The Shishosetsu literary readings takes place during the Powell Street Festival on Sunday (August 3) from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m. at the Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova Street).

Shishosetsu, also known as Watakushi Shosetsu or I-novel, is a genre of literature that emerged in early 20th century Japan. The genre often blurs the lines between fiction and non-fiction because the author is the central character in an intimate self-revealing narrative.

On the weekend, I spotted two young men playing a piano behind the False Creek Community Centre.

It was placed there by CityStudio Vancouver as part of its Keys to the Streets project.

IThta's not the only effort to get keyboards in front of the public this summer. There's also a Pianos on the Street program.

The president of Pacey's Pianos, Sean Pacey, has been placing these instruments all over the Lower Mainland over the past three weeks as part of this effort.

Pianos have appeared at Surrey Central Station, the River Market in New Westminster, and Lonsdale Quay.

Today, he took a piano up the Grouse Mountain gondola to enable people to tickle the keyboards on the summit.

The City of Vancouver has invited applications from professional artists for seven low-cost or no-cost studio spaces.

The Vancouver Artist Studio Awards Program will make the studio or live-work space available from 2015 to 2018.

The peer-reviewed process is open to Vancouver-based artists who demonstrate talent and financial need.

Applicants can have expertise in a wide range of art forms, including visual arts, dance, literary arts, theatre, and media arts.

According to a city news release, one live-work studio and one work-only studio are being offered for free.

Ensemble Theatre Company presents Larry Kramer’s play, The Normal Heart, at the Jericho Arts Centre (1675 Discovery Street) July 18 until August 16. Performances run in reperatory with The Cripple of Inishmaan and The Duchess of Malfi.

The Normal Heart tackles the public and private indifference to HIV and AIDS in the early 1980s. Considered largely autobiographical, the play by American playwright Kramer, focuses on Ned Weeks, an author and gay activist fighting to expose the truth about a burgeoning epidemic killing gay men.

The fourth annual Your Kontinent Film & Media Arts Festival takes place at the Richmond Cultural Centre from July 17 to 26. The celebration of arts, culture, as well as personal and global interconnectedness profiled notable and emerging Canadian and international media artists.

Tonight, the annual Indian Summer festival wraps up with a dinner at a secret location organized by Vikram Vij and assisted by the dabbawalas of Mumbai.

Local artist Brent Ray Fraser clearly loves his body. So much so that his work revolves around his physical self.

With a physique like that, can you blame him? Well, if you want. But that's an issue for another time.

In addition to making visual and performance art, he works as a stripper, has made erotic photos and videos involving himself, and made artwork (involving him naked, of course) including penis prints and penis statues. (Can you discern a theme here?)

Yet even though he's made art porn entitled "Jizzus Christ" and "Cop Car Do-Nut Bust", he apparently doesn't want you to get the wrong idea—he emphasizes that he's neither a porn star nor a prostitute, according to his tweets. 

Music on Main presents The Orpheus Project at the Cultch (1895 Venables Street) from July 17 to 20. Evening shows start at 8 p.m. and matinées on July 19 and 20 begin at 2 p.m.

The Orpheus Project is an immersive site-specific journey that explores why Orpheus remains such a vital figure and powerful influence into the 21st century. The performance combines music and theatre.

Musical duo Carli and Julie Kennedy will perform at the Evergreen Cultural Centre (1205 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam) on July 19 as part of Aaargon Music on the Grill.

The identical twin sisters from Powell River have developed a sound that blends country, folk, jazz, and classical music, but is all their own. Carli is featured on vocals and guitar, while Julie performs vocals, violin, mandolin, and bass guitar.

The sixth annual Music on the Grill series starts with a gourmet dinner on the patio overlooking Lafarge Lake accompanied by live music, and followed by a full concert in the studio theatre.

Ensemble Theatre Company presents John Webster’s The Duchess of Malfi at the Jericho Arts Centre (1675 Discovery Street) this summer. The preview performance of The Duchess of Malfi is on July 8, and the show will be running in repertory with The Cripple of Inishmaan and The Normal Heart until August 15.

The Duchess of Malfi is a macabre Jacobean tragedy that deals with jealousy, madness, and murder. The play tells the story of Giovanna d’Aragon, a young widow who secretly marries her steward, earning her brothers’ wrath. When the brothers discover her secret, they enact a terrible revenge.

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