SAD Mag is an independent Vancouver publication featuring stories, art, and design. Founded in 2009, we publish the best of contemporary and emerging artists with a focus on inclusivity of voices and views, exceptional design, and film photography.
Writer Paloma Pacheco speaks with the inimitable Barbara Chirinos, programmer of the Black History Month film series at Vancity Theatre, and touches on the vitality of film as story-telling medium and the importance of diverse experience in art. “What I try to do with all Black History events is to promote them in the broader community. It is very important for the black community to show up because we need to be reminded of what we’ve accomplished, to recognize all of the people that have made contributions, to see people who look like us and to be reminded: We are worthy, we are fantastic, and we contribute to society.”
The final demonstration was a gleeful and downright genius romp through flour. Clad in black, several of the female contortionists danced and leapt through clouds of flour: every child’s dream. Cuisine & Confessions was an exquisite performance that called the audience to listen to their stomachs and in turn, connect with themselves and the people around them.
I was not prepared for the intuitive, almost instinctual wash of familiarity as I watched Mouthpiece. Admittedly, I'm sometimes intimidated by contemporary theatre because I'm afraid I won't “get it”, but this show was so profoundly relatable because of it's unique use of sound, physicality, and artful allusions to overwhelmingly intricate themes. Never before have I wanted to stand up from my seat and yell, “Yes! That's exactly it! The feeling of being hot and itchy and hate-filled because you feel wrong in everything you're wearing - that's what it looks like!”
"He didn’t even expect the boy to make it as far as he did, the thing was pretty damn heavy after all, but the boy plucked it off of the floor without even a grimace, like he had actually been inspired by the little speech-thing he’d been given and was now imbued with some sort of power."
The poem beginning “the hardest part is knowing,” reveals the shame of all educated feminists who remain victims of themselves: that struggle between the intellect knowing better and the body self-destructing at the hands of learned behaviors. She writes “at the end of the day / ––theory fails / to account for disjunction / between bodily urges and / rational thought.”
If you attended our Secrets launch you may have indulged our call for confessions and left a secret or two behind for us to peruse. Some secrets appeared on our Instagram before we passed them on to Curtis AuCoin, who turned them into a poem. Here's the result, accompanied by images from AuCoin's series "What's Personal, What's Secret."
"So began my search for Jean Armour. Over the next couple of years I read many biographies about Burns as well as his extensive collections of letters, poems, and songs, trying to piece together a picture of Jean from the fragments written about her. She emerged as a footnote in the life of the poet, a blurry image that wouldn’t come into focus, a stereotype of the devoted, long-suffering wife."
For our first theatre review after a nice, long break during the holidays, writer Charmaine Li considers Jennifer Haley's The Nether in terms of its minimalist approach to exploring the sinister trajectory of online existence. “A dark and at times disturbing piece, The Nether wonders when our darkest thoughts stop being thoughts and become sin.”
"We also see a distorted concept of loyalty in intimate groups, in families, cliques and communities. For example, one person might break up with their girlfriend, and expect their friends to be mean to their girlfriend. But in fact that’s the opposite of loyalty—real friendship and real loyalty and love means helping people negotiate and helping people be self-critical. The problem now is that we have a very high bar that must be reached to be eligible for compassion."
Come celebrate your failed resolutions with Volume 4 of our SAD Comedy series January 20th at the Hive in Gastown. Featuring your hostess with the mostess Jackie Hoffart and the comedy stylings of: Ivan Decker, Sophie Buddle, Matty Vu, San Aung, Ashlee Ferral, Diana Bang and Katie-Ellen Humphries.
Wade Davis: Photographs collects images from 19 regions worldwide, including Canada's Inuit population in the Arctic, and cultivates a common theme—one that highlights humanity's differences, and all of the similarities that come with them.
“Things To Come is a film about so many things; how we survive the inevitable disappointments and catastrophes of a life; how we navigate the changing seasons of youth, middle age, old age; how we learn to sit with our loneliness; how art and ideas can propel us through it all. But it is, perhaps above all, an impeccable dialogue between two exceptional women—one, a young director distinctly claiming her place as one of the truly great filmmakers of our time, and the other, an actor delivering one of the best performances of an already impressive career.”
“CREEPS took me back in time and shocked me into a new found reality. The script and its execution will entertain, inspire, and maybe even change you. A warning for mascara wearers—consider using waterproof for this show.”