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…

GALLERY | On Tuesday, hustle down to the Vancouver Art Gallery Tuesday night, not only is Tuesday is it admission-by-donation night but it’s a great opportunity to take in The Dance Screen (The Scream Too) and to hear Haida master carver Chief James Hart talks about the process of his work.
Tues, Mar. 26 | 7pm | Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby St) | Free with admission | DETAILS

HERITAGE | The fate of the old, block-wide, mid-century modern Canada Post building on West Georgia street is up in the air. It was sold in January to the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation, which – by the sounds of it – probably issues Nokia phones to their staff, hosts the least exciting office parties and frowns upon casual Fridays. So what’s next for the building? Heritage Vancouver – with a group of prominent architects (among them Bruno Freschi) – offers up a golden opportunity for Vancouverites to discuss.
Wed, Mar. 27 | 7pm | Arts & Culture Alliance | #100-938 Howe St. | DETAILS

NEW WORKS | Emily Carr’s 1st year Masters of Applied Arts students hold their year-end exhibition of new works this weekend. Works derived from many disciplines (design, media and visual arts) are united by an overarching theme of Ekphrasis, a Greek word meaning ‘To Speak Out’.
Mar. 26 – Apr 6 | Concourse Gallery, ECUAD (1399 Johnston St) | Free | DETAILS

BILTMORE | San Francisco-based singer-songwriter Christopher Owens (listen) is in town to play a gig at The Biltmore this Friday night. The mellow, folk-pop pretty-boy is on tour to promote his debut solo release, “Lysandre” — a short love-inspired album with tracks perfectly suited to a spring evening in Vancouver.
Fri, Mar. 29 | 8pm | Biltmore Cabaret (2755 Prince Edward St) | $17 | DETAILS

SHOULD THEY STAY OR SHOULD THEY GO | The Vancity Theatre is screening Italy: Love it or Leave It. Frustrated by unemployment, high rent and a perceived ‘indifference to human rights’, two Italian journalists/filmmakers on the verge of leaving Italy for a gilded vision of Berlin stop to re-evaluate things via a road trip through Italy in a vintage FIAT 500. The pair travel back roads and visit famous landmarks to uncover what true elements of the famous Italian way of life remain intact.
Mar. 28-30 | Various Times | Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour) | $11 | DETAILS

TOTALLY BAKED | The Bakers Market is back! Starting this weekend we can load up with artisanal breads, scones, cookies and cakes out at the Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre. We’re guessing this weekend will see all manner of chocolate eggs, pastel coloured macaroons, madeleines, easter bunny cupcakes and chick-shaped marshmallows. Lots of gluten free and vegan options too. Basically the whole baked shebang. It’s like a dreamy dessert buffet or the biggest bakery you’ve ever set foot in. See you there.
Sat, Mar. 30 | 11am–3pm | Moberly Arts & Cultural Centre, 7646 Prince Albert | DETAILS

FIRST RULE OF PILLOWFIGHT CLUB | Those girls suffering pent up angst and seeking good times will be thrilled to learn that they have a standing invite to kick the living daylights out of their friends (and strangers) at the Eastvan Pillowfight Club. For real. It’s like an all-girl cross between roller derby, Riot Girl and The Fact of Life. Look it up. Dudes are welcome, on the sidelines. Funds raised go to the Vancouver Rape Relief & Women’s Shelter.
Sat, Mar. 30 | 8pm | Astoria Pub (769 E. Hastings) | $15 | DETAILS

SKYLINE | Learn about the characters who shaped this city through their contributions to building design, development, and city planning with local historians and authors John Atkin and Andy Coupland. The pair lead the curious on a guided walk of Mountain View Cemetery this Sunday.
Sun, Mar. 31 | 10am | Mountain View Cemetery (5445 Fraser St @ 39th Ave) | $10

EGGERY | “Easter Eggstravaganzas” will be popping up in parks, backyards and living rooms across the city this Sunday. Score some quality treats now so you’re well-stocked for the weekend. Purdys foiled eggs are an undeniable classic (and worth the wait in line), but Beta5 has a sweet collection of sophisticated creations for the hard-core foodies among us. If we’re really lucky, Gastown’s highly anticipated Eastside Roasters may open their doors this weekend to provide Vancouverites with yet another source of fantastic chocolate treats.
Sun, Mar. 31 | All day, but particularly in the morning | DETAILS

BIRDS OF A FEATHER | Take a guided walk of Stanley Park this weekend and explore the varied and beautiful spring bird life. Learn how to identify a variety of species, hear a little bit about seasonal bird behaviour, and fill your lungs with some outstanding fresh air. It’s Spring, folks. Dig it!
Sun, Mar. 31 | 1:30pm | Stanley Park Nature House | $ by Donation | DETAILS

Check the Globe & Mail every Thursday for our Special Weekend Edition of the Scout List


late-may-2009-169Michelle 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.


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