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Get up: This Friday brings the monthly morning gathering for creative types known as Creative Mornings, an event that includes a 20-minute lecture followed by a 20-minute group discussion centred on creativity. It begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends with everyone splitting for work at 10. This month’s presenters, Ilana Labow and Marc Schutzbank of Fresh Roots Urban Farm, will speak on the topic of food (the international theme adopted by Creative Mornings for this month). As growers, distributors, educators and food lovers, Ms. Labow and Mr. Schutzbank are sure to have lots to share, and you’ll leave re-energized and inspired to start your day. Tickets get snapped up fast, so don’t wait, visit creativemornings.com for details. Friday, June 7, 8:30 to 10 a.m., Dodson House (25 E Hastings St.), creativemornings.com.
Go indie: Music Waste is on! The annual independent art, music and comedy festival will spread across numerous city blocks to bring you close to 100 bands playing at a variety of venues – all within reasonable walking distance from one another. This year’s lineup could keep anyone solidly busy from Thursday afternoon straight through to Sunday night with short breaks for food and sleep. Full festival passes are only $15. Music Waste gigs and happenings are so numerous and so good that it’s difficult to narrow them down. Find your way to the Music Waste website for a look at the schedule and to customize your own must-see shortlist. June 6-9, various times and venues, musicwaste.ca.
Fuse: This is a good weekend to take the little ones to the Vancouver Art Gallery. It’s Family Fuse Weekend and all sorts of fantastic fun are afoot. There will be performers, dancers, musicians and other creative artists leading workshops and tours focused on the theme of “Wonderlands” (inspired by Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life). Design your dream hotel and then build a model of it using materials provided by the gallery; paint your own “room with a view”; or create a matchbox-sized hotel that will slip neatly inside your pocket. The whole weekend will be filled with travel-themed activities. Kids under 12 get in for free with a paying adult. Saturday June 8 and Sunday June 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby St.), vanartgallery.bc.ca.
Italian Day: Italian Day on Commercial Drive goes down on Sunday. There are few things more intoxicatingly Vancouver than a little sunshine on your face as you walk up the middle of The Drive, through a gentle haze of incense and curbside barbecue smoke, while you take in community group tables, food booths and live music. Adding to that are many options for a good cup of coffee, some Venetian carnival masks, a display of classic cars and a bocce court on 3rd Avenue. Does it get any better? Only if you remember to leave the car at home (driving will be impossible). Sunday, June 9, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Commercial Drive (Venables to Grandview), thedrive.ca.
Sign painter: Last week we told you about an art exhibition celebrating the art of the hand-painted sign at East Vancouver’s Smash Gallery. That exhibition was conceived to coincide with the Canadian premiere of the documentary The Sign Painter Movie taking place at the Rio Theatre this weekend. Using interviews with numerous practising sign painters, this film documents the “invisible art” of painting signage the old-school way – with brush, paint and vision. The movie will be screened twice, once on Friday night and again on Saturday night. Directors Faythe Levine and Sam Macon, visiting from the United States, will be in attendance for a post-film Q&A. June 7 and 8, 7:30 p.m., the Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway), riotheatre.ca.
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