Ten Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now And Next Week

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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!

HOT TALKS | The Eastside Culture Crawl is just around the corner (November 20-23), but if you can’t stand the anticipation or are concerned that you won’t be able to fit in a visit to each of the 400 artists participating in the crawl this year, you can hit two birds with one stone this Thursday night with a pre-crawl event at Hot Art Wet City Gallery. The Main St. gallery has assembled eight East Van artists (Michelle Sirois Silver, Jon Shaw, Holly Cruise, Claire Madill, Patsy Kay Kolesar, Reilly Lievers, David Robinson, Robin Ripley) to share a little bit about their creative process in a short “Show & Tell” talk, giving art enthusiasts a hint of what’s to come during the Crawl’s studio visits next weekend.
Thu, Nov 13 | 7-8pm | Hot Art Wet City Gallery (2206 Main St.) | Free | DETAILS

FILM | The Vancouver Short Film Festival is on this weekend. Hustle down to the Vancity Theatre for screenings of 17 short films and 4 web series episodes – all made by BC filmmakers. A wide range of genres will be represented including romance, comedy, sci-fi and horror – with almost all of the films shorter than 12 minutes. Check out the festival trailer here and for full program details and to purchase tickets, visit www.VSFF.com
Nov 14-16 | Various times | Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.) | DETAILS

FUSE | The Vancouver Art Gallery offers occasional breaks from the usual. These evenings – dubbed FUSE – offer music, live performance, DJs and art. Such a break happens this Friday night, and it’ll be guest-curated by video artist Paul Wong and produced by MediaLab (expect it to be influenced by the Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China’s Emperors exhibit currently showing at the VAG). There’s something sort of magical about wandering an art gallery after hours, so don’t miss out on the magic!
Fri, Nov 14 | 8pm–1am | Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby St.) | $20 | DETAILS

DO IT ! | It may not be the most fun you’ll have all weekend but voting is important and it’s definitely one of the ten things that you should do between now and next week. The City of Vancouver website tells you everything you need to know, from candidate profiles and registration procedure to voting locations. Weigh in on who you think should occupy the offices of Mayor and Council as well as the Parks Board and School Trustees.
Sat, Nov 15 | 8am-8pm | Community Centres, Schools, and Halls | DETAILS

HERE TO THERE | The Access Gallery has a cool auction going on this weekend. 60 works, donated by established and emerging artists, will be for sale. The range of styles is wide and the level of talent is top-notch. Access is a non-profit, artist-run centre, which means that the majority of costs are covered through fundraising efforts – so this is a big deal. Support the arts by buying something to hang on your wall! Auction works can be viewed at www.auction.accessgallery.ca.
Preview: Thursday, Nov 13 | 7-9pm | 222 East Georgia St. | DETAILS
Auction: Saturday, November 15 | 9:30pm | 222 East Georgia St. | DETAILS

CRAFTY | The season of the craft fair is upon us. That means we’ll start seeing community centres, church basements and school gyms throughout the city fill up with tables and booths displaying all manner of unique and handmade gifts. Things get rolling this week with a gathering of more than 300 artists, designers and artisans drawn from across the country and wrangled together by the good folks at Circle Craft (a BC artist cooperative that exists to connect craftspeople with community for over 41 years now). Skip the malls and box stores. This Thursday through Sunday, buy small, independent and locally hand-made at the Vancouver Convention Centre.
Thu-Sun, Nov 16 | Vancouver Convention Centre (1055 Canada Place)| $14 | DETAILS

KARMA |  The good folks at Surfrider Vancouver are getting set to clean up Jericho Beach and they could use everyone’s help. Head over to Jericho Sailing Centre on Saturday morning and lend a hand. The weather is expected to be dry and the view is always amazing, so roll up your sleeves, fill your lungs with fresh air and do some good. Bringing your own reusable gloves and bags is a great help.
Sat, Nov 15 | 11am-1pm | Jericho Sailing Centre | Free + good karma | DETAILS

PARTY | Hawkers Market goes down this Saturday night. The coolest feature this time around is a roving Dim Sum cart that will weave through the crowd offering a selection of one-off creations submitted by participating vendors and chefs like Juno Kim and David Mendes. Expect 33 Acres Beer, Kombucha from o5 Tea, baked goods, tacos, poutine, and even fried savoury burrata cheese doughnuts. A musical performance by Claire Mortifee and good vibes keep things going until late at night. This is the last market of the 2014 season, so grab tickets while you still can!
Sat, Nov 15 | 10am-late | The Independent (188 Kingsway) | $10/$15 at the door | DETAILS

CULTURE | Make your way to the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden this Sunday for some intergenerational and intercultural creativity and storytelling. In a production that merges the talents of the Vancouver Chinese Instrumental Music Society and the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble with neighbourhood elders, artists and the larger community, “Autumn Flight” will be an afternoon of community art-making, live music, videos and shadow puppetry celebrating the city’s “bird-scape”. The Chinese Gardens are a beautiful place to visit at any time, but Fall is particularly stunning. Add to that a cup of hot tea and some vibrant cultural activity and you have a solid Sunday activity!
Sun, Nov 16 | 3 pm | Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden (578 Carrall) | $15 DETAILS

EAT LOCAL | There are two Winter Farmers Market to choose from this weekend. Head to the Nat Bailey Stadium parking lot on Saturday or skip over to the skatepark at the PNE on Sunday and load up on locally grown fruits and veggies as well as fresh bread, honey, dried fruits and scores of other goodies. Bonus: farmers are awesome people and awesome people will only make your weekend better.
Sat, Nov 15| 10am – 2pm | Nat Bailey Stadium (4601 Ontario St) | DETAILS
Sun, Nov 16 | 10am-2pm | Hastings Skatepark, PNE (Renfrew and Hastings) | DETAILS

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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 streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy (but faithful) camera.

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