Friday, February 20, 2009

Literature: Chris Walter

Junkie past informs Chris Walter's punk prose

Vancouver novelist Chris Walter's best-selling title, 2004's East Van, begins with a strung-out junkie, Dill, trying to sell books he found in a garbage bin to an unimpressed used-bookstore clerk. The description of the transaction is remarkably true to life, making one think that the 6-4, amply tattooed writer has some experience trolling back lanes with a shopping cart. Walter, however, reveals that he “just faked that stuff”.

“But I'm an addict, and I've pawned or sold all manner of items but books,” he says, talking with the Straight at the kitchen table of his spacious, two-bedroom apartment off Commercial Drive. “And I was never a full-time binner—I'd just check the odd dumpster as I walked past. Despite what my friends told me, I think that occupation would be hard on the self-esteem.”

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Film: Spike and Mike's Sick & Twisted @ The Rio

The best Spike & Mike Sick & Twisted Festival of Animation that may ever come to Vancouver! Uncensored!!

Opens Feb 20th – March 5th 2009
Daily 7 and 9 pm; weekend matinees 4:30
Special MIDNIGHT screenings Fri & Sat (Feb. 20 & 21)
Bar Service for late shows opening weekend provided by R & B Brewing!

" Spike and Mike's Sick and Twisted Animation Festival is like Disney with tits." - Robin Williams, Actor

It’s been over ten years since Spike himself made the trip up to Vancouver. He WILL be present opening weekend to sign “everything” & introduce the show. The show will include a few of the all time classics plus a ton of premieres! Spike handpicked the films himself and invites everyone to watch 90 min of the sickest, most brilliant, artistic and funniest animation shorts he’s ever put together!

Midnight shows are BACK!! Spike & Mike are BACK!! From the people that theatrically premiered Beavis & Butthead, South Park, Wallace & Gromit as well as the first Pixar animation shorts ever produced!

Look out for our colorful flyers with Emek artwork around town! Watch for Spike… every day will be different crazy hat day! Vancouver is well represented by such titles as: “Yellow Sticky Notes”, “Stillwaters”, & “Odious Lepus”. Over 22 animated films including great titles such as the recently acquired masterpiece “Eleven Roses”, “Home Honey, I’m High”, “Fantaisie in Bubblewrap”, “Happy Tree Friends”, “Washington”, “Crab Revolution” “The Mosquito Who Gave Up Blood” & “Dr. Tran”!!

FREE Spike & Mike DVD’s to the first 25 people Fri & Sat night as well as free Happy Tree Friends swag!

Get in FREE if you bring your refrigerator with one of our flyers attached to it!!

At intermission we are going to have the best ass contest! WIN a complete set of S&M DVD’s and a Sick & Twisted thong!!

S&M’s way to saying thanks to Vancouver B.C. for over 20 years of support!

NEW location at The RIO Theatre
1660 East Broadway and Commercial Drive
(604) 879-3456

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Music: Lily Come Down with Blackberry Wood

Back for the first time in 9 months (what have you been up to for 9 months ladies....?) - Lily Come Down with friends Blackberry Wood

Come down for a night of great music, warm company and good times.

2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, BC V5N 4B2, Canada‎ - (604) 254-1195

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

News: Two SkyTrain stations closed Tuesday night after body found on tracks

The Commercial Drive and VCC Clark SkyTrain stations were closed Tuesday night after an accident on the tracks.

TransLink spokesman Drew Snider said a body was found on the tracks under the articulated joint of a two-car train at 8:20 p.m. The cause of the incident is not known.

The incident is under investigation.

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Friday, February 06, 2009

Film: Cannibal Holocaust & I Spit on Your Grave @ The Rio

Probably the most banned movies ever made, these two complete gore-fests are guaranteed to make you stomach turn. Here's a sample of Ruggero Deodato's Cannibal Holocaust.

WARNING: Adult content. Nudity, Violence and Cannibalism.


Starts at midnight. Only $10
1660 Broadway (Cornerof Commercial, and across from Skytrain)
Keep the popcorn container handy. You'll need a vomit bag.


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Visual Art: Zhana Nedelheva @ Britannia

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Monday, February 02, 2009

Community Events: Ziggy Books Closes Thursday Forever!

Thats right! The Drive's most eclectic bookstore is closing soon. Great deals of up to 5o% off!
The more you buy, the better the deal!!
Lots of fantastic books in great condition.
Open from noon until 10pm everyday. Don't miss out!!
Ziggy Books is located at 3rd and Commercial right next to Belgian Fries.
Dealers welcome!!!

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