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The Scout List: A comedy show, dining on spot prawns, and tasting artisanal spirits

Spot prawns pour out of a prawn trap caught in the waters of the George Strait in the Discovery Islands May 30, 2012.

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Editor's Note: Globe B.C. has joined forces with Scout Magazine to give you the best of what's happening in Vancouver this weekend. For a full week's worth of listings, head over to the complete Scout List, updated each Monday.

Laugh: Everyone adjusts to a new city at different rates and in different ways. Vancouverite: A Comedy Show has a giggle at those initial growing pains. Organizers Amber Harper-Young and Brent Constantine have wrangled a roster of local comedians (Andrew MacLachlan, Chris Griffin, Fatima Dhowre, Heather Jordan Ross, Jordan Cohen and Stefan MacNeil) to tell their stories. This show is as perfect for those new to this city as it is for those who have lived here forever. – giving a side-splitting perspective of what it's like to become a Vancouverite.

Friday, May 9, 8-10 p.m. (doors 7:30), 2206 Main Street at 6th Avenue, $5 advance, $10 door

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Feast: Spot prawns are coming to False Creek's Fisherman's Wharf. The official season begins on Saturday with the annual Spot Prawn Festival (just west of Granville Island on the south side of False Creek). The event, founded by the Chefs' Table Society of B.C., is always a sell-out. A single $15 ticket gets you a plate of three B.C. spot prawns as well as sauces, salad and baked goods. Alternatively, you can opt for the "brine and dine" package that gives you admission for two to the Spot Prawn Boil as well as a snappy-looking Chefs' Table Society insulated tote bag (handy for taking your live spot prawns home). At last count, there were 150 tickets left.

Saturday, May 10, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., False Creek Fishermen's Wharf, $15,

Splurge: Make your way to the Maritime Labour Centre to check out the super-cool handmade wares of more than 70 indie artists. Got Craft? is one of the best craft shows in town. Check out new ceramics by Gabrielle Burke, pick up some salt from the Salt Dispensary, take a look at the jewellery Foe & Dear have for spring, or pick up a few bags of Chai Caramels from the Candid Confectioner. If you're one of the first 50 through the door you could score a free swag bag of goodies, which include handmade items from vendors.

Saturday, May 10 and Sunday, May 11, 10 a.m to 5 p.m., 1880 Triumph St., $3,

HAWKERS | The Hawkers Market goes down this weekend. Make your way to Studio East to check out the fine lineup of vendors that organizers have rallied to fill their new larger space. Grab yourself a beer from 33 Acres Brewing, a plump doughnut from Electric Jelly Doughnuts, pickled preserves from Three Feet Below, a cookie shooter (a shot glass formed from cookie dough and filled with Nuez milk), Filipino food from Flip Top Truck, and tea from Oollo Tea. Walk-ins are allowed but tickets are available in advance and arriving early is recommended. Music and good vibes continue until late.

Saturday, May 10 | 6 p.m.-late | Studio East (480 Frances St.) | $10/$15 at the door


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Spirits: Players from B.C.'s microdistillery scene are congregating to provide spirit wonks with a snapshot of their burgeoning industry at BC Distilled. Expect 16 of B.C.'s finest small-batch distilleries (along with one from Yukon) sampling and showcasing their artisanal spirits and liqueurs. You should also anticipate cocktail-making demonstrations, tastings, serious conversations, and general booze-nerdery.

Saturday, May 10, 6-9 p.m., CBC Studios (700 Hamilton St.), $49,

Community: Get yourself to the Britannia Community Centre for the Stone Soup Festival, a celebration of food, art, the environment and community, and includes growing and planting workshops, a talk about "feeding a hungry planet with engaged ecology," a class on how to use recycled materials for painting and printmaking, live music, food and plant vendors and free soup.

Saturday, May 10, 12-5 p.m., 1661 Napier, Free,

Watch: The Documentary Film Festival (DOXA) is on, with almost 100 screenings at various venues about town. This week's highlights include a screening of Cesar's Last Fast, which tells the story of United Farm Workers union leader Cesar Chavez and his last hunger strike protesting the treatment of farm workers and their exposure to carcinogenic pesticides. Poet and activist Raul Gatica and Simon Fraser University professor Gerardo Otero will lead a discussion after the film.

Now through May 11, Various times, various venues,

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