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Vancouver Art Gallery Presents FUSE, Revolution Counter Revolution

FUSE: Revolution Counter Revolution 

Friday, November 14, 2014, 8pm–1am
Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby St.)
November 7, 2014, Vancouver, BC – FUSE, Vancouver Art Gallery’s enormously popular quarterly event where art, music, performance and drama collide, will be reinvented on the night of Friday November 14, 2014. Guest curated by multi-media maestro Paul Wong and produced by MediaLab, FUSE: Revolution Counter Revolution will be an unforgettable evening that riffs and mashes new ideas with old traditions, inspired by the Gallery’s current exhibition The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors. In addition, FUSE-goers will have the opportunity to see Unscrolled: Reframing Tradition in Chinese Contemporary Art, a major exhibition featuring three generations of Chinese artists, prior to its official opening day (Saturday, November 15, 2014).
FUSE’s extraordinary lineup of artists, musicians and performers will fully engage visitors’ senses throughout the Gallery. Four floors of the exhibition space will be transformed with radical idealism and injected with iconic revolutionary figures, including:
Madam Mao – Enacted by Cara Sui, this tragic heroine/villain, wife of the Chairman, architect of the Cultural Revolution and leader of the Gang of Four, will engage the public and critique on art and culture.
Red Guard Ballerina – Taking cues from the ballet created during the Cultural Revolution in China (1966-1976), Carolyn Chan will strike heroic poses and pirouettes in her military gear.

The Monkey King – Dancer Michael Kong will be the mythical trickster depicted in Chinese folklore Journey to the West. He will pose, perch, hide, observe, intermingle, peek and bounce around in his new kingdom, the Gallery.
Emily Carr’s Psychic – This fictional figure, brought to life by Cindy Mochizuki, will read visitors’ fortunes in a seemingly private setting that is made public via live audio/video feed.

The cast will also include Beijing Opera diva Catherine Li as the Drunken Beauty, ArtCart Rickshaw by Ken Lum, Velvet Steele and team parading in a Sedan Chair, performance video by Catherine Chun Hua Dong, movement artist Sandra Moore, street portrait artists, Tea Master Olivia Cheung, the Flower Factory and Smoking Lily. DJ Kevin Shiu and DJ Don Chow will duel it out in the side-by-side Art Bars that feature proletariat beer and bourgeois cocktails, with clashing live visuals by Leó Stefánsson of Hybridity Media using social media platform #generateapp.
In addition to performances, FUSE-goers can also see the following exhibitions: 
The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors
Jock Macdonald: Evolving Form
Emily Carr and Landon Mackenzie: Wood Chopper and the Monkey
Tickets: $20 (+tax) | Free for Gallery members
Website: http://vanartgallery.bc.ca/events_and_programs/fuse.html
Event Hashtags: #fusenight #generateapp
About FUSE: Since its inception in July 2005, thousands of FUSE-goers have converged at the Gallery for this unique adult event. Live performances and music in the Gallery spaces, DJs, eclectic Gallery tours, contemporary dance and unexpected surprises have made FUSE Vancouver’s favourite art party—a place to see and be seen.
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MEDIA INFORMATION & EVENT PASSES: 
Debra Zhou, Communications Specialist
dzhou@vanartgallery.bc.ca, Direct: 604-662-4722, Mobile: 604-671-2358

About the Vancouver Art Gallery: The Vancouver Art Gallery is a not-for-profit organization supported by its members, individual donors, corporate funders, foundations, the City of Vancouver, the Province of British Columbia through the BC Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts. We thank everyone for their continuing generosity.

WACKY WEDNESDAYS: Periodic Table of Kink

Periodic Table of Kink -1800

I have always said that there was more to it than just a simple liking for it! Kink for many, is in their genes, their well-being, their whole make-up. You are truly born with it. However there has been no real way to diagnose it from a scientific stand point, and I am not sure there ever will be. There will always be the nay-sayers, as there are with those who continue to dispute that being born gay was and is a choice, and don’t get me going on that! The idiots!

Up until now nothing has been presented in a slightly fun, or slightly scientific manner until the folks at UBERKINKY came (more…)

As Seen In; Georgia Straight, New prostitution law leaves sex workers “invisible and anonymous”, advocate says

sex work speak out

New prostitution law leaves sex workers “invisible and anonymous”, advocate says

by CARLITO PABLO on NOV 6, 2014 at 3:32 PM
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Jessica, a sex worker, spoke out at a press conference critical of the passage of Bill C-36.
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WACKY WEDNESDAYS; Inflatable Love

Blow up ewe
Welcome to my newest addition, WACKY WEDNESDAYS, a collection of the strange I have found from many locations all over, presented here for you to learn and develop your own opinions from, be they funny or not. Trust me I take them with a grain of salt, and a healthy heaping of laughter!
We’ve all read and possibly seen the new love interests taking the lonely, and not so lonely by storm, inflatable love toys.  I have my opinions on the subject and mostly I see it as a serious bit of fun, one that I don’t take to seriously and certainly not in the context of love. Hell I even want a room full of them blown up to their full glory so I can bounce on them like a kid in room full of balls or balloons void of the urine. However, my intentions my be construed as a little more creepy, as I do LOVE to provoke and push buttons as a Domina with a sly sense of cruelty. Why wouldn’t I want to lock someone in that room, bound, gagged, (more…)

Lets Not Import Canada’s Sex Work Bill

Lets Not Import Canada’s Sex Work Bill

Canada’s new proposals criminalize johns, while decriminalizing those engaged in prostitution.

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  • Pace Society/TwitterThough it has received little coverage in American media, Canada has spent the past 10 months in an intense debate about its prostitution laws. Last December, the nation’s Supreme Court struck down basically all anti-prostitution laws on the grounds that they violated Canada’s Constitutional Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The elimination of prostitution laws will go into effect this December, and the Conservative Canadian government has been rushing to get a replacement in place that will satisfy the Supreme Court. (more…)

CARP- A New Vision of Aging For Canada, Celebrating Women’s History Month

Promises to be a GREAT event that I am speaking at with two other Dynamic women, Maggie de Vries, and Helen Burnham.

Humans having non-human sex.

Humans having non-human sex.

Originally from College Humor:

You just never know, but frankly the way I have it, is pretty non-human in itself sometimes! HAVE A LOOK, I’M NOT KIDDING! 😉

MWAH!! (more…)

Sexy This Week; A Bulging Crotch

mens crotches in jeans

Sexual objectification of the human male is fun and sexy, and let’s remind ourselves, men have been doing it to women for quite some time. Size does matter, and the men know it. They present it, seek out methods to enhance it, and relish in the fact that folks are looking. A bulging crotch presented in full glory is what’s sexy this week.

Bulging crotches that press up against the trappings of the coverings that conceal them are admired by all that are brave enough to admit to staring at them. Sitting at crotch height gives the perfect vantage point for getting a full on good look. Fantasies of size, shape, colour, girth, over take us all in our dirty little imaginings.

Cut or uncut, pierced, tattooed, decorated to the owner’s specifications. Is it a semi that makes it bulge, is it naturally that size soft, is it a cock ring, or padded? Yes padded, better yet packing! Delightful dreaming of what lies beneath concealed. Dreams of unleashing the beast from within, the beast of the male presentation of masculinity worn up and out there, just like memories of the playtex bra that lifted, supported, and jon-hammseparated. Women know the power of the breast, and the men are finally getting it with the power of the bulge.

Does it hang to the right, softly to the right, or straight down the middle? Pointed, full and meaty, skinny and long? Wild and woolly, trimmed and neat, shorn close cropped, or shaved soft and smooth? Balls that are tight close, free without to much swing, or seriously low hanging?staring from sunglasses

Tighty whiteys, thongs, briefs, boxer briefs, long line athletics? Underwear with a built in cock ring, a pouch to support the goods up and forward, away from the thighs, sliver thread inserts to draw away moisture for those athletically inclined.

The smell, the touch, the look, the taste, the sound. Do it! Blatantly stare, make it obvious, and the men uncomfortable, or not.

Now isn’t that fun? To objectify a man, a man’s crotch?

Tidbits; Think Of The Children

kids looking down panties

Conversations around sex and sex work have always been a challenge, but especially so, when children are around. Folks seem so conflicted when it comes to any form of education, advocacy, images, representations or even depictions, implied or not. Now me as the eternal devil’s advocate I am always asking why, what’s this conflict, where does it come from? The reasons are endless, fortunately for me, I’m in social circles that have a very healthy outlook on sex, sex of any kind, or anything in general to do with it. We talk about, look at it, have it, express it, and of course educate the young around us. No we’re not having it front of them, or producing images, writings, or other as they’ll find it on their own, the curious always do, but those I know, definitely don’t shy away from it.

So, let’s think of children! Does that mean we should keep them forever sheltered about what is going in the world? The world of our physiological needs, biological needs? Needs for the most part that are beyond our control. (more…)

Sex Work In New Zealand

community talks

September 17: FIRST Keynote Forum. Sex Work in New Zealand: “Eleven Years of Decriminalisation: the Sky is Still Blue.”

For immediate release September 10, 2014

September 17: FIRST Keynote Forum Sex Work in New Zealand:

“Eleven Years of Decriminalisation: the Sky is Still Blue.”

VANCOUVER: Following right on the heels of the Special Senate Committee hearings into Bill C-36 this week in Ottawa (the anti-prostitution bill), advocacy groups for sex workers will host a keynote forum on September 17 in Vancouver, with a special keynote speaker from New Zealand: Catherine Healy of the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective.

Ms. Healy will describe how New Zealand has been successfully fostering a safer working environment for sex workers for 11 years, without increases in trafficking, underage workers, or overall number of sex workers. The country was the first to decriminalize sex work in 2003 with its historic passage of the Prostitution Reform Act.

“In Canada, the Conservative government’s proposed prostitution law, Bill C-36 is strongly opposed by sex worker groups and active sex workers, because they know it will replicate the same kinds of harms as under the previous laws struck down by the Supreme Court last December,” said Joyce Arthur, founding member of FIRST Decriminalize Sex Work (a national feminist sex worker advocacy organization based in Vancouver that lobbies for the decriminalization of prostitution in Canada).

“The experience of New Zealand that Catherine will speak about should send a strong message to Ottawa that there is a proven, better way to protect both communities and sex workers from harm,” said Arthur. “Bill C-36 criminalizes consensual adult sex on moral and ideological grounds, which only serves to put people at risk, isolate them from health and social services, and violate their constitutional rights.”

Media are cordially invited to attend.

Catherine Healy will also be available for media interviews during daytime hours on Tues Sept 16 and Wed Sept 17
(Please contact Katrina Caudle to arrange – see page 2 for Contacts.)

https://www.facebook.com/FIRSTdecrimsexwork

Keynote Forum Details:

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 7 to 9 pm
Location: Rickshaw Theatre, 254 East Hastings St., Vancouver
Moderator: Kerry Porth, PIVOT Legal Society (and Senate Committee witness against Bill C-36.

Opening Performance by The Unstoppable Conni Smudge.

Introduction by Joyce Arthur, FIRST Decriminalize Sex Work: “Government in our bedrooms: The parallels between prostitution laws and abortion laws.” (Joyce is a founding member of FIRST. She is also founder and Executive Director of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada, a national pro-choice group.)

Keynote Speaker: Catherine Healy, New Zealand Prostitutes Collective. Ms. Healy will be speaking on how New Zealand law recognises sex work as a legitimate form of work. Her talk is entitled: “Eleven Years of Decriminalisation: the Sky is Still Blue.”

Catherine Healy is a founding member and now the National Coordinator of the New Zealand Prostitutes Collective (http://www.nzpc.org.nz/). She is also a former member of the government appointed Prostitution Law Review Committee, and co- editor of “Taking The Crime out of Sex Work“. Catherine has played a key role in the design and implementation of the laws that decriminalised sex work in New Zealand in 2003, and is a former sex worker herself.

Q&A with the audience to follow Catherine Healy’s presentation.
The forum is sponsored by FIRST Decriminalize Sex Work, BC Civil Liberties Association, PACE

Society, and Spaces (A Sex Industry Study, UBC).
Contact: 604-349-4495
Katrina Caudle, Organizer, crownofviolets@gmail.com

604-351-0867 • Joyce Arthur, FIRST, joycearthur@shaw.ca