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!

THINK | The Terry Project is a cool cross-faculty initiative out at UBC that aims to shine a multidisciplinary light on global issues like climate change, poverty, conflict, and disease. It runs a series of “BarTalk” nights that assembles a panel of knowledgeable peeps to talk about a given topic from the perspective of their unique backgrounds and training. This Thursday night: “ISIS and The New Middle East.” Woah.
Thurs, Feb 12| 6-7:30pm | Gallery Lounge, UBC Student Union Building | DETAILS

COMMUNITY | If you live in (or give a shit about) the Grandview-Woodland area and want to be in on the community planning process, get yourself signed up for the full-day workshop that will cover policy and development directions that will inform the future of the neighbourhood. The session (designed to be interesting, engaging and fun) aims to “identify key options for land-use and building types, housing, local economy, public spaces and more.” Results will be included in the larger, neighbourhood-wide planning process. Lunch is provided and childcare is available.
Sat, Feb 14 | 10am-3pm | DETAILS

SCIENCE | Head out to UBC this week to get in on an entire festival focused on the evolution of life. FestEVOLVE honours the science, theories and physical evidence of evolution through talks, museum tours, and a series of hands-on activities. Pro tip: February 12th is Charles Darwin’s birthday and the Beaty Biodiversity Museum has lined up a survival of the sweetestevolution or ecology-themed cake-making competition to mark the day.
Feb. 10-15 | 10am-5pm | 2212 Main Mall, UBC | DETAILS

MOVIES | Finally! “The Valentine’s Day-esque Leonardo DiCaprio double bill you’ve waited your whole life for!” Titanic and Romeo + Juliet (as well as grilled cheese and beer). Really, what more is there to say? Titanic is up first – doors 7:30pm (movie 8pm). R&J starts at 11:59pm.
Fri, Feb. 13 | 1660 East Broadway | $14 for both | DETAILS

STAR STRUCK | Looking for something a little different to do on Valentine’s Day? How about a tour of the night sky from the perspective of an astrologer and an astronomer? Cool, right? Astrologer Rose Marcus will tag-team with Astronomer Derek Kief in an effort to explain the connection between stars and lovers.
Sat, Feb. 14 | 7:30 & 9pm | H.R. MacMillan Space Centre (1100 Chestnut St) | DETAILS

VERY SUPERSTITION | You might want to take a little extra care around the ladders and black cats this Friday because it’s Friday the 13th. On the Gregorian calendar, Friday the 13th takes place once every 212.35 days and the 13th of any month is marginally more likely to be a Friday than any other day of the week (I got this little tidbit from Wikipedia). We suggest riding it out with a can of Lucky lager and a good dose of fresh air (skies are scheduled to clear and there is a chance of a beautiful sunset). That being said, trust nothing.

POP UP | Carol and Ada Chan of Petit Four Pastries are temporarily taking over 434 Columbia Street this weekend. Go big and hit the Valentines Day-themed dessert tasting (8-10pm) on Friday or Saturday night. $30 buys you a three course dessert tasting menu (paired with wine is a little extra). The tasting menu is a ticketed event but at the time of writing there are still a few seats left.
Feb 11-14 | 6-10pm | 434 Columbia | DETAILS

EAT LOCAL | Food Truck February continues at the Winter Farmers Market this week. Remember that the market moves from the parking lot at Nat Bailey Stadium across the street to the old Riley Park Community Centre lot this week. Hit up those farmers for fresh kale, crispy apples, leeks, beets, potatoes and squash, as well as goodies like baked goods, preserves and local honey.
Sat, Feb 14 | 10am – 2pm | 30th & Ontario | DETAILS

CROWS | Have you ever witnessed the menacing stream of crows (aka the Crow Commute) cutting across the Vancouver skyline at sundown and wondered where they’re headed? Well, this Sunday you’re invited to hop on your bicycle and follow them to find out. The Still Moon Arts Society have organized Crow Roost Twilight Bike Ride that follows the crows to their roost on the banks of Still Creek on the Vancouver/Burnaby border. This is a rain or shine gig, so be smart and dress for the weather. Meet at Renfrew Skytrain Station at 5:15pm.
Sun, Feb 15 | 5:15pm | Renfrew Skytrain Station | Free | DETAILS

DRAMA | Opera Pro Cantanti presents a matinee performance of Verdi’s La Traviata on Sunday. “This romantic and tragic tale of a courtesan who makes a supreme sacrifice for love has captured the heart of audiences the world over, and has been adapted into countless works of homage (including the popular film “Moulin Rouge.”) Nothing like a little drama to complete your Valentines Day weekend!
Sun, Feb 15 | 3pm | Cambrian Hall (Welsh Society) 215 E 17th Ave | $18 | 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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