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 December 12 to December 18, 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.
OPEN | Looking for a new place to meet up for tea and mochi? Usagi, a new Japanese wagashiya-style cafe and retail store, opens this week. The tiny space (only six seats!) will serve house made rice ball lunch sets, tea and mochi five days a week. Hours are 10am to 4pm, Wednesday through Friday, and 11am to 4pm on weekends. Find out more.
ART | Lets face it, Vancouver can be a little flat in these damp and colourless months and it’s a long haul until summer. Thankfully, there is a new exhibition opening at Field Contemporary this week that might just help you though the darkness. Drawn from her time on Savary Island and Mexico City, artist Stephanie Aitken’s ability to capture flickers of warmth, light and colour is a much needed reminder that there are more colours in life than grey and muddy green. Unless you’re hopping a plane for sunshine this week, we suggest you catch the opening exhibition for Stephanie Aitken: Savary Island and Mexico City Watercolours, 2015-2018 on Thursday night and spend a minute remembering. This show continues until January 12th, 2019. Find out more.
MEAN GIRLS | Calling all Bees and Wannabees! Fortune Sound Club sounds like it’ll be a blast this Thursday night. The Chinatown night spot is hosting a local Vancouver Drag Queen script-reading of Mean Girls followed by Mean Girls drag musical performances. A fancy cocktail at The Keefer Bar, followed by some Mean Girls and a bit of drag — a fine way to get primed for the weekend! Doors open at 7:30pm and the show starts at 8:30pm. $10 advance tickets available online here.
ART + DONUTS | East Van’s Slice of Gallery is hosting their last art show of the year this Thursday night. “Flora Dermis” includes recent nature-inspired art by local low-brow artist duo Hannah Marsland and Julia Wakeling, plus donuts and merch from local pastry institution Lee’s Donuts. That’s quite the pairing! The show will be up at SOL until December 27th but trust that the donuts won’t last long…just saying. Find out more.
GET CREEPY | Hiding out in a dark theatre sounds pretty great right about now, doesn’t it? How about a couple of hours of escapism to a creepy Cold War era Berlin ballet school run by witches? Yes, please! This Sunday night the Rio Theatre is doing a final screening of this year’s remake of the horror classic ‘Suspiria’. It includes a killer cast of female stars and a new soundtrack by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke that will surely help wash away the holiday stress and jingles. Bonus: since this is at the Rio you can hook yourself up properly with a double-fist of beer and grilled cheese. Find out more.
CULTURE | Mixed Gems is a monthly curated event that brings together an always different mix of local talent (think music, art, film, readings, live projections, and comedy) at rotating venues around town for truly unique experience. This month, they pop-up at Red Gate Gallery. Expect a joint photography show (Vancouver artists Bev Davies and Art Perry are exhibiting photographs of iconic people/bands from Lou Reed and Princess Di to Patti Smith and Andy Warhol) as well as live music (Chain Whip, Rinse Dream and Shitlord Fuckerman play), karaoke, stick ‘n poke tattooing and general good times. Find out more.
TREES | If you’re going to pick up a tree for the holidays, this is a great weekend to do it. If this is a solo activity for you: perfect – away you go! But if you’re doing it with a partner, or with a whole gaggle of family members, it’s nice to have a plan. To avoid mini meltdowns on the lot about the pros and cons of Douglas Fir vs. Pine, or where your tree will sit in your home, or what height it should be, we suggest you check out Aunt Leah’s Pop-up Tree Lot. Located directly beside Luppolo Brewing in East Van, this tree lot comes with the added convenience of almost on-site beer. Head into Luppolo for a pint and civilized conversation about all of your tree concerns prior to purchase! Extra good news: Proceeds from Aunt Leah’s help fund programs that aim to keep children in foster care from becoming homeless (and mothers in need from losing custody of their children). Find out more.
MAKE IT! | I hate to break it to you, but if you’ve been stalling on your holiday shopping you’re starting to run out of time. Don’t put yourself in a position where you’re scouring the isles of the local 7’11. Score one-of-a-kind items handmade by local designers at the Make It! show this weekend. Not only will you find table after table of cool and imaginative clothing, accessories and jewellery, but you’ll also find a beer garden, food trucks and a cool vibe. Find out more.
SHOP | The Winter Shop at Atelier St. George is up and running. Enter the gallery/shop through the enchanting Wild Bunch Floral Studio to check out this year’s collection of beautiful handmade objects and art. From ceramics, linens and wooden spoons to woven baskets, hand made hats and raw diamond earrings, expect soft, earthy colours and natural materials. Extra bonus: Annabelle Choi Studio is rumoured to periodically drop in with her cultured foods and baked goods.
LISTEN | We are officially in winter next week. Don’t panic. The trick is not to fight it. Put on your cozy sweater, fill up on comfort food, pour yourself a whisky and embrace it. A dramatic soundtrack can help. There are still a few seats left for the Winter Harp performance at St. Andrew’s-Wesley United Church this Saturday night. Winter Harp’s musicians and singers (wearing medieval costume) perform a set from familiar carols to Celtic and medieval music. If that doesn’t help deliver you into the drama of the season, what will? Grab a seat (here) while tickets are still available. Find out more.
FLASHBACK | When was the last time you hid out in a theatre avoiding reality for an afternoon? Can’t remember? Rectify that tragedy by taking in a matinee screening of Mid 90’s at The Rio this Saturday. From The Rio: “Two-time Oscar-nominated actor Jonah Hill‘s (SUPERBAD, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET) auspicious directorial debut MID90s (which he also wrote) is a smart, funny, sweet and insightful coming-of-age film set in 1990s Los Angeles, where 13-year-old Stevie escapes his turbulent home life by hanging out with a new group of friends he meets at a local skate shop, plunging him into a world of fun, danger and excitement. With Sunny Suljic, Lucas Hedges, Katherine Waterston.” Advance tickets ($10.50) might be a good call for this one. Find out more.