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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

December 3 “First Saturday” Open Studio & Sale

Vancouverites looking for unique and hand-crafted gifts (along with some cheap and cheerful gifts) should join me, Rachael Ashe and Heike Kapp at the First Saturday Open Studio sale.

Saturday, December 3, 2011
12:00pm until 4:00pm
1660 East Georgia Street, Vancouver BC
See more details on Rachael’s site.

First Saturday Open Studios is a mini studio tour with a rotating roster of Culture Crawl artists that happens on the First Saturday of every month.

For the First Saturday in December you can visit Rachael Ashe’s studio for a holiday “inventory clearance” sale.

Rachael Ashe will have older artwork for sale (and new stuff), but she’s clearing the deck and has some great metal prints and a selection of altered books.

Me, Monique (Trottier) Sherrett, of Botany of Delight will have a selection of magical muggle fragrances on hand and other perfume creations inspired by the Harry Potter books. I have some Coca-Cola perfume too. Come for the olfactory journey, stay for Rachael and Heike’s stuff.

Heike Kapp, maker of hand-blown glass pendants and art objects, will also have a select display of wares.

Make us a spot on your First Saturday Open Studio tour.

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Cat Came Back ... Restricted Cougar Returns

What do you think of when I say “Restricted Cougar”?
Was your first thought of the restricted cougar icon formerly used as a symbol of movie and entertainment designations?


I have no recollection of these animated videos or the restricted cougar icon, but they are certainly recognized in BC. Rest of Canada, do you recognize this made-in-Canada cat?

Here’s what I learned today about the Restricted Cougar of movie designations. The restricted cougar was designed in Canada (in BC actually) over 50 years ago and used in newspapers and on movie posters to warn of audience age restrictions. There were also little bumpers—or short videos—like the one above that were played before a restricted movie.

The roaring cat was known internationally, appearing in newspapers and posters and in theatres as far flung as South Africa. This kitty entered its ninth life in 1997 when classification categories were revised and the “18A” rating was used instead of the “Restricted” ranking. (Although R is still used as a rare class of adult films of artistic, education, scientific, historic or political merit. You know, not porn, but “restricted.”)

Want to revisit the “R” rated films? Play peekaboo with this Prezi timeline.

If you’re like me and have no recollection of this pussy cat, then fret not! As the song goes, The cat came back. They thought he was a gonner, but the cat came back. He just couldn’t stay away. Meeeeee-ow.

Consumer Protection BC—who is responsible for the classification of the movies seen in BC and Saskatchewan theaters—has brought the restricted cougar back—at least as shorts on YouTube.

Six of the Restricted Cougar R-rated film designation bumpers are available on the Consumer Protection BC YouTube channel:

I don’t remember this cat. You? Tell me what you remember.


Sunday, November 06, 2011

Book Review: The Penelopiad by Margaret Atword

The Vancouver Artsclub is playing Margaret Atwood’s The Penelopiad until November 20 at the Stanley theatre and I just happen to have finished reading the book.

The Play

The Book

Published in 2006 as part of the Myths series, Atwood provides a contemporary take on one of the most enduring stories of all time, Homer’s The Odyssey. In Homer’s tale, Penelope is the ever constant, faithful wife who dutifully tends to her husband’s empire without compromise to his finances or her fidelity despite hearing tale after tale from passing travellers recounting Odysseus’ great triumphs and tribulations in the war against Troy and his own yearnings for love in the arms of beautiful goddesses. I mean, really, did she just stand by for 20 years spinning a bit of yarn?

In Atwood’s version, Penelope is more than just the long-suffering wife of the hero. She is a very clever woman who makes 1 fatal mistake that costs her the lives of 12 obedient maids.

I love Atwood’s academic and philosophical answers to the elements of The Odyssey that went unquestioned in my literature classes. The Penelopiad begins with two questions: what led to the hanging of the maids, and what was Penelope really up to? I did wonder.

I also love the contemporary twist of the maids presenting evidence through song and dance, as if they were on Glee, the video trial, and Penelope checking out the contemporary world via spiritual mediums and commenting on the similarities or differences to her time.

Penelope may have been as clever as Helen was beautiful, but Margaret Atwood stands in a class of her own at the top of the clever charts.