Organized by Navy Pier and event-design firm Ivan Carlson, the reportedly kid-friendly celebration featured 95 trees decorated with themes like Disney characters, monochromatic-colour schemes, well-known modern artists like Jackson Pollack and Roy Lichtenstein, and toys and puzzles.
Tonight between 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., Vancouver will have its own Rockefeller Center moment at Jack Poole Plaza.
That's because Amacon is holding its annual tree-lighting celebration.
Prizes include two return trips to Victoria on Harbour Air and a one-year membership at Trevor Linden's Club16 fitness studio.
Best of all, it's free.
Right about now, students at postsecondary schools across Metro Vancouver are looking a little paler and having trouble sleeping. One institution, Simon Fraser University, is letting the dogs out in order to help its students de-stress.
Jennifer Perutka, marketing and communications coordinator for SFU Health and Counselling Services, explains in a news release: "Health and Counselling Services tends to see more students during this time as stress levels rise, and it’s important to tend to student needs beyond our clinic and counselling services." The puppies are from the Pacific Assistance Dogs Society and are being trained to be service dogs.
You might know a coworker who receives a monthly food subscription box, like those offered by Vancouver's Snackbox. Well, people living south of the border can subscribe to a new service that's decidely crappier.
Every month, San Francisco-based PoopBuddy sends subscribers a set of themed "eco-chic" dog waste bags. For US$8 to US$10 a month, you get at least 80 bags plus a couple of "surprises" (treats or accessories). On its website, PoopBuddy says one of its goals is to raise awareness of the importance of picking up dog poop:
Every year, it seems the holiday season is upon us just that much earlier. But with such a stellar lineup of concerts, plays, craft markets, and tried-and-true classic activities, there’s no reason not to break out the eggnog.
Charles Manson unveiled his newest look this week. The so-called mastermind behind the Tate-LaBianca killings made the news when Rolling Stone revealed his relationship with a 25-year-old woman named Star. She was attracted to California Corcoran State Prison’s most infamous inmate thanks to his environmentalist beliefs.
Interesting as that is, I’m more taken with Manson’s latest hairdo. I’ve been following the evolution of Charlie’s lid for decades; an interest that I share with filmmaker John Waters. His 2004 retrospective at New York’s New Museum for Contemporary Art included a series of photographs called "Manson Copies", in which he juxtaposed Manson with movie stars like Richard Gere and Brad Pitt.
Judging by this crop of events, someone over at the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway) decided to rename this month Nerdvember.
Tomorrow (November 20) local comedy group the Fictionals presents the special one-year-anniversary edition of Improv Against Humanity, a comedy show based on the hit game Cards Against Humanity, in which players compete to see who can come up with the most outrageous, politically incorrect response to a previously selected question.
I just came across a few-weeks-old news release (October 25) from the Better Business Bureau of Mainland B.C. that trumpeted the 2013 winners of its annual Torch awards.
The awards, bestowed upon various companies during a celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel the evening before, showcase "how good business practice can help to build better communities", according to the BBB release.
One of the award recipients, though, would have prompted a "spit take", as film folk call it, had I been sipping my coffee at the time.
These days, the term “Caucasian” is found everywhere, from news reports and police bulletins to daily conversation. It’s widely considered the politically correct way to refer to white people.
But “Caucasian” is an erroneous term. And, although many people use it to avoid sounding racist, the continued usage of this term actually perpetuates racism and Eurocentrism.
Here’s five reasons why it’s time that we stopped using the term “Caucasian”, when we really mean “white”.
1. It’s “highly unlikely” that white people came out of the Caucasus region in Eurasia.
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