Looking for something to do tomorrow? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 13 events happening in or around Vancouver on Friday, January 30.



The Youth Must Rock Fundraiser features performances by by S.V. and the Killer B's, Royal Oak, Bridgeworks, The Bird The Lion & the Meerkat, Tinman Revolution, and the Chocolate Rainbow of Death. Held at the Terry Fox Theatre.

American singer, producer, and DJ Alvin Risk (pictured above) takes the stage at the Electric Owl with guest Kodak to Graph.

Let’s face it: 3 p.m. is the cruellest time of the workday. The morning latte has worn off, and the post-lunch crash has you staggering around like an extra from a George A. Romero flick. That’s why, each weekday at 3:01 p.m. (with the exception of months-long stretches when we forget to do it), we present you with a video hand-picked to kick-start your heart.

My apologies to Ear of Newt for "sampling" that fine headline.

As reported by the Straight and elsewhere, Tom Petty and Sam Smith reached an out-of-court settlement over the similarities between the former's "Won't Back Down" and the latter's "Stay With Me".

The term manspreading has been getting a lot of exposure lately. It refers to a seated posture adopted by (mostly) male public-transit riders wherein widely spread legs prevent one or more fellow passengers from sitting in adjoining seats.

New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority embarked recently  on a well-publicized awareness campaign to try to combat this type of selfish behaviour on its subways.

The four-storey brownstone known today as the Quebec Manor at 101 East 7th Avenue started its life in 1912 as the Mount Stephen Block. It served as rental housing until 1981 when the tenants bought the building from the landlord and turned it into the 32-unit housing co-op it is today.

In 1983, the city of Vancouver designated it a class A heritage building.

As I’ve mentioned before, the parkade I generally sleep in looks out across a back alley and onto the red brick wall of a condo. Between the condo and the parkade, the alley is squeezed to a bit less than half its normal width.

While the critically acclaimed Selma is still in theatres (and the questionable Black or White opens this week), Vancity Theatre is offering a Black History Month film series on Mondays throughout February that will survey history and contemporary issues with a varied selection of films.

Music is a recurring theme in several selections.

You've probably thought of putting one over on ICBC, and then going on a trip to Tuvalu.

In hopes of dissuading you from becoming a fraudster and then getting hit by big fines and a criminal record, B.C.'s beloved public auto insurer has released its list of the "top fraud files of 2014".

But maybe these scammers just don't know how to do it right.

You be the judge:

The coverage conspiracy

Last year, Microsoft announced plans to open a 400-job training and development centre by late 2015 at Vancouver's Pacific Centre.

But the Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre isn't the only presence that the tech giant has planned for the downtown complex.

A Microsoft Store is coming soon to the Pacific Centre shopping mall. It will be the third such retail location in B.C.

The opening date has yet to be announced, but the new store will have 3,443 square feet of retail space and a staff of about 30 people. Windows and Xbox products will be sold, and an Answer Desk will offer technical help to customers.

Motherload runs at the Cultch (1895 Venables Street) from February 3 to 21. Shows start at 8 p.m., with additional matinee performances at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Motherload is an intimate account of parenting in the modern age. Four prominent Canadian theatre artists and mothers bare their personal stories of what parenting is like.

Drawing on candid playground conversations and parent-friendly confessions, these mothers share stories that are both beautiful and brutal.

Motherload is created and performed by Emelia Symington Fedy, Jody-Kay Marklew, Juno Rinaldi, and Sonja Bennett. The show is directed and choreographed by Courtenay Dobbie.