Vancouver’s best-looking summer picnic is officially underway in Yaletown.

For its third year on the West Coast, Dîner en Blanc is happening in David Lam Park at the east end of Davie Street.

Organizers had a tough time keeping the popular event’s location a secret up to the 6 p.m. embargo this year.

A who's who of B.C. elites will poke fun at former CKNW Radio talk-show host Bill Good.

The Vancouver Board of Trade's president and CEO, Iain Black, will emcee the roast on September 25.

The speakers' list includes Premier Christy Clark, billionaire Jimmy Pattison, former Vanoc CEO John Furlong, ex–attorney general and former B.C. Court of Appeal justice Wally Oppal, former finance minister and ex-SFU chancellor Carole Taylor, and B.C. Federation of Labour president Jim Sinclair.

The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, better known as PICA, presents the 12th annual Time-Based Art Festival (TBA) from September 11 to 21 at various venues throughout Portland, Oregon.

The TBA Festival features artists from Portland, Seattle, and San Francisco, as well as France, Australia, Canada, the Philippines, Japan, and Sweden. Events include live performances, visual installations, concerts, experiments in film and music, pop-up galleries, and more.

Bill Durst was a member of the 1970s London, Ontario rock outfit Thundermug (remember "Africa"?), and in recent years he has made a pretty solid career for himself as a guitar-slinging blues-rocker. At some point in between, Durst was also a member of a ZZ Top tribute act called Tres Hombres. That explains the man's beard, which is epic. Really, Durst's whiskers put all these young beard-cultivating hipsters to shame.

And he can probably play guitar better than any of them, too:

At 5 p.m., media outlets will find out the top-secret location of this evening's Dîner en Blanc Vancouver. However, organizers have asked attending media folks not to share the identity of the site until 6 p.m.

This journalist will not be attending the all-dressed-in-white dinner for three thousand invited guests. But a look at the Twitter timeline of a local broadcaster reveals the likely location of tonight's elite extravaganza.

Ron Wilson has tweeted the following photos of the goings-on in Yaletown's condo-surrounded David Lam Park.

We know birds do it, bee do it, and apparently even educated fleas do it; I’m wondering if ladybugs can also do it—if they can see or sense electricity or rather, electromagnetic radiation.

I only ask because for over an hour I’ve had a ladybug wandering over the expanse of my laptop—in a seemingly discernible pattern.

Just this moment it appears to be napping on the screen frame beside the blue Dashboard icon on WordPress’s “Add New Post” screen.

First I noticed it though, the little ladybug was running back and forth along the insulated wire of the AC adapter.

This ladybug really got a charge out of my laptop

Eventually it made a beeline ladybug-line for my cellular Wi-Fi stick and patrolled the topmost part of the stick for a good while.

Vancouver-based DanceHouse will present five exciting shows at various Vancouver venues during its 2014-15 season, which runs from September 26, 2014 to April 11, 2015.

Their season kicks off with Wayne McGregor/Random Dance in FAR on September 26 and 27 at the Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton Street). This show by England’s most celebrated choreographer is a fascinating creative journey that draws on a radical cognitive research process. FAR includes jaw-dropping visuals, including a computerized pin board of over 3,000 LED lights.

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.

A new poll puts Vision Vancouver, the Non-Partisan Association, and the Green Party of Vancouver in a tight three-way race for the 10 seats on city council.

The Insights West survey asked 443 adult residents how likely it is they will vote for at least one candidate from six political parties.

Support for at least one Vision council candidate was reported by 34 percent of the Vancouver residents, while the NPA received the backing of 30 percent and the Greens 29 percent.

Conducted August 11 to 14, the poll has a margin of error of 4.6 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

I was just tweeting about how a director in New York City was telling me on the line that I sounded “very Canadian”. And how a Disney rep at a Hollywood press conference once pointed out how Canadian my pronunciation of “about” was. (I couldn’t tell the difference.)

By coincidence, I came across a video that local YouTuber Linda Dong (of "Seven Types of Vancouver Girls" infamy) made with the Fung Brothers in the U.S. about the differences between Asian Canadians and Asian Americans.