Tag: lesbian visibility

Become a lesbian novelist

I’m taking part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) again this year and invite you to join me. Participants write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November, with support from the NaNoWriMo organization. Check it out at www.nanowrimo.org You can follow my progress (or lack thereof) and be one of my ‘writing buddies’ and compete against me by visiting my profile at: http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/563340

You can do it! The world needs more lesbian novelists, don’t you think? Click on the link above to see the whole post.

NaNoWriMo Winner

Some of you may have read the post I made during November when I was in the middle of writing a 50,000 word novel.. I completed that task, with a day to spare, which qualified me as a National Novel Writing Month winner. www.nanowrimo.org The […]

Local Lesbian Band Sugarbeach releases new album

Here’s a message from Marlee and Tully:

“Our new album “Not Deserted” has just been released worldwide!

To hear our online CD release and interview with the lovely Len Rogers in Virginia, USA, go to http://www.rainbowworldradio.com (till Sept 15)

Get yourself a cuppa (Aussie for a cup of tea) and settle in. You’ll hear the first half of the CD, then a nice long interview, then the second half of the CD.

“Not Deserted” can also be heard at:

www.sugarbeachmusic.com & www.myspace.com/sugarbeach

You can also see videos and photos and other info on these 2 sites.

To purchase “Not Deserted” either in disc form or digital, go to: www.cdbaby.com/sugarbeach1 You’ll be able to download the individual songs from iTunes in a few weeks.

Thanks

Marlee & Tully

OXOX”

Sugarbeach's new album cover
Sugarbeach's new album cover

Lesbians and Bicycles

Excerpts from : Subjects of the Visual Arts: Bicycles by Carla Williams / Taisau “Bicycles, introduced in Europe around 1863, were the first democratic means of transportation. In practical terms, bicycles eliminated the reliance on the horse and buggy. The “Golden Age” of bicycles came […]

Pride Parade Basics for Straight-Run Companies and Organizations

Rainbows for Beginners Pride season is in the air. Last year I wrote a post-pride advice guide for straight people hosting floats in the parade. It seems like time to bring it to the surface again, in the hopes that companies wishing to market to […]

Rhizome Cafe July Events

Editors Note:

Rhizome Cafe is a lesbian-owned business in Vancouver with a lot of great events of interest to lesbians. I’m posting their monthly events newsletter in it’s entirety below.  Enjoy!

July 2009 at Rhizome

Café * Arts Venue * Community Space

317 East Broadway

 

 

Dear friends of Rhizome-

 

We hope you’ll join us for the various events listed below.  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.  

 

Also, 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.

 

Please note that Rhizome will be closed for a summer break from Monday, July 13 through Wednesday, July 22.  We’ll reopen at 11:00am on Thursday, July 23.

 

Here’s what’s coming up:

 

 

Art on our Walls

 

The Muse’s Studio:  Drawings by Kyla Bourgh

 

Events

 

YouthMADE: Voices and Visions Premiere! 

Thursday, July 2, 7:00pm

In April, 19 youth from Vancouver and Port Alberni came together to make a series of videos about racism and discrimination.  These incredibly moving films will be used in schools throughout BC to support inclusive, critically aware and socially just communities.  Come and experience the power of digital storytelling.   Film makers will be present.  Presented by the Access to Media Education Society.

Free

 

When Lions Roar:  An Evening of Expression

Friday, July 3, 6:30pm

The Sikh Activist Network hosts an evening of poetry, spoken word and other artistic pieces to mark the 25th anniversary of Sikh genocide in India. Use the power of words, unity and community on this night to express your feelings, emotions and solidarity against oppression.

By donation

 

What the F do YOU Know?  Quiz Night Fundraiser for “The F Word”

Saturday, July 4, 7:00pm

The F Word, Vancouver’s only feminist radio show (heard Saturday mornings on Vancouver Co-op Radio, 102.7FM) hosts an evening of hilarious, feminist pub quizzery.  This is your chance to have fun and test your knowledge with your friends, while you support a real rarity: women-centered media!  All are welcome!

$5 per person, register in teams

 

In Our Meeting Room:  Participatory Economics Social

Wednesday, July 8, 6:30-8:30pm

Ever heard of participatory economics?  Interested in finding out how people are working to implement it?  If so, then this social is for you.  Economics isn’t just for old white men smoking cigars!  Hosted by the Vancouver Parecon Collective.

Donations appreciated but not expected.

 

Women in the Round: Joanna Chapman-Smith, Kate Reid and Sarah MacDougall

Thursday, July 9, show starts at 8:30, but come early to get a seat!

Joanna, Kate and Sarah present a rollicking, estrogen-injected evening of powerhouse women in folk music from the Canadian West.  All three women have just released sophomore albums this year and will be playing songs from their new albums.  Please join them for an unforgettable night of acoustic tunes, laughter and story-telling!

$10-$15 sliding scale

 

Board Games are So Gay!

Friday, July 10, 7:00pm

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

By donation, no one turned away.

 

Rhizome Summer Holiday

We’ll be closed from July 13 through July 22 for our summer break.  Rhizome will re-open on Thursday July 23 at 11:00am!

 

Book Launch:  Back in the Days
Thursday, July 23, 6:00pm

North End Girl Productions and Wattle & Daub Books are thrilled to host the launch of Addena Sumter-Freitag’s “Back In The Days,” a collection of poetry and creative nonfiction on war, peace and getting by for one Black family in Winnipeg.  Come join us and celebrate with drinks, laughter, and a selection of exciting stories and poems that will warm your heart, rock your soul, and let you live a while, “Back in the Days.”

Free

 

Disrupt dis reality!  Featuring abstract random

Friday, July 24, doors at 7:00, show at 8:00pm

This evening will highlight music by arts activists across different communities, media, and genres.  Featuring random abstract (from Toronto)–part poetry, part music, part play, part call to arms to humanity.  random abstract will be joined by the local Cultural Medicine Cabinet, hip hop artists, and more.

$5-10 sliding scale

 

Brand New Sneakers
Saturday, July 25, 8:00pm

The sun is out and a great time to sport Brand New Sneakers in your bermudas and bangles! Hosted by musician Eirene Cloma, Brand New Sneakers is a diverse, free-spirited, and youthful twist to Vancouver’s women’s music scene. This fourth edition features Diane Reyes, Larissa Feng, Skream-me, and more!
$7-$10 sliding scale

 

Bi the Way It’s Our Cabaret 2, Featuring The Heartfelt Apologies

Friday, July 31, 7:30pm

The Bisexual Social/Support Group in partnership with The Centre present Bi the Way It’s Our Cabaret 2, an evening of performance in a laid back atmosphere.  Featuring live music by The Heartfelt Apologies and others, delicious food, and the opportunity to meet other bi and supportive folks who have been waiting for a social event like this for so long!

By donation, no one turned away for lack of funds.

 

Country of the People’s without Owners

Saturday,  August 1, 7:30pm

La Chiva: Colombia Solidarity Group hosts a screening of “Country of the Peoples without Owners,” a documentary film produced by the Colombian Nasa Indigenous Community.  What happens when the poorest and most marginal people confront, without weapons, the most powerful regime of Latin America, sustained and backed by the economic, political, military, and media powers of the United States and their transnational corporate allies?  The response is apparent in the wisdom of the five point agenda that provided the fuel for the Popular Minga.  A short forum will follow the screening of the documentary.  Afterwards, enjoy the rich diversity of Colombian beats with DJ La Salsomana.”

Sliding scale, $5 and up, to benefit the Nasa Indigenous Community Radio Station

 

 

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: 4 to 10pm

Wednesdays: 11am to 10pm

Thursdays:  11am to 10pm

Fridays:  11am to midnight

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

Sundays: 10am to 3pm (brunch from 10 to 3); and occasionally for events from 4:30 to 7pm-ish

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.

 

 

Lesbian Book Review – Angel Food and Devil Dog: A Maggy Gale Mystery – Liz Bradbury

Review by Jeanette Nelson I was intrigued by our lesbian heroine, Maggy Gale, and her qualifications. At the age of 37 she has acquired and accomplished so much. She has an arts degree and then rose to the rank of leiutenant in the police department. […]

International Lesbian Day

A day just for us! I plan to celebrate it by going on vacation with my wife with a bunch of other lesbians. Hope yours is fun too. ~Editor Here’s a link to stories about ILD

Rhizome Cafe July Events and 2 year Anniversary

LQ readers will be familiar with the Rhizome Cafe, owned by lesbian couple Lisa Moore and Vinetta Lenavat, who were profiled a year ago coinciding with their remarkable cafe’s one year anniversary.  Since the cafe has lots of community events and activities, I’m including their monthly calendar newsletter in it’s entirety, below.  ~LQ Editor

July at Rhizome  Café * Arts Venue * Community Space 317 East Broadway, Vancouver 

Dear friends of Rhizome-

 

Happy summer to you all!  Here are a couple of announcements, as well as the listings for upcoming events in July (and a few August ones too.)

 

Family Sundays Take a Break til September

 

Since January, we’ve held a series of wonderful kids’ activities on Sunday afternoons.  Thanks to all who have performed, DJ’ed, facilitated, and attended these events!  We’ve decided to take a break for the summer, so as not to compete with good outdoor activities.  We’ll be back with more Family Sunday events in September.

 

Rhizome Café Turns Two

 

As of last week, Rhizome Café is now officially two years old!  Mark your calendars for the evening of August 16th, and join us to celebrate these two years of community and activism, arts and culture, good food and friendship.  The details are listed below. 

 

Help Design a Rhizome Café T-shirt 

 

It’s time to create a Rhizome t-shirt, and we’re scheming up a truly unique and rhizomatic design process.  You (yes, all of you) can contribute to the creation of the final t-shirt design.  Here’s how it will work:  By July 21, email or drop off a black and while sketch of an image you think should go on a Rhizome t-shirt.  Images need not be professional or polished looking.  Anyone can submit one.  We will pass your drawings on to some artists who have recently shown their work at Rhizome.  They will compile elements of everyone’s images, add their own two cents, and produce t-shirt designs that represent the visual ideas of many people.  The t-shirts will be unveiled (and available for sale) at Rhizome’s second anniversary party on August 16.  You may or may not recognize elements of your work in the final designs, but you can rest assured that your drawing will have influenced these t-shirts-created rhizomatically!  Again, the deadline for submissions is July 21. 

 

Tell Us about Your Garden

 

We’re researching ways of expanding our Pay-as-you-feel food system by including some produce grown right here in the neighbourhood.  We’re still in the research stages of this process, but for now we’re just wondering:  Do you grow vegetables within walking/biking distance of Rhizome?  What do you grow?  Do you ever have more than you can use?  Let us know, and we’ll tell you more of what we’re thinking. 

 

Summer Holiday: June 28 through July 4

 

Rhizome Café will be closed from June 28 through July 4 so we can take a break.  See you when we return!

 

We hope you’ll join us for the various events listed below.  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 happening in the coming month:

 

Art on our Walls

 

Illustrated Journey Youth Project:

Comics by immigrant and refugee youth

 

Events

 

Reminder:  Rhizome Café Summer Holiday

We’ll be closed from Saturday, June 28 through Friday, July 4.

 

Vancouver Film Premiere:  Meditate and Destroy

Saturday, July 5, doors at 6:30, event at 7:30

DIY Dharma and 108 Rampage Film Tour present: Meditate and Destroy, film screening and Q and A with Director Sarah Fisher.  Meditate and Destroy provides an intimate and dynamic portrait of an unconventional Buddhist teacher and counselor. This powerful 80 minute documentary shows how author Noah Levine (Dharma Punx, Against the Stream) uses his personal experience and punk-rock sensibilities to connect with young people within juvenile halls and urban centers around the country. Tattoos, motorcycles, and an engaging punk rock soundtrack are featured in this hard-hitting look at how Buddhism has a place in the world of punks.

$7-15 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds

 

Disjunct! Performance Series Presents:  Under Current

Thursday, July 10, 6:30

Join us for an evening of readings and performances by Queensland, Australia poets Julie Beveridge and Graham Nunn, with Jacqueline Turner, Matt Rader, Nikki Reimer, and the pppoetry band.

By donation, $5-$7 suggested

 

Board Games are So Gay

Friday, July 11, 7:00

We’re back with another round of queer-friendly board games for all ages and abilities.  Bring your favourite games or use ours.  DJ Julie will keep the tunes coming!

Free

 

Homes for All Fundraiser:  “Stand for Housing”

Thursday, July 17, 7:00

R.A.O.K.-Youth Helping the Community is raising funds to purchase banner-making supplies for their weekly Stands for Housing.  The group-a self-governed and self-empowered committee of youth, ages 13 to 24-plans to go nationwide, raising awareness on homelessness and trying to reinstate the national social housing program.  The evening will include a variety of youth-driven performances.

Suggested $5-$10 donation, but no one turned away for lack of funds.

 

Glenna Garramone’s CD Release Show

Thursday, July 24, 8:00

Join Victoria’s avant-folk songstress, Glenna Garramone, as she celebrates the release of her new CD, Seasky-Starsong.  See www.glenna-g.com.

$5

 

Café Rebelde

Friday, July 25, 7:00

Join us for this monthly informational and social event in support of Latin American social movements.  This month’s topic is “Building the Political Platform of the FMLN (El Salvador.)”

Free

 

Bi the Way, It’s Our Cabaret

Saturday, July 26, 8:00

Vancouver’s bisexual community celebrates Pride with an evening of great company and delightful coffeehouse-style performances.  A variety show featuring music, poetry, drag and much more, with special guests The Heartfelt Apologies.  Open to all bisexuals, friends and allies.  Brought to you by The Centre’s bisexual social group.

Admission by donation, sliding scale at the door.

 

In Concert:  Lehera Trio

Thursday, July 31, 7:30

Lehera is a trio from Bangalore, India and Canada.  The group brings together their roots in North and South Indian classical music and Western musical forms to create a genre that is both energetic and contemplative.  Vocals in English and classical Indian styles intertwine with Hindustani slide guitar, violin, bamboo flutes and vocal harmonics.

$5-$10 sliding scale

 

Books 2 Prisoners Fundraiser

Friday, August 1, 7:00

As part of this year’s Prison Justice Day organizing, this event will benefit Books 2 Prisoners, a Vancouver collective that sends books free of charge to prisoners across Canada.  Performances by LOUD, readings by Emma Kivisild and Lora McElhinney, and screening of the film “What I Want My Words to Do to You: Voices from a Maximum Security Prison.”

$7-$15 sliding scale (postage to send a book to one prisoner or a box to a group)

 

Save the Date!

Rhizome Café’s Second Anniversary Extravaganza

Saturday, August 16, 7:00pm

There will be food and music, fun and games, participatory art projects and more!

 

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

 

When we’re open:

Tuesdays: 4 to 10pm

Wednesdays: 11am to 10pm

Thursdays:  11am to 10pm

Fridays:  11am to midnight

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

Sundays: 10am to 3pm (brunch from 10 to 3)

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Local Lesbian Duo Writes Pride Song for Vancouver and 7 other Cities

[Editor Note: I received this email from Marlee and Tully of Sugarbeach, who have some great news to announce. Congratulations! – Editor] Hey Sophia! Hope you gals are doing well! We thought we’d send you this as it might interesting to you. We have just […]