This week in (gay) Vancouver: showtunes, art and royalty

Another diverse week around Vancouver with some showtunes, some art and some Surrey royalty.

Vancouver’s self-identified collective of socially and artistically motivated men and women who came of age on Vancouver’s Main Street is the focus of the Satellite Gallery newest exhibit Mainstreeters: Taking Advantage, 1972-1982 (Jan 9-Mar 14 with opening reception Jan 8).  This “art gang” (Kenneth Fletcher, Deborah Fong, Carol Hackett, Marlene MacGregor, Annastacia McDonald, Charles Rea, Jeanette Reinhardt and Paul Wong) emerged from the end of the hippie era as they drew from glam, punk and a thriving gay scene to become an important part of the local art scene. The first generation to grow-up with video cameras, the results is a focus on a decade of their lives that includes forays into sex, love, drugs and art in the area that was once the dividing line between classes in Vancouver. (Photo above: Deborah Fong, Jeanette Reinhardt, Annastacia McDonald, Carol Hackett and Paul Wong. Tour de 4 preparations, 1980.Courtesy of Paul Wong).

What’s the start of a new year without a “best of” compilation? If you missed out on Showtunes in 2014, this is your chance to catch-up on all the favourites from the previous year.  Sing along, scream at the screen, have a drink, and ring in the New Year with The Best of Showtunes at 1181 (Jan 9).

The Empire of the Peace Arch Monarchist Association (EPAMA) introduces its candidates for Mr. Miss & Ms Gay Surrey 2015 (Jan 10). Featuring an evening with former titleholders, the Imperial Family of Reign X and invited guests, this is the first EPAMA event of 2015. Emcees for evening include Emperor 1, 7 Martin Rooney and Peace Emperor X,  David Cook Royale and Arch Empress X of Surrey, Erica Divine.

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