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Review – Szeretlek: A Hungarian Love Story at the Vancouver Fringe

Comedy, Culture, Events, FRINGE!!, Performance, Reviews, Showcase

September 11, 2017

From the press kit: “Szeretlek: A Hungarian Love Story focuses on love, particularly the love that blossoms in the heart of a young school teacher, Katalin, and her suitor(s) in the tiny village of Kerekegyhaza, Hungary, in 1946. This true story is a testament to how love can emerge in the aftermath of the darkest times.

This show was developed when The Grand Salto Theatre‘s Zita Nyarady and Myque Franz (pronounced Mike) interviewed Zita’s grandmother Katalin Szabo on the eve of her 90th birthday. With permission from Katalin and Zita’s family, The Grand Salto Theatre has expertly brought her love story to life. With a mix of storytelling, dance, masks, Hungarian culture, and linguistics, Zita and Myque weave this family story into an engaging theatrical experience.”

Full disclosure, the current iteration of Living Myth Magazine – with the staff of Aaron, Anne, Abbey, Eva, Bree and Jalyn along with the collaborators we have such as Radioactive Nerd, Dark Lake Tarot, Holly McCrae and all of the people who interact with us on a mostly daily basis – wouldn’t exist if this true story hadn’t happened.

And that is because Katalin Szabo is the grandmother of Chris “MooMan” Nyarady, who is the executive producer and host of Geeks versus Nerds Vancouver and how all of us met. So, I would like to thank “Nagymama” for being alive and living her beautiful life and having her beautiful creative children and her beautiful children having their beautiful creative children, which created a space for me to meet the people who would be my chosen family.

With all of that being said, this was the most adorable and sweet and hilarious love story filled with whimsy and puns and hats. This is story of how Katalin met her first love and how she met the man she would marry and it is told by Nyarady and Franz (who met at the Dell’Arte International – School of Physical Theatre), with clowning, dancing, masks, audio clips, music, and audience participation with such enthusiasm and care that you feel like you are part of their family by the end of it. I was craving pierogies.

The emotional core of the story is one of love and you can tell that Zita and Myque love what they do, love what they are telling us and love each other and that is why the show is called Szeretlek which means I Love You in Hungarian.

Please go see this show, it is a treasure and it will make you love clowns.

The remaining shows are:

Monday September 11th 5:00pm
Wednesday September 13th 7:45pm
Saturday September 16th 10:30pm
Sunday September 17th 4:30pm

You can purchase tickets here.

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Soul Samurai at the Vancouver Fringe Festival

Culture, Events, FRINGE!!, Opinion, Performance, Performance, Reviews

September 11, 2017

Soul Samurai is mad ambitious.

It’s the latest offering from Affair of Honor, a small stage production house that employs fight choreographers and stunt people as actors and reaps the benefits of doing so. They’ve done some incredible fight work in the past and usually put on a visually striking show and this one is no exception.

This play is about a young woman named Dewdrop who is trained as a samurai after a bunch of vampires move into New York and everyone slowly got pseudo-Japanese for reasons that are never adequately explained. The main vampire dude looks Maori maybe? Is he a weeaboo? Don’t worry if it doesn’t make sense. Nothing else does, either.

Affair of Honor provides their usual high-quality routines, though, and if you haven’t seen a show by them before Soul Samurai is worth checking out for that alone. These people – Nathania Louise Bernabe, Jackie.T. Hanlin, Lou Ticzon, Jordan Svenkeson, Eryka Alanna, and Jarelle De’Von Hepburn – know what they’re doing and know their way around a sword. The fights are fantastic and sometimes breathtaking, and there’s a number of dance routines that are equal parts elegant and terrifying.

The lighting and sound design are also pretty decent, so far as these go. The music selection is driven by high-energy fight music throughout with some slick hip-hop thrown in for good measure. The crew works with what they have and make it work, and the result is something that is hard to look away from.

Every member of the cast also gives it their all and almost manages to make the dialogue and script work, but… well, this is where it begins to fall apart.

If you are looking for good script work you will not find it here.

There’s a movie called My First Mister where one character explains to another that swear words have a place in language, and that is used for emphasis. That’s the proper fucking way to use vulgarity. Most people get this without being told – it’s a learned skill. Most writers, however…

Everyone swears in this show. A lot. To the point where none of the dialogue sounds like anything real people say. It also doesn’t help that the main romance between lesbians was very clearly written by a cis-gender man who was maybe been in the same room as lesbians in the past but has maybe never spoken with them. Spoken at them, maybe?

There is a metric shit-tonne of casual racism, as well. It’s probably meant to be endearing between the romantic leads the same way that the casual swearing is meant to sound tough, but it just comes across as fake and robs the characters of their dignity and believability.

I’ve seen a lot of post-apocalyptic stories lately in everything from comics to movies to the news, consuming dystopia after dystopia. Even when the story doesn’t spell out how the world fell into whatever hell it has become in that narrative, there is a sense that the characters know and that you could piece it together in hindsight. Not so, here.

The mythology is all over the fucking map and doesn’t make a lick of sense. The head samurai is not Japanese and people declaring themselves shoguns in New York implies a certain level of, well, something. We need to know what that something is but it doesn’t feel like either the characters or the world or the writer has any idea of what’s going on outside of the immediate now.

A big part of acting is learning what to do between lines – how to convey and live in a world that isn’t real, but feels like it is. Nothing here feels real because nothing happens outside the script, and no part of this makes any sense because of it. Forgettable caricatures prance about on stage and are given more life than they deserve by a talented cast before fading back into nothing.

It’s infuriating because I fucking want to like this.

For fuck’s sake, it’s a story about a lesbian couple torn apart by vampires as they take over New York and the fall out later, when the survivor pulls herself together enough to seek out revenge by becoming a Samurai and going on a rampage. Everything about that sentence is awesome, so where is that awesome in this story?

The vampires lack any real menace or sense of power here, which is also a problem. Unless given supernatural power, humans fighting vampires tend to end with humans becoming snacks unless they can somehow outwit the vampire. A vampire with Samurai hand-to-hand and sword training should be one of the scariest things wherever they happen to be, but they fall by the dozens here without anyone breaking a sweat and the fucking sidekick takes out the big badass vampire shogun.

It’s frustrating.

You have no idea how badly I want to like this.

The cast is limited because you need people that know their way around combat for this to work. The result here is that almost everyone plays multiple characters with a couple of costume changes to mark them, and they cover these changes by using pre-taped segments to tie the story together or to give us background on characters. This is all fine and good and it’s a good idea that is hamstrung because none of these scenes actually explain anything or evolve anyone; they become a weird disconnect where you hope they’re going somewhere because the cast is so good, but ultimately go nowhere because the writer is not.

Soul Samurai is a big unholy mess of a thing, and yet… it is mad fucking ambitious. It has as intense a car chase as you’re ever going to see on stage and, again, that fight choreography is gorgeous and the acting is so much better than this script deserves. Affair of Honor is capable of doing amazing things and you can see brilliance shine through here and there. While the ideas are great and the performances awesome the script fails the production on every level.

If you want to see a talented cast and crew struggle with a script, this is your show.

Soul Samurai tickets run for $14 a pop and it’s playing at the Cultch (1895 Venables Street in Vancouver) at the following times:

Tuesday, Sept 12, 8:50 pm (Half Price Show)

Friday, Sept 15, 7:00 pm

Sunday, Sept 17, 5:35 pm

You can buy tickets by clicking here.

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Slumber Here at the Vancouver Fringe Festival

Culture, Events, FRINGE!!, Performance, Why Aren't You Watching This?

September 10, 2017

Do you know what Interactive Theater is? How about the Fringe Festival?

You should. And you will.

Starting in 1985, the Vancouver Fringe Festival is a place for alternative theatrical productions to take center stage and be celebrated. These are professional works of strange content, some of which later spill out into their own projects – it is a locus for emerging talented artists from all along the North American west coast.

It is, therefore, no surprise that Geekenders and the Instant Theater Company would find a presence here, combining their efforts and playing to both their strengths to produce something utterly magical. Geekenders is known for their nerdy burlesque and parodies, while the Instant Theater Company provides some of the best improv and training for actors you could hope to find in this city.

The two groups have put together a rendition of the play within a play from the Bard’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the one where players are brought in to perform during a wedding and faeries get involved. The play is one of Shakespeare’s most famous works and has seen hundreds of iterations over the years, but nothing like this.

Slumber Here is an interactive play that relies on the audience for its narrative and even it’s ending. Multiple outcomes are possible depending upon the choices made and the quests completed, as an audience will come to see one play before finding Pucks that will take them off on one of six different paths. Every path comes with quests and adventure. In the forty or so minutes that it takes to go through the adventure, there are more than six hours of content, encouraging multiple viewing to complete every possible outcome and ending.

The process encourages audience participation and interaction with the actors of the play, but also the wandering faeries that hold court and go about their trickery all along a transformed Ron Basford Park. You can visit the wrathful King Oberon or the enchanted Queen Titiana, among others. There are many choices, many outcomes, many dreams to be had and found and claimed. We sent two people who had very different experiences: 

Aaron’s Experience: 

My experience started with the players beginning their performance when a mischevious voice whispered in my ear: “Would you like to meet the king?” I turned to find a glimmering grinning Puck, teeth gleaming, and how can one say no to such an offer? Two other audience members followed him up a Faerie Mound to meet a fuming Oberon, he lashing out at his entertainment and failing to cow us into silence.

We had to help his poor entertainment, who was banished for our aid and her insolence. She sought solace from the Queen and invited us along with her, where we learned of a fury-borne curse meant to bring a loyal and noble soul low. How could we do other than trying to break the curse, regardless of the cost? We were not knaves, not we; we stood and made our offerings, found the means to break the curse and teach a King his worth should he come to lack a kingdom.

It was an adventure, a slippery gate into a different world where magic is real and faeries still dance and duels are waged with pillows instead of rapiers. It is very much a thing to experience, a show to be had and won and claimed.

Anne’s Experience: 

I am guided by a person in white in a group full of friends and strangers explaining to me that I am a mortal and I shall be entering the fairy world. We are led to place where the Mechanicals are getting ready for their play and surrounding you are people in green who are making direct eye contact and interacting with you on an intimate level but not in a way that makes you feel like you are the same as them, it is obvious they are different than the mortals in front of you. When the Mechanicals are done you are engaged by “The Puck” the people in green who explain to you that you are part of their fairy world now and you are quested to help them with the story that is unfurling. 

I, however, was not going to do that, because I got whisked away by twin fairies Primrose and Abalone to have a fairy makeover and to talk about my secrets and to find my one true love. After the intimate and sweet makeover, I was led to “Look into the eye of an ass” which was my cue to go see Titania proclaim her love for mini-donkey love that was a trick that Oberon had played on Titania.  I gave them my ID because they needed something old (over 30 years). I petted a mini donkey and has beautiful soulful eyes. Because I was Un-Pucked in this, I was able to run around with free will and free reign and experience this as I would most things.

Primrose and Abalone found my one true love for me, we got married eventually. 

I had a sweet and kind hearted encounter with Caliban who played me Greensleeves and I gifted them with a flower as a thank you and I got a hug. 

I was asked to be part of the Mechanical’s play in which I was a Romulan (from Star Trek) but couldn’t get through the script for a full minute of giggling happened because they kept heckling me when I was trying to say my profession. I gave up and said I was a professional human.

After it was over, I wanted to do it again and again and again, because, I only did a very small fraction of what was available to me. I could see this sort of thing is absolutely my type of  “gaming”. I would be the international champion of interactive role playing adventures if I could.  And you should absolutely go to this. It is such a beautiful expression of community and much like an ongoing public ritual that initiates you in the rites of fantasy. 

Slumber Here starts at Granville Island’s Sculpture Garden, which is viewable from the boardwalk behind the tennis courts. Tickets are $14 and include food, though if you have a nut allergy let the faeries know. Tickets can be purchased online, or at the show 45 minutes in advance. Be aware that Slumber Here always start exactly on time and that latecomers are never admitted. The venue is wheelchair-accessible and you can determine the degree with which the Fae interact with you.

Performances are as follows:

Sunday, Sept 10: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

Monday, Sept 11: 7pm, 8pm, 9pm

Tuesday, Sept 12: 7pm, 8pm, 9pm

Friday, Sept 15: 7pm, 8pm, 9pm

Saturday, Sept 16: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm

Sunday, Sept 17: 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm

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FRINGE! FRINGE! FRINGE!

Comedy, Culture, Events, FRINGE!!, Performance, Showcase

September 7, 2017

Fringe festivals are a creative person’s dream. YOU ARE LITERALLY WATCHING ALL OF YOUR KINDRED SOULS DO THE THINGS YOU LOVE TO SEE!

We would like to give you our guide of must see awesome cool Fringe things.  So, in alphabetical order:

A DAVID LYNCH WET DREAM by Acherontia Productions

A David Lynch Wet Dream” is a surreal exploration of unconscious fears, desires and the strange ways in which they manifest. The show premiered at the 2016 Montreal Fringe festival to both public and critical acclaim and was named as the runner up for the Mainline Creativity Award . “Lynch Wet Dream” was remounted in January of 2017 as the headliner of the Bouge D’ici dance Festival and is hitting both the Regina and Vancouver International Fringe Festivals.

A David Lynch Wet Dream is a one woman show centering around a character trying to find her place within a harsh and intangible landscape. It is a story about leaving the clutches of naivety and grappling with the ever-changing nature of identity. The piece uses the disturbing yet beautiful Lynchian world to bring its protagonist to terms with the absurdity of being alive.

The movement based theatre piece incorporates clown like play contrasted by visceral dance. Making use of projection and sound design the audience is plunged into a world of color and light and cacophonic sound.

Tickets 14$ – https://tickets.vancouverfringe.com/shows/a%20david%20lynch%20wet%20dream/events

September 7, 2017 – 6:45pm is half-price!
September 9, 2017 – 8:05pm
September 12, 2017 – 5:15pm
September 14, 2017 – 10:15pm
September 15, 2017 – 6:45pm
September 17, 2017 – 1:00pm

playing at

The Revue Stage
1601 Johnston St,
Vancouver, BC
V6H 3R7

CRY-BABY: THE MUSICAL by Awkward Stage Productions

Awkward Stage Productions returns to The Fringe for the 8th time with the Canadian Premier of Cry-Baby: The Musical

Based on the Universal Pictures cult classic film written and directed by John Waters

Book by Thomas Meehan and Mark O’Donnell
Music and Lyrics by Adam Schlesinger and David Javerbaum

Director: Barbara Tomasic
Musical Director: Andy Toth
Choreographer: Erika Babins

It’s 1950s Baltimore, the conservative squares face off against the leather-clad delinquents in this rockabilly musical based on John Waters’ cult film. Filled with unforgettable songs and a truly unique and fresh story. Cry-Baby, Allison and Baltimore’s juvenile delinquents will dance their way right into your heart!

Featuring a diverse cast of 16 emerging artists:
Victor Hunter, Katrina Teitz, Daniel Curalli, Kelly-Ruth Mercier, Synthia Yusuf, Ali Watson, Krista Skwarok, Stephanie Wong, Charlotte Marija Wright, Daren Dyhengco, Vuk Prodanovic, Max Borowski, Courtney Shields, Sidney Klips , Tosh Sutherland, Jessica Ingham and Nathan Cottell

TICKETS $14 – http://tickets.vancouverfringe.com/shows/cry-baby-%20the%20musical/events

SHOWTIMES
September 7th, 2017 – 6:45pm
September 9th, 2017 – 8:30pm
September 10th 2017 – 1:45pm
September 11th 2017 – 6:00pm is half-price!
September 13th 2017 – 6:00pm
September 16th 2017 – 3:15pm
September 17th 2017- 2:00pm & 7:15pm

playing at

Firehall Arts Centre

280 E Cordova St.

Vancouver, BC V6A 1L3

 

DISTRACTINGLY SEXY by Nebula Company Theatre

Join real life scientist (and writer) Mily Mumford for an interactive ultra-funny, quite-wild, pretty-darn sexy history of how women in science have been f*$%ed over for centuries and what it’s like to be a lady-of-the-lab today. Directed by Cheyenne Mabberley of The After After Party (Pick of the Fringe, Vancouver 2016)!

Written and performed by Mily Mumford
Directed by Cheyenne Mabberley
Dramatugical support by Cheyenne Mabberley, Katey Hoffman and Kayvon Khoshkam
Stage manager: Samantha Pawliuk

TICKETS $14 –  https://tickets.vancouverfringe.com/shows/distractingly%20sexy/events

SHOWTIMES

September 8, 2017 5:00pm

September 10, 2017 8:15pm

September 11, 2017 10:15pm

September 14, 2017 6:45pm

September 15, 2017 8:35pm,

September 16, 2017 2:45pm is half-price!

playing at

Studio 16

1555 W 7th Ave.

Vancouver, BC

V6J 1S1

FIELD ZOOLOGY 101 by Shawn O’Hara

From the untamed wilds of the Vancouver Landfill to the loading bay behind Pacific City Centre, Field Zoologist Brad Gooseberry has seen it all. Join him in this introductory lecture, as he shares a lifetime of “wisdom” and “experience” on how to thrive and survive in the cutthroat world of Field Zoology.

Voted Favourite Comedy at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2016
“Hilarious!… A brilliant character!” – Showbill.ca
“Great improv… a fun one-man show!” – Orlando Sentinel

Showtimes:

September 8, 2017 – 8:25PM is half price!
September 9, 2017 – 10:05PM
September 10, 2017 – 2:40PM
September 13, 2017 – 9:20PM
September 15, 2017 – 5:10PM
September 16, 2017 – 3:50PM

Tickets 14$ – https://tickets.vancouverfringe.com/shows/field%20zoology%20101/events 

playing at

False Creek Community Centre

1318 Cartwright St.

Vancouver, BC

V6H 3R8

GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES by Michael Germant and Island Productions

Rajiv Joseph’s ‘Gruesome Playground Injuries’ hits the Canadian stage at Vancouver Fringe Festival

STORY
Gruesome Playground Injuries is a harrowing and humorous story about love, where internal and external pain are a measure of everything vulnerable when it comes to intimacy, timing and love. Over the course of 30 years, the lives of Kayleen and Doug intersect at the most bizarre intervals, leading the two childhood friends to compare scars and the physical calamities that keep drawing them together.

WHO
Written by Pulitzer Prize Finalist Rajiv Joseph
Directed by Mel Tuck
Starring Gina Leon and Michael Germant
Produced by Island Productions
Stage Managed by Avalon Short and Carolyn Woolner
Set design and construction by Mel Tuck and Dave McLeod
Photography by Jayme Cowley

PERFORMANCES
September 8th 7:00 p.m. – Preview (HALF-PRICE)
September 9th 4:45 p.m. – Opening Night
September 10th 8:40 p.m.
September 14th 7:00 p.m.
September 16th 5:50 p.m.
September 17th 1:40 p.m. – Closing Night

TICKETS $14 – https://tickets.vancouverfringe.com/shows/gruesome%20playground%20injuries/events

playing at
Vancity Culture Lab Theatre @ The Clutch
1895 Venables St.Vancouver, BC V5L 2H6

HABITATS by Habitats

Accompanied by a mysterious white hare, a woman travels through time to find home in a world of continuous transformation. Blending physical comedy, contemporary circus and dance, ‘Habitats’ is an interdisciplinary performance for all ages. Supported by BC Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts and Made in BC.

Created and performed by Nayana Fielkov & Isabelle Kirouac with original music by Martin Reisle and shadow art by Heather Dawn Sparks
TICKETS 14$ –  https://tickets.vancouverfringe.com/shows/habitats/events

SHOW DATES & TIMES:
Thursday Sept. 7th- 7:17pm – Half Price Day!
Wednesday Sept 13- 5:30pm
Thursday Sept 14th- 10:25pm
Friday Sept. 15th- 6:45 pm
Sunday Sept 17th- 1:00pm
LOCATION:
The Cultch Historic Theatre, 1895 Venables St. Vancouver
TICKETS 14$ –  https://tickets.vancouverfringe.com/shows/habitats/events

SCIENTIST TURNED COMEDIAN  by Scientist Turned Comedian Tim Lee

6 shows as part of Vancouver Fringe Festival!
“You know how Larry the Cable Guy’s act pretty much consists of him yelling “Git ‘er done!” every five minutes or so? Scientist-turned-comic Tim Lee’s material is the diametric opposite. Lee, who got his PhD before realizing where his true talents lay, blends science talk (complete with PowerPoint presentations) with comedy. The hilarious result is like what would happen if you crossed your high-school chem teacher with George Carlin”
– The Boston Phoenix

You can read our interview with him here.

FALSE CREEK GYM – 1318 Cartwright St, V6H 3R8
Sat 9/9 1:15PM
Sun 9/10 9:15PM
Mon 9/11 8:15PM
Thur 9/14 6:40PM
Sat 9/16 5:25 PM
Sun 9/17 2:45 PM

Tickets $14 – http://tickets.vancouverfringe.com/shows/scientist%20turned%20comedian/events

SLUMBER HERE by Geekenders and Instant Theatre Company

Do you want to fall in love tonight?

Immerse yourself in the fantasy of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ as you are thrust into the carnivalesque world of the fairies to be seduced by Oberon, assist the Mechanicals to fix their play, help Puck create mischief, visit Nick Bottom (a real mini donkey!), and find your soulmate.

‘The Tragedy of Pyramus and Thisbe’ and the rest of the Mechanicals’ repertoire will be free to watch by any member of the public that happens by their stage in Granville Island’s Sculpture Garden.

LOCATION: Ron Basford Park, Granville Island. Specifically starting in the Sculpture Garden. You can find the big, metallic sculpture behind Performance Works and the parking lot next to it, along the boardwalk. Looks like: http://covapp.vancouver.ca/PublicArtRegistry/_image.aspx/A086lfGQBVCFyarDuQP1M3kCgUHgEn-SoHC36GE=/MAW139-1.jpg

Tickets on sale now! http://www.vancouverfringe.com/

Saturday, Sept 9: 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm
Sunday, Sept 10: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Monday, Sept 11: 7pm, 8pm, 9pm
Tuesday, Sept 12: 7pm, 8pm, 9pm
Friday, Sept 15: 7pm, 8pm, 9pm
Saturday, Sept 16: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm
Sunday, Sept 17: 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 7pm, 8pm, 9pm

Featuring….

Zac Beardsley, Stephen Blakley, Lindsay Braynen, Bradley Bergeron, Arthi Chandra, Greg Delmage, Meredith Fraser, Isabella Halladay, Kimberly Ho, Daisy Hulme, Amanda Lau, Stefanie Michaud, Draco Muff-Boi, Shan Naziripour, Shayan Naziripour, Chloe Packer, Casey Por, Claire Rice, Levi Schneider, Abbey St. Brendan, Claire Temple, Graeme Thompson, Andrew Wade, Zach Wolfman

Conceived and directed by Ryan Caron, Fairlith Harvey, Andrew Lynch, Chelsey Stuyt
Writing by Abbey St. Brendan (Yes, this would be our fiction editor), Fairlith Harvey, and W. Shakespeare
Graphic Design by Julia Lank
Puck Text Coaching – Sarah Harrison
Produced by Geekenders and Instant Theatre
http://geekenders.ca/ || http://instanttheatre.com/

SOUL SAMURAI by Affair of Honor

Katanas. Revenge. True Love. What are you waiting for?

Queer romance, slick hip hop, and the finest stage combat this side of Brooklyn crash the Fringe with SOUL SAMURAI.

Affair of Honor presents the tale of Dewdrop, a young samurai in post-apocalyptic Manhattan. She’s on a mission to avenge the death of her girlfriend Sally at the hands of the Long Tooth gang… but she’ll have to battle burnouts, shoguns, flashbacks, and her wise-ass B-boy sidekick just to make it across the Brooklyn Bridge.

Featuring: Nathania Louise Bernabe, Jackie.T. Hanlin, Lou Ticzon, Jordan Svenkeson, Eryka Alanna, and Jarelle De’Von Hepburn.

Film by Nach Dudsdeemaytha

Cameos by: Albert Nicholas, Lee Shorten, Rene Rebora and Damon Bradley Jang

Times:
FRIDAY SEPT 8 – 9:00 PM
SATURDAY SEPT 9 – 2:15 PM
SUNDAY SEPT 10 – 6:15 PM
TUESDAY SEPT 12 – 8:50 PM — HALF PRICE!
FRIDAY SEPT 15 – 7:00 PM
SUNDAY SEPT 17 – 5:35 PM

Location:
Vancity Culture Lab @ The Cultch
1895 Venables Street (Victoria at Venables)

Note:
SOUL SAMURAI features strong language, sexuality, and (awesome) stage combat. Not for the faint of heart.

SWORDPLAY: A PLAY OF SWORDS  by Sex T-Rex

Sex T-Rex presents / / / S W O R D P L A Y / / / A Play of Swords

With a trail of sold-out houses and rave reviews, Swordplay: A Play of Swords is Sex T-Rex’s most beloved show yet! Chandelier-swinging, epic adventure and swordfights, swordfights, swordfights await as we bring our signature cinematic style to the stage, dancing from The Princess Bride, to Final Fantasy, to Game of Thrones and dipping our rapier wit into all things sordid and sworded.

We’re so excited to be making our Vancouver Fringe Festival debut with#SwordPlay with none other than PETER CARLONE of Peter ‘n Chris Showfame taking on such roles as Grandpa and Sexy Tree!


/ / / PERFORMED BY / / /
Conor Bradbury
Peter Carlone
Julian Frid
Kaitlin Morrow
Seann Murray

SHOWTIMES
Thursday, September 7th @ 6.35pm ***Half-price show!***
Saturday, September 9th @ 8.20pm
Wednesday, September 13th @ 5.15pm
Thursday, September 14th @ 10.05pm
Friday, September 15th @ 6.45pm
Sunday, September 17th @ 1pm

FALSE CREEK GYM
1318 Cartwright St.

TICKETS 14$ – https://tickets.vancouverfringe.com/shows/swordplay-%20a%20play%20of%20swords/events

SZERETLEK: A HUNGARIAN LOVE STORY  by The Grand Salto Theatre

Szeretlek: A Hungarian Love Story
Written and Performed By: Zita Nyarady and Myque Franz
Directed by: Maria Wodzinska
2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival
September 7th-17th 2017

Proclaimed the “Most Adorable Show” by the Ottawa New Critics, awarded 4 1/2 STAR from the Winnipeg Free Press and described as “a sweet story told with grace and undeniable charm” by the CBC. Szeretlek: A Hungarian Love Story focuses on love, particularly the love that blossoms in the heart of a young school teacher, Katalin and her suitor(s) in the tiny village of Kerekegyhaza Hungary in 1946. This true story is a testament to how love can emerge in the aftermath of the darkest times.

This show was developed when The Grand Salto Theatre’s Zita Nyarady and Myque Franz interviewed Zita’s grandmother Katalin Szabo on the eve of her 90th birthday. With permission from Katalin, and Zita’s family, The Grand Salto Theatre has expertly brought her love story to life. With a mix of storytelling, dance, masks, Hungarian culture and linguistics Zita and Myque weave this family story into an engaging theatrical experience.

Venue: False Creek Gym

Thursday September 7th 5:00pm
Sunday September 10th 5:55pm
Monday September 11th 5:00pm
Wednesday September 13th 7:45pm
Saturday September 16th 10:30pm
Sunday September 17th 4:30pm

Tickets $14 – https://tickets.vancouverfringe.com/shows/szeretlek-%20a%20hungarian%20love%20story/events

THE AUDIENCE DIES AT THE END by Singles Awareness Productions

Hot off a three year journey, theatre maker Blair Moro brings his solo show The Audience Dies at the End to the Vancouver Fringe Festival.

This bloody (funny) travelogue takes you through some of Blair’s real experiences mixed with a Faustian pact he made to become the greatest performer ever!

The show is being presented at Arts Umbrella: 1286 Cartwright St., Granville Island, Vancouver, BC V6H 3R8

SHOW TIMES
Sept 8 – 6:15pm
Sept 9 – 2:45pm & 9:45pm
Sept 10 – 6:15pm
Sept 11 – 8pm – Half Price
Sept 12 – 9:45pm
Sept 14 – 6:15pm
Sept 15 – 8pm
Sept 16 – 9:45pm

PRICE: $14 – https://tickets.vancouverfringe.com/shows/the%20audience%20dies%20at%20the%20end/events

If you would like to see all that the Vancouver Fringe Festival has to offer and to also buy special passes to shows you can click here! Happy Fringe-ing!

 

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Culture, Interviews, Lifestyle, Opinion, Podcast, Tech, Why Aren't You Watching This?

September 6, 2017

Welcome to the third episode of Living Myth Magazine Podcast.

We are glad you are spending some time with us.

Your hosts Anne Honeycutt and Aaron Golden really appreciate you.

This episode features two interviews, a talk between Anne and Aaron about the current creative Zeitgeist and a piece of music created by wonderful creatives.

September is not only Fringe month but it is also a great time to reconnect with people and community and also celebrate the technology we use to do that.

So, this episode is all about how technology creatives help us learn about and build up our communities!

http://livingmythmedia.libsyn.com/living-myth-magazine-podcast-episode-3-september-2017

Interview 1:

NEARTUIT – HOW INTERACTIVE MAPS HELP CREATIVES CURATE AND EXPLORE ART with Judy Hamilton

Judy Hamilton of TerraTap and her Chief Technological Officer created Neartuit which is an interactive map system that automatically tells you cool things about a cool thing when you get close to the cool thing. They have been helping creatives and curators around the Greater Vancouver Area create interactive smart phone friendly content that allows the consumer to be informed and delighted.

Here are links to download the apps onto your tiny hand sized computers!

http://www.neartuit.com/app/

You can also see their work on display at The City Of New Westminster Museum & Archives  and at The New Media Gallery

Interview 2:

PLAYPALS THE FIRST APP YOU CAN USE TO TABLETOP GAME WITH EVERYONE with Arik Sternbeg

Jalyn Euteneier of our 0D20 property interviews Arik Stenberg about PlayPals and the importance of building community through gaming. When this interview was recorded in July the app was a few weeks old, but now it is September and it is doing AMAZING!

Here are links to download the apps onto your tiny hand sized computers

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.play_pals

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/playpals-discover-local-tabletop-game-events/id1207049719?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

 

Then…

Anne and Aaron talk about Sarahah and how Anne and Avens O’Brien have used it to become better people and/or interact with fans.

As promised we have set up one for the magazine and podcast network. https://livingmythmag.sarahah.com/

The end music for this month was suggested to us by the Vancouver Chipmusic Society and it is called Half Steppin’ and it is by virt, Freaky DNA and Norrin Radd

 

And there we have it, thanks so much for spending time with us!

Do you like what you heard? Do you want us to celebrate your creativity creatively? Drop us a line at podcasts@livingmythmedia.com and Anne will totally get back to you 😀

 

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Fringe Interview – Scientist Turned Comedian, Tim Lee

Comedy, Culture, Events, FRINGE!!, Interviews, Performance, Showcase, Tech, Why Aren't You Watching This?

September 6, 2017

As part of our Vancouver Fringe Festival coverage we would like to introduce you to Tim Lee – Scientist Turned Comedian. We sat down with Tim and asked him questions! Here is the results! With pictures and diagrams.

“You know how Larry the Cable Guy’s act pretty much consists of him yelling “Git ‘er done!” every five minutes or so? Scientist-turned-comic Tim Lee’s material is the diametric opposite. Lee, who got his PhD before realizing where his true talents lay, blends science talk (complete with PowerPoint presentations) with comedy. The hilarious result is like what would happen if you crossed your high-school chem teacher with George Carlin”
– The Boston Phoenix”

LM: Can you give a brief but interesting history of Scientist Turned Comedian?

TL: When I was in grad school I used to throw gag slides into my talks. I find that a little humor relaxes the mind. When I started comedy I was performing regularly at a bar in Palo Alto that had a PowerPoint setup so I brought back some of those gag slides and put them into my standup act. The audience loved it!

LM: Why did you choose to perform in Vancouver?
TL: I’ve heard Vancouver has a wonderful performing arts scene. I want to experience it myself.

LM: Do you have a favourite scientist?
TL: I named my children after Edison and Faraday. The reason I like them so much, besides their influential body of work, is that they are both self educated. Edison was a child laborer who was beaten so hard at his job that he lost his hearing. He only went to school for three months. Faraday also had little formal education. It was their curiosity that drove them to greatness. I’m inspired because they were both were driven by the joy of discovery. It drives me to keep discovering and I hope it will inspire my kids as well.

LM: Do you have a favourite science fiction character?
TL: I hate to say it but it’s probably James T Kirk. I find him both humorous and oddly inspiring. Only someone as clueless as William Shatner could have taken writing that went right over his head and turned it into a classic role.

LM: What are your top 4 road trip songs?

TL:

Road to Nowhere – Talking Heads
Take it Easy – Eagles
Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana
Sympathy for the Devil – Rolling Stones

LM: If you were early to get to your plane and you had 20$ what would you spend it on?
TL: Iced tea and smokehouse almonds.

The show is from September 7th – 17th, 2017 and you can buy tickets here!  The show will be at the False Creek community Centre on Granville Island.

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West Virginia style hot dog.

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Fiction: Dogs Are A Clone’s Best Friend

Books & Writing, Culture, Short Fictions

August 31, 2017

“Syv, I’m bored.” Mech said.

Bullets ripped the trees in front of us in half with only a fraction of them actually hitting Mech’s shields below me. He was – or at least, had been – the Warhammer from the Glass Cannons and, despite the team name, he was far from glass.

“This Johnny was built wrong and his bullets aren’t doing anything.”

I chewed absently on a SlyEye chili dog while sitting cross legged on Mech’s flat head. I caressed the cold metal beneath me as I searched the dark ruins around us.

The hunting Johnny was camped out in the third floor of a crumbling apartment complex, the gold flashes I’d glimpsed through my scope marking him as the Big Johnny Four of the Sunbros. I hadn’t seen the Sylvia the Devs had sent after us yet though.

“Four’s gotten comfortable. He’s sitting on a chair. The other Deadringer is trying to flank us.” I said.

“We won’t win if we turtle Syv, all I know how to do is attack.”

I took another bite of the hotdog, peeling back the self heating wrapper and tossing it behind me. I chewed and took another look through my sniper scope. I sighed and slid the half eaten SlyEye into the bag on my hip.

“Go ahead Mech. Go get him,” I said and slid off of my boyfriend’s back.

“I’m gonna take you to pound town.” Warhammer yelled, his electronic voice cracking as he charged towards the bullet-spewing clone.

I stood and watched as the sunlight that filtered through the treetops sparkled against his smoky crystal armour. His hulking form smashed through both underbrush and rusted machinery as he pushed against the concrete building.

“It’s time for them Gripplegraps!”

I unwrapped the SlyEye to the sound of my Mech slamming the Sunbro noob into sludge. I smiled around the footlong and swept the area for more gold clad hunters.

We’d met during a match, my Greenskins vs. his Glass Cannons. I’d watched Mech from across the field, watched the way that he took down Crawler and Clone alike with a joy that was barely seen in those of us born for Superchamp. I’d dropped on him and left a note scribbled on a wrapper on his shield before he killed me.

We exchanged letters after that. Every time our teams fought, we’d pin them to the crawlers marching down each other’s lanes all game. Every night that one of us stayed in the other’s city’s away apartments, we’d flash lights at each other across the dark.

Then I was recalled for retirement and Warhammer said we should run.

“Woo! That attack sure fell flat.” Mech said.

He wiped the blood and dust off of his shields. Not far away from him was what was left of the Four. I trotted over to the gooey paste of clone and kicked the pieces around, looking for anything salvageable.

Hammer grabbed me from behind in a hug and I felt the heat from his exhaust fall over me. I leaned into him and kissed his hand.

“Good job, Mech. I’d kiss you if you still had a face.”

“Naw. You can still kiss me, and I’ll take you to pound town later.”

I turned and kissed between the camera’s that had become his eyes. He slid his colossal hands down my hips and rests them there. I giggled and leaned on his arm, letting him support me.

“We should move. The other one is still out there.” I said.

“I’ve got you Greeny, no one is hurting my girl.”

He cupped my crotch, lifting me up off the ground and pressing into the bulge hidden there. I moaned against him. And—

I was staring at the inside of a respawn vat. The green text in front of my eyes scrolled too fast for me to see. I punched the inside of the vat, frustration venting out my fist as pain. The front slid open and I tumbled out.

“Are you okay Sylvia?”

I scrambled to my feet, the feeling of newly cloned flesh making me shiver.

“What?” I said.

“I said, ‘are you okay?’ You usually don’t fall when they open that shit.”

A Four stood in front of me, his armour gold and black. He held out his hand, ready to grab me if I fell again. I shrank away from him back toward the open creche.

“What happened to Mech?”

“Who?”

I ran under his arm and away from the respawn vats. I heard him behind me, throwing the name Sylvia at me like grenades. I stepped down hard, my foot hit air, and I fell head first into a crafty table, food and drink flying everywhere.

I landed on the floor, my nose pressed against the toe of a leather cowboy boot.

“Yeehaw. That was a magnificent dodge by Deadringer Sylvia of the Sunbros. That landing gets a ten out of ten.” Jack Flack, the Superchamp announcer, said.

I picked myself off of Jack’s shoe and stood again. Jack stood in front of me, a coffee cup in one hand and a carafe of cream in the other. He stared at me as the remains of his coffee dripped down his vest.

“Sorry sir. I’m not feeling well.” I said to him and pushed past him.

“Don’t forget to buy a Battle Bright Taco™ and an 80 ounce Pistol Punch™ on your way out.” he yelled after me.

I ran through a hall made of curtains and searched the dark depths of swinging cloth as I passed, the sounds of footsteps behind me.

“Mech? Are you there?” I yelled.

Light fell ahead of me and I raced toward it.

“WELCOME BACK DEADRINGER SYLVIA!” The light said.

I shielded my face with my hand. Hundreds of seats hid behind the stage lights, each one filled with cardboard cutouts of the Superchamp clones clapping. Speakers filled the stage with the sounds of a crowd going bonkers, whistling and hooting.

“Y’all got dealt a bad hand in that round but don’t fret. The crowd’s with y’all still and the runners are still runnin’, so we’ll get’ch’all out there in a jiffy.” Flack’s voice boomed above the noise of the nonexistent crowd.

“WELCOME BACK BIG JOHNNY FOUR!”

I I looked back toward the curtain where Sunbro Four stood waving. He glanced at me through half closed eyes and raised his eyebrow. I flipped off the cardboard cut outs and stormed off the stage.

Two people in gray uniforms were picking up the spilled crafty. I kicked a stray Greenskin Gourmet Doughnut into the mess of curtains to my right. Fuck these people. They wouldn’t let me leave, so they can deal with smell of rotting anchovies and goat cheese.

“Sylvia. What in the hell is going on? Why didn’t you wait for me to get back?” The golden Four said from behind me.

“I don’t call myself that.” I said.

“What? Is this about D? I know you still miss her, I do too, but this shit isn’t going to help.”

“Fuck you.” I slammed my fist into the wall. I snatched a wrapped SlyEye out of the pile of spilled food and pulled the heating tab.

“You’re eating those now? Shit Sylvia, you have to stop this. You told me you got the SlyEye EyeBuy.”

The foil turned a bright blue and I tore the top off of the footlong chili dog. I bit the tip off and chewed it, my breath coming out of my nose in harsh bursts. I swallowed and went in for another bite when I noticed my gloves, the black, gold pattern on them.

“Fuck me. How do I get out of this nightmare.”

One of the attendants stopped picking up food to point toward a door marked ‘Exit’.

“Thanks.” I said through a mouth full of meat, beans, and cheese.

The ready room beyond the door was filled with guns, food, and anything you might need to hunt down someone dangerous. I grabbed a pack from the rack and started stuffing it with as much as I could.

“Are you going to talk to me? Or am I just going to have to keep following you around and shit?”

I looked at Four, pausing my packing for a moment to really look at him. His eyes were deep in his skull, the black rings around them made him look like a racoon. He swept his gloved hands through his grey hair, sticking it up with sweat as the ran through. I sighed and zipped up the bag.

“She’s gone. She’s not coming back. I have to find Mech.” I swung the pack onto my back and grabbed a sniper rifle with an Acog sight.

“Okay.” He said and got ready.


 

The ruins around Stygere were filled with the sounds of mutant animals going about their business. I ran ahead of the Sunbro Four towards the last place that I’d been with Mech. It wasn’t hard to find, the trail of ruined bushes and trampled rubble left by Mech’s huge feet kept me on track.

“Look, I know how you feel. I miss her too, Sylvia. I’ve been hinting that you can talk to me for over a year.”

I could hear the buzzing of the drone following us. They’d be watching our every move, the crowds paying by the minute for the privilege. The Four continued talking the entire trip, no matter how much I ignored him.

“I lay awake at night. Okay? I know you and D had a thing but you weren’t the only one with feelings for her.”

I slid into cover at the edge of the clearing where Mech had smashed Four’s previous body to paste. It was quiet, the animals in the area still shying away after all the action from earlier. One of the giant trees ringing the clearing had been felled since I’d been here, the trunk in splinters and another mangled body resting in the branches.

“Will you please talk to me? Please, Sylvia!” Four said, standing next to me.

“She’s dead, Four. Forget about her. Move on.” I said, the words erupting from my mouth before I knew what was going on.

He looked at me and his eyes darkened farther. He bared his teeth, about to say something but before he could the forest behind him blurred red, disgorging a figure in red cloak holding a double-bladed scythe in her left hand.

“Hey Big Guy.” She said.

“What?” Four turned, his eyes wide in their sunken sockets.

“Sorry.”

She cut him in half, the blood splattering across the ferns and trees around us. He held out his hand as both halves fell to the ground in a heap of gore and flesh.

“No.” He whispered and laid still.

The sound of the drone had gone, replaced by the sound of trees swaying in the wind. I dropped my gun and held my hands, palms up.

“Hold it. I’m not here to fight. I just want to get back to my Warhammer .”

With a swipe, she cleaned the blood off of her blades. She leaned against the trunk of a clean tree and popped the tab of a can slung on her belt. She took a deep swig, the carbonated, yellow drink flowing down her jaw to sink into the cloth of her cloak.

“Hey Sylvia. Long time no see.”

“Stop fucking calling me that.” I screamed, “My name is Syv. It’s Syv. Not Sylvia. Not Deadringer. Not even Sylv.”

I started ripping off the gold and black armour, throwing the pieces into the pile of dead clone in front of me. The woman in red took a step back, her hand going to the scythe again.

“I’m not this Sunbro slut. I’m a damn Greenskin. I hate the colour gold. I hate their snobby ass attitude. I hate the way that they make it to the Superchamp stadium every year. I just want to go meet my boyfriend and live in the woods.”

I slung the bag onto the ground next to me and ripped off my chest piece. I stood in front of her, naked and painting, my skin chilling in the shaded forest.

The forest shimmered beside the woman and revealed a Lady Death clone in a patchwork blue, black, and gold suit. The Lady Death’s visor was cracked and partially missing, the woman’s black-almond eye looking through the hole. She held a golf club in one hand and a grenade in the other.

“Is everything okay D?” The new woman asked.

“I have no fucking idea, Blue. You take care of the drone?”

“Yeah, they never saw me coming.” Blue grinned.

“This is a clusterfuck.” D handed her scythe to her partner and unbuttoned her cloak.” We’re going to have to deal with this one, and our other new friends, before we can even think about going back home.”

She let the cloth fall from her shoulders with a shrug and let it pool in the crook of her left arm. The skin of what used to be her right shoulder was red and mottled, a deep scar ran through where her arm used to be. She took the can from her belt and drank.

“Well, get what you’re bringing Not Sylvia. We’re going to go join the others.” She said, exasperated.

For a beat I continued standing there shivering and stared at D, then grabbed the bag off the ground. I slid the sniper into the holster on the pack and then slid it back on my back. I left the armour in the pit of dead Four.

I followed the two through the thick underbrush. They were walking hand in hand, silently looking at the forest around them as animal sounds started coming back. I pulled one of the many foil wrapped packages out of my bag as we walked.

Vines spread open around the entryway to a half collapsed building, trees crowding the door with plastic wrapped cartons sprouting from their trunks. I pulled the cooking tab on my lunch as the two women moved through the crowded doorway, the smell of chilly and melting cheese wafting from the package.

“We’re coming in.” D called to the abandoned factory.

“‘Bout time. Y’all are late and I’m gettin’ grouchy. Ain’t that right y’all, Mama Harry’s gettin’ right ornery.”

Across the floor of rotted machinery sat four people; a woman with steel gray eyes and a pistol the size of my arm in her hand, a haggard older man with a shaved head and an arm missing, and the hunched figure of Mech with me in his arms.

“Fuck.” I and … the other I… said in unison.

There was a bloodstained bandage covering the eye of the me in Mech’s arms. She was stripped of armour and was wrapped in a white sheet.

“I should have seen this coming. The moment I saw those two alive.” I said, motioning to the two Lady Death clones now joining the group sitting on the loading bay. “The Devs are bad at this.”

“What’s going on?” Mech asked.

“I’m Syv.”

I tossed the Slyeye at my counterpart. She caught it and ripped open the package.

“We found her with Johnny following her, though I had to take him out. I feel a bit bad about that, we might have been able to use him.”

I sat and put my hands in my head. This was either a nightmare or bullshit, and neither were what I wanted. I was in a body that wasn’t my own with augments I didn’t deserve and a ghost of myself in Mech’s arms.

“Fuck me. Fuck me. Fuck me.” I whispered.

I felt a soft hand on my back and looked up to find my own face staring back at me. She put her hand on my shoulder and squeezed. Mech was behind her, supporting her with one hand.

“So?” I said.

“So.”

“Are you okay, at least?”

She tugged on Mech’s hand and looked at him. He lifted her onto the flat platform on his head and then slid his fingers around my waist to do the same. His cold touch made me shiver but the warmth of being back in my boyfriend’s arms kept the chill away.

“The Sunbro Sylvia shot me. I lost my eye but it went through. Four says I’m lucky.”

“Don’t tire her out, she’s got the last of our bingo in her.” The bald man said.

“Anyway. Mech killed her. D and Blue found us. We came here.”

Other-Syv held out half of her hotdog to me and smiled. I took it and chewed, the sour taste of my self pity replaced by meat and cheese.

“You should have seen me, Syv. My gripplegraps were so good.”

I stroked my boyfriend’s head and smiled with my other. We ate together and Mech held us.


 

“All runners, you have two minutes before I come in there and kill you all.”

The forest outside the factory was dark, the air thick with the chill of night. The group had gone to sleep not long before with D watching over us all.

“Just go away, Johnny. We don’t have to fight.” D yelled back.

I rubbed the sleep from my eyes and stepped out from the shelter of Mech’s arms, where Syv and I were sleeping.

“She killed her, D, The Greenskin Lobi completely erased her.” Four’s voice sounded hoarse next to the sharp cold of the night.

Syv poked her head out of Mech’s embrace and the big cyborg’s eyes lit up. I put my finger to my lips and went to my pack. I checked my sniper’s breach and loaded it.

D was wired, I could hear the Energy Aid in the way her response wobbled from her mouth. “I know, Big Guy. I’m sorry, but we have wounded inside. Please.”

I hoisted myself onto the rusted catwalk that D sat on. She was looking out into the darkness outside, her scythe in her hand. I tapped the wall next to her to let her know I was there and then slid beside her.

“Can you see him?” I asked.

“No. It’s too dark and I don’t have a faceplate anymore.”

I flicked the Acog night vision on and steadied my rifle on the window ledge. I looked through the scope and gasped.

The forest was filled with crawlers. Hundreds of them stood, silent and waiting, just outside the carton trees. In front of them all, on top of the biggest crawler I’d ever seen, was Sunbro Four.

“We are fucked. Get everyone ready.”

“Thirty seconds and I’m coming in.”

Explosions ripped through the waiting crawlers and lit up The Taint. My night vision peaked and shut off before I was blinded. I blinked the tears out of my eye and switched my rifle to the other side.

D jumped from the window and out to the chaos below and then started chewing through bots with her scythe. Behind me I heard the stomping of Warhammer’s feet as he charged into the fray. I struggled to keep the fighting in focus as the fire burned and the bullets flew.

I began shooting. The bots were so close together, and so many, that each shot ripped through two or three. I saw the shimmer of Blue’s cloak float in front of me and then an explosion.

“I got a hunger and only mooks can suffice.” Mech warbled.

He charged through a group, bullets pouring into him from Four’s chaingun. This time his shield started buckling.

“Away. Hahaha.” he said and started running backward, shields up.

Syv crawled beside me, her own sniper in one hand and the pants from her armour in the other. She had wrapped the sheet around her waist, leaving her chest bare.

“I thought your dangly bits might be cold.”

She handed me the armour and I quickly slid it on.

“Thanks.”

Below us we could hear Mama Harry’s pistol booming, each shot shaking the catwalk. Syv and I smiled at each other as the sounds of the battle continued.

“Chili dogs?”

“Chili dogs.”

 


Holly Sophia McCrea is a poet, artist, and short fiction writer from Vancouver BC. She’s been published in The Drabblecast audio fiction magazine and currently has a chapbook available on amazon.

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Meditations For People Who Hate People – Episode 3 – Just Say No

Comedy, Culture, Podcast, Why Aren't You Watching This?

August 30, 2017

Join your guide Callyn for the small amount of time that you have for your self in your shit show of a day and learn how to harness your power… or not, she isn’t your parole officer.

We hope this is a relaxing and cathartic experience for you.

*Background track is Healing by Kevin MacLeod – Royalty Free

Meditations For People Who Hate People – Episode 3 – Just Say No

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Review: Go For Opera! – An Encore Gala Concert

Culture, Music, Performance, Performance, Reviews

August 29, 2017

Opera Mariposa and the Heroic Opera Company are combining their talents to produce Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera this November. With such a stellar local and international cast, a fundraiser concert was a great idea. Go For Opera! was set up as a nicely packaged showcase of their talent.

On Sunday, August 20th, I had the opportunity to hear a variety of Opera’s best solos, duets, trios and ensembles sung by a variety of voice types. William Liu’s (baritone) performance was full of emotion, yet you could hear the drama just by listening to his warm colorful voice. Mark Pepe’s (tenor) always-present rich tone supports his ability to sing through his high notes in the most Italian romantic way, with a brilliant and full sound. Melissa Ratcliffe (mezzo-soprano) performed with a voice so pure and clear, I can only describe it as crystalline. In the ensembles, Melissa got me excited about Un Ballo in Maschera, because her tone and presence fits so well, yet shines in a unique way among the other singers.

One of the solo highlights was “Les Oiseaux dans la Charmille” from Offenbach’s Les Contes d’Hoffmann. Nancy Hasiuk, a Canadian soprano currently studying and working in Germany, brought brilliance and warmth into even the most difficult coloratura high notes. Nancy also has a natural comedic side, which was carried over to the encore piece, “A Word On My Ear” by Flanders & Swann.

This show had a bittersweet side as well. Not only did we see a wonderful connection to Germany, but this was also a goodbye to an integral member of Opera Mariposa: Managing Director and soprano, Robin Hahn. This was her last show before moving to launch her career in Germany.

Robin brings everything to the stage from her sweet and elegant voice, to her versatile acting. Sometimes it’s easy to forget that Robin’s repertoire can be technically demanding, because she makes it look so easy—especially when her character is so engaging. It was heart-warming to watch Robin sing with Heidi Muendel, her first voice teacher.

Heidi Muendel (soprano), Canadian born and working in Germany, will undoubtedly be worth the price of your ticket to Un Ballo in Maschera, just to hear her sing! She is the goddess of resonance, with a deeply rich voice that is both wonderfully dark, with bright overtones at the same time. There’s an Italian word to describe this from the bel canto tradition: chiaroscuro. Heidi has a beautifully balanced sound.

Overall, the concert was a crescendo of beautiful music, including excerpts from Un Ballo in Maschera. To top it all off, everyone joined in to sing the drinking song, “Libiamo ne’ Lieti Calici” from La Traviata. It was a reminder of how much this small community is like family. Their wine glasses may have been empty, which was a good thing, since Heidi’s adorable little girl joined her on stage! Yet, their glasses were full of something else: love, joy, and artistry.

More details about the upcoming performance of Un Ballo in Maschera:

In Verdi’s Un Ballo in Maschera, or A Masked Ball, a secret love triangle and a political conspiracy both come to a head on a single night at a masquerade. This tale of passion, deception, and intrigue features some of the best dramatic music ever written, so you won’t want to miss your chance to see Verdi’s lush score brought to life by a stellar cast from across North America, Europe, and Asia!

Performance Dates:

Friday, November 17, 2017 @ 7:30 pm

Canadian Memorial United Church, 1806 W. 15th and Burrard, Vancouver

Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 2:00 pm

Canadian Memorial United Church, 1806 W. 15th and Burrard, Vancouver

Third performance date coming soon!

Staged in Italian with English subtitles

Tickets $18-$28 at http://operamariposa.com/tickets, at 1-800-838-3006 or at the door

Learn more at http://operamariposa.com/


Kathryn grew up in Vancouver as a proud geek & nerd. Her love of sci-fi led to her first big dramatic dream of becoming the blue alien from the Fifth Element. Instead, she graduated with a Bachelors of Music degree as an opera singer. She is also a regular photographer for various performing arts groups and recently has been most interested in fun boudoir & body positive photo shoots. You can contact her here.

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Radioactive Nerd’s Etsy Wasteland – DRAGONS!

Culture, Etsy Wasteland, Fashion, Lifestyle

August 28, 2017

We have a new feature from our collaborator Radioactive Nerd.

In a mass market consumer world, Jackie of Radioactive Nerd scours for unique and handmade pieces for you to stand out in. Hunting across this Etsy wasteland.

Leas Boutique – Etsy $25-$45

Handcrafted leather designs inspired by fantasy and horror. Rings, bracelets, eye patches and a few more options make this easily available and well priced. Most items being between $25-$40 (only more if you want bigger designs, like some of their bags)

 

Figment Clothing – Etsy $60-$70

A massive selection of leggings, with an exceptional size range(XS-5X). Quality made leggings that fit more than just the mid range. Colourful scale options depending on your dragon.

 

Mirr Art Steampunk – Etsy $60-$500

Some breathtaking detail work. They make corsets to face pieces all crafted by hand. Transform yourself into a dragon with these pieces.

 

Fairyz Finger – $15-$30

Formal wear with a fantasy twist. The sleek shine of the faux leather lets the scales pop with a fitted dress shirt. Reasonably priced and unique material choices, ranging from cotton to wood.

 

Art by Aelia – $30-$80

Have your winged companion around your neck, in your hair or unhatched around your neck. Art by Aelia makes breathtaking sculpture art at a fair price.

 

Castle Corsetry – $350+

I had to include a steel boned corset in here. Castle Corsetry has a massive following for their unique designs and excellent craftsmanship.

 

Inky Binky Productions – Etsy $105

Finding this hand knitted dragon hoodie with a more masculine look is an Etsy treasure!

 

Mad March Moon – Etsy $20-$50

Beautiful jewelry with a delicate touch to each piece, the wings are colourful and striking.

 

Jessica Wilcock Artist – Etsy $70+

A dragonesque spine able to sit on top any of your outfits giving you that edge.

 

Arbre Mecanique – Etsy $180+

Last corset, I swear! If you’re looking for a more fierce fire-breather look, this is it. The colour options and scars across the leather give it a battle worn look.

 

High Tribe – Etsy $140+

A more masculine look spine ridges down both sides and keeping the design with the pockets and actual construction of the pants sets them apart from other designs. The colour combinations and options make them all the more perfect.

 

Makosla Creations – $20-$700

Hand sculpted pendants and even baby dragons that can perch on your shoulder. Each item is unique in its own way making every piece stand out from the rest.

 

Check out the full wish list of Dragon looks here


Jackie is the owner and designer of Radioactive Nerd. A strong sense of design and fashion she’s writing pieces focusing on nerd and alternative fashion while focusing on artists of independent and handmade companies.  You can keep tabs on all the cool things she is doing on her website, Facebook Page or Etsy Page.

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