The Scout List, Vol. 447

From our calendar to yours comes this carefully considered agenda of cool things we are doing, wishing we could do, or conspiring to do in Vancouver from November 15 to November 21, 2017. Please note that you can now get the Scout List – with a few extra pieces of intel included – sent to your inbox every Thursday. Sign up for your subscription in the sidebar.

CRAFT | Good news: we are now well into Craft Fair season. That means easy access to small-scale local producers of cool things. Every weekend a different gathering of artisans, craftspeople and artists will set up tables and booths around the city to offer their local and handmade wares as an alternative to mass produced goods. This weekend we suggest you make your way to Burnaby to check out the massively popular Craft & Bake Fair at the Nikkei Centre (expect everything from everything from jewellery and jam to woodwork and textiles – as well as mochi, milk bread and taiyaki). Sat Nov. 18 + Sun, Nov. 19 | 11am–5pm | Nikkei Centre (6688 Southoaks Crescent, Bby) | $2 | DETAILS

LAUGH | Brighten up your wet, cold November self with an evening of laughter. The Alternative Comedy Tour hits the Vogue Theatre Friday night and the line-up looks pretty good: “Featuring some of comedy’s funniest and quirkiest stand-ups for an evening of off-beat hilarity. Headlining The Alternative Comedy Tour is the star of the Emmy Award Winning series Silicon Valley and box office hit Deadpool, TJ Miller, with special guest Rhys Darby from Flight of the Conchords and Wrecked, and hosted by Nick Vatterott, one of Vulture’s ’50 Comedians You Should Know’.” Laughing is good for your health, so go do some! Fri, Nov 17 | 7:30pm | Vogue Theatre (918 Granville St.) | $45 | DETAILS

OPENING | Hustle over to the North Shore this weekend to check out the new home of Presentation House: Polygon Gallery. The $18 million dollar, slick 24,000-square-foot Patkau Architects-designed structure is located on the waterfront in the Lower Lonsdale. The inaugural exhibition, N. Vancouver, brings together photographic work – both commissioned and from the gallery’s existing collection – to celebrate the city the gallery has called home since 1976. From Nov. 18 | Tue – Sun, 10am – 5pm | 101 Carrie Cates Court, North Van | $ by donation | DETAILS

DO IT | If procrastination is a problem, think about hitting the Get Shit Done class at Semperviva Yoga this week. In addition to having read countless books on self-help, self-care, self-growth and self-doubt, instructor Jeremy Goldberg also logged five years in a PhD program exploring the science of behaviour change and he’s going to take all of that investigating and whittle it down to “nine badass tips and tricks to help you start the right rituals, stick to your goals, and radically change your life.” Nov 18 | 1-3:30pm | Semperviva Yoga Sea Studio (200-1333 Johnston St.) | $49 | DETAILS

EXPLORE | Fall is a great time for exploring. Take some time out to hit local trails this weekend and clear your head with a solid dose of nature. Forests are amazing right now with thick mosses, cool mushrooms and the last of the fluttering leaves falling from branches. Pull on some rain boots and sensible clothing, grab a travel mug of something soothing and get hiking. We suggest a stroll around Mosquito Creek (don’t let the name worry you) in North Van followed by lunch at Two Rivers. Don’t feel like tackling the bridge? Head out to the Endowment Lands for a bit of fresh air; take the stairs down to Wreck Beach and say hello to the ocean. Whenever you want | Beaches, parks and forest all over the city | Free (except for lunch at Two Rivers)

CITY | If you live, work or frequent Chinatown/Strathcona and have an interest in urban planning and community development, consider swinging by the panel discussion “Redressing Urban Displacement: The Reimagining of Hogan’s Alley”. From event organisers: “Vancouver City Council has voted to remove the Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts. The removal of the viaducts presents the City of Vancouver with a unique opportunity to address the past wrongful displacement of Vancouver’s long-standing Black community centered around the area familiarly known as Hogan’s Alley. This event will bring together renowned architect Zena Howard with a panel of Hogan’s Alley Working Group to discuss systems of exclusion and how to build a more equitable and inclusive metropolis.” Register for this event here. Fri, Nov. 17 | 6-9 | SFU Harbour Centre Campus Vancouver (515 West Hastings St.) | DETAILS

MORE CITY | The New Perspective on History lecture series aims to shine a light on a range of topics from the unique vantage point of the iconic ‘flying saucer’ shaped observation deck at Harbour Centre. This week, it’s Vancouver After Dark: History of the Entertainment Scene. In this talk, author Aaron Chapman explores the history and future of Vancouver’s music scene. From event organizers: “Downtown Vancouver was home to legendary nightclubs throughout much of the last century where, thanks to Vancouver’s geographic location, many performers would kick off tours. Today, most of the theatres of Granville Street are gone, and only a few legendary nightspots remain. How did some of Vancouver’s clubs remain, and others simply disappear? Is the city’s “Granville Entertainment District” really the answer?” A fine question indeed. Get to know Vancouver a little more intimately by delving into its deeper history. Thu, Nov. 16 | 6:15-8pm | 555 W Hastings St. | $21.95 (includes entry to Vancouver Lookout) | DETAILS

EASTSIDE CULTURE CRAWL | Take to the streets, alleyways, corners, studios and galleries of East Van this weekend because it’s time for the East Side Culture Crawl! Easily one of the greatest things about November in Vancouver. With over over 500 local artists to check out (painters, jewelers, sculptors, textile artists, furniture makers, musicians, weavers, potters, printmakers, photographers, etc.) you really need three days to take it all in. Float from one studio to the next, talk to artists about their processes and enjoy the diversity of creativity that the neighbourhood has to offer. Look for the yellow balloons! Nov. 16-19 | Various locations & times in East Van | Free | DETAILS

PEROGIES | There’s a Perogy Lunch at the Strathcona Ukrainian Hall this weekend. Dig into generous helpings of homemade perogies, sliced sausage, cabbage rolls and bowls of borscht. Don’t be put off by the line-up at the door. It moves fast and you might make friends (perogy eaters are generally a jolly bunch). Also expect crafts, baked goods and all manner of trinkets. Super bonus: this event takes place smack in the middle of Eastside Culture Crawl territory (Pender at Hawks) and fits in nicely between studio visits. Sat Nov. 18 + Sun, Nov. 19 | 11-3:30 | The Ukrainian Cultural Centre (805 E. Pender) | DETAILS

NEW WEST | On Saturday, November 18th, New West picks up the pace after sunset for the third edition of Analog – a night of record-digging, good tunes and craft beer hosted in part by the local music-loving crew at Steel & Oak Brewing Co. This edition, includes a rad line-up of DJs spinning a range of genres to get you moving, plus visuals, live video mixing and an expanded roster of vinyl vendors to sate your record-shopping needs while sipping on the limited edition S&O “High Fidelity” beer, brewed specifically for the pop-up event. See you on the Quayside!  Sat, Nov. 18 | River Market (810 Quayside Drive) | 6:30 – 11pm | DETAILS

Doug Chang of Ai & OM Knives in Vancouver’s historic Chinatown and Alain Chow of internationally acclaimed Bao Bei and Kissa Tanto join forces to the next Greasy Spoon dinner at Save On Meats this coming Monday evening. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, the Greasy Spoon Supper Series invites our best chefs to plate four courses of old school diner fare in their own way in support of A Better Life Foundation. It’s always a good time, and the chefs really love taking a swing at the ‘diner’ concept. Expect to enjoy housemade bread lightly toasted and topped with delicate shrimp; a Kissa Tanto pasta dish served in Jinhua Ham Brodo; Baked Ox Tongue; Pork Chop with Black Pepper Sauce; and a Condensed Milk Cream Puff. Seats do have a way of selling out, so don’t wait! Mon, Nov. 20 | Two seatings: 5:30pm & 8pm | 43 West Hastings St. | $95 | DETAILS

COLLIDER CAFE | Looking for something to get stoked about? Why not sit in on a Collider Cafe and think about the cool ways art and science can overlap? It might be just the ticket for a rainy Wednesday. Speakers include a painter, writer, and textile artist, a UBC professor of neuroanatomy who will talk about whether or not the brain differentiates between science and art, a photographer, illustrator, and multimedia designer who will speak to designing for science and a multimedia artist who is into visualizing particle collisions. Spark curiosity for science by geeking out with a cold beer and some rad people. Wed, Nov. 22 | 8-10pm | Cafe Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial Dr.) | $5 | DETAILS

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