The Eastside Culture Crawl benefitted from a clear day Saturday (November 22); the open studios continue till 6 p.m. today, and finish up their last day tomorrow, Sunday (November 23) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Here are some images we've collected from the event.

Meanwhile, find a map and more in our Georgia Straight guide to the Crawl, here.

Today, Whistler Mountain opened five days earlier than expected, with many runs operating from from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The company announced that the Upper and Lower Ego Bowl, Upper Whiskey Jack, Upper Franz's, Papoose, Orange Peel, and Pony Train are all available this weekend, as well as a terrain park that can be reached via the Emerald Express chair.

Blackcomb, however, isn't scheduled to begin operations until Thursday (November 27).

The only other B.C. resort to open this weekend is Sun Peaks, which is four hours from Vancouver and 45 minutes from Kamloops by car. There, outdoor enthusiasts could enjoy an additional 20 centimetres of fresh powder.

Doctors in the U.K. have discovered a worm in a man's brain, which is easily the worst place for it.

Not only that, but the worm—a rare little fellow known to his friends as Spirometra erinaceieuropaei—was actually moving hither and yon across the man's brain lobes as if it owned the damn place!

You can see the progress of the little fucker here, in this animated GIF, and you can wonder at its appalling sense of entitlement.

Are you headed out to the Eastside Culture Crawl but a little cartographically challenged? Find a complete map of this year's participating studios above!

Be sure to check out our guide to this year's crawl here.

And tell us about your favourite artist at the Eastside Culture Crawl for your chance to win a Georgia Straight prize pack.

Happy wandering!

This is not a typical video from Femen, the sextremist group that strips in front of politicians to protest patriarchy, homophobia, and religious dogma.

No, these images show some topless women allegedly kidnapping a priest.

The video says the abduction was done to demand cancellation of Pope Francis's upcoming visit to the European Parliament on Tuesday (November 25).

One of Femen's leaders, Anna Hutsol, has claimed that the group is in a war for civil rights. You can learn more in the video below. (It's age-restricted.)

It's so hard to find good help these days. No doubt this cliché applies to the freelance market.

Vancouver's Mark Fromson and Stephen Hayes-McCoy have built a website to connect employers and "quality local freelancers". Local Solo launched in October and has since expanded to 27 cities in Canada and the U.S.

It's free to use for both employers and freelancers. Not just any freelancer can get listed on Local Solo though. You have to apply to get a profile on the site.

Local Solo has categories for people in such fields as game design, marketing, user experience, and video. "You'll always have full control over your profile, including availability and visibility," the site states.

When Chomp Vegan Eatery set up shop in Port Moody back in 2011, it was the Tri-Cities’ only fully vegan and gluten-free restaurant. Three years later, the Tri-Cities’ loss is Vancouver's gain.

Chomp has moved in with Fairy Cakes (3586 Fraser Street), a vegan cupcake shop, in East Vancouver. Its menu is also nut-free.

A video titled "Sturmgruppe 2013 Reel" has been the buzz of the Internet since its posting to YouTube on Wednesday night. And not the good kind of buzz. The video, apparently a demo reel from a production house called Sturmgruppe, is mostly composed of scenes from a couple of Marilyn Manson videos. But there is also a brief sequence in which singer Lana Del Rey is depicted as being pushed onto a bed and held down by someone who looks a lot like actor and filmmaker Eli Roth. (Other bloggers have described this as a "rape scene" but I won't go that far; at the end of the scene the man is shown getting up and walking away with his pants still on.)

The video has since been removed, although others have reposted it, and you can watch it below, for now.

Two famous country singers have come out of the closet.

Ty Herndon, 51, was the first to do so, inspiring 26-year-old Billy Gilman to  follow suit.

The twice-married Herndon decided to speak about his sexual orientation to People magazine to help younger gay men.

"I am an out, proud, and happy gay man," Herndon declared.

Gilman then released a video explaining his decision.

Country music appeals to many conservatives who are not known for their support for the LGBT community.

Thirty years ago this Sunday--on November 23, 1984--Nazareth played the Commodore Ballroom, touring behind its new album The Catch.

In advance of the show I interviewed frontman Dan McCafferty and--among other things--got the scoop on the story behind the group's curious single, "Vancouver Shakedown".

Here's a slightly condensed version of the piece that appeared in the Nov. 23-30 issue of the Straight.

 

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