Rhizome Cafe September Update

Hey Lesbians!

Rhizome is owned and run by lesbian couple Lisa Moore and Vinetta Lenavat. It’s a great cafe with fun events. I love the Rhizome so much I ‘reprint’ their monthly events email in it’s entirety below.There are lots of events to check out

~The Editor

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September 2009 at Rhizome

Café * Arts Venue * Community Space

317 East Broadway

Dear friends of Rhizome-

Rhizome is preparing for a busy Fall!  In addition to a full calendar of events coming up, we have several new developments to report:

1) Please join us in celebrating Rhizome’s third anniversary!

For the past three years, with your help, we’ve created a diverse and welcoming community space that supports social justice work, focuses on marginalized voices, and allows us all to connect with one another.

We’ll be celebrating during the coming month–and asking for your support so we can continue going strong into the future.  Here’s how you can do that:

Donate something for our silent auction.

We’re creating a two-week long silent auction.  Items will be photographed (or described) and posted on the wall in our meeting room.  Donate something you have, something you’ve made, something you can teach, or a service you can provide.  This is a great chance to connect your talents with others in our Rhizome community–and to support Rhizome at the same time.  Please deliver donations by September 16.  Questions?  Ask Lisa:  lisa@rhizomecafe.ca.

Come by to bid on an auction item.

Starting on September 17, come peruse the talent and generosity that abounds in our community. Bidding will begin on September 17 and will end at 10:00pm at our anniversary party on October 3rd.  Bid early and often!  Your bids help keep Rhizome going.

Sign up to do a 60-second performance at the anniversary party.

Poetry, songs, skits…anything goes–as long as it’s on the theme of the rhizome and it lasts no longer than one minute.  Sign up by September 28 to lisa@rhizomecafe.ca.

And join us for our anniversary party on October 3rd.

Details are listed in the calendar below.

2) We’re expanding our hours. As of September 8, we will open at 11am on Tuesdays.  Please come by for lunch!  Also, starting on September 13 we’ll be staying open later on Sundays: until 9:00pm.  Join us then for an event, or dinner, or drinks…

3) Offsite catering. Let Rhizome prepare the food for your meetings and events!  During the week, we can prepare sandwiches, salads, hot entrees, desserts and more for groups of up to about 20 people.  Contact us for more information.

4) New vegan brunch items. We’ve added some delicious new items to our brunch menu:  vegan and gluten-free pancakes; a new pesto tofu scramble; vegan breakfast patties, and more.  Vegan brunch just got better!

5) Rhizome Free Store Events: On September 13, we’re launching a new monthly event called Rhizome Free Stores, that will allow us to share and exchange resources with each other.  Bring something you don’t need, and take away something you do.  This month’s theme is Kids’ Stuff (clothes, toys, and books.)  Look out for other Free Store themes in coming months.

6) Join our Facebook Group. We’ve succumbed.  Join us at http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gid=144966649427&ref=ts

Also, remember that we’re open for delicious lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, snacks and drinks.  Our complete hours are listed at the end of this message.  

And, let us know if you’d like to use our Community Meeting Room for your group’s activities.  You can check our website for more information on what we do and how we do it: www.rhizomecafe.ca.

Here’s what’s coming up:

Art on our Walls


Prints of Resistance by Angela Sterritt

From mid-September onward

Events

In Our Meeting Room:  Love Exiles Get-Together

Wednesday, September 2, 7:00-9:00pm

Meet fellow GLBT bi-national couples at an informal get-together for couples who immigrated to Vancouver because they could not live together legally with their foreign partners in their home countries.

Free

Not so Strictly Ballroom (NSSB) Preview

Thursday, September 3, 7:00-8:00pm
NSSB, Vancouver’s queer/lgbt/same-sex ballroom and latin dance organization, will be previewing  some of the dances you’ll learn when you sign up for classes with NSSB this Fall, starting mid September.  Come out and see what cha cha, jive and Argentine Tango look like. Get up on the floor with  NSSB ‘s professional (and fun!) instructor Murray Schellenberg.  If you can’t make this session but want to learn about upcoming NSSB dance classes, ask to be put on their mailing list at notsostrictly@hotmail.com

Free

Capoeira Aché Brasil Celebration

Saturday, September 5, 10:00pm to midnight

Join the students and staff of Capoeira Aché Brasil for an informal evening of music and celebration.  Everyone’s welcome!

Free, but any donations are welcome to support kids in Brazilian slums

In Our Meeting Room:  Point Youth Media’s 3rd Annual Supply Party

Wednesday, September 9, 5:00-10:00pm

Point Youth Media (PYM) is looking for donations of supplies to be used in the third year of their “20 Days behind the Eyes of 20 Ugandan Children” programming.  20 Days gives 20 Ugandan youth from the Kampala youth community the opportunity to use disposable cameras to record the realities of their lives.  This year, LOVE BC has partnered with PYM to send three youth leaders from Vancouver to Uganda to share their arts and facilitation skills.  Please bring donations of film and art supplies, and come learn more about this exciting youth-driven initiative.

Free

The Writers’ Studio Reads

Thursday, September 10, 7:00pm

Members of the SFU Writers’ Studio share their latest works of creative nonfiction, fiction and poetry.  Featuring readings by Renee Sarojini Saklikar, Jonina Kirton, Tara Wohlberg, Jan Redford, Adrienne Drobnies, Shannon Raye, Wanda Power, Daniela Elza, Raoul Fernandes, Dea Hutchins, and Tamara Gorin.

Free

ThrilLiterate

Friday, September 11, 7:30pm

An evening of poetry, storytelling and of recognizing literacy as a basic human right. Seven celebrated queer women authors read to raise funds for the Literacy and Learning Program at WISH: a centre for female survival sex workers.  Readings by Mette Bach, Cathleen With, Afuwa Granger, Sailor Holladay, Shana Myara, Nadine Chambers, Amber Dawn and Melanie Bray.

$5-$15 sliding scale

Más Movement Salsa Party For Queer Folk and Allies

Saturday, September 12, 7:30pm

Whether you’ve only dreamed of 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, and drink. At 8:15 we’ll learn some moves from Michael Gabriel Rosen of Más Movement. From 9:30 onward we´ll party to the sweet rhythms of Salsa, Merengue and Reggaeton–courtesy of DJ La Salsomana. No partner necessary.

$5-$10 sliding scale, but no one turned away for lack of funds

Rhizome Free Store:  Kids’ Toys, Books, and Clothing

Sunday, September 13, 5:00-8:00pm

Share what you have!  Get what you need!  This is the first in a series of new Free Store events at Rhizome.  Each month we’ll have a different theme, and will share our resources with each other.  This month, we’ll be sharing kids’ stuff.  Have your kids outgrown their clothes, books or toys?  Bring them in and choose some new (to you) items.  Items must be clean and in working condition.  Anything left over at the end of the evening will be donated to the Battered Women’s Support Services stores.

Free

Deadline for Dropping off Silent Auction Donations

Wednesday, September 16

See October 3 listing below for more information.

Silent Auction Bidding Begins

Thursday, September 17

See October 3 listing below for more information

MAP Van Celebration

Thursday, September 17, 7:00pm

Join us to celebrate the return of the MAP van to the streets of Vancouver, supporting women working in the street level sex trade.  After six successful years of providing vital safety and support services, the MAP van lost its funding in June.  MAP allies rallied to have funding restored–and were successful.  The van returns to the street this month.  Come show your support and celebrate this great community victory.

$5-$25 sliding scale recommended, but no one turned away for lack of funds

Board Games are So Gay

Friday, September 18, 7:00pm

We’re back with another round of queer-friendly board games!  Bring your favourite games or use ours.  Proper Noun will keep the tunes coming.

By donation, no one turned away.

Book Launch/Blast-Off of VIVA ZAPATA!
Saturday, September 19, 4:30-6:30pm

VIVA ZAPATA! is the roaring new children’s book by writers Emilie Smith and Margarita Kenefic-Tejada, illustrated by Stefan Czernecki.  It tells the fanciful tale of how the hero of the Mexican Revolution, Emiliano Zapata, engages a band of wild bandidos, rescues his stolen horse, and rides off in a cloud of hope for the future.  This event will be a celebration of the book, and of this beloved hero of all humanity.  People are invited to bring their images of Zapata for an honourary altar to his memory, as we approach the centenary of the Mexican Revolution.

Free

“Best of the Van Poetry Slam 2008-2009” CD Release Party

Saturday, September 19, 8:00pm

The Vancouver Poetry Slam brings its best and brightest spoken word performers to the stage to celebrate the launch of their “Best of” CD.  The Van Slam Poetry Team, chosen by the public from the 08-09 playoffs, will perform as a group.  This is a fundraiser for Vancouver Poetry House.

$8-$12 sliding scale, includes a copy of the CD

House Beneath Poetry Launch

Sunday, September 20, 6:00pm

House Beneath is the first book from Susan Telfer of Gibsons, British Columbia. Telfer takes on big issues, such as how to write out of a landscape, which despite its beauty, has been the site of much personal pain.  Writing about human relationships, family and the British Columbia landscape, Telfer encompasses the doubt of growing up within an alcoholic home but also here is affirmation and new hope, and understanding.  With special guest reader Elizabeth Bachinsky.

Free

Emerge 2009 Sneak Preview Reading

Thursday, September 24, 7:00pm

Come hear the writers of the Writer’s Studio 2009 student anthology emerge at a sneak preview of the publication’s formal launch in October. Twenty one voices of fiction, creative non-fiction and poetry.

Free

Brand New Sneakers: Farewell…For Now
Friday, September 25, 8:00pm

After four successful showcases of local female talent, Brand New Sneakers is up for one final round before host & creator Eirene Cloma trades in her kicks for combats to explore the road less travelled. This last show will be featuring your favourites from past BNS shows including Kidnap Kids!, Alexandria Finn, Larissa Feng, spoken word artist Lucia Misch, and many more! http://www.myspace.com/vancouverbrandnewsneakers
$5-10 sliding scale

In Concert:  Sever Folk Society with The Sumner Brothers

Saturday, September 26, 8:00pm

This music and this night will be all about honesty and connection. The Sumner Brothers showcase a stripped down, feel it in your bones and look death right in the eye kind of music, while The Sever Folk Song Society can be expected to deliver a raw, technical, and energetic set of acoustic folk-punk. myspace.com/thesumnerbrothers and myspace.com/severfolk
By donation

Family Sunday:  Disco, Baby Season Opener!

Sunday, September 27, 4:30 to 7:00pm

Disco, Baby is back after a summer break.  Bring the kids for some disco dancing fun!  dj little d will be mixing the old school and the new.

By donation

I Could Have Been a Spelling Bee Champ, Round 5

Thursday, October 1, 7:00pm, **Registration for spellers at 6:30.

Come out and spell your way to the top, or watch the drama unfold from the audience.  Winner gets a trophy and the title of Spelling Bee Champ, Fall 2009.  Door prizes from local bookstores and publishers.  Proceeds go to Towards Aboriginal Health and Healing to fund health and advocacy program for aboriginal, HIV+ peoples.  Call Denise at 604-314- 5886 for more info.

$5- $20, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

October 2, 1968 Memorial

Friday, October 2, 7:00pm

Building Bridges presents this memorial to the victims and survivors of the 1968 massacre in Mexico City, with an update on current conditions in Mexico.  Including video presentation, poetry, discussion and more.

Free

Rhizome Café’s Third Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, October 3, 7:00pm to midnight

Join us to celebrate Rhizome’s third anniversary!  For the past three years, with your help, we’ve all created a diverse and welcoming community hub that supports social justice work, focuses on marginalized voices, and allows us all to connect with one another!  Join us for an evening of celebration, including tasty things to eat, performances, a slideshow of the past year, dancing, and more.

$1-$100 sliding scale, all helps Rhizome keep on going.

In addition to attending the party, there are other ways you can celebrate with us–and help Rhizome continue strong into the future:

1) Donate something for our silent auction! We’re creating a two-week long silent auction.  Items will be photographed (or described) and posted on the wall in our meeting room.  Donate something you have, something you’ve made, something you can teach, or a service you can provide.  This is a great chance to connect your talents with others in our Rhizome community–and to support Rhizome at the same time.  Please deliver donations by September 16.  Questions?  Ask Lisa:  lisa@rhizomecafe.ca.

2) Come by to bid on an auction item. Starting on September 17, come peruse the talent and generosity that abounds in our community. Bidding will begin on September 22 and will end at 10:00pm at our anniversary party on October 3rd.  Bid early and often!  Your bids help keep Rhizome going.

3) Sign up to do a 60-second performance at the anniversary party. Poetry, songs, skits…anything goes–as long as it’s on the theme of the rhizome and it lasts no longer than one minute!  Sign up by September 28 to lisa@rhizomecafe.ca.

Thanks!  See you soon!

Rhizome

Café * Arts Venue * Community Space

Where we are:

317 East Broadway

Vancouver, BC, Coast Salish Territory

For more information:

604-872-3166

www.rhizomecafe.ca

rhizome@rhizomecafe.ca

Our regular hours:

Tuesdays:       11am to 10pm  **NOTE: New opening time starting September 8

Wednesdays: 11am to 10pm

Thursdays:      11am to 10pm

Fridays:           11am to midnight

Saturdays:       10am to midnight (brunch from 10 to 3)

Sundays:         10am to 9pm (brunch from 10 to 3)  ***NOTE: New closing time starting September 13

We’re closed on Mondays.

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.



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