June 7, 2016

Are You “Gung Ho” about Gong Fu Cha style tea?

The new Creative Neighbours Salon series will be featuring  Sarah Jacobs serving you tea – Gong Fu Cha style — from 6 to 7 pm at the second salon on  Sunday, June 12, 2016. l+printz_eby+office_1

The salons are usually on the 4th Sunday, but since both the 3rd Sunday (Kits Car Free Day Block Parties) and 4th Sunday (Greek Day on Broadway) are big Kits attractions,  the group decided on the second Sunday for June.

From 7 – 8 pm, several of the Artists in Our Midst exhibiting artists who will be opening their studios to the public the following weekend (June 18-19) will be on hand to introduce themselves, their art and their creative process.

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March 29, 2016

Mashup at the VAG for seniors – by donation on first Mondays

Here’s a tip for those of you over 65. The Vancouver Art Gallery is offering seniors the special opportunity to visit “by donation” on the first Monday of each month. 10 am to 1 pm. I’ve now been to MashUp five times. The member newsletter recommends going multiple times, but I may not have a lot more visits in me. They also recommend starting from floor 1 and working your way up – which is in reverse chronological order.  Me, I’m a 4th floor kind of gal.MONDAYS:  April 4 | May 2 | June 6

On the other hand, if you go frequently and enjoy the  guided tours on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, here’s another tip. I did the math for you. Seniors can purchase a one-year membership for $55. All memberships come with two free passes to bring a friend (of any age). Since the regular price for a one-day visit is $18 for seniors and $24 for adults, if you were to come just once with two friends, the total value would be $66. You’ve already saved $11 and you can visit any time over the remaining 350 days or so.  As a member you also get to bring a guest to opening nights. Make yourself popular.

The other thing I learned recently is for persons with disabilities (of whatever age) their membership comes with an additional membership card for a caregiver  I went to the opening with my friend, Keiko Honda, who is in a wheel chair and I certainly learned that this would be a welcome and needed benefit.  As we were trying to leave (exhausted), I realized in a busy room people standing simply don’t see someone in a wheelchair. Just at the moment Keiko asked her 11-year-old daughter to walk in front of her, it had finally dawned on me that without someone “blocking” for her, it would be very slow and very frustrating. At times such as when we were getting into the elevator, the other visitors were very respectful and polite.

I got a few other insights into some of the accessibility issues. Some display cases are difficult or impossible to view the contents from chair-height. They’re designed to be looked at from above. Keiko very graciously said, “Yes, I do get a different perspective.” Also, while I can understand that they want people to use the stairs and escalators if possible, if I wasn’t already familiar with how to find the elevator, it would have been difficult to find.

The show is interesting, more about that later. I’ve been five times now. Membership has its benefits. Another member and I have dropped in for less than an hour when we’re downtown for other reasons.

January 4, 2015

Full Moon 8:54pm PST Sunday

Music to accompany your first full moon of 2015:

Several upcoming events that are tied to moon phases are:

Lunar New Year (Chinese new Year)

Chinese New Year should be the new moon closest to the beginning of spring (in the northern hemisphere),

Chinese New Year will always fall between January 21 and February 21.

Although it can be complicated. Check out this website for more information:

The Year of the Sheep is coming up!


According to the Bible, Jesus’ death and resurrection occurred around the time of the Jewish Passover, which was celebrated on the first full moon following the vernal equinox.

And that’s more complicated too.Check here if you’re curious:

Or make your life easy and just check into


April 17, 2014

DOXA – the lineup

I’m volunteering for the DOXA Documentary Film Festival and hoping to use my pass and my time well to see as much as I can.  I should title this “my lineup” rather than “the” lineup. And it could well change. Stay tuned.

So I’m looking at what looks good to me. I started with the search for genre: “Art and Performance”. (Some of my best friends would have started with “Environment and Sustainability” or “War and Conflict” and I might go there, but not just yet.)

If you have any advice on the following, or someone I know in real-life is planning to go, do let me know.

Sunday, May 4, 2014 – 7:30pm
Rohmer in Paris  Vancity

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 – 6:30pm
The Sower (CN)

Thursday, May 8, 2014 – 7:30p
To be Takei (Playhouse)

Sunday May 11 12 noon
Dusty Stacks of Mom (CN)

So now, I’m heading to Philosophy – want to come along?

Monday, May 5, 2014 – 3:00pm  VT
Saturday, May 10, 2014 – 6:45pm  CIN
Freak Out!
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 – 6:30pm
Galapagos Affair
Friday, May 9, 2014 – 4:15pm 
Cinéma Vérité: Defining the Moment  Vancity
World Premiere
Saturday, May 3, 2014 – 7:00pm  VT
Shameless Propaganda – NFB
History and Culture
Saturday, May 10, 2014 – 4:45pm CN
My Red Shoes
by Selina
Saturday, May 3  9:15  Vancity
Bloody Beans
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 – 7:30pm Vancity
The Reunion
Tuesday, May 6, 2014 – 9:15pm Rio
Come Worry With Us
by Sandra
Saturday, May 10, 2014 – 6:30pm VT
March 11, 2013

Painting on a Tug Boat

SSMaster (5)I and 39 other artists will be aboard the S.S. Master tugboat over the summer.

My dates are:

July 6, July 12, August 17 and August 24. 

My favorite art teacher, Jeanne Krabbendam, is organizing this.

My neighbour and colleague Alison Keenan will be on board with me.

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday over the summer, there will be three artists on the tug from 10 am to 6pm.

Stay tuned to hear who else will be with us.


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