Inhabiting Vancouver is akin to being in a relationship with a beautiful and popular lover who nevertheless irritates, wounds and drives you crazy. As any relationship counselor will agree, it’s just not healthy to keep these hurt feelings inside.
In this spirit, the Museum of Vancouver presents Vancouver I Love You But… an evening of urban talk therapy. Noted Vancouverites (including former mayor Sam Sullivan, nudist and pot activist Watermelon, and author Kevin Chong), and regular citizens will open up and share their grievances about the most livable city in the world. The truth may hurt. Or it may make us laugh until we hurt. Either way, our travelling relationship counselor—Scottish performance artist Adrian Howells—will help us process our anger and move to a healthier relationship with the city, all under the sparkling lights of the Star Theatre.
Be sure to arrive in time for the Ranters' Lounge: a dirge-infused social with rant recorders, sad-photo booth, cash bar and Vancouver-teasing entertainment with the help of our friends at Definitely Raining.
Featuring rants by:
-Stephen Quinn: Host, CBC Radio’s On The Coast
-Sam Sullivan: Former Mayor of Vancouver and Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia.
-Tami Knight: artist, mountaineer and a circus trainer.
-Watermelon: nudist, baker, comic, licorice pusher, high functioning stoner/pin up girl.
-Brandon Yan: urbanist and mega-tweeter @pre_planner.
-Kevin Chong: author of four books, most recently the novel Beauty Plus Pity, and the memoir My Year of the Racehorse.
-Mack Flavelle: Creator of stories, software, communities and the future.
-Amber Dawn: author of Lambda Award-winning novel Sub Rosa (2010), and editor of the anthologies Fist of the Spider Woman: Tales of Fear and Queer Desire (2009) and co-editor of With a Rough Tongue (2005).
-Jagdeep Singh Mangat: a recent returnee from Toronto where he was a practicing lawyer. Jagdeep is a social justice activist and has been active over the years intervening in issues as diverse as the rights of low wage private sector workers to gang intervention and prevention in the Lower Mainland.
This event is inspired by Object(ing), the MOV’s exhibition of art and design work by Tobias Wong. The last piece Wong created before his death in 2010 was a riff on the LCD Sound System song, “New York I love you but you’re bringing me down.” Wong wove that message in Morse Code into the structure of a floor-to-ceiling bead pendant. The message embodied the ambivalence that so many of us feel for the cities we love.
Date: Friday, January 25, 2013
Time: Doors/Ranter's Lounge at 6:00pm, Performance begins at 7:00pm
Location: Museum of Vancouver (1100 Chestnut Street)
Admission: $12 early bird (before Jan 11) | $15 | $12 MOV members