“I caught my reflection in the glass as I reached to open the door. Even with contact lenses I was still a myopic kid with Coke-bottle glasses. My muffler and gingham overcoat looked exactly as they were: stolen from the Sally Ann, not British New Wave as my friend had promised.
I felt like an imposter. To some degree, I was.
They don’t know you here, a voice reminded me.
It was the same voice that had suggested I drop everything and move to Vancouver sight unseen. It was the voice of a hunch, born from advice delivered as an aside, telling me this was the answer to my prayers. This is why you came here, it said.
In retrospect, I don’t remember if it was momentum or destiny that pulled me through the door of Doll & Penny’s Café, but I do remember that time stood still and the first sound I heard was Petula Clark straining to drown out the orchestra with the lyrics to “Downtown.” The song resuscitated memories of linoleum floors, the smell of Pine-Sol and Sundays in front of the CBC. Outside it was 1988, but here, inside the café, time ceded to a state of perpetual memory, real or imagined.
Next to the “Wait to be seated” sign stood a fake plaster palm tree, a stark contrast to the asthmatic dampness of the late-October air. Halloween was two days away and the café was done up like the Addams Family mansion. Not that it needed decorating. It looked like the inside of a drag queen’s jewellery box — and smelled like a combination of mould and pee…”
Tony’s reading from his book was very special.
I was elated to purchase two copies of the book (one for me, of course; the other for Anna T Fabulous, of course) and have Tony sign them!!!
Then my friend bought two prints for me. Having my artist/colleague/hero Ken Boesem sign them MADE MY DAY!!!!!
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Of his forty-seven books, this was Berton’s personal favourite, partly because the characters were inspired by his own children. The Secret World of Og brought the author more fan mail than anything else he wrote – at least a dozen letters a week from children across Canada. [source]
This event, at the elegant District 319, is an interactive, therapeutic art night to celebrate iconic heroes in the LGBT activist community.
We are commemorating the anniversary of Stonewall, as it represents to me the power of the human voice to speak loud and be proud! The subjects at my art event are all incredible individuals who embrace the beauty and variety of the human spirit. And YOU get to meet them, work with them, celebrate them!
At the event, the subjects (about 15 of them) will be in attendance. In the main workshop room, the portraits will line the walls and art supplies will be on tables in the centre. The attendees will finish the portraits during the event as part of a large interactive art therapy session celebrating freedom of expression!!!
In the main lobby there will be a full cash bar, lots of treats and community connections. There will also be youth art on display by four of my art therapy students- Maryellen, Alicia, Emily and Miko.
In the theatre, there will be looping videos and a lounge for attendees.
At the event, I will do a live portrait and body painting on a model.
***UPDATE! We’ve decided to auction off the 40″ x 60″ interactive portraits THE NIGHT of heroes with heART: Katarina Thorsen’s Interactive Portrait Event! Proceeds from these pieces go to Vancouver Friends For Life! About 5 of my smaller portraits will also be auctioned off during the evening, with part of proceeds benefiting Intersections Media as well as Kat’s youth at-risk art therapy program!
The entire process will be documented on film by INTERSECTIONS MEDIA, and photographed by Julia Kozlov!