Southern-rock heroes Lynyrd Skynyrd have just announced a show at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver.

And it's on a Friday, which is pretty close to a "Saturday Night Special."

As anyone who's followed the band from its early-'70s beginnings knows, Skynyrd's story is composed of the highest highs and lowest lows.

The lowest was the bizarre 1977 plane crash that killed original singer Ronnie Van Zant and fiercely talented guitarist Steve Gaines, as well as Gaines' backup-singer sister Cassie and the group's road manager, Dean Kilpatrick.

Check out good ol' Steve-O goin' to town with some slide on "T For Texas" back in '77.

The embattled Coalition of Progressive Electors has lost its executive director.

Sarah Beuhler resigned today (Decemer 17), taking responsibility for the party's failure to include $12,500 in donations in a November 4 disclosure of campaign contributions.

That money came from Canreal Management Corporation ($3,000) and the commercial real-estate company’s president, Raymond Bergen ($9,500), and its acceptance by the party was roundly criticized as contradicting COPE's policy of not taking donations from developers.

First, CKNW apologized on air for the "offensive to women" segment that "crossed the line".

Then Global TV tweeted that journalists Chris Gailus and Squire Barnes were "blindsided" by the Jeff O'Neil Show on Tuesday (December 16), and they "disapprove of the content and tone of the discussion".

Finally, CFOX and the hosts of the Jeff O'Neil Show issued an apology for suggesting Gailus ask Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau whether he'd "F[uck], kill, or marry" Health Minister Rona Ambrose; Laureen Harper, the prime minister's wife; and former governor general Michaëlle Jean.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has made some silly-ass moves over the years, nominating lame-o acts like Chic and inducting Cat Stevens while leaving more deserving nominees such as Link Wray and Deep Purple--artists who actually rock--out in the cold.

Well, just yesterday the Rock Hall took a sizeable step away from being perceived as total bumbling idiots by finally inducting legendary Texas guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan and his band Double Trouble into its hallowed institution.

Last week, I issued a challenge to three people to sing one of Bono's lines from the song "Do They Know It's Christmas?"

The first nominee, Georgia Straight sales and marketing manager Tony Barnes, has accepted, as you can see in the video above.

Rumour has it that another nominee, UBC president Arvind Gupta, might be honing his singing skills in preparation to follow suit.

If you’re sad that The Hobbit trilogy is coming to an end with the release of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, fear not.

For not only does life continue on for Bilbo Baggins but also for sales rep Tim Canterbury (not to be confused with the Canterbury Tales) from the original (and, might I argue, superior) version of The Office from the U.K.

In the following clip from The Office: Middle Earth (courtesy of Saturday Night Live), we find that Baggins is now working at a paper company with Gandalf as his boss (Bobby Moynihan in Ricky Gervais' role as the office buffoon David Brent).

Gollum (Taram Killam) is Bilbo's coworker who suffers the Jell-O harassment trick that Gareth Keenan (Mackenzie Crook) once did.

Looking for something to do tomorrow? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are eight events happening in or around Vancouver on Wednesday, December 17.


CONCERTS

Danielle Marie (pictured above) presents an evening of country, folk, indie, and soul music at the Electric Owl.

Dustin Bentall and Kendel Carson headline at a Disney-tribute show at the Biltmore Cabaret.

 

FORUMS

Learn all about traumatic brain injuries at the GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre.

 

Just because the last horror movie I saw (The Babadook, above) was 2014's best doesn't mean it was a great year for horror. All told, I reviewed 21 fright flicks this year--if you count comedy trash like A Haunted House 2, actioners like RoboCop, and sci-fi/monster epics like Godzilla--and recommended just three of 'em.

Yep, I'm a tough critic.

So here's my ratings, from killer to crap. Please keep in mind that I only reviewed movies that were released in theatres in Vancouver, so all those great horror flicks that weren't released in theatres in Vancouver are not included. Sorry about that.

Premier Christy Clark has announced that the B.C. Liberal government has granted approval for the building of the Site C dam on the Peace River.

The potential cost of the dam has climbed from $7.9 billion to $8.775 billion, including a $8.335 billion capital cost estimate and $440 million reserve fund. As well, the construction start date has been pushed back to summer 2015.

Lower Mainland residents can attend a vigil planned for tomorrow (December 17) in memory of 132 children and nine adults killed at a school in Pakistan earlier today.

The gathering is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. at Holland Park at the corner of King George Boulevard and Old Yale Road in Surrey, across the street from the King George SkyTrain station.

An email sent by the event’s organizers emphasizes that anyone can attend. It suggests that people bring candles.

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