Photographer Rebecca Blissett, inspired by the 1968 film The Swimmer starring Burt Lancaster, spent time this past spring and summer documenting swimmers at play and rest in and around this city’s outdoor pools.
With these popular outdoor pools rapidly going the way of the dodo, Blissett’s photographs are a nostalgic look of an era on the wane. Blissett used both medium format and vintage dive cameras to capture images reminiscent of a simpler summer time.
Those photographs will be on display in an exhibit entitled Pool Life Nov. 15 to 17 at Visual Space Gallery, 2075 Alberni St. Blissett’s work has also often appeared in the Courier, where she works as an interim photographer. Some of Blissett’s photographs along with the cover story she wrote about this city’s outdoor pools can be found at vancourier.com by searching “Pool players.”
For those of you not in the know, a “Zoomer” is a member of the Baby Boom generation, but with a lot of zip.
Media pioneer Moses Znaimer, president and CEO of CARP: A new Vision of Aging for Canada, coined the phrase to better describe vibrant adults born during the Baby Boomer years.
Znaimer is bringing his motivational message about living a fulfilling life after 50 to Vancouver Nov. 14 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. to the Norman Rothstein Theatre, part of the Jewish Community Centre, 950 West 41st Ave. The event also includes wine, appetizers and door prizes. There is no cost to attend, but you must register by calling April Lewis at 604-536-8717 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Society for the Museum of Original Costume is presenting The Little Black Dress fashion show at Hycroft House, Nov. 25 from 2 to 4 p.m. The doors open at 1 p.m. at Hycroft, 1489 McRae Ave. Those attending are encouraged to show off their favourite LBD. Tickets are available by clicking on the “Events” at smoc.ca.
The fifth annual Queens Care! event takes place at The Junction on Davie Street, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m. Join Vancouver’s premier drag artists as they raise money for the Vancouver Friends For Life Society and Dogwood Monarchy Society charity fund in honour of the late great Diana Rose and DJ Jules.
Queens Care! will be once again hosted by Joan-E and Carlotta Gurl with performances by Coco, Conni Smudge, Estee Lauder, Iona Whipp, Isolde N. Barron, Jaylene Tyme, Kiki Lawhore, Mandy Kamp, Milan, Nicki Ravange, Peach Coblah, Robyn Graves, Sienna Blaze, Summer Clearance, Symone, Tatiana Nicholiadna and a special performance by Linda Fillmore. (My spellchecker really struggles with drag names.) Music is by DJ Drew and tickets are $20 at Priape and Little Sisters on Davie Street. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. The Junction is located at 1138 Davie St.
The Fourth Annual Mission Possible Day of Hope Gala takes place Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.
Mission Possible, based in the Downtown Eastside, provides opportunities for people challenged by homelessness and poverty. The gala is Mission Possible’s main fundraiser in support of employment and volunteer programs in the Downtown Eastside. For more information, visit mission-possible.ca.