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Dancing in September, never was a cloudy day! Such was the Labour Day Long Weekend for Kootenay Pride, the 16th Annual Pride celebrations in Nelson and Castlegar, B.C. I'd like to say a huge thankyou to all of the organizers and volunteers this year for Kootenay Pride, it was a great grassroots event with a cosmopolitan soul. V-Rag was honoured to create the first ever Pride Guide for that region, and we definitely hope to do it again next year. Extra special thanks to Don Crowe, Jason Peil, Chris Bolton (the incomparable Conni Smudge), Brad Fergusson, Summer Clearance and Jason McColl from Little Sister's. Vancouver eat your heart out! V Editor & Art Director

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We chat with Adam Dreaddy about why we should be able to say it! Taking it to the streets with this amazing local rebel artist. I'm a hustla baby. That's what my daddy's made me. Don't get lost on the streets of Vancity, find everything here! Stands for DRessed As Girl of course, and we're loving it! The return of our intrepid travel writer Charlie David as he visits Lima. Hot off the heels of Okanagan Pride, Aunt Joan gives us the scoop. A recent study shows areas with same sex marriage are healthier. The Life & Times of a Porno Gang, Four Tet and Kelly Clarkson reviewed. Get to know this month's DJ, house music hero Jay Douglas! The weather may be cooling down but these clubs are hot!

Vancouver's most comprehensive guide, now with more Madonna!


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n 2010 DJ Adam Dreaddy decided on a concept that has caused a whole lot of controversy. FAG.FRIDAYS began as a form of ownership of a negative word, a way to turn around a term generally used to hurt the GLBTQ community and make it a celebration of everything gay. Almost immediately, the night and the venue Oasis were met with picketers, protesters, hate mail and threats. So why were people so ready to jump all over a gay party, run by a gay promoter, supported by gay DJs, at a gay venue, for using the term 'fag'? Surely if a straight Granville Street club did the same thing, there would be cause to be upset and rightfully angry. But isn't it time to reclaim the word for ourselves and make it positive? I chatted with Adam about this sticky issue.


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There have been some mixed reviews, as I knew there would be. Keeping in mind, I wasn't trying to disrespect anyone or their issues with the word. I just chose to own it, and not let it bother me. There are the supporters who know where I'm coming from, and some haters. People that didn't understand when it started, still don't want to understand. Those of cult willnight, undoubtpeopleans choose not tocinema support the some know the face of one of "Stop John peopleedly even picketed opening night, Waters' muses. The great words of hate".most The prolific others who understand, Mink Stole has appeared in over films, join me upstairs at Oasis where the50dance including Female Hairspray, Serial floor is packed and Trouble, the mood is fabulous! Mom, Polyester and Desperate Living, as Tabatha Coffy famously refers All to About herselfEvil as well as But I'm A Cheerleader, a bitch wants to with "reclaim the and Lostbecause Highway.she She, along her pals word" and turn into something positive. John Waters andit Divine, shaped my sense Do you think theinspired same sort thing canfilms be of humour and meofto make done with and be a "fag"? kook. Mink continues to act and dabble in other formscan of expression, I just hope people take the and wordI had ultimate of interviewing 'fag',the and walk honour away from it. To getone all of my favourite actresses andcauses camp icons! worked up over a word fights,

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hurt, death. Own the Of all sometimes the fabulous characters you word have and walk away. If you give people the played, who has been your favourite? power to use the word fag, they will. I’ve loved all of them, but my closest identiMany have had controversial gay ficationbig is cities with Taffy Davenport in Female party (Rectum, Flaming Tampons, Trouble.names She was so totally misunderstood. She Gay Bash, Cock, etc.) and haven't been wasn’t bad,The or retarded, just looking for some met with much local resistance. Vancoumaternal attention and approval.Is I also really ver conservative its own good? like too Dottie Hinkle fromfor Serial Mom – a woman driven nearly to madness in her search for justice in the Baltimore County court system. Who are your favourite actors? I adore Judi Dench. I have Netflix, and have been gorging on her old TV series; her comic timing is faultless. I also love the classics; Bette Davis, Barbara Stanwyk, the women who could move seemingly effortlessly from comedy to melodrama without batting a false eyelash. Are you hooked on any reality shows? No. Fictional human train wrecks can be a lot of fun, but watching actual humans behaving so badly is ugly and disturbing. What do you think Divine would say about the current state of drag? That’s impossible to answer. I can assume he’d be thrilled at still being so revered, but when he died he was moving away from drag and was gaining respect as an actor, which was very important to him.

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What sort of response have you been getting from the name Fag Fridays since its inception?

In recent years you have done a lot of independent and gay-themed films. What directors have been fun to work with other than Mr. Waters? They’ve all been great. I don’t want to list names because I will invariably leave someone out that I should have mentioned and then I’ll feel bad. What is it like to be considered an icon and film legend? Where I live nobody gives a hoot who I am. And since neither icon nor legend status comes with a pay check, it’s pretty much irrelevant. I think I actually have just the right amount of fame – enough that I get my ego stroked regularly, which is lovely, but not so much that my everyday life is affected. I am hoping, however, that Hard to say. Queer Bash seems to do fine it will help album sales. here in Vancouver... However, the word Album sales? thatsensitive. what's been 'fag' maybe stillIstoo In my keeping opinion, you lately? if it's busy not challenged we'll never know. Yes, my main project right my CD. With FAG.FRIDAYS back at now Oasis,is has the I’ve been working on it for response been any different thannearly before?two years, and lately have been making terrific The fight hasn't been as bad. No picketers this progress. It’s in a pretty intense state at the time, however, we can't use the word 'fag' moment. We’ve finished the major instruon Facebook because it offends some. Not mental recordings and I’m working on the being able to fight my case to Facebook, I vocals. Then we’ll put on the additional chose to use Ff instead. However, the party instruments, mix it, master it, and release it. and the crowd have matured; the backThe title of the CD is Do Re Mink, the name to-back top 40 music is gone, and a more of the one-woman show I started performsoulful groove has definitely kicked in. The ing in Los Angeles. room moves and the energy is very sexy. What else can we expect from you in the What would you like to explain to people near future? who have been so vocally against the Next week I’m headed to New York to do name FAG.FRIDAYS? a short film entitled Box, written by Don The word 'fag' is never going away, we Cummings and Chris Dolman. This summer can't pretend it will. Take it as you will, you I have a couple of film projects that are still have the power. V in the “I can’t tell you anything yet” stage. But the big thing, obviously, is theinto release FAG.FRIDAYS kick Oasis' weekend high of Doevery Re Mink! gear FridayV at 9pm. www.oasisondavie.com www.minkstole.com www.facebook.com/DJAdamDreaddy


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alking through the Downtown Eastside, Canada’s “poorest postal code”, does not instill a sense of fear so much as curiosity. Along Hastings, you’re as likely to pass a student or family as you are a drug user or sex worker. At Main and Cordova you’ll find the police station and courthouse. And if you cut down the alley before the Northwest corner, you’ll discover a small cluster of portraits, wheatpasted by Kat Thorsen. Kat has been creating art her whole life. Her formal training came from Emily Carr, and she exhibited heavily in the '90s to great acclaim and criticism, before taking a break — from shows, not art. “I have always hated exhibiting and openings and all the low self-esteem and catering to gallery owners and curators that came with it.” These days, you’ll find Kat is in total control of her career. Whether she’s making intricate sock dolls for Etsy, conducting art therapy with at-risk youth, or drafting a graphic novel based on a real Vancouver murder mystery, Kat lives and breathes art, including with her latest project: wheatpasting. Wheatpasting is one of many forms of graffiti. Due to the “delinquent” nature of graffiti, artists must find ways to quickly produce their art in public spaces, as to avoid the consequences of being charged. Artistic expression be damned! Stenciling is popular, where the artist spraypaints work cut from paper. Wheatpasting, on the other hand, is literal wallpapering, where the artist adheres their creation to a surface with a flour-based glue. Kat is no stranger to graffiti. “I was part of an artistic collective spearheaded by graffiti artist 12 Midnite, who at the time ran Smash Gallery on Cordova.” While she takes inspiration from graffiti artists Basquiat, JR, Herakut, and Miss Van, it is her involvement with at-risk youth that sparked her current obsession. “I ran a therapeutic art program at Burnaby Youth Custody Centre in 2006–2008 and worked with

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some of the top and most notorious Lower Mainland graffiti artists under the age of 18. They taught me how to look at graffiti and I was inspired by their absolute uninhibited and incessant need to create.” Of course, what makes Kat’s current project utterly unique is her style. Graffiti conjures up a certain aesthetic, usually dark, anarchistic, shadows on walls, messages of dissent. Kat’s portraits are celebratory. Her sketches are done simply in china marker, accented with a little red, a wonderful balance of realism and cartoon, admittedly. “I could not live without the comic artists Daniel Clowes and Lynda Barry.” Her portraits conjure friendship and community. In fact, you may well recognize the faces that you meet. The portraits feature Kat’s diverse circle of friends, which include her students and many from Vancouver’s queer community, of which Kat draws much inspiration. “The queer community celebrates the essence of the person. That is what I want to do in my portraits. It’s about the joy of self-discovery and the arms-up-in-the-air of the dance of being oneself. At the same time, it’s about the painful journey to get to that place. The drive to be oneself against all odds.” And this is by no means a solo project. Inspired by her students, they have been integral to the process, helping her prepare and pasting her portraits around the city. It’s been such an enlightening experience, that her students have started wheatpasting their own sketches as well. Of course, if you want to see these fabulous faces, you’ll want to find them sooner rather than later. Graffiti is a brief artform. Whether the city covers it, the weather washes it away, or it falls prey to other art, in time Kat’s portraits will be no more than the palimpsest of public places. But you won’t find her grieving. “My wheatpaste portraits embrace all that I love about creating. For me it’s the joy of the process and then releasing the art


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and letting it interact, however briefly, with the world. The current series is perfect for that. I love knowing something is brief. I have burned paintings to increase their brevity. I love that deterioration is also part of the work. I can spend just as much time on a piece even if it’s lifetime will be brief. The longevity for me comes in the documentation and sharing of the process.� Translation: Take a picture. It’ll last longer. V Check out Kat Thorsen's amazingly diverse portfolio of work (and sock monkeys) at www.katthorsen.wordpress.com

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’m a Hustla baby. And so is the rest of Vancouver’s queer party scene. For the past year, babes upon babes have been burning the dance floor at 917 Main Street — The Cobalt — and subsequently drowning it in sweat, one Saturday a month. Born as the love-child of Brandon Gaukel and Dave Deveau, Hustla has evolved into the hip-hop hub for Vancouver’s best crowd. And I should know. I am a Hustla DJ. Hustla was born of necessity. There were no weekend joints to shake your rump to “Rump Shaker”, and Nicki Minaj, the biggest gay magnet since Gaga, wasn’t getting much play anywhere else. So Dave and Brandon worked more mojo on the East Side, uniting the coolest kids from the East and West at the best bar with the cutest DJs (wink). It wasn’t much later that Peach Cobblah, Dave’s I’ma-cut-you alter-ego, emerged as Hustla’s resident drag hostess and performer. And that brings us to Hustla as we know it — a badass queer hip-hop party with Peach Cobblah serving up Nicki, Azealia, Missy and Kim realness while you get down to booty jams from the ’90s to 2012. “What I’ve found interesting is every month, our demographic has changed so much, which I think is exciting because there’s new people constantly finding out about the event,” says Dave. New people include those of the hetero variety, which makes for a great mixed vibe, but please, ladies, do not ask the DJ to play you Rihanna because it’s your birthday. “I’m really passionate about it staying a queer event because there aren’t a ton of hip-hop events for queer people,” Dave continues. “Not that queers can’t go to mainstream ones, but that’s not the safest or most welcoming event for queers making out on the dance floor.” Meanwhile, Peach Cobblah has been making a name for herself as the “Baddest Bitch on the East Side”, making regular appearances at Junction, performing in La Cage aux Folles last winter, and soon to be

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opening for New Orleans Bounce Queen Big Freedia (Rickshaw Theatre, September 15). Did Dave imagine she’d get so big? (Not literally, girl has been working on her fitness). “Never,” he says adamantly. “It’s been a hilarious joyride, and as I often say about my playwriting career, I’m going to ride the fuck out of this wave because it will inevitably crash and crash hard. “It’s interesting the success of Hustla has in turn lead to the success of Peach. The Big Freedia gig is pretty great and terrifying and fun. I think it’s amazing that it’s become as big as it has given that it’s mostly word of mouth.” Hustla got a little more Raven last year with the addition of Daniel Zomparelli, aka DJ That’s So Raven. After playing a few Hustlas, Dave, myself, and the Cobalt crowd fell in love with this little Italian meatball and he’s been behind the decks ever since. Says Dave, “That’s So Raven has been such a great evolution because when we originally started employing him he said, ‘I’m not a real DJ, nobody’s going to want to listen to me,’ yet people are constantly chatting to him on the event page and people love his music.” “You guys brought me on after I think three Hustlas,” Daniel says. “I was doing Big Primpin (another hip-hop party that went on at Pub 340), and then Dave asked me to do it.” His DJ name at the time for Big Primpin’ was DJ Click Play “because I would just play music from CD to CD. It was just really bad, awkward transitions. I freaked out and bought all the DJ equipment and then went home that day and practiced all day.” Adorable. He figured it out quick enough because now I can’t keep up with this guy. He pumps out jam after jam that everyone is dying to hear. Before Daniel, the party was a little more old-school, ’90s to early 2000s stuff, but he’s brought us all up to speed. “I’m like a geeky hip-hop nerd so I listen to a lot of things, especially the mainstream things. But I didn’t play tons of new and actually, queer, stuff until the past few months, like Azealia Banks and Rye Rye,” he says.


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For a long time, the gays seemed to only want parties that churned out bangers all night. But more people have been getting in touch with their high school selves, when we grinded in our basements to Aaliyah slow jams. It’s an entirely new way to connect with the sweaty bodies around us; one where everyone feels super sexy. “Everyone always has a secret guilty pleasure for hip hop because it’s the music you can really shake your ass to,” Daniel echoes. “I used to get really frustrated that there were minimal spaces to go to hip-hop nights. The ones that existed, there were shootings and it was extremely homophobic.” Thanks to The Cobalt, the only thing you’re in danger of is having so much fun you miss work the next day. “In the same way that they did for Apocalypstick and Queer Bash and other events, it’s amazing to have a consistent de facto gay bar on the East Side,” Dave says. “[Patrick Drozyd and Ezra Kish, owners] are wonderful guys who love to support our scene.” Hustla hopes to have another sweatdrenched, booze-fuelled year with more surprises, like creator Brandon Gaukel’s return to Vancouver each month with his genderbending drag persona Bambibot in tow. Or Peach Cobblah’s super secret upcoming track, produced by a certain DJ-cum-writer for V-Rag. But really, the party’s success comes down to one thing, Dave says. “I love hip hop. It’s music I love to dance to, and I continue this event because this is the night I like to go out and party. These are the songs I like to hear.” V Come celebrate Hustla's 1 Year Anniversary Party on Saturday September 8th at The Cobalt. www.queerbash.blogspot.com www.thecobalt.ca

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offee tables everywhere are about to get a whole lot more fabulous very soon. Tectum Books has just released the gorgeousness that is Dr.a.g. (DRessed As Girl), a 160-page hardcover book that really puts the "art" back into the art of drag. Every full-colour page screams beauty, peculiarity, humour and pure art. The book features top names in the New York drag scene (Lady Bunny, Joey Arias, Sherry Vine, Hedda Lettuce, Charles Busch), from the Vegas Strip (Frank Marino, Eddie Edwards, Mr. Kenneth Blake), to the cast of RuPaul's Drag Race (Nina Flowers, Raja, Chad Michaels, Tammie Brown, Jujubee, Bebe Zahara Benet, Shannel, Ongina) and even Jackie Beat, Miss Coco Peru, Jimmy James, legendary drag icon

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Jim Bailey, and Montreal legend MADO. Photography is expectedly equal in heavy hitters, with contributions from Austin Young, Magnus Hastings, Mike Ruiz, Jose A. Guzman Colon, Norman Dillon, Ron Davis, Bradford Rogne, Krys Fox, Diana Sonis, and Nicholas Jang among others. Did I mention the local connection? While this is an international project published by Europe's Tectum Books, there will be plenty of familiar faces involved. Jaylene Tyme, Raye Sunshine, Vegas Van Cartier, Guy LaBrecque and Cotton Venus all make appearances, and even V-Rag's own much-loved photographer Kate McLaren shows off her talent! It only makes sense, as the book was compiled and produced by Vancouver's own Christopher Logan, a local celebrity in his own right. You don't have to be obsessed with drag to be obsessed with Dr.a.g. The book will keep just about any reader entertained from start to finish. V Pick up Dr.a.g. at Little Sister's, Amazon or directly from the publishers. www.bookthefilm.com www.tectum.be


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ith nearly ten million people packed into this Pacific rimmed capital city, Lima is as fascinating and diverse as its history. The struggle for LGBTQ rights in Peru is moving forward, though at a slower pace than the rest of Latin America. You wouldn’t know it standing outside the President’s home where the gay flag flies proudly… Hold on, actually that’s the Inca Flag; though any ‘mo worth his stripes could easily mistake it. After all, a rainbow is a rainbow! Fear not chicos and chicas – Lima is slowly but surely on its way to becoming one of the gayest capital cities in South America. More than nine million people, or about a third of Peru’s population, live in Lima. The city contains a wealth of museums, great inexpensive restaurants, rich architecture, and pyramids constructed by the city’s first Native American inhabitants. Lima has a warm, comfortable climate year-round despite being located in the tropics and in a desert. Temperatures rarely fall below 12ºC or rise above 29ºC year-round. Rain in Lima is about as common as snow in San Francisco and

most locals have never used an umbrella in their lives! There is no gay neighborhood in Lima but the Miraflores section of the city contains the biggest concentration of gay businesses. The city is known as the Gastronomical Capital of the Americas. Lima's gastronomy is a mix of Spanish, Andean, and Asian culinary traditions. You’d be remiss to leave the city without trying their world famous ceviche, made from fresh raw fish marinated in citrus juices and spiced with chili peppers, onion, salt, cilantro and sometimes coconut milk. The battle rages on between the Chileans and the Peruvians about who created the Pisco Sour. The drink, made from a base liquor called Pisco, lime juice, syrup, ice, egg white, and Angostura bitters, is delicious so I’m happy to not pick sides and simply drink in both countries. For many tourists, Lima is just a quick stop on the way to discovering the rest of beautiful Peru – but don’t make that mistake! Take in the culture, beauty, and above all else – the food! Muy muy delicioso! Catch me if you can! V Where in the world is Charlie? www.facebook.com/OfficialCharlieDavid


v-rag magazine #38 september 2012

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had the immense pleasure of emceeing Okanagan Pride for the second year in a row last month. It was amazing! I remember last year when I received the offer to go up to Kelowna, I must admit I thought “what on earth will this be?”. Well, I was in for a treat! A treat that had me more than willing to return this year! The community is a strong one. They may not have a “gay bar” but they certainly have a presence! There is a rich diversity of LGBTQ community members. There is a solid youth group, many seniors, a strong lesbian community, a growing trans group, and an adorable group of 20-somethings who wear pastel tanks and bright short shorts with a ton of glitter... and more lip gloss than I wear! Vancouver Pride is magical, but like all big city Prides, it has grown so large that it is impossible to see or attend everything. I often go the entire weekend without seeing some of my best sistahs because we are performing at different parties. I’m sure many of you get as overwhelmed as I do. Not so in Kelowna. Everyone is in one room for each event. You get to visit with an entire Community and its guests.

I decided to be a bit brave! After the Saturday picnic event, our limo driver [Yes Vancouver Pride, Okanagan Pride got Auntie Joan a limo sponsor!] graciously agreed to take us down to the Earls (where many gay lads often frequent) in full drag! There were hundreds of tourists and I received many photo requests, and yes, a couple of glares. Tequila and a beer? Yes ma'am! The party Saturday night was in a straight bar called Level Nightclub that was “gay” for the night. I was a bit worried about this at first, but I must say that the owner and her staff could not have been sweeter and more fun. They treated us like welcome, normal customers. The local DJ did his homewerq and played queer friendly tracks so everyone had a blast. You will be pleased to know that ten of Vancouver’s gayest of the gays stayed at a Mormon-owned hotel (oh my God they don’t even have a bar!). You will be further pleased to know that Auntie Joan visited the pool in a sequinned cocktail dress that I am sure provided at least a few hours of questions for all the little kiddies to ask mom and dad! Kelowna is a very pretty town. The beach we went to is world class. The dinner at Mimi's Restaurant was absolutely magnificent. The weather was hot and so were the boys. The people are charming and the sense of community and Pride is something I hope you will all experience one day in Kelowna. Happy Pride. V Read more of Joan-E's Rag at www.v-rag.com www.gayokanagan.com


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health

by christopher monk It's official! A new study finds that gay men who live where same-sex marriage is legal are healthier, have less stress, make fewer doctor visits and have lower healthcare costs. We Canadians can breathe easier knowing that we live in one of these places, but not everyone is so lucky. Much of the United States, where the study was held, are not allowed the basic right of marriage. Now it looks as though politics may become influenced by science. The 12 month study included more than 1,200 patients at a large Massachusetts clinic that provides services for gay men and other sexual minorities. During the 12 months after the 2003 legalization of samesex marriage in Massachusetts, there was a 13 percent reduction in health-care visits, as well as a dramatic decrease in mental health visits and health-care costs among gay and bisexual men. "These findings suggest that marriage equality may produce broad public health benefits by reducing the occurrence of stress-related health conditions in gay and bisexual men," said lead author Mark Hatzenbuehler, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar. "This research makes important contributions to a growing body of evidence on the social, economic and health benefits of marriage equality." While no reduction was seen in HIV-related health visits by HIV-positive men, it's encouraging to men of all walks of life that living in a more tolerant and accepting atmosphere can not only improve ones mental health, but the physical as well.

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features

the campaign

life & death of a porno gang

It’s a big election year for America, so it’s no surprise that a movie has come out to commemorate the occasion. Weak satire is America’s forte, and The Campaign is no exception. With two of comedy’s biggest (literally) do-anything-for-a-laugh actors (Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis) at the helm of this film, I was expecting it to be a lot more extreme, but all we get is a few tepid breakdowns and blow outs. The story takes place in North Carolina, where Cam Brady (Ferrell) runs unopposed for congress in his riding. When a answering machine sex scandal erupts and his popularity plummets, people are looking for someone new. Enter Marty Huggins (Galifianakis), the black sheep of the richest family in town, who is approached to run against Brady by the Motch Corporation, who wants to use Huggins’ naivety to pass a bill that allows them to sell the town to China so they can introduce sweatshop labour into America. Antics ensue. I understand that the purpose of this film is to expose how insanely crazy American politics have become, but there are really no risks. They tell us nothing new of American politicians, who are little more than puppets to some megacorp or another. All the scandals are regurgitations of scandals past (dick texts, drunk driving, affairs), and the baby punching scene doesn’t shock or awe. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough scenes that made me LOL to warrant this a good comedy.

Marko, a young director from Belgrade, wants more out of life than fifteen-minute quickie porn and sex with inflatable pigs. Thus the porno gang is born in worship of Eros, the god of lust, beauty, and intercourse, with no premonitions of the dangerous road ahead. Marko’s cast of societal misfits including a fat and proud would-be manicurist, gay lovers dying of AIDS, and a washed-up actress, become the players in Belgrade’s first porn-theatre, marrying pure pornography with social and political issues. Due to bad press in the city as well as an influential porn director whom Marko has wronged, the group is run out of town and forced to tour in Serbian villages. Their celebration of sex takes a turn for the sinister when they are offered an opportunity to make snuff films. Out of desperation and Marko’s need to distinguish himself as a filmmaker, the group agrees to film suicides on the side for those who wish to end their life. With this decision they dig their own graves, and fall deeper into the dust of death and moral destruction from which they cannot and will not escape. The Life and Death of a Porno Gang is a truly unique road movie, which brings to light a number of social issues in Serbia, delving into the changes that occurred post-Milosevic, whilst examining the differences between urban and rural life and the social outcasts of society.

D: Jay Roach by Matt Roy

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D: Mladen Djordjevic by Jason Goodwin


v-rag magazine #38 september 2012

four tet

kelly clarkson

Yeasayer

London-born Kieran Hebden's Four Tet solo project has always aimed to explore conceptions of house and pop music in new and interesting ways. With his most recent release he seems intent on breaking down and reconstructing the notion of "what makes dance music? ". The album's opener "Locked" begins with over a minute of seemingly haphazard drums that eventually make perfect musical sense as the underlying groove gradually reveals itself. This method to the madness approach is evident throughout and is most successful on tracks like "Jupiters" and "128 Harps", with some underlying minimalist grooves and lo-fi basslines. The album does seem to lack a feel of cohesion, but each track aims high to challenge the listener and in most cases they succeed by being unexpected and sonically satisfying.

Just when I thought my love for Kelly Clarkson couldn't run any deeper, she goes and records a gay dance anthem for the Dallas Cowboys' official theme song. Seriously, could your fave? Sport hasn't been this fabulous since Tina Turner homosexualised a generation of boys with rugby ads in the '80s! "Get Up (A Cowboy's Anthem)" is actually part of a new Pepsi promotion. They have commissioned a bunch of rappers and pop stars to record songs for their home football teams and will be releasing them as a free download when you scan a can of Pepsi in Wal-Mart – or something classy like that. Someone needs to start a blog about Pepsi promotions because they always choose the finest celebrities. Who could forget the "We Will Rock You" campaign with Beyoncé, Pink, Britney and Enrique? I worship this camp trash and hope it gets the full single treatment.

Three albums in and the Yeasayer trio continues on their steep trajectory of success. Fragrant World blends seamlessly (big surprise!) the electro-pop sound — made with real instruments — that Yeasayer has concretely established as their “thing”. This album in particular balances a fine line between hip hop and studio pop, but with a mindfulness that is sometimes lost in the two genres; as is often the case, when musicians play their own music it tends to rise above the mundane radio standards we’re forced to listen to. This album is so fun that I’m having trouble deciding which tracks to recommend, so I’ll base my choices on my favourite titles: Republican zombie number “Reagan’s Skeleton”, far from folk song “Folk Hero Schtick”, and the short and sweet “Longevity”. Yeasayer will definitely be keeping me warm as the summer fades to autumn cool.

"Pink" by Mumbles

"Get Up (A Cowboy Anthem)" by Pop Trash Addict Mike

"Fragrant World" by Matt Roy


photos by danny gray fox

features

J

ay Douglas has been a fixture on Vancouver's house music scene for over a decade, but now he's gaining international recognition for his soulful beats. A favourite of Portland's Blow Pony parties, as well as The Cobalt, and the now-stuffof-legends (sigh) Chocolate Milk Thursdays, Jay is one to watch for all over the place. Check him out next at the Jerk It!! Launch on Sept. 1st and 1181's Hot Chip afterparty on Sept. 16th. When did you start DJing? 1998 in my bedroom. Rock star moment? Roy Davis Jr. fist-bumping me while I was playing in Armani Exchange, and playing with Honey Dijon and Larry Tee. What kind of music do you play? Proper house music. Favourite gigs? My all time favourite gig will always be Saturdays at The World (RIP 2000-2004). Shout outs to Todd and Dickey Doo! Musical inspirations? DJ Sneak, Phil Weeks, Jordan Peak, Jeremy Joshua, Green Velvet, Johnny Fiasco... There are many many more. V

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DJ Jay Douglas headlines the Jerk It!! Launch Saturday September 1st at The Cobalt. www.soundcloud.com/dj-jason-douglas

1. Moritz Piske – "Dirt Cabana" 2. Jeremy Joshua – "Another Brown" 3. DJ Mes – "Keep Dancing" 4. Jeremy Joshua – "Strings Are Tight" 5. House of Stank – "Make You Jack" 6. Alec Carlson – "Paris Fried Chicken (J Paul Getto Remix)" 7. Sonny Fodera – "Outta Control" 8. Wadsworth – "Lime & Pink (Original Mix)" 9. Cause  & Affect – "Pushy Pushy" 10. J Fader – "Jazz Thing"


v-rag magazine #38

Bag Raiders

sunday september 2

Those crazy electro boys behind the hit single "Shooting Stars" show us how it's done here in Vancity! Bar None, 1222 Hamilton.

Apocalypstick: The Return of Isolde N. Barron

sunday september 16

DJ Adam Dreaddy and Five Sixty present the dirty diva angel herself. 560 Seymour.

Ummmm... The return of one of our favourite events AND one of our favourite performers?? How excited are we?! The Cobalt, 917 Main.

saturday september 8 Hustla: 1 Year Anniversary

That's right, Hustla has been doin' it and doin' it and doin' it well for a year now! Celebrate at The Cobalt, 917 Main. Sundays

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before 10:30 and everyone at Ginger62, 1219 Granville.

saturday september 29 Madonna LIVE

Bearracuda Vancouver

You MAY have heard of her if you've had the pleasure of living on planet Earth for the past 30 years. Rogers Arena, 800 Griffiths Way.

New location, same furrocious sweaty bears. The world famous party will be at Fortune Sound Club this month, 147 East Pender.

Rapture Revolver: Madonna Afterparty

thursday september 20 Lipstick Jungle

RuPaul's Drag Race star Pandora Boxx hosts this Madonna Afterparty! Could there be a better night? 560 Seymour. .

It's always a fab gal party with headliner Kasha Kennedy, Agent 99, free cover Mondays

BACKDOOR T-DANCE

CELEBRITIES

Tuesdays

Wednesdays

Thursdays

Fridays

Saturdays

CHILL

gossip COCKY WEDNESDAYS THURSDAYS

TRIGGER FRIDAYS

DELUX SATURDAYS

TUESDAYS AT CELEBRITIES

BINGO FOR HARD CANDY LIFE & black sun empire

STEREOTYPE FRIDAYS

RELEASE SATURDAYS

cirque fridays

glitter SATURDAYS

GROWERS CIDERS & KEITHS

KOKANEE & POLAR ICE VODKA

GRANVILLE ISLAND & SMIRNOFF ICE

MENERGY THURSDAYS

STUDENT LOCKERS $7 ANYTIME

Rotating dirty & thumper

spin cycle ABSOLUTLY w/ drew & DRAG-U-LOUS robyn graves w/ CARLOTTA

five sixty FOUNTAINHEAD

CAESARS & OKANAGAN SPRINGS

HOUSE WINE & RUSSELL & BLUE TWISTED COOLERS

F212

super SUNDAys 12PM-6PM

BLACKOUT MONDAYS

BUDDY TUESDAYS 2 FOR 1

dj drew

industry night & pub trivia

toonie tuesdays

KARAOKE & KEGGER NIGHT

4U PERFORMING LIVE

DJ DEL-ICIOUS PITCHER & KARAOKE NIGHT

Social @ 2PM $8 PITCHERS

tops & bottoms

karaoke

cheap date escapade fag fridays wednesdays 90s night w/ w/ adam lisa delux dreaddy

peaches w/ kasha kennedy

SUNDAY KEGGER

FREE POOL

WELL LIQUOR SPECIALS

TOOLBOX ALL BEER, WEDNESDAYS CIDERS & COOLERS

BLACK SATURDAY

Weekend brunch/ Caesars

1/2 price wings $3 PBR

3 appies for the price of 2

Burger & beer $15

JUNCTION NUMBERS OASIS PUMPJACK SCORE ON

DAVIE

STEAMWORKS the waldorf

SUNDAY SPIN CYCLE W/ NICK BERTOSSI ice cream social

RED TRUCK LAGER & BEEFEATER

dj dennis

POOL DJ DREW TOURNAMENT

RUSSELL CREAM SPECIALS

$10 Pizzas Chef's daily $4 Hiballs/$6 creation Dbl Hiballs Jugs 1516

DJ SHELLY

Weekend brunch PINTS $6

LIGHTS OUT PARTY

SQUIRT EVERY BEARS, BATH 2ND FRIDAY/ & BEYOND NICK BERTOSSI EVERY 4TH

c86

Rock 'n' Roll endless w/ Mandysummer Lyn

Please send event and calendar listings to events@v-rag.com.

saturday september 15

Glitter w/ Wynter Gordon

september 2012

saturday september 1


Pierre Simard is an Montreal-based photographer who has been published in Fugues, Pink, Urbania, R*, and HUF Magazine. He dives into his first V-Rag shoot with sexy model Demis Longoni! www.pierresimard.com

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Friday

Saturday

1 Jerk It!! Launch the cobalt

Glitter w/ Wynter Gordon five sixty

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CruiseyT Grand Finale

Kootenay Pride Finale

Tuesdays @

The Men w/ Sex Church

Fashion's Night CAPS LOCK Out Vancouver studio 16

Bingo For Life

Man Up

Peter Breeze Video Launch Hustla: 1 Year 1181

the cobalt

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harbour cruises

celebrities

Hard Rock Miners Happy 5th Apocalypstick Sing-a-long Birthday Sale the cobalt

railway club

banana tans

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the waldorf celebrities

cbc studio 40 the cobalt

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8 Bearracuda Portland

boxxes lounge

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Social Sunday John Antoniuk Toonie Tuesday Independent Escapade oasis railway club junction Arts Launch oasis

Dirtyloud

Christina vs. Britney

Sunday Kegger

Tallest Man on Pretty Lights Earth the vogue

republic

World of Dance Official Pre-Party Bag Raiders five sixty

bar none

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Bearracuda Vancouver

Tops & Bottoms

Buddy Tuesdays

Taste Grand Opening

Ladyhawke

SWEET Friday

Celebs 8 Year Anniversary

Hot Chip

Industry Night Karaoke

the commodore junction

oasis

Lipstick Jungle Jason Mraz Flosstradamus ginger 62 rogers arena

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DJ Del-icious

Toxic Escapade Underground oasis

the pumpjack

fortune

the vogue

oasis

The Raveonettes Blackout venue Mondays

30 Kitty Nights

the biltmore

f212

f212

numbers

Tuesdays @ Free Pool Night celebrities the pumpjack

Calabash Bistro

Roxette

rogers arena

five sixty

Boy 8-Bit

fortune

celebrities

canvas lounge

celebrities

fortune

Gossip 1181

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4th Annual LOUD Gala

cbc studio 700

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celebrities

celebrities

Olio Festival venue

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Priscilla Queen Madonna LIVE of the Desert Rogers Arena denman cinema

Fag.Fridays oasis

Madonna Afterparty five sixty


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V-Rag Magazine #38 - September 2012  

Read our September issue, featuring interviews with Kat Thorsen, DJ Adam Dreaddy, and Jay Douglas, plus Hustla turns One, Dr.a.g. Book, Joan...

V-Rag Magazine #38 - September 2012  

Read our September issue, featuring interviews with Kat Thorsen, DJ Adam Dreaddy, and Jay Douglas, plus Hustla turns One, Dr.a.g. Book, Joan...

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