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.

Dîner en Blanc literally sparkled in Yaletown last night.

As the sun set on David Lam Park, some 3,200 lucky ticketholders made the north shore of False Creek glow.

Here’s a selection of attendees' photographs.

Vancouver's third annual exclusive, all-white picnic spectacular has come and gone.

Dîner en Blanc Vancouver 2014 took place in—surprise, surprise—David Lam Park in Yaletown.

Intrepid photographer Andrew Chin was there to capture these stunning shots of the extravaganza, which temporarily closed part of the seawall.

The 25th annual TAIWANfest takes place downtown Vancouver from August 30 to September 1. Canada’s largest Mandarin- and English-speaking event is hosted by the Asian Canadian Special Events Association and includes music and dance performances, films, visual arts, food, and lectures, workshops, games, and more.

This year, several Taiwanese performance troupes will be showcased during the festival. The Elite Artist Trio is one of the most sought-after chamber music groups in Taiwan. The award-winning artists include pianist Sherry Chen, violinist Wen-Chuan Lin, and cellist Ya Limu.

Vancouver’s best-looking summer picnic is officially underway in Yaletown.

For its third year on the West Coast, Dîner en Blanc is happening in David Lam Park at the east end of Davie Street.

Organizers had a tough time keeping the popular event’s location a secret up to the 6 p.m. embargo this year.

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