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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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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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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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Vancouver Chipmusic Society – Making “Toys” Sound Good

Concert, Culture, Events, Interviews, Music, Performance, Showcase

August 24, 2017

We recently made contact with the Vancouver Chipmusic Society to talk about their organization and the culture around chip music. 


LM: Can you give us a history of the Vancouver Chipmusic Society?

VCMS: For the last few years, I (Bryan) had been going to and occasionally performing at chiptune shows and festivals around the world in key cities that had developed a critical mass of chiptune enthusiasts – but I would usually return home to Vancouver lamenting that no such scene existed here.

I had since then been quietly keeping tabs on the few local chiptune artists and enthusiasts I did stumble across, in the hopes of starting a local scene when the time was right.  It wasn’t until Spring of 2016 that I decided there were enough interested people to warrant putting together a team and organizing a Vancouver-based chip show.

We ended up having the first installment of our chiptune concert series (dubbed “OVERFLOW”) on September 2016.  We had another edition of the show in March of this year, and of course, our third show is happening next Wednesday. The response has been pretty great, and just by virtue of the show existing we were surprised to see some talented local chiptune musicians being drawn out of the woodwork – artists that we otherwise wouldn’t even have known about!  So we’re very humbled to see the beginnings of this kind of community take shape, simply because we decided to take matters into our own hands.

LMM: Is there a community mandate?

VCMS: Our goal is basically to be true to the chip music art form and culture as it exists today – many of our organizers have been to chip shows elsewhere around the world and we want to preserve the feel of those shows while putting our own unique spin on it.  We feel that central to these events is the celebration of the independent/DIY aesthetic, as well as a certain streak of counter-culturalism – the use of these obsolete machines to make fresh and original music is in some ways a statement about freeing oneself from the latest economic/technological trends.

We also feel like this is music that anybody can enjoy, regardless of whether they know anything about video games or not.  So we try not to present our events as gaming-themed, although such associations are unavoidable – it’s really more about appreciating the purity of sounds that don’t sound like any classic human-made instrument and could be enjoyed in their own context, free from the computer/video game connections.

At a more abstract level, these events about celebrating how skillful leverage of heavy restrictions can lead to some really compelling forms of art.  You’ll see this in the masterfully-done pixel art for some of the games we’re showcasing, as well as much of the live music, much of which is made using sound chips capable of only 3 or 4 sounds/tones at a time.

LMM: How many members do you have currently?

VCMS:  We’re not actually structured like a club with memberships or anything like that – our organizational structure consists of about 5 or so members, mostly fellow artists, that have offered to help with all the logistical stuff needed to put on events like shows and workshops.  We also have a few enthusiastic friends who have been great with volunteering at our events, but beyond that, that’s about it.

In terms of show turn out, we’ve averaged about 60 attendees, which is actually quite decent for a chip show!

LMM: How did you get into Chip music?

VCMS:  When I was younger, I would spend lots of time collecting and listening to executable computer music (.MOD files) that I would find online.  These types of music files contained all the song data and instrument sounds – it blew my mind to be able to SEE the music on the screen instead of just listening to it.  Much of this music was actually some of the first chip music that existed.

In about 2007 or so I discovered that there were communities around the world that still enjoyed listening to and writing this sort of music, even to the point of organizing shows and festivals.  Many of those artists were using Game Boys and other hardware to write and perform their music, and when I looked more closely at how it worked, I realized that it was actually pretty easy to learn.  I’ve since been writing chip music under the pseudonym “bryface“.

LMM: If someone wanted to get into Chip music as an artist what would you need?

VCMS: Most of the relevant software is either free or insanely affordable.  Famitracker (which you can use to write hardware-accurate NES music) is freeware.  Little Sound DJ, which can run on a real Nintendo Game Boy via special flash cartridges, costs only ~$2 for a license – but you can run it on a software-emulated version of a Game Boy.  If you’re not interested in achieving dogged hardware accuracy, there are many audio plugins that emulate the basic sound chip waveforms which you can load up on typical Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) software, for use either by themselves or to be incorporated with other software instruments.

LMM: Who are your current “Chip” favorite artists?

VCMS:  It’s a pretty varied and extensive list so I couldn’t possibly name them all.  But I would wholeheartedly recommend xyce, cTrix, HarleyLikesMusic, RoccoW, Fearofdark, Saitone, and chibi-tech among a zillion others – I would say that represents a pretty meaty cross-section of many chip-related sub genres including demoscene, acid, funk, pop, IDM and electro.

One interesting detail about the above artists that I’ve met or shared the stage with the vast majority of them in person in the last couple of years, at the various chip shows and festivals that have happened around the world.  That hopefully helps to illustrate how surprisingly close-knit this global scene is, even though many of us live on completely different continents.

LMM: And finally who is your favorite non “Chip” artist?

VCMS: Oof, that’s a really hard question to answer, again because my musical tastes are as eclectic and transient as they come!  But just recently I went with a friend of mine to a Jacob Collier one-man live performance – if you’ve ever seen his viral videos where he layers dozens of takes of his vocals over top of instrumental layers that he also himself performs right from his room, then you’ll have an idea of his staggering musical talent.  If anybody deserves more attention diverted their way for their talent and hard work, it’s that kid.



You can check out some great Chip artists at the Vancouver Chipmusic Society‘s event Overflow #002: Mega Ran + Sammus, Together We Are Robots & MORE which will be at The Fox Cabaret on August 30th, 2017 from 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM tickets are $15 online/early bird and $20 at the door. The event is 19+. You can get tickets here!

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Meditations For People Who Hate People – Episode 2 – Your Face

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

August 23, 2017

Join your guide Callyn as she calmly helps you release tension and find power in your face.

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 2 – Your Face

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Review – Story Story Lie All-Star Season Closer

Comedy, Culture, Events, Performance, Podcast, Reviews, Showcase, Why Aren't You Watching This?

August 18, 2017

It has been a hell of a year for Story Story Lie! Starting off at Cafe Deux Soleils and ending at The Fox Cabaret, and with that having one of the best endings to a season one could have.  The closer was a who’s who of storytellers from the area all vying to trick the audience, but really just amazing us and sometimes embarrassing themselves.

Jo Dworschak and her “Vanna” Matt Loeb hosted a great show and their chemistry and comedic timing made the night super amazing. The Storytellers for the night were Zain Meghji, Nic Enright-Morin, Burcu, Mark Hughes,  Suzy Rawsome.

The first story of the night was from Nic Enright-Morin who told us a story about how she was an ESL teacher in England and agreed to cat sit for a co-worker who lived on a houseboat for two weeks. The cat ended up thinking she was the best and one night when she decided to drunkenly bring a former student home to get lucky only to have cat attack him while they were doing the deed. She ended up dislocating her knee and he ended up needing medical treatment, they both ended up having to go to the hospital. The co-worker came back to almost everything in the boat being covered in blood…Or did she?

The second story of the night was from Suzy Rawsome who regaled us with the story of being a trashy teenager in Surrey who was a late bloomer but ended up getting drunk at a park with some friends and hooking up with a guy behind some trees in which she decided to get fully naked. Their friends figured out that they were boning and stole her clothing. They managed to put her underwear up on the backstop of a baseball diamond. She had to pay a friend 10$ to retrieve it a week later…Or did she?

The third story was from Mark Hughes who lived a rough life and he and a friend decided to rob a convenience store to buy drugs while drunk. They ended up stealing a car and then crashing it. They had a gun with them and Mark hid it under the seat of the car after crashed. Before being taken to the hospital he decided to pretend to be unconscious, the hospital staff treated him really nicely until they found out that he had stolen a car. The nurse once she found out what was going on, shoved the catheter into his penis with extra force… he had to continue to play unconscious while that was happening. He ended up going to jail and sobering up. Later on, he found out that the gun he had, was a replica and therefore wouldn’t have been able to fire…Or did he?

The fourth story was from Burcu who had a client who was a prominent politician who was also a cross-dresser. He came to her for years privately to have her help him buy clothes for him to wear privately and they became good friends. One day he came to her with all of his clothes and said he wanted to stop cross-dressing because he felt like it was hurting his family. After talking it through she agreed and bought back all of the clothing they had picked out. A few hours later a woman came into the store and bought almost all of the clothing that he had turned in. And a few hours after that, the politician called to say that all of his cross-dressing clothes were back in his closet and wanted to know what was going on!? Apparently, the woman who bought the clothes was his wife…Or did she?

And the last story was from Zain Meghji who went on a trip to Columbia but started having bad stomach pains and was vomiting. They told him it was altitude sickness. When he came back to Vancouver he went to a hot yoga class and started having the same sickness. He went to the doctor who said that he had the flu. Then he went on a hike with an activity group and continued to have the same symptoms. He kept Googling the symptoms and every time he would it would tell him that he had an appendicitis. However, every time he went to the doctor they would tell him he didn’t. Eventually, he went to a yoga retreat and was so sick that when he came back he went to the ER and that is when they told him that he had a ruptured appendix but that they were going to wait until October 27, 2017, to see if it is worth operating on. He may or may not be dead by then, but who knows… or does he?

After each story was done, the audience got to ask pointed questions and the storytellers had to answer them. There was also an expert on “Lying” as a guest who would give an analysis of who was and wasn’t truthful based on body language. Then we were told to text Jo our guess as to who was the liar. They tallied up each vote and at the end of the night, Nic and Suzy were tied.

So, who was the liar? Who wasn’t? Well… you are going to have to listen to the podcast when it comes out. 

Story Story Lie is a gem, and it is going to become even better when it moves to The Rio on September 21st. 

For more information and a picture of a cute bunny read our interview with Jo.

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Meditations for People Who Hate People – Episode 1 – My Rock

Comedy, Culture, Lifestyle, Podcast

August 16, 2017

This is our first podcast produced by one of our creators Callyn Dorval! She will be doing weekly meditations for you every Wednesday.

Join your guide Callyn as she calmly leads you to your rock in the woods and helps you deal with your feelings around people who cause unnecessary drama in your life.

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 1 – My Rock

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Shakespeare Butts Review

Burlesque, Events, Performance, Reviews

August 15, 2017

If you haven’t heard already, Geekenders and Instant Theatre are partnering up to put on a Fringe show, “Slumber Here”, a real life RPG retelling of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. To raise funds for the much hyped mini donkey and portal to the fairy world, Geekenders presented to us A Bawdy Night of Bardlesque Revelry, a variety of burlesque acts based on the Bard’s sizeable body of work. Whether a Shakespeare nerd or someone who appreciates the art of burlesque, this marriage of the two is sure to be an entertaining ride.

The night began with the audience filing into the Rio Theatre with Shakespeare memes on the screen and Ren Faire-esque music from the speakers. As the band for “Slumber Here” led by Ian Montgomery takes the stage, the theatre came to a hush and otherworldly music filled the air. After a couple of songs, William Shakespeare himself (Instant Theatre’s own Nikolai Witschl) sauntered up to the stage to deliver many puns before introducing the first act with even more puns.

First act of the night was Hairy von Heels with his reinterpretation of King Lear. New to burlesque, Hairy von Heels brought life and humor to the tragic tale of familial love and succession. His costume changes and dance routine ended with a crown on his head and not much else.

Next in line was a routine based on The Merchant of Venice with Effie Alexandra as Portia and Stephen Blakley as Bassanio. Effie Alexandra’s mesmerizing routine had heavy hip hop overtones and incorporated selected audience members as the princes of Morocco and Arragon. As the number unfolded, each chose a box of gold and silver, leaving the box of Pb for Bassanio, thus winning her hand in a passionate embrace.

Afterwards, it was Antony and Cleopatra with Catfish as the titular queen of Egypt. Catfish’s Elizabeth Taylor-esque Cleopatra captured the audience with silliness and exaggerated expressions while prancing around on stage to The Bangle’s “Dance like an Egyptian”. An actual trouser (stuffed) snake put the routine to an end as Cleopatra slipped into eternal slumber.

What Midsummer Night’s fundraiser would be complete without its very own number? Next, we have Cruella De Vine in a transformational number as Nick Bottom. It began with the writer puzzling over his script only to have a fairy blow fairy dust (or glitter, as it is known in the mortal realm) blown in her face. This spelled her metamorphosis from human to Eeyore, off to find her Titania.

The only historical number of the night was Bella de Colletage as Queen Margaret from Henry VI. This kickass number saw Queen Margaret strutting on stage as Hairy von Heels’ Duke of York cowered in a corner in awe and fear.

Another of the Bard’s famous work, Taming of the Shrew, we had Jayne Fondue as Bianca, and Graeme Thompson, Greg Delmage, and Stephen Blakley as her three suitors. This hilarious number began with the three attractive – if pompous – suitors vying for Bianca’s affections and almost winning it. After much competition and chest pounding, each suitor then brought a gift as the final offering, one of which was a cheese pizza. To the audience’s surprise and delight, Jayne Fondue’s Bianca ran off with the pizza and left her suitors behind, awkwardly consoling each other.

Before intermission, the stage took a dark and delicious turn with Titus Andronicus, in which Kitty Glitter’s Titus committed a fun, brutal murder. Hairy von Heels and Seamus Fit-It-In appeared briefly as Chiron and Demetrius, Titus’ guilty victims who were made into pie. Kitty Glitter then smeared said pie all over herself and fed the audience whipped cream, once again proving that revenge is a dish best served sexy.

After intermission, the Slumber Here band once again captivated the audience with a couple of lively tunes before Will Shakespeare welcomed them back and introduced them to Romeo and Juliet. Trixie Hobbitses and Stephen Blakley serenaded the crowd with a parody of “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” from The Sound of Music – “Thirteen Going on Fourteen”. The altered lyrics brought to light how amusingly creepy and ridiculous the premise of the story was, all the while in ironic contrast to Trixie and Stephen’s adorable displays of affection.

Next, we have a gender transcending number with Rear Admiral Ziggy Starbutts as Twelfth Night’s Viola/Cesario. Ziggy sashayed on stage to a jaunty tune in a full suit, top hat, and a sparkly mustache. As the dance number progressed, she tap danced her way into a flowy dress and presented herself to be Viola, before shedding even that to reveal “Olivia” scrawled on her stomach with an arrow pointing downward, and “Orsino” above her rear.

No Shakespeare night is complete without Lion King Hamlet. Draco Muff-Boi and Ginger Femmecat took to the stage as the titular character and his lover. Ginger brought vividly to life the ethereal and delicate Ophelia, while Draco’s Hamlet appropriately brooded and sulked around the stage. With Ginger drowning in a mist from a squirt bottle and Draco expiring from poison, the routine came to an end with a proper Hamlet ending.

The second supernatural act of the night saw Jaspurr Moans as The Tempest’s Ariel. No, not the mermaid. This Ariel was more bird-like and danced sensually to enchantingly stormy music, ensnaring the audience with her routine.

Another spellbinding routine, the second last act was Lithium Little, Taylor Mayde, and Leeloo Oleander as the Wyrd Sisters from the cursed Scottish play. This bewitching display had the three sisters gyrating against fittingly ominous music with fireplay a consistent motif throughout the spellbindingly eerie number. The unearthly performance ended with the foretelling of Macbeth’s rise and fall, with a flash of fire through the crown.

Last but not least is Adam Stargasm’s debut as Julius Caesar, alongside Effie Alexandra, Kitty Glitter, Hairy von Heels, Princess Iwannaleia, Seamus Fit-It-In, and Stephen Blakley. This entertaining yet increasingly chaotic number captured perfectly the tumultuous nature of politics. And in true Shakespearean tragedy fashion, everybody died.

All in all, Bardlesque was much like many other Geekenders ventures, clever and entertaining. Even accumulating a pile of bodies on stage had the audience in stitches. To catch more of Geekenders ventures, coming up on August 18th is Lord of the Schwings: A Tolkien Burlesque Night at the Rio Theatre. Or if you want to see more Shakespearean ventures, click here to get tickets to Slumber Here.

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Bye, Marvel.

Books & Writing, Culture, Events, Fail, Opinion, Why Aren't You Watching This?

August 14, 2017

I have an awesome geeky friend who happens to be a girl (like about eighty-ninety percent of the writers on this site). She knows more about Star Wars and Star Trek and Doctor Who than I do and she’s flirting with comics. She liked Captain America as a kid and we keep getting DC Superhero Girls stuff for her niece (who loves Batgirl). She likes Spider-Gwen and Monstress, mostly, but she also really digs the movies that’ve come out, especially Captain America. She bought a Cap shirt and wore it a lot for years, but these days it’s gathering dust in a closet.

“Can’t wear it anymore,” says she, when asked. “Movie Cap is still cool and that’s the one I like, but comics Cap? I get weird looks from people when I walk into a comic shop with it. One time, a guy got really excited and started talking to me about racial purity and, well, yeah. Comic Cap is a Nazi now.”

Another guy I know was raised in a casually racist household. His parents and his family believed that anyone with a skin tone darker than theirs was genetically inferior. The thing that got him thinking and changed his mind? Marvel Comics. Specifically, Black Panther. Marvel Comics opened his mind, changed his world. He was digging the comics but hated when it crossed over with Secret Empire.

“Sure, the racists are the bad guys, but didn’t Sam Wilson apologize to a bunch of racists for being black?” says he. “Like, the good guys are telling racists it’s okay to be racists. Also, Captain America is a Nazi? Fuck you.”

I grew up Jewish. There’s a lot of fear that comes with being a Jew in any era. We get blamed for a lot of troubles that we have no power over and nothing to do with because it was politically expedient to do so and political and historical inertia is a thing.

“Jews control the banks and Hollywood!” racists like to say. A lot of us work in the financial sector and entertainment because those were the only two industries we were legally allowed to work in at the dawn of the twentieth century. We get blamed for playing by the rules that other people forced on us, but that ties into a popular Jewish saying: This, too, shall pass.

Still, it’s always inspiring to see the impact we’ve had on the cultural landscape. We invented and refined comic books. The characters in them? The heroes? We largely created them. Captain America and Superman were both Jewish inventions built around concepts of decency, of sticking up for the underdog. Both of them were politically motivated and both of them helped defeat racists in the real world: Captain America helped shame America into getting involved with World War II and Superman did a lot to take down the KKK.

DC Comics has had a lot of problems over the past decade, but they seem to be picking themselves up. Their comics are full of self-contained stories and they’ve seen a gradual increase in sales to go along with it as they expand and create minority and legacy heroes. Marvel, on the other hand, has been focusing on interconnected crossovers where you need to buy more than one title to figure out what’s going on and famously blamed diversity for their flagging sales.

Their latest big dumb crossover event infected more than a dozen of their titles and also turned Captain America into a Nazi – he sided with his enemies at Hydra, killed a bunch of people, turned fascist and tried to conquer the world and install genetic purity and all the other hallmarks of Nazi idiocy.

And now, it’s over.

Marvel’s latest big stupid event crossover thing where they want you to buy all their comics to have some inkling of understanding what’s going on? The idiot thing that interrupts the stories you actually care about and replaces it with one that marginalizes those stories and characters? The one that turned the conscience of Marvel Comics into a Nazi to hit a sales bump and saw ever-decreasing returns to all their titles? The one proposed by the Trump supporter in charge of Marvel, who had a failed Republican politician that thought the school-to-prison pipeline made good business sense turn the creation of two Jews into a Nazi? It just ended. They’re already planning to retcon it out of existence, but it ended.

It’s over.

And so is my time with Marvel Comics. It’s been a while since we touched anything Marvel related with the whole God of Comics; the last one hinted at this stance but I just want to be clear about where we stand as actual Nazis in real life hold rallies and start murdering people again – we will not review, promote, or have anything to do with Marvel until Nick Spencer and Ike Perlmutter no longer work at that company.

We’ll talk about the movies, the Netflix series, all the things that have nothing to do with either of those people – and we want to stress that we do believe that they are people because they are people, a simple observation that neither would give us given that pretty much everyone here is a minority of some type.

I’d like to say that it’s a loss. I’ll miss Spider-Gwen and Hawkeye and Black Panther. I’d say about a third of my collection is Marvel Comics and I’ll be holding onto them because I can happily remember what was. And I’m sure that we’ll get comics worth reading from Marvel again, because this, too, shall pass.

But I cannot, in good conscience, support a company that thinks turning their moral center into a Nazi is good business sense. And I cannot support a writer or an executive that do not see me as a person and would rather inspire those that would see me and my family and the people I care about dead.

Good-bye for now, Marvel. It’s been fun.

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Gentlemen Hecklers: Krull

Comedy, Culture, Events, Performance

August 2, 2017

Oh, gods. Krull. Where does one even begin?

Krull is a science fantasy masterpiece of a film that is everything that the early eighties had to offer: confusing decisions about story, theme, character, and clothing. A weird underlying philosophy about the power of prophecy and wedding vows that result in the power to shoot fire. And an evil army that travels through space in a giant mountain fortress that teleports every day.

I mean, what?

This sounds like an early Dungeons & Dragons adventure module that someone with more cocaine than sense decided needed to be made into a film – and the cocaine was right. Krull did need to be turned into a film, and the film we got… well, look at the trailer:

This is the perfect fodder for people like the Gentlemen Hecklers, and certainly the perfect film for them to celebrate their five year anniversary.

Come witness three of the geniuses that brought us the Mystery Science Theater 3000 reboot as they return to the Rio Theater. Eric Fell, Shaun Stuart, and Patrick Mahlia return to the Rio Theater to five years of laughs and bad movies brought to the big screen.

On August 9th, these three plucky heroes will confront the Beast in the heart of the Black fortress that some call the Rio Theater, a place which does not teleport so much as loom over the intersection of Commerical and Broadway in Vancouver, British California, Canada. You can buy tickets by clicking here, or pay $14 at the door. If you are a Vancouver native or are simply passing through, this is the best thing you could do with your time come August 9th.

Doors open at eight, show starts at nine. See you there.

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