Campfire Project could bring public fire pits to Vancouver beaches

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A warm glow, toasty marshmallows, crackling wood.. The campfire is the quintessential summer must-have that gathers friends, families, and strangers around a hypnotizing flame. Unfortunately, campfires in Vancouver are largely banned and not allowed on public beaches for a variety of public safety and health issues.

However, three Vancouver residents have started up the Campfire Project, which aims to introduce shared, public fire pits on select Vancouver beaches.

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Campfire Project could bring public fire pits to Vancouver beaches

‘Made in Strathcona’ tours focus on Strathcona’s hidden gems

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Strathcona has long been Vancouver’s creative and cultural beating heart. It’s home to many of the founding Eastside Culture Crawl art studios. Strathcona’s numerous multicultural community halls, temples, churches and benevolent houses, not to mention yummy indie eateries, gorgeous heritage homes and a gigantic gellateria – La Casa Gelato – make Strathcona one of Vancouver’s most eclectic areas.

Traditionally bound by Clark Drive, Gore Avenue, Venables Street and Railway Street, Strathcona is recognized as one of Vancouver’s oldest residential neighbourhoods (other than millenia-old local First Nations villages).

Today, this east side hood is booming. On May 31 and June 7, the Strathcona Business Improvement Association is hosting two tours where you can explore a few reasons why Strathcona is such a a sweet part of our city. Dubbed ‘Made in Strathcona’ the tours focus on two different streams: manufacturing and hidden gems (May 31) and Strathcona’s creative and food scene (June 7).  Continue reading:
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Khatsahlano Block Party announces lineup, features return (sort of) of the Poppy Family!

Jody Glenham at the Media Club, Vancouver, Jan 25 2013. Christine Redmond photo.

Jody Glenham at the Media Club, Vancouver, Jan 25 2013. Christine Redmond photo.

The musical lineup for the Khatsahlano Block Party has been announced.

The annual event, which stretches over 10 blocks on West 4th, celebrates the West Side, aka Kitsilano, one of Vancouver’s best-loved and most historic neighbourhoods. The Khatsahlano Block Party has grown with each successive year, and the July 12 2014 celebration looks to be the biggest yet, with no fewer than 12 stages featuring 50 musical acts, an outdoor art exhibition and forty food carts.

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Khatsahlano Block Party announces lineup, features return (sort of) of the Poppy Family!

Vancouver’s nude beach to clean up its act?

Photo courtesy Lauren Kresowaty/niftynotcool.com.

Photo courtesy Lauren Kresowaty/niftynotcool.com.

The upcoming Victoria Day long weekend is traditionally the start of warm summer weather in Vancouver. And one thing that hundreds if not thousands of locals and visitors like to do on this occasion – weather permitting – is flock to Wreck Beach, the clothing-optional destination in Pacific Spirit Park. However, it looks like the carefree lifestyle currently enjoyed on Western Canada’s favourite nude beach is about to change.

The RCMP has announced that, beginning this weekend and continuing through to Labour Day, it’s going to maintain a daily presence – to pitch a tent, as it were – on the beach. So what will they be doing down at the remote location, which is located west of UBC and, fittingly, not far from the Museum of Anthropology? Will they be issuing fines to people who sing Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Under the Bridge”? Or will they be arresting people like the woman who has (allegedly) been selling “boozie boozie freezies” on the beach for the last few years?

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Behind the cowl – UBC’s academic look at superhero movies

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Vol. 9, issue 2 of UBC’s film journal is now available.

Like a malevolent villain – the Skrull, say, or Galactus (hey, do I know my stuff or what) – superhero movies have taken over the planet.

It seems you can’t turn on the TV, go to a movie or visit a website without coming across ads, trailers or reviews for the things (of course, some people even go see them in theatres!). Since The Avengers did a billion dollars in box office receipts and the continued success of the Thor and Iron Man series, not to mention the Dark Knight trio of flicks – and isn’t that Spider-Man swinging around the moviehouse this week? – Hollywood has gone comic-book crazy.

But what does it all mean? Sure, some movie critics in the serious mainstream press occasionally talk about the bigger picture, and how the latest X-Men move is actually about racial profiling or whatever. But there’s more going on here, and that’s the idea behind the latest issue of Cinephile.

Vol. 9 No. 2 of the film journal, a quarterly publication from the film studies department at the University of British Columbia, looks at The Superhero Film.

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