Summer in the city: Your guide to fun

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      Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo and his friends are packing up their golf clubs, which means it’s also our time to step off the hockey roller coaster and get active. To get you in the mood for summer, we’ve put together a group of articles to focus your attention on the future, rather than on the ecstasy and the agony of Vancouver’s recent run for the Stanley Cup.

      Of course, we couldn’t resist the Canucks altogether in our annual “Summer in the City” issue. The lead piece by Matthew Burrows highlights the growing popularity of bike polo. It looks somewhat like ice hockey—the players wear helmets and bat an object around with sticks—except that it takes place on two-wheeled chariots, usually on the pavement at Grandview Park. You probably noticed one of the game’s star players, Alex Churchman, on the cover of this week’s Straight wearing an old Canucks jersey. Give this sport a few years, and perhaps he will be making $10 million a year, just like Luongo.

      Meanwhile, our Outside columnist, Jack Christie, takes us into the world of bike sharing. And Mike Correia, the Straight’s production supervisor, makes his debut as a fashion writer by telling you what to put on your feet when you get on your two-wheeler.

      Summer is also about swimsuits—the sexier the better. Style writer Sarah Rowland delivers the goods with a feature about Misty Greer’s punkish-retro designs. But if you decide to enter the water, watch out for swimmer’s ear. Health columnist Gail Johnson offers some tips on how to deal with this.

      The fact that the sun is shining doesn’t mean the news cycle takes a holiday. Reporter Carlito Pablo delves into a controversy over the removal of a historic wharf at Jericho Beach.

      High-tech gadgets for the summer take centre stage in freelancer Petti Fong’s Technology column. Journalist Pieta Woolley features local teens who are taking advantage of time off in the summer to improve the world.

      Many travel abroad during summer, but it’s possible to enjoy cultural staycations in Vancouver, thanks to the city’s diversity. Writers Michelle da Silva and Stephen Thomson show you how you can sample Caribbean and Romanian culture without hopping on a plane.

      Of course, what would summer in Vancouver be without its festivals? Contributor Tara Lee covers the biggest food events of the season. Arts editor Janet Smith provides a roundup of the biggest arts festivals. The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival gets its own section. And for those with an indie-music sensibility, there’s a rundown of favourite summer tunes, as chosen by local artists.

      The biggest concerts also get their due—along with music editor Mike Usinger’s inimitable thumbprint. And wrapping up the Summer in the City package is acting movies editor Adrian Mack’s preview of summer movie festivals. You only need to bring your tanning lotion to the outdoor screenings.