Wednesday, March 5th
WORD WHIPS WRITING SERIES
Take the challenge. We provide the writing prompts and the opportunity for sharing. Ten - fifteen minutes to write to each prompt. See what you can whip up. Hosted by Pandora's Collective.
Time: 7:30 - 10:00pm
Location: Our Town Cafe
245 East Broadway @ Kingsway, Vancouver, BC
Tuesday, March 11th
WORD WHIPS - THE NORTH SHORE EDITION
Take the challenge. We provide the writing prompts and the opportunity for sharing. Ten - fifteen minutes to write to each prompt. See what you can whip up. Hosted by Fran Bourassa and Suzy Malcolm
Time: 7:00 - 10:00pm
Starting next meeting March 11th! Location has changed! We are being hosted by 32 BOOKS Bookstore in beautiful, easy -to-get-to Edgemont Village . ( One bus from the seabus straight to the door.) Thanks to owner/writer Deb McVittie.
( 3185 Edgemont Blvd , North Vancouver )
Other Events Of Interest
THE VANCOUVER POETRY SLAM
"poetry that doesn't suck unless you say it does"
CAFÉ DEUX SOLEILS: 2096 COMMERCIAL DRIVE
WITH THE REGULAR SEASON SLAMS
THE 1ST, 3RD AND 5TH MONDAY OF EACH MONTH
THE NEXT REGULAR SEASON SLAM
MONDAY MARCH 3RD
THE RETURN OF CHRISTA BELL
THIS IS ALSO ANOTHER QUALIFYING SLAM TO MAKE THE VAN SLAM PLAYOFFS IN APRIL AND MAY
DOORS AND SIGN UP AT 8PM
OPEN MIC AT 8:45
SLAM STARTS AT 9 PM
March at Rhizome
Café * Com munity Space * Arts Venue
317 East Broadway, Vancouver
Dear Friends of Rhizome—
So many events this month! And a large number of these are produced by students and other young-ish folks, all of whom are organizing and visioning a better world into being. We hope you'll come hear what they have to say and support them in their work!
Also, note that our Family Sundays are now in full swing: a series of Sunday afternoon events and activities for all ages to enjoy together. Bring your own kids or someone else's, organize a multi-generational outing to Rhizome, and stay for supper. We start the month with master shakuhachi flute player Alcvin Ramos, who will introduce his young audience to the mysteries of the didgeridoo, a variety of flutes and more.
Also, remember that we're open for delicious lunch, dinner, weekend brunch, snacks and drinks. Our complete hours are listed below. And let us know if you'd like to use our Com munity 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.
Finally, please note that we'll be closed on Sunday, March 23rd. We're about due for a break, and Easter weekend seemed like a good time to take one.
Thanks for all your ongoing support and participation! We look forward to seeing you here. Here's what's coming up in March:
Art on our Walls
Transplantation: Painting Roots + Diaspora
Paintings by Afuwa Granger
Afuwa was born in Guyana , under a full moon. She 's been messing with concepts of ethnicity, gender and beauty ever since.
Rita Wong Book Launch
Thursday, March 6th, 7:30pm
Rita Wong reads from Forage, her new book of poetry recently published by Nightwood Editions.
The "Anti-100th Anniversary of UBC" Party
Friday, March 7th, 7:00pm
UBC Students for a Democratic Society presents a night of reflection marking the end of the "Resisting the University" conference. It will include lively political poetry and music integrating conference themes of peace, solidarity, and education. All members of the community are welcome!
$1-$5 sliding scale
Go Girls Leadership Program Presents: The Feminist Happy Hour
Saturday, March 8th, 7:30pm
As part of the POWER Camp National Day of Action—and in celebration of International Women's Day—the Go Girls Leadership Program presents an evening of film, skits, zines, and more. The Go Girls hope to create a space to share our visions of a better world, and recognize the many contributions made by young people.
Family Sunday at Rhizome: Board Games Night
Sunday, March 9th. Doors open at 4:30. We close at 7:00pm
Bring your own favourite kids' games, or come play ours. Share a game, teach a game, make some new friends. We'll have a special Twister corner set up! This is part of Rhizome's Family Sundays series: events, activities and supper for all ages. Bring the kids—and your appetites for good food, creativity, and fun!
The SFU Writers' Studio Reads
Thursday, March 13th, 7:30
Writers from SFU's The Writer's Studio will read their poetry, fiction and nonfiction work. Also present will be accomplished Canadian poet Peter Richardson, a feature guest reader from Quebec . His books will be available for purchase.
Greener Vancouver Get Ta Know Ya
Friday, March 14th, 8:00pm
The Langara College Environmental Com mittee presents an event to promote networking and coalition among the Lower Mainland's post-secondary environmental groups. Eve ryone is welcome to come together, exchange ideas, learn about the work of other environmental groups, forge friendships, and make change.
Speaking Thunder: Art in Resistance
Saturday, March 15th, 7:00pm
Join us for an evening of spoken word, hip hop, poetry and music/dj from local artists. Jointly organized by Realities of Race UBC and Vancouver Status of Women, this evening seeks to celebrate the Art in Resistance of racialized women artists as part of the events commemorating March 21st, the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
$0-$10 sliding scale, no one turned away for lack of funds (Donations will go to VSW)
Family Sunday at Rhizome: Pancho and Sal
Sunday, March 16th. Doors at 4:30, show at 5:00, supper til 7:00
Pancho and Sal perform folk songs from all over South America , using a variety of instruments including tiny charangos, big furry bombo drums, flutes and more. They sing in English and Spanish, and invite their audience to clap and sing along. This is part of Rhizome's Family Sundays series: events, activities and supper for all ages. Bring the kids—and your appetites for good food, creativity, and fun!
Suggested donation: $2 for kids, $3.50 for adults
I Could Have Been a Spelling Bee Champ: Round Two
Thursday, March 20th, 7:30pm
A real, live spelling bee with judges, spellers, and cheering from the crowd! All to raise money for Towards Aboriginal Health and Healing, a project of Vancouver Native Health—Positive Outlook and AIDS Vancouver.
$5-$20 sliding scale, but no one turned away for lack of funds.
Jarimba: Celebrating a Year of African and Caribbean Initiatives
Friday, March 21st, 7:00pm
This is an event put on by the 4 UBC African groups otherwise known as the CORE 4. The CORE 4 are holding a party to celebrate the successful completion of various African initiatives that have been happening on campus. Com e hear about this work and enjoy the sounds of Jarimba, a local band that fuses the sounds of Afro Cuban music with African drumming: http://www.myspace.com/jarimba.
$5-$10 sliding scale
Midnight Bridge—Songs and Poems for a Crooked Tim e
A Fundraiser for SOLID's Kenya Project
Saturday, March 22nd, 8:00pm
Singer-songwriter Phil Vernon joins poet Murray Reiss for a performance of "folkenword," a layering and jamming of original songs and poems that is by turns poignant and side-splittingly funny. The Salt Spring Island writer/performers engage the absurdity of our times, weaving "a palpable magic, infused with wisdom and a commitment to speak out against injustice."
$5-$10 sliding scale to support SOLID, a Saltspring Island NGO committed to responding to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in sub- Sahara n Africa .
SUNDAY, MARCH 23rd: Tim e for a break! Rhizome Café will be closed today.
Project SOMOS - Guatemala Update
Thursday, March 27th, 7:30pm
Greg Kemp and Heather Knox to report on their trip to Xela to let people know about the proposed next steps for the Children's Village in Guatemala being organized by Com passion Fruit Society.
Friday, March 28th, 7:00pm
The Com ité Coordinadora Café Rebelde and the La Surda Latin American Collective present a tribute to the life and legacy of Fidel Castro. Com e for a multimedia presentation, discussion, music and dancing.
Family Sunday at Rhizome: Disco, Baby!
Sunday, March 30th, 4:30-7:00pm
Bring the kids out for some disco dancing fun. Dj little d will be mixing the old school and the new. This is part of Rhizome's Family Sundays series: events, activities and supper for all ages. Bring your appetites for good food, creativity, and fun!
By donation, no one turned away for lack of funds. This month, donations will help Rhizome purchase a baby changing table.
Workshops and Other Small Happenings
Many groups use our Com munity Meeting Room and other corners of the café for gatherings, workshops, and more. The following are open to the public:
Love Exiles Get-Together
Tuesday, March 11th, 7:00-9:00pm
Meet fellow bi-national "Love Exiles" in Vancouver at a completely informal, thoroughly unofficial get-together!
Poetry for the People – A Com munity Poetry Workshop
Wednesday evenings, 7:00-9:00pm, through April 16th
Words can change the world and save our lives. These are the words of June Jordan, founder of Poetry for the People. If you've always wanted to write poetry but felt too intimidated to try – this is the course for you. We will gather Wednesday evenings to read, write and talk about poetry that matters to those of us who work to create communities for change. The classes will provide a supportive forum for language play, bending and inventing traditions and for collaborative writing. We will produce a small anthology of student work and celebrate poetry month with a reading on April 23rd.
Pay what you feel.
Seamrippers Crafting Socials
Tuesday, March 11th, 7:00pm—Embroidery
Tuesday, March 25th, 7:00pm—Spring cleaning craft supply swap
Join the Seamrippers Craft Collective to learn a new craft or continue work on your own projects.
Café * Com munity Space * Arts Venue
Where we are:
317 East Broadway
Vancouver, BC , Coast Salish Territory
For more information:
Other Things of Interest
Theme for the Burnaby Writers Society's 2008 writing contest, open to all BC residents, is "Green". Prizes of $200, $100 and $50, as well as honourable mentions, will be awarded for the best one-page submissions of either prose or poetry, freely interpreting the "green" theme in any way you wish.. Work can be in any form or genre, as long as it is complete on one page. The entry fee is $5.00 per entry, or 3 entries for $10.00. . Deadline for entries is May 31st, 2008. Results will be announced, and winners will be invited to participate in a public reading, in fall 2008. For complete guidelines go to the website, www.bws.bc.ca (Latest News)
Things Far and Away
I am happy to announce my first collaborated poetry CD with fellow poet and shakuhachi player, Bill Mercer. The Mystical Path is available for purchase ($10) on my website, as well as at Clarion Music, and wherever Bill and I read. Please come and join us to celebrate the birth of the CD and my birthday on March 6 at Bird and Beckett Books. There will be open mike after our presentation.
March 6 (Thursday) at 7pm
CD Release Party and Birthday Celebration
Bird and Beckett Books
653 Chenery Street (1-1/2 blocks from Glen Park Bart Station)
I will be the featured poet at the Art Salon, Wooing Our Imagination. This is a dinner salon sponsored by Angar Mora and Felix Feline, on March 17. The event is at Cafe Arrivederci in San Rafael. Here is the detail of the salon:
Date: March 17, Monday
Location: Cafe Arrivederci, 11, G Street, San Rafael
Hours: 6:00pm (dinner), 6:45pm reading. Program ends around 8:45pm
Cover Charge: $7.00 cash
Dinner: 25% on all purchases of beverages and food, when ordered and served in the private dining room; sales tax and gratuity of 18% will be added. Menu available at www.cafearrivedercirestaurant.com
Reservation: Friends of the featured artists should arrange guaranteed reservations with the artists directly (that's me. 415-244-1317 or email) ; or call Angar Mora before 3:00pm Monday at 415-897-7313.
Spring Equinox: "Let the Lovers Shake with Giddiness"
* no paintings of nothing, by Biff Moshe
*maps from foreign journeys, poetry with Clara Hsu
Biff Moshe: visualizer, resident of San Francisco, will share her creative efforts to complete the interaction between artist, works-of-art and the viewer. "I paint representational and have always felt strongly about the subject matter of my paintings. I am drawn to the shadows, the silhouettes and the darkness that conceals." Her exhibit, "Past Intimacies", is at Cafe Arrivederci until April 13.
Clara Hsu: poet, resident of San Francisco, will share her joyful journeys through poetry. She will map a personal and accessible odyssey of the heart, mind and spirit. Old and new poems reveal her many inner lives, and yours, as she explores the geometry of relationships, inner and outer. She will make visual to the naked ear the faint whispers of hopeful and happy life everywhere.
March 30 Salon at the Poetry Hotel
We are accepting reservation for the March salon. Please e-mail or call me. For details on the salon please go to: http://www.clarahsu.com/salon.html Our featured poet will be Marsha Campbell. Space is limited to 14 people.
Thanks for reading!