The Indian film industry's biggest box-office draw over the past two decades, Shah Rukh Khan, brought a bevy of stars to the Pacific Coliseum last night for his global Slam tour.

King Khan, as he's known, dedicated the evening to famed director and producer Yash Chopra. Chopra would have celebrated his 82nd birthday on the evening had he not died nearly two years ago.

Chopra was instrumental in creating the phenomenon known across India as SRK through the 1990s classic films Darr and Dil To Pagal Hai.

Two days ago a Dumpster diver walked up to me in McDonald’s and slapped down a coin on the counter beside me.

It struck the counter with the pure ringing note of silver, though it turned out (like the guy who had it) not to be as pure as it sounded.

It was a 1966 Canadian Voyageur dollar coin. This fellow said he had found it in a bag in a Dumpster. Whether I believed him or not is neither here nor there—that was his story.

This is a gregarious older fellow, avuncular and glad-handing, who works hard at putting up a good front.

Earlier today my camera caught one of the Vancouver Police Department’s new Dodge Chargers making a scene on West Broadway Avenue.

Environmental designer Kathleen Corey and bike-lane builder Brian Gould have produced a seven-and-a-half-minute video called "Seacycles: Burrard Bridge to Point Grey Road".

It reveals what it's like to cycle across Kitsilano without coming in contact with much traffic.

(Don't expect to see any mention of the impact of this new cycling route on the value of homes along Point Grey Road.)

Blueprint Events and Live Nation have announced the full artist lineup for this year's CONTACT Winter Music Festival. The electronic music event will take place at BC Place over two days on Friday, December 26, and Saturday, December 27.

The festival's lineup features performances from headliners Armin van Buuren and Zedd, with support from W&W, Showtek, Nervo, Gramatik, Griz, Morgan Page, Kaytranada, TJR, DVBBS, What So Not, Thomas Jack, Lunice, and more.

Before we go and build all new municipal tax structures to discourage absentee home owners, I decided to have a look at British Columbia’s existing tax credit for live-in home owners. It has a solid foundation but it’s way too small.

I just don’t know enough about these things to say whether it’s worth renovating or if it should just be replaced.

Touting a new tax surcharge absent a better idea

The media is full of absentee property owners even if the thousands of Vancouver homes and condos they own sit empty.

This promo video for writer-director Kris Elgstrand's film Songs She Wrote About People She Knows exhibits an uncanny insight into my state of mind at the moment, and maybe yours, too.

"Every one of you should be set on fire"? Sing it, sister!

Songs She Wrote About People She Knows screens at the Rio Theatre on Saturday (September 27) and again at the Vancity Theatre on Tuesday (September 30).

If we want to stop violence against women, it makes sense to educate youth about this widespread problem.

That's what Battered Women’s Support Services does with its YOUth Ending Violence program, which puts on workshops at schools and community centres.

Earlier this month, BWSS launched a crowdfunding campaign called One Future Without Violence. The nonprofit is seeking to raise $10,000 by October 20 on Indiegogo.

On Indiegogo, BWSS states:

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed Canadian rock band Big Wreck at the Commodore. Kattia Woloshyniuk was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Big Wreck at the Commodore Ballroom on September 25, 2014. Thanks Kattia.

Langara College’s Studio 58 presents the world premiere of Kosmic Mambo, a space-aged retelling of the "Rime of the Ancient Mariner". Performances take place October 2 to 19 at Studio 58 (100 West 49th Avenue).

Created by David Mackay and directed by Wendy Gorling and Mackay, Kosmic Mambo is a non-verbal movement piece loosely based on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s famous poem. Set during the end of the American/Russion space race, Kosmic Mambo tells a fictitious story of the USSR’s failed attempt to send six cosmonauts to Mars in response to America’s successful moon landing.

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