Saturday – Opening @ Vancouver Art Gallery: Robert Adams, well-established B&W photographer, chronicles the degradation of the natural environment as Suburbia sprawls over Western America’s landscape. The exhibition features over 300 photographs, many with a real vacant-American-dream feel, yet also featuring the sublimely beautiful moments that shine through in the face of despoliation.
Saturday – Craftivism (DOWNSIZED) art show; canvases reduced to 8×8 in ‘honour’ of arts cuts, and discounted to $110. Sip a glass of wine and peruse great little pieces before dinner! 6 to 8pm @ Raw Canvas, 1046 Hamilton St.
All Weekend – SFU’s new School for the Contemporary Arts on West Hastings at the former Woodward’s site, part of a hopeful move to shine up a degraded area, is hosting an Open House to showcase the work of students, 30 years of award winning short films, performances and the new facilities. Like taking a peek in on another world, or art, or spaces in general? Check it out, FREE and Friday from 4 to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m.
All Weekend – Olio Festival: a locally curated, swoon-worthy lineup of local and international music, comedy, film and more, happening at various locations around the city for lovers of arts and culture. So much good stuff happening – pick your faves: www.oliofestival.com.
Sunday – The Word on the Street: books for sale, authors to read to you, treasure hunts to partake in – make it a literary fall by bringing unbroken spines to your bookshelf! http://www.thewordonthestreet.ca/wots/vancouver
Friday – 8pm to late: Public Dreams 25th Birthday Bash & Fundraiser. Support the under-supported notion of art. Set at W2 Storyeum in Gastown, the party is a mixed bag of live music, art installations, roving performers, stilt walkers, an indoor labyrinth, treats, silent auction and more. We’re talking 30,000+ square feet of raw warehouse space, tons of dance room, and good times! Tickets: http://bit.ly/96E8vL @ 151 W Cordova St
Saturday – Again, at the W2 Storyeum (this place is a party Atlantis), the Closing party for Olio Festival. http://www.creativetechnology.org/events/olio-festival-2010-closing
Sunday – Portobello West Fashion and Art Market; featuring a selection of Vancouver and surrounding’s talented artisans with unique handmade jewelry, funky patchwork vests, silkscreened t-shirts, wallets made of inner tube, porcelain jars, body rub, and more. $2, @ 1755 Cottrell St, Rocky Mountaineer Station.
All Weekend – Don’t forget about Vancouver’s Water Taxis! You can hit all the major foodie and shopping spots by grabbing a day pass ($15) and cruising pleasantly across from English Bay to Granville Island then Yaletown then Science World up to Main St! Pick up lunch from the Market and finish off at the Main St. Sustainable Fest on Sunday afternoon. http://www.granvilleislandferries.bc.ca/fares_schedule.htm
Thursday – the Very Best with Basketball, Love & Electrik @ Fortune Sound Club
Friday – 1:30am to late, Diamond Rings (fabulously egostatic 90’s pop sound, you could even wear your pink wig) & Hunk The Drunk play the No More Strangers Afterparty @ Goodie, tix @ the door.
Sunday – Flaming Lips @ the Malkin Bowl – Get tickets for this awesome outdoor venue or bring a blanket and enjoy the music outside the gates from the grass running alongside the bowl.