Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Pandora's Collective News

A few quick things of interest!!! Stay warm and enjoy this sunshine while it lasts. Bonnie

Pandora's Events

Tuesday, February 26th


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: Tuesday Feb 26th - 7pm at The Vancouver Art Gallery.

Meet us on the main floor, in the first room of the exhibit, TruthBeauty: Pictorialism and the Phototgraph as art,1845-1945. There will be time to browse, to write, (individually and in a group) and to share thoughts and work. Bring your journal, sketch pad and pen and join us for the first ever Voices Vancouver.

Cost: Tuesday is "by donation" at the gallery


Or visit our web site:

Wednesday, March 5th


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

Read a review by Emily Kendy, contributing writer for the Vancouver Courier Newspaper.


or visit

Other Events

Hello and welcome again; I'm here to invite you to consider checking out or participating in the monthly "57 Varieties" open stage variety show the third Tuesday of every month -- that being tomorrow night (Tuesday, Feb 19th) -- at Spartacus Books (319 W. Hastings at Cambie, upstairs) running from 8-10 pm, a place where anything (unplugged) can happen providing it's introduced by a bearded man on an accordion. As a special bonus, this month's installment of the series is being preceded by a 7 pm master class literary workshop presented by Wakefield Brewster, Calgary's "lyrical pitbull" of poetry. With luck, the techniques taught at the workshop will be employed and practiced by the students of verbiage at the open stage! (Then we may see if the works succeed when subjected to the house "pass the cookies" test.) Pre-register for the master class with as space is limited to 30! The open stage is free but we're asking $5-8 from workshop participants.


Folks who just can't get enough of Wakefield's sublime canine lyricism can also catch him the following night, Wednesday the 20th, at the Spillious Speak 'n Sing at the Cottage Bistro (4468 Main) -- and while you're out and about, take a look up and see if you can observe the total eclipse of the moon that night!

Friday the 22nd boasts the Vancouver Public Space Network's guerrilla pirate party (ahoy!) on the SeaBus, departing from Waterfront Station at 8:30 pm ... or if you can't bring yourself to depart from East Van, you can also catch Barbara Adler and Jess Hill at Café Deux Soleils.

One more week along, around 9 pm on Friday February 29th, the stomping gentlemen of Headwater will be making the ANZA Club (3 W 8th) resonate with their feet and mouths at an afterparty for that month's Critical Mass ride; again, for those who turn to pumpkins when crossing Ontario, the Fugitives play Lime every night that weekend (1130 Commercial Drive.)


Hello all, just a little early warning reminder that Grind Writers is coming up this Saturday – in case you have anything you'd like to send to me ahead of time for the Feedback group.

We'll do the same thing we did last week – and that is, hit the ground writing. So if you are new, we'll wait to do introductions until after we have written. We've found that if we talk first, we use up an awful lot of the writing/reading time since we are all such good procrastinators. I still wonder why it is, since we all love writing, we are so good at avoiding it – or why we would want to? A conundrum.

Below is information about the group workings for new people.\See you @ 10AM



Upcoming meeting dates:
Sat Feb 23 Sun Mar 9
Sat Mar 22 Sun Apr 6
Sat Apr 19 Sun May 4

Grind Gallery Cafe - 4124 Main St. @ 25th Ave (aka King Edward Ave )
In the back. First one there saves a table, preferably on the stage area at the back-right.

Bring stuff to write with. Laptop friendly.
10AM to Noon: Some stay afterwards to work on their projects, hang out, or go for lunch.

This workshop is turning out to be VERY popular! Reserve your space today by contacting me, or risk loosing out!!



Don't fear the Taxman!

Announcing the most important learning opportunity of 2008:

Tax Fundamentals


Artists and Artisans

Presented by

Marianna Scott

from Quantum Accounting

Sunday, February 24

1pm - 4pm

(Registration starts at 12:30pm)

Kaslo Gardens Co-operative

(Activities Room)

2765 Co-operative Way

(between Kaslo and Slocan Streets on Grandview Highway)

Visit their website for a map:

Cost: $15

This workshop will be ideal for self-employed artists and craftspeople with little or no experience preparing taxes. If you dread tax season, and put off thinking about your taxes until the last minute, then this workshop is for you.

The workshop will cover the fundamentals of taxation for individuals, with an emphasis on the self-employed. It will cover which expenses are deductible, what kind of record keeping is required and how to get and stay organized.

Marianna Scott has been in accounting since 1987. She has been preparing personal taxes for the self-employed since 1996, with a focus on the arts and culture industry for the past four years. Marianna has completed a course of study to become a Certified Financial Planner. She expects to receive her CFP designation in 2008.

Brought to you by Vancouver Poetry House, as part of its Professional Development Program.

For more information or to pre-register for this important event, contact Steven R. Duncan at 604-788-8340 or email Space is limited.

Reading by Gary Geddes, Wed. Feb. 27th, 7:00 pm

McGill Branch, Burnaby Public Library (4595 Albert St., North Burnaby; in Confederation Park - one block north of Hastings, one block east of Willingdon)

Geddes will be reading from the recently-published "Falsework". It is a fabulous work of narrative poetry that tells the story of the collapse of the Second Narrows Bridge while under construction in 1958. Geddes imagines the collapse from the perspectives of workers and families affected by the accident. He also tells his own stories: he was working at Rogers Sugar on the waterfront when the collapse occured, and his father - a diver - was part of the search team sent into Burrard Inlet. As the narrator, Geddes also tells us about his research and his feelings about that research, as well as including archival photos.

Robert Kroetsch has called it " ..a fabulous, a wildly successful book. Gary Geddes goes to where the danger is. 'Falsework' is a new kind of poetry of the city; at once multi-voiced, inquisitive, erotic, tragic. We dare to read our way itno its epic contours." Shelagh Rogers, CBC Radio Host, picked it as her favourite book of 2007 (in a Globe and Mail survery), calling it - "...a deeply moving improvisation on the failure of human engineering that is, ultimately, life-affirming. That is the real power of the book".

The reading is free, but space is limited. For more information, please phone 604-299-8955.


Thank you for contributing to the very successful writing group at E-Fry. We are participating in a CAPY art show at Spartacus Books in Vancouver with our very first chapbook. You and your guest(s) are invited to come join us as we celebrate our communities!

Event Facebook Page :

Also, please check out and support CAPY!

Event Info




Celebrate the work of young people for their communities

Time and Place


Friday, February 22, 2008


5:30pm - 7:30pm


Spartacus Books


319 West Hastings


vancouver , BC

REMINDER: It's not too late to sign up for

Poetry for the People – A Com munity Poetry Workshop at Rhizome Café

Wednesday evenings, 7:00-9:00pm, February 20th 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.

To sign up, either phone Rhizome Café at 604-872-3166 or email Shauna Paull at

We hope to see you here!

Café * Community Space * Arts Venue

Where we are:

317 East Broadway

Vancouver, BC , Coast Salish Territory

For more information:


Bonnie Nish

Executive Director

Pandora's Collective

Madness and Citizenship Conference Registration

Friday's announcement about the unveiling of our Madness, Citizenship and Social Justice on-line registration page, two very special conference events that appear on the forms: the Night of Mad Culture (Thursday, June 12th), and An Evening with Frederick Wiseman (Saturday, June 14th). Further details on both evening productions will be forthcoming via the website and listserv. But suffice to say for now that we could not be more excited about the addition of these events to the program, and we encourage you to register early to ensure yourself a seat. As indicated on the site, the discounted early admission rates apply to all on-line registrations. Thanks again. Bob Menzies


Robert Menzies
Professor of Sociology
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6
Tel: +1 778 782 4552 Fax: +1 604 299 4396
Email: or
Madness, Citizenship and Social Justice Conference:

Opera/Symposium: The Dream Healer

A New Opera in Two Acts

Music by Lloyd Burritt
Original Adaptation and Libretto by Christopher Allan
Revised Libretto and Additional Material by Don Mowatt
Based on the book PILGRIM by Timothy Findley

WORLD PREMIERE presented by

March 2, 3pm
and 4, 6, 8, 2008 8pm
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts

The UBC Opera Ensemble
Theatre UBC

On the occasion of UBC`s Centenary

Featuring international
guest stars:

Judith Forst, mezzo-soprano, as Lady Sybil
John Avey, baritone, as Carl Jung
Roelof Oostwoud, tenor, as Pilgrim

Joined by:

UBC Opera Ensemble
UBC Symphony Orchestra
David Agler, conductor
Nancy Hermiston, director

Regular Tickets: $44 - $18

"Friends" Tickets: $150

The Chan Box Office, in person only
TicketMaster 604.280.3311 or

A premium seat and a tax receipt for $120.
Call 604.822.8246 to buy a "Friends" Ticket

UBC Development Office, Maryn Ellis 604.822.5345

Story The opera is based on Timothy Findley's PILGRIM and focuses on
Carl Jung at the Burghőlzli Clinic in Zűrich. Early in the opera, Pilgrim's friend, Lady Sibyl, asks Jung about
disintegration of the psyche as a symptom of schizophrenia and whether reintegration of the fragments
is possible. Replies Jung, "Sometimes we have to accept that things break into pieces." "And then...?"
she asks. "'And then'" becomes a journey to integrate the real with the unreal, the supposed with the
unimaginable, so that new understandings of the human condition are possible.

Music The music is melodic and lyrical, approachable, rich and complex.
"The music has a delicate, impressionistic perfume to it – mysterious, with a hint of poison in the air ...
and, emerging from the swirl like a shining dagger, [Emma's aria Orchard] an aria of spectacular beauty."
Max Wyman, critic.

Symposium The Department of Psychiatry and the UBC Institute of Mental
Health are presenting three lectures during the premiere week. March 3rd, Dr. Wulf Rössler, current
director of the Burghölzli Clinic, Zűrich, will speak on the stigma of mental illness. March 5th, Dr. Thomas
Kirsch will address "C.G. Jung: The man and the myth". March 7th, "Compassionate approaches to the
challenges of mental ill health" includes presentations by UBC Professor Allan Young, Mr. Bill Wilkerson,
Co-Chair, Global Business and Economic Roundtable on Addiction and Mental Health, and Ms Margaret
Trudeau, celebrated Canadian and mental health advocate.

DON'T MISS IT! Be there for the world premiere!

Composer Lloyd Burritt is a graduate of UBC in music composition and a student of Jean Coulthard. He is an
Associate Composer of the Canadian Music Centre and has composed in a wide variety of musical idioms, producing
electronic music and numerous choral works as well as major orchestral works. His works have been performed by
eminent orchestras in North America and Europe and by major ensembles in Canada, the USA, Great Britain, and
Sweden. Vancouver born, Burritt enjoyed a lengthy career teaching secondary-school music and theatre in North
Vancouver where he became recognized for his ability to create artistic projects that engaged and created community.

Librettist Don Mowatt was born in Montreal and is a graduate of both the University of Victoria and UBC. For thirty
four years Don was a documentary, drama and music producer for CBC Radio, winning over fifteen international awards
including two Peabody medals in New York. For nine years he was on the Faculty of Creative Writing and Theatre at the
University of BC. He has also written plays and stage works for a number of professional companies and for the CBC and
is currently co-artistic director of Western Gold Theatre, founded in 1994 by veteran actress Joy Coghill. THE DREAM
HEALER is his third opera libretto.

Nancy Hermiston will direct the premiere. A Canadian-born lyric coloratura, in 1995 Nancy joined the UBC School
of Music as Head of the Voice and Opera Divisions, where she established the UBC Opera Ensemble. Recent directing
credits include Die Zauberflöte and Manon at UBC, Rossini's La Cenerentola for Opera Saskatchewan, Verdi's La Traviata
and J. Strauss' Die Fledermaus for Vancouver Opera as well as La Bohème and Cosi fan tutte for Usti nad Labem in the
Czech Republic.

Mezzo-soprano Judith Forst, OC, has been engaged to perform the role of Lady Sybil. Vancouver-born and resident,
she is a UBC graduate. Judith continues to appear in significant roles with opera companies in major North American and
European cities (New York, Chicago, Prague and Milan) and to make recordings for the CBC label. She not only has brilliant
technique, with a voice of wide range and gorgeous, even tone, but also a rare dramatic sense that makes her a
commanding figure in opera.

Baritone John Avey will perform the role of Carl Jung. John has become known for his powerful rich baritone and his
commanding presence on-stage. He debuted at The Met as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor and has sung roles for the New
York City Opera, the Arizona Opera, and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. He has also sung with the Canadian Opera Company
and most of Canada's opera companies including the Vancouver Opera.

Tenor Roelof Oostwoud will sing the role of Pilgrim. Roelof began his career with the Canadian Opera Company and
followed it with engagements in San Francisco, Boston and at the Tanglewood Festival. He has appeared with Covent
Garden, La Scala, and Deutsche Staatsoper and has sung under conductors Maazel, Bonynge, Ashkenazy, Thielemann,
Conlon, and Santi. Since 2003 Roelof has taught voice at the UBC School of Music, dividing his time between Vancouver and

Conductor David Agler is also a Vancouver resident with an international career. Currently Artistic Director of the
Wexford Opera Festival in Ireland, David has previously served as Music Director of the Vancouver Opera, Principal
Conductor of the Australian Opera, Resident Conductor of the San Francisco Opera, Principal Guest Conductor of the Oper
der Stadt Köln, Conductor and Administrator of the Spoleto Festival, and Artistic Director of the Opera Festival of New

The DREAM HEALER – an opera based on PILGRIM by Timothy Findley March 2, 4, 6, & 8 The Chan