The U.S. House of Representatives is gearing up for a vote on HR 1797, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.
The act, which would essentially ban all abortions after 20 weeks of a pregnancy, is an astounding attempt to further shame, harass, and force women into carrying unwanted fetuses to term.
What is the justification this time around? Apparently fetuses feel pain. (We'll get back to that in a minute.)
Vancouver’s Chinatown is undoubtedly becoming less and less Chinese. A recent surge in restaurants, shops, art galleries, and real estate developments point towards a revitalized neighbourhood that’s aimed more towards 20-something hipsters, and not the Chinese folk who immigrated here in the ‘70s and ‘80s.
Bestie (105 East Pender Street), a new restaurant that opened June 17, is part of this growing trend. Owners Clinton McDougall and Dane Brown have brought currywurst—a German street food favourite consisting of sliced bratwurst sausage topped with hot curried ketchup—along with sauerkraut, pretzels, and beer to their casual Chinatown eatery.
The 31st annual Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards—also known as the Jessies—takes place at the Commodore Ballroom (888 Granville Street) on Monday (June 24) at 6:45 p.m.
“The Jessie Richardson Theatre Award Society is proud to honour and celebrate achievements in Vancouver professional theatre,” Meredith Elliott, president of the Jessie Richardson Theatre Awards, stated in a news release. “We are privileged to have such an accomplished community of artists, each year creating an exciting and eclectic body of work for Vancouver audiences to enjoy.”
From Mean Streets to Goodfellas, Casino and now The Wolf of Wall Street—nobody does the totally wired, sprawling crime and redemption opera with giddy, smartass voice-over quite like Martin Scorsese.
The trailer for the new film, which reunites the director with Leonardo DiCaprio for their fourth movie together, was released yesterday.
Those of us who blinked through 2011’s Hugo waiting in vain for somebody’s head to be put in a vice will cheer, especially when DiCaprio—as real life Gordon Gekko turned reluctant FBI snitch Jordan Belfort—appears to throw his butler over the side of a building. Like they do on Wall Street.
The film, based on Belfort’s memoir of the same name, hits theatres in November.
Police drill at UBC The RCMP is conducting a major emergency response exercise at UBC this morning (June 18) from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The university is warning people that they should expect to hear loud noises including sirens and gunfire. Volunteers acting as victims and bystanders are also being employed as part of the drill.
The City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation has announced that on August 24 and 25 they will host two days of festivities in celebration of Stanley Park's 125th anniversary.
Vancouver mayor Gregor Robertson said in a press release that "Stanley Park is a place of remarkable significance to Vancouver's past, present, and future. It was recently ranked again as one of the world's most stunning urban parks. This summer's Celebrate! Stanley Park festivities will showcase the Park's best ecological, cultural, and historical attributes, with a special focus on First Nations experiences and stories."
Radical activists with the Ukrainian women's group Femen conducted a late-night protest against the man known as Europe's last dictator.
The authoritarian president of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, was at a well-guarded home he keeps in Kiev when a group of women approached the gate.
The protesters removed their tops to expose statements such as "Dictator get out", "Fuck Dictator", and "Viva Belarus" across their chests and backs.
Security officials hauled them away.
Live Nation has announced that Amercian singer-songwriter Sam Beam (aka Iron and Wine) will play a show at the Commodore Ballroom on Sunday, November 3, in support of his fifth studio alum, Ghost on Ghost.
For Ghost on Ghost, Beam sought to move from what he called the “anxious tension” of his two previous records, 2007's The Shepherd's Dog and 2011's Kiss Each Other Clean. “This record felt like a reward to myself after the way I went about making the last few,” he says.
Tickets for the show are priced at $38.50 (plus service charges and fees) and go on sale this Friday (June 21) at 10 a.m. on the Live Nation website.