The Regency on West 14th Avenue just east of Granville Street, is a really big apartment building covered from top to bottom in tiny square ceramic tiles. These little tiles run the gamut in colour from yellows through greens to various shades of blue.

The mosaic skin of the building presents smooth colours at a distance but as you get closer they change as the tiles themselves become visible.

Homeless tenters in Oppenheimer Park say they've received an eviction notice from the City of Vancouver.

However, the tenters say they have the support of First Nations leaders from the Downtown Eastside and they're not going anywhere.

Today (July 20), they've issued their own eviction notice, effective immediately, to the city. It reads:

Each night at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival when Jericho Beach begins to go dark and the final act takes the main stage, the annual lantern procession begins weaving its way through the crowd. 

And while most folk fest attendees are familiar with some of the lanterns that reappear each year, not everyone may be familiar with the team behind the structures.

According to Marya Gadison, the coordinator of the lantern committee, a simple star lantern can take three to six hours to make.

“Some of the more elaborate ones, sometimes they spend almost a year…people work a long time on them,” she told the Straight in an interview.

The members of Brasstronaut have been keeping busy.

The Vancouver act had a hectic touring schedule last year following the release of their record Mean Sun. And while they've been quiet on the tour front this year, the musicians have each been working on various side projects, and the group is currently spending time in the studio recording new material.

Sam Davidson, who plays clarinet and wind synthesizer in the band, said the group will debut three of those new songs during their set at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival this evening. And you can expect them to be a little more upbeat than their previous sound.

"Everything seems to be a little more dance-oriented," he told the Straight in an interview.

You know what this is? It's a picture of a security guard with not enough to do.

Whereas the previous Pemberton Festival looked like an outtake from the middle of the Second World War, things are remarkably chill and organized today.

The drive up was traffic-jam free, the queue for the site efficient, and the expanded site layout leaves plenty of room to get away from it all.

Not that you want to get too far away. After all, that would mean missing the mesmerizing TV on the Radio, not to mention the girl strutting around the site in a vintage LA Lakers jersey.

The first-ever Robson Summer Fest takes place this afternoon from noon to 4 p.m.

There are lots of in-store promotions, street events, and even benches along Bute for people's relaxation.

The Double Dutch Show from Japan (see photo) is also on the street to make people feel a little happier.

This panoramic photo was taken about an hour later than an earlier post about parked cars—closer to 10 p.m.—but a day earlier and about eight blocks east.

This is a large public green space on the south side of the Vancouver General Hospital grounds, looking west on 11th Avenue at the intersection with Willow Street.

The way the perpendicular rays of sunlight are blocked as the sun falls below the horizon leaves us with just the weaker light of oblique angles.

Another binner friend of mine who’s been trying unsuccessfully to get himself a laptop for over a year finally succeeded last night.

It’s a hand-me-down from a friend who got himself something better.

We fired it up at McDonald’s this morning. After the coal smoke cleared I could read the brand and model: a Compaq Presario A900—a 2008 “tank-top” produced seven years after Compaq “merged” with Hewlett-Packard.

A 2008 review of the A900 by PCWorld Australia described the 17-inch budget laptop as “good enough” and seven years later Colin agrees.

Would you prefer a Vista or a Windows 8 laptop?

The Vancouver Folk Music Festival Society has announced that Joan Baez will not be performing at this year's event due to a medical condition that has affected her voice.

"We received the following communication from Ms. Baez’s management team: 'due to viral laryngitis…and on the advice of her throat specialist…performing would risk injury to her vocal chords'," the society indicated in a statement on its website.

"We join our audience and Joan’s many fans in wishing her a speedy recovery, and look forward to seeing her perform again soon."

The order of tonight's revised main-stage lineup will be: La Manta, Foy Vance, Karine Polwart, Alejandro Escovedo & the Sensitive Boys, and Noura Mint Seymali.

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe is eager to fire up some of his country's nuclear power plants.

But opposition to this idea remains very powerful in Japan. In fact, nuclear power has been a hot-button issue in the country for decades.

For proof, check out Japanese rocker Kiyoshiro Imawano's antinuclear version of Eddie Cochran's "Summertime Blues", which was recorded in the late 1980s or early 1990s. (See above.)

Imawano performed the song when there were only 37 nuclear power stations in his country.

Today, all 54 have been decommissioned in the wake of a 2011 earthquake and tsunami that crippled the plant in Fukushima and sent people fleeing for their lives.

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