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 March 14 to March 20, 2018. 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.
BEER FEST | Satisfy that mid-week hankering for beer among your fellow suds-lovers at the East Side Beer Fest this Wednesday. The party goes down at Wise Hall and though the forecast is for rain we doubt that will dampen the festive mood indoors, especially with over 20 breweries participating. Find out more.
HONOUR | This Friday filmmaker, feminist scholar, writer, composer and artist Trinh T. Minh-ha will be making an appearance at The Cinematheque for the screening of her 2015 film, Forgetting Vietnam. Born in Vietnam, Trinh is taking time off from her current professorial duties at the University of Berkeley to attend the Vancouver premiere and discuss the film, which combines footage of her home country from 1995 and 2012 to poetically commemorate the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. Unsurprisingly, advance tickets have already sold out, but there will still be a few coveted ones available at the door. If you’d rather hedge your bets you can still familiarize yourself with Minh-ha’s repertoire when her better-known 1989 film, Surname Viet Given Name Nam plays Thursday night at 7pm. Find out more.
CITY | Think Vancouver needs more small scale venues for live music and specialty film? Get yourself to St. James Hall on Thursday for a peek at plans for the revival of the Hollywood Theatre. The open house-style event intends to inform the public on plans for the redevelopment of the historic theatre (don’t worry, the stunning art deco features and that great neon sign will stay). Expect discussion on film, culture, community and architecture and the rad things that happen when those things intersect in a neighbourhood. Find out more.
TRIBUTE | Wind down your week on a nostalgic but feel-good note by attending the Biltmore Cabaret’s Tribute Night to The Tragically Hip on Thursday. The roster consists of three local musicians – Stephen Toon, Zulu Panda and George Montebruno – playing the Hip’s iconic ‘Fully Completely’ album in its entirety, with all proceeds from ticket sales donated to the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund. Find out more.
ORA COGAN | You’ll want to head to The Lido early on Saturday evening because the bar will likely be packed by the time Ora Cogan plays her free gig at 10pm. We suggest segueing from your dinner plans (Barbarella Pizzeria and The Black Lodge are both within walking distance in opposite directions) and capping the night off with a combo of ethereally poppy tunes, good drinks and The Lido’s rad vibes. Find out more.
FUSE | Head down to the Vancouver Art Gallery on Friday for a late-night art party. From the VAG: “In dialogue with the Vancouver Art Gallery’s spring exhibition season, FUSE: Transcendence/Destruction traverses the heights and depths of human experience through absurd, mundane and political gestures. Featuring all shades of performance—from prop comedy to experimental theatre to music and animation, and even an artist bar—the evening’s happenings will distort and synthesize the boundary between tradition and futurity. FUSE: Transcendence/Destruction will foster wild abandon and speculative contemplation in the same breath, asking us to find ourselves in the richness of the space between.” All four floors of the Gallery’s current exhibitions will be on view during the evening, including Living, Building, Thinking: art and expressionism; A Cultivating Journey: The Herman Levy Legacy; Takashi Murakami: The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg, among others. Find out more.
MAKE | Looking for something creative to do this week but feel like you’re ready to expand beyond glue sticks and glitter? Hit Terminal City Glass Co-op in East Van and learn how to work with glass! Participants in each 20 minute session will roll up their sleeves to create a colourful glass weight with the help of a professional glass artist (molten glass is nothing you want to start fiddling with unless you’ve got some serious experience to back you up). No experience required (beginners welcome), but space is limited and we regularly see Terminal City Glass Co-op events sell out. You’ll want in on this action, so book your session now. Find out more.
GROW | It’s time to start planting your summer salad garden. You don’t have to have a proper plot of land (or even a yard) to grown your ingredients. Skip out to UBC Farm on Saturday for a workshop on how to grow food in small spaces (think balconies, containers, and small patios) and learn how to maximize limited space for highest yield. This beginner level workshop will offer hands-on demonstrations and discussion of troubleshooting techniques to school participants on how to keep soil healthy with common potting mixes and composts, water management, and the value of companion and succession planting. Leave with a draft plan for planting and maintaining our space at home. Mmm…peas, beets, lettuce, spinach, chives, swiss chard, and kale right there on your windowsill — so rewarding! Find out more.
HANDMADE | Looking to refresh your wardrobe for Spring? Don’t miss out on First Pick Handmade this weekend: “a handmade fashion and accessories show with a boutique department store feel.” Pick up jewellery, leather goods, swimwear, and a sweet Winterluxe hat made from recycled super-soft cashmere (spring weather can be nippy, keep those ears warm). Everything is handmade. All local. All good. Find out more.
FIND BALANCE | On Saturday, March 17th the Emily Carr University campus is hosting their 2nd Annual TEDxECUAD, the theme being ‘Equilibrium.’ Featuring seven speakers, this is a continuation of the discussion started at their first event, which focused on the then-freshly-opened University campus establishing a relationship with their new community. In typical TED form, the day-long event is jam-packed with a wildly diverse array of entertainment across some rather unusual platforms, including art, live music, contemporary dance and acro yoga. Snag your tickets before someone else does. Find out more.
EQUINOX | Spring gets real next week. The Vernal Equinox (March 20 at 9:15am) officially signals the beginning of longer days and warmer weather. Yup, pack up the winter hats and coats, folks! It’s time to turn soil and appreciate cherry blossoms! Fun fact: There are those who claim that the Vernal Equinox is the only day of the year when an egg can be perfectly balanced on its end and hours of frustration/fun can be had giving it a shot.
Tue, Mar. 20 | 9:15am | Free and so exciting