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The other night, we had a night of improv and poetry at Cafe Deux Soleils. A poet spoke a poem, then an improv troupe did an improv based on that poem, then a poet did a poem based on that improv, then the improv troupe did and improv based on THAT poem, then another poem, then another improv, and so on. It was fascinating.

Here's an amalgamation of some of the poems I wrote into one poem. It's mostly about Vancouver as were most of the sketches and poems.

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Vancouver. This is about Vancouver.

If I could run five hundred miles, I wouldn't be the mayor of my own heart. Each newspaper headline would bicycle across my perfect ass every summer as I jogged in record time across each delivery ward. I am not running for office. I am running from office. The best Vancouver can say sometimes is that we're not Toronto. Green grizzly will tear apart this temporary campsite we call Vancouver while David Suzuki laughs and laughs. Each starving bear that can't eat meat wheezing across the finish line of horrifying sun runmarathons for survival.

Photo shoots makes us look as real as possible. Fashion is a better existence pushed on all of us like a drug we can't resist. We are fierce and perfect as long as we're adapted by photoshop. Every single one of us looks better with stirrups.

Fresh fish glow Fukushima in the dark. rave sushi. Soy sauce. Soy latte. Soy, el genda troy, I'm a loser baby, so why don't you move to yaletown. My girl friend has a purse dog. I am her purse man. Yoga prepares me for sex in a car to go. Lets get all bonded in a bonafide festival. We're all tied to each other. The rich, the poor. We're attached. And it's not always consensual.

Vancouver. We aim for the heart and miss.


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I spoke this poem on Monday at the Vancouver Poetry Slam. Here's the footage.




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What a night. I got to Lydia's pub from the airport and I was super nervous. Charles picked me up and gave me a ride. I saw a few familiar faces from CFSW at Lydia's when I got there. They were having a CFSW organization meeting and it looks like they have everything well in hand. I brought a lot of merch as per other poets' recommendations. My new chapbook and some Van Slam shirts. I sold 22 chapbooks. Fucking ridiculous.

I was worried going up. During the open mic, someone innocently told me that I better be off book. Since I am not off book on any of my poems, I was suddenly terrified. I didn't know what to expect. There was a five-person open mic, a break, then me. The crowd was pretty sparse but it filled up quick. It was a beautiful day here so I'm not surprised. Summer slams are slow everywhere I imagine.

I started with my star trek rap, went into my first breakup poem, did Next Jen, and then segued into stuff my new book with a dirty haiku in between each poem. When it was over, they demanded an encore so I gave them one. First time that's happened I think.

Afterwards, a lot of people came to get their books signed. One woman had just broken up with a tall man so both my tall poem AND my breakup poems resonated with her. Another woman usually can't make it out so tonight was her first poetry night in years and she said she was super happy to have seen me. Another younger woman at the bar told me she loves video games and star trek and she was serious. She lost it when I told her I'd worked on Red Dead Redemption. Although at the end, she did tell me to "live long and prosperous". LOL.

I had great talks with everyone afterwards, especially Ryan Bradshaw and Dorion Brady from the burlesque scene up here.

I'm leaving with a fair amount of cash and a much lighter heart. I'm sure for most traveling poets, this is just a normal night of performing but for a nervous person who hasn't done too many away-from-home features, it's been magical.

Home again tomorrow. Looking forward to being back and seeing Audrey and Sonja and the Van Slam again but this has been a fantastic experience.


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Vancouver’s weather
Is fit for a king because
It reigns all the time



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Hey there. After having lived in The West End for a long time and living in Kitsilano for a long time as well, I've been working on a theory. When I lived in Kits, I used to go downtown all the time. Once I moved downtown, I went to Kitsilano about two or three times a year. I think there is a mental image in the heads of people that live in the West End. I think that this is that image.





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Gorgeous. A few shots that have been taken of Vancouver over the last ten days of mind-numbing, dream-inducing, sound-muffling, traffic-slowing, brain-baffling misty fog. I keep expecting to see giant lobsters come plowing through the traffic.












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Two things this week that you should check out if you get the chance. I've emailed a pretty wide selection of people here but I think you'd all be interested in either or both, even if you've never heard of them.

FIRST AMAZING THING


Thursday night is Dan Mangan and Shane Koyczan performing at the new and improved Biltmore hotel.
Shane Koyczan is a really amazing poet and Dan Mangan is a really laid back acoustic performer. They perform well together.
It's at 8. The Biltmore is at 395 Kingsway. That's like Kingsway and 12th.
It's ten dollars.

Check out Shane

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fyeiA5JOWA

Check out Dan

http://www.danmanganmusic.com/

Facebook invite: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=17722180013

SECOND AMAZING THING


Dances for a Small Stage number 18.
Playing on Thursday and Friday night. I'm going on Friday.
7PM to 10PM
At the Legion on the Drive. 2206 Commercial Drive. Upstairs.
Fifteen dollars at the door.

Work by

Kidd Pivot/Crystal Pite
Alison Denham
Joe Ink/Jacci Collins
Rob Kitsos
Meghan Goodman
Kim Sato
Science Friction
Patrick Pennefather
Peter Chu (Las Vegas)

I've been to a few of these and they never fail to amaze. Ten or so small dance pieces with a wide variety of styles. Very inspirational and very accessible. I highly recommend it anyone. If you do come, please show up at least an hour before showtime if you can. It sells out every time.

Facebook invite: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=7398617631

There you go. Hope to see at either or both nights.

Duncan



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Also, on Thursday night, Dylan Rhymer and a bunch of other comics are being filmed by CTV as part of a CTV Comedy Showcase.

CTV,(yes THE CTV) is a-comin' to town to watch a bunch of hi-larious comedians do their thing and maybe, just maybe, these young comics will get their own Comedy Now! special. So come on by and support the future of comedy. Acts TBA (for now) Cover by Food Bank donation

For this with facebook, click ->here<-.

For those without, so far the night includes:

Kyle Bottom
It's Good To Know People
Andy Canete
Jennie Apps
Gerald Gerald Geraldson
Victoria Pattison
Adam Pateman
Simon King

And your incredible host Dylan Rhymer who's me!

Thursday, January 10, 2008
Time: 8:30pm - 10:30pm
Location: Hennessey 53 W. Broadway
City/Town: Vancouver, BC

See ya there.


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Through a series of mundane but unexpected circumstances, I find myself in posession of fifteen, count' em, fifteen VIP Admit One passes to the Taboo Naughty but Nice Sex Show being held at Canada Place from the Jan 10th to the 13th.

Anyone want to go or know someone who wants to got but maybe doesn't want to pay for it?

[EDIT] All the tickets are potentially spoken for now. Thank you.

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Need a spike in your holiday cheer? HO on up all ye merry pranksters, as t'is but a few days until the Red Menace rides again!

Hopefully Santa's either dug his suit out of storage [and wiped off some of the... eww... memories?], or picked up a new one (check your local dollar stores - seems to be the best bet for cheap suits). And of course Santa's already started to put together a bag of treats and toys for the kids and naughty folk along the way (cookies, socks, and Tree pOrnaments, oh my!)

If you're new to Santacon or might have [hic!] forgotten some details, take some time to read thru the website at http://vancouver.santacon.ca - especially the FAQ [http://vancouver.santacon.ca/faq.php]...

This year, Santa'll be meeting at the Waldorf [1489 E. Hastings St] at 12pm (High Noon!) and venturing forth shortly thereafter. The next planned pitstop is for dinner between 5-6pm at Moose's Down Under [830 W. Pender St]. Santa loves aussie beer and a $12 buffet...

You may be able to track Santa down between these two spots ("Hey, have you seen a group of 100 Santas?"), but your best bet is to meet up with the Clauses at noon or to try calling a Santa on the SantaPhone List (http://vancouver.santacon.ca/santaphone.php -- add your name and number to the list if you can help guide Santa's red nose home!)

And remember:

Santa Do's

DO address every Santa as Santa, in the first, second, and third person, singular and plural.
DO have something ready to hand out, even if it's just candy canes.
DO uphold the hallowed tradition of Never Washing the Suit.
DO many thorough soaks of your cleaning product containers before storing liquor in them. (If you haven't already done so, it may be too late to start now.)
DO be ready for new adventure at a moment's notice. Santa is like a shark, and must keep moving in order to thrive.

Santa Dont's

Don't fuck with the cops. If the cops tell you to do something, DO IT. If you want to get busted, do it when you and I aren't dressed the same.
Don't fuck with little kids. I'm serious, this is supposed to be fun. Holidays are unpleasant enough for kids these days. If we can't brighten it at least we can be one less worry for them. Remember: The kids of today are the weirdoes of tomorrow.
Don't fuck with store security. If they ask you to leave a store, get the hell out and be nice about it, or other Santas will take shit for it.
Don't fuck with Santa. I just might puke on your suit, you damned impostor.

HO!


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Hey there.

Just a little PSA here for anyone who wants to see a fantastic play to round out the year. Are you like me? Do you like high-quality live theater? Do you wish that you'd see more live theater but never seem to get around to it except when someone really encourages you to see a play that they've seen and liked?

Well if you are, then listen up. There's a great play happening down at the Jericho Arts Center until Sunday. It's by Eugene O'Neil and it's called Moon for the Misbegotten. It centers around an Irish Father and daughter that live on a struggling farm in 1920s America. It's a story of love, it's a story of humanity, and it's a story of family hardship.

It's a very moving and well-rounded piece. There are great laughs as well as tears. It's a great night our for anyone who even vaguely feels like seeing some theater. It gets the thumbs up from me.

Check it out. You won't be disappointed.




A Moon for the Misbegotten
by Eugene O’Neill


directed by Jack Paterson

playing until Sunday, Dec. 9 at 8PM


Cast for A Moon for the Misbegotten are Corina Akeson (Josie), Mike Wasko (Tyrone), Michael Kopsa (Phil Hogan), Troy Young (Harder) & Adam Bergquist (Mike Hogan), with stage management by Linda Bakker, set by John R. Taylor, lighting design by Jesse Frank, costume design by Nykiya Graham and sound by Jeff Tymoschuk.

A Moon for the Misbegotten runs at the Jericho Arts Centre (1675 Discovery) from Nov. 16 – Dec. 9, Thursday through Sunday, at 8 pm. Tickets are $12 - $16 and available at the door.

For reservations and information
phone 604 224 8007, ext. 2
or visit
www.unitedplayers.com


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So the new Vancouver Olypic Mascots were released today. I like them, what do you think? I like them better that the Beijing Power Rangers, although they're pretty cute, too.

Check out Quatchi's Inukshuk tattoo. I think they're sweet. Better than some of the other godawful mascots that have come up during the the years.



I think they's cute. Maybe I'm going to hell, though. I thought Miga said something else for a second because the image was so small. That made me do this:



Come to think of it, calling a mascot "Sumi" probably isn't very smart either. Sounds like "sue me".

Darren had this hilarious little commentary on the new mascots.



Cracks me up.



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Hey there.
I have in my posession two tickets to Crystal Pite/Kidd Pivot's new production 'Lost Action' at the CULTCH on Thursday, November 29th, 2007 at 8 o clock. Because I am silly, I bought tickets before checking my schedule. I'm going to be in a movie that day and the notion of getting wrapped before eight is probably not going to happen.
I wanted to know if anyone out there wanted the tickets. Does anyone want the tickets?



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Just let me know! The short film compilations are quite often the best and they're almost never seen again unless they're nominated for an Oscar or you're a friend of the director or something. I've bought two tickets to everything so if you're feeling daffy, drop me a line.

Saturday October 6th 2007


The Operating Theater
11AM Pacific Cinematheque
[EDITE] Possibly TAKEN
4 Elements 12:30 PM Empire Granville 7 Theater 2
Between Heaven and Earth 4:30 PM Pacific Cinematheque
[EDIT] TAKEN
Anita O’ Day: Jazz Singer 6PM Empire Granville 7 Theater 5
[EDIT] TAKEN

Sunday October 7th 2007


The Champagne Spy
12:30PM Empire Granville 7 Theater 2
Chinook Wind (shorts) 4PM Pacific Cinematheque

Monday October 8th 2007


Cloud Seeding (shorts)
9PM Pacific Cinematheque

Tuesday October 9th 2007


Relative Humidity (shorts)
9:15PM Pacific Cinematheque
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Wednesday October 10th 2007


Microbursts (shorts)
9:15PM Pacific Cinematheque

Thursday October 11th 2007


Go Go Tales
9:30PM Visa Screening Room Empire Granville Th7
Chamame 7PM Empire Granville 7 Theater 1

Friday October 12th 2007


Paranoid Park
9:30PM Visa Screening Room Empire Granville Th7
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This is what I've got. I've bought two tickets for all of them so if any of them perk your interest, let me know. I've kind of dropped the ball on a few sold out shows but here's what I have. Took me a while to get organized for this one.

Saturday October 6th 2007


The Operating Theater
11AM Pacific Cinematheque
[EDITE] Possibly TAKEN
4 Elements 12:30 PM Empire Granville 7 Theater 2
Between Heaven and Earth 4:30 PM Pacific Cinematheque
[EDIT] TAKEN
Anita O’ Day: Jazz Singer 6PM Empire Granville 7 Theater 5
[EDIT] TAKEN

Sunday October 7th 2007


The Champagne Spy
12:30PM Empire Granville 7 Theater 2
Chinook Wind (shorts) 4PM Pacific Cinematheque

Monday October 8th 2007


Cloud Seeding (shorts)
9PM Pacific Cinematheque

Tuesday October 9th 2007


Relative Humidity (shorts)
9:15PM Pacific Cinematheque
[EDIT]TAKEN

Wednesday October 10th 2007


Microbursts (shorts)
9:15PM Pacific Cinematheque

Thursday October 11th 2007


Go Go Tales
9:30PM Visa Screening Room Empire Granville Th7
Chamame 7PM Empire Granville 7 Theater 1

Friday October 12th 2007


Paranoid Park
9:30PM Visa Screening Room Empire Granville Th7
[EDIT]TAKEN


As an aside, I'm also planning to go see the horror movie The Host this Sunday at 7 out at UBC. I still haven't seen it so if anyone else hasn't seen it yet, you're welcome to come along.

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A couple of things.

I went to see the Hunchback of Notre Dame under the Burrard Street Bridge on Saturday night and while the run is sold out, I recommend showing up for last-minute cancellations if you don't have a ticket. Or if you've got connections, use 'em. It's a great show. Quite inventive and definitely what I've come to expect from Boca Del Lupo.

Another friend of mine didn't dig on it at all, though, so I'm interested in hearing what *you* think.

After that, I saw Jackie Blackmore and Ten West AGAIN with a passel of friends that I brought down to see the show. Great stuff.

Jackie Blackmore and her sketch comedy troupe The Skinny are performing AGAIN at 10PM on Thursday Friday and Saturday at the Waterfront with hilarious local comedy duo The Crawford Twins. Tickets are fifteen dollars and I seriously recommend these shows if you need a few laughs.

Last night, I went to see Oklahoma at the Theater Under the Stars in Malkin Bowl in Stanley Park during the last few gasps of the Perseid Meteor Shower. It was incredible. Two very bright stars fell during the performance. Pretty magical, really.

I'll tell you something, though, Oklahoma is LONG. I had no idea.

On Sunday, I saw Talk To Me, starring Don Cheadle and Chiwetel Ejiofor (you might know him as the villain in Serenity or the queen from Kinky Boots) in a biopic about Peter Green, one of the first really big black voices on radio in Washington or, as he calls it, P-Town. Great performances. The first half is off the hook but it bogs down midway with the usual problems associated with paring a famous person's entire career down to two hours. Worth seeing, though.

Tonight, I'm going down to see the awesome and talented Connie Lingus host a comedy revue down at The Cobalt at 9:30. It's an experiment but I'm going to check it out. She's an awesome lady and a hell of a funny person. I can't imagine that they'll have many folk there on a Tuesday night so come on down and help pack the place.

Tomorrow night I'm going to see Scarfarce at the Havana on the drive at 9:30, a one-man show starring Peter Kelamis about a Tony Montoya-type's struggle to take over the world of underpants and get a stranglehold on the market in Vancouver. Looks crazy enough to be hilarious.

Thursday I'm going to see Teen Shakespeare's production of Romeo and Juliet directed by the guy also who directed that awesome version of Titus Andronicus a year or so ago. It's FREE, in case I didn't mention it. Come on down. These (pardon my old-guy condescension)kids have a lot of heart and while the performances are spotty, they're enthusiastic. And it's FREE. It'll be fun.

Friday, I'm off to see The Skinny and The Crawford Twins at the Waterfront Theater at 10. Come down for a laugh.

Saturday, I'm going to see the final night of the award-winning Tuesdays and Thursdays (scroll down past the taiko drummers) at the Waterfront. It's a serious play about star-crossed lovers in Canada during WWI. I know, it's a hard sell but people just can't shut up about how incredible this play is. Should be awesome.

Sunday is a brunch.

Monday my ex-wife gets to town for three weeks to enjoy summer in Vancouver.

It's been like this since June. It'll be like this until halfway through September. I'm having a hell of a summer, how about you?



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Very important PSA for the people of Vancouver.

Walk to the Vancouver Art Gallery. Go into the Vancouver Art Gallery. Look at the retrospective exhibition they have going at the moment. Have your mind blown. That is all. Tuesdays are pay-what-you-can.


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Hey there! I've been hearing about this for weeks but I didn't realize that it was tomorrow!! Where is the time going this summer? Yeesh! It's been a great summer so far and shows no signs of slowing down. Cross post this event like a crazy person and let's see how many people we can get to turn up to this tomorrow. It's sure to be great.

Vancouver's Largest Water Fight
Saturday, July 14, 2007
1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Stanley Park
Yahoo Maps
Google Maps
event takes place at the Lumbermans arch/kids waterpark in Stanley Park

Stanley Park Drive
Vancouver, British Columbia


London, Frankfurt, Scotland, Toronto and Victoria are having their waterfights as well. There have been over 3400 RSVPs to this event so it might be a record turnout. Weather forecast for tomorrow is scorchio so it'll be a great way to cool off.

MORE DETAILS HERE
yahoo events
facebook events
flashmob on facebook

BASIC RULES

DRESS PROPERLY
Bikinis, shorts, water wings, whatever. You're going to get drenched so don't be bringing nothing you don't want getting all wettified.

NO DYES IN THE WATER
Don't want to be permanently screwing up anyone's clothing and/or the pavement. That's vandalism. We want fun.

NO REAL LOOKING GUNS
Don't want the cops coming and arresting suspected terrorists. Make sure your water guns are brightly-coloured, transparent, what-have-you.

RESPECT NON-COMBATANTS
This is only for people that want to take part. Don't attack innocent bystanders. Let's not ruin it by making kids cry and parents angry or something like that. : )

PICK UP AFTER YOURSELF
If you bring water balloons and the like, make sure to clean up the shreds as best you can. We want to leave the area clean, wet, and happy.

CAMERAS
If you bring a camera and participate, it will get wet and you will have an camera-shaped paperweight after the fight is over. There will be photographers present who's sole job will be to stay out of the way of water and take pictures. Don't risk your cameras if you want to take part.


That's about it. It's going to be a blast. Get suited up and come on out. I'm sure it will be legendary.


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Ladies and Gentlemen. This is seriously not to be missed. It's on tomorrow night and Wednesday night at the Legion on Commercial Drive and sixth avenue. Get there early. I went there last time and I've never seen such creativity on display. They're short pieces and there's a lot of them so there's something for everyone. It was a great night. Please, please, check it out if you're at all inclined. It's money well spent. Click on the picture below for more information. I'm going on Wednesday.





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Hey Everyone!

It's that time of year again.



5PM, bowling commences at the Varsity Ridge bowling building.

Varsity Ridge Bowling
2120 West 15th Avenue
(at Arbutus)

8PM, carousing, belly-dancing, cake-eating and other tomfoolery begins at The Annex in Gastown. We've got most of the place to ourselves so it'll be fun. They have good food there.

The Annex
307 West Cordova
(Kitty-corner-ish to The Cambie)

Let me know if you're into coming or if there's any achohol or food they should buy a lot of in preparation. They're being quite accomodating.

I know that a few other friends of mine are having parties on the same night, not to mention Sin City but I'd love it if you could all put in an appearance at some point. Let's make this one to remember.




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I know there's a pool going for worldwide flashmob pillow fights but I didn't see any Vancouver specific ones. I started one up and it's here.

http://www.flickr.com/groups/313222@N24/

I sure would appreciate it anyone who's got shots would add their photos and invite others that you know to do the same.

Thank you very much.

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