Party on Saturday (July 7).

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Five acts to catch at Khatsahlano this year > B Y M IKE USINGER, K AT E WIL SON, A ND JOHN L UC A S

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here is no shortage of summer-weekend entertainment options in Vancouver, but for the past half-decade or so, the surest bet has been the West 4th Khatsahlano Street Party. This year’s event, which kicks off Saturday (July 7) at 11 a.m. and winds down at 9 p.m., takes over West 4th Avenue from Burrard to Macdonald and features fashion shows, children’s entertainment, and yoga classes for the masses. Best of all, though, is the live music that runs all day on multiple stages. From legendary shit-disturbers Slow and roots-music icon Frazey Ford to up-and-comers like Peach Pyramid, Gentle Mind, and Parlour Panther, there’s something for everyone. (Well, there’s nothing for people who hate music, but they’ll probably stay home anyway.) And admission is free. Really, actually free. No strings—or tickets—attached. Here are a few highlights.

If you like smart singer-songwriters, Haley Blais might be your cup of tea. LEISURE CLUB (TD Music Burrard

Stage at 2:30 p.m.) The five members of Leisure Club may be so laid-back they’re nearly horizontal, but their music tells a different story. Punchy and upbeat, the group’s debut album builds catchy riffs out of surf-guitar licks and keyboard swirls. Breathing new life into the indie-rock genre, Leisure Club has created the perfect soundtrack for reminiscing about HALEY BLAIS (Hyundai Maple teenage summer holidays, filled with Stage at 6:30 p.m.) If you like your angst and promise in equal measure. singer-songwriters as smart as they are self-deprecating—and if you can’t SAM TUDOR (Hyundai Maple seem to make a Spotify playlist that Stage at 7:30 p.m.) For a city that’s doesn’t have Cat Power, Angel Olsen, never gotten the media attention of or Courtney Barnett on it—Haley Toronto, Los Angeles, or even SeBlais is about to become your new attle, Vancouver has produced some musical obsession. It takes a special truly killer songs over the years. sort of awesome to craft a sing-along Right up there with Slow’s immorrefrain out of lyrics like “I never tal “Have Not Been the Same” and wanted anything/And I never got it.” Dan Mangan’s devastating “Robots” is Sam Tudor’s “Truthful”, KITTY AND THE ROOSTER (Tra- a quietly sinister meditation for falgar Stage at 5 p.m.) Take the those days when all you want to do is name Kitty and the Rooster, and stay inside with the curtains drawn combine it with the fact guitarist and the chairs stacked up against the Noah Walker and drummer Jodie door. The song is drawn from Tudor’s Ponto wear chicken and cat masks sometimes symphonic, sometimes in their promo shots, and one stripped-to-basics sophomore almight expect a barnyard version bum, Quotidian Dream, a record of Slipknot. Wrong. Because those that—in the tradition of everything things can be sweaty under stage directed by David Lynch—leaves you lights, the masks tend to come with as many questions as answers. off quickly as the duo unleashes a retro-spectacular sound that slots CARMANAH (Music BC Balsam in nicely with Southern Culture on Stage at 7 p.m.) Carmanah launched the Skids, Shadowy Men on a Shad- its debut album, Speak in Rhythms, owy Planet, and the Reverend Hor- with the earthy, rich track “Roots”. ton Heat. Those who like a serving Not just a nod to the group’s environof politics with their country-fried mental ethos, the title of the opening goodness will want to muscle their song is the perfect description of way to the front of the stage for the its body of work. Smouldering and ode to local real-estate idiocy that bluesy, the group’s music is characis “Paid a Million Dollars (To Live terized by guitar stabs and tight harLike You’re Poor)”—a song that monies, adapted to everything from might as well be modern Vancou- intimate singer-songwriter ditties to big festival sing-alongs. ver’s municipal anthem.

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iven that it took place 40 years ago, D.O.A.’s first public performance is remarkably vivid in frontman Joe Keithley’s memory. On February 20, 1978, Keithley stepped on-stage at Vancouver’s Japanese Hall alongside his bandmates Randy Rampage (bass), Chuck Biscuits (drums), and, um, Harry Homo (more about him later) to bash through a set of hard-charging punk-rock tunes on borrowed gear. Well, part of a set, at any rate. “We only knew about three songs, plus half of another,” Keithley says, calling the Straight from his Burnaby home. “We played those, to a not really great reception from the audience, who were looking at us like ‘Who the hell are these guys?’ When we finished that, because they were so short, we said, ‘Well, let’s play them again.’ So we started playing again. “At that point, the guys from the Generators—or whoever’s gear it was, I can’t remember—got up onstage, and we got into a bit of a wrestling match, with them trying to push us off the stage. So I remember jumping off the stage at the Japanese Hall with my guitar, and I thought it was a triumphant moment.” For him, maybe. Not so much for Harry. D.O.A.’s first gig ended up being his last, and he has since become a mere footnote, albeit a colourful one, in Vancouver punk history. “He came along and saw us practising, and he said, ‘Hey, you guys are pretty good. I’ll be the singer, you be the band. We’ll start a band called D.O.A. and we’ll make a million bucks,’ ” Keithley recalls. “And Randy, Chuck, and I went, ‘This guy’s pretty smart. He’s got some good ideas. A million dollars? You’re kidding, right?’ ” Sadly, what the would-be rock star had in the enthusiasm department, he lacked in rhythm. “Harry was a super guy, but he didn’t have any sense of timing,” Keithley says. “We were showing him ‘This is where you start the verse, this is where you start the chorus.’ He was great on-stage, kind of a wild, crazy persona, but he just had no sense of timing.” Keithley, of course, stepped into the role of D.O.A. singer-guitarist, and,

Joe Keithley (centre, flanked by bandmates Paddy Duddy and Mike Hodsall) never suspected that he would spend his entire adult life playing punk rock.

aside from a couple of short hiatuses, he’s been there ever since. And while it’s not his sole focus—the always politically minded hardcore pioneer is vying to unseat Derek Corrigan and become mayor of Burnaby in October’s civic election—D.O.A. has kept Keithley pretty busy in its 40th year. In April, D.O.A. (which currently includes drummer Paddy Duddy and bassist Mike Hodsall) released a new album, the raw and scathing Fight Back. The trio followed that up with the first leg of a North American tour, which will resume this month after a hometown show that also happens to be the inaugural Fight Back Festival. That event, which takes place at the Rickshaw Theatre, will feature performances by other local music-scene veterans including Roots Roundup, Ford Pier, and David M. of No Fun, as well as an exhibition of photos by Bev Davies, whose camera documented the early days of D.O.A., Subhumans, Pointed Sticks, and other iconic acts. The festival’s message, according to its founder, is that standing up against racism, sexism, and corporate greed is more important than ever in a time when the extreme right seems to have waded into the political mainstream. In some ways, the current climate is an echo of the era that gave birth to punk and convinced a young Keithley, who had already done some work

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with Greenpeace and was studying to become a civil-rights lawyer, to get even more involved in progressive causes. “As the ’80s went along, you had real right-wing zealots like Ronald Reagan, and of course Margaret Thatcher was prominent, and Helmut Kohl in Germany and of course our very own B.S.–ing Brian Mulroney,” he says. “That is punk rock. Those people were probably the biggest influence on punk rock, not Johnny Rotten, not Jello Biafra or Henry Rollins or anybody like that. It was a reaction to the times.” The rebel spirit that drove D.O.A. in the ’70s and ’80s is still very much alive in Keithley today, and he makes it very clear that he has no regrets about spending the past four decades fighting the good fight in the punkrock trenches. “It was the freedom of expression and the chance to question authority that I thought was really vital and alive about punk rock, and that’s what drew me to it,” he says. “I never would have suspected that I would spend my entire adult life involved in punk rock. I would have told you you were crazy if you had suggested that to me at the time—and I think most people would have agreed on the spot!” -

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savage love In a recent column, you said you never hear from married couples whose sex life got better and more frequent over the years. Well, now you have. My wife and I were married 24 years ago, and we are currently having more sex and better sex than we did in the first years of our marriage. There are many reasons why, including therapy, antidepressants, and weight loss and subsequent surgery—but I would have to say that the big reason is communication. If you had known us 25 years ago, Dan, you would not have given us good odds. We’d been dating only a year and a half when we got engaged, and we’d known each other less than two years. I was a virgin, my wife was not, together we hadn’t gotten much past second base, and neither of us had laid our kink cards on the table. We were (and still are) introverts with poor communication skills and anxiety/depression/mental-health issues. I won’t say it’s been fairy-tale perfect— the kind of perfect that makes you barf and roll your eyes—but it’s been pretty damn close. My wife has been incredibly GGG, and I hope I have been too. So there you go, Dan! Now you know there’s at least one couple out there whose sex life has only gotten better over the years. > BETTER EROTIC TIES TOTALLY ENHANCED RELATIONSHIP

Last week, I responded to IMDONE, a woman who married a man despite the sex being “infrequent and impersonal” during their courtship. To the surprise of no one who has ever given sex advice for a living, the sex didn’t get better after IMDONE and her boyfriend got married. “Here’s

something I’ve never seen in my inbox: a letter from someone explaining how sex with their partner was infrequent, impersonal, uninspired, unimaginative, etc. at first but—holy moly—the sex got a fuck of a lot better after the wedding,” I wrote in my response to IMDONE. I did allow for the possibility that my sample was skewed; people with good sex lives don’t write to tell me everything’s fine. So I invited people whose so-so sex lives improved after the wedding to write in. And did they ever: my inbox is packed with emails from couples whose sex lives got better after the wedding.

I was a very experienced woman

> BY DAN SAVAGE

Am I the first or the hundredth

person to write in? Yes, sex for us got better after marriage. I suspect you don’t see it in your inbox very often because this isn’t what most people would consider a problem and we don’t want to waste your time! All it took for the sex to get better was practise and paying attention to cues and solving problems. I strongly suspect that perseverance and a bit of luck were also major factors. > PRACTISE, PRACTISE, PRACTISE

My sex life improved after mar-

riage. I am a straight male with a highly stigmatized kink. I was deeply ashamed of my sexual interest even before my mother discovered my porn when I was 14 and told me I was a pervert that no decent woman would ever want. When I met my wife, our sex life was okay—but I was never fully present, because I would have to concentrate on my fantasies in order to sustain an erection. I eventually retreated into masturbation. My wife knew I was masturbating in the middle of the night instead of having sex with her, and that led to some enormous fights. So I told her about my kink, fully expecting that it would result in the collapse of my marriage. We didn’t speak about it for a week, and then she calmly asked me if I wanted to do this with her instead of just watching porn about it.

(five years as a swinger and partners numbering in the high double digits) when I fi rst met the man who would become my husband. My husbandto-be was a virgin. Sex was barely okay and very infrequent. But we were both in our early 40s and ready to settle down. We also had an amazing friendship, and we were never as happy apart as we were together. It helped that we shared some kinks and were both up for what we agreed would be a nice and mostly companionate marriage. So we got married. And, wow, did everything change! We went from once a month to a couple times a week. Turns out he needed that emotional attachment to feel safe and secure enough to > PARTNERSHIP IMPROVED open up and relax and enjoy himSEXUAL SITUATION self. We’ve been married for years now. The sex is still good. It’s not as frequent as it once was, but it’s really I fucked my husband on our first good when we have it. So, yes, some- date because I wanted to see if he was any good. He wasn’t. But I liked him, times it does get better! > WOMAN IN FUCKING ECSTASY so we kept at it. I have some physical

My sex life actually did get better after I married my partner. I struggled with erectile dysfunction during my courtship with my wife. It really didn’t settle down until we’d been married for a while. I had trust issues and guilt issues— boring stories—and I got a lot more comfortable once we’d made that commitment. Now we have two kids and we have sex almost weekly. (Hey, that’s good for 40-year-olds!) I doubt it’s the norm, Dan, but that’s what happened with me.

ailments that can make sex painful. I also suffer from depression and anxiety, I’m on the autism spectrum, and I’ve experienced sexual trauma. I addressed my problems through counselling, medication, physical therapy, and even surgery. My problems are not 100-percent fixed, and we don’t have sex as often as either of us would like, but when we have it, it’s worlds better than when we started out. For me, being comfortable with my husband and secure in the relationship made it so much easier to communicate and work on fi xing the problems together. It sounds cheesy, but marriage counselling really helped. It helped my husband understand himself and his reactions better, and it helped cement the idea of “ours” instead of “yours” as it related to the problems I was dealing with at the time. That he was willing to see a counsellor and work on sex were also good signs. If I had a partner who was unwilling to talk about sex or try to fi x it, I’d kick his ass to the curb without blinking. So with the help of counselling, I got him onboard with dirty talk during sex (because it’s important for me) and I worked (and still work) on telling him what to do when we bone. He can’t read my body language, so a lot of the improvement came down to me being more comfortable with giving him instructions. We also have plenty of sex that isn’t P in V, which takes the pressure off both of us. I imagine you probably don’t hear from folks like us because, in addition to being less likely, we don’t have much to write in about. But we exist!

> ENDURING RELATIONSHIP EASED COCK TROUBLES

First, I want to thank BETTER, WIFE, PPP, PISS, CHOMP, ERECT, and everyone else who wrote in. I do feel obligated to point out, however, that these are anecdotes, not data. And while there isn’t data to back up my position—that sex doesn’t generally get better after marriage—my pile of anecdotes is a whole lot bigger. So I’m going to continue to urge people to establish basic sexual compatibility before marriage rather than hoping a so-so sexual connection—or a nonexistent one—will somehow get better after marriage. But it can be done. You just need to have PPP’s luck or be married to someone willing to do the work, like CHOMP’s spouse was, or fortunate enough to wind up with someone willing to take the leak, like PISS’s spouse was. On the Lovecast, Justin Lehmiller on the true nature of sexual fantasies: savagelovecast.com . Email: mail@ savagelove.net. Follow Dan on Twitter @fakedansavage. ITMFA.org.

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