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Jill Von Sprecken

Boundary Bending Boxes for a Cause

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Full Moon Container" by Shawn Hunt. (Photo: Lattimer Gallery).

“Full Moon Container” by Shawn Hunt. (Photo: Lattimer Gallery).

Nov 19 to Dec 3, 2016

Some artists think outside the box—others paint it. Each year, Lattimer Gallery presents 20 BC-based First Nations artists with a blank cedar bentwood box, and receives a stunning showcase of creativity in return. The handcrafted artworks are then auctioned off, all in support of the Urban Native Youth Association. See boundary-bending pieces by the likes of Corrine Hunt, Sonny Assu, Gwaai Edenshaw and Shawn Hunt at the 2016 Annual Charity Bentwood Box Event, Nov. 19 to Dec. 3, 2016. Now that’s a cool cause.

Eastside Culture Crawl

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

“Alley Variations #5” by Richard Tetrault

“Alley Variations #5” by Richard Tetrault

For 20 years, art admirers have taken to the streets to ponder paintings, pottery, photography and more at the Eastside Culture Crawl (Nov. 17 to 20, 2016). The popular festival draws over 25,000 studio-hoppers as they tour the creative spaces of nearly 500 local artists. Download a map from the Crawl’s website and embark on a self-guided tour to 78 venues in edgy East Van. The souvenir-savvy snag one-of-a-kind pieces, such as relief prints by Richard Tetrault (“Alley Variations #5,” pictured).

Brothel #9: Catch the Award-winning Play at The Cultch

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Brothel #9 (Photo: Emily Cooper).

Brothel #9 (Photo: Emily Cooper)

Nov 17 to 27

In Brothel #9, an award-winning play by Anusree Roy, a young woman named Rekha travels from her tiny Indian village to the big city of Calcutta, to begin work in a light-bulb factory. However, she quickly discovers that her new job isn’t what she expected—she’s been sold into a brothel. Catch her haunting, hard-hitting journey at The Cultch.

Sweet Shop: Kiss and Makeup

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Clothing and accessories at Kiss and Makeup

Clothing and accessories at Kiss and Makeup

Fighting the urge to splurge? Make peace with your impulses at Kiss and Makeup. These one-stop-shops for beauty mavens brim with covetable accessories, apparel and beauty products, all curated and vetted by owner Heather Huntingford. The two seriously stylish boutiques stock international items, but we’re partial to the local lines, including tees and tanks by Good Husbands Apparel, sweet-smelling tapers by Vancouver Candle Co. and organic make-up by Ilia. Now that’s retail therapy.

Walker Evans at the Vancouver Art Gallery

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

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“Roadside Sign Near Birmingham, Alabama” by Walker Evans

Oct 29 to Jan 22

From Depression-era farmers to New York subway riders, snaps by Walker Evans paint a portrait of America. Hailed as one of the 20th century’s great artists, Evans captured the world through his lens from the 1920s to the ’70s. See over 180 snapshots like “Roadside Sign Near Birmingham, Alabama” (pictured) in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s Walker Evans: Depth of Field (Oct. 29 to Jan. 22).

Cute Collections From Paul & Joe

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Powder compact from the Looney Tunes & Tom and Jerry collection

Powder compact from the Looney Tunes & Tom and Jerry collection

It’s what’s inside that counts, but Paul & Joe’s fall collections have us smitten with the pretty-as-a-picture packaging. The limited-edition Looney Tunes & Tom and Jerry collaboration adds animation to make-up bags, with cases and compacts that detail the characters’ exploits. For fresh-faced colour palettes in Louvre-worthy packages, swoon over the A Stroll in the Park in Paris collection. The best part: the cases are customizable; just pop in your favourite product. At Shoppers Drug Mart.

Poké Paradise

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Find Hawaiian poké in salads, bowls and burritos at Pokérrito

Find Hawaiian poké in salads, bowls and burritos at Pokérrito

Poké pilgrims say aloha to Polynesian-fusion purveyor Pokérrito, a new eatery that’s turned the tides on the Hawaiian raw-fish salad. Poké bowls, salads and seaweed-wrapped burritos put a Japanese twist on the fish dish with out-of-the-bento-box flavours like wasabi, ponzu and edamame. Build your own or choose from pre-designed dishes, like the North Shore, which tosses flame-seared tuna with seaweed salad, crabmeat, pineapple and a dollop of tangy umami sauce. Surf’s up!

Unreal Photography at Jennifer Kostuik Gallery

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Pamukkale" by Georg Kuettinger

“Pamukkale” by Georg Kuettinger

Real place or dreamscape? In Georg Kuettinger’s photographs, it’s both. The German artist takes multiple snaps from different viewpoints, then knits them together into a single landscape portrait. The end results are dense, almost painterly panoramas that straddle the line between real and surreal (“Pamukkale,” pictured). See Kuettinger’s other-worldly works in Landscape: Remixed at Jennifer Kostuik Gallery (Oct. 15 to Nov. 20, 2016).

Float On

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Relax and rejuvenate at West Coast Float

Relax and rejuvenate at West Coast Float

What do Elle Macpherson, Kristen Wiig and Jim Carrey have in common? They’ve all floated in an isolation pod to ease tension, relieve pain and regulate sleep cycles. Each float pod—and one float room, perfect for paired floating—at West Coast Float contains 360 kgs (800 lbs) of Epsom salts dissolved in skin-temperature water, creating a weightless and effortless buoyancy. All that’s left is to relax and soak up the benefits.

Celebrate Diwali Fest

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

A theatre performance for Diwali Fest

A theatre performance for Diwali Fest

Diwali, the ancient Hindu festival of lights, celebrates victory over darkness with a blaze of candles, lanterns and fireworks. Join the celebrations at Diwali Fest (Oct. 11 to Nov. 30), where a confetti of citywide events fête the annual holiday. Signature events include family-friendly Diwali Downtown (Oct. 29) and cabaret-style Chai House (Nov. 20), plus activities aplenty, such as Bollywood dance, music, food and theatre (pictured).

Splashy Gala: Toast to the Coast

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

African penguins at the Vancouver Aquarium. (Photo: KK Law)

African penguins at the Vancouver Aquarium. (Photo: KK Law)

Where better to raise a glass to ocean conservation than in the company of 50,000 aquatic animals? At the Vancouver Aquarium’s annual fundraising gala Toast to the Coast (Oct. 14, 2016), take style notes on black-tie attire at Penguin Point (no one pulls off a tie and tails like African penguins); meet rescues like Chester, a false killer whale; and go face-to-fin with a menagerie of marine life. Plus enjoy some of BC’s best wines, delectable Ocean Wise dishes, a silent auction and live music. For 10 years, the gala has helped support the aquarium’s conservation, education and research programs. We’ll drink to that.

The Must List: October/November

Your must-do activities and must-see attractions for October and November 2016

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Fall colours along the seawall

Fall colours along the seawall

Admire autumn’s fiery hues at locations around the city, such as the seawall and VanDusen Botanical Garden.

Sample local specialties like sushi and seafood, including oodles of fresh oysters. (more…)