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The Scout List: PuSh, green urbanism, and lots of eagles

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.

PuSh: The PuSh International Performing Arts Festival is on, with more than 150 performances filling stages and unlikely venues around the city with live local and international performing arts. Check out The Human Library (Jan.17-19, 24-26, 31, Feb. 1-2), a performance piece that allows patrons visiting the third floor of the main branch of the Vancouver Public Library to "sign out" a human and "read" them in short (20 minutes) one-on-one question periods. Humans available span a wide range, from born-again Christians to drag queens. As PuSh explains: "The Human Library project emerged over a decade ago in Denmark as a creative method to unpack hate within a community and discuss our prejudices and misunderstandings in intimate conversations one-on-one." This performance is free and open to all, and books are available on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the performance.

Jan. 14-Feb. 2, Various venues and prices, Visit for details.

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Rewild: A Built City lecture is going down at the Museum of Vancouver this week. As explained by the MOV, the lecture series aims at engaging "city thinkers from all disciplines and areas of interest to make connections between community, policy and governance, to the ideals and economics of architectural theory and practice." Thursday's talk is entitled Beyond Green Urbanism, Towards Restorative Urban Environments, and will explore the sometimes destructive (but potentially restorative) relationship between city and nature.

Thursday, Jan. 16, 7 p.m., Museum of Vancouver (1100 Chestnut St.), $12,

Know your city: Check out the Secrets of the Penthouse tour on Thursday night. Led by the good folks at Forbidden Vancouver, this tour will reveal the juicy secrets and varied histories of Vancouver's most infamous night club. Meet owner Danny Filippone, hear star-studded stories, take in the wall of historical photographs, catch a bit of live entertainment, and learn about police raids, murders and fires. As you can imagine, this event will be popular and, although there are two tours, will likely sell out.

Thursday, Jan. 16, 6:15 p.m. and 7:15 p.m., The Penthouse (1019 Seymour ), $49,

Art: Joseph Staples' Economy of Image (curated by Wil Aballe) is showing at the Leo Koo Gallery. The artist is known for using photocopy images to create collages in alleyways, underpasses and corners all around the city. The show at the Leo Koo Gallery is less paste-up and more concept. From the Gallery: "In this new body of work, Staples' focus has changed to where the image has become less important than the line made by cutting. With the image gone, the trace remains of process are what have become significant." Hours are Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and by appointment on Mondays and Sundays.

Until Feb. 1, Leo Koo Gallery (1639 West 3rd Ave.),

Nature: Take a drive up the Sea-To-Sky highway this weekend and go for a walk along the river bank between Squamish and Brackendale. There you'll find a raised "eagle-viewing dike" that offers a walk with breathtaking views, ample opportunity to see eagles, spawning salmon and seals. On Saturdays and Sundays, you'll also find volunteers who can point out eagles and explain their behaviour. Eagles are in their highest numbers in this area until early February.

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Michelle Sproule

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