Rhizome Cafe August Events

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Lisa and Vinetta of the Rhizome Cafe host a lot of events of interest to lesbians at their Cafe in East Vancouver. I’ve posted their entire events newsletter rather than the individual events to save time. If you haven’t been to their cafe yet, I suggest you check it out. – LQ Editor


August at Rhizome

Café * Arts Venue * Community Space

317 East Broadway

Dear friends of Rhizome-

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

Rhizome Café Turns Two:  Anniversary Party in September

As of June, Rhizome Café is now officially two years old!  Mark your calendars for the evening of Saturday, September 27, and join us to celebrate these two years of community and activism, arts and culture, good food and friendship.  The details are listed below.

There’s Still Time to Help Design a Rhizome Café T-shirt

We’re still accepting submissions of drawings and ideas for our collaborative t-shirt design process.  Here’s how it works:  By August 5th, email or drop off a sketch of an image you think represents Rhizome.  If you don’t want to draw, you can describe an image in words.  We will pass your drawings on to an artist who has recently shown her work at Rhizome.  She will compile elements of everyone’s images, add her own two cents, and produce a t-shirt design 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 September 27.  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 August 5.

Family Sundays Begin Again in September

During the school year, Rhizome holds a series of wonderful kids’ activities on Sunday afternoons.  Right now, we’re planning our schedule for the fall, and are looking for musicians, storytellers and other performers who are interested in sharing your talents with kids.  Also—we’re looking for kids who perform for other kids, and kids who want to organize their own events.  Get in touch with us if you’re interested!

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

Liaison: Paintings by Dzee Louise

Dzee Louise examines how experience materializes in the body and how the body informs our experience. Textures imply systems of veins, nerves or roots.  Patterns are repeated and become the connective tissue across a number of realms.  Abstracted figures interact with and are revealed in the patterns, suggesting occurrences at the biological, environmental and sociological levels.  Save the date for the Liaison closing party: Thursday, September 25.


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.  Performance 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)

I Could Have Been a Spelling Bee Champ:  Round 3

Friday, August 8, registration at 7:30, bee starts at 8:00

Towards Aboriginal Health and Healing presents this fun (and educational!) event to raise money for their program for marginalized Aboriginal peoples with HIV.  Come spell your way to the top—or cheer on from the audience.  Local writers are the judges.

$5-$20 sliding scale, but no one turned away for lack of funds

Storyteller and Multimedia Artist Chris Chandler and Special Guest Paul Benoit

Saturday, August 9, 8:00

Chris Chandler has performed on thousands of stages across the US and Canada, as well as for hundreds of organizations seeking social justice—wherever the rabble needs to be roused!  The IWW-Vancouver presents this audio-visual extravaganza and wildly funny celebration of the human spirit.

$5-$20 sliding scale, but no one turned away for lack of funds

Fruit Tree Project 2008 Harvest Season Kick-Off Event

Tuesday, August 12, drop in between 6:00 and 9:00

Come learn about how the Fruit Tree Project harvests urban fruit and distributes it to people in need.  The FTP will already have done some picks, but most of the season will still be ahead of us.  Come find out how you can get involved!

$3-5 suggested donation, but no one turned away

Towards Healthy Communities:  Taking an EcoHealth Approach

Wednesday, August 13, 4:00 to 6:30

Twenty–four graduate students from across Canada and from different disciplines will come together in August for an 11 day course looking at Ecosystem Approaches to Health. The students will be working collaboratively to create health promotion strategies that encompass the interconnected issues of housing/shelter, land and food systems, and transportation networks; they will be influenced by the experiences and expertise of community members as well as academics. This event is their final presentation of the proposed strategies and is open to the community.


Prisoners Today!  Free Always!

Thursday, August 14, 7:00

Join us for a screening of the documentary “Seguir Siendo,” and for a discussion of the ongoing work of the Comité Cerezo on behalf of Mexican political prisoners.  Co-presented by the Comité Cerezo Mexico, La Surda Latin American Collective, and Building Bridges.


Board Games are So Gay

Friday, August 15, 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 little d will keep the tunes coming!


Clitoral Mass After-Party:  An Evening of Babes, Bicycles and Beverages Celebrating Women and Cycling

Saturday, August 16, 7:00

Join the gals after the lunar ‘Clitoral Mass’ ride (starting at 5 at the Vancouver Art Gallery) for an evening of bicycle-inspired fun and entertainment.  All ages and genders welcome.


Close to Bone:  An Evening with Slam Poet Tara Hardy

Thursday, August 21, 7:00

Tara Hardy is an internationally recognized working class, queer femme poet who writes and teaches in Seattle.  She joins us for her first one-woman Vancouver show.

Tickets $5 and up (but no one turned away); available in advance at Rhizome; limited # of tickets available at the door.

Café Rebelde: Creating New Forms of Alternative Media

Friday, August 22, 7:00

The aliveinmexico.org collective, Café Rebelde, and the filmmakers present short video documentaries from Mexico: The Other Campaign (Mexico, DF), Community Policing (Guerrero), Radio Planton (Oaxaca) and Indigenous Encounter (Vicam, Sonora).  Don’t hate the media; create alternatives!


Más Movement Salsa Party For Queer Folk and Allies

Saturday, August 23, 7:30

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. No partner necessary.

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

Three Minutes or Less:  Queer Speed Friending/Dating

Thursday, August 28, check-in between 7:30 and 8:00

Three Minutes or Less is back for another evening of speed meeting!  For people who want to meet people.  Check www.threeminutesorless.ca for more info.

$10 suggested, but no one turned away for lack of funds

Herstory Café:  Burlesque—A Historical Perspective

Friday, August 29, 7:30

Come learn about the historical and cultural roots of burlesque at this illustrated talk presented by Mary Shearman, SFU.


Capoeira Aché Brasil Celebration

Saturday, August 30, 10:00 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

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, August 26, 6:00-8:00pm

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.


Coming Up in September

Taking Stock Collaborative Photography Exhibition

Saturday, September 6, 7:00

This event will be the culmination of a day-long digital photography scavenger hunt.  In the morning, participants will be given a list of things to take photos of.  Scavenger hunt participants will need their own digital cameras, and will be given a fixed amount of time to create images and turn them in to the event organizers.  No cars allowed—just feet, bikes and public transportation.  To participate in the scavenger hunt, email  takingstockyvr@gmail.com.  Everyone is invited to the evening event, later that same day.  The photos will be displayed by category and we’ll celebrate the participants’ creativity with music, food and drink.  No prizes or competition, just fun and the building of an archive of city snapshots.

$5 suggested donation, but no one turned away for lack of funds.

Save the Date!

Rhizome Café’s Second Anniversary Extravaganza

Saturday, September 27, 7:00

There will be food and music, fun and games, participatory art projects and more.  Come celebrate the first two years of Rhizome.

Events Beyond These Four Walls

Queer Film Festival:  KinderKino

Saturday, August 15, 2:00, Vancity Theatre

Hey kids!  Grab your parents for a matinee screening of whacky fun short films. For children ages five and up.  Rated G.  Following KinderKino, DJ little d will be spinning for some disco dancing fun!  What started at Rhizome Café’s Family Sundays moves to the Vancity Theatre Atrium for one afternoon only.  Part of the 20th Anniversary Vancouver Queer Film Festival, August 14-24th, 2008.  See www.queerfilmfestival.ca for complete film listings.

Free admission and refreshments.

Thanks!  See you soon!


Café * Arts Venue * Community Space

Where we are:

317 East Broadway

Vancouver, BC, Coast Salish Territory

For more information:




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.