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stood up for myself too much at that point—but later that day the landlord brought over a space heater to the apartment and apologized profusely. I thought it would help. “I ended up getting two space heaters: one in the bedroom and one for the main area. I quickly found out that if I plugged them both in at the same time, it would blow a fuse in my apartment. I got around that by having one of them in the stove socket—which would get in the way when I was cooking—and having the other on in my room, even though that meant I couldn’t blow-dry my hair or plug in any other kind of appliance. That was super annoying, but I just dealt with it. “I lived in conditions as cold as 11 degrees Celsius until March or February, because that’s when I wasn’t using the heating as much. But there would even be nights in those months where I’d still sit there in a hat and snow gloves. I wished that I’d done more about it over the winter, because it was completely unlivable and unacceptable. “Right now, I have a bit more free time, so I’ve been reading up a lot on tenancy law. I come home from work and I get on my computer to learn about my rights, and I’ve told the landlord what I’ve found out about our heating arrangement. “He didn’t respond, but eventually I got a call to say he’d send another person to look at it. In May, a plumber came round to rip open my ceiling to examine the pipes. The story of why I didn’t have heating had changed so much over the year—initially I was told that the pipes were blocked, but when this guy took a look at it, he said

that he had no idea why the landlord thought that I was getting heat from the current configuration. It felt good to have a professional opinion to back me up and validate what I knew, especially because it was one of the landlord’s guys that takes care of the whole building. “Then I got a call to say that the landlord still had no idea why I didn’t have heating. He said I needed to sign the lease for another year, and that there would be no problem with the temperature. “After that exchange I was fed up, and I sent a very strongly worded email. I ended up copying in my parents, in the hopes it would have more of an impact. The landlord had said in the past that he couldn’t install electric baseboard while I was still in the apartment, which seemed a bit strange to me because it’s such a small unit, and I’m out of the house for 10 hours a day at school. I told him that if he didn’t make a change I would take him to a Residential Tenancy Branch hearing. That’s when I got a call where he said that he still didn’t know why the heating didn’t work—but that it wouldn’t hurt to install electric heating. “I’m going to sign another year lease now on the proviso that he’s putting another clause in to say that electronic baseboard heating has to be installed by September 1. I hope he does it. “Part of me wanted to not sign the lease and move out just to stick to my guns, but it’s hard to find a place. I was looking on Craigslist, and even though I only signed my lease last year, I now can’t find anywhere at the same price point.” -

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larger concentrations from Asia; industrial projects are resulting in lower air quality in some communities; and container ships and nonroad vehicles, such as construction equipment, are still emitting large amounts of pollutants. And according to Brauer, wood smoke, much of it from heating homes, already accounts for about 15 percent of the air pollution in Metro Vancouver. Moreover, Carlsten and Brauer write in Reflections of Canada, “growth in the frequency, magnitude, and severity of wildfires in Canada” is having an impact on the allocation of health-care resources. “My line for this summer is, ‘This is the new normal,’ ” Brauer said. “We’re going to see more fire-smoke events like this.” So will longer and more intense forest-fire seasons in the future lead to more deaths? Here’s how Carlsten responded: “It’s a dramatic question, but it’s a reasonable one. And I think the evidence suggests that, yes, more people will die. Now, how many people? We’re not talking nearly as many as from outdoor air pollution.” Carlsten and Brauer both emphasized that chronic effects of long-term exposure to particulate matter and ground-level ozone—produced when sunlight interacts with stagnant air, nitrogen oxides, and volatile organic compounds—are far more deadly than short-term, wildfire-induced spikes in poor air quality. However, this shouldn’t engender complacency. Brauer and Henderson each pointed out that if these spikes become a regular annual occurrence over one-month or two-month periods, this will push up annual exposure to particulate matter, which can take a toll over the long term. “Probably the impact [of fires] over the last month in Williams Lake has increased the monthly average to 15 micrograms per metre cubed, compared with the usual of about five,” Henderson said. “So when we average that out over the year, it’s brought up the annual average quite a bit. If that happens the next year and the year after that, then people’s long-termexposure profile is starting to change.” Henderson wants people to realize that they can mitigate the effects of forest fires by having a portable air cleaner in one room of the home. This can offer a refuge from the smoke. She also said that the population can become more resilient by starting each summer with a supply of “rescue medications”

on hand. As well, they should have a plan if they’re unable to bring symptoms of diseases like asthma under control. IN HIS LAB at UBC, Carlsten studies the impact of air pollution

on human beings. And he’s concluded that breathing air laden with diesel exhaust over two-hour periods results in short-term increases of a type of white blood cells called neutrophils in the lungs. These are “characteristic of inflammation”. Carlsten also said that proteins called cytokines and chemokines in the lungs and the blood can “reflect this inflammation” by sending signals to other cells involved in allergic reactions and immunology. In addition, metabolites of these proteins have been detected in urine of research subjects. Carlsten said that he has even observed temporary chemical modifications to genes after exposure to diesel exhaust. An Ontario epidemiological study published in the Lancet earlier this year showed an association between people living near a highway or major road and dementia. Carlsten, however, emphasized that it’s hard to determine if this was “truly causal”. In the meantime, Carlsten’s lab hasn’t found any indication of loss of brain function when subjects have been exposed to two hours of diesel exhaust. “We did a computerized test of cognition—delays in reaction times, the kinds of things that are tested in the alcohol [scientific] literature—to see if you’re slow to react to a one-millisecond level,” he said. “None of those changed.” He acknowledged some “subtle differences” between the effects of wood smoke and diesel exhaust. “For example, the cardiac effects of wood smoke do not seem to be as strong, relatively speaking, compared to traffic at the same levels,” he said. His lab has started doing pilot studies with wood smoke because he feels it’s important to gain a better understanding of this issue. “As these fires become more and more common— and everything suggests they will be more and more common in our province—we want to study it ourselves,” Carlsten explained. “Traffic pollution is actually getting better and forestfire pollution is getting worse.” It’s a timely field of inquiry, given what’s happened in B.C. in the wildfire-laden summer of 2017. -

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Several historic boats will be docked along a 190-metre pier, including a 35-metre schooner, Merrie Ellen, which was built in 1922. Another 95-year-old vessel, the Steveston-based SS Master, will also be there, along with many others that festivalgoers can board on-site. The festival will also have musicians performing on three stages, including Good for Grapes, Beauty Shop Dolls, Daphne Roubini and Black Gardenia, Bhangra Royal Academy, Lonesome Town Painters, the Vancouver Chinese Choir, and the Eagle Song Dancers. For the kids, there will be a puppet theatre with maritime characters such as Rikki the Rat and Lulu the Mermaid. In addition to interactive children’s entertainment, there are also opportunities for kids to engage in hands-on activities such as building a toy vessel. “They’ve got all the tools and the materials they need to pound together a small wooden boat that will float,” Townsend said. It’s appropriate, considering that Steveston was once known worldwide as a centre for maritime innovation Jewish Seniors Alliance Peer Support Services is now accepting applications for its

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and craftsmanship. Townsend pointed out that wooden wheels and boat engines were made there—and this history will be told at the festival. There will also be an exhibit in the Seine Net Loft showing how commercial fishing gear evolved over more than a century. But Townsend said this festival is not only dwelling on the past—it’s also addressing contemporary challenges. “There’s an interesting new exhibit called Our Coastal Connection, which talks about a lot of the grassroots community efforts that are taking place to try and address the issue of wastes that are going into our oceans—particularly plastic waste, which is, of course, a huge international issue,” he said. It will educate festivalgoers about how a wide range of products, including swimsuits and skateboards, are being made out of recycled plastic materials reclaimed from the seas. The Richmond Maritime Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday ( Au g u s t 1 2 a n d 1 3 ) a t B r i t a n n i a Shipyards National Historic Site in Steveston.

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as we can, and then get the farmer to tell us what happened. We put all that data into our machine learning services, and then we’ll look for relationships—like how many farmers experienced an uptick in disease after it rained, for example, so we can determine if that impacted anything. We’re trying to figure out what the key elements are to these trends and remove the guesswork from farming. “Our biggest market is California,” he continues. “We only do things like apples, oranges, cherries, pistachios, almonds—anything that grows on trees, because that is where our network has the biggest advantage. Wireless communication is most difficult when there are big trees, and because we’ve solved that issue, that’s our niche. California has over two million acres of that. By contrast, the Okanagan Valley has about 12,000. We had 100-percent

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t might seem counterintuitive to think of cannabis in the context of athletic performance, but one local researcher thinks it has the potential to be the next big ingredient in the health and wellness industry as a way to target inflammation. Through her research in the realms of experimental medicine and nutrition, Natasha Ryz’s work studying gut disorders has shown her how cannabis and its various compounds could have applications as an anti-inflammatory—which could be beneficial for patients suffering from far more than gut issues. (If we’re talking about exercise and athletics, think exercise-induced muscle damage, sprained joints, and other chronic or recurring injuries.) Though preliminary data using human subjects is limited, Ryz tells the Georgia Straight that studies using mice and rats have shown that the active compounds in cannabis (cannabinoids like tetrahydrocannabinol [THC] and cannabidiol [CBD] ) can prevent damage caused by inflammation. “These studies looked at inflammatory markers, and what’s interesting is they showed that THC alone had some effects, and CBD alone had some effects, but when you combine them, they work best,” she says. As scientists have discovered with other conditions and cannabis, its compounds are usually most effective when they’re administered together. She says a separate human trial showed that long-term users of cannabis had lower levels of an inflammatory marker known as Creactive protein. Although this starting point for future research is data from which Ryz might be able to deduce things, she says she can’t seriously consider it until a double-blind, placebocontrolled clinical trial of a similar nature takes place. She says she is confident that as more and more researchers look to cannabis’s potential, they’ll find that other compounds in the plant have promise in the area of inf lammation too. “Targeting inflammation is going to be really important in the future of what cannabinoids can do, and it’s not just the cannabinoids but terpenes and all these other compounds in cannabis,” she says. (Terpenes, like limonene or linalool, are compounds that we associate with certain aromas. They’re commonly used in aromatherapy but naturally occur in everything from cannabis to flowers to herbs and more.) “What’s interesting is when we reduce inflammation, because it plays a role in so many other diseases, we also reduce pain, damage, and other side effects,” Ryz adds. For athletes and those who follow

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Natasha Ryz says THC and CBD show potential to help with inflammation.

a strict exercise regimen, reducing inflammation can be key to increasing performance and stamina. While scientists await more concrete data, athletes of all levels have looked to cannabis, albeit quietly, for relief for years. Only recently have professional athletes begun to open up about their cannabis use, with some sharing that they’re not using it just as a way to target muscle soreness and chronic pain but also to inspire focus and creativity on the field. Our earliest public recollection is of Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati, who won Olympic gold in 1998 with 17.8 nanograms of THC per millilitre of blood in his system. (That’s more than eight times the proposed limit for drug-impaired driving under the federal Liberal government’s Bill C-46.) Rebagliati still refers to cannabis as “a performance-enhancing drug”. “They’re using cannabis in a way that goes beyond inflammation,” Ryz says of professional athletes like UFC fighter Nick Diaz and former NFL player Ricky Williams. “I guess you could say it’s an enhancement, because it’s putting you in the moment; it’s helping you stay calm; it’s helping with your anxiety,” she says. “But that being said, these are experienced users who’ve trained their body to respond and found the appropriate cultivars to do that.” Although athletes might use cannabis to reduce inflammation and perform better on the field, Ryz has seen firsthand how incorporating cannabis into even the most sedentary lifestyle can contribute to making better life choices all around— something that could result in future applications like weight loss and increased metabolism. Watch Straight.com for a follow-up story featuring Natasha Ryz about cannabis and weight loss.

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Bittered Sling’s Western Haskap— a berry-infused bitter—Dhaliwal’s Evening Whispers is shaded in the same pink hue she saw at dusk at Ambleside when she competed last year. “I just loved the colours of the sky, the atmosphere of what was going on,” she explains. “And I really wanted to put that into people’s experiences through the cocktail.” Robyn Gray, head bartender at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia’s Prohibition, meanwhile, is turning to his spirit of choice for a healthy dose of inspo: Suntory Whisky’s Toki. A blend of three different whiskies from Suntory’s trio of distilleries in Japan, the liquor offers a balanced, slightly woody, slightly sweet flavour profile that Gray sought to highlight with complementary ingredients. “I’ve been working

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a lot with rice lately—doing rice infusions and things like that,” he says. “And obviously, [with Toki] being a Japanese spirit, I thought it’d be great to incorporate a rice flavour with it.” The result is the Ochi Toki—its name a play on the phrase “okeydokey”—which combines the whisky with honey and Genmaicha, a traditional Japanese tea blend that uses roasted brown rice. The drink is served on the rocks and garnished with a shiso leaf, which is the green, mintlike plant that sashimi is typically presented atop of. “Less is more with mixology,” Gray says of his simple, three-ingredient mix. To showcase the Toki, the veteran mixologist will also be serving a classic Japanese highball of whisky, soda, and lemon. “I wanted to make something else to help stretch and give the essence of Toki,” Gray says, “while having a fun, interesting cocktail as well.” Similarly innovative, other libations will feature everything from maplepecan syrup and green-strawberry bitters to fresh yuzu juice and charred pineapple shrub. Given the Harmony Arts Festival’s focus on music, fashion, and visual- and performing-arts offerings—which, this year, include appearances by Juno-nominated artist Warren Dean Flandez and Canadian author Cea Sunrise Person—the event fits right in by offering attendees a taste of a different, edible version of art. And did we mention that view? “The environment on the pier is just stunning,” notes Christie Rosta, West Vancouver’s special-events manager. “It just pulls it all together.” -

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story of the Amara Zee, the ever-moving, floating theatre of the Caravan Stage Company, a replica of a River Thames barge that has sailed the world with its multimedia spectacles for more than two decades and is finally returning to its owners’ hometown of Vancouver. Do you go all the way back to 1970, when Paul Kirby and Nans Kelder founded their horsedrawn puppet theatre that toured Vancouver Island? Do you jump to two years later, when their Caravan Stage Company pulled seven wagons by Clydesdale around the province? Or do you begin in 1978, when the troupe bought a piece of land in Armstrong that would become the renowned Caravan Farm Theatre? That history alone could fi ll books. Instead, let’s rewind to 1984, when Kirby and Kelder were getting itchy feet at the farm. As she puts it: “We could see the path where our nomadic dreams were becoming a static dream.” “The nice thing about being nomadic is we have complete freedom,” explains Kirby, sitting with his partner over tea at an East Side arts studio on a quick visit before their ship and communal-theatre home arrives in False Creek for the aptly named Nomadic Tempest shows. Then he adds with a laugh: “That way we don’t have audience expectations.” So, 33 years ago, they broke off from the farm they helped found to rove the U.S. and Canada with the Caravan Stage Company, a horseand-wagon theatre troupe that covered 32,000 kilometres, from California to Florida to Michigan, finally returning here in 1986 for a certain exposition going on that year. But first, while eating a picnic on a California beach one day in 1985, Kirby saw a ship in the harbour and started thinking about its potential for a different kind of nomadic stage show.

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Nomadic Tempest brings roving multimedia artists Paul Kirby and Nans Kelder back to harbour in their home province It wasn’t until 1993, after a long World Stage run in Toronto, that the couple took the plunge. They had been looking at old tall ships, but a sailmaker in Kingston advised them otherwise: “He said, ‘You need to build a version of a Thames sailing barge,’ ” Kirby says. It took four years and $2 million to realize the dream. “We both knew that if it ever stopped, it would be over,” Kirby says with a laugh. “When we made the decision, we said, ‘What are our assets?’ ” Kelder adds, saying they amounted to a 1950 Cadillac, the wagons, and their horses. “I think we raised $40,000 and that paid for the first delivery of steel.” From there, Kirby started fundraising, finding sponsors for as many pieces of the Caravan StageBarge, as it was then known, as possible. The rest is history. The duo and their gifted community of actors and theatre makers have travelled from sea to sea, performing from the Louisiana bayous to the banks of the Danube. Another book could be written about their seafaring adventures, including the time when 1,500 people showed up for a performance in Serbia, or when volunteers came out to help set up a show in Sicily because the town that had sponsored it went bankrupt, or when they were run out of Boston due to red tape over the site. And then there’s their sometimes activist themes, including the environmental- and immigration-

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With a gifted crew of actors, Paul Kirby and Nans Kelder have moored their floating theatre everywhere from San Francisco to Sicily. Amanda Siebert photo.

related ones of Nomadic Tempest: “We have a long history of having adverse attitudes toward us,” Kirby says with another goodnatured laugh. “We’re outlaws.” Heading to Europe, Kirby says, had a big effect on the troupe’s aesthetic. Though the shows, which feature giant projections on the sails and acrobats twirling down from the masts, have sometimes been compared to Cirque du Soleil here, “In Europe, we found the best phrase to describe it is ‘experimental opera’,” Kirby explains. “There is a plot and there are characters, but it is all sung through and we just throw all the spectacle out there. When we did Caravan and it was horse-drawn, you had a tent and you could contain the audience. With the ship there’s nothing to contain the audience, so we just needed more and more spectacle.…And there’s a cinematic quality that we embrace in the show; we have filmed 10 narrative sequences that we project.” The unique hybrid of forms, brought to life by the Amara Zee’s crew of 20, will be on full view during performances on the seawall between the Cambie Bridge and Olympic Village. There, architect Bing Thom helped the crew design an amphitheatre where audiences can enjoy the free show. (The troupe, in old-school shoestring tradition, still passes a hat.) In the piece set in 2040, four monarch butterflies (played by acrobats) stand in for the mi-

grating masses that are forced to move around the planet due to climate change. “Right now there are upwards of 70 to 80 million refugees on the planet,” Kirby remarks. The show also features a singer, Kanandra, who can foresee the future, but she’s cursed by the SwallowWarts (the evil oil industry) so that no one believes her. No matter how you choose to finally categorize the massive show that’s coming here as part of the Canada 150+ celebrations, it should be hard to miss its spectacle on the waterfront. “It goes back to Caravan originally creating a kind of theatrical Pied Piper,” Kirby says, tying in the horse and wagons to the new, giant ship, “by using the mode of travel to bring people into the theatre.” The productions carry on Caravan’s original love of artistic collaboration, communal theatre, and political subject matter, as well. If you needed to sum up a lifetime’s worth of artistic adventure, you could just say the troupe left on horseback, then returned by sea. “For us it’s so nice to be back in Vancouver, where we originated, and get that support,” says Kelder. Just don’t expect them to stay put too long. Nomadic Tempest runs at False Creek from Tuesday (August 15) to September 3 as part of Vancouver’s Canada 150+ celebrations.

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Editor’s choice BABYLON, BABY The Hanging Gardens of Babylon were one of the wonders of the ancient world, so we can’t help but recommend a ballet event that tries to re-create the magic of that longgone site. Babylon finds Ballet BC dancers performing amid an immersive indoor-outdoor floral installation in the Queen Elizabeth Theatre plaza and lobby. Madly talented choreographer Cayetano Soto creates the moves; equally inspired floral artists, landscapers, and designers from around the Lower Mainland create the botanical backdrop. Bites come from Hawksworth Restaurant, with floral cocktails on hand. Beautiful dance, pretty blooms, and eye-pleasing drinks—seriously, what’s not to like on a midsummer night? Babylon is at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre plaza and lobby on Saturday (August 12).

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VANCOUVER MURAL FESTIVAL STREET PARTY (August 12 on Main Street) An off-the-hook celebration of street art, with food, music, and more.

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MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING (To September 23 at Bard on the Beach) Shakespeare’s romantic masterpiece meets the golden age of Italian cinema.

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ST. JOHN PASSION (August 11 at the Chan Centre) Epic-scale baroque beauty at the Vancouver Bach Festival.

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THE HEART OF ROBIN HOOD (To August 20 at the Beach House Theatre) If you haven’t visited this picturesque theatre on Crescent Beach, you’re in for a treat.

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ART AFLOAT Until August 13 off Habitat Island in Olympic Village, Other Sights, a nonprofit group devoted to showing art in unexpected settings, will welcome kayakers, canoeists, and paddleboarders to artist Donald Lawrence’s Coastal Camera Obscura. It’s a floating artwork that functions as both a sculpture and an optical device (shown here in a sketch by the artist). In its camera-obscura setup, light enters a lens fitted within the dark, tentlike structure, projecting a real-time image of the surrounding environment, upside down and backward, onto an internal screen. When you see the distant viaducts upended, with the water rising, you’ll start to see the urban foreshore as a place of flux and question where it’s headed. No boat? Don’t fret: the artist and guides will assist those without access to paddle power to climb into one- and two-person kayaks and accompany them to the artwork; the site is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. AUGUST 10 – 17 / 2017 THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT 19


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ou won’t see the art on display at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre this weekend at any civic or commercial gallery—and that’s just the point. The Outsider Arts Festival, a new initiative from the Community Arts Council of Vancouver, is a survey of painters, photographers, and performers whose work falls outside of the gallery system—and sometimes outside of easy categorization. Some of it is visionary, and some of it is mundane. Some reflects an intense, even obsessive focus on technique; some is intentionally slapdash and immediate. But it’s all being made by people on the margins of society—and, as CACV executive director Eric Rhys Miller says, their work deserves recognition, too. “Vancouver has this huge number of artists who are excluded in various ways,” he explains, checking in with the Straight from Roberts Creek. “It’s a difficult city in which to crack the art market or get connections. So we thought, ‘There’s an enormous pool of talent here. Let’s help these people get out into public view and connect them with one another.’ ” The festival, Miller adds, was the brainchild of CACV board member and former president Pierre Leichner, a psychiatrist who gave up his practice to pursue art full-time. And rather than being a purely Vancouver-centric

Eric Rhys Miller says Vancouver has a huge talent pool of excluded artists.

undertaking, it’s part of a larger movement to acknowledge that there are ways of making visual art that don’t require a diploma or a dealer. “Traditionally, mental illness has been where the outsider art movement kind of began,” Miller explains. “It came out of asylums in Europe, where self-taught artists with a lot of time on their hands would work, often obsessively, over many years and create these bodies of work that were really distinctive and quite different from anything going on in the art world.

“But the definition is quite broad, now,” he continues, adding that for the festival, the CACV decided to let exclusion be reason enough for inclusion. “Some of these people are immigrants and have language barriers; some of these people are older; some grapple with various emotional and cognitive challenges that just make it harder for them to deal with the business side of it. And we have a couple of artists who are homeless or precariously housed.…So, really, the big criteria were if you self-define as an outsider artist and if you’ve really been working on your art.” In addition to the approximately 75 artists whose work will make it onto the Roundhouse walls, the inaugural Outsider Arts Festival includes a workshop performance of Illicit, which looks at creativity and addiction from the inside, and a Lively Arts Showcase featuring artists whose work goes beyond canvas and paint. “It’s going to be in a variety-show format, it’s going to be fast-paced, and you’re going to get everything from clowns to spoken word to experimental, ambient-type music,” Miller promises. “It’s going to be a pretty wild few hours, I think.” The Vancouver Outsider Arts Festival takes place at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre on Friday and Saturday (August 11 and 12). For more details, v i s i t w w w. c a c v. c a / p r o g r a m s / vancouver-outsider-arts-festival/.

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for entertainment.’ We’ve hit a chord and we’re hitting our stride right now, and people are loving it.” Last year, Kaleidoscope featured mostly local acts and ran for two days, something Kalnins says resulted in a drop-off in attendance over the course of the weekend. This year, the city has focused on stacking the lineup for one day only. Aside from Bif Naked’s anticipated performance, the day’s programming features local musicians Jennifer Hayes, the Paperboys, and the Matinee. Musical acts will be performing on the Plaza Stage, built in honour of the city’s 125th. The stage faces west and overlooks Lafarge Lake—Kalnins assures that “it’s an absolutely stunning place to watch a concert.” Terra Dickinson, cultural events supervisor for the City of Coquitlam, was involved in the organization of Kaleidoscope from its initial run. Dickinson tells the Straight that she’s looking forward to the festival’s second iteration after the positive feedback from last year. “It was wonderful to see all the planning come together, and to see people enjoy all the hard work,” she says. She promises, “It’s going to be a dynamic festival experience where you can have something for all of your senses.” Dickinson says this mandate was behind the naming of Kaleidoscope. The title refers to the changing reflections, shapes, and colours its namesake invokes. The multidisciplinary festival invites people of all ages and interests to gather in the shared green space of a century-old city that’s still growing and creating—to sit back, relax, and enjoy the kaleidoscopic reflections of Coquitlam’s artistic mosaic. -

ast year, the City of Coquitlam reflected on its 125th anniversary and decided what was missing was a legacy event, one that would bring the city’s vibrant arts community together in a public celebration. “We wanted a reason for people to come back and see how it’s changed,” Eric Kalnins, manager of tourism for the city, tells the Straight in a phone interview. “We wanted to go, ‘Come celebrate with us.’ ” The idea came to life with the Kaleidoscope Arts Festival, the city’s free outdoor celebration of the arts, which returns for its second year this weekend. Food trucks, a beer garden, artisan markets, and craft stations—as well as dance, music, and storytelling—will be taking over Town Centre Park. There will be storywriting and art competitions to get community members involved. And festivalgoers can expect a few upgrades— namely, a performance by B.C. rock star Bif Naked, and easier access to the site thanks to the Lafarge Lake–Douglas SkyTrain station that opened last December. Kalnins says the city is expecting between eight and 10 thousand people to make their way to the park, drawn from both the city’s growing, relatively young population and Vancouver residents who can easily attend because of the newly extended transit. He saw this phenomenon take shape when thousands of people came out to the Canada Day celebrations at Town Centre Park last month. “The average age of people in Coquitlam is 38; we’re a young city,” says Kalnins. “People are moving out here to buy their first homes, and we’re seeing an uptick in these The Kaleidoscope Arts Festival runs from 2 to 10 p.m. on events. People are going, ‘I don’t want to go downtown Saturday (August 12) at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park.


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ani Al Moulia knows what it’s like to live in a cozy house, to sleep in a warm bed, and to consider life in a refugee camp a far-off, unthinkable reality. “In Syria, I grew up in an upper-middle-class family, I would say,” the photographer, who now lives in Canada, tells the Straight over the phone from Regina, where his parents finally were able to settle. But everything changed when the civil war broke out around his hometown of Homs—a city now decimated by fighting. Al Moulia was nearing the age of 18, and compulsory military service. And then, he says, he got arrested for smuggling food back to his neighbourhood with his cousin. “It was too risky to be there. That was the turning point. I left with my uncle to a refugee camp where some of my relatives were, in Lebanon,” he recounts matter-of-factly. “I really considered it as a new experience. I never considered I would be in a refugee camp someday. We thought we would be there maybe six months and we would be back. But that was not the truth. It took three years. When my family followed me as well we realized that ‘We are refugees now.’ ” But after taking an Office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees– sponsored workshop on photojournalism, Al Moulia decided to take a more active role in these new surroundings. Unlike the thousands of images outside journalists were sending from the camps, his would depict life in the camp from the inside, through his own lens. The resulting photographs—capturing everything from children laughing as they warm their hands over a makeshift outdoor stove to a man getting his hair cut on a chair outside a shelter—are on view now at the West Vancouver Museum as part of the exhibit Home/Shelter/Belonging. They’re also on display in a wholly fitting venue at the Harmony Arts Festival: Better Shelter’s award-winning modular emergency tent (in partnership with the UNHCR and IKEA foundation)—the kind that houses refugees around the world. “I said ‘I will take pictures to show the world what it’s like to be living in a refugee camp,’” says Al Moulia, who now studies computer

Hani Al Moulia’s images, such as An Angel’s Shadow, document hardship and humanity.

engineering at Ryerson University in Toronto, while continuing to hone his photographic art. “There’s a responsibility to that—not just something I do for fun or to fill my time but something valuable for the future.” What makes Al Moulia’s images even more remarkable is that he is legally blind, living with a condition that makes it impossible to focus on anything that close to his face. But just as he had to learn to adapt to growing up in Syria, where he says there was little to accommodate the visually impaired, he adjusted to photography, first by using automatic cameras, then memorizing manual settings so he could fine-tune his own shots. The results, as visitors to the Harmony fest will see this week, are images that show the hardships of camp life, yet they also contain enough humanity and hope to contrast the pictures of misery that make their

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way into news stories about the camps. “When people are really smiling or when people are really helping each other—these are the things that are missing from people’s ideas about refugee camps: that people really become closer,” Al Moulia says emphatically. “There we are all equal, we have the same resources and we think of surviving in a way that is really similar. Only when you ask people ‘What do you do for a living?’ you see how different they are.” Amid the images on display, look for one that depicts a little boy standing atop a rusting oil drum, his shadow thrown onto the white canvas of a refugee tent. “That’s my brother Ashraf and I wanted to show that he is not the kid that he should be at the camp,” Al Moulia explains. “But I also wanted to say that every kid in the camp is the same in that way. You don’t need to see their face; they all have the same unfair childhood, I would say. But what’s important

for me was Ashraf is living here now. He has friends. He eats well. And he sleeps well.” He adds: “I’m sharing how home is different from one place to another but it is still home.” That idea plays directly into Home/Shelter/ Belonging, put together by the West Vancouver Museum’s Darrin Morrison and guest curator Robin Laurence (a long-time contributor to the Straight). Putting Al Moulia’s work alongside that of Sylvia Borda, Jim Breukelman, Germaine Koh, Annie Pootoogook, Itee Pootoogook, and Gu Xiong, the show encompasses themes of settlement and immigration, as well as diverse structural concepts of “home”. “The project was to look at culturally diverse artists and their experiences but also how it impacted First Nations communities,” Morrison tells the Straight over the phone. “The idea was to look critically at the idea of settlement… people looking to find identity but really seeking comfort in the home.” Perspectives range from the Pootoogooks’ images of life in the Arctic, where many Inuit were consigned to government-assigned prefab homes around Cape Dorset, to Gu’s charcoal-on-canvas depictions of immigrating to Canada, one capturing the view from a small basement-suite window into a garden. And then there are Al Moulia’s works, which Morrison calls “remarkable” and “full of human spirit and vitality”. Morrison spent the past three months trying to get the Better Shelter here for its first visit to Canada. “It’s a project that can actually use design to better humanity,” he says. But there’s another, bigger reason for using the shelter to house Al Moulia’s affecting and poetic photographs. As Al Moulia once was, we are far removed from the refugee-camp experience here in Canada. “We’re isolated from it and we only see it on TV; we don’t experience it directly,” Morrison says. “This is a great way of bringing reality to the experience for the 130,000 or so people that attend the festival.” Home/Shelter/Belonging shows at the West Vancouver Museum to September 9. The offsite exhibit of Hani Al Moulia’s photos at the Better Shelter runs at the Harmony Arts Festival on the West Vancouver waterfront until Sunday (August 13).

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Stephen Stubbs (shown with Tekla Cunningham) hears parallels to modern pop in 300-year-old pieces of music.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are some very straightforward and engaging harmonic patterns that you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t equate with someone like [Johann Sebastian] Bach, who goes into such great complexities. Here, the harmonic language is easy to grasp. I wonder if one aspect of that might be that they had to appeal to a much less musically educated public, so that it had

to be immediately engagingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as it is for us now.â&#x20AC;? In addition to Stubbs, who plays baroque guitar and lute, Pacific MusicWorks comprises soprano singers Tess Altiveros and Danielle Sampson, baroque violinists Tekla Cunningham and Adam LaMotte, percussionist Peter Maund, keyboardist Henry Lebedinsky, who selected the material,

and harpist Maxine Eilander. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maxine will be playing the Spanish form of the baroque harp, which has pairs of strings that cross each other,â&#x20AC;? Stubbs explains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the South American harps are set up that way. It has a very large bass and a pungent sound, and is more percussive than most harps. There will be a traditional Paraguayanharp piece in the program.â&#x20AC;?

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THEATRE 2ONGOING MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents William Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s comedy set in 1959 Italy, where a group of actors and filmmakers celebrates the wrap of their latest movie. To Sep 23, Bard on the Beach (1000 Chestnut). Tix from $21, info www.bardonthebeach.org/2017/ much-ado-about-nothing/. THE WINTERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S TALE Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents William

OUTDOOR ECO-ARTS Vines Art Festival has a packed schedule of outdoor, all-ages events for you to enjoy in the remaining days of summer sunshine. On Wednesday (August 9), head to Hadden Park for pedal-powered cinema, movement class, and live art pieces Wet Ink and Come Alone. On Friday (August 11), Trillium Park will host a spindle class, and an interactive lesson from Madame Beespeaker on Vancouverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s bee populations. Sunday (August 13) in Stanley Park will offer plant identification with Lori Snyder, music by Elisa Thorn, clowns, and interactive performances by Mia Amir and Cease Wyss, Ariel Martz-Oberlander, Julia Siedlanowska, and Ulla Laidlaw. Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drama in which the love of two young people becomes the catalyst for reunion, redemption, and a familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s healing. To Sep 22, Bard on the Beach (1000 Chestnut). Tix from $21, info www.bard onthebeach.org/2017/the-winters-tale/.

THE MERCHANT OF VENICE Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents William Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s drama, set in modern-day Venice, that exposes the consequences of how we treat outsiders. To Sep 16, Bard on the Beach (1000

focuses on an actor who unpacks the now-infamous role and its troubling anti-Semitic connotations. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That play is incredibly uncomfortable for a lot of people,â&#x20AC;? says Clarke. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought it would be interesting to provide a background to that, because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a huge part of the repertoire in Shakespeare.â&#x20AC;? Floor plans of the ghettoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s residences display architectural techniques that occupants had to develop to skirt land-ownership restrictions while still residing with their families. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This type of racism can affect the very type of architecture in which people live, it can affect the occupations they have, it can affect what their community looks like,â&#x20AC;? says Clarke. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to look at these junctures in history where communities are marginalized and really draw attention to what that looks like. But itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also very interesting when you think about how communities adapt and can still thrive in that environment.â&#x20AC;? -

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THE TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival presents William Shakespeareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tale of two best friends who are in love with the same woman. To Sep 17, Bard on the Beach (1000 Chestnut). Tix from $21, info www.bardonthebeach.org/2017/the-twogentlemen-of-verona/. THE DROWSY CHAPERONE Theatre Under the Stars presents director Gillian Barberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musical that sees characters spring to life in a Jazz Age journey of love, laughter, and libation. To Aug 25, 8 pm, Malkin Bowl (610 Pipeline Road, Stanley Park). Tix $30-49, info www.tuts.ca/.

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n March 29, 1516, Doge Leonardo Loredan forced Veniceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jewish community to move into the stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first ghetto. What followed were centuries of restrictions on land ownership, employment, and dress. Curfews were placed on ghetto residents. Last year, the City of Venice honoured the Jewish Ghettoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fifth centenary with an exhibit housed at the Dogeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Palace. The show focused on the period from the ghettoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s formation in 1516 to its liberation under Napoleon in 1797, displaying historical documents including the Dogeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s royal decrees and virtual reconstructions of the ghettoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s architecture. For those who couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make the trip to Venice, the exhibit has found a surprising second homeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;at Vancouverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Italian Cultural Centre. The Venetian Ghetto: A Virtual Reconstruction 1516â&#x20AC;&#x201C;2017 is running concurrently with a contemporary-art show at the Jewish Community Centre and Bard on the Beachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s production of the play starring the ghettoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

most famous fictional residentâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;The Merchant of Venice. Il Museo curator Angela Clarke tells the Straight that the Italian Culture Centreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s connection to Veniceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Jewish Ghetto is deeper than mere anthropological interest. When UBC architecture professor Abraham Rogatnik passed away in 2009, he left his personal collection of books and artifacts on Venice and its ghetto to the Italian Cultural Centre. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We wanted to do something in honour of him, however we werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure what form that would take,â&#x20AC;? says Clarke. She reached out to IUAV University of Venice history professor Donatella Calabi, and was thrilled to learn of the exhibit Calabi was curating. The team in Venice adapted it to Il Museoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s floor plan, and VIVO Media Arts updated the virtual reconstructions of the ghettoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cemetery, its four synagogues, and its architecture. Rogatnikâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s personal collection will also be on display, along with class photos of the UBC students he taught abroad in Venice. Bard on the Beach had already scheduled The Merchant of Venice for this summerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s season, as well as Mark Leiren-Youngâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Shylock, a play that

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Pacific MusicWorks presents Music of Missions and Mystery: Latin American Baroque at Christ Church Cathedral on Thursday (August 10) as part of the Vancouver Bach Festival.

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e usually associate the arts of the baroque era with Europe. However, they were also vibrantly alive across the Atlanticâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as the Vancouver Bach Festival presentation Music of Missions and Mysteries: Latin American Baroque attests. Works by composers born in the Americas and by Europeans who emigrated there were regularly performed in colonial mansions, missions, churches, and cathedrals from Mexico to Bolivia. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re among the earliest expressions of a distinct â&#x20AC;&#x153;New Worldâ&#x20AC;? identity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Latin-American baroque is a very special flavour of music,â&#x20AC;? says Stephen Stubbs, who directs the eightpiece ensemble Pacific MusicWorks, reached at his Seattle home. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been wondering why it has this feeling. I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s partly people coming from Europe and trying to retain their culture, so being conservative about that. The baroque language persisted into the classical period of [Joseph] Haydn and [Wolfgang Amadeus] Mozart. Also, the harmonic language feels very often as if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s almost that of 20th-century pop. It wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sound foreign to the Beatles.

The material performed in Music of Missions and Mysteries is a roughly equal balance of secular and religious works. They bring together Spanish, Italian, African, and Indigenous elements, though itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not always easy to trace the sources. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The African elements are hard to sort out. Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d expect them to be in the realm of rhythm and syncopation, but that was already the case for Spanish music in generalâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;as distinct from the rest of Europe at this time. So you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if the African influences have already happened in Spain. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As for the Indigenous influence, some of these pieces are in a local Indian dialect, so that people could be communicated with directly. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a piece we practised yesterday, the canzona sacra â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;ZuipaquĂŽâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, by [turn-of-the-17thcentury composer] Domenico Zipoli, who went from Italy to the New World, that has texts in both Latin and the Chiquitano language of eastern Bolivia set in this mesmerizingly accessible chordal world. You could make a hit single out of itâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s that accessible.â&#x20AC;? -

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DANCE 2THIS WEEK BABYLON The Social Concierge, in collaboration with Ballet BC, presents recent and next ballet works in an indooroutdoor garden. Aug 12, 6-10 pm, Queen Elizabeth Park. Tix $55, info www.the socialconcierge.com/.

MUSIC 2THIS WEEK VANCOUVER BACH FESTIVAL Early Music Vancouver presents an 11-day, 14concert celebration of the music of J.S. Bach. To Aug 11, Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard). Tix $10-68, info www.earlymusic.bc.ca/series/2017-vancouver-bachfestival/. BLUERIDGE CHAMBER FEST: Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;VE GOT YOU UNDER MY SKIN Soprano Dorothea Hayley, flutist Paolo Bortolussi, clarinetist Jeanette Jonquil, cellist Cristian MĂĄrkos, and pianists Jeremy Chaulk

11:15 pm); Rookie Night (Sun, 7:30 pm); TheatreSports (Tue and Wed, 7:30 pm; Wed, 9:15 pm; Fri and Sat, 9:30 pm). Aug 9-16, The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau, Granville Island). Info www.vtsl.com/.

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THE COMEDY MIX 1015 Burrard, 604684-5050, www.thecomedymix.com/. Comedy club with pro-am night Tue at 8:30 pm, showcase Wed at 8:30 pm, and featured headliners Thu at 8:30 pm and Fri-Sat at 8 and 10:30 pm. 2DJ DEMERS Aug 10-12 2ERICA SIGURDSON Aug 17-19 2TOBY HARGRAVE Aug 24-26

HARMONY ARTS FESTIVAL All-ages celebration of art includes visual-art exhibits, an art market, outdoor concerts on two stages, licensed beach restaurants, food vendors, and drop-in activities for kids. To Aug 13, West Vancouver Waterfront (Argyle Ave. (between 14th & 16th). Info www.harmonyarts.ca/.

YUK YUKâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S COMEDY CLUB 2837 Cambie, 604-696-9857, www.yukyuks. com/vancouver/. Comedy club with Top Talent Tue at 8 pm, amateur night Wed at 8 pm, and professional headliners Thu-Fri at 8 pm and Sat at 7 and 9:30 pm. 2LORI FERGUSON-FORD Aug 11-12 2ADAM CHRISTIE Aug 18-19 2JOHN CULLEN Aug 25-26

MONSOON FESTIVAL OF PERFORMING ARTS Second annual event features a spotlight on South Asian theatre, including presentations and productions of Burq Off! and Malavika. To Aug 13, York Theatre (639 Commercial). Info www.monsoonartsfest.ca/.

VANCOUVER THEATRESPORTS LEAGUE Some of the worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most daring and innovative improv. #NoFilter (Thu, 9:15 pm); Oh, Canada: The True North Strong and Funny (Thu, Fri, and Sat, 7:30 pm); Ok Tinder (Fri and Sat,

VANCOUVER MURAL FESTIVAL The urban-art celebration returns with 60 new murals in Mount Pleasant and Strathcona, live painting and art battles, the Red Bull Tour Bus Stage (with Yukon Blonde and Louise Burns), a Georgia Straight speaker series, and a Vancouver Craft Beer Week beer

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BACH TO PASSION The worst thing about Johann Sebastian Bachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s various Passionsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;devotional works dedicated to the lives of the great evangelistsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;is that at least two of them have gone missing during the centuries between his time and ours. All the more reason, then, to revel in the Vancouver Bach Festivalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sumptuous production of the masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s St. John Passion, from 1724. With Alexander Weimann directing the Pacific Baroque Orchestra and the Vancouver Cantata Singers in support of an all-star cast of soloists, a trip out to the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts on Friday (August 11) will be very deeply rewarded. garden. To Aug 12, various Vancouver venues. Info www.vanmuralfest.ca/.

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TIBET FESTIVAL Tibet Festival is a celebration of culture and community hosted by the Tibetan Cultural Society of B.C. Join us on Sunday Aug. 13, 10 amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 pm for traditional dance performances, talks on cultural practices, a market bazaar, and delicious Tibetan food. This is a family-friendly event. Aug 13, 10 amâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;5 pm, VanDusen Botanical Garden (5251 Oak). Info www.tcsofbc.org/.

GALLERIES VANCOUVER ART GALLERY 750 Hornby, 604-662-4719, www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/. 2CLAUDE MONETâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SECRET GARDEN (exhibit showcases 38 paintings that span the career of the French artist) to Oct 1

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The men work, worship, study, mourn, dance, and drink almost entirely without the presence of women. And that’s pretty much true of the movie itself, which does not avail itself of any female perspectives within Menashe’s family circle. The movie has been compared to 1955’s similarly themed Marty, with Oscarwinning Ernest Borgnine as a Brooklyn butcher struggling to leave his mother’s nest. In fact, Menashe more closely resembles George Costanza, in that this hapless schlub generally compounds his problems by making unnecessarily bad decisions at every turn. Lustig is a standup comic in real life, and he has no problem holding the screen. But the script seems overly determined to knock its hero down, when the people around him could stand to do some growing up.

RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD A documentary by Catherine Bainbridge and Alfonso Maiorana. Rating unavailable

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David Fricke, about Redbone’s lessfluffy-than-you-think 1973 hit, “Come and Get Your Love”. It’s one of the most purely ecstatic moments in an outstanding doc that’s long on excitement—the thrill-o-meter is already in the red with an early sequence on Shawnee guitar god Link Wray and the insurgent 1958 instrumental of the title—while remaining focused on the more vital job of correcting the record on American music history. Canadian director Catherine Bainbridge (working here with Alfonso Maiorana) has spent most of her career on Indigenous matters, but Rumble is the kind of film that should body-shock the mainstream, and not soon enough. As every one of her numerous interview subjects reminds us, from Steve Van Zandt to George Clinton to Pura Fé and Wayne Kramer, there’s a hard political reality behind the incomplete official story. “It was genocide and they wanted to erase every cultural perception of reality that we had,” says Santee-Dakota poetmusician-activist John Trudell, who collaborated with the dizzyingly brilliant Comanche-Kiowa guitarist Jesse Ed Davis in the ’80s. Among others, Davis’s own rocky story is covered here, and it’s his generation and peers, including Cherokee-blood Jimi Hendrix, who first wore their heritage with pride. (Those feathers and hats weren’t just frivolous psychedelic accessories.) Before that, as White Panther Party trickster John Sinclair sardonically notes, “The Indians were treated worse than the slaves,” which is why jazz innovator Mildred

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Bailey and blues originator Charley Patton (who was “an Indian and the baddest motherfucker on Earth”, according to Howlin’ Wolf) were a tad more circumspect about their backgrounds. This ethnic mixing was the result of two oppressed communities forced into a marginalized cohabitation. The deepest irony is that colonial thinking tolerates an African origin story for the blues while devoutly denying, as Robbie Robertson puts it, “all the little black Indians runnin’ around”. In talking about her own blacklisted years, Buffy Sainte-Marie provides a reminder that empire never sleeps, especially when you’re successful. Equally, thanks to the timing of this critical work—there’s a visit to Standing Rock in the film’s final five minutes—Rumble has that conqueror’s glow about it. Totally essential.

MENASHE Starring Menashe Lustig. In Yiddish, with English subtitles. Rated PG

Menashe is a gentle stroll through

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forgiving to its own. The film, which transpires almost entirely in Yiddish, centres on a burly Brooklynite, wonderfully played by Menashe Lustig, who’s a nonconformist by the austere standards of his Hasidic community. This recently widowed fellow works at a crummy bodega for a younger, ill-tempered boss who exploits him mercilessly. Something of a nonstarter even when married, our bearded bear of a man has essentially lost custody of his 10-year-old son, Rieven (Israel’s charming Ruben Niborski), to his late wife’s brother (Yoel Weisshaus) and family. Ac> ADRIAN MACK cording to ultra-Orthodox tradition,

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a child can’t be raised by a single parent—especially one who can’t be bothered to wear a black coat and hat year-round, and who sometimes has beers with the Latino workers at his market. He’s quite the bohemian. This feature debut by docmaker Joshua Z Weinstein, who wrote this with two others, is an intimate visit with a hard-to-penetrate subculture, and one that’s even harder to leave for people locked in its Old Testament embrace. The characters here are loaded with self-defeating contradictions. Despite his own predicament, Menashe is adamant that a boy at Rieven’s school should be kicked out because the kid’s father is “no longer observant”. And a middle-aged woman he dutifully meets as part of a matchmaking program asserts that she could never follow a rival rabbi, because “He allows women to drive! Can you imagine?”

Starring Jenny Slate. Rated 14A

Many of the same folks who the delightful Obvious Child reteam for a more ambitious and exponentially less rewarding trip down memory lane. Presumably named after the kind of telecommunication still predominating in 1995, Landline climbs into the throwback machine for no discernible reason—other than the nostalgia felt by writer-director Gillian Robespierre and collaborators, who came of age in the Seinfeld era, just before the advent of all-pervasive social technology. Jenny Slate, who starred as a comedian not quite ready to get pregnant in Child, here plays Dana, the grown daughter of New York parents (Edie Falco and John Turturro) facing a crisis in their marriage. Dana’s having her own relationship crisis; she’s bored with her bland, nice-guy fiancé (Jay Duplass), and so climbs back

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IN TRANSIT Directed by Albert Maysles. Rating unavailable

The absorbing In Transit was final directing effort by documentary hero Albert Maysles, who—along with late brother David and the similarly long-lived and Bostonian Frederick Wiseman, still working at 87—pioneered the influential fly-on-the-wall style of Grey Gardens and Gimme Shelter. Maysles died two years ago at 88, but not before finding himself with a team of younger filmmakers who gained striking intimacy with ordinary passengers on the evocatively named Empire Builder, a long-distance train running through some of the most economically and environmentally devastated parts of the U.S. Culled from multiple trips both east and west on a trail line running from Chicago to Seattle and back, the 76-minute film jumps around achronologically—more like a col-

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lection of stories than a novel—although a through-line is provided by return visits with several compelling travellers. Some threads are economic, with rootless men chasing after oil jobs in the Dakotas and timber work in the Northwest, as both pursuits are already fading. Others are following romantic pursuits with uncertain outcomes. Issues of race and family connect many riders, as with the single mom with four interracial children trying to win over her angry father. Elsewhere, a past-due pregnant woman hopes to join her family in time for the birth, and a young black dad, himself fatherless, finds philosophical guidance from an old-timer he stumbles upon in this real-life journey. Outside, majestic vistas of snowcapped mountains and roaring rivers zip by as seemingly time-frozen passengers read, play cards and guitars, and chat with friends and strangers. Launched in 1929, three years after Maysles was born, the Empire Builder, now operated by Amtrak, represents the kind of sleek mobility that brought people together long before Facebook and Skype. Earlier this year, Donald Trump announced deep cuts to Amtrak, and regulars on this most northerly route expect to see it—like so many things that used to unify Americans—vanish during his presidency.

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hile the Vancouver real-estate debate has raised concerns about housing and cost of living, for marginalized groups such as queer people, the crisis means opportunities to socialize, organize, empower, and politically activate are also being threatened. This is something Vancouver Queer Film Festival artistic director Anoushka Ratnarajah has given much thought to. “Queer spaces and art spaces in Vancouver are rapidly disappearing because of gentrification and the cost of being able to rent a performance space,” she said by phone. Consequently, some of the programming at this year’s festival reflects these issues. Take, for example, Ray McEachern’s “Stay Gold Man Up”. Ratnarajah says this short documentary, about a monthly multigender drag show at the Cobalt in East Vancouver, shines a light on the importance of venues for LGBT people. It’s paired with Cory Ashworth’s “The March Sweater”, featuring five stories from local queer elders about what has and hasn’t changed in their lifetimes. Ratnarajah, who shares programming responsibilities with poet and author Amber Dawn, said although it was “quite a hustle” to program everything in only two months, after starting in mid-March, they are proud of what they have to offer. While they bring their own unique perspectives and aesthetic approach, she said diverse representation was a priority for both of them. “As a queer person of colour myself, I think it’s incredibly important that folks who share my identity get to see aspects of their lives represented at the festival,” Ratnarajah said. In particular, she sought to avoid the stereotypical narrative that ethnic queer lives are “inherently tragic”, or that queer identities are at odds with racial or cultural identities. Signature Move, for instance, follows a female Pakistani Muslim lawyer falling in love with a Chicana bookstore owner. They each have different relationships with their mothers. While the main character has a semicloseted relationship with her mother, her Mexican girlfriend, on the other hand, is out to her mother, who is accepting and supportive of her queer identity.

Connection counts to VQFF artistic codirector Anoushka Ratnarajah.

Meanwhile, the Thai film Fathers depicts a young male couple who are raising an adopted son. Unfortunately, they face legal and social barriers—such as only one partner being permitted to be the legal adoptive parent—which affect their relationship. Nonetheless, Ratnarajah says it’s a “funny, sweet, joyful film”. The fraught Mexican love story I Dream in Another Language opens this year’s program, thanks to its high calibre and its examination of the impact of Catholicism and colonization on Indigenous and queer identities. Irish feature Handsome Devil was chosen to end the festival on a celebratory note—a decision that turned out to be timely as Leo Varadkar, who is of Indian descent and openly gay, became the country’s newest prime minister in June. Breaking new ground is how LGBT people have created a variety of spaces for themselves. However, as Ratnarajah points out, it remains important for a marginalized community to physically gather together. “We can be so isolated from each other in so many ways, and to be able to actually call ourselves a community, we have to gather in community,” she says. “It can’t just be because we share an identity. It has to be because we share space together.” The Vancouver Queer Film Festival runs from Thursday to next Sunday (August 10 to 20) at various venues. More information is at queerfilm festival.ca/.


MUSIC Next up in the ever-spinning kaleidoscope of what’s hip? John Denver. Well, maybe not quite. But the cheery, moptopped songwriter, who died in an airplane accident in 1997, might be on the verge of being reincarnated as a soul singer, if Lee Fields has anything to do with it. Reached in scenic Telluride, Colorado, Fields reports that the ghost of the man who wrote “Rocky Mountain High” is helping shape his next album, however unlikely that might seem. The plan, Fields reveals, is to step away from the sweet-and-sensual lovers’ soul of his previous effort, 2016’s Special Night, and focus on making music that serves as a balm for today’s increasingly congested world. “The population is getting greater,” Fields notes. “People are living in closer and closer confines, so what we need now are songs that relieve a person’s feeling of being enclosed. And John Denver, his music always made me feel like an open breeze, the songs that he sang. So I’m not saying that we’re going to mimic John Denver, but I want to have a few songs that are airy like that, so when you listen to them you just feel like ‘Oh, man, I think I’ll just go on a trip with this.’ ”

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Given the state of the world today, you can’t blame Lee Fields for wanting his music to be like a balm Talking with Fields is a trip in itself. The veteran vocalist’s rambling conversation with the Straight touched on global warming, Platonic notions of form, the dangers of a world run by robots, and the symbiotic relationship between gangsta rap and the privatized, forprofit prisons that have infiltrated the U.S. justice system. On the lighter side, he also waxed eloquent about the deep joys of marital fidelity—the inspiration for Special Night’s title track, along with his 2012 effort Faithful Man. “I wrote ‘Special Night’ to express my feelings towards my long relationship with my wife,” he says. “We’ve been together now for a long time, and I thought it would be nice to write a song about how great it is when two people can pull that off. When you pull that off it’s one of the greatest experiences in the world, as far as I’m concerned. “You have so much history to share,” Fields continues, “and you go through so many things together that you become each other’s leaning post when one of you becomes weak—and every night is special.” The gentlemanly Fields clearly has a huge heart—and if people respond to his songs, it’s likely because they can hear the compassion in his voice. “It shows,” he says, with enough humility that it’s no brag. “I’m true to what I really believe, and what I believe is that I love people, so I’m trying to write positive songs. “I don’t like politics,” he adds. “I know very little about what people should be doing. So what I write about is how I feel—and about love, which is the necessary adhesive to keep us, as humankind, bonded together for good.”

Everything

Lee Fields celebrates marital fidelity in his songs, and he calls being in a long-term relationship “one of the greatest experiences in the world”.

Andersen works without a formula about

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voice, and, above all, his talent as a guitarist and songwriter whose repertoire reaches deeply into blues, soul, and gospel. When he last played solo at the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival six years ago, the New Brunswick native left the crowd gobsmacked by a performance that pulled out all the emotional stops. Since then, with a relentless touring schedule, he’s developed an international following and released the acclaimed recordings Weightless (from 2014) and last year’s Honest Man, the latter made up of mainly midtempo and slower songs about love and the parlous state of the world. Andersen is quick to credit his producer, Gordon Williams—who has worked with Joss Stone, Santana, Quincy Jones, and the late Amy Winehouse—for the variety of sonic textures and colours. “I really like the way he focuses on the song—if something doesn’t really add to it, then leave it out,” he says, from Winnipeg, where he’s performing at the Canada Games. “We pulled in certain players for certain songs. It was really cool to work that way without, say, worrying about the genre or anything like that. Everything ties together well.” All the songs on Honest Man were cowritten with other musicians. “I’ve done that for the past two albums,” Andersen says. “I’ve started to see the benefit of it and really enjoy the process. So I’ve reached out to others. It keeps me from ripping off my own ideas too much. From song to song there are all sorts of different influences in there.” Likewise, there’s no set formula for the way that > ALEXANDER VARTY Andersen collaborates, nor any predetermined themes, subjects, or ideas about instrumentaLee Fields & the Expressions play the Truck Stop tion. Though most of the songs on Honest Man Concert Series at Red Truck Brewery on Saturday concern relationships, some have an unspeci(August 12). fied political edge—like “Let’s Get Back”, one of

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OH NO, ONO In a newly found 1976 letter to first wife

Cynthia, John Lennon denies that either LSD or Yoko Ono contributed to their 1968 breakup. This is rather suspect, given that acid is about the only thing that can make Ono’s singing bearable.

THE MATINÉE Given that it’s now just as easy to stumble

across an obscure Allman Brothers Band recording as the latest Billboard chart topper, all music is “new” in the modern age. Sure, that means a whole raft of badly recycled samples atop FruityLoops hip-hop beats, but it also means that four bearded old school friends can synthesize the sound of Tom Petty, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and “Jack & Diane”–era John Mellencamp, and make something timeless. More than a decade later, the Matinée is still truckin’, mixing Florida Georgia Line–esque melodies with crunchy guitar riffs and rock ’n’ roll accents—and doing a damned fine job of proving that Canada’s roots music is just as powerful as its southern neighbour’s. Tracks from the band’s latest album, Dancing on Your Grave, will be showcased at the Fox Cabaret on Thursday (August 10). -

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Matt Andersen performs at the Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival in Deer Lake Park on Saturday (August 12).

Morgan and Bridges explore the sound of desolation as High Plains There’s often a sense of loneliness in Scott

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pseudonym Loscil. Some of this has to do with his fondness for deserted or discarded landscapes, like the dumping grounds and sewage lagoons that inspired Loscil’s brooding and gorgeous Sea Island; some no doubt reflects the hermitic existence of see page 31

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three collaborations with Canadian songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andy Stochansky. “He lives in L.A. these days and was looking back last year at Canada and at the craziness that was going on in the U.S. On this album I feel we really hit a groove.” “Last Surrender”, another of their joint efforts, is a great vintage soul number in the mould of Otis Redding, complete with Memphis-style horns. “When Gordon and I first teamed up, we found a lot of common ground in musical inspiration— like Motown and the old soul recordings,” says Andersen. “After we had the bed tracks down for the song, we added things that made sense for it. I love having horns. They’re a luxury, but that song just begged for them.” Andersen and his cowriters on Honest Man keep the songs simple and direct, in lyrics as in the music. The refrain of the closing track, “One Good Song”, penned with Ontario’s Donovan Woods, stresses each of those words equally for rhythmic punctuation. “It’s a song for songwriters. Chasing that one good song is like pursuing our white whale. It didn’t need a big guitar solo or anything, and that’s where Gordon had a really good sixth sense for giving a song only what it needed—not to distract from what it’s all about.”

CASHING IN Forbes has released its 2017 list of the world’s

highest-paid DJs, with Calvin Harris earning $48.5 million annually and Tiësto close behind at $39 million. In related news, stop trying to learn the guitar by playing along to “Smoke on the Water”.

BLISSFULLY UNAWARE Unaware that the world

hasn’t cared about him since Oasis imploded, Liam Gallagher has emphatically stated he has zero interest in doing Carpool Karaoke with James Corden (whom he refers to as “that fat bloke”). The fact no one is asking has evidently escaped him.

COUNTRY ROCK Nashville’s BBR Music Group has

signed Kid Rock, suggesting the Detroit rap-rocker has gone fully country. Unless Jason Aldean has unreleased tracks we don’t know about, Rock is the only BBR artist with a song about putting his balls in someone’s mouth.

Fresh and local SINÉAD SANDERS SINÉAD SANDERS

Sinéad Sanders is like a ghost from a simpler time on her nine-song debut, which, given the wretched state of the world today, is seriously high praise. What you get is roots music stripped down and raw, catching the Vancouver open-mike vet live from the floor with nothing but her acoustic guitar. From the lonesome-town ballad “It’s a Sin” to the rollicking bluegrass-tinted “All My Records On”, Sanders comes on like a real-deal old-country rebel from a world where jukeboxes are stocked with Molly O’Day, Lydia Mendoza, and Hazel Dickens. Except that even those greats never sounded as captivatingly world-weary as Sanders does on the everything-sucks-today “Coca-Cola”. It’s one thing to sing a line like “Whatever world you live in/It’s not the one that I’m in.” The genius thing here is that Sanders sounds like she really means it. AUGUST 10 – 17 / 2017 THE GEORGIA STRAIGHT 29


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An unorthodox Menashe Writer-director Joshua Z. Weinstein gives us a rare look at a very private community > B Y A D R IA N M A C K

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oshua Z Weinstein’s mom had some blunt wisdom for the young filmmaker when he told her he wanted to make Menashe. “That sounds like a bad idea,” she said. “I love that my mom was honest,” says Weinstein, who put any expectations aside and pressed on anyway with the micro-budgeted feature. “If I share something new about humanity,” he reasons, calling the Georgia Straight from Toronto, “then that’s all I ask for.” Well, unless you’re a Hasidic Jew in Brooklyn’s extremely insular Borough Park district, chances are that Menashe, opening Friday (August 11), shows you something new about humanity. If you are a Hasidic Jew, you might be a bit nonplussed by this fictional, 90-minute peek into the community. In fact, the existence of Menashe—about a sweet, if generally oafish, widower fighting Orthodox custom to win custody of his 10-year-old son—is something of a miracle. As he was determined to cast nonactors, Weinstein’s first hurdle was already insurmountable. “Being involved in movies and being involved in modernity is so outlawed in this world,” he elaborates. “The Hasidic Jews sold out two of the biggest sporting stadiums in Queens, where the Mets play and also where the U.S. Open is played, to have an anti-Internet rally. Which is basically a rally against the Internet, TV, modern music, WhatsApp… They can sell out better than Beyoncé sells out, like, against Beyoncé. That’s how wrong it is to be in this movie.” Still, remarkably, Weinstein managed to cast his film entirely within the ultra-Orthodox community. The film’s lead, Menashe Lustig, actually happens to be something of a YouTube sensation for his Yiddish standup routine. Ruben Niborski plays his

Nonactors Ruben Niborski (left) and Menashe Lustig (right) take the leads in Menashe, set inside Brooklyn’s Hasidic Borough Park district.

son in a narrative that closely mirrors Lustig’s real life. “Ruben’s sweetness just melted Menashe’s heart,” says Weinstein, “so that relationship, how palpable it was, and how emotional it was, I knew that would carry the film no matter what. There’s a scene where Menashe had to slap him toward the end of the movie, and he just couldn’t do it. And Ruben was like, ‘Just slap me, Menashe!’ I think he was nine when we started filming and it was like, ‘What? I get to be in a car accident? I get to fall off a chair? I get slapped? Cool!’ ” Meanwhile, Weinstein reports that “every trick in the book” was employed to get performances from

a supporting cast that was way out of its element. It’s a further miracle that the film works so well, eventually being singled out as one of the buzziest discoveries at the Sundance festival. “Of course, I’m entirely shocked,” says Weinstein, himself a born-andbred Brooklynite whose family came from the shtetls of Poland. “I made this movie, really, for my own intellectual curiosity and my humanistic approach to filmmaking, where I wanted to share a story that I’ve never seen before. And I loved how difficult it was going to be to make it. The fact that people actually care to watch? I could never ask for a greater privilege than to share it with everybody.” -

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enny Slate unloads a pretty great zinger about Helen Hunt’s “front wedgie” in the new film Landline. Of course, here in real life, there’s a not terrible chance that Ms. Slate will bump into the Mad About You star at some point in the future. What’s her plan for that? “I don’t know,” answers Slate, a touch of panic in her voice, during a call to the Georgia Straight from Montreal. “I don’t know! Hopefully, she’ll understand that we’re just commenting on the sort of general fashion of the time and not anything… deeper. I mean, everybody had major camel toe in the ’90s. I had one in the movie, ya know? You can’t avoid it.” Period style happens to provide one of the incidental delights in the Manhattan-set film, opening Friday (August 11), the second collaboration between Slate and writer-director Gillian Robespierre, after 2014’s breakout hit Obvious Child. She insists that she actually felt “very comfortable in those ’90s fashions”, but if the army boots and Elaine Benes hair went on easily enough, Slate’s character, Dana, required a bit more tailoring. Not uncharacteristically for the former SNL cast member, Slate demonstrates an inspiring lack of inhibition as she chows down on mannerisms like the über-square Dana’s horsey laugh. “I’m really tired of women who are quote unquote dorks but are actually pretty cool,” she says. “Dana’s not

that cool. You don’t watch this movie and think, ‘Maybe I’d like to hang out with Dana.’ ” By the same token, Slate succeeds in making us care about a faintly irritating woman who—mirroring a situation with her father, played by an especially warm John Turturro—enters into a doomed affair with an old college flame. “I’m not at all like my character, but I feel so deeply for the way that she’s trying to use her voice, and I feel so gentle towards the way in which she feels silenced and unsure and doesn’t know how to deal with her new feelings of doubt,” explains the actor. “Female identity, especially under patriarchy, is always pushed into this completely untenable, unsustainable zone of clearly defining yourself and never changing, especially if you’re in a partnership. Whoever you said you were to that man or woman when you entered into that partnership, you gotta keep being that person, and you gotta keep it up as if it’s a contract. And it’s just not the way that humans are. It’s so sad when someone is trapped in that space, because it’s suffocating. I have a lot of empathy for that. “I felt a little bit nervous that she wouldn’t feel sad enough for what she had done,” Slate continues, “and then I realized that I was not interested in seeing Dana be contrite. I was more interested in seeing her come through her experience and kind of winning her freedom. Her freedom means, to me, that she’s a woman who knows that she’s allowed to ask questions. That’s why she got in trouble in the first place, and she ends up sort of victorious in the end in that she’s free.” -

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the electronic producer, holed up in a bedroom studio with only machines for company. So what did Morgan do when he met the ideal human collaborator, in the form of Wisconsin-based cellist Mark Bridges? Took him to the emptiest place he could find—a former one-room schoolhouse in Brush Creek, Wyoming, in the middle of winter. And there, alone together, they produced magic. Yes, the overall tone of Cinderland, the duo’s debut as High Plains, is one of desolation. And if you think you’re actually hearing the Arctic winds sweeping across the Wyoming steppes, you probably are. But the collaboration was warm. “We both came with nuggets of ideas,” Morgan explains in a telephone call from his East Van studio. “Mark had some chord progressions, and I had more of a production sense of how I wanted to approach things— which is very similar to how I approach other things, which is starting by collecting sounds and building a kind of palette or library to draw on. I really wanted to do that on-site, so I started by field-recording the creek nearby, and the wind in the trees, and then grabbing samples of his cello.… We started building this tool kit to work from. I would build kind of basic stuff, and then Mark would play over top; we’d just go back and forth and eventually arrive at something. So it was very improvisational, and very unplanned, other than a few little bits and pieces.” Their approach, Morgan adds, was essentially conversational, which helped shape the music’s intimacy— even though there was a third partner to the exchange that neither musician had fully realized would be there. “A keyboard is a tool I have on my desk all the time, and I use it daily, but I don’t consider myself a pianist or a keyboardist by any stretch,” he explains. “But when you arrive at a place like where we made the record and there’s a Steinway B concert grand piano sitting there, it’s almost impossible to not use it. It’s kind of just screaming out at you, like ‘Please do something with me!’ ” Morgan and Bridges won’t have a high-end piano at their disposal when they play the Quiet City ambientmusic showcase this weekend—but the sounds of that Wyoming grand are safely stored away in the former’s electronic data banks, and the conversation they started in Brush Creek is likely to continue in expanded form. “We kind of stretch our legs a little bit,” Morgan notes. “A piece that’s three minutes on the record might be five, live. We’re also doing some dovetailing of things, blending one thing into the next so that it’s not so much a list of pieces as it is one continuous thing. Which is probably my influence, because I like to do that when I play live. “No room for applause!” he adds, laughing—and all the more space for wintry dreams. > ALEXANDER VARTY

High Plains plays Quiet City at the Red Gate Revue Stage on Sunday (August 13).

Smalltown DJs familiar with B.C. festival antics Few groups have seen more wild

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Shambhala veterans Smalltown DJs have Fractal Forest memories.

to stick to the tried-and-tested summer circuit, hopping between grassy fields and big-top tents, Smalltown DJs also keep the tour bus rolling during the country’s winters. Curating events like their annual Mountain Magic trip— a collection of dates designed to bring the party to Canada’s ski hills, which this year saw Emes and his partner Mike Grimes hit up 15 different locations before spinning their up-tempo, sample-heavy house set at Sun Peaks’ Snowbombing festival—the pair are no strangers to travelling from towns with a population of 5,000 to festival audiences of twice that. As he gears up for the Salmo River Ranch’s Shambhala Music Festival—one of B.C.’s largest independent events, which the duo has been playing for 15 years—Emes hopes that, as well as showcasing the pair’s latest gritty house release with highoctane EDM duo Torro Torro, he’ll be able to relive some of the crazy events of past summers. “We’re kind of the Fractal Forest residents,” he says. “They trust us to hold it down every year and attract people to that stage. Some of the early sets we played at Shambhala are still unforgettable—we would perform with guys like Vinyl Ritchie when we were just up-and-comers. Since then, we’ve learned to relax a bit, and some really funny things have happened as a result. “A couple of years ago, for example, a friend of mine’s girlfriend was dancing,” he continues. “Some people don’t know this, but they originally set up the Fractal Forest booth in the trunk of an old-growth tree that had been hit by lightning. People would get pretty wild, and the girl was jumping around on the table where the decks were. She tripped and fell into the tree trunk, and was literally stuck upside down with her legs sticking out. My brother was in the booth behind us, but he didn’t see her fall because it’s pretty dark in there. A few minutes later, he turned his head towards the tree trunk and saw two feet kicking upside down, like a cartoon. He grabbed her by the ankles and pulled her out, and saved her from being stuck in there forever.” It’s moments like that, Emes says, that keep DJing exciting for the duo—even if, after decades of performing, there are few high-profile venues in the region that the pair haven’t packed. “Every year something new pops up,” he says. “After doing it for so long, if it was getting stale or we were disinterested, we wouldn’t mind moving on to different things. But new and fun and interesting things keep happening, so we keep rolling with it. That’s why we’re still doing it, basically. We still love it.”

festivals than Smalltown DJs—not least because, over their near 20-year partnership, they’ve played at almost all of them. Multiple times. “It would be tough to pick a favourite,” says Pete Emes, one half of the DJ duo, speaking to the Straight from Calgary. “They’re all different, and really cool in their own way. The thing I like about festivals in Western Canada is that they’re always a labour of love for somebody, and > KATE WILSON you can really feel that in the vibe. Someone’s put their heart and soul into its organization, and the crowd Smalltown DJs play the Shambhala Music Festival on Saturday and Sungives that back.” While some performers choose day (August 12 and 13).

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Abuse seems to be acceptable in the work force if it is a woman doing it and it is overlooked; I wish work could be about working hard and not navigating harassment.

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ONE LOVE WESTCOAST VanMusic and Latin Summer Fest present music by Antidoping and local fusion bands. Aug 11-13, Swangard Stadium (Kingsway & Boundary, Burnaby). The event also runs at the Rickshaw Theatre. Tix $20, info www.myshowpass.com/onelove/.

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JONNY LANG American blues-rock vocalist-guitarist tours in support of upcoming studio album Signs. Nov 29, doors 7 pm, show 8:30 pm, Commodore Ballroom (868 Granville). Tix on sale Aug 11, 10 am, $45 (plus service charges and fees) at www.livenation.com/.

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BAIO American electronica musician and Vampire Weekend member tours in support of latest solo release Man of the World. Nov 24, doors 7 pm, show 8 pm, Fox Cabaret (2321 Main). Tix on sale Aug 11, 10 am, $15 (plus service charges and fees) at Red Cat, Zulu Records, and www.ticketweb.ca/.

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savage love My boyfriend of eight months, K, and I are polyamorous. We started the relationship on that foot, and for a while I was the partner he spent the most time with. There have been ups and downs, but overall our relationship is solid and loving. However, recently we both started dating the same woman, L, and they have been spending more time together than with me due to my work schedule. They both reassure me that they love me and care for me deeply, but I am an anxiously attached person, and sometimes I have panic attacks when they spend more time with others/themselves and fear that they’re going to leave me. I’m working on becoming more secure via books on cognitive behavioural therapy, and I’m looking into in-person therapy. This is my first serious relationship, but not his (I’m 22, he’s 35). And while K has been super patient with me, my worry and grasping are a point of friction in the relationship. K has told me he doesn’t want to be solely responsible for my sexual satisfaction and my need for constant reassurances that he cares. The anxiety has been flaring up most strongly concerning sex—we’re all switches, and K and L are both professional Dominants. I feel neglected if K doesn’t penetrate me but he penetrates L or if L gets to penetrate K via a strap-on and I don’t. He’s very good about voicing what he desires, while I’m learning to speak up despite feeling like I’m just being needy and grasping again. I love both my partners, but I’ve been feeling sexually neglected—and with a high sex drive, it’s been quite painful. This is my first “trio rodeo”, and I really want to make

it work—I’ve seen a future with K for a while (the I-want-your-children kind), and L is joining those future visions. How can I find a way to create more opportunities for sexy-time and not ruin it with anxiety attacks? > BDSM ENTHUSIASTIC LOVER ON VOYAGE4 EMOTIONAL DURABILITY

I’m always suspicious when two (or more) people claim to be deeply in love after dating for a short period of time, BELOVED, and eight months qualifies as a short period of time. Premature declarations of love—to say nothing of premature commitments—up the emotional stakes, which can place a strain on a newish relationship (or a trio of them) that it may not be strong enough to bear. Not yet. You’ll feel a lot less anxious about this relationship, BELOVED, if you make a conscious effort to lower the stakes. In other words: Dial it way back, girl. You’ve been dating K for a little more than half a year, and you’ve been dating L for whatever “recently” adds up to in a world where eight months equals LTR. It’ll reduce your anxiety levels and soothe your insecurities if you tell yourself you aren’t committed to K and L as life partners. Not yet. This is the beginning of both these relationships. All you’re committed to right now is continuing to get to know K and L. You’re committed to dating them, you’re committed to exploring where this might go, you’re committed to enjoying your time with them, however long it lasts. But you are not committed to them. Either of them. Not yet.

> BY DAN SAVAGE Committing yourself to therapy is a good idea, BELOVED. Everyone should commit to working on their emotional and mental health. You and your therapist can start by reevaluating whether a poly relationship is right for you in practice. In theory, you understand poly and you may want a poly relationship. (Particularly if it’s the only way you can have K.) But as someone with anxiety issues and hangups about all sex acts being divided up equally, poly may not be right for you, or it may not be right for you right now. After a little therapy (or maybe a lot), who knows? (Also: Trying to portion out sex between three people like you would ice cream for three small kids— making sure each kid gets the exact same number and size of scoops—is unrealistic. Sometimes you’ll get more; sometimes you’ll get less. Eyeing those scoops too closely is only going to generate conflict.) You’ve been at this rodeo for only eight months, BELOVED, and if these problems are already coming up, it might not be your attachment style or your anxiety. It’s possible this rodeo isn’t for you.

This is about your Campsite Rule. I think you should amend it. In 1984, when I was 20 years old, I met a LGBT rights activist who was 53. He was working with the group I contacted after I’d called the local youth-crisis hotline here in Baton Rouge and got called a faggot. (I hadn’t realized they created youth crises rather than fixing them—my bad.) We had a summer fling (initiated by me), and then I went off to study in Europe. Because of him,

I knew the difference between making love and getting your rocks off, and I moved through the world with the self-confidence he told me I deserved to have. I ended up working in national politics for 30 years, and I did all of it as an out gay man. I moved back home a few years ago and tried to find him with no luck. Finally, about a month ago, I did. He’s in his mid-80s now and under hospice care, but he does remember me. I got to tell him everything I’d done with what he taught me. I only got about a third of the way down the list before his eyes filled with tears—and pride. To call that a special moment would be an understatement. So here’s my suggested amendment: If you benefited from the Campsite Rule—if someone left you in better shape than they found you—look that person up and tell them what they meant to you. And if he’s alone and in hospice care, spend some time being there for him and holding his hand. > CAN’T THINK OF FUNNY ACRONYM

Your old summer fling left you in better shape than he found you—the heart of my Campsite Rule—and the lessons he imparted had a hugely positive impact on your life. But instead of amending my Campsite Rule, CTOFA, which covers the conduct of older and/ or more experienced people dating and/or fucking younger and/or less experienced people, I’m going to amend my Tea and Sympathy Rule. “When the younger person in an older/younger affair speaks of it in future years, they have a duty to be kind,” goes the Tea and Sympathy

Rule, which covers the conduct of the younger/less experienced partner. “If you were left in better shape than you were found, strive to do no harm in return. And don’t speak of your affair—not even kindly—if doing so will wreak havoc on the life of a former lover who honoured the Campsite Rule.” And today, by decree, I’m adding CTOFA’s amendment to the T&S Rule: “And if you benefited from the Campsite Rule—if years ago a lover left you in better shape than they found you—look that person up and tell them what they meant to you.” Advice professionals often urge us to confront exes who did us wrong— many find closure in those confrontations—but we rarely talk about reaching out to people who did us right (in every sense of the term). My first truly serious boyfriend, whom I met at college, was a wonderful and very sexy guy who helped me grow in so many ways. He definitely left me in far better shape than he found me— like CTOFA, I was able to express my gratitude to him before he died and I’m so glad I did. (RIP, Tommy Ladd.) If you were lucky enough to have a Tommy in your life, dear readers, if you were lucky enough to have an early sex and/or romantic partner who left you in better shape than they found you, reach out to them and express your gratitude. You’ll be glad you did. Listen to Dan on the Savage Lovecast every week at savagelovecast.com. Email: mail@savagelove.net. Follow Dan on Twitter @fakedansavage . ITMFA.org.

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