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VIFF picks: Fun with the Italian Mafia, tension with Ben the addict and what’s with this piece by Banksy?

Also some rule-breaking flamenco and two war stories from the Balkans, one by a Vancouverite.

The joy of giving

Science is now providing the evidence for what we have long held to be true: that it is better to give than to receive.

Secret decorator mulls seasonal surprise as minister seeks wreathed lion return

Mauro Azzano secretly hung wreaths and bows around the necks of the huge stone lions at the south end of the Lions Gate Bridge.
Grinches Make Off With Christmas Gifts

Grinches make off with Christmas gifts

Two Grinches have made off with a woman’s Christmas gifts following a morning robbery.

Enjoy Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum with these ten things to see and do

Father Christmas, festive lights, great entertainers, carousel rides. Cookies and hot chocolate. Enjoy it all at Burnaby Museum. And have a Heritage Christmas!

Christmas is a secular holiday

Christmas belongs to everyone.

Ten holiday gift ideas from the Armoury District

Christmas shopping doesn't have to mean running through the malls like the hordes escaping bulls in Pamplona. At this busy time of year, plan your holiday shopping around a destination...

Top three places to host your holiday party in Vancouver

Rather than entertain at home or celebrate with your colleagues in the office, consider these great places to hold your holiday office party this season.

A true beatnik story, some post-nuclear terror, a holiday farce and a minor celebrity’s surprise

Daniel Radcliffe moves on from Harry Potter to Alan Ginsberg and the future beatniks