It must be tough cooking up original headlines on police news releases to describe how another criminal has been apprehended.

Today, the Vancouver Police Department's media-relations department came up with a winner.

The headline "Fake Cops Behind Real Bars" told the tale of how three men were busted for impersonating police officers and ripping off tourists.

There have been 13 of these crimes since September 17.

"An Asian man, playing along with the two men and posing as a ‘victim’, encouraged the tourists to hand over their wallets and passports to the fake officers," the VPD stated in the release. "After a few minutes, the ‘officers’ returned the items to the victims, and the victims would later realize their money was missing."

On Sunday, I left home after 7 a.m. and got onto a Millennium Line train. Then I sat there for 20 minutes wondering why the SkyTrain wasn't moving even though more and more people were boarding. I was supposed to be somewhere at 7:30 a.m.

Obviously, I don't usually take the SkyTrain that early on Sunday mornings. Because if I did, I would know that the first train doesn't leave VCC-Clark Station until 7:34 a.m. on Sundays and holidays. At Waterfront Station, the first train departs at 7:54 a.m.

Live Nation has announced that Irish singer-songwriter Hozier will play a show at the Orpheum Theatre on Sunday, February 15, 2015, in support of his self-titled debut studio album.

Hozier was born on St. Patrick's Day in County Wicklow and joined his first band when he was 15. 

After teaching himself to play guitar and piano, Hozier went to Trinity College where he joined the Trinity Orchestra, fronting their missions into the world of classic rock before dropping out to concentrate his talents on the creative process full time.

Hozier, featuring the hit single "Take Me To Church," is set for an October 7 release. 

Remember when flash mob organizers didn't send out press releases to announce the date, time, and place of their "surprise" events? Those days are long gone.

On Tuesday (September 23) at 1:45 p.m., there'll be one of these orchestrated spectacles at UBC's Point Grey campus. This flash mob aims to raise awarenes and spur action on the Ebola crisis in Africa.

UBC students from the school of population and public health are claiming responsibility for this flash mob. Here's the organizers' blurb:

COPE’s mayoral candidate for the November 15 Vancouver municipal election, Meena Wong, has floated the idea of taxing absentee home owners.

Wong, a 53-year-old community health worker and long-time activist who moved to Canada at age 19 from Hong Kong, spoke to the South China Morning Post two weeks ago:

“If you can afford to come and buy a million-dollar home and leave it empty for eight or 10 months, then you can afford to pay more, a surcharge, or a surtax.”

To call it home field advantage would be an understatement.

With over 2,000 strong at Mercer Stadium this past Friday (September 19), it was definitely a homecoming for the New Westminster Hyacks who played this game as if it was their last. For the fans it was truly a spectacle with the game ball being parachuted in by a member of the B.C. skydiving team. But for the players it was all about kickoff, something they'd been training for all summer. It is a huge part of the New Westminster secondary school football program to buy-in not just during the season but for the entire year, and it showed against the West Vancouver Highlanders.

The Daisy Theatre will be presented at the Cultch (1895 Venables Street) from September 23 to October 12.

Created and performed by Ronnie Burkett, The Daisy Theatre is back by popular demand after a sold-out run in 2013. This season’s edition of The Daisy Theatre will feature new variety acts and characters in addition to existing favourites. Each performance is different, daring, and ridiculous as puppeteer Burkett and his 30 marionettes take over the stage.

Pacific Baroque Orchestra opens its 2014-15 season with Kaffeemusik with two performances in the Lower Mainland.

The first concert will take place at Christ Church Cathedral (690 Burrard Street) on Saturday (September 27) at 8 p.m. and a second will take place at West Vancouver United Church (2062 Esquimalt Avenue) on Sunday (September 28) at 2:30 p.m.

Kaffeemusik features music that Bach, his family, and friends would have performed on summer afternoons at the Zimmermann’s Coffeehouse in Leipzig in the 1730s. Pieces will include Bach’s Brandenburg 5, a flute concerto by František Benda, and an orchestral overture (BWV 1070).

The Vancouver Writers Fest and Random House Canada present An Evening with David Mitchell at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church (1012 Nelson Street) on Saturday (September 27) at 7:30 p.m.

The English author best known for his 2004 novel Cloud Atlas, which was adapted into a film in 2012, will read from his new book, The Bone Clocks. His sixth novel was published on September 2 and has been long-listed for the Man Booker Prize.

DanceHouse kicks off its sixth season with Wayne McGrego of Random Dance’s FAR at the Vancouver Playhouse on Friday and Saturday (September 26 and 27) starting at 8 p.m.

Inspired by the Age of Enlightenment, FAR features 10 dances as they confront the distortions, sensuality, and feeling of the 18th century’s contemporary sensibility. The piece, which crosses dance, science, film, music, visual arts, and technology, is performed to a haunting score by composer Ben Frost.

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