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Last night, I was thoroughly entertained by “The True Heroines” in their live performance of “Flash Forward” A Comic Strip Cabaret at Guilt & Co. in Vancouver’s historic Gastown. The True Heroines is a live cabaret show featuring sexy 50s housewives that sing and dance their way out of trouble – some of them are HSAs (Humans With Special Abilities). It’s also a webseries. The True Heroines are Paula Giroday, Jovanna Huguet (a good friend of mine), and Fiona Vroom. The three ladies created the show along with Joel Sturrock and the talented writer, Nicholas Carella. Although the trio are The True Heroines, last night’s show was about some of the other characters in the show.

In the performance I watched last night, we were taken back to a place called New Paradise Hill and got to see what life was like post-war in small town USA. A brand new town is ready to welcome new families after the war. Milkmen. Factories. And of course, sexy ladies! But there’s a lot going on behind the scenes. New Paradise Hill is actually recruiting the Milkmen because of their military background, and brainwashing them into working with them to hunt for the HSAs. After some help from the sexy persuasion department, the milkmen are wearing less clothing, gaga over the ladies, and ready to take orders.

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Born and raised in Montréal Canada with a Fine Arts education, Melissa Auf der Maur (MAdM) spent 1994-1999 as a member, songwriter and bass player of Hole, culminating in the Grammy and Billboard nominated album “Celebrity Skin” (Geffen Records). In 2000 she joined the Smashing Pumpkins for their Farewell World Tour.

In 2004, MAdM released her debut solo album, “Auf der Maur“, on Capitol Records / EMI. She toured Europe and North America for over a year in support of the self-titled album and sold almost 200,000 copies worldwide. MAdM’s artistic journey has taken her through various art forms. Her photography has been published in Spin, Elle, Nylon and American Photo among others, and exhibited internationally. (She has toured and collaborated with bands and members of QOTSA, Marilyn Manson, The Cure, Indochine, NIN, Muse, Ryan Adams, Ric Ocasek and more.)

Find out more about the performance on Tuesday, September 28th, videos of Melissa & the story behind the John Fluevog boot that was named after her.

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Museum of Vancouver presents Fox, Fluevog & Friends: The story behind the shoes, May 14 to September 26, 2010 at 1100 Chestnut Street in Vanier Park. Opening Party on Thursday, May 13 at 7pm. Tickets available at www.museumofvancouver.ca.

Meet John Fluevog, Peter Fox and Ken Rice: friends, collaborators, trend-spotters, businessmen, and artists. MOV’s fashion retrospective explores the story behind their footwear companies, from their early days making the scene in 1970s Gastown to acclaim and powerful brand loyalty on an international scale.

“2010 marks the 40th Anniversary of John Fluevog Shoes and I’m thrilled and humbled that my work is being fêted in Vancouver, the city where it all began,” says John Fluevog of this feature exhibition.

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Behind the Cast: My Friend the Entrepreneur

In: Behind The Cast, Stephen
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I should probably say this more often, but I have amazing friends. Not only are they loving, caring people I can always count on, but from time to time they can also be incredibly inspiring.

The reason I’m having one of these “be grateful for what and who I have in my life” moments is because recently one of my best friends took one of the biggest risks of his life! After being laid off from his prior job as a high-end furniture and design store manager from a company he grew to embody and embrace wholeheartedly for five years, my friend decided to go it alone with two of his former co-workers and open his own furniture and accessories store.

I know this has always been a dream of his, to have his own store, be his own boss, and growing up together we spoke about it many times: about how cool it would be, one day, if only… yada yada. Truthfully, I never really thought it possible mostly because I never had the balls to drop my comfy 9-5 to do anything like that and I found it hard to imagine someone close to me would be able to do the same. When he told me his intention to go it alone with his two business partners not three months ago, I had to admit that I had serious reservations about the idea, as many others close to him had. Of course I would support him regardless, but as his close friend I worried about his own financial and career situation.

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Str8 Tripping

In: Reader Submissions
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What is a gay guy suppose to do when he’s out and about with his straight friends? Have an awesome time, that’s what! I love clubbing and socializing with my straight friends, Melissa, Ryan, Cheryl and Danai. They are a great group of friends that I like to hang out with when I can and when we do, we usually end up getting into a lot of mischief. I also like getting the chance to go to straight bars, which I would usually never consider going to, but the eye candy at the bars are worth it.

Recently, my friends had decided to take me to the Blarney Stone, which is located in the heart of Gastown, on a Friday night. I just got back from a business trip in the US and after two weeks of drinking their so called alcohol, I was ready for the real Canadian stuff. Upon setting foot on Canadian soil, my comrades in mischief called and convinced me to go out with them that night.

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Oh No She Didn’t!

In: Fashion, Redd

Sausage GirlSausage Girl. Ok so you’re outfit isn’t actually all that bad only it’s “A FEW SIZES TOO SMALL!” Wasn’t the muffin’ top just below your high-waisted belt an indication? Are those jeans or are they leggings? I didn’t know they started making tights in jean cut. Your friend over there is appropriately dressed…great top and jacket and I’m loving her wide leg pants…the whole look is kinda nautical which suits the area…Gastown by the docks. I wonder how she even got those jeans on? Did she put them on while they were still wet? Yikes!

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