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Rhizome Cafe September Update

Hey Lesbians! Rhizome is owned and run by lesbian couple Lisa Moore and Vinetta Lenavat. It’s a great cafe with fun events. I love the Rhizome so much I ‘reprint’ their monthly events email in it’s entirety below.There are lots of events to check out […]

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 […]

Rhizome Cafe August Events

The Rhizome Cafe is a lesbian-owned cafe and community venue in Vancouver, on Broadway near Fraser. Lisa and Vinetta would love to see you there.

Art on our Walls

The Muse’s Studio: Drawings by Kyla Bourgh

Events

Film and Celebration:  Country of the People’s without Owners

Saturday,  August 1, 7:30pm

La Chiva Collective and Grupo Atarraya host a screening of “Country of the Peoples without Owners,” a documentary film conceptualized, written, edited and produced by the Communications Team of the Association of Indigenous Councils of Northern Cauca (ACIN), Colombia.  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 Colombia’s Minga of Social and Community Resistance. 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 but no one turned away, to benefit the Nasa Indigenous Community Radio Station

Prison Justice Day Benefit

Friday, August 7, 8:00pm

Join us for a screening of the film Prison Town USA, and for performances by LOUD, Lora McElhinney, and Anne Stone, with a Coast Salish welcome by Cease Wyss.  Proceeds from this event will benefit The Word is Out, a women in prison news service.

Sliding scale, $10-$15

Storyteller and Multimedia Artist Chris Chandler, with Paul Benoit

Saturday, August 8, 8:00pm

Poet and storyteller Chris Chandler has joined forces with Seattle blues guitar virtuoso Paul Benoit. Together their styles merge like lanes on an outbound interstate. Delivering vignettes about politics and modern culture with the fire of a Baptist Preacher, the music is rooted in roots, colored with blues, and based in Americana.  Presented by the IWW-Vancouver.

$2 to $20, nobody turned away!

In Our Meeting Room:  Energy Efficiency Workshop for Homeowners

Wednesday, August 12, 7:00-8:00pm

The City of Vancouver presents this workshop on how homeowners can access the Province’s new LiveSmart BC rebate program for energy efficiency, as well as other incentives.  Presenters will share information on the types of renovations or upgrades that make a home more energy efficient and the benefits of an energy efficient home.

Free, rsvp to green@vancouver.ca

Board Games are Sooo Gay

Friday, August 14, 7:00pm

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

By donation, no one turned away.

Saturday August 15

Things will be hopping at Rhizome on this night, because we’ll be celebrating a staff member’s birthday.  It’s not a private event, though, so you’re welcome to stop by.  We just thought we’d let you know that this is not the best night for a quiet, romantic dinner at Rhizome!

Project Somos Children’s Village–The Next Phase

Thursday, August 20, 7:00pm

Heather Knox and Greg Kemp of Project Somos are just back from Guatemala with stories to share and information about the next phase of establishing an eco-sustainable Children’s Village for orphaned and abandoned children.  Come hear the exciting news!

Free

Pinoy Poetiks

Thursday, August 27, 7:00pm

The Filipino Canadian Youth Alliance presents an evening of performance by some of Vancouver’s freshest Filipino artists.  Join us in sharing and celebrating conscious talent in forms of poetry, singing and rapping.

$5-$20 sliding scale

Board Games are Sooo Gay—Again!

Friday, August 28, 7:00pm

Couldn’t make it out to Board Games on Aug 14?  Well, we’re giving you a second chance this month!  We’ll be back for 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.

Film Night:

Experiments in Queer DIY Community

Saturday, August 29, 8:00pm

Join us for a screening and discussion of two documentary films. It’s in Liebigstrasse 24 by Liza Lindgren and Siri Hedenstrom tells the tale of a queer house project in Berlin.  Leeway–A Story of Queeruption Vancouver 2007 by Zoey Melinek and Liza Lindgren explores issues of race, accessibility and sobriety that arose during Queeruption, and examines how to make DIY events accessible to everyone.

$3-$300 sliding scale, no one turned away

Save the Date for Rhizome’s Anniversary Party!

Saturday, October 3

Rhizome Café has turned three, and we’re going to celebrate on the night of Saturday, October 3! Save the date for an evening of entertainment, good food, and socializing with friends and neighbours!  Updates to follow…

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.

Mary Kathryn Arnold – The Girls They Speak in Spanish

  Mary Kathryn Arnold is a Nova Scotian lesbian from Halifax. Editor of Rhythm Poetry Magazine, her poetry has appeared in The Antigonish Review, The New Compass, Mezzo Cammin, The Fiddlehead, and is forthcoming in If Poetry Journal. The Girls They Speak in Spanish for […]

Vancouver Dyke March

Saturday August 1st Sixth annual 2009 Vancouver Dyke March and Festival The vision for the Vancouver Dyke March is to bring an all-inclusive, female / family, dog-friendly march and festival into the East side (Commercial Drive area). We hope people and dogs of all ages […]

Lesbians and Bicycles

Liberator
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 in the 1890s and they were particularly fashionable in cosmopolitan cities such as New York, London, and Paris.”

“During this Golden Age campaigns were waged to encourage women to ride and, as a result, the bicycle became both a symbol and a means of women’s liberation.

With the new transportation came a “rational dress” movement for women, who could not reasonably be expected to ride in full skirts, wearing the average of thirty-seven pounds of clothing that was common before the advent of the cycle. As a result of the cycling craze bloomers in the 1880s at last became a viable fashion option for women, although feminists had pushed for years for their acceptance.

Another direct result of cycling’s popularity was a rise in female athletes–cycle riding had proved that exercise was not detrimental to women as was commonly believed. However, women cyclists were criticized for abandoning their femininity and becoming “mannish” or “manly women.”

In the United States, an image of singer Katie Lawrence appeared in men’s clothing on the sheet music for the 1892 popular song Daisy Bell, a love song to a cycling woman about a bicycle built for two. ”

“In France, Art Nouveau advertisements for bicycles often included nude or otherwise liberated women; one ad from around 1899 for Liberator Cycles depicted a bare-breasted helmeted Amazonian warrior alongside her wheels, while another from around 1895 for Cottereau Cycles showed a woman astride her cycle while breast-feeding.

In Staten Island, New York, lesbian photographer Alice Austen often pictured her bloomer-wearing women friends astride their bikes. In what would be some of her only commercial work, Austen made the illustrations for Violet Ward’s book Bicycling for Ladies (1896).”

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 […]

Vancouver Pride Society has new easier volunteer system – looking for volunteers

Hey everyone, I just wanted to let you all know that we are still looking some volunteers for this year’s Pride! We have lots of opportunities available, for both individuals and groups.  Our new system allows people to create a volunteer account, and immediately select […]

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.

 

 

Stonewall Event hosted by 411 Seniors Centre

The 411 Senior’s Centre will be holding an event called Stonewall, on Tuesday, June 30th 2009 from 1-3pm. This event will be held to commemorate The Stonewall Riots, which took place in New York, June 28 1969, have become the defining event that marked the […]