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The Scout List: Cherry blossoms, laughter and an art gallery’s birthday bash

A young woman photographs cherry blossoms in full bloom in downtown Vancouver on March 31, 2014.


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. See the list in calendar view here.

Opening: Hot Art Wet City Gallery celebrates its one-year anniversary this month, and gallery owner Chris Bentzen has organized a group show to mark the occasion. Voices From Another Room showcases five local artists, all of whom work in paper. As Mr. Bentzen explains: "This exhibition showcases paper as an artistic medium unto itself, and demonstrates its versatility beyond the role of a mere surface for other materials. Rachael Ashe, Alison Woodward, Joseph Wu, Connie Sabo and Sarah Gee Miller produce strikingly different styles of work, but approach working intimately with paper through similar methods." Drop into the Main Street gallery to see different ways in which paper can be cut, folded, twisted and manipulated. This exhibition runs until April 25. Thursday, April 3, 7 p.m., Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main St.),

Blossoms: How awesome is it to have a city full of cherry blossoms right now? Get excited about it with the like-minded at the Sakura Days Japan Fair at VanDusen Botanical Garden this weekend. Cruising the Sakura Days Japan Fair is like being teleported to Japan, or as close as most of us are going to get (by Saturday, anyway). The gardens are packed full of cherry blossom gazers, live entertainment, arts and crafts tables and martial arts performers as well as tea ceremony stations, haiku readings, flower arranging stations, origami-making booths and lots of traditional and anime-inspired costumes. April 5 and 6, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., VanDusen Botanical Garden (5251 Oak), $12,

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Studio sale: Alex Henderson of Henderson Dry Goods and Zoe Garred of Fleet Objects are two local artists/designers who create beautiful, handcrafted works. Henderson Dry Goods is a line of simple wood-based jewellery, coasters, clocks, mirrors and more, while Fleet Objects is an equally simple line of ceramics (tableware and jewellery) with clean lines and subtle colour accents. Although working in different materials, the two lines share a similar aesthetic and it makes sense that they should share a studio space. This weekend, said studio will open to sell seconds and one-of-a-kind pieces that were never put into production. Hit this sale to pick up everything from jewellry, ornaments, and mirrors to wood trays, lamps, bags and tableware. April 5-6, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 1888 Main St.,

Affordable art: Make your way to The Remington Gallery on Thursday night for The Postcard Show, a 45-person exhibition in which each of the participating artists has created a postcard sized work of art to be entered in to a silent auction (bids start at $10). Curator Paulina De La Paz wanted to showcase original art that could be high-quality and interesting yet remain accessible in price, and postcard format was an ideal solution: small but meaningful, affordable and transportable. Buying art can be easy. While artists worked to the common theme of "transformation," expect to see great diversity in style – everything from painting and drawing to textiles and collage. Saturday, April 5, 7 p.m., Remington Gallery (108 E. Hastings),

Laugh: Taz VanRassel, Ryan Beil, Emmett Hall, Aaron Read and Caitlin Howden are the five funny Vancouverites who make up The Sunday Service. They've been performing every Sunday for the past seven years, and have built a significant following of people who like a good laugh. So significant, in fact, that the Service has decided to relocate their gig from a West Broadway dining lounge to the newly refurbished Fox Cabaret so the congregation can continue to grow without being too crowded (one needs adequate elbow room for a proper belly laugh). The Fox hosts The Service for the first time this Sunday evening. Sunday, April 6, Doors at 8 p.m., Show at 9 p.m., The Fox Cabaret (2321 Main St.), $7,

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