Do you pride yourself on the perfect beer pour?

If so, Frosty Beer may be the free iPhone and iPad game for you. Released earlier this month, the Vancouver-made game is all about that.

No really, that's all it's about. You fill mugs of beer by tapping on your touchscreen, and if they're not perfect—game over and start again.

With its retro, eight-bit graphics and high difficulty level, Frosty Beer is, as the developers say, maddening to play. In a couple minutes of trying, I wasn't able to pour two in a row.

North Vancouver RCMP say someone caused $100,000 in damage at various car dealership lots in North Vancouver over the August long weekend.

According to police, an "unknown individual" scratched 47 vehicles with a "key like object" sometime between August 2 and 4.

"Police have extensively viewed the footage of various security cameras and have identified a person of interest," said Cpl. Richard De Jong, spokesperson for North Vancouver RCMP, in a news release today (August 22). "We need this person identified and spoken to."

RCMP have posted a photo of a "person of interest" on their website.

The Vancouver school board has posted a letter to parents, updating them on the B.C. teachers' strike, on its website.

In the letter, superintendent of schools Steve Cardwell says the VSB will likely hold off on making a decision on the start of school until next Friday (August 29).

The August 20 letter states:

He has run twice for Vancouver mayor, and he’s doing it again.

Mike Hansen, a self-described blue-collar politician, offers a message of hope.

“I’ve been poor, homeless, alcoholic, drug addicted and in despair,” Hansen writes on his website. “When you manage to overcome life’s obstacles, your life can and will change.”

The 59-year-old boasts of a solid working-class background: “I’ve been in construction most of my life with episodes of long haul trucking, brokering pension funds, promoting stocks and consulting.”

Dîner en Blanc in Vancouver gets a lot of hate, and for the most part, it’s unwarranted. I attended my first Dîner en Blanc last night, and what I saw were thousands of people having fun, outside at a park, making new friends, and celebrating life. What’s there to hate about that?

Every weekday, the Straight highlights a great local shot as the Photo of the Day. Interested in submitting your photos for consideration? Check out our Flickr group.

This month, twin artists Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo, aka OSGEMEOS, are bringing their celebrated street style graffiti to Vancouver.

As part of the Vancouver Biennale project, the pair are painting their biggest-ever public mural on a strip of concrete silos on Granville Island.

Check out some photos of this amazing work-in-progress.

Read our cover story on this dynamic duo: Brazil’s OSGEMEOS brings graffiti to Granville Island.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed American pop-country singer LeAnn Rimes at the PNE Amphitheatre. Gina Craig was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. LeAnn Rimes at the PNE Amphitheatre on August 21, 2014. Thanks Gina.

Local refugee, immigrant, and aboriginal youth get a chance to speak out in the East Vancouver hip-hop, steampunk cabaret show POWER.

Their stories run the gamut from being abandoned by parents or having toxic boyfriends to awaiting deportation as a refugee or having Asperger's Syndrome. They addressed themes such as racism, sexism, mental health, gangs, addiction, immigration experiences, and more.

The show (by Miscellaneous Productions) arose out of workshops, dance bootcamp, and rehearsals, and was first performed in 2009 at the now-defunct Rhizome Café, with a sequel, POWER 2.

The show was dedicated to the late Cass Thompson, an Indigineous youth victims support worker at the Broadway Youth Resource Centre. 

Today I photographed a squirrel climbing stucco—the result was underwhelming. It really was one of those “you had to be there” moments.

Squirrel-dash stucco

The squirrel literally ran up the side of a building covered in grey stucco encrusted with little bits of white quartz and black obsidian—what’s called “salt and pepper dash stucco”.

The first time I say a squirrel run up the side of a three-storey stucco-clad apartment building, I was flabbergasted. I still don’t understand how they can do it but they can and they make it look effortless.

Whenever I’ve seen them do it, they’re scared witless so it couldn’t require a lot of thought and well, they are squirrels.

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