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?

Continue reading:
Vancouver’s nude beach to clean up its act?

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

Cinephile journal cover

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.

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

The Essential Guide to Spotting a Celebrity in Vancouver

Spotting Celebrities in Vancouver

Image courtesy of vancouverfilmschool | Flickr.com

You know it when you see it, those groups of white trailers and vans that signify to everyone in Vancouver that a movie or TV show is being filmed somewhere in the nearby area.

The prevalence of these white vans in Vancouver give good reason to its nickname “Hollywood North“, and for many in Vancouver, these film shoots are an exciting opportunity to spot a favourite celebrity.

Continue reading:
The Essential Guide to Spotting a Celebrity in Vancouver

Say Hi Vancouver and Meet a Stranger Today!

Say Hi Vancouver 2014

Image courtesy of Say Hi Vancouver | Facebook.com

Say Hi Vancouver is a simple idea started by Shelley Koorbatoff who wanted a way to break through the social barriers that some Vancouverites put up around themselves.

Maybe you’re new in town, or maybe you’ve been here for awhile and see the same people everyday… in the coffee shop, on transit, at work, even in your own neighborhood… and yet you may have little or no connection to most of them.

Say Hi Vancouver wants to spark conversation and ignite new friendships with the simple act of wearing a name tag on February 7th each year.

Continue reading:
Say Hi Vancouver and Meet a Stranger Today!

Would you Visit a Cat Cafe in Vancouver?

Cat Cafe Vancouver

Image courtesy of akaitori | Flickr.com

Yes, a cat cafe is a real thing. No, the cats aren’t the only thing on the menu. Cat cafes are already quite popular in a few other places around the world, namely Japan, where patrons can pay to get into a cat cafe where cats can be watched, played with, and petted.

Now, Vancouver could be getting its very own cat cafe if the city approves business entrepreneur Michelle Furbacher’s proposal. Support for the idea has already been overwhelming, and while it may be impossible to serve food or drinks at the cat cafe because of strict bylaws, Furbacher has other plans in mind.

Continue reading:
Would you Visit a Cat Cafe in Vancouver?