Exhibition, charity event attendees declare: ‘ How Swede it is!’
SWEDE IT IS: Six-month Swedish Ambassador Teppo Tauriainen opened the Swedes in B. C. exhibition at the Georgia-at-Hornby Pendulum Gallery Thursday. Attendees included former provincial NDP leader and B. C. Supreme Court judge Tom Berger, whose grandfather was a judge in Göteborg, Sweden, and whose father was a Montreal firefighter and RCMP officer. Also Thursday, Berger learned that the Supreme Court of Canada will hear a case he has worked on since 1984. It deals with promises then-prime minister John A. Macdonald made to Louis Riel and the Manitoba Metis in 1870, Berger said: “ Now, at last, we are going to the highest court to remedy what is, for Canada, a historic injustice.”
• THEY SCORE: An informal Swedish ambassador played his cards deftly in the Hyatt Regency Hotel Thursday. That was Örnsköldsvik-born Henrik Sedin, who joined Vancouver Canucks teammates at the annual Dice and Ice Benefit involved scrip, but 360,000 real dollars topped the bidding for an Olympic torch signed by all members of Canada’s goldmedal hockey team.
• OMG MG: Goldsmith, sculptor, pilot and figure-skating judge Susan MacDonald is a director of the Looking Glass Foundation for Eating Disorders, which raised funds for its Galiano Island treatment centre at a gala in the Rocky Mountaineer Station Friday. One day earlier, MacDonald took a periodic stroll through a familyrelated collection of MG cars. The 17 British-made sportsters and a whimsical BMW Isetta bubble-car are housed in an unexpected locale that hints at a certain North American roadster. But disclosing where might result in my own crankshaft being permanently bent.
Still, it houses desirable restored models from 1931 to 1980, including a rare 1936 TB Airline coupe and a sameyear SA tourer in appealing original condition. The showpiece K3 Magnette two-seater ( others have fetched well over $ 300,000) was acquired with a now-wall-mounted racing body its Irish owner painted French racing blue “ because I hate the Brits.” No four-wheel racer herself, MacDonald can be hard to catch on her Kawasaki 550 motorcycle.
CLASS ACTS: Larissa Stadnichuk and Vivian Thom weren’t acting Wednesday when a well-heeled crowd packed the Taste the World wine-tasting they co-chaired again to benefit children’s medical facilities in Cambodia. They could have, though. Gymnastturnedstuntwoman Stadnichuk played an athletic vampire in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and got fatally flung around a crashing aircraft’s cabin in the recently filmed The Grey with Liam Neeson.
Thom’s many small-screen appearances include being “ a Jet Ski mom” in a cruiseline television commercial. But a film-shooting week at sea changed her. Dismayed by stout, overfeeding passengers, she enrolled at The Institute of Holistic Nutrition with a view to keeping others straight and narrow.
• GOING FOR BRONZE: With that “ not a fire sale” 30-per cent trimming of Olympic Village condo prices, Mayor Gregor Robertson’s entrepreneurship has seemingly migrated from Happy Planet to Unhappy Plummet.
• TOAST POSTERS: It’s not only actors that get cast in feature films. Vancouver-based crocheted-swimwear designermanufacturer Anna Kosturova is gaga over Jennifer Aniston wearing her $ 259 Marissa tennis dress on the poster for her and Adam Sandler’s Just Go With It. Meanwhile the poster for Warner Bros.’ March release, Sucker Punch, features a garment by city corsetiere Melanie Talkington. There’ll be many more when her Lace Embrace outfit participates in a Valentine’srelated show at Performance Works tonight.
• ARMS AND THE WOMAN: The March 4-5 Vancouver Women In Film Festival kicked off with a meetandgreeter at Davie Street’s Moxie’s Classic Grill Thursday. Much was made of directorproducer Katrin Bowen, whose Hollywood-actress teen years resurfaced in her wellreceived debut feature film, Amazon Falls.
One to watch may be writerdirectorproducer Beth Freeman, whose Sisters In Arms depicts three female combat soldiers’ experiences in Afghanistan and straightforwardly examines collateral family pain experienced in Canada. Already screened at CFB Esquimalt and scheduled for March ( International Women’s Day) at the Royal Military College in Kingston, this balanced movie may have the range and impact of ordnance it shows in action.
As for one-person duels, actor-producer Meeshelle Neal’s Therapy sees her play herself and an alter ego in a locked-door treatment that, rather like independent moviemaking, can result only in a successful outcome or death. DOWN PARRYSCOPE: Swains never ask: “ Will you be marrying me?” Civil-rights fighters didn’t sing: “ We shall be overcoming.” Nor did Shakespeare write: “ Let’s be killing all the lawyers.”
The faddish future progressive tense is as unnecessary in those sentences as in so many others nowadays. Regarding its speedy demise, as Nike mercifully didn’t say: “ Just be doing it.”