The 2014 Pacific Rim Gymnastic Championships came to the Richmond Olympic Oval from April 9 to 12.

Hosted by Gymnastics Canada and Gymnastics B.C., the event featured top gymnasts from Pacific Rim countries in artistic, rhythmic, and trampoline competitions.

Couldn't make it out last Saturday night? You missed the prog-metal quintet Dream Theater at the Queen Elizabeth. Psybrosis was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pick of the morning. Dream Theater at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on April 12, 2014. Thanks Psybrosis.

A popular Vancouver-based clothing store will host its largest warehouse sale to date over the Easter long weekend. The fifth annual PLEN+Y (various locations) sale takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre (999 Canada Place) Friday to Monday (April 18 to 21).

The sale offers men’s and women’s clothing and accessories from previous seasons at discounts of 60 to 90 percent off. Last year, close to 10,000 people attended the event

A person might feel nervous right now if they lived in San Francisco and owned a Smart Car.

In the early morning of April 7, three or four Smart Cars in San Francisco were either tipped, flipped, or upended. A witness to one of the tippings reportedly told police it took six to eight people to lift the little 740-kilogram vehicle onto its rear end.

This so-called spree of Smart Car tipping in the California Bay hardly rates as either a fad or a crime wave, yet it is attracting an incredible amount of international media attention.

Expect to see a long lineup outside the H&M store at Pacific Centre (609 Granville Street) this fall. Limited edition designer collections are known for attracting fashion lovers from across the Lower Mainland, and Alexander Wang has been tapped as the Swedish fast-fashion brand’s next feature designer. The Alexander Wang x H&M collection launches November 6.

Designer collaborations are only available at select H&M locations, and the downtown Vancouver store is the only participating one in B.C.

Menswear for the modern adventurer is the theme of fourth-year Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) fashion student Keisha Lowes’ collection.

Compass Travel Co. is a collection travel wear for men ages 30 to 45 who want to immerse themselves in new experiences abroad without looking like a tourist. The collection blurs the line between style and function, and blends heritage styling with comfortable performance fabrics.

During his sold-out gig at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver last night, Steve Miller talked about how he moved to Chicago as a young man and learned all he could about the blues jamming with the likes of Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and Buddy Guy.

That love of the blues came through loud and clear on his version of Bobby "Blue" Bland's "Further On Up the Road", although Miller himself wasn't the star of that show. His dancing-machine backup singer, Sonny Charles, took lead vocals on that number and made it clear that he was the one with the whole lotta soul in da house.

Any fan of the Drive-By Truckers is aware of how cool their merchandise is. A lot of it has to do with the southern-goth artistry of Wes Freed, whose work has long been a staple of the band's album covers, T-shirts, and posters.

I've got one proudly displayed in my home hallway, as a matter of fact.

But apart from offering some of the sweetest concert souvenirs on the planet, the Truckers also had one helluva guy selling those goodies to fans at shows. The group actually dedicated its new album, English Oceans—and the song "Grand Canyon" in particularto the memory of Craig Lieske, a longtime member of its touring family.

My friend the Green Guy found some beer—a few tall cans and some bottles of a local micro brew called N2 Nitrogenated Milk Stout.

He came to me with a question about the N2.

He didn’t know  what a “milk stout” might be or why it might need to be nitrogenated but he wasn’t asking me about any of that, which was just as well as I hadn’t much of a clue either.

Twenty-five years ago today--on April 12, 1989--Steve Earle played the Pacific Coliseum, touring behind his new album Copperhead Road.

You bet your ass I was there. Here's my review.

 

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