Farms to Forks: Make your way to Farms to Forks this Sunday night. The event sees some of the city's best chefs paired with the region's best growers and producers for a night of hors d'oeuvres, local wine and beer pairings. Guests cruise from one classroom kitchen to the next sampling food and watching great chefs at work.
Oct. 4, doors at 5:30 p.m., Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (1505 W 2nd Ave.), $200, growingchefs.ca
Listen: The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra together with master violinist Tianwa Yang and conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto perform Beethoven and Paganini, as well as Bach and Stokowski.
Oct. 3, 8 p.m., Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St.), vancouversymphony.ca
Watch: The Vancouver International Film Festival offers more than 350 films to consider, so narrow things down by browsing by series, as well as by genre and venue.
Now through Oct. 9, various times and locations, viff.org
Art: This week is your last chance to take in Of Heaven and Earth: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums, featuring works by masters such as Giovanni Bellini and Sandro Botticelli. On Saturday, the gallery offers a lecture, Inside and Outside the Frame: Understanding Paintings in their Historical Context. Although it is free with gallery admission, there are a limited number of seats and a ticket is required (limit two per person), which you can pick up at gallery reception starting at 2 p.m.
Oct. 3, 3 p.m., Annex Workshop, Vancouver Art Gallery (750 Hornby St.), $20, vanartgallery.bc.ca
Engage: The Western Front hosts a free public conference called Urgent Imagination: Art and Urban Development. It aims to talk constructively about gentrification and the arts. In the spirit of full disclosure, the Western Front explains that this conference comes just as the organization received $1.5-million from the City of Vancouver in "community amenity contributions" that are intended to offset the socio-economic impact of the (under construction) 22-storey condo tower at the intersection of Main and Broadway. Expect panels and workshops with architects, artists, urban planners and city staff.
Oct. 2, 7-9 p.m. and Oct. 3, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Western Front (303 8 Ave E), free, front.bc.ca
Nature: The Stanley Park Ecology Society presents its Night Animal Prowl, an informative walk to help participants anticipate park residents such as skunks, raccoons, coyotes and owls. Meet at the SPES Nature House on the southeast shore of Lost Lagoon under the viewing plaza at the north end of Alberni Street by Chilco Street. Wear sensible footwear and pack a flashlight (a travel mug with a warm beverage wouldn't be a bad choice either).
Oct. 4, 6-8 p.m., Stanley Park Nature House/Lost Lagoon, $10 ($5 for SPES members), stanleyparkecology.ca