The 2016 graduating class of UBC’s BFA Acting program started as a group of classmates, grew into friends and transitioned into coworkers. The eight members of the program studied in close quarters for three years in order to perfect their craft.
“That’s why I love zine culture — there is no balance,” explained Isabelle Guns, a Canzine volunteer who has seen the Vancouver zine scene explode during her 30 years of involvement.
“The queerer, the better” is the mandate at Out on the Shelves. What started as a “gay library” in 1989 has been shuffled through a few different homes, which have included Qmunity in downtown Vancouver as well as cardboard boxes in storage facilities.
From November 30 until December 2, the UBC Museum of Anthropology hosted an exhibit entitled Transformation Mask, showcasing a piece of art that was crafted through a collaboration between Heiltsuk artist Shawn Hunt and Microsoft.
When the cast and crew of She Kills Monsters met for the first time, they were not themselves. With the help of five Dungeon Masters, two pounds of multi-sided dice and dozens of character sheets, they become paladins, mages and heroes in the fantastical world of Dungeons and Dragons.
I did two things as soon as I got home from seeing She Kills Monsters: I unpacked my bag of colourful, multi-sided dice from storage and I bought another ticket to see the show again next week.
“There's something very exhilarating about [when you] get to express yourself in different languages. Especially [with] things that would be hard to describe in another language. I would say it’s almost liberating.”
There was a pause that was long enough for me to know the answer. She shook her head politely, and told me she should be getting home. “But,” she added, “let’s see each other again next week?” All was not lost, and I had accomplished my real goal: another date with a fantastic girl.