Ten Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now And 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. To submit an event for consideration, email events [at] scoutmagazine.ca You can also check it out in the Globe & Mail, from our calendar to theirs…and yours!

GREASY SPOON |  Chefs Ned Bell and Sean Murray of Yew at The Four Seasons will be cooking a special “Greasy Spoon” dinner at Save On Meats tonight. The menu reads temptingly: an updated version of old school tomato soup, this one with saffron and Outlandish mussels; a BLT (albacore tuna, crispy pork belly and tomato jam), a Lobster Shepherds Pie, and a dessert of coffee and doughnuts! This is going to be an amazing meal paired with cocktails and beer from Persephone Brewing. There are only a few seats left – grab one and take your appetite.
Tue, July 14 | Two seatings: 5:30pm & 8pm | 43 West Hastings St. | $95 | DETAILS

GASTOWN GRAND PRIX | Wednesday evening is the Global Relay Gastown Grand Prix. Riders from clear across North America are here to participate in the 1.2 course through the streets of this historic Vancouver neighbourhood.  Secure a good spot (Chill Winston, Six Acres, Pourhouse, and The Diamond all look like nice options) and settle in to watch blurs of spandex zoom by lap after cobblestoned lap (35 for women, 50 for men). There will be a few other people in the crowd, so pack light and take public transit (driving to this gig isn’t advisable as parking will be a nightmare).
Wed, July 15 | 5:30 -9:30 | Gastown | Free | DETAILS

CREATE | Build yourself a “mini-universe” terrarium with the crazy-talented Tin Can Studio crew this Thursday night. The roving art studio and project space housed in an 18ft vintage Streamline trailer will be parked curb-side at Franklin & Garden (in front of the Pandora Park Field House) for a special terrarium making workshop and evening of summer fun. For $40 you’ll get a sweet little kit that includes a 6 inch recycled glass bowl, soil, finishing stones, tropical plants and some rad mini-figurines to make it perfect. Stick around afterward to compare mini worlds at picnic and good times hang outs in Pandora Park.
Thu, July 16 | 7-9pm | Pandora Park at 2325 Franklin St. (near E Hastings & Nanaimo) | DETAILS

FRESH AIR FILM | Grab yourself some summer picnic food and stake-out a spot on the ocean-flanked deck of the North Point of Canada Place because Thursday night is movie night. This week: Austin Powers, The Spy Who Shagged Me. Pro tip: Tractor Foods – located in the Marine Building at 335 Burrard – has great picnic-style take out. Keep in mind that the movie will be cancelled in the event of rain, but what are the chances?
Thu, July 16 | 9:10pm | North point of Canada Place | DETAILS

SPACE | Nine years ago NASA sent New Horizons spacecraft to get a closer look at Pluto. Information from the very first flyby of the dwarf planet is finally expected to be transmitted back to earth this week. As you can imagine, the peeps at the H.R. Macmillan Space Centre (and all of their space buddies) are super stoked. So stoked, in fact, that they have planned a Cosmic Nights Plutopalooza party. Head to the Planetarium on Thursday night for a 2006-themed evening of music, games and drinks (yes, alcoholic ones) as well as a special talk by astronomers, who will give the audience an overview of what we know, suspect and absolutely guess Pluto is all about.
Thu, July 16 | 7-10pm | H.R. MacMillan Space Centre | $20 |  DETAILS

MUSIC | The Pemberton Music Festival goes down this weekend. Broken Social Scene will be there, as will The Black Keys, Alice Cooper and De La Soul (not playing together – that’d be super confusing!). Also check out Janes Addiction, Missy Elliott, Shakey Graves, Father John Misty, J. Cole and local heroes Dan Mangan, JPNSGRLS and The Gay Nineties (plus many, many more). Tickets are still available:  $299+ for a weekend pass;  $160+ for a single day. Not cheap, but you’re guaranteed to see a lot of talent for your money. If you go, be smart: stay hydrated and don’t play with fire!
July 16-19 | Various times | 1835 Hwy 99, Pemberton | DETAILS

EYE TO EYE | There’s a great photography exhibit on at Presentation House Gallery. Eye To Eye is drawn from the collection of Claudia Beck and Andrew Gruft, who ran NOVA Gallery (Vancouver’s first commercial gallery devoted to photography) between 1976 to 1982. As the gallery explains, this show “animates the dynamics of looking between photographer and subject, of observing and being observed, through works that foreground the complexities of ‘capturing’ people through a camera.” Beck and Gruft will be in the gallery on Thursday evening to speak (along with exhibition curator Helga Pakasaar) about the photographs in the show as well as how and why they collect photographs. An interesting evening of art and insight! This show runs until July 26
Thu, July 16 | 7:30pm | 333 Chesterfield Ave, North Van | DETAILS

CONNECT | Feisty Feast is an all-girl pop-up communal table supper anchored by an inspiring guest speaker at a unique locale. This Saturday, organizers go big with a full day of inspiration starting with guided meditation led by Sara Jade of Dharma Yoga, followed by a shibori and itajime indigo dying workshop (participants will dye their own fabric). It finishes with a three course family style dinner, during which Charlotte and Sophena Kwon (of Maiwa on Granville Island) will talk about working together as a mother and daughter team in the world of sourcing and importing textiles.
Sat, July 18 | 2-10pm | Location provided with ticket purchase | DETAILS

KARMA | Roll up your sleeves and join the Wreck Beach Cleanup this Saturday. Surfrider Foundation – a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves, and beaches – is once again rallying troops to hit the shores and pick up sad pieces of foam and plastic, nasty discarded bottles, and other gross bits of trash that should never have found their way to the shoreline in the first place. Don’t forget gloves and a reusable water bottle. Oh, and this is Wreck Beach, so don’t be surprised if  a few naked people jump in to lend a hand. What fun! Burger and beer at Displace (3293 W 4th) post cleanup (1pm).
Sat, July 18 | 11am-1pm pm | Wreck Beach / meet at top of trail 6 | Free | DETAILS

FOLK FEST | This is the 38th year that The Vancouver Folk Fest will spread across the grasses of Jericho Park and everything points to it being a pretty amazing gig. The three day event is a Vancouver tradition that speaks to our hippy roots. Expect the best. Blind Pilot are coming up from Oregon; Frazey Ford will be here too; as will Jill Barber, The Sadies, Said The Whale, Angélique Kidjo and a whole whack of fantastic musicians and bands. Even if you’re not into folk music, a summer evening at Jericho with music flowing, bare feet and incense in the air is flat out awesome.
July 17 -19 | Jericho Beach | $45 – 150 depending on your commitment | DETAILS 

FILM | With screenings of Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, and Drive, He Said, (Jack Nicholson’s directorial debut), The Cinematheque is looking like a solid place to spend your Sunday. Score yourself a cozy seat, some popcorn and a refreshing drink and settle in for an afternoon of counter culture, hippie bikers and toast-ordering.
Sun, July 19 | The Cinematheque (1131 Howe) | $11/$14 double bill | DETAILS

To submit an event for consideration, email events [at] scoutmagazine.ca 

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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