SCOUT LIST: 10 Things That You Should Absolutely Do Between Now & 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 yours…

NATURE | Independent journalist and award-winning author of The 100-Mile Diet will be giving a talk about his new book, In The Once and Future World, out at UBC on Thursday evening. In the book, MacKinnon tells us of how nature once was, how it’s on the run today, and how it could be brought back from the brink. “We are now living in a 10 percent world”, he writes, “a planet with just one-tenth of its former abundance — but we can begin to restore the planet to what it once was. To reverse our damaging course, we need to remember, reconnect, and rewild: to remember nature as it was, reconnect to it as something meaningful in our lives, and begin to remake a wilder world.” Sounds fascinating, with shades of Gary Snyder.
Oct. 3 | 7:30pm | Frederic Wood Theatre out at UBC (6354 Crescent Road, UBC) | $21

HISTORY | The Vancouver Heritage Foundation is always keen to bring public awareness to heritage sites in the city, so they are taking what might be their last chance to use the old Hollywood Theatre on Broadway to screen a series of architecture and design-themed films between now and the end of November. Plans are afoot to redevelop the 78 year old theatre which closed it’s doors to movie goers in 2011. The building’s current tenants (Church at The Hollywood) have been asked to vacate by November 30th. The Vancouver Heritage Foundation series launches Tuesday night with a 7:30 screening of Eames, The Architect and Painter. Entry is by donation, with proceeds going toward the publication of a historic map guide of Kitsilano.
Oct. 1 | 7:30pm | The Hollywood Theatre 3123 West Broadway| $ Donation | DETAILS

CULTURE | This week marks the start of Capture, a city-wide photography festival aimed at showcasing the all manner of ‘lens-based art’. Emerging and established artists from here and around the world will display their images in over 55 exhibitions. Complementing the visual component will be a plethora of tours, talks, workshops and films as well as a panel discussion or two (this week, works by Virginia Mak are on the walls at the Bau-Xi Gallery). Capture runs at various locations around town beginning this week through to November 16th.
Oct. 1 – Nov. 16 | various locations | DETAILS

EAT LOCAL | The days of 2013’s Farmers Markets are sadly dwindling. This is the very last week go the Main Street Market for delicious breads, jams and canned veggies, as well as harvest fresh produce like Soul Food veggies, sweet and crunchy carrots, Autumn squash and pumpkins. It’s a pretty awesome time of year. Enjoy it while it lasts.

Main Street Thornton Park | Wednesday UNTIL OCT 2 | 3pm–7pm | Main Street Station at Terminal
Oak Street | Wednesdays | 3-7pm | Oak and 49th
Yaletown | Thursdays UNITL DEC 19 | 2-6pm | Mainland between Davie & Helmcken at Yaletown-Roundhouse
Trout Lake Farmers Market | Saturdays UNITL OCT 19 | 9am-2pm | Duh, Trout Lake
West End Farmers Market | Saturdays UNITL OCT 19 | 9am-2pm | 1100 Block Comox
Kerrisdale Village | Saturdays UNITL OCT 12 | 10am – 2pm | East Boulevard between 37th/41st Ave – near Kerrisdale Arena
Mt Pleasant | Sundays UNITL OCT 13 | 10-2 | Guelph Street between 7th and 8th
Kitsilano Farmers Market | Sundays UNTIL OCT 20 | 10am–2pm | 2690 Larch @ 10th

FARMS TO FORKS | Hit up Farms To Forks this Sunday. The awesome food event staged inside The Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts sees some of the city’s best chefs paired with the region’s best growers and producers for a night of hors d’œuvres, local wine and beer pairings, and the odd cocktail for good measure. As a guest, you are invited to cruise from one classroom kitchen to the next to sample food and watch great chefs at work. It’s gonna be good food, great wine and friendly people, and that’s a pretty fine way to spend a Sunday night. Scout is once again a proud sponsor, and all proceeds go to support Growing Chefs. Bonus: the silent auction items are amazing.
Oct. 6 | Doors 5:30pm | Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (1505 W 2nd) | $149| DETAILS

TACOS | A new taco joint called Gringo is set to open softly this Friday in Gastown’s Blood Alley, right where Sean Heather’s Judas Goat tapas eatery used to be. It’s a colourful, tiny room where one can expect cheap and cheerful food alongside plenty of cold cervazas.
Oct. 4 | 27 Blood Alley | DETAILS

WAYZGOOSE | I know, it’s a weird word. What does it mean? The Alcuin Society explains it thusly: “Originally a goose dinner prepared by a young printer at the end of his apprenticeship, when he invited all those who had supported him in his career. Later it came to represent the annual party that a printing house would hold at the end of summer, before the printers went back to working by candlelight. Today, this centuries-old tradition is still alive, and it has become a time of celebration when printers and book artists come together to exhibit their work to the public”. This year, the Wayzgoose Fine Press Printing Show takes place at the Vancouver Public Library. Equal parts book fair and art exhibition, we can expect to see everything from tables and booths of beautifully crafted books to hand printed broadsheets and curious ephemera. If you are besotted by typography and the beauty of the printed word, this is definitely a show worth checking out.
Saturday, Oct. 5| 10am – 4pm | VPL – Alice MacKay Room | FREE | DETAILS

MORE BOOKS | This is a good weekend for bibliophiles. Not only is Wayzgoose on, but The Vancouver Art/Book Fair takes place as well. Pop down to the Vancouver Art Gallery Annex to check out artist-produced books, magazines, and all manner of printed ephemera. The Art/Book Fair takes place in the same two week period as several other art/book fairs around the world (New York, Tokyo, Berlin) and aims to put Vancouver artists on an international stage by showcasing their work within the context of this global ‘conversation’ about books. This show will feature small runs of locally published chapbooks and magazines (there will be over 50 exhibitors) as well as a series of readings, panels, performances and installations.
Oct. 5 & 6 | Vancouver Art Gallery Annex | DETAILS

ECO FASHION WEEK | Catch the latest from local designers strutting their wares down runways and across stages to demonstrate how fashion and sustainability are no longer mutually exclusive. Highlights include the Value Village 68 Pound Challenge (in which a fashion designer is tasked with searching the isles of Value Village to find 68 lbs of used clothing – the amount of clothing disposed of annually by the average North American – that they then rework into a new collection), the Nicole Bridger “You Are Not Alone” show, in which male models will wear women’s clothing in an effort to help the audience think about their perception of what is beautiful, and the 10 Year Anniversary show by local designers Twigg & Hottie. There will also be numerous eco-fashion inspired speaker seminars and industry panels as well.
Oct. 6-10 | Various times | Robson Square (800 Robson St) | DETAILS

FILM | The Vancouver International Film Festival is still going strong. It’s big. How big? Over 380 films big! That’s almost overwhelming, right? So narrow things down by browsing by series on their website (organisers have classified films into a number of series such as Canadian Images, Cinema of Our Time, Nonfiction Features and Special Presentations). There’s a lot to take in, but what better way to face the damp days of Autumn than retreating to a cozy theatre for some escapism?
Now until Oct. 11 | Various locations | 604-683-3456 | DETAILS

Check the Globe & Mail every Thursday for our Special Weekend Edition of the Scout List

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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 shops and streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy, and uncooperative camera.

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