Pandora’s Collective News

A few quick things of interest!!! Stay warm and enjoy this sunshine while it lasts. Bonnie Pandora’s Events Tuesday, February 26th VOICES VANCOUVER Visit cultural venues with other Pandora’s Collective members. Bring your words, your journals, your sketch books. We’ll drop in on literary events, go to art galleries, participate in readings, support local bands and more. Membership is free. Coordinators: Bonnie Nish & Sita Carboni
Upcoming Rendezvous: Tuesday Feb 26th – 7pm at The Vancouver Art Gallery. Meet us on the main floor, in the first room of the exhibit, TruthBeauty: Pictorialism and the Phototgraph as art,1845-1945. There will be time to browse, to write, (individually and in a group) and to share thoughts and work. Bring your journal, sketch pad and pen and join us for the first ever Voices Vancouver. Cost: Tuesday is “by donation” at the gallery Contact: Or visit our web site: Wednesday, March 5th WORD WHIPS WRITING SERIES Take the challenge. We provide the writing prompts and the opportunity for sharing. Ten – fifteen minutes to write to each prompt. See what you can whip up. Hosted by Pandora’s Collective. Time: 7:30 – 10:00pm Location: Our Town Cafe 245 East Broadway @ Kingsway, Vancouver, BC Read a review by Emily Kendy, contributing writer for the Vancouver Courier Newspaper. Contact: or visit Other Events Hello and welcome again; I’m here to invite you to consider checking out or participating in the monthly “57 Varieties” open stage variety show the third Tuesday of every month — that being tomorrow night (Tuesday, Feb 19th) — at Spartacus Books (319 W. Hastings at Cambie, upstairs) running from 8-10 pm, a place where anything (unplugged) can happen providing it’s introduced by a bearded man on an accordion. As a special bonus, this month’s installment of the series is being preceded by a 7 pm master class literary workshop presented by Wakefield Brewster, Calgary’s “lyrical pitbull” of poetry. With luck, the techniques taught at the workshop will be employed and practiced by the students of verbiage at the open stage! (Then we may see if the works succeed when subjected to the house “pass the cookies” test.) Pre-register for the master class with as space is limited to 30! The open stage is free but we’re asking $5-8 from workshop participants.

Folks who just can’t get enough of Wakefield’s sublime canine lyricism can also catch him the following night, Wednesday the 20th, at the Spillious Speak ‘n Sing at the Cottage Bistro (4468 Main) — and while you’re out and about, take a look up and see if you can observe the total eclipse of the moon that night!

Friday the 22nd boasts the Vancouver Public Space Network’s guerrilla pirate party (ahoy!) on the SeaBus, departing from Waterfront Station at 8:30 pm … or if you can’t bring yourself to depart from East Van, you can also catch Barbara Adler and Jess Hill at Café Deux Soleils.

One more week along, around 9 pm on Friday February 29th, the stomping gentlemen of Headwater will be making the ANZA Club (3 W 8th) resonate with their feet and mouths at an afterparty for that month’s Critical Mass ride; again, for those who turn to pumpkins when crossing Ontario, the Fugitives play Lime every night that weekend (1130 Commercial Drive.)

___________________________________________ Hello all, just a little early warning reminder that Grind Writers is coming up this Saturday – in case you have anything you’d like to send to me ahead of time for the Feedback group. We’ll do the same thing we did last week – and that is, hit the ground writing. So if you are new, we’ll wait to do introductions until after we have written. We’ve found that if we talk first, we use up an awful lot of the writing/reading time since we are all such good procrastinators. I still wonder why it is, since we all love writing, we are so good at avoiding it – or why we would want to? A conundrum. Below is information about the group workings for new people.See you @ 10AM Margo “Margo” Upcoming meeting dates:
Sat Feb 23 Sun Mar 9
Sat Mar 22 Sun Apr 6
Sat Apr 19 Sun May 4
Grind Gallery Cafe – 4124 Main St. @ 25th Ave (aka King Edward Ave )
In the back. First one there saves a table, preferably on the stage area at the back-right.

Bring stuff to write with. Laptop friendly.
10AM to Noon: Some stay afterwards to work on their projects, hang out, or go for lunch.

This workshop is turning out to be VERY popular! Reserve your space today by contacting me, or risk loosing out!! FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Don’t fear the Taxman! Announcing the most important learning opportunity of 2008: Tax Fundamentals for Artists and Artisans Presented by Marianna Scott from Quantum Accounting Sunday, February 24 1pm – 4pm (Registration starts at 12:30pm) Kaslo Gardens Co-operative (Activities Room) 2765 Co-operative Way (between Kaslo and Slocan Streets on Grandview Highway) Visit their website for a map: Cost: $15 This workshop will be ideal for self-employed artists and craftspeople with little or no experience preparing taxes. If you dread tax season, and put off thinking about your taxes until the last minute, then this workshop is for you. The workshop will cover the fundamentals of taxation for individuals, with an emphasis on the self-employed. It will cover which expenses are deductible, what kind of record keeping is required and how to get and stay organized. Marianna Scott has been in accounting since 1987. She has been preparing personal taxes for the self-employed since 1996, with a focus on the arts and culture industry for the past four years. Marianna has completed a course of study to become a Certified Financial Planner. She expects to receive her CFP designation in 2008. Brought to you by Vancouver Poetry House, as part of its Professional Development Program.

For more information or to pre-register for this important event, contact Steven R. Duncan at 604-788-8340 or email Space is limited.

Reading by Gary Geddes, Wed. Feb. 27th, 7:00 pm McGill Branch, Burnaby Public Library (4595 Albert St., North Burnaby; in Confederation Park – one block north of Hastings, one block east of Willingdon) Geddes will be reading from the recently-published “Falsework”. It is a fabulous work of narrative poetry that tells the story of the collapse of the Second Narrows Bridge while under construction in 1958. Geddes imagines the collapse from the perspectives of workers and families affected by the accident. He also tells his own stories: he was working at Rogers Sugar on the waterfront when the collapse occured, and his father – a diver – was part of the search team sent into Burrard Inlet. As the narrator, Geddes also tells us about his research and his feelings about that research, as well as including archival photos. Robert Kroetsch has called it ” ..a fabulous, a wildly successful book. Gary Geddes goes to where the danger is. ‘Falsework’ is a new kind of poetry of the city; at once multi-voiced, inquisitive, erotic, tragic. We dare to read our way itno its epic contours.” Shelagh Rogers, CBC Radio Host, picked it as her favourite book of 2007 (in a Globe and Mail survery), calling it – “…a deeply moving improvisation on the failure of human engineering that is, ultimately, life-affirming. That is the real power of the book”. The reading is free, but space is limited. For more information, please phone 604-299-8955.

Hello, Thank you for contributing to the very successful writing group at E-Fry. We are participating in a CAPY art show at Spartacus Books in Vancouver with our very first chapbook. You and your guest(s) are invited to come join us as we celebrate our communities! Event Facebook Page : Also, please check out and support CAPY! Event Info

Tagline: Celebrate the work of young people for their communities
Time and Place
Date: Friday, February 22, 2008
Time: 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: Spartacus Books
Street: 319 West Hastings
City/Town: vancouver , BC

REMINDER: It’s not too late to sign up for Poetry for the People – A Com munity Poetry Workshop at Rhizome Café Wednesday evenings, 7:00-9:00pm, February 20th through April 16th Words can change the world and save our lives. These are the words of June Jordan, founder of Poetry for the People. If you’ve always wanted to write poetry but felt too intimidated to try – this is the course for you. We will gather Wednesday evenings to read, write and talk about poetry that matters to those of us who work to create communities for change. The classes will provide a supportive forum for language play, bending and inventing traditions and for collaborative writing. We will produce a small anthology of student work and celebrate poetry month with a reading on April 23rd. Pay what you feel. To sign up, either phone Rhizome Café at 604-872-3166 or email Shauna Paull at We hope to see you here! Café * Community Space * Arts Venue Where we are: 317 East Broadway Vancouver, BC , Coast Salish Territory For more information: 604-872-3166 Bonnie Nish Executive Director Pandora’s Collective

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