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The Scout List: Taxidermy, gin, and Mozart

A grizzly bear is displayed as guest curator J.B. MacKinnon, bottom, speaks during a media preview of the "Rewilding" exhibition at the Museum of Vancouver in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday February 25, 2014. The exhibition aims to challenge the perception of what is natural to Vancouver through taxidermy specimens, 3D models and media that explore the city's nature as it once was, is currently and how it could be in the future. It opens to the public Thursday and continues until September 1.


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.

Explore: The Museum of Vancouver opens a new exhibition this week. Rewilding Vancouver uses everything from taxidermy specimens and clever dioramas to video installations and soundscapes to get us thinking about ways in which we, as humans and Vancouverites, shape nature, and how nature shapes us. This show is curated by author J.B. MacKinnon (The Once and Future World; co-author of The 100-Mile Diet).

Opening reception: Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m., Exhibition runs through to September, 1100 Chestnut St., $15,

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Grapes: Wine Fest is on. The theme region for the 36th annual Vancouver International Wine Festival is France and the "global focus" is bubbly. Head down to the Vancouver Convention Centre to taste some of the best in local and international wines on the market. All told, you can expect close to 1,750 wines produced by 178 wineries from 14 countries. While many events are already sold out, you can still snag tickets to a few of the larger tasting events.

Now through Sunday, March 2, 1055 Canada Place,

Dark wonders: The garage behind Le Marché St. George is a good place to be this weekend. Grab coffee or tea and a pastry at Le Marché and head out back to check out the Seeking Dark Wonders studio sale. Expect to find House of Hudson jewellery, amazing photographs by Klee Larsen, beautiful pressings by Jon Yurechko, Mark Hall-Patch illustrations, sublime pottery by Janaki Larsen and paintings by Ronald T. Crawford and Patricia Larsen. Count on quality craftsmanship and simple, interesting design.

March 1 and 2, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., 4393 St. George,

Culture: Vancouver Opera's Don Giovanni hits the stage this week. This version of Mozart's opera has been co-produced with the Banff Centre and will employ all manner of cutting-edge stage technology and design to bring to life the story of a charming aristocratic scoundrel known for his unprincipled tactics and numerous conquests. This show, performed in Italian with English subtitles, runs March 1 and then again from March 6-9.

Saturday, March 1, 7:30 p.m., Queen Elizabeth Theatre (630 Hamilton St.), $70-$200,

Ginnovation: Vancouver has a gin appreciation society and it's having a tasting event at Strathcona's Russian Hall. Distillers from Seattle Distilling Co., Victoria Spirits, Long Table Distillery, Odd Society Spirits, Captive Spirits, Bluewater Distilling, Pemberton Distillery, Yukon Shine and Yaletown Distillery will be pouring their craft spirits. There's just one catch. Because we live in a city of wonky bylaws, you'll have to purchase a membership to the society in advance of this event. A $40 fee gets you a Vancouver (and Seattle) Gin Society membership for a year, and your membership includes half-price tastings and free punch/cocktail events.

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Saturday, March 1, 2-5 p.m., 600 Campbell St.,

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