If you're still experiencing withdrawal symptoms and existential distress due to the Vancouver International Film Festival wrapping up on October 10 (what—we're just supposed to carry on with our lives?), here's a little bit of post–VIFF chatter to keep you afloat.

Needless to say, it's not every day that Jennifer Lopez shows up as a surprise performer at an event attended by Vancouver students.

That's what happened at We Day Vancouver, held at Rogers Arena on October 22.

The annual event was created to inspire young people to become involved in local and international social issues. We Day events are held across Canada, and in the U.S. and the U.K. It's organized by Free the Children, a charity founded by Canadian children rights activist Craig Kielburger, and features a combination of speakers and performances.

The Heavy Hitting HorrorFest takes place at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler on October 30.

The one-night screening of independent short horror films by local filmmakers attracts over 1,100 horror fans and film industry insiders. Five giant screens will showcase gore-soaked indie cinema and DIY savagery.

Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online in advance.

The Rio Grind Film Festival takes place at the Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway) from October 23 to 26.

The festival features a collection of alternative action, horror, science fiction, and fantasy short films, documentaries, and dramas from B.C. and around the world. The Rio Grind Film Fest will feature the B.C. premieres of horror anthology The ABCs of Death 2, The Tribe, Spring, and These Final Hours.

A detailed schedule and advance tickets can be found on the Rio Theatre website.

The third-annual Vancouver Polish Film Festival takes place at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 West Hastings Street) from Friday to Sunday (October 17 to 19).

The VPFF celebrates the best contemporary Polish films. This year’s selection includes feature-length and short films, as well as documentaries.

The festival will open Friday (October 17) at 6 p.m. with a screening of 2102 drama Miłość (Loving) followed by Pod Mocnym Aniołem (The Mighty Angel) at 8:30 p.m.

If you read my article on Vancouver restaurants accepting Bitcoin, you might still be wondering why businesses would bother with the digital currency.

After all, while over a dozen eateries in town have joined the Bitcoin economy, the restaurateurs I spoke to said they hadn't gained much in the way of customers and revenue from this.

In 2011, many Vancouverites were introduced to Tabu at the Indian Summer Festival when she joined Canadian writer Yann Martel for a delightful discussion at SFU Woodward's about Life of Pi.

At the time, Taiwanese filmmaker Ang Lee was still working on a screen adaptation of Martel's book. Lee's movie captured four Oscars for its tale of a boy stuck in a boat with wild animals; Tabu had a small role as the boy's mother. (Her surname is Hashmi, but she's known across India as Tabu.)

In India, arthouse films are often referred to as the "parallel cinema", and one of the country's masters of the craft is in town for the Vancouver International Film Festival.

Hyderabad native Nagesh Kukunoor came for the screening of his film Lakshmi, which is a disturbing depiction of human trafficking.

Lakshmi is the Hindu goddess of wealth, love, and prosperity, but that's not what's in store for the title character, who's kidnapped and sold into prostitution at the age of 14.

Kukunoor, who plays a pimp in Lakshmi, was the star attraction at a dinner held in his honour at Salam Bombay on Sunday (October 5).

Bollywood film star Hrithik Roshan has demonstrated once again why he's Mumbai's answer to Fred Astaire and Michael Jackson.

In his new terrorist-action film Bang Bang, Roshan shows off his rubbery moves, most especially during the song "Tu Meri".

He may not be the most compelling Indian actor, but he's still the his country's king of the dance floor.

A while ago, the name "John Cusack" started showing up in graffiti around Vancouver.

The star of David Cronenberg's new film, Maps to the Stars, denied last year and again this year that he played any role in these tags.

Then in another tweet, he suggested that his sister Joan, also an actor, should be featured instead of him.

Lo and behold, look at what has appeared one of those metal boxes near the corner of Ash Street and West 10th Avenue. (See above.)

Joan Cusack has also been tagged in the Kerrisdale area.

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