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arts & entertainment

Picks of the week

1. We’d be lying if we said we weren’t a little apprehensive about the upcoming Lemonheads show this Friday. Frontman and former ’90s heartthrob Evan Dando has a history of self-destructive behaviour and we worry we’ll be wearing the same plaid shirt as dozens of other rapidly aging dudes attending the gig. But damn if Dando doesn’t write catchy pop songs, as evidenced in the Lemonheads’ 1992 hit buffet It’s a Shame About Ray, which the band will play in its entirety when they drop by the Biltmore Nov. 4. The Shining Twins, Street Chant and Erich Luening open. More info at

2. Like nuts and gum, pairing Cirque du Soleil with the music and life story of Michael Jackson is a winning combination created in the fiery loins of Las Vegas. Described as “a riveting fusion of visuals, dance, music and fantasy that immerses audiences in Michael’s creative world,” Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour features 65 artists including 12 musicians paying tribute to Jackson’s legacy. Do you like people standing inside giant replicas of Jackson’s slip-on moonwalking shoes and white socks? They’ve got that, too. The glittery glove drops Nov. 4 to 6 at Rogers Arena. For tickets and info, go or call 1-855-985-5000. 3. Best selling author, humorist and contributor to This American Life, David Sedaris returns to Vancouver for a sure-to-be memorable evening when he reads from his most recent book Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary and acts like his charming self. It all goes down Nov. 5, 8 p.m. at the Centre in Vancouver for the Performing Arts. Tickets at all Ticketmaster outlets.


kudos & kvetches Wall to wall

We received several emails informing us there would be a “big” announcement Tuesday concerning the first major concert event to be held in the newly reopened B.C. Place, which recently underwent half a billion dollars in renos but still managed to overlook such things as proper staffing and beer variety. But we digress… Maybe it was the intensity of the emails or the glowing eye of the Mordor billboard outside the stadium, but we began to feel the anticipation. What dynamic musical sensation would be the first to christen this shiny paean to technology and spectacle? Who would best encapsulate and reflect the vibrancy of this reinvigorated sports complex and the youthful, multicultural city it call homes? Who, pray tell, who? Roger Waters’ The Wall. Seriously? The same Roger Waters partly to blame for Pink Floyd’s overwrought double LP, The Wall, way back in 1979? The same Roger Waters who launched his own touring production of The Wall minus the rest of Pink Floyd in 2010 and told the Associated Press, “I’m not a great vocalist or a great instrumentalist or whatever, but I still have the fire in my belly, and I have something to say. I have a swan song in me and I

4. The new album, Days, by New Jersey band Real Estate is one of our favourites of the year, filled with lush, easy-going guitar jangle and hazy nods to the Feelies, the Shins and a whack of New Zealand bands from the ’80s and ’90s that make us wish we had the guts (and gams) to wear cut-off jean shorts in the summer. Feel the warmth Nov. 8 when they play the Biltmore with fellow Garden State residents Big Troubles. Tickets at Red Cat, Scratch, Highlife, Zulu and online at

think this will probably be it”...? Apparently so. Of course, swan songs of multimillionaires who let extravagant stage shows compensate for their vocal and instrumental limitations don’t come cheap. Individual tickets for the May 26 concert top out $271.25. So in retrospect, maybe it is a fitting concert for a $563-million renovated stadium in a city where most people can’t afford to buy a home… just like… bricks in the wall. Genius.

The defence breasts, your Honour

Like many of you, the fraction of a second glimpse and subsequent slow motion replays on YouTube of Janet Jackson’s breast and demon-like areola have been burnt into our eyes for years. Thankfully, we can now get some closure on that fateful day in 2004 when Jackson suffered a “wardrobe malfunction” at the hands of Justin Timberlake during the Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show. Nearly eight years and countless scorched lives later, the U.S. Circuit of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled on Wednesday that boob broadcaster CBS doesn’t have to pay $550,000 in fines levied by 20 affiliates for indecent exposure. According to “Voting 2-1 to void the fine, the court stated that the FCC

has maintained a ‘consistent refusal’ to treat sudden nude images as indecent, and there was no reason to treat the Jackson case differently.” The nightmare is finally over.

Say it ain’t so, Juggalo


We were sitting in our K&K crib the other day, applying grease paint to our face and guzzling back a two-litre bottle of Faygo, when we heard the news. The rowdy, clown-faced fans of the rap-metal group Insane Clown Posse known as Juggalos have joined the ranks of Crips, Bloods and Hells Angels, and are now considered a gang according to the FBI’s 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment. According to Rolling Stone, the FBI claims that “most crimes committed by Juggalos are sporadic, disorganized, individualistic, and often involve simple assault, personal drug use and possession, petty theft, and vandalism, however open source reporting suggests that a small number of Juggalos are forming more organized subsets and engaging in more gang-like criminal activity, such as felony assaults, thefts, robberies, and drug sales.” And here we thought the only criminal element surrounding the Insane Clown Posse was the band’s ongoing crimes against music. But seriously folks…

Vancouver Courier November 4 2011  
Vancouver Courier November 4 2011  

Vancouver Courier November 4 2011