Ex­hi­bi­tion, char­ity event at­ten­dees de­clare: ‘ How Swede it is!’

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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.”

Van­cou­ver Canucks cen­tre Hen­rik Sedin and team­mates dealt cards at the an­nual Ice and Dice ben­e­fit for the Canucks For Kids Fund.

The movie poster for Just Go With It shows star Jen­nifer Anis­ton wear­ing a cro­cheted ten­nis dress by city de­signer Anna Kos­tur­ova.

Meeshelle Neal and Beth Free­man kicked off the March 4-5 Van­cou­ver Women In Film Fes­ti­val at a party at Moxie’s Clas­sic Grill.

Look­ing Glass Foun­da­tion di­rec­tor Su­san Mac­Don­ald in­spected an im­mac­u­late pri­vate col­lec­tion of MG cars.

Taste The World gala chairs Vi­vian Thom and Larissa Stadnichuk toted a $ 3,500 auc­tioned bot­tle of Château Lafite Rothschild 2000.

For­mer B. C. Supreme Court judge Tom Berger greeted Swedish Am­bas­sador Teppo Tau­ri­ainen at the Swedes In B. C. ex­hi­bi­tion.

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