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, from our calendar to yours!

OPENING | Jamjar is set to launch its second location tomorrow (Thursday) in the old Rangoli space in South Granville. The casual Lebanese restaurant debuted on Commercial Drive three years ago and is well known for its superb hummus, among other delicious things. Take a look inside here.
Thu, Mar. 3 | 1488 West 11th Avenue | www.jamjaronthedrive.com

FLASHBACK | “Decades before organized crime syndicates brought sensational drug wars to Vancouver, street gangs held sway over its unruly east side. None was considered tougher or more feared than the Clark Park gang, a wild, two-fisted crew of characters from Vancouver’s post-1960s counterculture.” (Arsenal Pulp Books). Author Aaron Chapman (The Last Gang In Town) will be at the Vancouver Police Museum on Thursday night to talk about the Clark Park Gang and what policing looked like in Vancouver during the ’70s. Deepen your understanding of Vancouver’s past in a unique setting.
Thu, Mar. 2 | 7pm | Vancouver Police Museum (240 East Cordova St.)| Free | DETAILS

ART | Vancouver artist David Tycho has a new show opening at the South Main Gallery this week. Station To Station is a series of abstract paintings inspired by transportation in cities and urban environments. Think subway platforms, train stations, intersections and movement with an undercurrent of the desire to belong. Opening night goes down Friday with a reception and the artist in attendance — always a nice vibe. If you can’t make opening, this show continues until March 24th.
Fri, Mar. 3 | 7-9pm | South Main Gallery (279 East 6th Ave.) | Free | DETAILS

MUST | Get yourself up Main Street this Friday night and hit the final Hot Art Wet City Gallery show. Bad People: Portraits of the Punishable is an assembly of works by kickass figurative art group Phantoms in the Front Yard. It gets dark with dirty little pictures, as HWAC explains: “Come see the worst, the naughtiest, the darkest, the damnedest, the shady, the skittish, the last and the least, yourself.” Original art will fall in the $300-$600 range (a steal given the calibre of work). Grab yourself a beer, mingle with some people, and take a moment to appreciate the fact that gallery owner and art enthusiast Chris Bentzen has been doing a top-notch job of enriching the city by finding, showcasing and rallying community support for emerging artists since he opened the doors four years ago. Thanks Chris! This show continues until March 18.
Fri, Mar. 3 | 7-11pm | Hot Art Wet City Gallery (2206 Main St.) | DETAILS

LAUGH | Slip in to Little Mountain Gallery in Mount Pleasant this Friday night and have a giggle. Blind Tiger Comedy takes over the tiny East Van gathering space to present Harold. From the official words: “Is ‘Harold’ some sort of new app for teens in the know? Is it that guy your mom keeps saying “won’t ever replace your dad”? Or is it a classic improv scene structure designed specifically for producing both big laughs and maximum goofs? ONLY ONE WAY TO FIND OUT! Blind Tiger Comedy Academy’s specially trained task force of comedians will get to the bottom of this once and for all.” Not only is laughter said to strengthen the immune system, boost energy and lower stress levels, but it also feels super good. Do some! Bonus: cold beer available for cheap.
Fri, Mar. 3 | 8/9pm-ish | Little Mountain Gallery (195 E 26th Ave) | DETAILS

SWIM | The UBC Aquatic Centre cuts the ribbon on their new facility this week. It looks slick. UBC Athletics and Recreation invites the public to sneak in at reduced rates to check out the new pool from March 3 to 5. Expect water relays, synchronized swimming, food, movie night and pool noodles (they said it, we didn’t). The new digs look seriously beautiful, so get out the goggles and take a spin.
March 3-5 | 6080 Student Union Boulevard, UBC | $2 | DETAILS

THE 20 | Bus rides can inspire frustration, claustrophobia, anxiety, paranoia and sometimes even sleep. But it’s not all that often that a bus ride inspires art, unless you are artist/designer Alixzandar Morle. Morle has a show of 20 portraits inspired after rides on the 20 Downtown bus, which cuts through the DTES. Take some time to grab a burger (Golden Era will be on site serving up their sublime burgers) with a Bomber beer and check out this unique snapshot of life on the DTES. Music from Dj Polar.
Thu, Mar. 3 | 7 pm| Shop Wrong (1192 E Hastings St.) | DETAILS

CURRY CUP | You’ll want to clear your schedule for Monday night and hustle over to Heritage Hall on Main Street for the fourth annual Curry Cup. This year the $65 ticket price includes dishes prepared by 8 competing chefs as well as gelato from Bella Gelateria. Cold beer from R&B Brewing, wine and cocktails will also be an option.
Mon, Mar. 6 | 6:30-9:30pm | Heritage Hall (3102 Main St.) | $65 | DETAILS

NATURE | In addition to imparting all kinds of birds-of-prey knowledge, representatives of The Stanley Park Ecology Society will be at the Stanley Park Pavilion this Friday night to help you dissect owl pellets. “The world of owls is at your fingertips in this one-of-a-kind workshop! Examine real owl specimens while learning their hunting adaptations, and take apart a regurgitated owl pellet (sterilized) to discover what was for dinner.” You’d be surprised at how popular this class is. Snag a ticket while you still can!
Fri, Mar. 3 | 6-8:30pm | Stanley Park Pavilion (610 Pipeline Rd.)| $20 | DETAILS

RE//DO | Do you own a favourite shirt that has worn through at the elbows, a loved sweater that met an unfortunate moment with a zipper, or a cherished blouse eaten by a moth? Everyone has at least one sad garment story in their closet. This weekend you are invited to gather all of your ripped and torn textiles and hit The American for a (by donation) afternoon of DIY mending workshops, pop-up repair shop and community clothing swap. Darn, patch, stick and swap – bring new life to your old clothes and make a few new pals while you’re at it. Plus, it’s The American, so there will also be beer and pinball. Yay!
Sun, Mar. 5 | 12-5pm | The American (926 Main St) | By donation | DETAILS

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late-may-2009-169Michelle Sproule grew up in Kitsilano and attended University in Australia and Victoria before receiving her graduate degree in Information 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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