As rap groups go, the Wu-Tang Clan family has included personalities that might charitably be described as “erratic”. 

Right now, as the band prepares the release of its latest record, A Better Tomorrow, you’ve got Raekwon declaring that he’s on strike because fellow Wu-Tang founder RZA is entirely out of touch with what’s going on in the trenches today. Talking to Rolling Stone in an interview posted today, Raekwon described RZA—who has carved out a career scoring Hollywood films—as follows: It’s like being a coach and you won rings back in the day, but now your team is in ninth place. It’s time for a new fucking game plan.”

Every weekday, the Straight highlights a great local shot as the Photo of the Day. Interested in submitting your photos for consideration? Check out our Flickr group.

Three Vancouver artists have been longlisted for the 2014 Sobey Art Award, Canada’s pre-eminent contemporary art award. Vancouver artists Allison Hrabluik, Dan Starling, and Evan Lee, and Victoria artists Farheen HaQ and Peter Morin were chosen to represent the West Coast and Yukon region.

“I was interested in highlighting some of the extraordinary talent that exists both in the Metro Vancouver area and across the province more generally,” says Jordan Strom, the curator for exhibitions and collections at the Surrey Art Gallery, in a phone interview with the Georgia Straight

Strom was the West Coast and Yukon representative on the 2014 curatorial panel, and was in charge of choosing the five artists for the longlist from this region.

If you want to see the results of Capilano University’s Studio Art program, now is the time. This year’s Capilano University Studio Art Grad Show will be the last.

Budget cuts at Capilano University last year led to the decision to suspend admission for the Studio Art and Textile Arts diplomas, effectively ending the programs.

Boca del Lupo’s Micro Performance Series presents The Chop Theatre’s Through the Gaze of a Navel at Granville Island’s Anderson Street Space (1405 Anderson Street) from April 23 to 27.

Through the Gaze of a Navel is a performance in the form of a yoga class that audience members can either participate in or observe. The performance is led by Emelia Symington Fedy, a woman who has consumed every new-age pop-psych medicine she could get her hands on. During Through the Gaze of a Navel, Fedy asks “the big questions” while guiding participants through a yoga class suitable for people of all levels. The performance runs 45 minutes.

FUSE: A Terrible Beauty takes place at the Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby Street) on Friday (April 25) from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. FUSE brings together one-of-a-kind experimental art, music, live performance all at one party.

First off, this accident happened two weeks ago—April 4—at the intersection of 15th Avenue and South Granville Street. It’s taken me that long to get the photos which were taken by a friend (thank you).

At first glance, this photo made me think of how many times as a cyclist I’ve taken my eyes off the traffic around me to gawk at the advertising in the window of La Vie en Rose—I don’t know why, I don’t even wear a bra.

The point of impact on the sedan was on the passenger side. I’m told the collision occurred during the morning rush on South Granville; that the sedan somehow interacted with a truck and, like a billiard ball, came to a rest on the sidewalk a few inches shy of kissing the building.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed Caribbean-born American rapper Trinidad James at Venue. Aaron J. was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pick of the morning. Trinidad James at Venue on April 16, 2014. Thanks Aaron.

On April 15, at a Vancouver School Board meeting discussing proposed budget cuts, Roger Cole, principal oboist for the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, read a statement on behalf of Maestro Bramwell Tovey, music director for the VSO. The statement is reproduced in full here.

The 2014 DOXA Documentary Film Festival takes place May 2 to 11 at various Vancouver venues. This year, film screenings will take place at the Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour Street), Cinematheque (1131 Howe Street), Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway Street), and Vancouver Playhouse (600 Dunsmuir Street).

This year’s DOXA festival will feature over 90 films and 78 screenings, taking audiences into the unknown—from encounters with mountain gorillas to cartoon ponies and the men who love them, wild boars, roller derby girls, young agrarians, and stick insects.

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