Arts & Entertainment
5 min

Out in Vancouver: May 11–17, 2017

Choice events in the city this week

Melody Mangler performs at Sin City’s 16th anniversary party on May 13, 2017.  Credit: Image Werx

Thursday, May 11

Life Drawing

Straight friends never understand when I tell them where I go, what I do or who I do for fun. Take this night, for example. While they’re at a strip club or watching sports and filling their bellies with 23 cent wings, I’m at a male-only drawing session where the model and the artists are naked as the day they were born. Feel like dropping your gear and letting it all hang out? Just bring your sketch pad, pencils and a towel — hopefully just to cover the jewels. Brought to you by Vancouver Men In Leather.

7–9:30pm. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. No cover.

Eurovision 2017 Viewing Party

The first time I watched a Eurovision contest, the drag queen Conchita Wurst kept her beard for the performance. Not just the stray facial hairs like Robyn Graves, but a full-on beard. Alma B Itches must have watched that show too, because looked what happened. There are more drag queens with furry faces than there are lipstick lesbians. Who knows what new trends this three-night party will start. Deluxe Edition Is holding viewing parties of the Kiev 2017 contest tonight, Friday and Saturday, with two big screens.

7pm all nights. 1181, 1181 Davie St. No cover.

The Hero Show

It seems like comedy nights are popping up faster than Conni Smudge at a dildo factory. Not that there’s anything wrong with either; everyone needs a good laugh. I am talking about the comedy. Or am I? The Hero Show is back for another hit night of solo sketch comedy featuring the best of the best our city has to offer. Hosted by Cameron MacLeod, joined by Ryan Steele, Jenny Rube, Kyle Fines, Graham Clark and many others. If you’re lucky, you may even sit beside the famous Amy Goodmurphy, who goes to rate Ryan’s performance.

8:30pm. The China Cloud, 524 Main St. $10 admission at door.

Friday, May 12

Sweet & Sour

There are two ways you can get me to go out: the promise of naked men, or a stop at a Chinese restaurant. At this night, Kendall Gender, Nate Fader, Guilherme Babilonia and DJ Nick Bertossi bring you an evening of music, men, and hopefully Chinese take-away.

7pm–3am. XYYVR, 1216 Bute St. Partial proceeds to the DMS.

The Untold Tales Of Armistead Maupin

I grew up in the time Armistead Maupin wrote about in Tales of the City. Unfortunately I was in Vancouver, not San Francisco, so I didn’t experience half the fun or sexual excitement. Watch Maupin tell his story in his own words, in this film by Jennifer M Kroot. A natural born raconteur, Maupin talks about his first sexual experience, and then bursts into the torchy standard, “Is That All There Is?” Heartbreaking and hilarious in equal measure. Part of the DOXA Film Festival.

9pm. Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St. Tickets $11–$15 online at

Queen Please

Joan-E’s monthly hit night is more like a trip to Las Vegas than Vancouver. And by Vegas, I mean the grittier, dirtier, pornier part of the city. Sometimes that broad could make a trucker blush, and tonight her partner in crime is her drag daughter Valynne Vile. See if the apple doesn’t fall far from the big bush. Always a fun night, but don’t bring granny.

9:30pm. The Junction, 1138 Davie St. Cover $5 at door.

Saturday, May 13

Night of 1000—or less—Stars

A night of entertainment to celebrate Christopher Gudgeon’s launch of The Encyclopedia of Lies, as well as to fundraise for two VCC Scholarships in memory of Gudgeon’s son and foster son, Keating Gudgeon and Jess Nichol. Craig Northey, Nathan Rogers, Yasuko Than and many more will perform.

6–9pm. Vancouver Community College Auditorium, 1155 E Broadway. Tickets by donation and info at


Always a smash hit and a great fundraiser for the essential Positive Living BC, this event features an all-star cast of local Illusionists, dancers, models, designers, fashion retailers, hair stylists, makeup artists, and much more. All are uniting to support Positive Living’s 5,700 HIV-positive members across BC.

6pm–12am. Harbour Event Centre, 750 Pacific Blvd. Tickets $60 at

Boots & Buzzcuts

Where else can you go to get both a buzzcut and your boots shined at the same time? Hell, if there were someone giving bikini waxes, you could just lay there and come out a new man. Three bootblacks in attendance — Pup Figaro, Bootblack Everett, and Ariss Bootblack — will treat your leathers and give them some much needed TLC. Marshall and Reuben from the Undercroft Barber Shop will also be there to provide buzzcuts and fades for those needing a trim in time for spring. There will also be hot demos throughout the night, including a forced-shave scene and erotic bootblacking. Brought to you by Vancouver Men In Leather.

8–11pm. Pumpjack Pub, 1167 Davie St. Cover is free if in gear. Otherwise $5 at the door.

Fetish Sex-Trava-Ganza

Can you believe this group has been going strong for 16 years of fetish entertainment? Sin City is Vancouver’s longest-running, groundbreaking, bar-raising, award-winning fetish night. Featuring guest performer Mimi Cherry from Montreal, Melody Mangler and lots more. A dungeon play area, three DJs, play gear, and fetish performances make this one unforgettable party. Well, that and the rope burns you’ll have in the morning.

9pm–2am. The Imperial, 319 Main St. Tickets $30 at the door or online.

Sunday, May 14


What do former empresses do? They still get dolled up and work their asses off to entertain us. Jaylene Tyme is a former Empress of Vancouver and a master of illusion, recreating incredible looks including Dolly Parton, Mariah Carey and Tina Turner. Joining her are Mandy Kamp and that cart-wheeler about town Carlotta Gurl.

8–11pm. XYYVR, 1216 Bute St. Cover $5.

Monday, May 15

Pack a Condom

Want to volunteer? Here’s a spot with hot men, condoms and food. So if you don’t show up, don’t use the excuse that you’re allergic to latex. I said you were packing them, not testing them. Here’s a terrific way to give back to the community. Help cram, stuff, and pack condoms and lube into tight little packages. You must be good at that by now.

6–9pm. Health Initiative for Men (HIM) office, 1033 Davie St.

Tuesday, May 16

Pleasuring Prostates

After a long weekend of being prodded, scratched by unkempt fingernails, and hit like a nail — if they even know how to find it — isn’t it time for your prostate was pampered? In this live demo-based workshop by Redrobin, you’ll explore anal and prostate play on men. You can expect to hear about safety, toys and tools, getting over fears and shame, methods, tips and tricks for solo play and partnered play. Did you catch the part about the live demo?

7:30pm. The Art of Loving, 369 West Broadway. Please register 24 hours beforehand at Tickets $50.

Stage Time: Open Improv Jam

Two great shows, Light and Dirty Little Secrets, are holding a night to showcase even more talent, including yours. Play along with your improv hosts in randomly selected teams. Come play with randoms, vets, newbies, and everyone in between. If you’re an improviser, come and jam, or just come to watch and laugh. 

8–9:15pm. XYYVR, 1216 Bute St. No cover, donations collected at the end.