Three weeks ago, on December 1, Google’s YouTube and South Korean pop star PSY shared an amazing milestone: the music video for “Gangnam Style”—by far the most viewed thing on YouTube by a wide margin—also became the first to be watched more than 2,147,483,647 times, causing the video sharing service’s 32-bit counter to overflow, or rollover like an odometer.

Former Georgia Straight music editor Sir Bob Geldof recently launched an online campaign to raise funds for the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

Now a Hong Kong horror flick set for release on video this March will take a much less kind and not-even-close-to-gentle approach to drawing attention to the virus.

The film, Ebola Zombies, will be unleashed on DVD by Wild Eye Releasing on March 24. It is described as "The Raid meets Dawn of the Dead".

Here's the official synopsis:

Couldn't make it out last Saturday night? You missed Vancouver's own ever-colourful Fake Shark Real Zombie at the Roxy. Cass was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Fake Shark Real Zombie at the Roxy on December 20, 2014. Thanks Cass.

Twenty years ago last Wednesday--on December 17, 1994--the Rolling Stones played in front of 50,000 fans at B.C. Place Stadium.

The British rock legends were touring behind their 20th album, Voodoo Lounge, which wasn't as good as their previous one, Steel Wheels.

In case you missed it, here's my review.

 

Looking for something to do tomorrow? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are five events happening in or around Vancouver on Monday, December 22.


CONCERTS

The VOC Sweet Soul Gospel Choir (pictured above) presents a holiday concert at St. Andrew's-Wesley United Church.


CHRISTMAS

Russell Roberts, Colleen Winton, Sayer Roberts, Gower Roberts, and Brian Tate present a rendition of Dylan Thomas's A Child's Christmas in Wales at the Anvil Centre Theatre.


LITERARY

Twenty-five years ago tomorrow--on December 22, 1989--Bonham played the Pacific Coliseum, opening for the Cult. The group was named after 23-year-old drummer Jason Bonham, the son of legendary Zeppelin skin-basher John.

In advance of the concert, Bonham called me from Toronto to chat about his current album, The Disregard of Timekeeping, and his dear old dad.

Here's the story that ran in the Dec. 22-29 issue of the Straight under the headline Bonham Has Four Hearts Beating.

 

Looking for something to do tomorrow? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are eight events happening in or around Vancouver on Sunday, December 21.

 

CONCERTS

The 29th annual Blues for Christmas features many of Vancouver's top blues and R&B performers at the Commodore Ballroom.


ARTS ETC

St. Mark's Church hosts a solstice celebration with Labyrinth Lady, Diana Ng, Under the Piano, Craig Addy, Mike Ewan, and Mary Gavan.


MUSIC

Twenty years ago this month I did a Local Motion story on a band called the Spirit Merchants that ran in the Dec. 16-22 issue of the Straight.

That might not seem like the type of colossal journalistic landmark worth revisiting two decades later, but the Spirit Merchants were not your average Vancouver group. It featured Steve Dawson and Zesse Zubot, who were 22 and 20 years old at the time, and both have gone on to make amazing contributions to the local music scene.

Brazilian author Paulo Coelho has told the Associated Press that Sony Pictures has declined his offer of $100,000 for the rights to The Interview.

The Seth Rogen comedy about the assassination of North Korean despot Kim Jong-un has been pulled from distribution after hackers threatened a 9/11-like incident if it was shown in theatres.

Coelho said his offer was designed to allow Sony not to lose face and allow the film to be shown.

The International Committee on the Rights of Sex Workers posted this video on YouTube on December 17.

That's the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers.

It features people in this industry from Serbia, Macedonia, Spain, Turkey, and Romania discussing how their rights are being trampled on by authorities in their countries.

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