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!

MIDDLE EARTH | Unleash your inner Hobbit at the Biltmore Cabaret this Wednesday night. Expect live music, Lord Of The Rings-inspired burlesque performances, the chance to amaze friends and onlookers with your unparalleled ability to recall scenes, quotes, obscure sub references and character details in a LOTR trivia contest, AND people dressed as elves, dwarves, orcs, and Hobbits! Throw a few glasses of Gollum’s Precious Pils or Smaug Stout at the situation and what more could you ask for on a Wednesday night?
Wed, Mar. 25 | 7:30pm | The Biltmore (2755 Prince Edward St) | $8 | DETAILS

STOKED | Ready for some spring shopping? Good news: Eugene Choo launches it’s very own label this week. The Eugene Choo Collection (by Vancouver designer Heather Young) brings us a collection of skirts, tops and dresses in linen and cotton. In keeping with the store’s aesthetic, the pieces are simple and classic. “The idea behind this collection was to create the four essential pieces that any woman would want and need for summer.” Bingo. Can’t wait to slip into the Main Street Shop to see what’s on the racks! Also available online at eugenechoo.com. Eugene Choo is located at 3683 Main Street. | DETAILS

ART | Pictured Windows opens at the Equinox Gallery and it looks amazing. The gathering of stunning storefront photographs spanning 100 years documents a slice of consumer culture and urban life through the beautiful images of artists such as Roy Arden, Fred Herzog, David Wisdom, Walker Evans and many others. Celebrate the seldom recognized art of the window display and the quiet messages conveyed through glass. The opening reception for Pictured Windows takes place on Saturday, March 28 (2-4pm) and the show runs until May 2nd.
Sat, Mar. 28 | Tue-Sat 10-5 | Equinox Gallery (525 Great Northern Way) | DETAILS

CULTIVATE | Head to the Strathcona Community Centre and get schooled on the basics of planning, prepping and growing a healthy and delicious food-producing garden. Participants will pick up tips on techniques for starting plants inside (and in the garden) without relying on artificial additives. There will be access to a seed library, where one can buy, borrow, swap or donate seeds.
Thu, Mar. 26 | 7-9pm | Strathcona Community Centre (601 Keefer St)| $25 | DETAILS

HUMANS | Get your high energy indie-electronic dance fix at Celebrities this Saturday night. Mid-way through touring (they just played SXSW) in support of their their first full-length album Noontide (released Feb 24th), Vancouver band Humans take the stage at the West End venue to play a few sets to a home crowd. This show is expected to sell out, so grab tickets while you can.
Sat, Mar 28 | 9pm | Celebrities Nightclub (1022 Davie St) | $15 | DETAILS

NIGHT QUEST | Shadows, noises, animal calls, and the sound of snapping branches – walking through Pacific Spirit Regional Park at night can be an intimidating prospect! It’s best to do it in a group. Follow a guide and add more than a few cheerful lanterns — all of a sudden you have a pretty magical Saturday night! Such an opportunity presents itself this weekend when The Pacific Spirit Regional Park Society hosts Night Quest. It’s a gentle 2km walk along a lantern-lit trail; an outdoor evening of storytelling, campfire music, and a bit of wildlife education. Wear your gumboots, pack a flashlight and take along a travel mug. This is a really great event appropriate for anyone interested in the mysteries of the forest at night (geared toward kids but highly recommended for all).
Sat, Mar. 28 | 7-10pm | Pacific Spirit Regional Park, 16th Ave Park Entrance | Free | DETAILS

SHOP | Can’t quite manage to slip away for a weekend on Salt Spring Island but desperate for a little bit of that chilled out Island vibe? Head to Heritage Hall this weekend and catch Salt Spring in the City, wherein over 30 vendors from Salt Spring will have congregated to bring Vancouver a taste of what the Island community has to offer. Expect to see handmade jewellery and pottery, preserves, cheeses, weavings and paintings, as well as baked goods, wine, candles, soaps and clothing. See you there!
Mar. 27-29 | Heritage Hall (3102 Main St) | $3 | DETAILS

DIY | There’s a beginners cheese-making gig going down at the always amazing UBC Farm this week. Settle into the three hour workshop with “guerrilla cheesemaker” David Asher and leave armed with the basic information required to make your own fresh cheese at home. From UBC Farm “The focus on DIY emphasizes how these techniques can be explored in your home kitchen. Topics of discussion also include raw milk, rennet and dairy ferments.” Yogurt cheese, curds, and camembert in your very own kitchen? Sounds like a solid skill to acquire! Get sorted with tickets here.
Thu, Mar. 26 | 5:30-8:30 pm | UBC Farm, 3461 Ross Drive | $45 (Materials included) | DETAILS

CLASSICAL | Grab a seat in the audience at St. Helen’s Anglican Church in Point Grey to hear The Vivaldi Chamber Choir perform a line-up of sacred choral music with highlights from Fauré Requiem (as well as some Bach, Vivaldi and Orlando di Lasso).
Sat, Mar. 28 | 8pm | St Helen’s Anglican Church (4405 W 8th Ave) | $22 | DETAILS

BIRDS OF A FEATHER | Bird migratory behaviour sees many changes in the Spring. Grab yourself a Sunday morning coffee or tea and scoot down to Stanley Park for a guided “Birds of a Feather: Inklings of Spring” walk that will focus on the varied and beautiful bird life of the park. Learn how to identify a different species, hear a little bit about bird behaviour, and fill your lungs with some outstanding fresh air while you’re at it.
Sun, Mar. 29 | 9-11am | Stanley Park Ecology Society – Nature House | $By donation | DETAILS

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

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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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