What is there left to say about James Franco's gay obsession that hasn't already been unsaid? That said, his work speaks for itself. Sort of.

Here are the latest works of art (sort of) from his ongoing collaborative art project with Seth Rogen that he has given the cryptic and enigmatic title: Gay Sex Art Project.

He previously made several images based on his video "Bound 3", a homoerotic spoof of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's "Bound 2" music video.

That's in addition to:

Here's the first trailer for the Clint Eastwood adaptation of the jukebox musical Jersey Boys.

The Tony-award winning Broadway hit follows the rise of Frankie Valli and the 1960s singing sensations The Four Seasons from their rough beginnings in New Jersey to international fame—and what went on behind the scenes.

The cast includes members from the stage ensemble, including John Lloyd Young in the lead as Valli, as well as Christopher Walken as a mobster.

The movie is slated to open June 20.

Here’s a panorama photo taken on Willow Street on the south side of West Broadway Avenue, looking west.

We’re looking straight at the Willow Medical Building and by reflection the 14-storey Fairmont Medical Building at 750 West Broadway, an office tower built in 1960—which I think is a most beautiful slab of a building.

The tall pointy building on the right side of the image (north side of West Broadway) is 805 Broadway Centre, a 19-storey office tower built in 1974 in the Brutalist architectural style (brrr!).

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.


The next time you slip on a pair of lululemon yoga pants, think of them as wearable art. The founder and soon-to-be-former chair of the Vancouver apparel company, Chip Wilson, and his wife, Shannon Wilson, are being awarded honorary doctorates from Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

At a convocation ceremony on May 3, the Wilsons will be recognized alongside multimedia artist and arts advocate Hank Bull, architect Arthur Gensler, as well as visual artists and scholar Gerald McMaster. All five will receive a Doctor of Letters for “their significant accomplishments and contributions to arts and culture”.

For the past decade, the Arts Club Theatre has organized a wine fundraising event each spring. Last year, 95 wineries from across the province participated in Chef Meets B.C. Grape. This year, the Arts Club hosted the 34th annual California Wine Fair during its cross-Canada stop in Vancouver. The fundraiser, which benefits the Arts Club’s community-based programs and youth education initiatives, took place April 22 at the Vancouver Convention Centre East.

I really thought raccoons would figure it out first—or crows.

But it appears the race to be the first non-human species to panhandle may have been won by seagulls. Well, this seagull—and with predictable results.

The panning itself isn’t the problem. It’s dealing with all the coins afterwards.

It’s hard enough some times for human panhandlers to convert the coinage they receive into bills. Birds will have it that much harder.

The problem with panhandling is the handling part

A lot of panhandlers convert their coins at fast-food restaurants. All birds, however, have learned the hard way that waddling into restaurants can be dangerous—the distance from the front door to the cooking pot is very short as the crow flies.

Celebrated Canadian tenor Ben Heppner is retiring from singing. The Murrayville, B.C.-born opera star announced on his website today (April 24) that after more than three decades on stage, he is leaving the world of classical music as a performer.

“After much consideration, I’ve decided the time has come for a new era in my life,” Heppner states. “I wish to thank the countless people who inspired me, supported me, and encouraged me to embark on a fantastic journey over the past 35 years. A million thanks to those who hired me. Most importantly, I want to thank everyone who ever bought a ticket.”

A B.C. medical marijuana supplier is recalling one of its batches after Health Canada raised concerns over the company’s production practices.

The Nanaimo-based Greenleaf Medicinals has recalled one batch of Purple Kush.

Anyone in possession of marijuana from batch number PK-10-20-13 is advised to stop using the product immediately and return it to the company via courier.

The recall is thought to affect about 63 of Greenleaf’s clients.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed Vancuover's own Swollen Members at Venue. Trina Rundgren was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pick of the morning. Swollen Members at Venue on April 23, 2014. Thanks Trina.