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VANCOUVER : SECRETS OF THE CITY


Posted 02/11/99

VANCOUVER : SECRETS OF THE CITY

By Shawn Blore and the editors of Vancouver Magazine
VANCOUVER XENAFESTS, page 140.

EXCERPT

COMMENTARY
An section in a Vancouver guide book! Tourists obviously need their Xena fixes when traveling.

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"Xenafests
     TV shows spawn the strangest of fan clubs.  Back in the 1970s, the
original Bob Newhart Show spawned the drinking game know as "Hi Bob!"
(Every time someone on the show said "Hi, Bob," you had to drink.)  But
while "Hi, Bob!" was popular with the jock-and-fraternity crowd, fans of
Xena: Warrior Princess come from an altogether different demographic.
The sword-wielding Amazon, clad in short skirt and leather breastplates,
who with her softer, shorter, slightly more feminine but still
self-actualized sidekick Gabrielle does weekly battle with bulging
beefcake bad guys, has become a cult favourite among devotees of Sappho,
among others.
     Xena's more ardent followers have banded together into fan clubs,
with national and international conventions.  At one such gathering
staged by the Pacific Northwest Xenites of North America, fans of the
warrior princess staged a mock Xena episode in West Vancouver's Ambleside
Park.  Ululating Xenites took up their broadswords and, after a decent
interval for some good-faith attempts at accommodation, chopped he
nefarious (male) evil-doers to bits.  Then they repaired to a local
restaurant to ogle the belly-dancer and ululate some more.
     If that weren't enough, there are Xena chatlines, and local Xena
parties, where Xenites dress as their favourite characters and watch as
Xena and Gabrielle battle evil and share the occasional bath (Gabrielle
does the scrubbing).  One such fest is held weekly in an undisclosed
Surrey location, by a woman known to the world only as Cindy.  Details on
her Xena fest, or on the activities of the local Xena chapter, can be
found at www.geocities.com/Area51/Shire/1291  , or by emailing
PNWXenaFanMail@bigfoot.com."

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