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. You can also check it out in the Globe & Mail, from our calendar to theirs…and yours!
GET UP | Friday is Creative Mornings, the monthly AM gathering for creative types at SFU Woodwards. Each event includes a 20 minute lecture followed by a 20 minute group discussion. It begins at 8:30am and ends with everyone splitting for their respective offices at 10am. This month, CM adopts the topic of Childhood, with performance artist Elaine Carol taking the stage to talk. Sign-up here for the ticket lottery (tickets go FAST, so don’t sit on it).
Fri, Jan 10 | 8:30-10am | Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W Hastings) | DETAILS
LOCATE | Gallery 295 is an Eastside exhibition space that focuses on showing the photography of emerging Canadian artists. This month, they present Locate, a collection of works curated by ECUAD grad Avalon Mott. This show is all about place, transience and permanence, as Gallery 295 explains: “Through physical or social spaces, one aims to find a setting that they can inhabit and define. This action of locating oneself becomes increasingly difficult during periods of transition and instability. Locate brings to light this desire to find one’s place, and provides the viewer a space to contemplate their own act of location.” The exhibition features photographers Andrew Jenkins, Avalon Mott, Bahar Habibi, David Peters, Jeff Downer, Shannon McCubbin, and Tess Sereda. Slip in through the alley entrance at The Lab on East 2nd for the opening reception on Friday night.
Fri, Jan 10 | 7pm | GALLERY 295 (295 East 2nd Ave) | DETAILS
FILM | The Italian Film Festival is showcasing modern and classic films, so expect everything from Federico Fellini to John Turturro. Our picks: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow (1964) a series of three stories set at different locations throughout Italy starring Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren. I mean, does it get any better than that? From Vancity: “In Naples, they are poor but resourceful, selling black market cigarettes on the streets. In Milan, Loren is costumed in Christian Dior and debates her preference for a Rolls Royce or her husband. And in Rome, Mastroianni is an industry scion who helps Loren’s prostitute set a wavering priest back onto the spiritual plane.” And John Turturro’s Passione, a chronicling of Neapolitan music. The Italian Film Festival runs January 10-16.
Now – Jan 16 | Various times | Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St) | DETAILS
TYPO | Words can be beautiful, not just in meaning but in form with each letter offering different curves and lines. Head to the Hot Art Wet City gallery on Main Street this Friday night to catch the opening of Typo, a typography-based art exhibit that focuses on words as art. If you’re a design wonk with a type fetish, this is a show you won’t want to miss. Featuring local artists Bennett Slater, Scott Sueme, and Frazer Adams, with guest artists Ben Knight, James Knight, Erin Gibbs, Brandon Cotter, and Ali Bruce. Typo continues until January 25th.
Fri, Jan 10 | 7pm | Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main St) | DETAILS
007 | The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra shakes things up with a James Bond-themed concert this weekend. Fifty Years of James Bond will present songs from some of your favourite Bond films (expect tracks from Dr. No and Goldfinger as well as From Russia With Love, For Your Eyes Only and Skyfall.) Pro tip: grab a seat at Uva Wine Bar – just across the street at 900 Seymour St. – for a proper Bond-worthy cocktail before or after the show.
Jan 10 & 11 | 8pm | The Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St.) | $25-$88 | DETAILS
LEARN | If you’ve ever been curious about getting into photography or are already there but want to develop skills in a particular area, this weekend brings a great opportunity to get a feel for classes offered at Vancouver Photo Workshops space (without having to commit or spend any cash) at their open house. The weekend will offer 30 different one-hour sessions covering all manner of topics (think fine-art printing and creative lighting techniques to travel, portrait and landscape photography.
Jan 11 & 12 | Various times | 14 W. 7th, Vancouver | Free | DETAILS
BE PREPARED | Don’t let a bit of inclement weather stop you from enjoying nature and fresh air! Hustle down to Stanley Park (wear your rain slicker and wellies and take a warm cup of something) to learn about trail walking in the winter at the The Lost Lagoon Nature House’s Winter Wandering event this Sunday. The SPES Nature House is located on the south-east shore of Lost Lagoon under the viewing plaza at the north end of Alberni Street.
Sun, Jan 12 | 1:30pm – 3:30pm | Lost Lagoon Nature House | $10 | DETAILS
MAKE | Andrea Potter of Rooted Nutrition will be at The Homesteaders Emporium teaching a Kimchi 101 class this weekend. Participants will be schooled on the basics of how to make a variety of delicious Korean-style, probiotic-rich fermented vegetables and will leave with a brain full of information including the nutritional benefits of eating fermented foods and a selection of recipes. Best part: you’ll be tasting a sampling fermented pickles along the way.
Sun, Jan 12 | 12pm | Homesteader’s Emporium (649 E Hastings St) | $25 | DETAILS
WINTER FARMERS MARKET | Winter can be tough. Stay strong, take your vitamins, and eat well by loading the fridge with fresh, local food. Shoot over to 30th and Ontario to load up on fruits and veggies (look for kale, crispy apples, leeks, beets, potatoes and squash, as well as goodies like baked goods, preserves and local honey). Added bonus: there will be twice the number of food trucks parked at the market all through January. Mmm, food trucks.
Sat, Jan 11 | 10am – 2pm | East Parking Lot Nat Bailey Stadium | DETAILS
SUPPORT | Project Limelight is a fantastic organization that provides local kids an opportunity to participate in a theatre group. At no cost, dedicated children get to develop their theatrical talent in a safe environment (mentored by professionals) as they work together to produce a performance for their family, friends and the larger community. This weekend the children of Project Limelight are performing Mirror Mirror, a fun production that involves music, dance, comedy and a little participation from the audience. Grab a ticket to the matinee or the evening show and be transported to a magical place while also giving a bunch of kids the thrill of a packed house.
Sun, Jan 12 | 2 & 6pm | Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W Hastings) | $15 | DETAILS
Check the Globe & Mail every Thursday for our Special Weekend Edition of the Scout List
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.