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Go analog: Social artist Julien Thomas and Hughes Condon Marler Architects (HCMA) thought it would be interesting to construct a space that was free of cellular and digital signals – a space that encourages personal connections over digital ones. To achieve this, the designers installed electromagnetic mesh shields that "prevent the entry or escape of electrical influences" in a pop-up space called Faraday Cafe. The shields have the appearance of an art installation of sorts, so the space is an interesting conversation starter. Faraday Cafe opened for business Wednesday. It will host pop-up dinner parties (Wednesdays at 7 p.m.), afternoon DJ sets (Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 3 p.m.) and a storytelling evening on July 15.
Now through July 16, daily 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (closed Sundays). 434 Columbia St. chinatownexperiment.com
Architecture: Learn about art deco by taking a Vancouver Heritage Foundation walking tour with historian Maurice Guibord. He will lead participants through the streets of downtown pointing out distinctive lines, ornamental details, colours and geometric shapes typical of the style.
Friday, July 4, 10 a.m. - noon. Meet at Christ Church Cathedral.(Burrard and West Georgia Streets) |vancouverheritagefoundation.org
Sail: Get in on a little live music, barbecued food and birthday cake in celebration of Jericho Sailing Centre's 40th anniversary. The low-cost oceanfront community centre with concrete floors dusted in sand, sparsely outfitted instructional classrooms and a straightforward burger and beer menu doesn't deal in pretension or exclusivity. It gets right down to the business of enjoying salt air and waves.
Saturday, July 5, 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Jericho Sailing Centre (1300 Discovery) jsca.bc.ca
Secret spaces: Theatre Conspiracy is a Vancouver organization that produces theatrical events intended to inspire conversation about international issues and themes. To finance its productions, the theatre holds a series of intimate dinners in one-of-a-kind locations. This Friday night there will be a Secret Spaces dinner at a studio in Mount Pleasant. Not only will attendees of the Whiskey Walls & Leather Tables dinner enjoy cocktails, wine and a six-course dinner (plated by Chef Kevin Mooney of Shaughnessy Restaurant at VanDusen Botanical Gardens), but also the studio itself sounds amazing: an understated, energy-efficient conversion of a 1911 butcher shop lined with Douglas fir that has been sealed with a blend of Canadian whisky and beeswax.
Friday, July 4, 6:30 - 11 p.m. Scott & Scott Architects' Studio (Mount Pleasant) conspiracy.ca
Craft: Learn to make sake. Mogu Mogu Goute (a local blog focused on simple, healthy Japanese food) will set up at District Main Garden Patio to teach the basics about equipment and ingredients required to make doburoku (a farmer's style rice ale or sake). Learn about the different rice grades, sanitization precautions, the fermentation process, and how to monitor and adjust your sake for taste. The $40 fee includes a starter kit containing koji, dry yeast, rice and cheese cloth.
Saturday, July 5, 7 - 8:30 p.m. District Main Garden Patio (4453 Main St.) $40 mogumogugoute.com