Arts & Entertainment
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Out in Vancouver: March 23–29, 2017

Choice events in the city this week

Empress XLV Sienna Blaze, crowned last year, above, will pass the torch to a new empress at the Coronation Ball on March 25, 2017. Credit: JJ Nation/Daily Xtra

Thursday, March 23

TransGathering Community Roundtable

TransGathering has a long history of providing support, services and connections to the trans community in our city. Anyone who identifies within the trans community, including friends and family, is welcome to come discuss the group’s needs and direction. The group would specifically like to extend an invitation to trans-identifying black, indigenous and people of colour communities.

5–7pm. Britannia Community Services Centre, 1661 Napier St.

Queenmunity: A Fundraiser For Qmunity

Jane Smokr, as usual, is leading the pack; and what a pack it is. A plethora of queens and kings are gathering for a common purpose: to support Qmunity, BC’s queer, trans and two-spirit resource centre. Hosted by Dee Blew and Dust, with tunes by DJ Maxwell Maxwell, the night will come alive with performances of all kinds. With this many queens all in one place there is bound to be a bit of drama, so don’t wait to hear about it around the water cooler. Join in the fun tonight and support a great cause, the growing need for accessible mental health and well-being resources.

9pm–12am. Celebrities, 1022 Davie St. Entrance by donation, minimum donation $7.

Whatever Pool Party After Hours

Anything after hours always gets me into trouble, and with “Whatever” in the title I’m bound to lose a few bits of clothing. Doing that at this event would probably get me 10 to 20 in the big house, however, and I don’t mean Joan-E’s place. This event is for the 13–18 LGBT crowd only. Once the pool has closed for the evening the fun really gets going at this after-hours, all-bodies swim which features a water slide, lazy river, hot tub and an inflatable aquatic obstacle course. Please note that parents, guardians, youth workers and other adult allies are welcome and will have access to a comfortable waiting area and refreshments.

10:30pm–12:30am. West Vancouver Aquatic Centre, 2121 Marine Drive, West Vancouver. Photo ID is needed for entry to this free event.

Friday, March 24

Sissy Boy

If you think back a few decades ago to when this event took place at the original Odyssey, you may remember how successful and fun it was. Unfortunately, I’m too young to have been there but, luckily for all of us, Carlotta Gurl was, and she’s bringing it all back. Jules was the original DJ and, although he left us a few years ago, there is a smaller, hairier and gingerier DJ taking his place. DJ Gingerbear Todd will provide the tunes for dancing and performances by Mina Mercury, Mandy Kamp, Miss M, Alabama and the old doll herself Carlotta Gurl. It’s a night of bumping mixes from the 70s, 80s, and 90s with some sassy and sultry performances by the queens who reigned over the city then.

9pm–3am. The Odyssey, 686 W Hastings St. Cover $5.

Saturday, March 25

Coronation 46 Ball

The night is finally here! It’s like the Oscars for drag queens, but without Jimmy Kimmel. If you are looking for pomp and circumstance with a few drag performances thrown in, then this is the night for you. Between the introduction of every court in the free world, and more speeches than Trump at a KKK gathering, you’ll have more than enough time for chit chat with your friends in the audience. One of the highlights this year is De De Drew’s 37-year walk, which is about how long it takes to get through the crowd to the bar. If you have never been to a coronation, you should go at least once or lose your gay membership card. 

5pm—late. Performance Works, 1218 Cartwright St, Granville Island. Tickets $45 in advance at Top Drawers, 809 Davie St and Little Sister’s 1238 Davie St. $55 at Door.

Shaping Sound

Under the artistic direction of Emmy Award winner Travis Wall, and co-created with Nick Lazzarini, Teddy Forance and Kyle Robinson, this electrifying mash-up of jaw dropping dance styles and musical genres is brought fully to life on stage by a dynamic company of contemporary dancers. The men formerly associated with So You Think You Can Dance and Dancing with the Stars bring their considerable acumen and choreographic charm, infused with a refreshing intelligence, into a smart blend of television, stage and screen dance. An evening not to be missed.

8pm. Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 650 Hamilton St. Tickets $51–$93 at or online at

Loli*Pop: Weeaboo Trash

Whenever I see this event I think of the 1960’s hit “My Boy Lollipop,” which always sounded like a gay theme song to me. Come join Ilona and Coco, along with their special guest Dee Blew, to celebrate iconic anime and some of your favourite J-Pop and K-Pop stars. Performances by Anna May, Sherrie Blossom and the big Lollipop himself, DJ Del Stamp. Let them show you how to suck one the right way.

9pm–3am. The Odyssey, 686 West Hastings St. Cover $5.

Divine: Drag Disco Party

Get ready for a new Studio 54-style vintage drag and disco party, and bring your furs and skin-tight pants. The headmistress of throwbacks — and throwing a few back — Shanda Leer will host alongside Jef Leppard and Trevor Risk, as well as majestic drag hostesses Cinnamon Winters and Poison Apple. Come dance to disco and extended dance hits the way the sleazy and the bourgeois danced decades ago.

10:30pm–2am. The Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main St. Cover $12 at door.

Sunday, March 26

Vancouver Art and Leisure Pop Up Market

The Vintage Handmade Society, in collaboration with Vancouver Art and Leisure, presents a spring market for everyone. Take a look at products including skincare, art, jewelry, pottery, candles, clothing, blankets, vinyl, a tarot booth, live painting and more.

12–6pm. Gallery 1965, 1965 Main St. Admission $2.

Kegger Afternoon

Had enough of drag shows and coronation chit chat? Just want an afternoon of hot, sweaty men and a DJ who knows how to party? This is the place to get it all: beer, booze, butts and Bertossi. Can’t go wrong with a combination like that.

1pm. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. No cover.

Sleepy Girls 3: Bad Influences

Trust me, you do not want to fall asleep at the Sleepy Girls show. Between Carlotta Gurl, Alma B Itches, Sherrie Blossom and Rogue, you don’t know who will be on what part of you when you wake up. If you open your eyes and see a deep, dark tunnel, don’t worry, that’s just Carlotta taking a seat. What corrupted your innocence? Who was involved? Come listen to stories about corruption and general teenage debauchery, told through the art of drag.

8:30pm–12am. Displace Hashery, 3293 West 4th Ave. Cover $10 at door.

Monday, March 27

Answer Me

How many guys, when they were young, used to watch wrestling to jerk off at the hot guys getting beat up. Hmmm, looks like just me. Here is a perfect night to put all that useless information to work for you: a night of classic wrestling trivia. WWF, WWE, RAW, WCW, in a room full of men and Shanda Leer. Five rounds with five questions each, no more than five people to a team, and the team with the most points will win first prize, the second team gets second prize, and you get where they’re going with this.

7–10pm. The American, 926 Main St. No cover.

B-Roll: Toy Story

The girls are getting sacrilegious with B-Roll’s take on one of the greatest shows of all time, Toy Story. Drag out the box from your parent’s attic and get ready to play with your favorite childhood memories, before they’re tainted forever. I can’t wait to see who has a woody. I mean, who is Woody.

9pm–1am. The Penthouse, 1019 Seymour St. Tickets $10 advance online on Facebook or $12 cash at door. 

Tuesday, March 28

Anal Play For The Ladies

Okay ladies, men can’t be the only ones getting down and dirty. I know you’re interested as well, and here is your chance to find out. Can women enjoy anal play? How do you get started? Presented by Robyn, this workshop and demo will explore anal play for women, and how to help everyone involved have a great time. And yes, there is a live demo.

7:30pm. The Art Of Loving, 369 West Broadway St. Tickets $50 and register online at

Peach Cobblah’s 150th

I know after a long weekend of drag the old doll can look 150, but this is actually Peach Cobblah’s 150th Shame Spiral Show. I know, can you believe that sweaty, foul-mouthed, middle-of-the-road train wreck former baddest bitch of East Van turned West End sellout has done her little Tuesday atrocity 150 times? But it’s true, so come on down and celebrate, because you know every queen in town is going to show up and turn one out.

10pm–3am. 1181, 1181 Davie St. No cover.

Magic Mic

With all the political Trump-Russia ridiculousness going on, one good thing to happen this year is the comeback of comedy and amateur nights. Come in and turn off your brain. You never know what’s going to happen, so just let it. Hosted by Steev Letts and Oil Maughan, with a roll of comedians, musicians and performance acts. Sign up starts at 7:30pm and pros, amateurs and first timers are all welcome.

7–10pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. No cover.

Wednesday, March 29


Join roommates Jackie and Taylor and their wacky friends as they navigate life, love and other stupidities in these new episodes of Slacks. Written and directed by Jacqueline Korb. Starring Jacqueline Korb, Taylor Stutchbury, Leigh Burrows, Kiri McGuire and Tara Wilson.

8pm. Havana Theatre, 1212 Commercial Dr. Tickets $18 at the door or online at Show runs Wednesday, March 29 until Saturday, April 1.