The Vancouver Public Library’s Terry Salman branch has added a new piece to its art collection: an original piece by acclaimed artist Wang Xu Yuan.

The accomplished Chinese artist has given the VPL an original work that uses the letters T and S to represent the branch’s T-shaped design and the S-shaped symbol of an open book.

Wang’s work combines traditional Chinese calligraphy with and painting, creating distinctive works of art. The style, called han shu, has a deep history in Chinese culture. It is often done on rice paper, but Wang has also painted on traditional blue and white vases.

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.

Meeting fellow art lovers can be tough in a big city, but Hot Art Wet City has made it a little bit easier. The sixth annual Carded! turns the beauty of good art into an interactive event.

At Carded!, people can buy packets of five cards for $5. Each card features the work of a different local artist. In order to get your favourite cards, you’ll have to trade with people.

Chris Bentzen, gallery owner and cofounder of Carded!, explains that the idea came out of their other show, Hot One Inch Action, where people can buy one-inch buttons to trade with each other.

“We wanted to find another way to give the artists a bit more space, and we liked the idea of trading cards,” he says. “We liked the idea that we could force interaction in an art show.

This concrete floor looks fine to me. It looks, in fact, like a healthy dog’s nose—wet and shiny.

However the floor is being “cured”—and don’t expect any wisdom from me on that subject. Until recently, I took cement to be a synonym for concrete, when in fact cement is one of the ingredients in concrete.

I would guess, though, that curing a concrete floor is not the same as curing a patient, any more than fixing a car is like fixing a cat.

That said, it appears that curing concrete requires patience. This South Granville property was left open at both ends all night to facilitate the process.

The world premiere of Watching Glory Die takes place at the Cultch (1895 Venables Street) today (April 23). The play written and performed by Judith Thompson runs until May 3.

Watching Glory Die is a deeply compassionate portrait of three women: Glory, a chronically disturbed young offender; Rosalee, the girl’s mother; and Gail, a prison guard.

In celebration of Star Wars Day, local geek-entertainment troupe Geekenders presents its new Star Wars burlesque act The Empire Strips Back at the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway) on May 1, 3, and 4.

This show follows previous act A Nude Hope in retelling George Lucas's groundbreaking sci-fi films, continuing the story from Hoth to Dagobah and Cloud City.

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed Wu-Tang's Ghostface Killah at Venue. Trevor was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pick of the morning. Ghostface Killah at Venue on April 22, 2014. Thanks Trevor.

The Drive-By Truckers didn't play all of my fave DBT tunes at the Vogue last night. For example, there was no "A Ghost to Most", singer-guitarist Mike Cooley's jangley indictment of George Bush's macho posturing from the sprawling 2008 Brighter than Creation's Dark album.

And neither did I get to hear my other fave Creation's gem, the Patterson Hood-penned slice-of-life epic, "The Righteous Path".

News about the American company planning to bring powdered alcohol to U.S. store shelves in the fall isn’t so good.

Time magazine and others are reporting that Palcohol’s federal approval for the sale of powdered alcohol the U.S. has been withdrawn—that it was granted in error.

The Carousel Theatre for Young People has announced its 2014-15 season of literary classics. The Vancouver theatre will be presenting a collection of six works based on classic literature over the next season.

The classics that have been reworked include Love’s Labour’s Lost, James and the Giant Peach, Robin Hood, and Dot and Ziggy.

The performances also include The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites, a copresentation with Axis Theatre and Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia. Shakespearean Rhapsody, a conglomeration of many of Shakespeare’s best works, is also on the schedule.