The Dance Centre opens its 2014-15 Global Dance Connections series with Ballet Preljocai in Empty moves (parts I, II & III. Performances will run September 25 and 26 at 8 p.m. at the Scotiabank Dance Centre (677 Davie Street)

Empty moves (parts I, II & III) was created by French choreographer Angelin Preljocai. The piece is set to the 1977 recording of John Cage’s Empty Words.

With one of Canada’s largest wine festivals—the Vancouver International Wine Festival—still five months away, the Arts Club Theatre’s Chef Meets B.C. Grape is a popular fall event for local oenophiles. The local theatre company hosted the California Wine Fair in April, but its fall wine-tasting fundraiser—now in its 10th year— is meant to showcase B.C.

Are you skeptical of the self-serving, techno-utopian rhetoric of corporate execs? You might enjoy Canadian-born writer Astra Taylor's book The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age (Random House Canada).

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed English synth-pop uno La Roux at the Commodore. Stef Watchman was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. La Roux at the Commodore Ballroom on September 18, 2014. Thanks Stef.

Students are expected to be back in class for a full day of school by Tuesday if teachers ratify a tentative labour agreement, according to the chair of the Vancouver School Board.

Patti Bacchus told reporters after a news conference today (September 18) that if members of the B.C. Teachers’ Federation accept the agreement, schools will open for a partial day on Monday, similar to what the typical first day of school would have been on September 2, followed by full hours on Tuesday.

Yesterday a Dumpster diver wanted me to appraise something he had dug out of someone’s garbage.

The glossy white thing was adorned with the words “Lepow Stone Power” and punctuated by three USB ports (one with a cable still attached) so it was obviously tech of some kind. Otherwise it was the right size and shape to be a very serviceable skipping stone.

The Moonstone the resident rejected

You'd think that pop legend Elton John would be beyond caring what the critics think by now, right?

Well, apparently he still reads the reviews. Even before they get in the paper.

I wrote a pretty damn glowing online review of the Big E's show at Rogers Arena last Saturday (September 13), tacking on a complaint about his choice of encores. I didn't care for the way he went all Disney on our asses by ending the night with those sappy tunes from The Lion King, "Circle of Life"/"Can You Feel the Love Tonight".

Live Nation has announced that Vancouver-based indie-rock group Mother Mother will play a show at the Orpheum Theatre--with guests USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker)--on Saturday, December 13, in support of its fifth studio album, Very Good Bad Thing.

The Juno-winning group--comprised of Ryan Guldemond, Molly Guldemond, Jasmin Parkin, Jeremy Page, and Ali Siadat--has been one of Canada’s most aired acts on the alternative-radio charts for the past two years.

Todd Kerns, recently declared to be "the Most Rockin’ Canadian Bassist of the 21st Century", performed with his band SMK&C (Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators) on the Howard Stern Show yesterday.

That's a long way from his birthplace of Estevan, Saskatchewan.

Over 8,000 kilometers separate Vancouver and Munich, but don’t be surprised if you see people walking the city streets wearing lederhosen and dirndls. Oktoberfest is upon us, and stein-swinging parties are being planned around the world.

In Vancouver, Steam Whistle Brewing will host an Oktoberfest event at the Imperial (319 Main Street) on Saturday (September 20). The Toronto-based brewery’s signature Pilsner will start flowing at 8 p.m.