October 10 edition: Is decrim dead?

Plus: Who got a Michelin star?

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Commentary: Decriminalization is dead in BC

A man with a long grey beard and blue baseball cap holds several sheets of paper at he speaks at an anti-overdose rally.

New legislation proposed by the BC NDP this week looks to curb public consumption of drugs—including giving police the power to seize them. Social worker Tyson Singh Kelsall ਤੈਸੋਨਂ ਸਿੰਘ and VANDU organizer Vince Tao argue this effectively guts the existing decrim legislation.


Could neighbourhood businesses help solve a complex set of problems?

Rise Up in Strathcona, a one-story detached building that serves as a local corner store.

Current zoning laws ban all but grocery stores in residential areas. Hilary Angus investigates whether expanding corner stores could improve our city.


A good nightmare comes so rarely…

Mysterious, tantalizing, fun, dark, cutting-edge production guaranteed to amaze the senses.

The Vampire Circus has been called a mix of circus cabaret and theater and is the result of a fusion of Tim Burton and Cirque Du Soleil. Enjoy a phenomenal night of live entertainment, based on the multidisciplinary skills of international performers showcasing theater, dance, and gymnastics. This amazing show pushes the physical boundaries of human performance and leaves audiences amazed, astounded, and astonished. Vampires descend on Bell Performing Arts in Surrey October 11th for world-renowned: The Vampire Circus. Get your ticket today!


Fall arts picks are here

A wooden box painted with images of salmon, paws, and heartbeats surrounding a pregnant woman. Painted by Nlaka'pamux artist Nadine Spence.

There’s so much to get into this fall. Here’s our picks for upcoming visual arts, comedy, dance, music, and theatre events.

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Gen Z superstar Chappell Roan talks
first times and first album

A white woman with red hair in a blue dress holds a bouquet of flowers and a trophy, smiling. A sash reading "Chappell" is across her torso.

Missouri-born pop girlie Chappell Roan tells us about the campiness and chaos of her debut album, The Rise and Fall of a Midwestern Princess.


Homage to Dylan, Tom Wait's guitarist and pianist for Dizzy presented by BlueShore at CapU

Act fast! Joachim Cooder, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Dawn Pemberton and others honour Dylan at Highway 61 Re-Imagined, Oct. 13-14.

Marc Ribot (Tom Waits) brings Ceramic Dog Oct. 16.

Naadaleela blends Persian, Indian and Chinese traditions, Oct. 21.

Pianist Henrique Eisenmann leads CapU Jazz Ensembles Oct. 27.

Twanguero takes on Paul Pigat Nov. 11.

Regina Carter and Kenny Barron (Dizzy Gillespie) perform Dec. 3.


Michelin announces 2023 Vancouver Guide, including one new Starred restaurant

A delicately laid out Japanese meal, with four differently shaped small bowls each holding one carefully curated part of a meal.

Who won a coveted star in the second year of Michelin’s Vancouver Guide? And is the Michelin man really as squishy as he looks?


Upcoming Dom Corleo Show October 17th at The Pearl

Hip Hop & Rap artist Dom Corleo is coming to Vancouver on October 17th with special guests Devstacks, FourFive + more! Dom is known for his ever-changing style; from his earlier sound reminiscent to artists like Autumn! and Summrs, to his newer diverse style similar to Lancey Foux and Destroy Lonely.


Vancouver Improv Festival at the Cultch and Tightrope Theatre | To October 15 | Various times

Acts from Toronto, New York, Portland, and more join Rain City talent for a showcase of hilarious spontaneity and collaboration. [$25]

Commemorating the Muslim Albanians who hosted Jewish refugees during World War II, this event screens the film Besa: The Promise and features expert speakers from UBC and beyond. [Free]

Gretchen Parlato and Lionel Loueke at the Blueshore Financial Centre for the Performing Arts | October 10 | 7:30pm

Grammy-nominated vocalist Gretchen Parlato and Afro-influenced guitarist Lionel Loueke perform effortlessly funky songs in three languages. [$40]

Art Prof Talks: Exploring Fairy Tales, Fandoms, and Fan Culture at UBC Arts Student Centre | October 11 | 12pm

Professor Kim Snowden discusses the intricate dynamics around gender, sexuality, and race in shows like The Vampire Diaries and The 100. [Free]

Painting, installation, and fibre material art have new extensions and connotations in artist Xiangmei Su’s hands. October 11 is the opening, and the exhibition runs till November 4. [Free]

Xana at Biltmore Cabaret | October 11 | 8pm 

Hometown musician Xana hits up the Biltmore on her Tantrums tour, bringing unapologetic and intimate pop. [$18]

Scorched at Jericho Arts Centre | October 11 to 22 | Various times

Wajdi Mouawad’s Scorched, translated by Linda Gaboriau, is a powerful play that holds that love can heal multigenerational damage. [$20+]

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