Three to see in September—Ira Glass, Chelsea Handler and Fran Lebowitz

September is shaping up to be a great month for speakers in Vancouver.

First, there’s comedian Chelsea Handler, in conversation at the Chan Centre Sept 21, followed by Ira Glass. The NPR host of This American Life presents Seven Things I Have Learned in An Evening With Ira Glass at Queen Elizabeth Theatre Sept. 22. Topping this off is New York humourist Fran Lebowitz at Capilano University Sept. 27-28.

See below for more info on each.

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TED 2015 Preview: 9 Speakers Not to Miss in Vancouver

Photo credit: Danny Robinson | Flickr

Photo credit: Danny Robinson | Flickr

TED is returning to Vancouver.

The annual conference – which features inspiring, 18-minute speeches from some of the planet’s most brilliant people – is back for the second year in Vancouver, March 16-March 20 at the Vancouver Convention Centre. And the lineup is packed with more legendary thinkers, inventors, designers and disruptors than ever.

The theme for TED2015 is Truth and Dare. According to organizers, speakers will take a look at hard truths about our environment, the state of our economy, the government and more.  And they’ll dare to propose bold answers, using the latest technology and innovations.

Alas, tickets to TED (which start at $8,500 a pop) sold out long ago.  But don’t despair. Speeches will be simulcast to multiple locations in and around the city for free. In the meantime, here are 10 speakers not to miss from the TED2015 lineup, with excerpts from their official TED bios:

Alan Eustace, Google Senior VP of Knowledge and space jumper: “On October 21, 2014, Google Senior Vice President of Knowledge Alan Eustace donned a custom-built, 400-pound spacesuit, was strapped to a weather balloon, and rose to a height of over 135,000 feet, where he dove to Earth at speeds exceeding 821 miles-per-hour — breaking both the sound barrier and previous records for high-altitude jumps.” Speaking March 17, between 2:15 p.m. and 4 p.m.   Continue reading:
TED 2015 Preview: 9 Speakers Not to Miss in Vancouver