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ICE CREAM SOCIAL | Beta5 is expanding its menu for the weekend. On Friday night (from 7 until sunset) and again on Saturday afternoon between 1 and 5 p.m., the award-winning East Vancouver chocolate and pastry shop will be serving up ice cream sandwiches, sundaes, floats, and other frozen treats. A trip to Beta5 always yields good things. Indeed, the prospect of a proper sundae built by this team is a mind-blowingly attractive one, and if the window for such an indulgence is only 24 hours long, it shouldn’t be missed! Expect a limited edition run of frozen cream puff with mojito sorbet, and (Saturday only) a baked Alaska with raspberry frozen yogurt and oatmeal macaron as well as root beer floats on both days.
Friday, 7 p.m. till sunset | Sat, 1-5 p.m. | 413 Industrial Avenue | Beta5.ca
LISTEN | Rain City Chronicles happens this Saturday. The theme for this round of storytelling is The Great Outdoors. RCC believes that everyone has a great personal story to tell and they make it their business to create opportunities for communities to share them. Not only can attendees expect an eclectic lineup of speakers taking the stage to tell you their best outdoor story, but once again the team aims to enhance your experience with food and drink befitting the theme. Look forward to handmade pies from the Pie Shoppe (made using fruit grown at the UBC Farm) and botanical punch crafted with Odd Society’s Wallflower Gin. Add to that a little bluegrass music and a fresh air venue (you’re invited to bring a blanket and picnic) and this is pretty much the perfect Saturday night. This event always sells out, so get sorted with tickets quickly at www.RainCityChronicles.com
Saturday, Aug. 9 | 6-10 p.m. | UBC Botanical Garden | $18 | www.RainCityChronicles.com
PHOTOGRAPHY | Vancouver photographer Lincoln Clarkes has a new show opening at Initial Gallery this week. He has a compellingly voyeuristic style that catches moments and focuses on untold stories. As Initial Gallery explains, the artist has a gift for transforming “a glance into a scene to be noticed, to be savoured.” The show continues until Aug. 30, but we recommend you hit the opening reception for Giving Notice on Thursday night, 6-9 p.m.
Thurday, Aug. 7 | 6 - 9 p.m. | Initial Gallery (2339 Granville St.) | Free | www.initialgallery.com
MOVIE | If the heat is getting to you and you’re ready for an air-conditioned retreat, make your way to the Rio Theatre this Friday night for the Indiana Jones Trilogy Marathon. Yup, you can dig in for over six hours of chilly air and awesome adventure. We’re talking Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, and The Last Crusade back to back to back. Add a grilled cheese and a beer and there’s no reason to leave until well after midnight. Dress up in a film-related costume and take $2 off admission.
Friday, Aug. 8 | 7 p.m. till late | Rio Theatre (1660 E Broadway) | $8 | www.riotheatre.ca
BE PRODUCTIVE | Summer isn’t particularly conducive to work. If you’ve got a project on the go that needs some attention and you think a change of scenery and a positive work environment might help speed things along, consider taking your laptop down to The Chinatown Experiment. From Aug. 5-14, the cool little pop-up space on Columbia Street will be opening its doors for 10 days of free co-working. Focus, connect, work, hang out – put a serious dent in that To Do List.
Now through to Aug. 14 | 434 Columbia St. | www.chinatownexperiment.com
ROVE | Main Street is the place to be on Thursday night. With eight art openings happening at the same time, a slow summer stroll will pack in a lot of culture. We’re particularly stoked to check out new (sugar-coated but creepy) works by Rebecca Chaperon at the artists studio (see Rove map on link below), Two Faced (new works by Sophia Ahamed and Jose Rivas) at Hot Wet Art City, and the results of Jamie Smith’s latest project Words To Live By (the artist canvassed Vancouverites for sayings and mantras to inspire a series of paintings). Break up your gallery viewings with a beer at Brassneck or an iced coffee at Gene. For a full list of what is going on, visit http://www.jamiesmithstudio.com.
Thursday, Aug. 7 | 6-10 p.m. | Various Locations on Main Street | Free
DUMPLING TIME | The Vancouver Chinatown Festival goes down this weekend. Expect a day market loaded with potato tornadoes, plastic guns, sun visors and bubble tea, as well as live performances, a youth talent show and so much more. The best part of the weekend will be the highly anticipated Golden Dumpling Cook Off and Derby. Twenty restaurants (including Ask For Luigi, Bestie, Harvest Community Foods, Homer St. Cafe and Bar, Maenam, Wildebeest, Vij’s, Winner Winner and returning champion, Pidgin) will compete for top prize and guests are invited to taste each competitor’s entry with the use of their dumpling passport ($35). This event is so sold out that there’s no point in telling you where to buy tickets, but the good news is that there will be 100 tickets available on site on the day of the cook-off (don’t expect them to last longer than a few minutes). If you miss out on the cook-off, take solace from the fact that you can watch the dumpling eating derby for free.
Festival: Aug. 9 & 10 | Columbia & Keefer, Chinatown
Golden Dumpling Cook Off | Aug. 10 | 12-5 p.m.
SUPERMOON | Clear a little time on your schedule and source yourself the key ingredients (a cold beer, good friends and a view) to make the most of the rise of the full supermoon on Sunday night. The great thing about a moonrise of this calibre is that it will make any view spectacular – city, country, beach or mountain.
Aug. 10 | Sunset will be at 8:38pm on Sunday
HARMONY ARTS | Scoot over the bridge for Harmony Arts Festival this weekend. Grab a cold lemonade and a wander through the craft market showcasing loads of one-of-a-kind pottery, jewellery, textiles, woodwork and glass designs all made by locals. Hang around after the sun goes down for outdoor movies, and concerts.
Now through Aug. 10 | Ambleside, West Van | Free | DETAILS