While you might think mostly about live performances at the PuSh Festival, there's also a free (yes, free!) film series, comprised of documentaries, that accompanies and informs festival content as well.

For instance, if you've seen the live magic show Bullet Catch (which continues until February 7) starring Scotland's Rob Drummond as magician William Wonder, then you may want to check out a screening that complements it.

Adding to his recent and well-publicized troubles, beleaguered filmmaker-actor Seth Rogen has now been permanently refused service at Tommy Brann's Steakhouse and American Restaurant in Wyoming, MI.

After reading Mr. Rogen’s opinion of the film American Sniper on Twitter last week, restaurant owner Tommy Brann took swift action, changing the roadside LED sign at his 4157 Division Avenue South location to read: “Michael Moore and Seth Rogen are NOT allowed in my place.”

“For 43 years I’ve been a restaurant owner because of the Chris Kyles of this world, and I have the right not to serve the Michael Moores and the Seth Rogens… [something, something]” Brann told the news team at Grand Rapids NBC affiliate WOOD TV. “That guy’s an American hero.” 

If you're trying to figure out which films to see at the Victoria Film Festival, which is fast approaching (February 6 to 15), something to keep in mind is that we've got some reviews of the ones that screened at the 2014 Vancouver International Film Festival.

Some of the films that screened at VIFF 2014 are:

• John Zaritsky's Canadian documentary A Different Drummer

• Sturla Gunnarsson's documentary Monsoon, about Indian weather patterns (chosen for Canada's Top Ten)

Much thanks to whatever troupe was responsible for Monday’s (January 26) beautiful spring dress rehearsal.

From the morning’s curtain-raising chorus of a pair (the pair?) of returning Canada geese, all the way through to the salmon-tinged sunset, it was a nearly flawless performance.

By early afternoon, everything clicked and I could’ve sworn I was enjoying a real spring day in the last week of January.

I have no doubt that it was warmly received by audiences throughout the city. Bravo to everyone involved!

I've long complained about the lack of decent horror flicks being made in and around Vancouver, but in recent years Hollywood has upped its game considerably as far as the Great Fright North is concerned.









If you've ever been on Grindr, Jack'd, or any other gay-dating -hookup app or website, you'll recognize all of the following annoying dudes. From asking to see a guy's dick to headless bodies, the video below illustrates how ridiculous it would be if gay guys acted like some guys do online.

Then again, some actually do.

Looking for something to do tomorrow? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are eight events happening in or around Vancouver on Wednesday, January 28.


The Biltmore Cabaret hosts the String Fling Concert, featuring Four on the Floor, Jim Byrnes, Ryan Guldemond, Dustin Bentall, Parker Bossley, Hannah Epperson, Dominique Fricot, Dan Moxon, and Tonye Aganable.


The film version of Stephen King's terrifying 1983 novel, Pet Sematary, sucked the biggie. I oughta know. I reviewed it way back in the spring of 1989, describing it as "a dead dog that deserves no last rite."

But apparently, according to abc7.com, some cat out in Florida named Bart just loved the plot about a pet graveyard where felines and humans alike can score a new lease on life. 

The Humane Society of Tampa Bay released a statement explaining what happened to the unfortunate critter after his owner discovered that he had been hit by a car:

Last night at 11 p.m. the Toys “R” Us store in the 1100 block of West Broadway Avenue was quiet as a tomb. Its vast population waited.

On display tables and shelves and racks, they were recharging or just biding their time.

They waited for the new business day and another chance to put on a friendly show in hopes of beguiling children and their parents into taking them home.

Because that’s the only way that these poor plastic—let’s be blunt about it—prisoners can ever hope to leave the store, without being “marked down”.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed black-metal bands Mayhem and Watain at the Rickshaw. Craig Gilbert was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. The Mayhem and Watain at the Rickshaw Theatre on January 26, 2015. Thanks Craig.