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. You can also check it out in The Globe & Mail, from our calendar to theirs…and yours!

DINE OUT | Strapped for cash after the holidays but still keen on exploring Vancouver’s diverse culinary scene? Lucky for you it’s time for Dine Out. This year 277 restaurants are on board to offer everything from discounted, multi-course and prix fixe meals to special events (love the sound of the International Chef Exchange dinners, the Robbie Burns Dinner at Cafe Medina and The Big Night dinner at The Shangri-La). Dine Out runs for two weeks and there is a lot of ground to cover, develop a plan of attack here.
Jan 16 – Feb 1 | Various Locations | Various Prices | DETAILS

HEADS-UP | As part of Dine Out, Street Food City pops up in the north plaza of the Vancouver Art Gallery starting Monday. Yes, the dream returns: a flock of food carts will congregate in a common geographic location long enough for a street food buffet of sorts to appear like some sort of fantastically aromatic apparition. Vendors will include Culver City Salads, Vij’s Railway Express, The Juice Truck Roaming Dragon, Super Thai, Mom’s Grilled Cheese, Serious Sausage and many more – like over 25 more.
Mon, Jan 19 – Sun, Jan 25 | 11am-3pm (5pm on Sat+Sun) | Vancouver Art Gallery | DETAILS

PHOTOGRAPHY | Although Vancouverites most immediately identify rockstar Bryan Adams with music, he’s also a very skilled photographer, and he’ll be signing copies of two of his books, Wounded: The Legacy of War, and Exposed at Inform Interiors in Gastown this Thursday afternoon. Scoot over to the Inform website to purchase a book and make an appointment (required) to have the artist sign it in person.
Jan 15 | 2:30-3:30pm | Inform Interiors (50 Water Street) | DETAILS

JAZZ | Chill out with jazz on Thursday evening when the Roedde House Museum holds its annual Jazz Series Fundraiser. The landmark deep green mansion on the corner of Barclay and Broughton (built in 1893) boasts an octagonal parlour that’s said to be ideal for intimate concert acoustics, and the museum has invited The Simon Millerd Quartet to demonstrate just how good it can sound.
Thu, Jan 15 | 7pm | Roedde House Museum (1415 Barclay St) | $30 | DETAILS

ART | Take some time out to hit the latest show at The Burrard Arts Foundation this week. Check out Basic Research (recent works by resident artist Antoni Wojtyra) and the interactive exhibition, Experience Spheres (pop your head into an installation where you will experience sensory stimuli – think lights, colours and soundscapes).
Tue – Sat | Noon-5pm | 108 East Broadway | DETAILS

GIG | Slick Denver indie pop outfit Tennis are back in town. With their latest album produced by Patrick Carney (The Black Keys), Jim Eno (Spoon), and Richard Swift (the Shins) – expect good things. Opening sets by The Shilohs and Himalayan Bear – not too shabby! Grab tickets at Red Cat or Zulu or online here.
Thu, Jan 15 | 8pm | Fortune Sound Club (147 E Pender St) | $15 | DETAILS

DOUBLE BILL | There’s a bit of a belated David Bowie birthday party going down at the Rio this week. Roll in for back-to-back Bowie-centric screenings. First up: David Bowie Is Happening Now, a documentary voyage through the an exhibit of the rockstars costumes at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Second: The Man Who Fell To Earth (70s sci-fi flick about an alien who comes to Earth to secure water for his parched planet). Bar service and good tunes await.
Sat, Jan 17 | 7pm | Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway) | $8 | DETAILS

PROTECT WHERE YOU PLAY | Here’s a fine way to rack up some karma points: roll up your sleeves and join the Wreck Beach Cleanup this Saturday. Surfrider Foundation, a nonprofit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves, and beaches, has once again mobilized the troops to hit the shores and pick up bits of plastic, discarded bottles, and other bits of our detritus brought in on the waves. Even though the forecast calls for rain, this is Wreck Beach, folks, so don’t be surprised if you see a few bare bottoms, because people who love to be naked also love to get wet. Wear your grubby clothes and rain boots, bring work gloves, and expect some post-clean up celebrating at a nearby pub. You deserve it!
Sat, Jan 17 | 11am-1pm pm | Wreck Beach | Free | DETAILS

BE PREPARED | There’s no escaping the rain, not if you ever want to leave the house again. In Vancouver, we face it head on because we have to; if we took cover from the elements on every one of the 160 rainy days per year, we’d be a pretty sorry bunch! But when we walk, hike or run in the rain, there are a few things to consider (particularly when you hike). Thankfully, the Stanley Park Ecology Centre is offering a Winter Wanderings primer this weekend that will remind us how to enjoy the great outdoors safely this winter by covering all the tips and tricks for wet wanders. Smart move. Pre-register by emailing programs [at] stanleyparkecology.ca.
Sun, Jan 18 | 1:30-3:30pm | Stanley Park Nature House (by Lost Lagoon) | $10 | DETAILS

WINTER FARMERS MARKET | Winter can be tough. Stay strong, take your vitamins, and eat well by loading the fridge with fresh, local food. Shoot over to 30th and Ontario to pick up fruits and veggies. Look for kale, crispy apples, leeks, beets, potatoes and squash, as well as goodies like baked goods, preserves and local honey. A little honey makes everything better!
Sat, Jan 17 | 10am – 2pm | East Parking Lot Nat Bailey Stadium | DETAILS

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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 streets with her best friend – a beat up, sticky, grimy (but faithful) camera.

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