The Vancouver International Film Festival’s 2014 B.C. Spotlight Gala takes place at the Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton Street) on Friday (October 4) at 6:30 p.m.

The photo above was one of several taken yesterday looking at  the north side of the Purdys Chocolatier building on the southwest corner of South Granville Street and 11th Avenue.

What’s interesting isn’t what originally caught my attention at the time—the play of light and shadow on the vivid purple wall; that comes across a bit dull in the final photos. The most interesting thing, I think, is how the camera created the prismatic rays in response to the strong sunlight.

Basically reality was too much for my plucky little adventure camera today but it tried hard to make up for its shortcomings.

Who’s a good little camera?

Couldn't make it out last night? You missed bagpipe-powered Celtic punks Dropkick Murphys at the Commodore. Emily Larum was there and caught a moment of the show on Instagram. Here’s your concert pic of the morning. Dropkick Murphys at the Commodore Ballroom on September 30, 2014. Thanks Emily.

The 2014 Mayor’s Arts Awards takes place at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews) on October 7 at 6:30 p.m.

Artists who represent the finest talent in Vancouver’s arts and culture community will be honoured for their achievements at this awards ceremony. Categories include studio arts, performing arts, support of the arts—in philanthropy, volunteerism, business support, and arts board member of the year—and lifetime achievement.

In addition, the winner of the City of Vancouver Book Award will be announced at the event.

In late August, Simon Fraser University became the first Canadian university to accept Bitcoin donations.

The announcement came with Bitcoin donations worth a total of $6,000 from two individuals. 

A month later, it's clear the news didn't result in a Bitcoin bonanza for the university, at least not right away.

Today (September 30), SFU's administration confirmed to the Straight that after the initial gifts, the university received a couple of small donations worth a total of about $100.

There was a mob scene as the stars of The Vancouver Asahi strolled the red carpet at the Centre on Monday (September 28).

The Straight's Craig Takeuchi was there to scream along with the rest of the fans, although he got to attend the media conference inside with actors Kamenashi Kazuya and Tsumabuki Satoshi (where he continued to scream). 

The national sport of Canada kicks off its short annual season today and I’m not referring to NHL hockey either.

I mean that McDonald’s Canada’s popular Monopoly promotion is back until November 2.

That means that for the next month the loyalty card coffee stickers are gone from the coffee cups.

Monopoly contest stickers replace coffee stickers on the medium and large coffee cup sizes. The small coffee cups have neither Monopoly nor coffee stickers.

Remember that Satan statue with the penis that was erected in East Vancouver a few weeks ago?

It was quickly discarded by City of Vancouver workers. Now another statue has taken its place in the Stonehenge-imitating plaza at Clark Drive and Grandview Highway.

This morning (September 30), a penguin with a bowtie and sunglasses was seen by commuters on the street and SkyTrain. Since there's nothing controversial about this penguin, I suspect the city will leave it alone.

By now most everyone who follows the Vancouver music scene has heard the sad news about the passing of local concert-biz legend Drew Burns. The longtime proprietor of the Commodore Ballroom died on Saturday, leaving scores of friends and fans feeling down--until memories of him got them up again.

The latest major operating system bug to be found this year again strikes at the heart of open source software.

Malicious hackers will likely use this bug to target not people’s personal computer devices but rather things like routers and web servers in order to launch ever-larger dedicated denial of denial of service attacks against targets on the Internet such as yesterday’s (September 28) DDoS attack against the new social media service Ello.