SCOUT LIST: 10 Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now & Next Week
by Michelle Sproule | The main objective of this website is to scout out and promote the things that make Vancouver such a sweet place to be. We do this with an emphasis on the city’s independent spirit to foster a sense of connectedness within and between our communities, and to introduce our readers to the people who grow and cook our food, play the raddest tunes in our better venues, create our most interesting art, and design everything from what we wear to the spaces we inhabit. The Scout List is our carefully considered, first rate agenda of super awesome things that we’re either doing, wishing that we could do, or conspiring to do this week. From our calendar to yours…
Fresh Air Cinema | The number of opportunities to watch outdoor films on the big screen in Stanley Park is quickly dwindling. Grab a picnic dinner (or grab some Off The Wagon tacos) and a blanket and get yourself down to Second Beach for an outdoor movie this week, because it’s Monty Python and The Holy Grail! Tell me that’s not going to be a fantastic time! Oh, and by the way…your mother was a hamster and your father smelled of elderberries.
Tuesday, August 14 | Dusk | Stanley Park at Ceperley Meadow (2nd Beach) | Details
Dig In | There is a tribute dinner celebrating Julia Child’s 100th birthday going on this week. On Wednesday night, Chef Andrea Carlson (ex-Bishop’s) will be at Harvest Community Foods in Strathcona serving up some grub straight out of Julia’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Tickets are $69 per person and include a multi-course dinner with wine pairing (additional alcoholic beverages and gratuities are extra). Proceeds from this event will be donated to charity. Don’t wait on this; Andrea is a top chef and these seats will go fast. Reserve here or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, August 15 | 6:30pm | Harvest Community Foods | 243 Union Street | $69 | Details
Get Schooled | Laughing Stock Vineyards owner and winemaker David Enns is in town this week. He’s hooked up with consultant/writer Kurtis Kolt to offer a blending bootcamp on Wednesday night. The pair will be talking about Shiraz and offering participants the chance to build their own blend with tank and barrel samples from Laughing Stock. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to screw around in an especially unique way, so pounce now before it sells out!
Wednesday, August 15 | The Waldorf Hotel | $40 | Details
Artness | A Poem About Life is a new show from Johan Björck and Laura Piasta that is opening this week on East Cordova (East Van Studios).
Thursday, August 16 | 8pm | East Van Studios (870 E Cordova) | Details
Wildebeestitude | The long awaited Wildebeest restaurant from Josh Pape and James Iranzad opens this week, maybe as soon as Wednesday night (no promises). You’ll want to check it out before the masses catch on. Watch our front page for the word.
Magazinery | It’s MagScene on Main time. Make room on your schedule to take part in one of many events planned to take place is three days of interactive events by local arts and literary magazines in businesses and cultural spaces on and around Main Street. This is a great time to get to know creatives in the community. Hang out with the crew from Color Magazine, Discorder, Fillip, Geist, OCW Magazine, Poetry Is Dead Magazine, PRISM international, Ricepaper, Room, subTerrain and the The Vancouver Observer – those are some tapped in peeps. Let them expose you to art music and conversation.
Thursday, Friday + Saturday August 16,17,18 | Various locations and times | Details
Japadogged | Dig Japadog and love hanging out at the airport? Good news: there’s a Japadog eating contest at YVR on Friday. I know, right? Weird. Nevertheless, brave and hungry contestants will battle it out to see who can eat the most Japadogs in 10 minutes in front of crowds of baffled international travellers. I love this town.
Friday, August 17 | 12:30-1 pm | Vancouver International Airport, International Departures at the Haida Gwaii Canoe | Details
Debussey, yo | Throw on some slick duds and take in a bit of Debussy this week. Philippe Cassard and François Chaplin mark the 150th anniversary of Debussy’s birth with a special concert at the Playhouse called Deux Pianos: Hommage à Debussy. This is the kind of evening that would end very nicely by sneaking a bottle of Champagne down to the a seawall for a midnight stroll. Not that we condone public drinking (except on Sundays in the park, or on weekday evenings pretty much anywhere).
Saturday, August 18 | 8pm | Vancouver Playhouse | $50 | Details
Get Personal | This month, the Crawl presents an afternoon with painter Richard (Dick) Stout. Join a small group of likeminded art enthusiasts for a personally-guided tour of Dicks’s studio space and work. What a great way to get to know the artist and their process! Pre-registration is required for this tour, so get sorted.
Sunday, August 19| 2pm | Location provided upon registration | $5 (refreshments provided) | Details
Minty Fresh Breath | This weekend is Garlic Fest out at the Sharing Farm in Richmond. We think it will be awesome, because not only will there be garlic galore, but there will also be live music and cooking demonstrations (with chef Tina Fineza – stoked!). Mmm, garlic scape pesto and garlic ice-cream (can’t say you see that everyday). Garlic is good, so head out to Richmond to start breathing on people. Free Admission. Free Parking.
Sunday, August 19 | 10am-3pm | 2631 Westminster Hwy | Details
Summer Night Slides | Former CBC radio personality and photographer David Wisdom hosts a night of art and music at the VAG this Sunday. Wisdom is a bit of a big deal. He has that dreamy radio voice and impressive musical knowledge (particularly Jazz), and he’s also an accomplished photographer. His slide show offers perspectives on the exhibitions and includes images from local photographers Doug Lander, Aaron Carpenter, Ruth Skinner, Paul Scrivener, Brad Phillips, Jamie Dolinko, Barrie Jones and Connie Kuhns. Oh, and live music by The Rodney Graham Band. So there! We defy you to find a more culturally stimulating gig to occupy your Sunday evening.
Sunday, August 19 | 7pm | 4th floor rooftop pavilion, VAG | $19.50 | Details
Have a greet week!
Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and attended University in Australia and the University of Victoria before receiving her graduate degree in Library Sciences from The University of Toronto. She lives in beautiful Strathcona and enjoys wandering aimlessly through the city’s shops and streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy, and uncooperative camera.