Thirty years ago tomorrow–on April 21, 1984–Dutch rockers Golden Earring played a concert at UBC. The band was touring behind its N.E.W.S. album, and singer Barry Hay called me from L.A., where the band was touring with Florida rockers .38 Special.

There’s conflicting info about where at UBC the show actually took place. The March 27, ’84 issue of The Ubyssey had an ad for the show under the AMS Concerts banner saying it was at the War Memorial Gym, but in my story that ran in the April 20 issue of the Straight it mentions the UBC Sub Ballroom. I wonder if the show wasn’t selling that great and they moved it to the smaller venue.

The north side of the 1400 block of West Broadway is having a problem with graffiti.

The problem began in 2013 when a planned mural on one two-storey building just never materialized.

Most taggers seem to respect finished murals. Murals that are never finished—apparently not so much.

The result has been a cycle of taggers tagging and building management overpainting.

The pictures represent just a recent snapshot, beginning with building management painting over graffiti tags the height of and half the length of the wall. That was on April 11.

Three days later, on April 14, the sun rose over the new tag someone had thrown up overnight.

It doesn’t even look like an elephant taking a whiz. It looks exactly like what it is—a drain pipe.

Actually it looks like a photograph of a drain pipe and one that I’m disinclined to waste.

I took the photo while deep in the thrall of my last post about Tachowa Covington, the guy living in the water tank—the water tank British street artist Banksy thought looked a bit like an elephant.

Our correspondent Emily McDonald-Longworth reports from Fan Expo Vancouver (aka FanExpo West), running this weekend until Sunday (April 20):

Day one (April 18) was spent mostly exploring the convention centre to see what we could find. Merchandise and celebrities were top of the list. There are endless opportunities to photograph cosplayers, and you find yourself bumping into a lot of voice actors.

We met both Megan Fahlenbock and Christian Potenza, the voices of Jen Masterson and Jude Lizowski, respectively, from the popular kid's animated TV series 6teen. They sounded exactly like their characters, apparently without even trying.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper's wife Laureen was confronted with a challenging question as she welcomed guests to the International Cat Video Festival in Toronto.

Hailey King, who's been associated in the past with the ShitHarperDid project, interrupted the cat-ear clad prime minister's wife.

"Mrs. Harper, raising awareness about cat welfare is a good look for your husband's upcoming campaign strategy," King said. "Don't you think supporting an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women in this country would be a better look for your husband's upcoming campaign strategy?"

Laureen Harper responded that if King would like to donate to animals, this would be welcomed.

Toronto mayor Rob Ford often brags about how he takes calls from voters and fixes their problems.

But a new ad by one of his mayoral-race opponents, Olivia Chow, challenges that assertion.

A woman who is only identified as "Laura" claims that she phoned Ford 20 times about transit issues and never once received a call back.

Ford isn't the first politician to claim that he addresses citizens' problems after they've ignored by the bureaucracy.

In this regard, he has something in common with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Femen leader Anna Hutsol has posted an artistic video on YouTube entitled Women Spring Is Coming.

It's age-restricted, but can't be described as pornographic.

In the video, another Femen leader, Inna Shevchenko, declares that she and her colleagues in the international feminist group are in a war for civil rights.

She implores viewers to help her group allow women to hear their "scream of freedom".

Femen was founded in Ukraine in 2008 and has focused a great deal of attention on Russian president Vladimir Putin's antigay legislation.

The group also opposes the Catholic Church's stance on same-sex marriage and patriarchy in all of its manifestations.

“The elephant in the room” is a phrase that refers to a thing so obvious it goes without saying.

In a new play about British street artist Banksy and how he made an American street person that much more homeless…the thing that goes without saying in the play is its real-life homeless central character.

And that, it seems to me, just adds insult to the original injury.

The play, called The Room in the Elephant, by playwright Tom Wainwright, fictionalizes the true story of how Tachowa Covington, an American street artist in Santa Monica, built a life for himself on the margins of society.

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Toronto mayor Rob Ford has launched his reelection campaign by promising to cut the cost of government, keep down taxes, and eliminate red tape.

"I promise you, Rob Ford will have your back for the next four years," he stated.

He also alluded to the blizzard of negative publicity related to him lying about smoking crack.

"More seriously, there has been some rocky moments over the past year," Ford acknowledged. "I have experienced how none of us can go through life without making mistakes. And when they occur, we learn a lot about ourselves: humility, the kindness of people, and the spirit of second chances."

Ford Nation fanatics—and those train-wreck watchers who can't get their fill of the Toronto mayor—can see his entire speech below.

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