Rhizome Cafe Events – September

September at Rhizome Café * Community Space * Arts Venue
Since there are tons of events at Rhizome, I decided to post them in one go. Rhizome is a lesbian-owned business (and they have good food too.) For more information see the article about them a few issues back.

317 East Broadway, Vancouver

Dear Friends of Rhizome

During the month of September (and beyond, if it works out) we’re conducting a social and economic experiment—and you’re invited to participate! We’ve added an item to our menu called “Lentils are Everything Stew.” It’s the same (but even better) lentil stew we served at our anniversary event in July: French green lentils, potatoes, spinach and sundried tomatoes in a mint and lemon-scented stew; either vegan or sprinkled with feta cheese, and served with toasted bread.

The interesting thing about Lentils are Everything Stew is that we’re serving it on a “pay as you feel” basis.

We’re inspired by several small cafes in Australia called Lentil as Anything, where customers pay whatever they feel is fair for everything on the menu. The “pay as you feel” system is slightly different than just “pay as you can.” In deciding what to pay for your lentils, you can ask yourself: What is the value of Rhizome Café and the experience of eating here? What is the value of these ingredients, and the labour that produced, prepared and served them? How much do your financial circumstances allow you to pay? How does it feel to be part of a system that could make this food available to everyone, regardless of ability to pay?

Once you’ve decided what you should pay, you deposit your payment confidentially in a box by the till. Come try it and together we’ll see what happens.

And, while our lentil experiment goes on, we hope you’ll join us for the following events—and also for lunch, dinner, weekend brunch or just a coffee or a drink. Here’s what’s happening in September:

Art on our Walls

Peeling into Skin: A (mostly) paper doll show by Suzy Stroet

The fabulous paper doll is still gracing us with her presence, and may have some new outfits soon!


Erica Mah CD Release Party

Friday, September 7th, 8:00pm

Erica Mah is a classically trained pianist turned songwriter. Her intimate, provocative songs resonate like political anthems, and whisper like bedtime lullabies, telling stories with a haunting sense of memory. Join her for the release of her latest independent album City Serenade.

By donation, no one turned away.

Our Own Voices, Of Pain and Hope

Thursday, September 13th, 7:30pm

The Power of Women Group invites you to an inspiring evening of storytelling, poetry, reflection, and resistance. The Power of Women is a group at the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre dedicated to raising awareness on social issues. They are women from all walks of life who are either on social assistance, working poor, or homeless. All are living in extreme poverty and believe it is crucial that they share their experiences and tell their own stories.

Free, donations accepted

The BC Latin American Collective Presents: International Documentary Series
Friday, September 14th, welcome at 7:30pm, film at 8:00pm

BCLAC presents a screening of the Robert Greenwald film Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers. The film takes you inside the lives of soldiers, truck drivers, widows and children who have been changed forever as a result of corporate profiteering in the reconstruction of Iraq. For more info email: bclac1998@gmail.com.


Film Screening: Breaking Ranks

Thursday, September 20th, 7:30pm

A screening of the NFB documentary Breaking Ranks and fund raiser for

the War Resisters Support Campaign. Breaking Ranks is a moving documentary about the plight of four U.S. soldiers seeking sanctuary in Canada as part of their resistance to the war in Iraq. Writer/Director Michelle Mason will introduce the film.

By donation, no one turned away

Vancouver Folk Music Festival—Festival Flashback

Friday September 21st, 8:00pm

An opportunity for Festival members and friends to gather, share highlights and successes of this year’s Festival, and renew support for a Vancouver community institution. Especially for VFMF members, but open to all.


Stories from the front lines of the U.S.-Mexico Border

Saturday, September 22nd, 8:00pm

Many folks in borderland communities feel that they live in a war zone as increasing border “security” measures threaten basic democratic principles and endanger the lives of undocumented immigrants. UBC geography professor Juanita Sundberg and Tucson-based singer/songwriter Pablo Peregrina will share stories and songs from the front lines, and will talk about their work with groups that are contesting US border policies.


Disco, Baby!

Sunday, September 23rd, 4:00 to 6:00pm

Bring the kids for an afternoon of disco dancing fun! The delightful dj little d will be mixing the old school and the new.

Free, but donations are welcome

The Writers’ Studio Reads!

Thursday, September 27th, 7:00pm

Students from the SFU Writers’ Studio read from emerge, their new collection of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.


VDLC Labour Cabaret

Friday, September 28th, 7:30pm

Join the VDLC and friends for an evening of performance by and for members of the labour movement and fellow activists. The theme is work and struggle, and performances will take many forms! If you have a skit to perform, a song to sing or a story to tell, contact Earle at earlepeach (at) yahoo.com.

$0-$10 sliding scale, no one turned away.

Poker Night

Saturday, September 29th, at 7:00pm we’ll have instruction for beginners, at 8:00pm the game begins

Join us for a fun night of poker—for beginners and experienced players alike. Space is limited (24 people max), so arrive early. Come dressed in your favourite, over-the-top poker outfit.


Other Happenings

Crafting Socials

Tuesdays September 4th and 18th at 7:00pm

Seamrippers Craft Collective hosts these friendly, social crafting circles. Bring a project to work on!

Free, no registration necessary

Intuitive Readings

Tuesday afternoons from 3:00 to 5:00pm

Roz Shakespeare, Laraine Wood, and friends are providing clairvoyant consultations here on Tuesday afternoons. Drop in or contact roz (at) vibrantgroup.com to make an appointment.

$20 for 20 minutes, $45 for 45 minutes, $60 for 60 minutes.