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The Downtown Eastside’s Rickshaw Theatre plays host to Alley Theatre’s production of Mrs. Warren’s Profession, a play once so controversial for its discussion of prostitution and gender inequality that it was banned from public performance for more than 30 years. The play was written in 1893 by famed Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw, and despite its age, the subject matter has never been more relevant, especially in light of the Supreme Court of Canada’s recent unanimous decision to strike down the country’s sex trade laws. Mrs. Warren has secretly worked as a prostitute and brothel owner to put her daughter through the best boarding schools and give her daughter all the advantages in life she never had herself. But when the highly-educated Vivie returns home and learns of her mother’s profession, its sparks a conflict that serves to explore the gender politics of Victorian England – themes that remain relevant today. Alley Theatre is offering a truly Brechtian experience at the Rickshaw, a venue normally accustomed to hosting punk rock shows. The audience is encouraged to bring their drinks into the theatre and live-text with George Bernard Shaw via a projection screen. The non-traditional staging is complimented by non-traditional casting, intended to reflect the diversity of modern Vancouver. Live improvised music will be provided by Juno award-winning musicians.   The play runs April 22 to 27. Tickets $20 advance, or $25 at the door. For more tickets, visit MrsWarrens.ca

The Young and the Repless Some of Vancouver’s most talented up-and-coming visual artists will be exhibiting their work April 17 to 26 at the Audain Gallery as part of SFU’s School for Contemporary Arts’ graduating exhibition, The Young and the Repless. The gallery will be full of fabric, bricks, sticks, string, concrete, glitter and photography, as 17 emerging artists join the legions of art school graduates entering the world without reputations or representation.

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Dragons, Bastards, and Imps: Oh My! The funny people at Fictionals Comedy Co. are taking on HBO’s hit TV series Game of Thrones and the George R.R. Martin A Song Of Fire And Ice novels it is based on. Throne and Games: CutThroat Improv comes to the Rio Theatre on April 23, and brings to life your favourite characters in an entirely unscripted bloody improv epic. Though swords are the weapons of choice in the book and TV show, Throne And Games players will battle with cutting wit in this competitive improv show. Will Rob Stark and Lady Stark claim the throne? Will the Lannisters reign supreme, or Khaleesi and Jorah rule over all? That will be for the audience to decide, so come on down to the Rio Theatre and make your voice heard. Even if you’ve been living in cave and have never seen the show or read the books, it’s worth coming down to check out the pop-culture phenomenon. Prizes for best Game of Thrones costumes and trivia. • Throne and Games: CutThroat Improv at Rio Theatre, Wednesday, April 23. Doors at 7pm, show 8pm, tickets $7 advance and $10 at the door. RioTheatreTickets.ca for tickets and info.

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ancouver could be joining the ranks of cities around the world that are providing free Wi-Fi in public spaces. The Vancouver park board passed a notice of motion put forth by Vision Commissioner Trevor Loke on April 14 to develop a plan that will provide free Wi-Fi around Vancouver’s parks and beaches. Loke said Wi-Fi would benefit businesses, residents and tourists by providing them with more options to use these spaces. “There’s a lot of utility in people enjoying our parks in different ways,” said Loke. “Perhaps people want to be on a Kindle in a park and read there, and Wi-Fi would allow them to do that. They should be able to choose how they use the public space.” When it comes to a timeline and budget, Loke hopes a report by city staff will inform park board commissioners on the appropriate action. “We would be very targeted about where the Wi-Fi rolls out initially. When you’re dealing with technology you have to think on the basis that there will be perhaps things that aren’t working and it needs to be rolled out as we fix any bugs... we want to take a cautious approach on this.” However, Kitsilano resident James Goodman quickly raised concerns with several commissioners when he heard of Loke’s propoposal. Goodman said Wi-Fi shouldn’t be a priority given park board’s “tight budget.” “I see people on their cellphones, on their iPad, on their laptop working in the park all the time,”

Free Wi-Fi access could soon be available at Vancouver public parks and beaches if a park board proposal is successful. Dan Toulgoet photo the retired electrical engineer said. “It doesn’t really seem like Wi-Fi is an issue. It’s a simple matter of tethering your laptop to your iPhone if you need access.” Goodman suspects that the board is addressing the issue because it’s an election year and it “sounds catchy.” “They need to... get on with managing the park,” he added. Although some cities such as Quebec City, Taipei and New York City have free Wi-Fi in some public spaces, Tourism Vancouver spokesperson Amber Sessions believes it could differentiate Vancouver from other cities that currently don’t have free Wi-Fi. “From a tourism promotional perspective, social media is such a big travel influence over people,” she said. “People seeing photos and status updates of their friends on vacation can really inspire people to actually visit a place themselves.”

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dvocates of early education in music and collaboration are sounding alarms. They don’t want to see the itinerant band and strings program for elementary schools silenced by the Vancouver School Board. Senior board staff have recommended either eliminating the program for a savings of $630,651 or increasing the annual program fee from $25 to $250 a year to generate $350,000, in the board’s preliminary 2014-2015 budget. The equivalent of nearly nine music teachers instruct approximately 2,000 students by travelling between 52 elementary schools in Vancouver to teach band or strings, usually partially outside of the regular school timetable. It’s these music teacher positions that could be eliminated. Proponents of band programs note learning an instrument aids brain development, physical endurance and discipline. “It’s kind of learning a second language, said Elka Yarlowe, president and CEO of the Access to Music Foundation. Bandmates learn to communicate and collaborate. “Which is a very, very different experience than, say, studying privately,” Yarlowe said. “One of our big concerns is that this will create an enormous economic disparity, so parents in Shaughnessy can afford to have their kids study privately or put them

into a regional ensemble or something like that and the kids whose parents can’t afford that will have nothing.” Yarlowe suggested the VSB should conserve money for band and strings by cutting the salaries for trustees and administrators. Access to Music has provided $85,000 to needy Vancouver schools since 2007 to buy music instruments. The music teacher at Queen Alexandra elementary told Yarlowe a former student who copes with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and fetal alcohol syndrome recently reported listening to and playing classical music helps him calm down, focus and function. “And there are hundreds of kids like him,” she said. The foundation has launched an #investinVanKids Twitter campaign that has received support from Juno awardwining musical duo Tegan and Sara. The Ministry of Education’s learning outcomes for elementary music education don’t require students to learn how to play musical instruments. The VSB proposed eliminating the band and strings program in 2010, but instead introduced the annual $25 fee. The VSB has to deliver a balanced budget to the province. The board faces an estimated shortfall of $12.34 million for 2014-2015. The board’s operating budget is $497.19 million and staff expect to spend approximately 92 per cent of this amount on salaries and benefits. –Stories courtesy of the Vancouver Courier

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hazy blue cloud hangs over the third floor of the Cannabis Culture Headquarters on the so-called “Pot Block” on West Hastings Street, as dozens of staff and volunteers go about their business. The office is home to the Cannabis Culture Magazine office, the online Pot TV studio, and the BC Marijuana Party Headquarters. While the yellowed newspaper clippings and psychedelic posters adorning the walls give the office the look, feel, and smell of a campus radio station, this is ground zero for a revolution. Founded by pot activist and entrepreneur Marc Emery in 1994, the Cannabis Culture empire has been at the forefront of the movement to legalize marijuana, for recreational, as well as medicinal uses, for the past 20 years. It was just across the street at Victory Square where the first 4/20 marijuana rally was held back in 1995. “We’ve seen a lot of changes since then,” says Marc’s wife, activist and former BC Green Party Candidate for

Activist Jodie Emery continues to lead the fight against marijuana prohibition, and will be at this Sunday’s 4/20 rally at the Vancouver Art Gallery. The movement has recently found traction in the US, where the states of Washington and Colorado recently legalized recreational drug use. Rob Newell photo Vancouver-West End Jodie Emery. “Twenty years ago, you couldn’t even buy a bong. We’ve taken enormous strides in that time.” This Sunday marks the 19th annual 4/20 marijuana rally, which is expected to attract close to 13,000 people to the Vancouver Art Gallery who plan smoke up in unison at 4:20 p.m. “This is a celebration of cannabis

culture and a protest against prohibition,” says Jodie. While the 4/20 rally got its start in Vancouver, the concept of “4/20” was inspired by a group of high school students in the 1970s in California who would meet up to smoke pot everyday at 4:20 p.m.

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4/20 Continued from page 6 The term “4:20” soon became ubiquitous as code for marijuana use among the “Deadhead” culture associated with the rock band The Grateful Dead. Marc Emery and his supporters took the concept a step further with the inaugural 4/20 rally on April 20, 1995. By having hundreds of people smoke pot in public at the same time, the police would be unable to arrest them all. “To our knowledge, no one was doing anything on April 20 for 4/20 [before our first rally],” says Jodie. In the past decade, the event has spread south of the border thanks to the Internet. YouTube videos of the annual Vancouver event have reached a new audience in the US, Jodie notes, resulting in 4/20 events cropping up in recent years. With extensive renovations planned for the Vancouver Art Gallery, this year’s rally will likely be the last to take place there. Jodie also hopes it will be the last 4/20 rally for which her husband will be absent. The so-called “Prince of Pot” is currently serving a five-year sentence in a US federal prison in Mississippi for selling marijuana seeds (he’s expected to be released in July with time off for good behaviour). While Marc Emery’s jail sentence has made him a martyr for the marijuana movement, it’s been left to Jodie to step up as the spokesperson and organizer for the cause. In the past year, the legalization movement has gained considerable momentum thanks in no small part to Marc and Jodie Emery’s ongoing efforts. The US states of Washington and Colorado have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, and a handful of other states are currently considering similar measures. The public is listening, and part of the reason is because the message is no longer coming from the long-haired hippies, but from the suits. “We had to partner with the capitalists,” says Jodie. “That’s why Marc is always in his business suit, so people take him seriously.” Last year, Jodie ran for MLA under the BC Green Party banner in Vancouver-West End in an attempt to bring the issue of drug law reform from the fringes into the mainstream. Jodie has also shown she is willing to partner with anyone who shares her view that marijuana prohibition does more harm than good, including the man who put her

husband in jail. In 2012, former US attorney and cardcarrying Republican John McKay, the man who successfully prosecuted and extradited Marc Emery for selling marijuana seeds, spoke out against the damage wrought by marijuana prohibition. Jodie Emery was by his side. “This is what these laws do,” she says. “I don’t blame John for what he did, he didn’t have a choice. But bad laws force good people to do bad things.” McKay was a sponsor of the bill to legalize marijuana in Washington, which he has stated he believes will reduce crime and increase tax revenue. In Colorado, taxes generated from legal marijuana topped $3.5 million in January, are estimated to generate up to $70 million annually. Washington expects $2 billion in the next five years. However, while the US has been moving towards legalization, Jodie says she’s disappointed to see Canada going in the opposite direction. “In the early 2000s, Canada was seen as a place where legalization was possible,” says Jodie. In 2001, Health Canada allowed access to marijuana for medical purposes. Twice the federal Liberal government tried and failed to pass legislation to decriminalize possession of small amounts for personal use, first in 2002, and then again in 2004. “Then Stephen Harper got elected and they said they wanted to target the culture of cannabis, and that was scary,” says Jodie. “For us, that meant more than just a crackdown with police, it meant ideas, and music, art, symbolism, tradition, and religion… were being targeted.” Legal tools like mandatory minimum sentencing and asset forfeiture have targeted marijuana users unfairly, she contends. “It’s costing taxpayers millions… and it’s tearing families apart,” Jodie Emery says. Including her own. “I’m one of the lucky ones,” she says. “I’ve been spoiled with support. But there are so many more families that have suffered, that have kids that have to grow up with a single parent.” As long as the Conservatives hold power in Parliament, she says Canada won’t be able to move forward with drug law reform. “Then we will see change, the way it should be.” –Visit WEVancouver.com for contests and more

What do you think of BC’s pot laws?

Matthew Arthur, 32 Masters Student at Vancouver School of Theology “[They are] symptomatic of Harper’s ongoing insidious meddling where he seems to love to pull these shady covert moves that are essentially creating a police state... Not into them.”

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“I think they’re where they need to be. The system has managed to work on its own without the government interfering and I feel like there’s a lot of people involved... nobody’s really doing any harm, and I think it should stay that way.”

“I just think we should be free to smoke marijuana if we choose, especially if there are medical conditions.”

Conflicting pot laws have meant an increasing number of British Columbians are being busted at the US border for possession. Here’s a comparison of laws in BC and Washington State.

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• Pot possession illegal for everyone, unless for medicinal purposes • Less severe consequences if caught with 30g or less Cannot produce medicinal marijuana without license • Illegal provincially and federally • Charged with trafficking if 30g or more • Over $300m spent on prevention in Canada

• Legal for everyone over age 21 • Only allowed one ounce usable marijuana, 16 ounces of marijuana infused product or 72 ounces of marijuana infused liquid product, criminal charges if over limit • Cannot sell or produce without state license • Illegal federally • Expected to generate up to $2 billion dollars in tax revenue first five years

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New play takes audience, aka yoga class, on a funny spiritual journey By Martha Perkins

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melia Symington Fedy’s spiritual journey has taken her to places that were nice to visit but she wouldn’t want to live there. “I’ve been in a room of crystal bowls where the spiritual guide opened up the cosmic grid to talk to my angels about my destiny,” says the Vancouver actor, yoga teacher and “professional seeker.” When her angels gave her bad advice, it was on to the next great guru. She estimates that $70,000 has flown out of her bank account to fund what her husband calls “spiritual capitalism.” “There’s an inherent longing to have this sense of place, of tribe,” she says of her search for inner contentment and peace.” I just want so badly to know something is true and that I can trust it.” But every time she attains one of the goals that believes will lead to true happiness, she finds that she keeps raising the bar on her definition of happiness. “The grasping just gets bigger and bigger.” As serious as this journey is, it doesn’t stop her from being able to laugh at how silly it can sometimes seem. From April 23 to 27, she’s leading a hugely funny onewoman theatre experience called Through the Gaze of a Navel. Directed by and co-written with her friend and long-time The Chop Theatre collaborator Anita Rochon, it is presented by

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Boca del Lupo in a small second-floor room overlooking Granville Island’s market. Fedy plays a yoga teacher leading her class – the audience – on their own inner journey. Getting to the destination, she says, will induce laughter and joy. Although she’s leaving herself open to accusations of having “low vibrations”, she’s also very well qualified to expose when the emperor – or empress – is not wearing lululemon. “I’m playing with a bigger version of my real self,” she says of the 45-minute scripted play-within-a-yoga-class. “It’s a satire about yoga and all the ways I’ve tried to heal.... The show feels like we’re trying to bring a little levity to a culture that takes itself very seriously. I do a little poking.” There will be chairs for the audience but she thinks most people will gladly take their seat on the yoga mats as they follow along with her “teachings.” Comfortable clothing is advised. Through the Gaze of a Navel is at the Anderson Street Space (1405 Anderson on Granville Island) twice daily from April 23 to 27. Tickets are $10. For details go to BocaDelLupo.com.

Emelia Symington Fedy pokes fun at Vancouver’s yoga culture in her new one-woman show Through the Gaze of a Navel. Rob Newell photo

Fred Herzog wins lifetime achievement award

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ancouver-based photographer Fred Herzog, 83, has won the 2014 Audain Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Visual Arts. Herzog received the award, which comes with a prize of $30,000, on April 15 during a ceremony honoring the visual arts community in the Great Hall of the BC Law Courts building. Established in 2004, the prize – granted annually to a senior British Columbia artist selected by an independent jury – is one of Canada’s most esteemed honours. Herzog has been active in Vancouver’s art scene for close to 50 years. Born in Germany, he immigrated to Canada in 1952 and began taking colour photographs of Vancouver’s street

scenes, vacant lots, neon signage and passersby using Kodachrome slide film at a time when art photography was almost exclusively shot in black and white. Drawing on documentary traditions, Herzog’s work incorporates an “outsider’s idiosyncratic sensitivity to a new environment into his work” according to the Vancouver Art Gallery, which presented a major Herzog retrospective in 2007. Previous winners of the Audain Prize include Takao Tanabe and Gathie Falk (2013), Marian Penner Bancroft (2012), Rodney Graham (2011), Robert Davidson (2010), Liz Magor (2009), Jeff Wall (2008), Gordon Smith (2007), Eric Metcalfe (2006), EJ Hughes (2005) and Ann Kipling (2004).

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Millions of small acts. One big win for our environment. By Scott Fraser President & CEO of Encorp Pacific (Canada)

The success of our system for recycling beverage containers proves that millions of small acts can add up to a big win for the environment. Whether it’s aluminum cans, juice boxes, cartons, or glass and plastic bottles, if you are a typical BC resident, you probably generate four or five empty beverage containers a week. That doesn’t sound like a lot, but do the math and it adds up to hundreds of millions of empty beverage containers a year that would end up in the landfill, if British Columbians like you hadn’t returned those containers for recycling. In fact, last year almost 1 billion used beverage containers were returned for deposit and processed into new products. That includes more than 360 million aluminum cans, 338 million plastic bottles, 195 million glass bottles and 71 million drink boxes and cartons. In total nearly 100,000 metric tons of material was kept out of BC’s landfills. If you find it hard to imagine what that means, then consider that it is the equivalent weight of 60,000 midsized cars. That’s right, the equivalent of 60,000 cars was removed from BC’s landfills, a few cans, bottles and cartons at a time. But that’s not the only benefit for BC. Recycling empty containers uses less energy than producing new ones.

The equivalent of 60,000 cars was removed from BC’s landfills, a few cans, bottles and cartons at a time. For example, used aluminum cans are turned into new cans, a process that uses only 5% of the energy it takes to make new aluminum. Drink boxes and cartons are pulped and made into tissue and cardboard, saving 17 trees for every ton of paper fiber produced. Plastic bottles are 100 percent recyclable for use in new plastic containers, and glass bottles are made into new bottles and sandblasting material. As a result, the recycling of beverage containers contributed to a reduction of 135,000 tons of carbon dioxide that otherwise would have gone into BC’s atmosphere. Keeping with the driving theme, that’s the equivalent of taking 39,000 cars off the road in BC every year. BC has one of the highest beverage container recycling rates in North America – last year 80

Nearly 100,000 metric tons of material was kept out of BC’s landfills. percent of all beverage containers sold in BC were returned and recycled. One reason for the high recovery rate is the many options that British Columbians have for returning their containers. The Return-It™ network of over 170 depots across the province is the heart of the system, collecting over 90 percent of recycled containers. Their share of returns continues to grow, in part because today’s depots are consumer friendly, clean, bright and open with large sorting tables. It is also because today many depots accept a wide range of products for recycling, making them a convenient one-stop location for your recycling needs. For example, over 90 percent of Return-It Depots accept consumer electronics, like computers, TVs and printers, for recycling. Many also accept small appliances, paint, light bulbs and more. For hotels, offices, restaurants and multi-family buildings, many Return-It Depots and specialized mobile collectors offer a pick-up program, primarily in the Metro Vancouver area. If you live in a townhouse, condominium or apartment, look for the Encorp or Return-It branded collection bins in the garbage or recycling area of your building.

For recycling ‘on the go’, you may have noticed blue beverage container bins in various neighbourhoods in the City of Vancouver. These bins are non-locking and designed to be self-serviced by residents or people wanting to receive the deposit refund attached to the containers deposited in the bins. This successful program is now expanding to other Metro Vancouver areas and to towns around BC. Even with this extensive system, though, BC would not have one of the highest recycling rates in North America without consumers making the decision to do the right thing for the environment. That amounts to almost 3 million containers a day diverted from landfills to be made into new products – a lot of small acts adding up to a lot of good for BC.

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SCENE | HEARD The eighth annual Spot Prawn Festival kicks off May 10 at False Creek Fisherman’s Wharf, presented by Pacific Prawn Fishermen’s Association and Chefs’ Table Society of BC. Enjoy free entertainment, kids’ activities, free cooking demonstrations, and live, locally-sourced spot prawns. SpotPrawnFestival.com The space at 55 Dunlevy Avenue that houses Vancouver Urban Winery and FreshTap has been renamed as the Settlement Building, and will soon also house Belgard Kitchen with chef Reuben Major (formerly of Earls), as well as Postmark Brewing, directed by Howe Sound Brewing alum Nate Rayment. In addition, construction on a microdistillery is slated to begin in 2015. SettlementBuilding.com Michael Doyle has been appointed president of Toptable by Aqualini Group, and will be responsible for the overall operation and performance of the restaurant group, which includes Araxi, CinCin, Blue Water Café, West and Thierry Patisserie. Former owner Jack Evrensal is staying on for the time being in a consultant capacity. Tinhorn Creek has brought on Andrew Windsor as its new winemaker. Windsor gained his Masters of Oenology at the University of Adelaide in Australia in 2006. Winemaker Sandra Oldfield will continue as Tinhorn’s CEO and President. Brown’s Socialhouse, which is headquartered in Vancouver, has been named Canada’s best new franchise by the Canadian Franchise Association. This is the first restaurant brand to win this award in more than 10 years. Odd Society Spirits recently took home silver for their East Van Vodka at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. TeaPops have launched in Vancouver, created by local BC producer DeeBee’s Organics. They are the first certified

The 20th annual Okanagan Spring Wine Festival is back May 1 to 11, with 119 wineries, over 70 culinary and wine events, and a Best of Varietal competition. TheWineFestivals.com La Pentola at Opus Hotel in Yaletown has introduced two new spring menus, priced at $55 or $75 per person for seven or 10 courses respectively. There is also a new brunch menu, featuring Italian classics like braised short rib cassoulet, warm polenta with sausage and soft-poached egg, and northern Italian pancakes, called Kaiserschmarrn. LePentola.ca The dinner of the decade? On April 29, Market by Jean-Georges will be hosting an unprecedented dinner with Chateau Margaux winery from the Bordeaux region of France. A representative from the winery will be present, pouring 1985, 1989, 1990 and 1996 vintages, as well as the extremely rare 1983, considered one of the finest vintages of the last century. Tickets are $1,900 per person and include sevencourse dinner with all wine pairings. MarketByJGVancouver.com Le Parisien is celebrating their twoyear anniversary now through May 15 with a new dinner menu featuring all main courses for $20 or less, as well as a special prix fixe menu. $69 for two people includes three courses and a bottle of red or white from Calona Vineyards. LeParisien.ca Earls Kitchen & Bar is extending their Easter brunch at all locations to include Friday, April 18 and Monday, April 21. New brunch offerings include Croque Madame, French toast, chorizo and mushroom hash, and granola and yogurt parfait. Earls.ca On Sunday, April 20, Yew Restaurant will be holding its annual familyfriendly Easter brunch buffet. Offerings include carrot cake pancakes, crab arancini, liege waffles, oysters, steak and eggs, lobster frittata, bacon and lobster benny, and a grand dessert buffet, including a chocolate station and children’s candy station. $59 for adults and $25 for children 6-12. YewSeafood.com

Gringo lives down to its name The Dish by Anya Levykh

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exican fever has been running high in Vancouver for a few years now. When Las Tortas opened on Cambie, people flocked for the classic two-fister sandwiches. When La Tacqueria introduced their authentic palm-sized tacos with hormone-free meats, a resounding “Olé!” went up from the masses. And with the more recent opening of places like Sal y Limon, La Mezcaleria and Los Cuervos, those fantastic eats just keep coming and coming. So, then, where to put Gringo? This tiny space in Blood Alley is where Judas Goat used to live. The lack of a kitchen – the prep counter behind the bar is the sum total of the available work space – means most of the menu is actually prepped off-site, then ingredients are reheated and assembled for items like tacos, hot dogs, quesadillas, etc. All of the hooch is covered in pink tissue paper (no lie) so you can’t see the labels. This is a step-up, I suppose, from an earlier visit, when the bottles were wrapped in brown paper bags. Cheap beer flows like it’s going out of style, and the difference between the “crap” and “ok” tequila is indistinguishable. Gringo, is, by its look and feel, a watering hole, a dive, a modern-day speakeasy where restaurant staff, coming off long and late shifts, can go to throw down a few “cheap ass” bourbons or sleeves, shovel some hot food into their mouths, then totter home to sleep for a few hours before heading back into the trenches. But, if that’s the case, why bother having Karl Gregg, owner of Big Lou’s Butcher Shop, consult on the menu? The food is prepared in his commissary in Richmond, but it doesn’t seem to have helped much. My bartender informed me that the meat also comes from Big Lou’s. A trio ($8) of tacos (there are five on the menu) wasn’t promising. White shrimp with chimmichurri and tomatillo was mushy and bland. The “house-seasoned” ground chuck with salsa and green onion was dry, as was the “Mazatlan” pork. Both were spiced identically, meaning I couldn’t really catch the flavour of the meats at all, just the chewy dry texture beneath a heavy helping of heat. The chili rice bowl ($7) also could have used some moisture and felt like something I used to throw together in university when time and money were both short. The street dog ($6) was a slight improvement, with queso, avocado cream, salsa and pickled onions. The guacamole ($7), made to order, was

Gastown’s Gringo offers cheap eats and drinks until the wee hours of the morning. Rob Newell photo also better than on a previous visit. Gringo is, unfortunately, living down to its name, but I don’t think it’s doing itself or its patrons any favours. Even Friday night drunks deserve better. All ratings out of five stars. Food: ★ Service: ★★1/2 Ambiance: ★★ Overall: ★★

★: Okay, nothing memorable. ★★: Good, shows promise. ★★★: Very Good, occasionally excellent. ★★★★: Excellent, consistently above average. ★★★★★: Awe-inspiring, practically perfect in every way.

Open Monday-Thursday, 12pm-1am, FridaySaturday, 12pm-2am. Gringo | 27 Blood Alley | 604-721-0607 | Facebook.com/GringoGastown Anya Levykh has been writing about all things ingestible for more than 10 years. Hear her every Monday on CBC Radio One’s On the Coast and find her on Twitter @foodgirlfriday and Facebook. com/FoodGirlFriday.

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hether jotting notes of wines I’m tasting in a moleskine notebook or tapping away on my iPhone, I’ll usually star particular wines that I think would be good to share in this column. When I look to profile a certain grape variety, region, style or theme; they almost always slide into place. Too often though, there are a handful of starred bottles that I haven’t been able to pigeonhole into a particular theme, but they hover top of mind nonetheless. This week, a handful of those wines for you, with nothing in common except being delicious, charismatic, and dinner table-worthy.

Charles Smith 2012 Kung Fu Girl Riesling | Columbia Valley, Washington | $19.99 | BC Liquor Stores Year in, year out, this is one of those wines you can always count on. Crisp and shimmering with candied lemon, grapefruit, pomelo and lemongrass. Don’t dismiss Charles Smith’s celebrated Riesling because the label’s so fun and cheery; that’s exactly the way Riesling’s supposed to be. This highwire act between dry and off-dry will have you

grabbing for chopsticks and anything they traditionally tuck into.

Franc Arman 2012 ‘Jano’ Malvasia | Istria, Croatia | $30-ish | Private Wine Stores So it turns out I’m a fan of Croatian Malvasia. Who knew? The aromatic white grape in question comes from mature vines quite close to the Adriatic Sea, a short commute away from more famous Italian takes on the variety. A smattering of fresh, citrusy herbs like lemon balm and sorrel envelope Mandarin oranges and Meyer lemons with a hint of an oily richness that will have it stand up to lighter curries and similar fare. Look for it at Kitsilano Wine Cellar or 16th Street Liquor Store in West Van.

Le Vieux Pin 2011 Syrah | South Okanagan, BC | $22/375ml or $45/750ml | Winery Direct/Private Stores

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hocolate, chocolate, chocolate! Every year it’s all about chocolate. I love chocolate and reading about it, but I don’t know how much more I can add. So what else do we celebrate during Easter? Bunnies? I love rabbit, but unfortunately there aren’t many options to eat it in Vancouver. Yes, rabbits are pets, but they also taste delicious. If you didn’t know the anatomy, you’d think it was chicken. Which brings me to chicken, and what do chickens lay? Eggs. That’s what I’ll bring to the table. It’s no secret that I have a soft spot for eggs. I love them. It’s one of the most versatile ingredients used in savoury and sweet cooking. The yolk is a natural and effortless sauce and it’s so much more than breakfast food. So while the kids are looking for eggs, I’m going to send you on your own Easter egg hunt. Here are just a few of my favourite egg dishes in Vancouver. • Poached Free-Range Egg Sandwiches – It would almost be taboo to talk about eggs without paying tribute to Yolk’s. They dedicate their lives to the egg and even built a business around the ingredient. They do their name justice and their egg sandwich served with hand carved honey ham with fresh spinach, homemade Dijon, and real hollandaise in an English Muffin will make you swoon. It’s a mess to eat, but it’s my favourite egg sandwich so far.

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Domaine Maby 2011 La Fermade Rouge | Lirac, Rhône, France | $27.97 | BC Liquor Stores This blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre grows a stone’s throw Châteauneuf-duPape and bursts with violets, lilacs, currants and Concord grapes. There’s a slight dusting of dried thyme and just enough oak to lend backbone and overall structure. Smoked duck breast, charcuterie and sausage should fit alongside well.

Barda 2011 Pinot Noir | Patagonia, Argentina | $35-ish | Private Wine Stores This Pinot Noir is grown way down in Patagonia, a breezy, cool climate region that treats the grape just fine. Put big, meaty Argentinian reds out of mind, because this little lady’s light, bright and lively, with silky plums, a bowl of cherries and a pinch of nutmeg to finish things off. Put in the fridge for ten minutes before opening and start to think about revving up that barbecue. As always, if you’re having trouble tracking something down or just want to say hi, find me via KurtisKolt. com or Tweet me @ KurtisKolt.

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rants, pepper and sage. Le Vieux Pin champions the variety quite well vintage after vintage, and I’m loving how this year they’ve done a slight departure from their usual big and muscular style, towards an elegant lift and a very civilized 12.7 per cent alcohol. The result still shares hallmark complexity and nuance, but now with a little more spring in its step.

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Espana: 1118 Denman • Sweet Crystal Egg – Back to the egg and just the egg. Curve ball… in Richmond. Asian cultures love eggs. It’s a cross between the Soy Sauce Tea Leaf Egg and the Japanese eggs served with ramen. It’s served cold and boiled in a soy sauce broth sweetened with sugar, star anise, and tea so they’re sweet and savoury.

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Six Easter treats to please both the eye and palate

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es, the Easter Bunny is back, and he’s brought his assortment of cocoa-derived goodies with him. For those who crave something a little more recherché in their basket this weekend, however, here are a few treats that will please both the eye and the palate.

Beta5 Cassowary Eggs If you’re never heard of a cassowary, don’t be ashamed. This large, flightless bird is native to the tropical forests of the South Pacific, and is only outsized by the ostrich and emu. Cassowary eggs are large in size (up to six inches in height) and a bright green or blue. Beta5’s versions are covered in dark chocolate and candy, and filled with an assortment of pebbles, including raspberry almonds, sundried cherries, praline pecans and candied ginger. Each one is unique, just like the real thing. $35. Beta5Chocolates.com

Thierry Fromage au mousse blanc Let them eat cake! This delicate white mousse cheesecake is layered with lemon curd and cassis linzer for a light, bright and colourful dessert that sings of spring and Easter feasts. Individual $7.50, small $31.95, medium $41.95, large $51.95. ThierryChocolates.com

Thomas Haas Race Car Roadster Not everyone is into fluffy, pink bunnies. Thomas Haas has long been creating whimsical chocolate sculptures. One of his new Easter creations is this race car roadster, perfect for Formula One fans. The half-egg roadsters are entirely edible and accented with chocolate wheels and happy-go-lucky drivers. $39. ThomasHaas.com

Chez Christophe Artistic Eggs For the art lover in your life, how about an egg that hints at Picasso or Dalí? These dark chocolate hollow eggs are filled with assorted truffles. Order in advance if you’d like to choose your flavours. Prices range from $18.50 for a small version up to $150 for the extra-primo-grande size. Christophe-Chocolat.com

Bel Café Hot Cross Buns & Marshmallows Just like the nursery rhyme, these are hot, buttery and glazed with sugary goodness. And at $2.80 each, you can buy a few extra to share with friends. Chase them with these Easter-themed marshmallow fingers in lime, black currant and strawberry. $6 for box of three. BelCafe.com

Chocolate Arts Animals For the animal lover in all of us come these free-spirited sculptures in milk or dark chocolate, filled with foiled treats. The Chocara Charlie Bunny is stuffed with five mini Chocara bars (caramel, peanut butter and organic rice crisps), while Piggy is filled with five solid chocolate eggs. Bunny $36.95, Piggy $28.95. ChocolateArts.com

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Eagranie Yuh’s Chocolate Tasting Kit is a terrific excuse to eat more chocolate. Rob Newell photo

Taste your way to becoming a chocolate expert By Martha Perkins

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t's easy to love chocolate. (What's not to like about instant gratification?) But Vancouver writer Eagranie Yuh also thinks it's worth getting to know more about chocolate. This might seem like a tough assignment but she's encouraging people to explore and expand their chocolate palate and she's come up with a fun way to do it. She's recently produced The Chocolate Tasting Kit. It includes an informative booklet about what goes into making good chocolate, but the main feature is her Chocolate Tasting Notes. She invites you to buy a whole bunch of chocolate and invite some friends over to compare notes of why not all addictions are a bad thing....   Wine experts are sommeliers. Beer experts are cicerones. What's a chocolate expert called? I’ve heard the term “chocolate sommelier” thrown around but it doesn’t really work for me. People often refer to me as a chocolate expert, which is fine, though my concern is that “expert” implies I don’t have anything left to learn. Most of the time I say “chocolate educator.” Why does chocolate lend itself so well to the concept of a tasting party? One of the best ways to try chocolate have a whole bunch of them, side by side. It’s an ideal way to find out that one bar tastes fruity, for example, while another one tastes earthy. Doing all those comparisons usually means getting a bunch of bars… and then it only makes sense to invite a bunch of people over to share them. The other part is that it’s fun. I mean, I could sit around and taste a bunch of bars in silence, by myself. And sometimes I do, when I really need to concentrate. But tasting anything – wine, cheese, beer, coffee – is more fun when you’re doing it with likeminded friends. If you were to hold the perfect chocolate-tasting party, which five people, living or dead, would you invite? I have an ongoing dinner party list, and I think my hypothetical dinner party guests are fair game for chocolate chocolate tasting. My current list includes Tina Fey, Lewis Carroll,

Quentin Blake, Judi Dench, and Joel Plaskett. What chocolate would you have them taste? Do I have to pick just one? I’m a big fan of Amedei’s 9, which is a crazy-balanced blend of nine single-origin chocolates, but I also have a stockpile of Michel Cluizel’s Concepcion bar that I save for special occasions. Concepcion is a plantation in Venezuela that was taken over by squatters a few years ago, and you can’t get the beans – or the chocolate – any more. Why does Vancouver have so many quality chocolate makers? Well, we’ve got both chocolate makers and chocolatiers. Chocolate makers actually make chocolate from the cacao bean, and there are only a handful – East Van Roasters is probably the best example. Chocolatiers buy chocolate and turn them into bonbons, and we’ve got plenty. And we’ve got great ones, ones that win awards on the world stage, as Beta5 did in the International Chocolate Awards. Vancouver’s pretty food obsessed, and for a while that was limited to restaurants but I think people are seeing that there’s quality and innovation happening in sweets, especially chocolate. So we have good palates, and pretty adventurous palates. On the chocolatier side, there are such great ingredients here, and a real drive for local, seasonal, sustainable… all those buzzwords that typically translate into good products. Where in Vancouver should the Easter Bunny shop? Oh, where to begin? Beta5 does beautiful work that’s almost too good to eat. It’s hard to go wrong with either Thomas Haas or Thierry, and new kids on the block Chez Christophe (in Burnaby) and Temper Pastry (in West Van) are great additions to Vancouver’s chocolate scene. I have a soft spot for Chocolaterie de la Nouvelle France, a tiny shop just off Main Street. It’s like walking into Paris, and while the products are deceptively simple, they’re extremely well done. Writer Eagranie Yuh is a grand jury member and Canadian event partner with the International Chocolate Awards. Enter to win a Chocolate Tasting Kit at WEVancouver.com/contests

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omewhere between Mr. Roger’s Neighbourhood and a Spike Lee movie is East Vancouver’s Shop Wrong. Dressed in their sardonic gear and surrounded by the raw materials of their furniture trade, co-owners Luis Galvan, 29, and Rob Geary, 30, sit on their stoop invoking Hastings Street travellers with pleasantries and Shop Wrong pins. It’s “Won’t You Be My Neighbour” minus the gentrification; Do The Right Thing minus the racial tension. What remains for the friends and self-professed graduates of the school of hard knocks, who met as teens while tagging in Edmonds tunnel, is street cred with serious good intentions. Geary and Galvan, along with Galvan’s older brother Will, opened Shop Wrong as a way to give back to the community that they grew up in. It acts as the headquarters of their more widely known endeavour, Welcome to Eastvan Moving, and its big, black, ‘punny’ sidekick, The East Van. Coffee (free to anyone who needs a warm drink) travels from the back of the shop to the sidewalk in vessels that read, “I went to eastvan and all I got was mugged.” Above the reclaimed wood shelving — lightly populated by merch from local artisans — spin lacquered shards that warn “Danger Eastcide” alongside poison’s trademark skull and cross bones.

Rob Geary, Will Galvan and his brother Luis have created a haven for Eastside youth and artists out of their Hastings Street clothing store and workshop. Rob Newell photos It’s all word play for the extroverted creatives, whose passion for their ‘hood is evident in the jokes they swap like vendors at the Sunday street market and in the first-name greetings they give and receive every few minutes outside. The Galvan family arrived at Grant and Renfrew by way of El Salvador 22 years ago; Geary grew up on Hastings. They became

friends in high school, and went their separate ways for a few years, before collaborating around 2010 on the moving company. In addition to welcoming customers to the neighbourhood, single moms and people in need of a little assistance are given a hand with moving days, and truckloads of furniture have been donated to Ray-Cam community centre nearby. Through Shop Wrong, First Na-

tions youth take part in free carving and language workshops, street workers model in the occasional runway show and artists enjoy an unconventional gallery space to display their work. Recently, a dozen friends of Luis’ 12-yearold daughter learned how to make custom screen-printed T-shirts (an undertaking that stretched every inch of his chaperoning ability). “It’s a community scenario,” says Luis, a jovial John Belushi-like charmer. “It’s been good for her to see all this influition.” He interrupts his English lesson to hail a woman walking by in one of their All My Relations shirts. Inside, the sense of place continues. Double height walls hoist wooden heritage signage from the store’s Groceteria days, blaring advertisements louder than the shop’s ubiquitous reggae. The space, located at Hastings and Vernon, was most recently a general store that sold penny candy when they were kids. Not an obvious retail spot, it can be hard to discern exactly what is decorative and what is for sale. “I ask myself that sometimes, too,” says Will with a friendly grin. “I ask these guys. Some of these things don’t even have tags.” Shop Wrong, a play on the Shop Rite sign they discovered under the layers out front, had served as their woodworking studio and hangout for a few years before they finally cleaned it out and opened their doors as an artist collective last March. “I’m not a woodworker, you know what I mean?” says Luis. “Fuck, I own a moving company and we do this to sort of get our artistic

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side out. We’re all artists.” The shop produces refined custom woodwork and welding, jewelry, clothing and accessories. Luis is a DIYer, Rob (the No. 1 irreverent answer-giver) is hailed as the mind behind the esoteric art, Will is great with customers, and their mom helps in the store when they’re out on moving calls. “It’s a great social experiment,” says Luis’ girlfriend Jennifer Scott, an in-demand interior design consultant who met the guys through the moving company. “It’s a rotating space for artists, which there’s not a lot of right now. It’s hard to get into galleries and get exclusive. They come from the East Van graffiti world, so all of their friends are still doing amazing things. It’s great to see a different form of art being promoted at such a confident level.” The shop is currently accepting submissions for Wildlife, a book (funded by a neighbourhood arts grant) that will celebrate various expressions on the urban fauna theme. “It works perfectly,” says Rob. “We have the store to open up to the people of the community. It’s not just our store. You don’t need to put it on a big sign and say. ‘I’M EAST VAN!’ Just come check it out.” Today, Luis and Rob lounge on some lumber in the sunshine, chuckling with neighbouring business owners such as Tom Small from Tom’s East Vin about the putting green and golf clubs that mysteriously showed up overnight. Everything they use to build their

Shop Wrong regularly hosts skills workshops, such as screen printing and carving, for local youth out of its gallery and retail space. magazine-featured industrial furniture has been donated, but this gesture is appreciated on a more basic level. Endearingly self-promotional without being exploitative, the businessmen and self-taught tradies embody an adolescent joy of life that has built a trust with the residents of the Downtown Eastside. Rob grows serious, however, when asked when he became aware of the need for outreach. “Growing up here, we were those guys that needed that community outreach and there weren’t really a lot of venues [for that]. Now we’re in this position where we can provide

it. We’re all equal; you can afford to come to our workshop? You can’t? It’s alright. Come hang out, do some screen printing, do some woodwork, do some welding.” By giving a voice to the people of a neighbourhood in transition, Shop Wrong has become an incubator for social empowerment. “This isn’t going to be here forever; we all know that,” says Rob, referring to the wave of development coursing down Hastings. “But while it’s here, we’ve got to make the best of it. And speak loud, you know?”

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rom a design standpoint, this is my most favourite time of year: the fresh, rejuvenated energy that comes with the first tease of spring runs through the city like electricity, boosting spirits and driving a desire for vibrancy and change in our environments. Neighbourhoods are buzzing with interaction, and gatherings (both impromptu and by Jennifer Scott planned) are on the agenda. It’s as if the sunshine and cherry blossoms remind us that we are social creatures, and everyone is keen to add new life to their abode in preparation for entertaining. For me, it feels like the perfect time to begin this super fun opportunity to connect with our city’s communities through this WE design column; I look forward to chatting about all things style and sharing what’s hot, haute and happening within the industry.

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Keys to the “fakeover” The most common question I get from clients at this time of year, is how to refresh the home to suit the spring disposition without taking on too much commitment? Many of us are searching for fast and fab ways we can update the “feel” of our space, without a massive investment. Focusing on décor offers an easy update to the home and is an approachable way to address new design trends and inspirations. While it’s easy to dream of a total makeover to incorporate all the stellar new ideas swarming the décor mags, there are a few insider tricks to getting a “fakeover” if you will – achieving the look with only select key items. The thrill of the find is still satiated as we have the opportunity to shop at our fave retailers, but by being selective in what is purchased, we can hit the mark with trends yet still preserve our own individual styles and hold on to pieces we own and love. When embarking on a seasonal style update for the home, we often jump right into accessories, adding in random new bits and pieces, and then are left a little lacklustre when the look isn’t “just right”. There are two essential elements to consider before we get into the decorating pieces we’ve been waiting to try out, that have a massive impact on the success of a rooms design: the walls and the grounding pieces of art and area rugs. For the most part, spring creates a desire for lightness and organized design; a fast way to amp up an airy feel is to opt for fresh white walls. This could either mean a bright, energized paint option, or a chic

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Colour: Sapphire | My fave way to introduce this serene gemtone right now is through coloured glass accessories. Try mixing vintage with new to create a range of hues. Pattern: Florals | For a fresh approach, play with the scale of the pattern – the best options are exaggerated, either super small or daringly oversized. Metal: Gold Trifecta (rose gold, yellow gold, white gold) | Cheap cheat: use silver/chrome pieces as your white gold, brass for yellow gold and copper as your rose gold to achieve a more industrial or budget-friendly option.

Continued from page 15 tone-on-tone wallpaper. Some people tend to shy away at the mere mention of wallpaper, vivid imagery of aggressive prints haunting their memories. However, today’s selection offers such a vast variety of all-white prints and textures, that it has become an easy goto place to start for my team in almost any project. When considering white paint for a room, colour comparison in the natural light of your own home is imperative: a white that is too ‘cold’ or stark will read as blue, especially with a traditional decor palette, while a white that’s too ‘warm’ or off-white can often appear dingy and dated, even when freshly painted. Once we’ve got our “canvas” ready, it’s time to play with the grounding elements to the room. If you’re wanting to make a big impact with a colour or trend, look to your art and area rugs; these act as larger furnishings, as their influence on the overall feel of a room is considerable.

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Décor item: Natural Stones & Crystals | My top pick is Selentine, a pretty white Moroccan salt crystal. It is believed to offer improved well-being while also amping up the pretty in your space – double duty design. Décor Style: Traditional | Best reflected in three ways: furniture style, colour palette or room layout. To keep it current, try the look in only one of these elements at one time.

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The Right White: I’m often asked about shades of whites, and what my top pick is for paint for a room; whatever the space, my ultimate fave is a super crisp white by CIL called White Mountain (CP51). Uber fresh and bright by daylight, this white also takes on the soft warmth of ambient lighting at sundown. Available at Home Depot.

Major selling feature: The extensive outdoor space, including the roof top deck. First thing you changed: The ensuite bathroom – I asked the builder to make it smaller so I could have a bigger closet! Feature you brag about: The floor. Jenn [of A Good Chick To Know] and her team did an amazing job helping me on this place. The floor is like the perfect frame for a beautiful picture, and is a work of art on its own. And the myriad special touches like the custom table, the sliding door over the bathroom, the cork walls and the custom lighting....

I have a selection of area rugs that I play with seasonally, layering richer colours and textures in the colder months and swapping in brighter, simpler textures come spring. As for art, I’m a big fan of choosing pieces that mean something to you, either found vintage art that tells you a story, or custom art with which you can create your own story. Vancouver is a very supportive art community, and many of our top retailers carry the work of fabulous local artists. If you don’t see a piece that suits, you can speak to the shop and work with the artist on a custom option. Art, like good design, should be interactive, encouraging conversation; if what you hang on your walls says nothing to you or about you, it may not be the right piece for you. A seasonal decor update, by nature, isn’t a permanent commitment to any one style... it’s a quick romance with new trends, ideas and inspirations and is intended to bring you a fresh perspective to your style, and then allow you to move on. Go on, have a spring [decor] fling. More design tips at AGoodChickToKnow.com

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Earth Day events Celebrated by 175 countries and more than half a billion people worldwide, Earth Day (April 22) has earned the title of world’s largest secular holiday. Falling so close to Easter this year, however, many annual local Earth Day events have been shuffled around, so here are some great ways to celebrate the Earth, no matter the day.

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hile his recent role as the morally bankrupt Richard Fitzpatrick might have been a huge departure for Jason Priestley, his latest project proves the actor still has some Brandon left in him. Priestley is ambassador for the Children’s Safe Drinking Water (CSDW), reaching out to the 80 per cent of Canadians who take clean drinking water for granted. “We are very fortunate as Canadians to have an abundance of clean safe drinking water. When the problem in the developing world was brought to my attention, as a parent, the numbers were staggering. To be a parent and not be able to provide for my children would be devastating for me,” says the 90210 alumnus. CSDW, has partnered with Walmart and Procter & Gamble to raise awareness about the drinking water crisis. According to the World Health Organization, more than one billion people in the developing world go without safe drinking water, and more than 1,600 children die every day from related diseases. Priestley saw this as not only an opportunity to help other parents, but also teach his daughter Ava, 6, and 4-year-old son Dashiell about the importance of environmental awareness and outreach. “I think it needs to be taught. And I think that charity needs to be taught. My family has been very blessed in our lives, so its very

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ravelling and volunteering are two of the best ways to stay active after retirement and thanks to a Vancouverbased company, seniors have the chance to do both. GoVoluntouring offers the chance to vacation in over 100 different countries while giving back through volunteering to a project of your choice. It can be as vigorous as building a school in a developing country or as low-key as helping out in a hatchery for endangered sea turtles. While not all projects are suited for everyone, the company tries to help clients find a suitable fit. GoVoluntouring founder Aaron Smith says many different factors are taken into consideration, such as accessibility to hospitals, the type of accommodation available and travel distance. Every customer will speak with an agent prior to booking a trip. “We have consultants and specialists that can ask the right questions. It starts by identifying what your needs and expectations are,” he said. “If they have a wonky hip or say, a pacemaker, we might recommend that people opt for locations that are closer to a modern hospital, for example.” Smith said inquiries about the 51 and older programs are the third highest, with roughly 10 to 15 per cent of their volunteer base coming from that age bracket and said that even though it might be difficult to break out of their comfort zones, their skills could be an asset. “Many don’t even realize it’s an opportunity for them. The skills that they’ve learned in their lifetime, such as 30-years experience as

a plumber, can be an asset and very useful,” Smith said. One popular program he recommended for those who desire something more low impact is the sea turtle conservation project in Costa Rica because volunteers put in an average of three or four hours per day and include activities such as working in the hatchery or patrolling the beach. Another light impact volunteer option is art restoration in Italy, but for those who want to get their hands dirty and have a bit more energy to burn, helping build a classroom in Jamaica might better suite them. With over 4,000 programs, Smith said a suitable project can be found. He said the company will help with details including accommodation, flights, airport transfers and travel insurance options. He explained that travellers who choose the volunteer experience often add on a week of vacation time to kick back after participating in a program. “We encourage that because it’s a great culturally emergent experience,” he said. For people that wish to volunteer, but are limited by smaller incomes, GoVoluntouring also offers a crowdfunding service through its website to help people raise money for their trip. The person fundraising sets up a profile page that explains why they want to be part of said project and will often offer incentives to contributors depending on the denomination of the donation. “You would offer incentives such as sending a person a postcard from the location or writing their name in the sand and taking some photos for them. Anything you like,” Smith said. –Courtesy of the Vancouver Courier

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film & tv Lord of the Rings’ star Billy Boyd will be sharing his experiences at Fan Expo Vancouver this weekend, alongside other pop-culture icons, such as Evil Dead’s Bruce Campbell, Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) of the Harry Potter film series, and Robert Englund (aka Freddy Krueger). Rolfing is Manual Therapy which strengthens the body’s structural integrity and functional resources. Rolfing can help you move again.

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t might seem like a fantastical notion in hindsight, but there was a time when the blockbuster success of The Lord of the Rings movie franchise wasn’t a sure thing. Back when director Peter Jackson and company began production on the trilogy in 1999, fantasy film and TV was generally looked down upon as niche entertainment. “This was before Game of Thrones and Harry Potter, and fantasy movies were never at the Academy Awards,” recalls Billy Boyd, who portrayed mischievous hobbit Peregrin ‘Pippin’ Took in all three cinematic installments. “No one took them seriously. It could have gone straight to DVD.” It wasn’t until halfway through filming, when Boyd joined a small group of cast and crew in Cannes to screen 20 minutes from The Fellowship of the Ring, that he realized the tide was turning. “The reaction was so huge there that we were like, ‘This could be a big film.’” Boyd will reminisce about his adventures in Middle Earth, pose for photos and sign autographs at this weekend’s Fan Expo Vancouver, a three-day celebration of science fiction, fantasy, video games, anime, horror, comic books and geek culture. Few venues on Earth contain as much positivity as fan conventions, according to Boyd. “They’re nice places to be,” he says. Convention attendees usually want to hear about Boyd’s band, Beecake, and about Space Milkshake, the indie sci-fi comedy he filmed a couple of years ago in Saskatchewan with local favourites Amanda Tapping and Kristin Kreuk (“It

was probably the most fun I had making a film, but it was to the point that we probably destroyed a lot of the movie because we were all laughing so much.”). But mostly, fans want Boyd to dish about his experiences as Pippin, and he’s more than happy to oblige. “There was never a filming experience like it,” he says. “No one ever shot three movies together.” Pippin was one of Frodo’s (Elijah Woods) best mates from Hobbiton who accompanies him on his treacherous trek to Mordor. Pippin’s transformation from rascal to warrior is one of the most compelling in the trilogy. No scene better demonstrates Pippin’s journey than the one in The Return of the King where a tearful Pippin sings to John Noble’s cruel Denethor (a Youtube clip of this scene has 2.5 million views: bit.ly/RmvLDD). Pippin’s song wasn’t in the original script. Jackson asked Boyd to write it after Boyd rocked Tom Jones’ “Delilah” at a cast and crew karaoke night. “I wrote what I felt was a sort of Celtic lament to a piece of poetry that Tolkien had written, and that’s the song that’s in the film,” he says. The lifelong Beatles fan eventually recorded his song in Abbey Road’s Studio One. “You’re just like, ‘Wow, you can’t buy that sort of experience,’” he says. “All because of a night in a karaoke bar.” Fan Expo Vancouver kicks off on Friday afternoon at the Vancouver Convention Centre and runs until April 20. Tom Felton (Harry Potter), Karl Urban (Star Trek), Bruce Campbell (Army of Darkness), Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse), Robert Englund (Nightmare on Elm Street), and Morena Baccarin (Firefly) are among the other genre stars scheduled to appear. FanExpoVancouver.com. Follow @wevancouver for full Fan Expo Vancouver coverage, including exclusive interviews and the best of cosplay fashion. If you work in our film and TV industry, Sabrina Furminger wants to hear your stories. Follow Sabrina on Twitter @sabrinarmf or send your news to info@sabrinafurminger.com.

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Trailer Park Boys showing their age TRAILER PARKS BOYS 3: DON’T LEGALIZE IT

trailer park supervisor/nemesis Jim Lahey (John Dunsworth), who is given an unwelcome darker edge this time around. Many of the movie’s Starring Robb Wells, John Paul Tremblay jokes hit the mark but the laughs are largely Directed by Mike Clattenburg superficial, providing a kind of strange deja-vu   sensation, as if we remember chuckling at the Trailer Park Boys creator Mike Clattenburg same gags years ago. The already thin plot insists Don’t Legalize It will be the is stretched to extreme lengths in order to final feature-length film based on justify the runtime, making for a severely the long running Canadian cult sagging middle section.  In fact, the TV series and with good reason; Thor comedic energy only finds momentum in the boys are starting to show Diakow the film’s third act. A genuinely memotheir age. This latest installment rable sequence, shot during the annual picks up soon after Julian 4/20 rally on Parliament Hill, depicting Ricky in (Tremblay) has been released from jail as he a hilarious filibustering scene with a cameo devises yet another half-baked, get-rich-quick from real life pot activist Jodie Emery, works scheme. Meanwhile, the federal government’s extremely well. Unfortunately, these effective plan to legalize marijuana is threatening Ricky’s bits are few and far between the severe padding.  (Wells) illegal pot growing business. The other It’s as if we’ve been duped into one long regulars manage to surface as well with Bubbles promotional campaign for the next two revival (Mike Smith) still providing a majority of the seasons, which were recently announced.  laughs thanks to his childlike demeanor and

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The concept of the corporate grille, as far as I can make out, is that it should allow passers-by to immediately know what brand you’re driving, no matter whether sedan or SUV. Thus, we have BMW’s ever-broadening twin-kidney grilles, propeller-sized Mercedes-Benz three-pointed stars, and now this. This is what Lexus refers to as their spindle-grille, a wasp-waisted design that adorns everything from the IS sedan up to the popular RX-series crossover. Its purpose appears to be frightening small children. Yikes! That’s quite an angry looking mug for such a former laid-back cruiser. Clearly, Lexus is anxious to inject some personality into their somewhat-vanilla people hauler. It looks like it might actually bite you. But on the other hand, the RX was always the prescription for pillowy softness – has the addition of the F-Sport designation transformed it into a combat cushion? Let’s find out.

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Aside from the Predator/Cylon/Darth-Vader front-end, the rest of the RX350 remains relatively pleasing in its anonymity. The F-Sport designation adds 19” gunmetal alloys, LED strip-lighting up front, some minor sportylooking trim and, of course, badges. The RX line is designed to appeal to as broad a range as possible, and clearly succeeds. Fully half of all Lexuses (Lexii?) sold in Canada are RX crossovers, either in hybrid trim as the 450h, or V6 , as here. The styling may be conservative, but it works, and the larger wheels pair nicely with the sheet metal. Strong accent lines run along the belt-line, and the folded-paper crispness of some of the angles is very Japanese. While it might not look radically different from something like a Venza in profile, it’s a pretty good-looking rig. It should be noted that this shape has been with Lexus for some time – it’s a face lifted version of the model that debuted in 2008 – but it has aged nicely. There’s a reason the Lexus brand retains their value, and any subsequent model that will replace this car in the near future is unlikely to get wild and crazy curves.

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Regrettably, the inside of the RX350 hasn’t aged quite as

nicely as the exterior. When compared to brand-new offerings like BMW’s redesigned X5 or Acura’s fresh MDX, the RX can be a little dated. For instance, there is more hard plastic than you find in competitors, although Lexus does a pretty good job of hiding most of it out of sight. The forward-mounted gated shifter is not a very modern-looking device – it’s a bit old-school in here. However, there are a few things the RX350 does very well. First, it’s extremely easy to get in and out of, hitting the Goldilocks driving position even for shorter drivers. Next, the infotainment system may not have the flash of next-gen systems found elsewhere, but it’s very simple to use. Lexus’s track-ball based interface system takes some time to feel natural, but the menu and sub-menu layout are easy enough to navigate. You might never need to refer to the manual. It’s also, despite the declared sporting intent, a very comfortable vehicle. The seats are great up front, and while the rear-seats aren’t perfect for passengers with longer legs – legroom is fine, but they’re mounted a bit low – there’s plenty of space for kids to spread out. The trunk is plenty big, and points must be awarded for seats that fold properly flat. All-in-all, it’s a usefully-sized machine that’s good for families – although a minivan would probably be better.

Performance:

But then, what minivan features sport-tuned suspension and paddle-shifters? Along with the lower-profile tires and suspension tweaks, the F-Sport designation also gives the RX350 a unique eight-speed transmission. However, somewhat disappointingly, there isn’t any more power on tap. The engine, a silky-smooth 3.5L V6, still pumps out 270hp and 248lb/ft of torque. With a curb weight of nearly 2000kgs, that qualifies as adequate power, but nothing overwhelming. What’s more, the eight-speed transmission shifts in a leisurely fashion if left to its own devices. The result is a drive that’s no less smooth and refined than that of the ordinary RX350, but not one that grabs you by the lapels on a twisting mountain road. It’s very competent, handling bad weather with ease, and the steering is actually quite good. Engage the paddle shifters to help spur the 8-speed into a bit more zippy behaviour, and it’s the

quickest feeling RX350 you can buy. Up on the Sea-to-Sky, in a driving downpour, the RX350 impressed with composure, shrugging off the sheets of spray, and handling the long highway sweepers with aplomb. It would clearly make for a very comfortable long-distance touring ride. Get on the side-roads, and it all comes apart a little. Body roll is controlled but pronounced, and the V6 works a bit hard with modest torque-to-weight-ratio. Considering this crossover is supposed to share DNA with madcap tarmac-shredders like the LFA and the IS-F, not to mention the delightfully sporty IS350 F-Sport, it’s not quite the performance advertised. Even the Acura MDX, a larger and heavier three-row car, can be better to drive here. Essentially, any wildness of character extends only as far as the scary-looking grille up front, and the blingy rims. It’ll still be very popular, with broad appeal, but the RX350 gets only a very mild dose of that F-Sport hot-sauce.

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On the other hand, this truck is crammed with value. The RX350 F-Sport comes loaded with Satellite navigation, a 15-speaker Mark Levinson sound-system, heated and ventilated front seats, and push-button start. While it doesn’t have multi-camera systems like some competitors, it does have a very clear rear-view camera that’s well placed and doesn’t get fogged out when driving in the rain. Unlike some of the German competition, everything you need is all bundled together here at a single price. Fuel economy is decent, at 11.2L/100kms in the city and 7.7L/100kms on the highway. This is about 0.5L/100kms better than the standard car in both cases, and as the RX encourages a relaxed driving style in all its trims, you may well see figures like this in regular use.

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Strong value; reliability and resale; smooth, comfortable ride; good steering

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ARIES (March 21-April 19): If for some inexplicable reason you are not simmering with new ideas about how you could drum up more money, I don’t know what to tell you – except that maybe your mother lied to you about exactly when you were born. The astrological omens are virtually unequivocal: If you are a true Aries, you are now being invited, teased, and even tugged to increase your cash flow and bolster your financial know-how. If you can’t ferret out at least one opportunity to get richer quicker, you might really be a Pisces or Taurus. And my name is Jay Z. TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You remind me of a garden plot that has recently been plowed and rained on. Now the sun is out. The air is warm. Your dirt is wet and fertile. The feeling is a bit unsettled because the stuff that was below ground got churned up to the top. Instead of a flat surface, you’ve got furrows. But the overall mood is expectant. Blithe magic is in the air. Soon it will be time to grow new life. Oh, but just one thing is missing: The seeds have yet to be sewn. That’s going to happen very soon. Right? GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Here’s an excerpt from “Celestial Music,” a poem by Louise Gluck: “I’m like the child who buries / her head in the pillow / so as not to see, the child who tells herself / that light causes sadness.” One of your main assignments in the coming weeks, Gemini, is not to be like that child. It’s true that gazing at what the light reveals may shatter an illusion or two, but the illumination you will be blessed with will ultimately be more valuable than gold. CANCER (June 21-July 22): Would you like to forge new alliances and expand your web of connections and get more of the support you need to fulfill your dreams? You are entering the Season of Networking, so now would indeed be an excellent time to gather clues on how best to accomplish all that good stuff. To get you started in your quest, here’s advice from Dale Carnegie: “You can make more friends in two months by becoming interested in other people than you can in two years by trying to get other people interested in you.” LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Does Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt run faster than any person alive? As far as we know, yes. He holds three world records and has won six Olympic gold medals. Even when he’s a bit off his game, he’s the best. At the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, he set the all-time mark for the 100-meter race – 9.69 seconds – despite the fact that one of his shoelaces was untied and he slowed down to celebrate before reaching the finish line. Like you, Bolt is a Leo. I’m making him both your role model and your anti-role model for the foreseeable future. You have the power to achieve something approaching his levels of excellence in your own field – especially if you doublecheck to make sure your shoelace is never untied and especially if you don’t celebrate victory before it’s won. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): In his unpublished book The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, John Koenig coins new words that convey experiences our language has not previously accounted for. One that may apply to you sometime soon is “trumspringa,” which he defines as “the temptation to step off your career track and become a shepherd in the mountains, following your flock between pastures with a sheepdog and a rifle, watching storms at dusk from the doorway of a small cabin.” To be overtaken by trumspringa doesn’t necessarily mean you will literally run away and be a shepherd. In fact, giving yourself the luxury of considering such wild possibilities may be a healing release that allows you to be at peace with the life you are actually living. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): “The supreme pleasure we can know, Freud said, and the model for all pleasure, orgasmic pleasure, comes when an excess tension built up, confined, compacted, is abruptly released.” That’s an observation by philosopher Alphonso Lingis. I bring it to your attention, Libra, because I expect that you will soon be able to harvest a psychospiritual version of that supreme pleasure. You have been gathering and storing up raw materials for soul-making, and now the time has come to express them with a creative splash. Are you ready to purge your emotional backlog? Are you brave enough to go in search of cathartic epiphanies? What has been dark will yield light. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): The potential turning points that might possibly erupt in the coming days will not become actual turning points unless you work hard to activate them. They will be subtle and brief, so you will have to be very alert to notice them at all, and you will have to move quickly before they fade away. Here’s another complication: These incipient turning points probably won’t resemble any turning points you’ve seen before. They may come in the form of a lucky accident, a blessed mistake, a happy breakdown, a strange healing, a wicked gift, or a perfect weakness.

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): If you happen to be an athlete, the coming week will not be a good time to headbutt a referee or take performance-enhancing drugs. If you hate to drive your car anywhere but in the fast lane, you will be wise to try the slower lanes for a while. If you are habitually inclined to skip steps, take short cuts, and look for loopholes, I advise you to instead try being thorough, methodical, and by-the-book. Catch my drift? In this phase of your astrological cycle, you will have a better chance at producing successful results if you are more prudent than usual. What?! A careful, discreet, strategic, judicious Sagittarius? Sure! Why not?

to explore the deeper mysteries of snuggling, cuddling, and nuzzling. In my opinion, that is your sacred duty. It’s your raison d’etre, your ne plus ultra, your sine qua non. You’ve got to nurture your somatic wisdom with what we in the consciousness industry refer to as yummy warm fuzzy wonder love. At the very least, you should engage in some prolonged hugging with a creature you feel close to. Tender physical touch isn’t just a luxury; it’s a necessity. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Your body contains about four octillion atoms. That’s four with 27 zeroes after it. Believe it or not, 200 billion of that total were once inside the body of Martin Luther King, Jr. For that matter, an average of 200 billion atoms of everyone who has ever lived and died is part of you. I am not making this up. (See the mathematical analysis here: tinyurl.com/AtomsFromEveryone.) As far as your immediate future is concerned, Pisces, I’m particularly interested in that legacy from King. If any of his skills as a great communicator are alive within you, you will be smart to call on them. Now is a time for you to express high-minded truths in ways that heal schisms, bridge gaps, and promote unity. Just proceed on the assumption that it is your job to express the truth with extra clarity, candor, and grace.

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): My interpretation of this week’s astrological data might sound eccentric, even weird. But you know what? Sometimes life is – or at least should be – downright unpredictable. After much meditation, I’ve concluded that the most important message you can send to the universe is to fly a pair of underpants from the top of a flagpole. You heard me. Take down the flag that’s up there, and run the skivvies right up to the top. Whose underpants should you use? Those belonging to someone you adore, of course. And what is the deeper meaning behind this apparently irrational act? What exactly is life asking from you? Just this: Stop making so much sense all the time – especially when it comes to cultivating your love and expressing your passion.

Homework: Some people ask, “What would Jesus do?” Others prefer, “What would Buddha do?” Who’s your ultimate authority? Testify at FreeWillAstrology.com.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You need to take some time out

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