November 2009 at Rhizome

Hi LQ Readers,

This is a monthly message from Lisa Moore of Rhizome Cafe – the Rhizome is a great lesbian-owned cafe in Vancouver with a lot of fun and interesting community events and great food.

~LQ Editor.

November 2009 at Rhizome

Café * Arts Venue * Community Space

317 East Broadway

Dear friends of Rhizome-

Lots of events are coming up this month, and we’re excited to tell you about them.  But first, a few…


Rhizome is Hiring!

We’re looking for an experienced weekend brunch cook.  There’s a link to the job posting on our website (, look in the announcements section of our events listings).  Please help us find good candidates by passing this announcement on to people you know who are qualified and would be excited about working here!

Anniversary Celebration a Success.  Thank you!

Thank you to all who helped make Rhizome’s third anniversary celebration on October 3 such an amazing event.  From the many people who donated items for our silent auction, to the many more who bid on these items, to the others who lined up to get a seat at the party, to those who performed, to those who volunteered: we so appreciate your support in all its varied forms!  This party demonstrated how truly vibrant, diverse, talented and committed our community is.  Thanks to all for being a part of it.  We’ve posted photos (as well as a video of the Rhizome Café Bottle Orchestra) on our Facebook group, and on the wall in the café.

Art on Our Walls

Until November 2-  Prints of Resistance by Angela Sterritt

From November 2 through January-

The Artist Must Disturb the Peace:  Posters by Favianna Rodriguez

Favianna Rodriguez is a celebrated printmaker and digital artist based in Oakland, California.  Using high-contrast colors and vivid figures, her composites reflect literal and imaginative migration, global community, and interdependence. Whether her subjects are immigrant day labourers in the U.S., mothers of disappeared women in Juárez, Mexico, or her own abstract self portraits, Rodriguez brings new audiences into the art world by refocusing the cultural lens.  She is the co-founder of the Eastside Arts Alliance and Visual Element, both programs dedicated to training young artists in the tradition of muralism.  Read more about her at

Join us for two events with Favianna!

–       An artist talk on Thursday November 5, 7pm

–       A workshop on political poster-making on Tuesday, November 10, 7pm

See below for more information on these two events.


Going against the Grain: 38 Years of Feminist Work, Joy and Struggle

Thursday, October 29, 7:00pm

Vancouver Status of Women invites you to join them for their AGM (at 7pm), to learn more about VSW’s exciting new programs, partnerships and initiatives, and then to enjoy live performances (from 7:30 onward) from local artists.


Book Launch: Not A Conspiracy Theory: How Business Propaganda Jeopardizes Democracy,

Friday, October 30, 5:00-7:30pm

This book, by Donald Gutstein, is about one of the most important unreported stories of recent years. Conservative businessmen and their foundations have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to support so-called independent think tanks and advocacy organizations that argue for smaller government, deregulation and fewer social programs. This money has bought undue influence in reshaping our society and future. Simon Fraser University researcher Donald Gutstein will discuss the book and sign copies.  Presented by Key Porter Books, SFU School of Communication, and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.


Board Games are Sooo Gay…Let’s Play Again!

Friday, October 30, 8:00pm

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

By donation, no one turned away.

A Cozy Place to Hang out on Hallowe’en

Saturday, October 31, at night

Whether you want to get away from it all or come show off your costume, this will be a warm and cozy place to spend your hallowe’en evening.  Bring the kids by for treats!

Day of the Dead Celebration:  Pray for the Dead and Fight for the Living!

Sunday, November 1, 5:00-8:00pm

Join us for one of our most favourite annual Rhizome events.  We’ll celebrate the lives and legacies of those who have gone before us, and create a traditional Mexican Day of the Dead altar to commemorate our dead.  Bring photos of your loved ones and others who have inspired you, as well as offerings of flowers, candles, fruits, bread, etc.  We will create papel picado (paper cuttings) collectively. There will be Guatemalan hot chocolate, Zapatista handcrafts and coffee for sale, and more. Organized by Latina women together with their companeras at Rhizome.

Free (Donations welcome for materials)

The Artist Must Disturb the Peace:  Artist Talk by Favianna Rodriguez

Thursday, November 5, 7:00pm

Join us for an evening of conversation with renowned printmaker and arts activist Favianna Rodriguez, whose work will be on our walls through mid-January.  We’re thrilled to have Favianna join us from the San Francisco Bay Area, where her posters and digital graphics have become staple images of numerous social movements.  Favianna will discuss the process of making movement art, as well as her experiences in creating a vibrant community arts centre in East Oakland.  Learn more about Favianna at and about the EastSide Alliance for the Arts at


Madre Tierra:  Fair Trade and the Mayan Struggle for Land in Guatemala

Friday, November 6, 7:00pm

Come learn about Rhizome’s house coffee, Café Justicia, and the group that produces it: the Comité Campesino del Altiplano (the Campesino Committee of the Highlands) in Guatemala.  Herlindo Hernandez Pu and Lesbia Morales, members of the CCDA, will be here to talk about their organization’s work for the land, labour and the human rights of Guatemala’s Mayan majority, and about how the production of Café Justicia supports their struggle.  This event will also feature a screening of the film “Madre Tierra,” which follows the CCDA as they confront Guatemala’s violent story of land distribution, and fight to get land back into the hands of the campesino families who have worked it for centuries.  Presented by Café Justicia and the BC CASA.

$5 suggested, but no one turned away

Book Launch:  Automaton Biographies and Wait Until Late Afternoon

Saturday, November 7, 7:00pm

Arsenal Pulp Press and Frontenac House Publishers present the launches of Automaton Biographies, the first full-length poetry collection by Larissa Lai and Wait Until Late Afternoon, a collaborative long poem by Hiromi Goto and David Bateman.


Rhizome Free Store:  Books and Music

Sunday, November 8, 5:00-8:00pm

Share what you have!  Get what you need!  Each month, the Rhizome Free Store has a different theme, allowing us to share our resources with each other.  This month, we’ll be sharing books and music (CDs, records, etc.)  Bring books and music you’re ready to pass on.  Come browse the free store, and choose some new (to you) items.


In our Meeting Room:  Reproducing Revolt Workshop with Favianna Rodriguez

Tuesday, November 10, 7:00pm

Renowned printmaker and arts activist Favianna Rodriguez, whose work will be on our walls through mid-January, presents a workshop on how to create engaging political designs.  Participants will learn to design high-impact posters for use in grassroots campaigns.  We will design posters from a collection of royalty-free graphics from Favianna’s recent book, Reproducing Revolt.

$10 suggested donation, but no one turned away

Space is limited!  Email to sign up.

In Our Meeting Room:  Craft Mafia

Wednesday, November 11, 7:30-9:30pm

Meet up with other crafty folk for an informal “stitch and bitch” session.  Bring your own project to work on!


Vancouver Fruit Tree Project Harvest Season Wrap-Up Party

Thursday, November 12, 6:30pm

Every year, the Vancouver Fruit Tree Project harvests fruit from hundreds of urban trees, and distributes it so it can be eaten and enjoyed, instead of going to waste.  Join the volunteers of the VFTP to celebrate the bounty this city has to offer, as well as the efforts of the VFTP to share that bounty within our communities.

$5 requested donation, but no one turned away

Board Games are So Gay

Friday, November 13, 7:00pm

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

By donation, but no one turned away

A Quiz Night for Subversive Types
Saturday, November 14, 7:00pm

Need a place to display your radical repertoire? Dying to exercise your razor-sharp intellect? Bring or join a team (maximum 5 people per team) to compete for prizes and raise money for Vancouver Status of Women’s Leadership Empowerment Activism Program (LEAP). Quiz is from 7pm-9pm. Then put your brain to rest and shake your groove thang to the fine beats of DJ Extra Feeling ’til midnight.

By donation, $5-$25, but no one turned away

Launch of The Dominion‘s Olympics Issue

Thursday, November 19, 7:00pm

Join us for an evening of critical discussion and debate with local writers and editors to mark the Vancouver launch of The Dominion‘s special issue on the 2010 Olympics.


Libraries Across Borders Soiree

Friday, November 20, 7:00pm

Libraries across Borders envisions a world in which library services exist in all communities.  Come celebrate this work, and hear special guest speaker Shirley Giggey speak on various projects to create and sustain libraries in small communities.

$10-$25 suggested donation, proceeds to support library and literacy projects

Remembering through Word and Sound: A Transgender Day of Remembrance Event

Saturday, November 21, 7:30pm

The Femininjas present an evening of local transgender performers in memory of those who were killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.  Music by Ryan Coke and words by Kimothy Shaughnessy. Open mic sign up at 7:30. Show at 8pm.  More info at

Sliding scale $1 – $1000

Book Launch:  Who’s Your Daddy?  And Other Writings on Queer Parenting

Sunday, November 22, 5:00-7:00pm

Join editor Rachel Epstein for readings, discussion, and a celebration of the launch of Who’s Your Daddy?, a groundbreaking collection of writings from queer parents, parents-to-be, writers, academics, lawyers, activists, and queer spawn.  This will be a kid-friendly event, and snacks will be provided!


Book(s) Launch:  Vancouver Special and The Prescription Errors

Thursday, November 26, 7:00pm

Join Charlie Demers for the launch of his two recent books.  Vancouver Special is a book of essays about Vancouver, touching on the city’s history of racism, colonial displacement and homelessness, and critiquing the boosterism of the 2010 Olympics–while maintaining, at heart, a true affection for the city.  The Prescription Errors is a fictionalized account of the attempt to ban same-sex themed children’s books in Surrey, touching comically on Marxist philosophy, and providing a first-person account of mental illness.


Book Launch: Climbin’ Jacob’s Ladder: The Black Freedom Movement Writings of Jack O’Dell

Friday, November 27, 7:00pm

From his work with Martin Luther King Jr. in the early 1960s to his efforts for the Rainbow Coalition in the 1980s, American civil rights leader Jack O’Dell was an instrumental force in the struggle for social justice in the United States. In this new book that collects and contextualizes O’Dell’s writing, NYU historian Nikhil Pal Singh calls attention to this crucial voice of the American left. Please join us to help celebrate the release of this book with Singh and O’Dell, who has called Vancouver home since the early 1990s.


In Concert:  Haisla with Nasty, Brutish & Short

Friday, November 28, 8:00pm

Anchored by the authentic and powerful blues voice of Haisla Collins, Nasty, Brutish & Short is an acoustic band dedicated to revisiting and reinventing classic blues and roots music, with the mission of ripping out the rocking-est, roaring-est, soulful-est good times ever.

$5 at the door

Disco, Baby!

Sunday, November 29, 4:30 to 6:30pm

Bring the kids for some disco dancing fun!  dj little d will be mixing the old school and the new.

By donation, but no one turned away

AND WHAT?  Downtown Eastside Working Girls Speak

Thursday December 3, 7:00pm
Prostitutes Empowerment Education Resource Society (PEERS) is an organization of sex trade workers for sex trade workers, providing support, resources, and programs in the Downtown Eastside. Since January, they’ve been working to build solidarity and seek empowerment through a creative writing workshop series.  Come hear their stories of struggle and resistance!

By donation $0-20 suggested, no one turned away

Anti-Olympics Resistance

Friday, December 4, 6:30pm

No One is Illegal presents an evening of creative resistance to the 2010 Olympic Games.  From traditional Indigenous territories to urban ghettos, from migrant workers to low-income families, thousands are being evicted or pushed out.  Once displaced, many become cannon-fodder as precarious labour.  Watch a video of you and your friends speaking against the Olympics at our speakers’ corner, and see a photo collage from October’s anti-Olympics treasure hunt.  There will be performers, speakers, prizes and more.

$0-10, no one turned away

Crafts for a Cause:  A Craft Fair to Support Social Justice Struggles

Saturday, December 5, 6:00-10:00pm

Come shop for holiday gifts while supporting migrant rights, youth empowerment, Indigenous autonomy and more!  Peruse socially conscious crafts by local artists, and items created by local organizations to support their social justice work.  Featured artists and organizations will be announced soon.  There will be live musical performances, and yummy food and drink available for purchase throughout the evening.

$2 suggested donation at the door, but no one turned away

Thanks!  See you soon!


Café * Arts Venue * Community Space

Where we are:

317 East Broadway

Vancouver, BC, Coast Salish Territory

For more information:


Our regular hours:

Tuesdays:       11am to 10pm  **NOTE: New opening time.

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.

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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