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 December 13 to December 19, 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.
SCORE | ‘Tis the season of pop-ups and craft fairs. It does everyone good when you buy things from the hard-working humans making cool things in our communities! To do that this weekend, we suggest scoping out the awesomeness taking shape for the annual Holiday Sale at Franklin Studios. Load up on all the good things like beautiful textiles and paper products by Banquet Workshop; jewelry and art by Dina Gonzalez Mascaro; and ceramics by Steven Brekelmans, Julia Chirka and Maggie Boyd. These are some good people and they’ll be putting out good vibes all day long. Find out more here.
MAKE | If Christmas card writing feel less like a fun, festive activity and more like a chore, Strange Fellows can help. Not only can they outfit you with materials to make your own personalized holiday greeting cards at their DIY card-making booth on Sunday, but you can drink beer while you’re doing it and you don’t even have to wash your glass. Extra bonus: check out the attached Charles Clark Gallery to see the fantastic landscape paintings by artist Adrian Fuerth. Slip into the Clark Drive brewery for a refreshing pint and leave with a belly full of beer, a pocket full of holiday cards, a touch of culture and a warm fuzzy feeling! That’s a pretty good haul. Find out more here.
DINE | Skip the grocery shopping, the prep, the cooking and the clean-up by hitting Dock Lunch off Main Street. With chef Dan Williams in the kitchen this weekend (from Scotland), Dock Lunch is going for a UK pub theme. On Friday night, Elizabeth Bryan and Chef Williams team up to plate British comfort food. Think Beef Wellington, chicken tikka masala and cinnamon apple crumble with shortbread streusel and cardamom ice cream. For brunch on Saturday you can expect black pudding, a hearty serving of beans and other tasty bits. Gotta love that warm ‘hanging out at a friends place’ feeling! Find out more.
FEEL | Edward Scissorhands plays the Rio on Friday night. If you’re having trouble recalling the plot: “Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder make all kinds of movie magic in Tim Burton’s holiday classic Edward Scissorhands. This beloved fantasy-fable about an ‘uncommonly gentle man’ marks the first collaboration between Depp and Burton, whose beautifully gothic (if not weirdly humorous) aesthetic is put to good use here. Edward Scissorhands is a modern fairytale for movie-lovers of all ages, a sweet and charming story about a gentle young man sporting scissors for hands. It also marks the final film performance from iconic character actor Vincent Price. With Dianne Wiest, Anthony Michael Hall, Kathy Baker, and Alan Arkin.” All those feels for only $10. Find out more.
NATURE | Put on your warmest hat because this Saturday is a good time to go to Stanley Park for some bracingly fresh air. Grab a hot chocolate, do a lap around Lost Lagoon and then stop in at Stanley Park Nature House where a representative from the Stanley Park Ecology Society will give an informative and fascinating talk about the history and customs of mid-winter festivals in time for Winter Solstice (December 21st). Get acquainted with the significance of the plants (holly, mistletoe, chestnuts, evergreens) that we associate with holidays and discover which ones grow in the park. $10. Find out more.
GIFT | Be sure to hit the SPACE Pop-Up Holiday Market this week. A quick visit to this East side gathering of over 20 local makers will outfit you with all manner of cool handmade gifts AND save you a trip to the mall. Participating makers include Pot Inc., Vegan Pudding & Co., Baker Woodworks & Design, The Forest Co., Nocturnal Workshop and Sacred Light Designs. New this year: beautifully hand-crafted greeting cards made by a professional calligrapher. Come Visit SPACE where nice people are doing rad things right here in your city. Find out more.
MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU | The Last Jedi opens this week. Written and directed by Rian Johnson (Breaking Bad), this chapter in the ongoing saga sees Kylo Ren plotting in the darkness as Rey teams up with Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Finn and Poe. From IMBd: “Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares to do battle with the First Order.” Skip-out-of-work material for sure! Watch the trailer.
ART | Speaking of galaxies far, far away, there’s a Star Wars-themed Art Show at The Fall on Saturday that might make a nice pre- or post-movie pitstop venue for an open expression of your enthusiasm. The Fall is a tattoo shop on Seymour St., right across from The Bay and within walking distance from a number of theatres. Scoot in to see paintings, drawings, collage and sculptures of everything from Wookies and Jedis to Tauntauns and Droids. Cosplay might be involved too. Get into it. Find out more.
GREASY SPOON | Save On Meats owner Mark Brand is taking his turn to cook the next Greasy Spoon dinner this coming Monday AND Tuesday night. If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, the Greasy Spoon Supper Series invites BC’s best chefs to plate four courses of old school diner fare in their own way in support of A Better Life Foundation. Details of this special menu have not yet been released, but you can expect old school diner fare with tasty twists. Snag a ticket before they sell out! Two seatings per evening, tickets are $95 Find out more…
GEEK OUT | If you’re looking for a way to bring balance to a season crowded with Santa-themed decorations and Christmas carol soundtracks – why not hit Mount Pleasant’s Fox Cabaret for Nerd Night on Tuesday and fill up on some science? Think of it as stand up for scientists – scientists with beer. Topics for Tuesday’s line-up include “The Science of Shit” as explained by Dr. Jennifer Gardy (Canada Research Chair in Public Health Genomics, MSFHR Scholar, UBC School of Population and Public Health, BC Centre for Disease Control). As organizers explain: “Nerd Nite is a more accessible Ted Talks, so we can nerd harder, faster, better, and drink beer.” Nerd Night has also invited all of their 2017 speakers to attend and participate in a healthy round of Powerpoint Karaoke. Tell me you don’t want to get in on that! Tickets ($15) here. | Find out more.