As part of 2K Sports' campaign to promote NBA 2K15, a few Vancouver media reps and people affiliated with the gaming industry were invited to a session at Rogers Arena on October 5.

In advance of the event, we were asked to provide our shirt, shorts, and shoe size, so there was an expectation that we might get a chance to hit the court. I thought maybe we’d do a shoot around, so I arranged for my seven-year-old daughter, who has expressed curiousity about the sport, to join me.

Were we in for a surprise.

Couldn't make it out last Saturday night? You missed rising Brooklyn rapper Joey Bada$$ at the Vogue. Hakeem Hussein was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Joey Bada$$ at the Vogue Theatre on October 11, 2014. Thanks Hakeem.

It would be impossible to overstate the greatness of keyboardist Isaiah “Ikey” Owens's contribution to Jack White's show at Deer Lake Park at the end of August.

Today (October 14), the 38-year-old musician was found dead in his hotel room in Puebla, Mexico. The cause of death is under investigation, although authorities revealed that drugs and alcohol were found in the room. 

White's two remaining dates in Mexico have been cancelled. On his Facebook page, White stated: "We will all miss you Ikey. You were and are an incredible artist."

Owens was also known for his extensive work with the Mars Volta. 

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.

On this, the third day of the eighth annual Homeless Action Week (formerly Homeless Awareness Week) in Metro Vancouver, I despair of ever seeing an end to homelessness.

Actually I don’t believe there will ever be an end to people falling into homelessness and people should probably stop looking for one. Instead I believe we should be building a sort of social escalator that will continually help lift as many homeless people as possible back into the mainstream of society so they can be self-supporting, contributing citizens.

This would ultimately involve dealing with as many barriers as possible: literacy, depression, skills training—the third-world conditions of reservations—but if this sounds too ambitious, we could just start with the drugs.

Thirty years ago today—on October 13, 1984—British pop-rock/new-wave group the Fixx played the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. The previous year the band had had a million-selling album called Reach the Beach, which you may recall for the hit single "One Thing Leads to Another".

In advance of the show I interviewed frontman Cy Curnin and we chatted about the band's origins, video censorship, Tina Turner, and other stuff. Since the turkey's in the oven and I've got nothing else to do for the next four hours, I'm gonna retype the brunt of the story for all those hardcore fans just jonesing for their 30-year-old Fixx fix.

Here's the story that ran in the Oct. 12-19 issue of the Straight

Halloween is sneaking up on us. Here are six scary things to “boo” this month around Vancouver.


1. Chinatown Haunted House

When: October 21-31.

Where: Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden.


2. Fright Nights

When: October 10-November 1.

Where: Playland.


3. Ghost Train

When: October 10-November 1.

Where: Stanley Park Miniature Train.

Twenty-five years ago last night—on October 11, 1989—Steve Stevens played Club Soda. Since I was a big fan of his wild guitar playing with Billy Idol on the Rebel Yell album I interviewed him in advance of the gig.

Here's the story that ran in the Oct. 6-13 issue of the Straight

You might have seen the movie Fame—or the TV series that followed it—which traced the exploits of young students at Manhattan's renowned High School of the Performing Arts. With all the dancing in the streets that went on, you'd figure anyone enrolled in the institution was having the time of his or her life.

Guitarist Steve Stevens was accepted into that school, but he was far from the model student. In act, he couldn't stand his teachers.

It’s a truism to say that the rain falls on the rich and poor alike but Vancouver is one of the places on earth where this isn’t strictly true.

In Vancouver there are no end of expensive condominiums that leak in the rain like sieves.

One of them is right beside this homeless person’s bone-dry parkade sleeping spot.

And sometimes when I’m tucked into my supposedly poor excuse for a place to sleep—particularly when the rain is crashing down on the tarp-covered building next door—I have to ask myself what it is that construction workers have against rich people?

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.