California: a trip into the lair of the governator

The first memory I have of travelling with my family was a road trip on the west coast when I was about four-years-old. This included cheap American diners, my parents playing Keno at the breakfast buffet at Circus Circus in Reno, the hip (and possibly gay) twenty-somethings of downtown San Francisco, the brilliantly pink flamingoes at San Diego Zoo and, of course, that magical place: Disneyland.... Continue Reading

The decade that went to the geeks

The decade came and went, but if there’s one thing that it should be remembered for it’s definitely all-around gravitation towards adopting technology for use in our day-to-day lives. While we’re not yet flying around in Jetson-esque cars, there are still plenty of advances that made the past decade the most tech-friendly one to date. Here are some of the biggest gadgets and trends from 2000-2009.... Continue Reading

Like fine wine, women get better with age

By Jeff Groat [Entertainment Bureau Chief] Maybe it was the Bowmore cask-strength flowing through my bloodstream, giving me a rosier memory of events, but this past Friday night I had the luck to carry on a conversation with a lovely woman five years my senior. I say luck because instead of awkwardly stuttering or mumbling... Continue Reading

Boy toys and veggie tales

By Jeff Groat [Entertainment Bureau Chief] There are many sex toys on the market, mostly because we are wretched human beings who are unable to find a mate willing to stand the stench of our B.O. and must resort to such “hands-on” approaches. Sorry, I’ll try not to bring myself into this. For most people,... Continue Reading

Star Wars Episodes I-III: concentrated trash

By Jeff Groat [Entertainment Bureau Chief] In May, 1977, moviegoers were stunned with the release of George Lucas’ Star Wars and its beautiful characters, music, and storytelling, not to mention its special effects.  Years later, we would all find out that the first release of the series, Star Wars (later named Star Wars: A New... Continue Reading

Why Star Wars appeals to everyone

By Christopher Poon [Media Editor] For more than 30 years the Star Wars saga has been entertaining people all over the world. From the badass lightsaber fights to little fuzzy Ewoks to princesses in golden bikinis, Star Wars has something for everyone. Have you ever cheered as loudly as when Luke put some serious hurt... Continue Reading

What’s a Puscifer?

By Jeff Groat [Entertainment Bureau Chief] Puscifer, the latest project from Tool and A Perfect Circle front-man, Maynard James Keenan, hit Vancouver on Nov. 13. Puscifer is another one of Maynard’s multi-sided, impossible to categorize and extremely articulate projects—although it’s as far from Tool as you can possibly get. Maynard has described the project as... Continue Reading

Swollen Members' second-time success

By Luis Valdizon Nov 12, 2009. Swollen Members are performing in their hometown for the first time in months. You can almost taste the crowd’s anticipation in every breath taken inside the packed venue. The chants grow violently from young throats awaiting their idols. It’s time. Swollen Members are back, ready for war, and armed... Continue Reading

Seducing the ladies

This is Jeff Groat. He’s the Runner’s sex columnist. He has only one qualification for the job: his last name sounds like a dirty word. That’s good enough for us. ... Continue Reading

From Hell they came, Vancouver they rocked: The Misfits play Venue

By Melissa Frustaci As a long-time Misfits fan, I couldn’t miss the opportunity to see such a legendary American horror-punk band play a live concert in my own backyard. The Misfits played a sold-out show at Venue, formerly the Plaza Club, on Nov. 10, to promote their new album, Land of the Dead. I had... Continue Reading

Some profs have students costs in mind

In recent interviews with several instructors across a number of faculties, The Runner learned the method behind textbook choices. ... Continue Reading

The Chase: Richmond band making it

By Matthew Van Deventer [Contributor] I would say the Chase is the greatest thing to come out of Steveston since Pajo’s fish and chips and multi-coloured fish windsocks. This five man band has come a long way from the days of playing for friends in backyards but The Chase is still on the boarder of... Continue Reading

Music Piracy: from Napster to bittorrents

By Christopher Poon [Media Editor] In this day and age, music piracy is as commonplace as student debt. Perhaps the two even have something to do with each other. Regardless, don’t pretend like you haven’t done it before. Hell, you’re probably doing it right now. Digital music is the the latest format to grace the... Continue Reading

Mind your manners

How to enjoy a casual concert and not look like a complete loser... Continue Reading

Vancouver musicians livening up Canadian music

Art of Dying, Incura and Marianas Trench discuss local music and getting started.... Continue Reading