Rhizome Cafe May Events
May at Rhizome Café * Community Space * Arts Venue 317 East Broadway, Vancouver
Stand Up, Sing Out: Expressions of Resistance and Liberation
Friday May 2nd, 7:30pm
Streams of Justice presents an evening of music and poetry on the theme of human solidarity, and against the unjust social structures that break us apart. (http://www.streamsofjustice.org/).
Art Show Opening: Illustrated Journey Youth Project
Saturday, May 3rd, 6:30pm
For the past six months, a group of immigrant and refugee youth have worked with established illustrators and comic book artists, learning how to share their personal stories and talk about issues that are important to them as newcomers to Canada. The comics currently hanging on our walls are the result of this collaboration. Come see the comics, meet the youth artists, and learn about their journeys, both physical and artistic.
Family Sunday: Caravan World Rhythms Society Presents Boris Sichon
Sunday, May 4th, doors at 4:30, show at 5:00, supper til 7:00
Bring the kids to experience over 25 instruments, and musical traditions from near and far. This is a participatory show, part of Rhizome’s Family Sunday series: events, activities and supper for all ages.
$4 for kids, $6 for adults
Caffeinated Queers: Youth Week Talent Show
Friday, May 9th, 6:00pm
Come join a fabulous night filled with wonderful young talents, hosted by GAB, Out in Schools, and the Vancouver School Board. It will be an evening of singing, acting, stand-up, spoken-word, drag, film and fun entertainment for queer youth and their friends.
Free, donations welcome
Althea Cunningham Duo
Saturday, May 10th, 8:00pm
Sultry, original R&B and soul music sung by Althea Cunningham and accompanied by David Priest and Harry Kalensky. Don’t miss this chance to satisfy your appetite for great jazz tunes!
$5 at the door
Family Sunday: Will Stroet and His Mom’s Mothers’ Day Concert
Sunday, May 11th, doors at 4:30, show at 5:00, supper til 7:00
Celebrate Mothers’ Day with children’s musician Will Stroet and his mom Marion! Will and Marion will sing interactive songs in French and English from their acclaimed album Will et sa maman: Chantons et dansons.
$4 for children, $6 for adults
Locution: The UBC Creative Writing Department’s Reading Series
Thursday, May 15th, 7:00pm
Five writers from UBC’s MFA Creative Writing program read from their latest works, live performances are presented, mystery guests do their thing, and more!
Claudia Dey Book Launch
Friday, May 16th, 7:30pm
Claudia Dey celebrates the launch of her debut novel, Stunt, which the Toronto Star calls a “surrealist coming-of-age novel, a shot of Catcher in the Rye with a One Hundred Years of Solitude chaser.” She is joined by local novelist, Teresa McWhirter, who reads from her new novel Dirtbags (Anvil Press), a book FFWD Weekly calls a “search for beauty amid chaos and anarchy [that] resonates long after the last page is turned.”
Caravan World Rhythms Society Presents: Pe de Cana
Saturday, May 17th, 8:00pm
Pe de Cana, Vancouver’s own choro/chorinho trio band brings us this popular style of Brazilian music and rhythm.
$10 at the door
Family Sunday: Storyteller Naomi Steinberg
Sunday, May 18th, doors at 4:30, show at 5:00, supper til 7:00
A little bit of curiosity, a whole lotta heart and a generous heap of fun – all wrapped up in tried and true traditional tales from around the world. Join storyteller Naomi Steinberg for this evening of stories. Bring your ears, hearts and willingness to wonder the world into wellness!
$3-$5 suggested donation, but no one turned away for lack of funds.
Palestinian Refugee Film Night
Thursday, May 22nd, 7:00pm
As part of Vancouver-Palestine Solidarity Month, the Boycott Israeli Apartheid Campaign presents an evening of films focusing on the Palestinian Nakba (Catastrophe) of 1948. The two films, Children of Ibdaa and Deir Yassin Remembered, depict not only the events of 1948 but also the continuing struggle of Palestinian refugees.
By donation, suggested $5-$10 but no one turned away
Friday, May 23rd, 7:00pm
Join us for this monthly informational and social event in support of Latin American social movements. May’s topic is to be announced.
Board Games are So Gay
Saturday, May 24th, 7:00pm
Bring your favourite games or use ours! DJ Ruggedly Handsome will keep the tunes coming during this queer-friendly community games night.
Free, donations welcome
Family Sunday: Disco, Baby
Sunday, May 25th, 4:30-7:00
We’ll be out on the disco floor again! Dj little d will be mixing the old school and the new. Bring the kids out for some disco dancing fun.
By donation, no one turned away for lack of funds
Kulilu & Nuhkinka Coffee House Night
Friday, May 30th, 7:00pm
First Nations Grassroots Arts and Entertainment (A department of the George Manuel Institute) presents a First Nations evening of culture and traditional sharing. Our elder Kulilu (political activist, poet, writer and performer) has turned 60. We offer this night of entertainment and connection as a way to bring our people together to embrace our oral traditions of storytelling through spoken word and song. Nuhkinka (performer, youth worker and political activist) will deliver a premier performance as a gift to Kulilu and our guests.
EveryBODY Dance Now! A Latin Dance Party for Queer Folk and their Allies
Saturday, May 31st, 7:30pm
Whether you’ve only dreamed of dancing Salsa or are already a pro, you are welcome here! From 7:30 to 8:15 we’ll hang out, listen to some music, eat, drink and maybe try out our dance shoes a bit. At 8:15 we’ll learn some moves from Michael Gabriel Rosen of Más Movement. From 9:30 onward we´ll work it to the sweet rhythms of Salsa, Merengue and Reggaeton. No partner necessary.
$5-$10 sliding scale, but no one turned away for lack of funds
Workshops and Other Small Happenings
Many groups use our Community Meeting Room and other corners of the café for gatherings, workshops, and more. This month, the following are open to the public:
Common-ist Conspiracies Discussion Group
Wednesday evenings, May 7th-June 25th, 7:00-9:00pm
Join us for a weekly study/discussion group on “the commons:” physical and social relationships based on shared resources, networks of mutual aid, dignity and non-alienated labour. We will discuss examples of how people have built emancipatory ways of living as alternatives to the destructive mode of social organization that is capitalism. Each week we will focus on a specific theme of interest. There will be no formal reading list but readings relating to particular topics will be made available for anyone who is interested. Together we will elaborate on a language and practice of political struggle and social change that connects us with others.
Rhizome Café * Community Space * Arts Venue
Where we are:
317 East Broadway Vancouver, BC, Coast Salish Territory
For more information: 604-872-3166
When we’re open:
Tuesdays: 4pm to 10pm
Wednesdays and Thursdays: 11am to 10pm
Fridays 11am to midnight
Saturdays 10am to midnight (brunch from 10 to 3; kitchen closed 3-5)
Sundays 10am to 3pm (and often also from 4:30 to 7:00 when we have a Family Sunday event scheduled)
A note on our name: In the botanical sense, a rhizome is a root system that some plants (like lilies and orchids and ginger and bamboo) use to spread themselves about. While the roots of most plants point generally downward, the rhizome is a horizontal root system that runs parallel to the surface of the ground. The plant sends shoots up from nodes in the rhizome, creating what look like many separate plants. These seemingly unrelated individuals are actually all connected, through a system that’s not immediately visible to the eye.