If you were all ready to scoot Stateside this weekend for the big Elton John/Billy Joel double bill, start making other plans.

According to ticketmaster.com, the concert scheduled for this Saturday (November 7) at Seattle's Key Arena has been postponed after John was diagnosed with a serious case of e-coli bacterial infection and influenza. The show slated for last night (November 4) was also called off.

Ticketholders are being asked to hold on to their tickets until more information is available regarding the proposed rescheduled engagements.

Independent filmmaker Paul Manly will be on hand tonight (November 5) at a screening of his documentary, You, Me, and the SPP, which takes a critical look at the secrecy, intimidation, and erosion of citizens' rights in relation to the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America.

The screening, which is part of a 34-city national tour of the film, begins at the Fifth Avenue Cinemas (2110 Burrard Street) at 7 p.m. and will be followed by a question and answer session with Manly.

Lars von Trier may or may not be the world’s greatest living filmmaker, but he is almost certainly the most troubled and complex.

Antichrist, his latest feature, has rather facilely been explained as both an exercise in misogyny and an oblique account of the psychoanalysis that failed to relieve the director of a crippling depression.

These summations are not so much wrong, as woefully incomplete.

65_RedRoses, which documents the struggles of cystic fibrosis patient Eva Markvoort, did spectacularly well at this year's Vancouver International Film Festival. Not only did it have four screenings (one was added), plus an additional screening at the post-festival VIFF Repeats series, it also picked up three awards at the VIFF Closing Gala.

This morning (November 5), news broke that TransLink president Tom Prendergast will resign from his position as head of the regional transportation body and take a job in the United States, as president of New York City’s public-transit system.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is the largest public transportation system in North America, so the move is a big step up for Prendergast, and likely a highly lucrative one.

But Prendergast—who joined TransLink in July 2008—does not have a spotless record working in British Columbia.

TransLink is currently in need of an additional $260 million a year just to maintain current service levels.

Port Coquitlam mayor Greg Moore looks good in bright green. And he earns his colours with his community's leadership in food scraps composting.

His city was the first in the region to give it a try last year, when he was on council. On November 4, he was a guest on Metro Vancouver's Zero Waste Breakfast panel talking about what it was like to be the mayor taking heat for showing leadership.

Moore said the biggest pushback was when the city of Port Coquitlam switched its collection schedule.

Instead of collecting trash weekly and yard waste bi-weekly, the city now empties the food scraps/yard waste bin weekly and the trash every other week. Citizens apparently inundated their mayor with angry emails.

You’ve seen them on the cover of the Georgia Straight, not to mention the pages of just about every taste-making publication in North America. Now, the Japandroids have been named the new favourite band of Mark Hoppus.

In the first installment of a new weekly Spin on-line feature called Hopp on Pop, the booby-obsessed bassist for Blink-182 speaks glowingly of the Vancouver noise-pop duo, arguing that "There are a lot of two-piece acts out there right now and some are really great, but Japandroids just sound really different from anything out there."

It’s finally begun.

Vancouver’s Smoking Gun Interactive studio, established in 2007 by former Relic Entertainment employees, has been quietly working away on a multimedia, multiplatform project.

The first element of what looks to be a complex, sprawling, conspiracy tale has been released in the form of X, an on-line graphic novel being delivered in installments over the next four weeks. Written by Douglas Rushkoff and illustrated by Cheoljoo Lee and Younger Yang, X gives us a glimpse at the universe created for Smoking Gun’s franchise.

The Georgia Straight is presenting an exclusive one-day presale for California hardcore punk revivalists AFI's show at the Commodore on January 24, 2010.

Tickets go on sale to the general public this Saturday, but you can get yours on Friday (November 6), between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., by going to Ticketmaster.ca and entering the password “love”.

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