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!

GIGANTABIROOMCOBALTAPALOOZA | The sixth annual Craft Beer Week goes down this week. Kick off your personal celebration with an afternoon at The Cobalt. Get this: “Darlings of the Portland beer scene, Gigantic Brewing will be takin’ over the taps of The Cobalt with special guests Brassneck, Parallel 49, and Strange Fellows backing up their hits with some special releases of their own (you can already taste the awesome right?). The fantastic folks at Zulu Records have line up some epic live music to turn your usual sleepy Sunday afternoon into a real block rocker!” Plus Nicolas Bragg of Zulu and Scout will be there to make sure you have plenty of rad live music to listen to (Dada Plan, Slow Learners, Spoon River) and Railtown Cafe will be hanging out on the back patio with a “Tailgate Taco Bar”. Tickets are $65 and are all inclusive (all the beer you can drink, tacos, music, and sunshine? – yes, please! Jump on this fast because it’s gonna be the party of the weekend.
Sun, May 31 | 2-6pm | The Cobalt (917 Main St.) | DETAILS

MINDFUL MOVIE NIGHT | Our friends at the Juice Truck have joined forces with the lovely Erin Ireland to offer Vancouverites a night of thoughtful film and conversation at Stretch Yoga in Chinatown. This first installation collaborative Mindful Movie Night series will feature a screening of ‘Cowspiracy’ (a film about animal agriculture industry and it’s significant contributions to greenhouse gas emissions). They believe that reducing their animal-based food intake by even a little humans can make a considerable dent in reducing their carbon footprints which will ultimately result in a healthier planet for generations to come. Bonus: there will be popcorn. Also, 100% of the $5 admission you pay will be donated toFresh Roots, a non-profit community organization. To reserve your spot, shoot an email to erin [at] itstodiefor.ca.
Thu, May 28 | Doors 6:30pm | Stretch Yoga, 180 E Pender (upstairs) | $5 | DETAILS

OPENING | We dig the sound of the latest exhibit hitting the walls at Emily Carr this week: Making Marks: Illustrated Works in Pen + Ink gathers the works of Continuing Studies students using pen and ink in a variety of styles. From Emily Carr: “Ranging from the narrative to the technical, the breadth and flexibility of the medium is evident. Students have explored traditional techniques as well as alternative processes including the use of unconventional mark making tools.”
Exhibition | Now through June 15 | Concourse Gallery, ECUAD | DETAILS
Opening Reception | Thu, May 28, 6 – 8pm | Concourse Gallery, ECUAD | DETAILS

TASTE | How often do you have the opportunity to sip premium tequila as the man who made it visits your table to talk through the subtleties of it’s unique characteristics while a kickass chef plates thoughtfully paired dishes to compliment your drinks? Not all that often, right? Remedy that oversight with a seat at the Clase Azul dinner at Cuchillo this Thursday, May 28th. Chef Stu Irving has designed a special tasting menu to accompany a series of tequila based cocktails (mixed by the lovely Amber Bruce) while Arturo Lomeli (founder of Clase Azul Tequila) wanders the room to talk little about what you’re tasting and why you’re tasting it. Cocktail of Plata tequila, honeydew, mint and pastis over crushed ice served with scallop ceviche? That’s a solid start to your weekend right there. Call Cuchillo at 604.559.7585 to reserve a seat ($75) or email info [at] cuchillo.ca.
Thu, May 28 | Various Seatings | Cuchillo (261 Powell Street) | $75 | DETAILS

RIDE YOUR BIKE | As we head into summer and start to see more days of dry pavement, biking to get around becomes not only sensible, but also enjoyable again. This just so happens to be bike-to-work week, so you’ll find all sorts of fun perks to riding to the office. Expect over 50 “Celebration Stations” across the city offering bike commuters things like free bike repairs, coffee, snacks, and bike route maps. If you aren’t a year-round rider, this is a great time to lug your bike out of hibernation. A spring tune-up is always a good idea before you lay foot to pedal!
Now through May 31 | DETAILS

WALK | The Vancouver Police Museum is offering a Sins of the City walking tour this Friday. Tag along with a knowledgable tour leader on the “Vice, Dice, and Opium Pipes” walk to learn about what life was like through the eyes of a 1920s beat cop. Check out ancient bootlegging joints and gambling houses, and hear about the history and locations of dark and mysterious opium dens. It’s good to have a well-rounded understanding of your home town, sketchy bits included.
Fri, May 29 | 3-5pm | Vancouver Police Museum (240 East Cordova) | DETAILS

HAWKERS | The Hawkers Market goes down this weekend. Make your way to Rocky Mountaineer Station (just little east of Main St.) to check out the fine line-up of over 50 food-focused entrepreneurs and vendors that the organizers have gathered together. Grab yourself a churro from Hugo’s; have a visit with the fine ladies of The Capilano Tea House and Botanical Soda Co.; check out what Dinner by Bayan has on the table; score some of EzLing Street Eats famous octopus — there will be a little something to satisfy and surprise everyone. Indeed, not only will there be a rad selection of interesting things to eat and drink, but the weather is also expected to be lovely. Super bonus: outdoor screening of Wes Anderson’s ‘The Life Aquatic’. Super duper extra big bonus: tickets (usually in the $15 range) are free (a new ‘buy and sell’ app called Flook is sponsoring the price of admission).
Sat, May 30 | 5pm–Late | 1755 Cottrell St. | $10/$15 at the door | DETAILS

ESCAPE | The European Festival goes down at this weekend. Pack a rucksack full of essentials (water, picnic blanket and sunscreen should do it) and head to Swangard Stadium to take in music, dance performances, and plenty of food vendors. Over 30 nations will be represented in one way or another.
May 30-31 | 11am-10ish | Swangard Stadium (Burnaby) | $10 | DETAILS

FAIR IN THE SQUARE | Fair in the Square goes down in Victory Square Park this Sunday. It’s always nice to see the little plot of land at the intersection of Pender/Hastings/Cambie come alive with events and activities. Expect community groups with information tables, art, live music, and a free BBQ lunch. This event, put on by The Central City Foundation, is free and worth a visit on account of its uplifting spirit of community.
Sun, May 31 | 11-2 | Victory Square Park (Hastings @ Cambie) | DETAILS

BLIMMERY | It’s time for Blim’s Spring Community Market. This time around there will be close to 50 vendors slinging everything from clothing, accessories, vintage trinkets, pottery and hand made jewellery. Also expect a healthy dose of good music, gourmet chocolates, and the occasional cupcake.
Sun, May 31 | 12-6 pm | Heritage Hall (3102 Main) | Free | DETAILS 

HEADS-UP FOR NEXT WEEK | How many times have you pulled yourself through a Monday and not wanted to cook dinner? A few times, right? But then you venture out to your favourite restaurant to discover a ‘closed’ sign hanging in the front window. What a let down, right? Thankfully, two of Vancouver’s better restaurants – Chinatown’s Bao Bei and Kitsilano’s Oakwood –  have just this week decided that enough is enough, and there was much rejoicing.

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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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