Late Wednesday afternoon I was in the alley on the south side of West Broadway Avenue by Birch Street and stopped to admire an especially memorable old Grumman step van.

Grummans are distinctive enough as it is. This one, with its unmarked gray paint job and custom flaming grill, is unmistakably unique. I’ve seen it kicking around Fairview for years now.

As I paused to get a closer look and take some photos, I had to watch out for the dribble of through-traffic awkwardly maneuvering around it.

A section of Vancouver's famed Seawall is temporarily closed due to intense weather conditions.

According to a tweet from the Vancouver Park Board today (November 28), the section of the Seawall between English Bay and Lumberman's Arch is inaccessible until further notice "due to high tide, waves & crashing logs".

High winds are expected to continue in Vancouver overnight and temperatures are due to drop sharply this evening. There is also the possibility of flurries in the region after midnight.

A portion of the Seawall in West Vancouver was also underwater this morning.

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.

Pacific Baroque Orchestra presents Nachtmusik today (November 28) at 8 p.m. at Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard Street) and Sunday (November 30) at 2:30 p.m. at Rose Gellert Hall (4899 207th Street, Langley).

Nachtmusik features a programme spanning two centuries of music, from Boccherini’s Night Music of the Streets of Madrid, through Biber’s Night Guard Serenata, to Mozart’s Eine Kleine Nachtmusik and Trio KV 166,

Both concerts feature guest soloist Ed Reifel on various percussion instruments.

Yesterday I foolishly stupidly entered into a confrontation with another of the many people who go through the back alleys of Fairview looking for things of value.

He wasn’t a binner; he wasn’t looking for returnable beverage containers. Neither was he a Dumpster diver. Nor was he homeless. He might have been a scrap collector or a flea marketeer, but most certainly he was an opportunist.

Grabbing anything not nailed down isn’t stealing…is it?

This fellow had passed me in his silver-grey four-door and then stopped the car in the middle of the next block. Thinking he might have been a car binner—competing with me for returnable beverage containers—I dashed ahead to catch up with his.

Disney this morning released the first teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode VII—The Force Awakens.

While no major plot points are revealed—nor are there any glimpses of the superannuated Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Han Solo (Harrison Ford) or Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher)—there is quite a lot to look at: Stormtroopers (and plenty of ‘em); Tie fighters, X-Wings, some sort of new rolling astromech droid, new planets, and of course that grand old dame herself, the Millennium Falcon.

And, it should be noted, the trailer contains only one of director J.J. Abrams’ trademark lens flares.

Just got off the phone with Langley's own Mike Fraser, who engineered and mixed the new AC/DC album, Rock or Bust, which is currently streaming on iTunes and hits stores this Tuesday (December 2).

It was the first interview Fraser has given about the highly anticipated album, the only one ever recorded without original rhythm-guitarist Malcolm Young, brother of lead guitarist Angus Young.

Writer and activist Gabriel Nadeau-Dubois is making an impact after donating his Governor General's prize money to the battle against bitumen.

Nadeau-Dubois won a GG in the French-language nonfiction category forTenir tête, which is his memoir from Quebec's student protests of 2012.

In a move that generated a fair amount of attention, he gave his $25,000 prize money to a campaign opposing TransCanada Corporation's plan to build the Energy East pipeline.

Then he challenged viewers of the popular Quebec TV show Tout le monde en  parle to double his gift.

Since then, more than $200,000 has been raised.

Theatre Replacement presents Cinderella: An East Van Panto at the York Theatre (639 Commercial Drive) from December 3 to 28.

Amiel Gladstone, Veda Hille, and Charles Demers return for this retelling of the classic fairy tale. This family-friendly show features upside-down holiday cheer.

Tickets to Cinderella: An East Van Panto start at $19 and can be purchased online or by calling the Cultch’s box office at 604-251-1363.

Things near and far premiers at the Firehall Arts Centre (280 East Cordova Street) on December 3 and continues until December 6.

Two choreographers, Tedd Robsinson from Ottawa and Josh Martin from Vancouver, create two new works for Anne Cooper, Ziyian Kwan, and Ron Stewart. This bold and unusual meeting spans three generations of creative experimentation.

Things near and far features original music by electroacoustic Quebec composer Charles Quevillon and Vancouver’s Stefan Smulovitz, with lighting design by James Proudfoot.

Tickets to things near and far are $22 to $32 and can be purchased online in advance.

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