Looking for something to do tomorrow? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 10 events happening in or around Vancouver on Sunday, February 1.



Canadian roots band the Duhks (pictured above) tours in support of latest studio album Beyond the Blue. Held at the St. James Hall.



As part of the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch hosts a youth assembly.



Today I just realized that the New England Patriots--who play some big football game with fancy TV commercials tomorrow--are from the greater Boston area. I didn't know that. In my blissful ignorance of American geography--which may be unconscious payback for the Yanks' legendary cluelessness about all things Canada--I always thought New England was a state. Turns out it's a region consisting of the states of Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.

Who knew? I mean, besides smart people.

Anyway, turns out the Patriots--who I'd forgotten used to be called the Boston Patriots until 1971--play their home games at a stadium 22 miles from downtown Boston.

While many Vancouverites consider themselves to be mild or extreme fans of the Seattle Seahawks, Damon Holowchak will don the rival New England Patriots' uniform for Super Bowl XLIX.

That's because the director of marketing for the Donnelly Group has been a fan of the Patriots since childhood.

"My dad wears a [Tom] Brady jersey, I have a [Rob] Gronkowski jersey," Holowchak told the Straight by phone.

Holowchak also has a Tedy Bruschi jersey—he's a former Patriots linebacker who retired in 2008. 

"I have different jerseys for each quarter as well," Holowchak quipped. "I'm very superstitious. I have three hats I wear."

His dad even has a Patriots logo tattooed on his shoulder.

The council chambers at Vancouver City Hall were packed with guests today (January 30) for an event launching Black History Month.

This year, the city’s celebration of February as Black History Month includes recognition of B.C. Supreme Court judge Selwyn Romilly as he retires from the bench.

B.C. Provincial Court judge David St. Pierre said even early in his career, Romilly was known as an “incredibly intelligent, competent, caring, and very skillful lawyer”.

Romilly, who was the first person of African descent to be appointed to both B.C.'s Supreme Court and Provincial Court, is also seen by many as a mentor, St. Pierre indicated.

Today is the 67th anniversary of the murder of one of the leading anticolonialist voices of the 20th century.

Mahatma Gandhi was shot three times by a Hindu fanatic, Nathuram Godse, while surrounded by his family after a prayer meeting in New Delhi.

After an eight-month trial, eight men were convicted in the conspiracy, with Godse and Narayan Apte sentenced to death. Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, a militant Hindu philosopher and activist, was acquitted of the crime.

To reflect on the assassination of Gandhi and the rise of religious fanaticism in India, Radical Desi magazine will host a dialogue from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday (January 31) at Whalleywood Friendship Centre (13565 King George Boulevard) in Surrey.

If somebody asked you what Mark Wahlberg's first film was, I bet you wouldn't know it's The Substitute. I doubt many folks have seen The Substitute. Heck, I haven't even seen it--and I spent hours on a Vancouver set doing interviews for a Fangoria story when it was shot here back in 1993.

It was a TV movie, mind you, which makes the chances of seeing it even slimmer. And even if you did happen to catch the broadcast--or view it later on VHS--you might not have recognized Wahlberg because he was still known as Marky Mark.

If you missed the wildly popular feature film The Vancouver Asahi, you've got two more shots at catching it at Vancity Theatre.

The historical drama, which tells the story of how Japanese Canadians overcame racial divides in pre–Second World War Vancouver with a successful baseball team, is being brought back to the big screen (due to high demand) on Sunday (February 1, 8 p.m.) and on Monday (February 2, 4 p.m.).

Looking for something to do tomorrow? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 14 events happening in or around Vancouver on Saturday, January 31.


American rock band Bad Suns (pictured above) takes the stage at the Electric Owl in support of debut release Language & Perspective

Los Angeles indie-rock quintet the Airborne Toxic Event performs at the Fairmont Pacific Rim in a charity concert benefiting the Royal Columbian Hospital Foundation and A Better Life Foundation.

Let’s face it: 3 p.m. is the cruellest time of the workday. The morning latte has worn off, and the post-lunch crash has you staggering around like an extra from a George A. Romero flick. That’s why, each weekday at 3:01 p.m., we present you with a video hand-picked to kick-start your heart.

Today’s offering: Assuming that you aren't bald, the video for "Digital Witness" is almost guaranteed to make you feel better about your impossible-to-manage hair in the morning. And, also, for all those times you've left for work without bothering to fix the rat's nest on your head by running it under the tap. 

The hosts of today's (January 30) edition of Outnumbered on Fox News decided to talk about sexual assault. It was, predictably, disgusting.

The panelists—Stacey Dash, Andrea Tantaros, Melissa Francis, Harris Faulkner, and Kevin Sorbo—discussed two high-profile campus stories today: Dartmouth College's decision to ban alcohol on campus and the fact that national sorority chapters have ordered sorority sisters at the University of Virginia to stay home this weekend because it's fraternity bid night.

Predictably, the panel loved the decision at UVA.