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Cantonese opera master Hoi Seng Leong and his student Yuk Fung Cheung performed the Fragrant Sacrifice finale from The Flower Princess.


Drag performers Shay Dior and Jolin Starr, real names Ban Dang and Matt Ngan, flanked Dr. Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Garden artist in residence Paul Wong at a performance including classic Cantonese opera.


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WONG’S WAY: Cantonese opera master Hoi Seng Leong appeared at the Dr. Sun Yat-sen Classical Chinese Garden recently with Yuk Fung Cheung, who is a student at his Richmond-based academy. They performed the Fragrant Sacrifice finale from The Flower Princess, which some call China’s Romeo and Juliet story. As in Shakespeare’s day, Cantonese opera long had men play female roles. That spurred the garden’s artist in residence, Paul Wong, to add contemporary Asian drag performers and make the sold-out evening part of the five-day, 14-event Alternative Pride schedule.

Yuk Fung Cheung and Hoi Seng Leong of the latter's Cantonese Opera Academy performed The Flower Princess's finale, Fragrant Sacrifice.


Yuk Fung Cheung and Hoi Seng Leong of the latter’s Cantonese Opera Academy performed The Flower Princess’s finale, Fragrant Sacrifice.

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They were fronted by Shay Dior (real name Ban Dang) who co-ordinates Ricecake dance parties and heads the House of Rice group of Asian drag artists. Much-lauded multimedia artist-curator Wong received a 2005 Governor General’s Award in visual and media arts and, in 2016, the $30,000 Audain Prize for lifetime achievement in the visual arts.

Inez Cook and Lauraleigh Paul Yuxweluptun'aat served salmon, oolichan and other fare at the Harmony Arts Festival's Indigenous Feast.


Inez Cook and Lauraleigh Paul Yuxweluptun’aat served salmon, oolichan and other fare at the Harmony Arts Festival’s Indigenous Feast.

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FROM THE SEA: West Vancouver’s Harmony Arts Festival began when an event titled The Indigenous Feast served salmon, halibut, clams, smoked oolichan and bison ribs. Dishes were prepared by Salmon n’ Bannock restaurant owners Inez Cook of the Nuxalk nation and Remi Caudron from the nation of France. Lauraleigh Paul Yuxweluptun’aat’s BigHeart Bannock Catering & Cultural Café provided bannock. Mohawk blues singer Murray Porter entertained. The new-this-year event’s 180 diners likely reflected on the nearby Capilano River providing feast fare for millennia before its 1950-founded Park Royal shopping centre offered corresponding bounty.

With the HSBC Building's pendulum behind, Tiko Kerr launched his Affinities-series paintings including one titled A Theory of Relativity.


With the HSBC Building’s pendulum behind, Tiko Kerr launched his Affinities-series paintings including one titled A Theory of Relativity.

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NEW TWIST: Vancouver art adherents recall the many paintings in which Tiko Kerr depicted familiar landmarks in a rather psychedelic way. Burrard Street Bridge, downtown towers, City Hall, etc., writhed and contorted in super-saturated colours, but always instantly recognizable. But the drugs Kerr ingested weren’t LSD. They were anti-retroviral TMC 114 and TMC 125 that Health Canada banned until 2005. That’s when globally lauded HIV/AIDS physician Dr. Julio Montaner and sympathetic politicians broke the federal deadlock, thus permitting their import and literally saving Kerr’s life.

Tiko Kerr was still in his distorted-city-buildings phase when he painted Vancouver Sun Run participants crossing the Cambie Bridge.


Tiko Kerr was still in his distorted-city-buildings phase when he painted Vancouver Sun Run participants crossing the Cambie Bridge.

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The changes in his art are as dramatic as his personal-health ones. For Kerr’s current exhibition in the HSBC Canada Building lobby’s Pendulum Galley, they are mostly large paintings in the collage manner. That locale is dominated by Alan Storey’s 30-metre-long metal pendulum swinging seven times a minute. At its 1987 installation, some said the frequency would make observers feel sick. Not so sick as Kerr became and, with his time all but run out, barely survived.

A poster of Jane Greer and Robert Mitchum backed Stephen Holmes and Kirsten Robek at the Cinematheque's Film Noir series opening.


A poster of Jane Greer and Robert Mitchum backed Stephen Holmes and Kirsten Robek at the Cinematheque’s Film Noir series opening.

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NOIR NOW: Executive/artistic director Jim Sinclair opened the Cinematheque theatre’s Film Noir series with 1947’s Out of The Past starring Jane Greer and Robert Mitchum. That was an era when Washington’s scaredy-cat relationship with communism saw “unamerican” directives wreck careers and bedevil any major movie not starring collie-dog Lassie. So-called B movies largely escaped the paranoia, though, as tightwad efforts can do in America. The resultant film noir flicks allowed land-of-the-free audiences to fear fear itself again, albeit with popcorn easing the psychic burden. Stephen Holmes and Kirsten Robek, who once acted together in Shakespeare’s ultra-noir play, Macbeth, sat “on the edge of our seats” for the Cinematheque’s Out of The Past, the latter said. They’d likely have squirmed more on a planned 2001 post-wedding flight to New York five days after the 9/11 World Trade Center attack. Instead, they honeymooned at Tyax Lodge on the Upper Bridge River Valley’s Tyaughton Lake where an aircraft crashed fatally recently.

Boogie-woogie pianist Michael van Eyes kicked off Friday-night jazz concerts at the Penthouse Cabaret's top-floor Tyrant Studios.


Boogie-woogie pianist Michael van Eyes kicked off Friday-night jazz concerts at the Penthouse Cabaret’s top-floor Tyrant Studios.

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EIGHT TO THE BAR: That’s another name for boogie-woogie, a piano-based jazz style with steam-train cadences. Like jazz itself, boogie-woogie formalized in the early 20th century. Some see hints in Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 32 written 100 years earlier. Whatever its origins, local boogie-woogie pianist Michael van Eyes belted it out recently in Tyrant Studios. Presenting jazz Fridays and stand-up Saturdays, that bar-theatre is located above the Penthouse cabaret main room where exotic dancers portray a different iteration of boogie-woogie. It’s one that etymologists link to the Bantu term mbuki-mvuki that roughly means “to dance wildly, as if to shake off one’s clothes.”

Ron Burnett still had eight years heading Emily Carr University of Art + Design in 2010 when Bob Rennie staged a $441,500 gala.


Ron Burnett still had eight years heading Emily Carr University of Art + Design in 2010 when Bob Rennie staged a $441,500 gala.

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SUMMA CUM LAUDE: Artist Mark Soo’s upside-down clock spun backwards when a 2010 gala-auction staged by realtor Bob Rennie raised $441,500 for Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Varsity president Ron Burnett’s own time ran out recently when he retired to acclaim for literally putting ECU on the map. That was the map of False Creek Flats after a lengthy spell on Granville Island. London-born Burnett could have headed any number of big-time institutions with commensurate paycheques. Instead, he served ECU with energy and conviction for 22 years. Time well spent, forward or backward.

DOWN PARRYSCOPE: Should a certain first lady tire of domestic shenanigans and return to her birthplace, Rodgers and Hart’s 1937 Babes In Arms show song might be tweaked to: “Social circles spin too fast for me. My old Slovenia is the place to be. … That’s why the lady is a Trump.”

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Lionsgate Taps 3 Arts Roster for Two Fox Comedy Series Prospects

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Lionsgate is capitalizing on its recent acquisition of 3 Arts Entertainment by setting up two multi-camera comedy series prospects for Fox from talent repped by the management-production firm.

Both projects will be co-productions with Fox Broadcasting Co. The orders for these projects and others are a sign that Fox intends to continue developing scripted series even as its parent company awaits a big transition in selling off other studio and network assets to Disney.

“Uncle Joey” stars comedian Joey Diaz as a Cuban immigrant with a troubled past who moves to an upscale suburb to raise his daughter. “King of the Hill” alums Sivert Glarum and Michael Jamin penned the script and exec produce with Diaz and 3 Arts’ Michael Rotenberg, Jonathan Berry and Josh Lieberman.

“Significant Brother” revolves around a newlywed couple whose life is changed when the brother’s estranged gay brother moves in and becomes best friend with his wife. The concept is based on the real-life friendship of writers Scott King and Moe Jelline, who exec produce with 3 Arts’ Dave Becky and Jonathan Berry and Peter Principato and Maggie Haskins of Artists First.

Fox has given both projects a script-plus-penalty commitment.

Separately, Fox unveiled an animated project in the works, “Buffalo Wings,” about two Canadian brothers who decide not to fly south for the winter and wind up taking refuge in Buffalo, N.Y. where they begin to pursue the American dream. The project is penned and exec produced by Hugh Davidson, Rachel Ramras and Larry Dorf for 20th Century Fox Television.

Glarum and Jamin are repped by UTA, 3 Arts and Morris Yorn. Diaz is represented by CAA and 3 Arts. Scott is with UTA, 3 Arts and Hansen Jacobson. Moe is with Artists First and Stone Genow.

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A Look At Our $105 Price Estimate For Electronic Arts

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The growth in the Services segment, primarily led by in-game offerings, is the key factor that will drive Electronic Arts’ (NASDAQ:EA) future earnings growth. The company continues to see strong revenue growth in the Services segment, which is benefiting from live service offerings, such as Ultimate Team, and continued growth in its popular franchises, including FIFA. This trend will likely continue in the near term, as the company expands its live services offerings to other franchises. We have created an interactive dashboard ~ Our $105 Price Estimate For Electronic Arts ~ on the company’s expected performance in fiscal 2019. You can adjust various drivers to see the impact on the company’s overall earnings, and price estimate.

Expect Services Revenue To See Strong Growth In The Near Term

We forecast the Products segment revenues to decline in the coming years. While the segment revenues have hovered around $2.5 billion over the last four years, we forecast them to decline towards to under $2 billion by the end of fiscal 2020. This can partly be attributed to rising popularity of lower price point casual and mobile games, and the company’s focus on expanding its Services business. In Q2 FY19, the company saw a low double digit decline in segment revenues operationally, primarily from Battlefield 1 and Mass Effect: Andromeda. The company will release Battlefield V on November 20, which should boost the Q4 FY19 segment revenues.

Looking at the Services segment, we forecast the revenues to grow in low 20s percent to $3.1 billion in fiscal 2019. The segment is benefiting from the growth in the FIFA franchise, especially its live services, such as Ultimate Team, which has been a big success for Electronic Arts, allowing the company to earn from matchmaking services. In fact, Ultimate Team accounts for 50% of the company’s live services revenues. The segment reported revenues were up 40% in Q2 FY19, reflecting the change in accounting standard. Operationally, the segment revenues were up in high single digits, benefiting from FIFA Ultimate Team and Madden Ultimate Team. The Services segment will likely continue to see strong growth in the coming years, as the company continues to expand its live service offerings into new gaming genres. Ultimate Team was successful for its FIFA franchise, and the same is being expanded to other games, such as NFL, and NHL. In addition, the company’s focus on the China market will aid the segment revenue growth in the coming years.

Our Price Estimate of $105 For Electronics Arts

Overall, we believe that the expansion of live services will be the key growth driver for Electronic Arts in the near term. We currently estimate the company’s overall revenues to be $5.20 billion in fiscal 2019, of which 60% can be attributed to Services, and Products making up for the rest. We forecast the adjusted EPS to be $4.64 in fiscal 2019, and a TTM price to earnings multiple of 22.5x, to arrive at our price estimate of $105 for Electronic Arts, which is at a premium of 20% to the current market price.

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It's Art for Art's Sake on Waypoint Radio This Week

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This week’s Waypoint Radio is about the anxieties surrounding commercial art and the way they can often overshadow art’s cultural value, and how the latter often has more to do with personal meaning and artistic goals than performance in “the marketplace”. Our first point of entry to this topic comes via an article by Liz Ryerson, over at the New and Improved Deorbital, called “There Are Not ‘Too Many Games’: What The Indiepocalypse Panic Ignores“. Then we look at a gorgeous personal essay over at Unwinnable by Amanda Hudgins, “The Kentucky State Fair“, which ends up providing a way of considering one way of practicing what Ryerson is alluding to. More importantly, it’s a story about the place you come from, and the ways you work and experiences can be a gulf between you and the people that you care about.

You can subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, and Stitcher. If you’re using something else, this RSS link should let you add the podcast to whatever platform you’d like. If you’d like to directly download the podcast, click here. Please take a moment and review the podcast, especially on iTunes. It really helps.

Interaction with you is a big part of this podcast, so make sure to send any questions you have for us to gaming@vice.com with the header “Questions.” (Without the quotes!) We can’t guarantee we’ll answer all of your questions, but rest assured, we’ll be taking a look at them.

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