The Scout List, Vol. 444

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 October 25 to October 31, 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.

MAKE | Looking for a cool Halloween party accessory? Like the idea of building something beautiful only to smash it into smithereens? Roll your sleeves up, grab a glue gun and make a piñata this weekend. Craft queen and piñata expert Meaghan Kennedy teams up with her neighbour and crafting pal Marisa to put on a FREE community piñata-making workshop at Gordon Neighbourhood House this Saturday. Each participant will leave with his or her own piñata. Light snacks and refreshments provided. So rad! Sat, Oct 28 | 11am-2pm | Gordon Neighbourhood House (1019 Broughton St.) | Free | DETAILS

STRANGER THINGS | Not feeling social? The second season of Stranger Things drops on Friday and we can’t think of a better excuse to cancel plans and dig in for a solid dose of binge-watching. Grab a blanket and a plate full of eggo waffles before hitting the couch for the long haul. Each episode approaches 1hr in length and there are nine of them in season 2. Fri, Oct 27 | DETAILS

OPENING | Grunt Gallery is an artist-run centre working to bring contemporary art programming to the public. This week they’re hosting an opening reception for an exhibition with Montréal-based artist Dominique Pétrin, who creates large scale immersive, highly graphic installations that transform space. For this exhibition – “You won’t solve the problem with an air freshener” – the artist creates an on-site work composed of silkscreened paper pasted to gallery walls. As Grunt describes “Freely inspired by the history of ornamentation and pixelated digital aesthetics, Pétrin’s installations are often riotous in execution, creating an environment both vibrant and unsettling.” Get ready for an experience. Opening reception is Thursday, October 26 from, 7pm to 10pm. The exhibition runs to December 9, 2017. Thu, Oct. 26 | 7-10pm | Grunt Gallery (350 E 2nd Ave.) | DETAILS

THE BIG REVEAL | Emily Carr University of Art + Design has officially moved into its new Great Northern Way campus! To celebrate, this Friday and Saturday (October 27th and 28th) they’re opening their doors to the public for The Big Reveal – an art-packed campus warming event. Highlights include the alumni retrospective art show, 88 Artists from 88 Years, an exhibition exploring our relationships with the Pacific Ocean (The Pacific), “a community weaving project, open studios, print demo’s and giveaways, a digital graffiti wall, animation screenings, motion capture demo’s and much more.” Cap it off with some fabulous art from the Alumni Art Market. Fri, Oct. 27, 2–9pm & Sat, Oct. 28, 10am–6pm | ECUAD (520 East 1st Ave.) Free | DETAILS

FILM | There is still time to catch Ex Libris, The New York Public Library at Vancity Theatre. From VIFF “If you are looking for a film to restore your faith in society, this epic immersion in the multifaceted work of the New York Public Library by master documentarian Fred Wiseman will do the trick. Like Wiseman’s National Gallery and La Danse, Ex Libris explores an institution dedicated to sustaining culture beyond the commercial model; it’s a film flowing with ideas about art, science, education, access and empowerment – as such it may be the most subtly political movie of the year.” Faith in humanity and hot buttered popcorn? That’s a pretty good score on a Thursday night. Thu, Oct. 26 | 7pm | Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.) | $12 | DETAILS

READ | Speaking of libraries, grab a pocket full of cash and hustle yourself down to the Vancouver Public Library this weekend and you can Outfit yourself with a solid assortment of Autumn reads the famous Fall Book Sale. Rifle though thousands of discarded and gently used books. Thousands! And all of them going for less than $2.50 each. Don’t forget to bring a bag (or two). Oct 26 (10 am–9 pm) Oct 27 (10 am–6 pm) Oct 28 (10 am–6 pm) | VPL (Alice MacKay Room) | DETAILS 

MOOD MUSIC | Get into the Halloween spirit with a night of super scary organ music. Slip into a dark, neo-Gothic church and take a seat to watch the original (we’re talking 1910!) “Frankenstein” set to live organ accompaniment (as it would have been in the era of silent films). Expect cobwebs, bats, vampires and witches as well as post-concert treats for all. Costumes encouraged! Fri, Oct. 27 | 7:30-9pm | St. Andrew’s–Wesley United Church (1022 Nelson Street)| Free | DETAILS

HARVEST | This weekend is the last market of the 2017 farming season out at UBC Farm so be sure to stock up on veggies, crispy apples, free-range eggs and beautiful flowers. Most importantly, grab yourself one of those stunning Cinderella pumpkins to carve up in time for Halloween. Dusty orange, light green, even white – whole piles are sorted by size and price ($5, $10, $15, and $20) next to the Harvest Hut. Sat, Oct. 28 | 9am – 1pm | UBC Farm (3461 Ross Dr.) | DETAILS

BEER | Get yourself down to the Terminal City Glass Co-op in East Van this Saturday night for their annual Hot Glass Cold Beer event. It pairs a craft beer tasting with glassblowing demonstrations. Pours from 8 local breweries will be on offer, plus fantastic music, food (the Disco Cheetah truck will be on site), a pumpkin carving contest, beer pong and costumes. $55 gets you in the door and furnishes you with a handblown tasting glass and 7 handy beer tasting tokens. Art and beer? You can’t go wrong! Sat, Oct. 28 | 7-midnight | Terminal City Glass Co-op (1191 Parker St.) | $55 | DETAILS

PARADE OF LOST SOULS | Every year on the last weekend of October a shadowy procession of characters meanders through the streets of East Van. No one knows precisely which streets the parade will claim until the last moment, but when the crowd starts to gather and the lanterns are lit, the magic spreads throughout the whole community. Inspired by Day of the Dead celebrations, parade goers are encouraged to join the procession in costume, remember friends and family members who have departed, and celebrate life as they wander through dark streets enjoying pop-up performances, live music and art installations. Check the Facebook event page (here) at midnight on October 27th to find out the coordinates of the parade for the 28th. Sat, Oct. 28 | Various times and places | Free | DETAILS

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