This week we explore Armenian culture, help raise funds for Out In Schools, and look further afield as we get ready to celebrate with the Fillmore Family in November.
An interactive-theatre experience blending traditional Armenian dance, erotic performance, monologue and live music, Dear Armen (Oct 19 & 20) follows the story of Garo, a genderqueer writer and student as they study the life and work of Armen Ohanian, an enigmatic Armenian performer and survivor of the early 20th-century anti-Armenian pogroms in Baku. As Garo grapples with the discrepancies between Ohanian’s biography and memoirs, they are forced to confront memories from the past, unraveling experiences around gender, sexuality, ethnicity, family, and the role of the artist.
The Fall Gala (Oct 24) is happening, and they want you! This annual event is the single largest fundraiser for Out In Schools, a program that brings independent queer film into British Columbia schools and communities to initiate discussions with students about safety, homophobia and bullying. It promises “glamour and good energy featuring a live and silent art auction, gourmet catering, fantastic entertainment by Symone Says and groovy tunes by Ian Martin, Dj Misdirected (DJMD).”
Okay, we don’t usually feature events that take place beyond a week, but we know how gosh golly gee popular the Fillmore Family Fowl Supper (Nov 7) is every year and how disappointed people are when they don’t buy their tickets early. This year the family goes all Von Trapp with a homage to one of the greatest musicals of all-time, The Sound of Music. A tongue-in-cheek celebration of the fall harvest, there is nothing funny about the hundreds of thousands of dollars the supper has raised over the years for local charities.