Monday, 21 January 2008

From Pandora's Collective: VOICES VANCOUVER for Writers and More...




Pandora's Events

VOICES VANCOUVER

Bring your journal, sketch pad and pen and join us for the first ever Voices Vancouver.

On Tuesday, February26th at 7pm Voices Vancouver will kick off by exploring the new exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery. We will meet on the main floor of the Gallery in the first room of the exhibit. There will be time to browse, to write, (individually and in a group) to share thoughts and work. Admission: By Donation


TruthBeauty

TruthBeauty: Pictorialism
and the Phototgraph as art,
1845-1945

February 2 to April 27, 2008




The hauntingly beautiful photographs created within the Pictorialist movement in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries are among the most important works of art in the medium's history. TruthBeauty will bring together more than 150 of the finest photographs by renowned artists such as Julia Margaret Cameron, Baron Adolph de Meyer, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen and Josef Sudek. The Pictorialist artists sought to elevate photography—still seen in the nineteenth century as merely a mechanical tool of documentation—into the realm of fine art. Drawing upon major museum collections worldwide, including the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, this historic exhibition will reveal the rich aesthetic, diverse approaches and technical innovations of Pictorialism—one of the first truly international artistic movements.

http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca/

Visit cultural venues with other Pandora's Collective members. Bring your words, your journals, your sketch books. We'll drop in on literary events, go to art galleries, participate in readings, support local bands and more. Membership is free.

Coordinators: Bonnie Nish & Sita Carboni

Upcoming Rendezvous: to be announced

Sign up for invites: blinish_pandoras@yahoo.ca

Or visit our web site: www.pandorascollective.com/Events.html

Friday Jan 25, 2008

Upstart Crow Reading Series

Surround yourself with words. Open mic with featured readers.

Time: 7:30pm

Featured Readers: Jen Currin and Christine LeClaire

Jen Currin is a graduate of Bard College and Arizona State University's MFA program. She currently teaches creative writing at Vancouver Film School and Langara College's Continuing Studies program. Jen has been published in many North American journals including Fiddlehead, 2River View, Massachusetts Review, VERSE, Lungfull!, Salt Hill, Konundrum, subTerrain, and Event. Jen's book of poems, The Sleep of Four Cities (Anvil Press) came out in 2005 and her 2nd book Hagiography (Coach House Books) will be available in 2008.

Christine LeClaire is a Vancouver writer, web designer, and enviro-blogger. Her work has been published in such magazines as Filling Station, 2River View, Terry, and 42opus.com. Christine is an intriguing performer who has graced many lower mainland stages in the last few years.

We are pleases to have Christine and Jen at Upstart Crow reading Series.

Cost: Free

Location: Upstart Crow Books

238 Lonsdale Avenue (@ 3rd), North Vancouver

(Just up the hill from the Sea-bus station and Lonsdale Quay)

Hosts: Pandora's Collective

Other Events


CRIC? CRAC!

A storytelling swap of the Vancouver Society of Storytelling. Anyone can come and hear stories. (Please get a babysitter for young children, as the stories are more for adults, youths, and patient older children).
Listeners, professional tellers and amateurs alike are welcome.
www.vancouverstorytelling.org


When: The third Sunday night of each month is special.
Where: 1805 Larch SW corner at 2nd Avenue, St Marks Church
Time:
7:30 pm
Cost: $4 for members & $5 for non-members


This month's theme, Spoonful of Saucy Stories: (stories about food)
~*~
I'm on the list of presenters, storytellers.
I'll be telling a version of the Gods seeking a cup of mead in the Halls of the Giants.
It is an original contemporary amalgamation of some popular myth, fairy-tale symbols and mystical philosophy, regarding the soul's journey, who we are, where we came from, and why we set out so long ago.
~*~
Nature has brought more people to the earth then at any other time, and we come here facing a world under increasingly desperate challenges. The world stage is set for one of the greatest dramas in the evolution of the soul. Great history is in the making. Get ready for the flight of the soul as the greatest spiritual evolution is set to hit its zenith.
We will not survive as strangers; we must speak each others names,
We must tell each other story's, to make each other strong.

What are the stories we can share that will help us in this historic moment?

Why would the Gods journey into the Halls of the Giants for a cup of mead,
and what meaning could it possibly have for us today?


I hope you will come out to enjoy and support the story tellers of today.

Love and peace in action
Brian Nelson

*ANNE STONE AND DAVID CHARIANDY*

Play Chthonics Reading Series will host writers Anne Stone and David

Chariandy Wednesday January 23, 2008 at 7:30 PM. Cash bar. Please

join

us!

Cecil Green Park Coach House

Green College

6201 Cecil Green Park Road , UBC

MAP: http://www.maps.ubc.ca/PROD/index_detail.php?locat1=421

ANNE STONE has taught creative writing at Capilano College and at

Concordia University, and is an editor of Matrix Magazine. Together

with

Amber Dean, she is guest editor of the current special issue of the

journal West Coast Line, on representations of murdered and missing

women. Her latest novel, Delible (Insomniac Press 2007), tells the

story

of Melora Sprague, a 15-year-old girl whose sister has gone missing.

This novel offers a glimpse into a sustained experience of uncertainty

and, in so doing, explores how our identities exist in those traces we

leave behind. She has published two previous novels: jacks (DC Books

1998) and Hush (Insomniac Press 1999).

More information about her work can be found at http://annestone.net/

and in an interview at:

http://www.canadiancontent.ca/interviews/061400stone.html.

DAVID CHARIANDY is an Assistant Professor in the Department of English

at Simon Fraser University. He is the author of a novel entitled

Soucouyant (Arsenal Pulp Press 2007), which was a finalist for the

Governor General's Literary Award, as well as several essays on Black

Canadian, Anglo Caribbean, and diasporic literatures and cultures. He

has co-edited two special issues of scholarly journals (The Canadian

Association of American Studies, and Essays on Canadian Writing), and

he

is a co-founder of Commodore Books, the first and only black literary

press in western Canada.

More information about his work can be found online in interview

articles at: ( http://thetyee.ca/Books/2007/10/17/Soucoyant/) and

( http://www.cbc.ca/wordsatlarge/blog/2007/11/david_chariandy.html).

*Play Chthonics* reading series showcases innovative poetry, narrative,

and cross-genre writing. We encourage creative, interdisciplinary

conversations between writers, students, faculty, theorists, and

community members in Vancouver. The series is based in the English

Department at UBC, and is in the midst of a six-reading 2007-8 season.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Institute for Canadian

Studies at UBC, Green College, the UBC Department of English, and the

Canada Council for the Arts.

CIRCLE OF SONGWRITERS

Weekly at The Penthouse Nightclub!!!

Come and join us for an evening of fun, music, food and drinks to wind down the weekend. We have a fantastic arrangement of local musicians sharing the stage every Sunday. It's a different show every time!

When: Sundays

Time: 7:30pm

Where: The Penthouse Nightclub, 1019 Seymour St, Vancouver

Entertainment: Coco Love Alcorn, Christa Couture and Melissa Endean

Cost: $6 at the door (FREE for members)

Drink Specials: Bottles of Tuborg and pints of Strongbow for $4.25.

Shots of Fireball Whiskey for $4.00

Kitchen is open!

See you there!

For more information contact Sarah at info@vanartscollective.com

THE VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM REGULAR SEASON

CONTINUES

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CAFÉ DEUX SOLEILS: 2096 COMMERCIAL DRIVE

THE 1ST, 3RD AND 5TH MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH

THE NEXT REGULAR SEASON SLAM

IS MONDAY JANUARY 21ST

FEATURING

BOSTON 'S BRIAN ELLIS

Brian Ellis has represented Boston's Cantab Lounge in both the National and Individual World Poetry Slam. His newest book, "Pharmakos," was published by the prestigious Destructible Heart Press. He currently lives in the Whitehaus, a large home filled with artists, writers, musicians and their various subordinates.

PLUS A SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE FROM BELLINGHAM'S RYLER DUSTIN

THIS WILL BE ANOTHER QUALIFYING SLAM TO MAKE THE VAN SLAM PLAYOFFS

THIS APRIL AND MAY FOR A CHANCE TO MAKE THE 2008 VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM TEAM

DOORS AND SIGN UP ARE AT 8PM

OPEN MIC AT 8:45

SLAM STARTS AT 9 O'CLOCK

STILL ONLY $5 TO GET IN

COME BE A JUDGE

COME SLAM FOR THE FIRST TIME

ALL POETS AND POETIC STYLES ARE WELCOME

604 215 9230 FOR MORE INFO

AND DON'T FORGET THE VANCOUVER YOUTH SLAM HAPPENS ON JANUARY 28TH

FEATURING BARBARA ADLER

PLUS THE NEXT "ALT SLAM" IS MONDAY FEB 11TH

THE PAN AFRICAN SLAM FEATURING: BOONA MOHAMMED

An invitation to Tea and Opera

at Mollie Nye House Sunday, February 3rd, 2 p.m.

Opera in Lynn Valley , you say? Yes, and not just any opera. Friends of the Lynn Valley Literary Society have the opportunity to hear readings from The Dream Healer, an opera based on Timothy Findley's novel, Pilgrim. The Dream Healer's world premiere takes place in March at the Chan Cen tre at UBC. The opera was composed by West Vancouver 's Lloyd Burritt, whose previous works have been commissioned for bodies such as the National Arts Cen tre, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, CBC Radio and Expo 86. The author of the revised libretto is Don Mowatt, a longtime CBC radio arts producer who is on the faculty of creative writing, film and theatre at UBC.

At the tea, Don Mowatt and Carolyn Finlay, who wrote her doctoral thesis on opera libretti, will perform short dramatic dialogues from the libretto to give guests an idea of the storyline, the tone and the language of the opera. Interspersed amongst the readings will be recordings of four arias sung by top professional singers that will give us an illustration of the power of music to transform the dialogue into its operatic form.Of special interest to writers, Don will also address the challenges and considerations encountered when transposing a story from one form—Findley's novel—to another—the libretto. He looks forward to answering your questions, so come along to learn more about this literary genre. Do join us for tea and goodies and be amongst the first in Vancouver to get a preview of The Dream Healer, which uses character, song and story to delve into the life and work of early 20th century psychiatrist Carl Jung. All are welcome and admission is by donation, but seating is limited, so please RSVP in advance by replying to this email, contacting peggy@liveandlearn.ca or calling 604 984-BOOK (2665). Mollie Nye House is located at 940 Lynn Valley Rd. , North Vancouver .

Now Who's Talking Recovery Theatre

Dear friends and colleagues,

Now Who's Talking Recovery Theatre is an innovative project where people bring to life their experiences recovering from mental illness and addiction. This is an opportunity for you to volunteer in an exciting community theatre project aimed at stopping the stigma. For more information please see the attached poster and read the information below then pass it on to your network of friends and colleagues.

Now Who's Talking Recovery Theatre Update:

NWT Recovery Theatre's goal is to teach people in recovery how to tell their stories in the context of theatre. The troupe of nine has been hard at work since last September learning acting skills from Alex Bruhanski , one of Vancouver 's most highly respected acting teachers. They have also completed classes in voice, movement and improvisation with the accomplished and talented thespian Monique Bourgois.

The troupe is currently writing their individual recovery stories which will be crafted into dramatic vignettes. Collectively, the vignettes will be tied together to show how people recover and give hope to those struggling with mental health issues. The current thought is to have some kind of recovery awards show. The play promises to be entertaining, educational and above all humorous. The show should run for about an hour followed by a Q & A session.

Performance Dates:

Friday March 21st: 1:00 Matinee, Free admission for recipients of mental health services

Friday March 21st: 7:00

Saturday March 22nd, 7:00

St. James Community Square, 10th & Trutch

$12 advance $15 at the door

For more info contact Elly at 604-688-1556 or elly@whoscrazynow.com

Thanks a big bunch for all your support!

Elly Litvak

Elly Litvak

Flash Fiction and the Prose Poem

Dear Writers,I'm teaching a course at Langara starting February 6. Please see details below and pass on to anyone who might be interested.

Thanks!

Jen

"Jen Currin" <harmonica@non-saline.com>

Flash Fiction and the Prose Poem register top CREA1009 Explore your voice in this genre-bending course open to all writers! The popular short-short story, also known as "flash fiction", condenses narrative to its very essence in only one to four pages. Prose poems are even shorter, and equally addictive, often surreal or subversive, they make unexpected leaps. In this class, we consider each genre separately and discuss the ways in which they overlap. We write our own prose poems, short-short stories and learn techniques such as dialogue, plot, imagery and lyricism. The ultimate goal is to enter a piece of flash fiction or a prose poem in a national contest.
Note: No class Feb 27.
$189 (50523) 3 eve - We Feb 06, 1900-2200 (Currin) and 3 eve - We Mar 05, 1900-2200

Oliver Schroer news

Hello Friends, Fans & Family

Here is some Oliver Schroer news for you

Fresh Air

THIS Sunday, January 20, 2008 , Oliver can be heard in interview with host Jeff Goodes in the last half hour of this CBC Ontario show. They will discuss Oli's new album Hymns and Hers.

6 to 9 AM Eastern time

http://www.cbc.ca/freshair/

To hear clips from Hymns and hers and for purchase information, please visit http://oliverschroer.com/music.htm


Vancouver Writes

Please join us for Vancouver Writes , the Vancouver International Writers Festival's interactive writing event, on February 21 at Performance Works. Last year's Vancouver Writes was so much fun that we have decided to do it again. This year's event features CBC Radio host Lisa Christiansen and more than a dozen of Vancouver's finest writers: Caroline Adderson, Kevin Chong, Brad Cran, Steven Galloway, Anne Fleming, Anne Giardini, Genni Gunn , Lee Henderson, Aislinn Hunter, Shaena Lambert, Nancy Lee , Miranda Pearson and Timothy Taylor. Tickets are limited so don't miss out-book yours today.

See you there!

Hal Wake
Artistic Director
Vancouver International Writers Festival

Vancouver Writes
February 21, 2008 @ 7:30pm
Performance Works
1218 Cartwright Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $20 (plus $1 facility surcharge)/$18 students & seniors (plus $1 facility surcharge)
Call 604.681.6330

Order tickets online through our secure ticket system.
http://www.writersfest.bc.ca/community/specialevents

The details:
Tables of ten participants will work with a writer coach/editor. The host of the evening will give the teams a word or phrase and they will have 20 minutes to write a piece. Vancouver Writes judges will select winners of each of the evening's three sessions. Prizes will be awarded to the top entry in each session and to the evening's overall top entry. Wine, beer and snacks will be available.

"Fantastic, creative and fun." - 2007 Vancouver Writes participant

If you would like to receive Book News , the VIWF's weekly compendium of book news and events, please reply back to this email with 'subscribe' in the subject line.

Vancouver Writes is part of Winterruption 2008 (http://www.granvilleisland.com/en/Winterruption ), a showcase of food, arts & culture on Granville Island, February 21-24, 2008.

This project received funding support under the Granville Island Cultural Project Sponsorship Program. www.giculturalsociety.org.

Bonnie Nish

Executive Director

Pandora's Collective

www.pandorascollective.com