June Events at Rhizome Café

Message from the editor: Rhizome Cafe is a lesbian owned (and run) cafe with a wonderful community attitude. Because they have so many events of interest to LQ’s readers, I have inserted their entire monthly calendar and events notices below, rather than taking on the daunting task of separating them into separate events postings. Enjoy!

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

Dear Friends of Rhizome-

Happy summer to all! In addition to hoping you’ll join us for the events mentioned below, we have a few announcements:

Wireless: Rhizome now offers free wireless internet, available at all times except during weekend brunch (too busy!) and evening events (pay attention!) This is a nice place to sit and work, especially during the afternoons when things are relatively quiet here.

Volunteer Needed: We’re looking for a volunteer to help us transport our compost. We deliver our compost-able kitchen scraps to a community garden near Commercial Drive, but are finding it difficult to do so regularly. We would be very grateful to any volunteer with reliable transportation who already travels regularly from east to west and back again, and who could come by about three times a week to pick up our veggies and drop them off at the garden. If you’re interested, please respond to this email.

Office Space for Rent: You may have noticed that the building next door to us at the corner of Scotia and East Broadway is undergoing massive renovations. Part of it has already been rented out to Starbucks (just what we all need!) but the remaining three suites have yet to be rented. We would love it if community groups, arts organizations, creative folk, etc. became our new neighbours, rather than more corporate junk. We have no idea how much the rent is, but the building is slated to open in July and the available suites range in size from 1,100 to 2,800 square feet. Any groups interested in office space should email the developer directly: peteruyassociates [at] shaw [dot] ca.

We won! Rhizome was awarded a HERO Award at Xtra West’s Community Achievement Awards ceremony. Thanks again to all who nominated us.

Summer Vacation: The Rhizome staff is taking a break from June 28th through July 4th. We will be closed that entire week, reopening on Saturday, July 5th.

We hope to see you at 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: http://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


Kulilu & Nuhkinka Coffee House Night

Friday, May 30, 7:00pm

First Nations Grassroots Arts and Entertainment 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 31, 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

Family Sunday: Kurai Mubaiwa and Andrew Kim

Sunday, June 1, doors at 4:30, show at 5

Caravan World Rhythms Society presents this kids’ concert by Kurai, renowned Zimbabwean Marimba master and Andrew, extraordinary builder and performer of string instruments. Bring the kids for fun musical explorations and then stick around for a relaxed family supper.

$6 for adults and $4 kids

Over 40 Women Meet Over 40 Women

Thursday, June 5; registration from 6:00 to 6:30, event starts at 7:00

Join us for a facilitated gathering for single lesbians over 40. This event is slower paced than speed dating and more participatory than a typical meet and greet. This is an opportunity for women over 40 seeking other women over 40 to mix and mingle in a relaxed, fun and interactive space.

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

In Concert: Doug Andrew and the Circus in Flames

Friday, June 6, 8:00pm

Come witness shocking feats of original sheet metal country music! Doug Andrew and his Circus are some of Vancouver’s best, original, wildly creative talent.

By donation

La Candela

Saturday, June 7, 8:00pm

Caravan World Rhythms Society presents authentic Cuban dance music direct from the streets of Havana.

$10 cover

The Writers’ Studio Reads

Thursday, June 12, 7:30

Members of the SFU Writers’ Studio will share their craft and their most recent literary creations.



Friday, June 13, 8:00pm

Snowflake is a one-woman show by resident performer Michael-Ann Connor. An evening of laughter and tears is inspired by song, dance, comedy and visuals. Reminiscent of a theatrical “Daily Show” this piece mixes social commentary, humor, and driving music in a sexy package.

$5-$10 sliding scale

Oaxaca, Mexico: After Two Years of Nightmares

Saturday, June 14, 7:00pm

On the second anniversary of the popular uprising in Oaxaca, Mexico, CIPO-Van presents a screening of the film Un poquito de tanta verdad as well as opportunities to support Oaxacan community media projects. With this event, we will remember that the struggle continues to remove the tyrant Ulises Ruiz and to build people’s autonomy and self-determination in the south of Mexico.

By donation, no one turned away for lack of funds

Film Screening: Security Guards

Thursday, June 19, 8:30pm

Security Guards is a short documentary film by Sarah Shamash shot on location at the Jeu de Paume. The film shows this prestigious Parisian contemporary art centre through the eyes of the security guards. Questioning the role of art in society, the film connects the political context of Paris today with the rising tension between the Sarkozy administration and issues around immigration within an elitist French, white, bourgeois art world.


In Concert: Asani, Aboriginal women’s trio

Friday, June 20, 8:30pm

Caravan World Rhythms Society presents Asani, a Juno-nominated Aboriginal women’s trio with “captivating, breathtaking harmonies and powerful rhythmic style.”

Sliding scale, $8-$12

Un-disappearing the Disappeared

Saturday, June 21, 7:00pm

BC Central American Student Alliance presents a presentation and discussion on the new generation’s struggle for memory and justice in Guatemala. Wendy Mendez, co-founder of HIJOS (Sons and Daughters of the Disappeared) will present on her work and on state violence in Latin America. This is an invitation to reconstruct collective memory.

By donation, no one turned away.

Book Launch: Everywhere, All the Time

Sunday, June 22, 4:30 to 7:00

The book Everywhere, All the Time, edited by Matt Hern, is a collection of alternative school and alternative-to-school writings. It includes classic essays, projects from around the world, innovative schools, and plenty of Vancouver contributors. Join us for a series of short readings, musical performances, and more!

By donation, no one turned away

Community Radio Reunion

Thursday, June 26, 7:00pm

Meet and greet current and past participants in CJSF-FM, CITR-FM, and CFRO-FM (Coop Radio.) Meet CITR’s new General Manager, Brenda Grunau. Hear news from the 2008 Campus-Community Radio Conference in Windsor. This event is open to everyone who loves the medium!


Rhizome Summer Holiday!

We’ll be closed from June 28 through 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/Producer Sarah Fisher. Meditate and Destroy provides an intimate and dynamic portrait of unconventional Buddhist teacher and counsellor Noah Levine (Dharma Punx, Against the Stream.) Levine uses his personal experience and punk-rock sensibilities to connect with young people within juvenile halls and urban centers around the US. The film presents a hardhitting look at Buddhism’s place in the world of punks.

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

In our Meeting Room

Many groups use our Community Meeting Room for meetings, workshops and other small events. The following are open to the public:

Love Exiles Get-Together

Tuesday, June 3, 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.


Common-ist Conspiracies Discussion Group

Wednesday evenings, May 7-June 25, 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.


Events We’re Supporting Beyond These Four Walls

Here are a couple of events happening in the upcoming weeks, both of which are part of ongoing campaigns. We think they are important to support, and encourage everyone to attend these events and/or pass on the word.

Rally against Bill C-50

Sunday, June 1, 2:00pm

In Centralcity Shopping Centre (north entrance by SFU Surrey Tower), 13450 102nd Avenue Surrey (between 134th and 135th Street), 1 short block from Surrey Central Skytrain Station.

Recently the Conservative government introduced a series of amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act buried in Bill C-50. Under the proposed changes, even if someone meets the necessary-already stringent-criteria for a visa, the Minister and her department can reject the application without any Court review. The Minister will also have the power to issue quotas and restrictions on the category (including Family Class and Economic Class immigrants) and country of origin of people.

For more info: http://noii-van.resist.ca/

Golden Gag Award “Ceremony” and Protest

Friday, June 6, 12:00

Granville Square, 200 Granville Street

Demand that CanWest drop its groundless lawsuit against Mordecai Briemberg! In a direct attack on freedom of expression, Canwest has launched an unprecedented civil lawsuit against solidarity activist Mordecai Briemberg and 6 other anonymous persons. In June 2007, marking the 40th anniversary of the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories, an anonymous group produced a parody edition of Canwest’s Vancouver Sun. Canwest is pursuing legal action against Briemberg despite their written admission that they have no documentation connecting him with the production of the parody. Regardless of individuals’ opinions on the Israel/Palestine issue, we are concerned that this lawsuit is an attack on all of us who dare speak out against the status quo. For more info: www.seriouslyfreespeech.ca

Thanks! See you soon!


Café * Community Space * Arts Venue

Where we are:

317 East Broadway

Vancouver, BC, Coast Salish Territory

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When we’re open:

Tuesdays, 4pm to 10pm

Wednesdays, 11am to 10pm

Thursdays, 11am to 10pm

Fridays, 11am to midnight

Saturdays, 10am to midnight

Sundays, 10am to 3pm (sometimes later if we have an event scheduled)

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.