The other night I listened to the new Beatles album, On Air–Live at the BBC Volume 2, and it's got its pros and cons.
To be honest, I could do without the 19 “speech tracks” that litter this three-LP package. Most of it is goofy gibberish between the Beatles and various BBC DJs, but I don’t need to hear that crap. Although I love the Beatles to death–they’re my favourite band of all time–there was enough Fab Four silliness on A Hard Day’s Night alone to last a lifetime.
The era of ticket scalpers commanding big bucks for Canucks home games may be coming to a close.
With a few hours before tonight's match against the Colorado Avalanche at Rogers Arena, the Canucks brass has announced that a "limited number of tickets have just been released".
Either the Canucks are trying to kneecap the scalpers or the team is having trouble filling the house, given its inability to hold onto leads at home this year.
The Avalanche are no slouches, posting a 20-7 record so far this year under new coach Patrick Roy. So the team should be a decent draw.
Colorado rookie Nathan MacKinnon, the team's 18-year-old first-draft choice, has scored three goals in five games and will be making his first appearance at Rogers Arena.
Paper and books strewn all over the place. Was it bookish crows? Did some Dumpster diver do that?
Wait a minute…that’s suspiciously clean garbage. Is that a mess or an art installation?
Caution: art students at workThe gentleman in the hoodie admitted with a smile that it was an art installation. Billy and and his friend Laurel—both art school students—had artfully arranged the assemblage so they could photograph it from a third-floor apartment.
They were trying to illustrate a dream—a dream of falling, or perhaps of falling into a dream. They weren’t sure—they were working it out as they went along.
Basically they were making art—similar enough to making a mess as to make no difference.
Waking up this morning, I considered things in the light of a new day.
While I washed down a mouthful of cheese-flavoured goldfish with leftover coffee in my thermal travel mug, I wondered who dreamed up things like cheese-flavoured, goldfish-shaped snacks.
Last night’s coffee was still lukewarm; a good sign I thought—how cold could it possibly be?
I didn’t get a block before I had my answer. There was a building’s drainpipe, frozen in mid-gush, the water bubbling from the mouth of the pipe and flowing over the branches—nearly a freeze-frame!
So it’s still well below zero, and forecast to stay that way into next week. But, like Canadians back east like to say about their winters—“it’s a dry cold.”
Whistler Blackcomb has unveiled a new reason to visit B.C.'s most famous ski resort this winter.
After nine months of construction, which incuded stringing together 119 chairs and driving 20 towers into the ground, the company has officially opened its new Crystal Ridge Express chairlift.
It travels 158 metres lower than its predecessor. Its bottom terminal is near the Glacier Road ski-out, which negates the need to used the Excelerator chair to get to many of the trails in the Crystal Zone.
The new chairlift is part of an $18-million infrastructure-investment program at both mountains. This dollar figure includes $3 million on new snow-making equipment.
It’s not fair.
Some Hollywood studio should be forced to remake Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 film The Birds.
Why? So a whole new generation can feel the same slight unease I do whenever I see a whole flock of birds sitting on some overhead power lines—silently—watching.
Expect traffic slowdowns this weekend near the corner of Burrard Street and Cornwall Avenue.
The City of Vancouver has announced that Cornwall will be closed between Cypress Street and the Burrard Bridge from 7 a.m. Saturday (December 7) to 6 a.m. Sunday (December 8).
The Burrard Bridge will only have one lane going in each direction over the same time period, and Burrard Street will also be reduced to a single lane going through the intersection with Cornwall.
Pedestrians and cyclists will be able to traverse the intersection.
Big, bruising defenceman Andrew Alberts will be back in the Canucks lineup tonight for only the fourth time this season.
The 32-year-old veteran is lacing up the skates at Rogers Arena against the Phoenix Coyotes because starting blueliner Alex Edler is out with a knee injury.
Alberts, who stands 6'5", began his NHL career in Boston in 2005, playing three years for the Bruins before moving to Philadelphia in 2008.
He joined the Canucks in 2009, racking up 87 penalty minutes in 76 games while scoring a career-high three goals.
The Canucks are one point behind the Coyotes in the Pacific Division, though Phoenix has two games in hand.
"The Abs•Tract" is one of the stranger things we’ve been pitched at the Straight recently. When I sent an email to local writer-director-actor Brent Cooper describing the 35-minute film as “nuts,” he promptly replied, “I take that as a great compliment.”
It was a compliment, for the record. I thought "The Abs•Tract" was great; a sharp, wildly imaginative work of satire. That’s assuming I actually grok what Cooper is getting at with his self-financed film, which is largely made to look like an infomercial for the “philosophical fitness program” of the title.
Today (December 6), UBC published online its numbers for 2012. Last year, 227,362 animals were involved in 961 "research and teaching protocols". That's up from the 225,043 animals involved in research in 2011 and the 211,604 animals in 2010.