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Monday, April 10, 2006

The Shebeen Club presents ...

The Shebeen Club is a Vancouver’s literary meet-up group. Each event is organized around a theme. I enjoyed attending these events, however, I have been unable to attend since August due to conflicting schedules. I’d love to attend this month’s event but yet again I am out of town. What sad twist of fate is this?

Here’s what I said about the Shebeen as I headed out the door for the last event I attended:

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Im off now to Shebeen for a Hemingway evening. Shebeen is a Vancouver whiskey bar, accessible from the Irish Heather. It is only open for private functions, and for those willing to creep out the back door of the Irish Heather into Blood Alley.

In the early days of Vancouver, Blood Alley was the location for a number of butcher shops. Public executions were also held in Blood Alley Square. Your choice on the roots of the name.

Speaking of doors, you go through the alley and look for the red door. Unmarked ...

The Hemingway event was fantastic. Each meet-up has a literary theme that extends to the special drink and food item on offer.

So if you are in Vancouver on the 18th, attend the Shebeen Club’s Crime Night. Here are the details

Who: The Shebeen Club presents Jeremy Hainsworth, crime reporter extraordinaire
What: My Life in Crime!
When: 7-9pm Tuesday, April 18th, 2006 (3rd Tuesday each month)
Where: The Shebeen, behind the Irish Heather, 217 Carrall
Why: Voyeurism runs deep, baby! Find out what it really takes to do this job. It’s not all fedoras and dive bars.
How much: $20 before April 14th, $25 thereafter
Paid to: Reservations and media inquiries: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Admission includes a criminally good dinner/drink combo!

The skinny:
Putting the “laughter” in “manslaughter.” With patented black humour, Jeremy will lead us down the dark and twisted alleys of a crime reporter’s life. From paperwork to prison visits, we’ll become one with the sordid underbelly of Vancouver. It’s Blood Alley, so we’re halfway there! Jeremy will also be discussing (and bringing a copy of) the publication ban on the Pickton trial. Dress: Clark Kent, Lois Lane, or Raymond Chandler. Ann Rule doesn’t know how to dress!

Bio: Jeremy Hainsworth is one of a handful of journalists writing for the international media from Vancouver. As B.C correspondent for the AP, he has had the dubious honour of covering the ongoing hearings of alleged serial killer Robert Pickton and the Air India terrorism case. He has freelanced for Reuters, was senior crime reporter for The Calgary Herald, senior editor of Sterling News Service (his office was below that of Conrad Black’s partner David Radler), and managing editor of the Dawson Creek daily paper where he covered his first murder from seeing the body to the release of the convicted youths. He has a diploma in journalism from Langara and a BA from UBC. His work has appeared in many of the world’s major newspapers on every continent except Antarctica where penguins cannot read.

Meet & Mingle from 7-7:30
Listen & Learn from 7:30-8
Wistful reminiscences of hookers with hearts of gold from 8-9

I hate to be a belle-lettrist (okay, I don’t really), and you probably already know this: ‘shebeen’ comes from the Irish ‘sbn’ and means ‘a small establishment that sells alcoholic beverages illegally or without a licence’. That is, in this case it’s a common noun as well as a proper one.

I’ll return to my font fondling now.

Thanks for the shout-out Monique. It’s too bad you’ll miss this, as it’s sure to be lively and dark, but eventually our schedule and your geography will coincide.

Oh, and Patricia Canning told me the reason it was called Blood Alley was that it used to be a dead end and the cops would chase people into there and beat them. Not so sure I believe it, but it’s a good story!

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