Us and Them

On the weekend I had the pleasure of seeing “Us and Them,” an interactive show up on by Headlines Theatre.

I as the show began watched the shadows dance under the glow of the sunlight (stage light). The harmonics tickled my ears with their delicate touches of perfections, it was a quiet beauty.

As the opening scenes unfolded I observed many things. When I began looking for differences, they grew to be great and many. I think we see what we want to see. When you look for differences they are infinite. I also saw consumerism get in the way. Quite literally, one character couldn’t see his path over his big screen TV. I see a social irony here….

Also apparent to me were the differences and perspectives in every situation. There is an inside to every window and a room behind each wall.

A large theme that the show presented was the modern differences in gender. Transgendered stigma was explored. It is something that I have only been part of dialogue on recently and I am still learning about issues and challenges faced by transgendered people. This is an area where I am fairly ignorant. Man… Woman… can’t we just be people? I am curious if these issues would exist outside of North American culture.

“We never know what we do.”

– DAVID DIAMOND

Is too much equal to nothing at all?

After the play we engaged in a DIALOGUE. In a dialogue, we suspend judgement and listen to others, even those with whom we don’t agree. This dialogue was centered around hot to build bridges, tear down walls, and stopping putting them up in the first place. The community in the room looked for access points to create these new outcomes.

“Is the wall inside yourself?”

– DAVID DIAMOND

I was left with these conclusions. Laughter, silliness and acknowledgements are the ANSWER TO EVERYTHING. I want to be a celebrator of differences and an empowering force of change in the world : )

US AND THEM runs until Saturday, November 12th. Shows are at 8PM at The Cultch. Dooo it!

Said the Whale

“Mermaid sits on her rock and she prays
For the salmon in the sea, for the winged in the trees
For the old man on his knees
For the beauty in the park, and the cars at the heart
Her own sisters and her brothers
And ten thousand friends and lovers
A black day in December.”

A Black Day in December, Said the Whale

Today I went on an adventure to Stanley Park with pals Gracey, Trini and Logan to see Said The Whale play an acoustic set under the Hallow Tree in Stanley Park.

The show ended up being moved to Third Beach but the nice park rangers still let them play which was cool. I saw STW play during the Olympics but wasn’t very familiar with them. It was nice because I was able to sing along despite not knowing any of their music haha! Also they are a very local band. Lots of Vancouver references and what have you. Eat local, listen local! It’s nice : )

As local as the rivers they sing about, Said The Whale.

It was a really nice experience. Being surrounded by nature, under the rain… Even watching all the other people there was cool. All of us gathered around these trees… Beautiful day in a beautiful place with beautiful people : )

“You should never travel alone
and you know that one false step
and you might not make it home”

B.C. Orienteering, Said the Whale

You can see all the photos here on my flickr!

How do you measure a year in the life?

RENT Poster, designed by moi.

Last week I was in a production on RENT with Theatrix Youtheatre Society at the Evergreen Cultural Centre in Coquitlam. It was AMAZING and I sumed it up on facebook by saying…

the past 525,600 minutes have been so wonderful and amazing. I’m so glad I could come full circle with RENT and i’m so grateful for all the amazing people and experiences I have had : ) MEASURE IN LOVE.

I’m still in shock that I got through it all. Last Monday I was really stressed out. I was thinking, How am I going to do this? What am I going to eat? Where will I stay? How will I manage work and school and the show? Show week is always crazy. I would go to work in the morning, then go straight to the theatre after (one day I even had a class in between which i had to rush through). It is really crazy but really rewarding and fun.

There were so many awesome people in the show. Some oldies, and some new people but I learned something from all of them and I’m so lucky to know this incredible group of human beings. I’ve been with Theatrix for 7 years now and most of my most memorable moments have occurred as a result of that. I am so grateful and lucky to have a family like this.

I was able to stick to my raw food cleanse (mostly… on Wednesday night I broke it the first time and then Sunday I think I had pretty much everything on their list of things with toxins, except meat and animal products that is… NICE). Sometimes we achieve the things we think are impossible. This was one of those times. When you have those times where everything feels impossible, remember that we’re all in this together. I’m so grateful for everyone who helped me through the week, from my excellent co-workers to my amazing castmates to my superb mamma. SNAPS FOR US. Come together, right?

This experience had so many similarities to where I was 12 months ago though, I couldn’t help but compare… I had two awesome adventures where I didn’t go home for several days (sleepovers FTW). I had good hangouts with friends. I ended up in many of the same locations as last year. I watched the sun rise from a mountain on Monday morning… Full circle. One of the things these similarities have taught me is how much I have grown in this time and everything I have learned in this past year.

Like Seasons of Love says I could measure my life in: report cards, contracts, dollars, truths learned, times cried, daylights, sunsets, midnights, cups of coffee, laughter, strife or numerous other things. When I really reflect on it though I think I measure in laughter, new experiences, memories, shows, hairstyles, and love.

What do you measure in?

A Thursday of Epic Proportions

This is from June 24th.

Kids + Class + SFU’s Got Talent + AQ Outdoor Movie + Trip Home!

In the morning I helped with a Photoshop workshop for a class of elementary school kids. We turned ourselves into Avatar (well I turning Oprah into an Avatar) and it was fun. The kids came from a local elementary school which has an awesome musical theatre program and I enjoyed seeing them. The highlight for me was when I asked if the kids had Facebook. They told me “Of course! EVERYONE has Facebook.” but then they couldn’t log into their e-mail because they didn’t remember their passwords. Oh technology.

After the workshop I went home to eat quickly and pick up my guitar. Then I came back to school for my class. I had to leave the lecture early to go to the performance. Tonight was the first ever SFU’s Got Talent sponsored by the Arts and Culture Club. I played Everybody by Ingrid Michaelson.

The show was really fun. I was so happy to see all the other acts. To me, it was exactly the way I pictured a college talent show being. The audience was really supportive and several people complimented me after. I loved that even though I know I messed up a bit and could have done better people were still positive and encouraging. There was some poetry, a jazz band, and band with A KEYTAR : D

I ended up helping with the event, handing out 50-50 tickets and whatnot. A few times I ended up sneaking in front of the stage to access my guitar between acts and I created the best character ever: Awkward Ninja! Pretty self explanatory. I met some really cool people including the guy from Fractal Ferns. Check out their site, I had “Leaves” stuck in my head for some time.

Actually it was sort of funny. At one point I was talking to someone and then intermission was ending and I wanted to make sure the organizers were okay and didn’t need help (since  had been helping them before) so I told the person I was speaking with that I had to go. They knew I needed to leave for the next thing on my agenda and asked if I had to go but I told them “No, i’m just going over there” which made it sound like I didn’t want to talk to them… brilliant haha. I’ve noticed I do that sometimes. I’m really bad at ending conversations at mix n mingle type events. I usually just leave without saying anything which is awkward so I am trying to stop doing that. I need to practice this more.

After the show I left with the group I was supposed to be leading to Burnaby Campus for the Orientation outdoor movie social. We were very late leaving but we got there in perfect time because they were late starting. Proof that everything will always be fine, or better than fine : )

We watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off under the stars. At one point I looked up and it looked just like that scene in The Lion King where the stars talk to Simba as Mufassa. Magical! Also, a friend in my class brought my raspberries from her backyard so I got to snack on some local goodness during the movie. They were even in an empty soy-gurt container. LOVE!

“Life moves pretty fast.  If you don’t stop and look around once in a while you might miss it.” – Ferris Bueller

Afterward, on the way down the mountain the driver drove really fast and we had a super fun, super bumpy ride. I was actually flying in the air at times. The whole thing made me very excited for orientation and reminded me how much I am enjoy life right now. I really love SFU and University in general. Smiles all round.