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DESIGN | Vancouver Design Week injects an impressive roster of design-centric events into the city this week. Expect everything from parties to pop-ups, talks and tours, exhibits and workshops, all aimed at exploring the "unique design ecosystem" of our city. This weekend, you can take a modern house tour, participate in a nerd jam, attend laser-cutting and digital-fabrication demonstrations as well as poke your head into architecture and creative design firms for a tour. Have a look at the VDW website for a full lineup of events.
Sept. 15-28, Various locations, times and prices, vancouverdesignwk.com
READ | Outfit yourself with a solid assortment of autumn reads at the Friends of The Vancouver Public Library book sale this weekend. Thousands of discarded and gently used books go on sale starting Thursday, all for less than $2.50 each. The special thing about this sale is more than 800 comic books will be in the mix. Pro tip: On Saturday, all books and comics are half price.
Sept. 18-20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Vancouver Public Library (350 Georgia St.), friendsofthevpl.ca
COLOURS OF THE COAST | Thirty artists from the IDEA (Illustration and Design) program at Capilano University have been busy painting their impressions of Vancouver. The resulting body of work is impressive in style, talent and breadth – have a look at it on the official website . For an even better look at what young talent in the city is producing, head to Harbour Centre on Thursday night, where all original works will be on display against the 360-degree backdrop of the city in the Vancouver Lookout space. Expect live painting demonstrations, refreshments, art work, and lots of inspiration.
Thu, Sept. 18, 5-9 p.m., Vancouver Lookout (555 W Hastings), Free, capreflections.com
MIDCENTURY MODERN | The Vancouver Heritage Foundation is holding its annual Midcentury Modern Residential House Tour this weekend. Participants get to tour the interiors of five West Coast regional-style modernist homes in Vancouver. Architecture wonks will appreciate that this year's tour includes homes by architects including Ned Pratt and Barry Downs, and a Duncan McNab home with landscaping by Cornelia Hahn Oberlander. At a post-tour reception at Vancouver Maritime Museum, participants will be invited to hear Professor Sherry McKay talk about the history of modernism in Vancouver over refreshments.
Sept. 20, 1-5 p.m., Various locations, $85, vancouverheritagefoundation.org
SECRET SUPPER | The Swallow Tail Secret Supper Club is holding one of its quick-to-sell-out dinners this weekend. This time, it is joining forces with Ignacio Arrieta of La Mezcalaria to host a dinner in support of artist Angela Fama. Ms. Fama is a local photographer who is raising funds for a project ("What is Love?") in which she will take a pop-up Boler photo studio across North America to photograph the subtle micro-expressions that appear when someone is asked about the word "love." Short story: you buy a seat at a fancy Mexican dinner (in a garden if it's sunny and in a wine cellar should there be rain) and proceeds go to fund the project.
Sat, Sept. 20, 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. seatings, Location revealed at ticket purchase, $79 swallowtail.ca