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Jill Von Sprecken

Raise a Glass: A Dram Come True

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

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Whisky lovers sample global offerings

A Dram Come True —a malt-centric event perfect for any whisky-worshipper—brings a globetrotting array of the hard liquor to elegant Hycroft mansion on May 13. There’s no prohibition on choice, with more than 40 varieties to sample, including renowned names such as Glenfiddich served alongside local offerings from Odd Society and Pemberton Distillery. Plus, all proceeds go towards Vancouver Writers Fest programming. Drinking for a good cause? Now that’s the spirit.

Wine and Dine at Bearfoot Bistro

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Guests sabre a bottle of champagne at Bearfoot Bistro

Guests sabre a bottle of champagne at Bearfoot Bistro

Want your flute of champagne, and to sabre the bottle too? Head into the jaw-dropping 20,000-bottle wine cellar at Bearfoot Bistro, and channel your inner swashbuckler by opening a bottle of bubbly with a swipe of a sword for a spectacular toast. Next, don a parka to sip 50 varieties of vodka in the Ketel One Ice Room—the coldest vodka-tasting room in the world. To finish, indulge in ice cream crafted tableside using liquid nitrogen, for eye candy that doubles as dessert.

Indie Designs at Nifty for Fifty

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Find clothing by local designer Adhesif at Nifty for Fifty

Find clothing by local designer Adhesif at Nifty for Fifty

Sometimes the name says it all. Nifty for Fifty (Apr. 10) is a budget-friendly bonanza, where local goods can be scooped up for $50 or less. Thirty Vancouver designers, jewellers and artists assemble under one roof with their one-of-a-kind wares, including hand-dyed textiles from Daub + Design, playful upcycled clothing from Adhesif (pictured), and handcrafted leather goods from Bronsino. Nifty and thrifty? No need to tell us twice.

Painting or Photograph?

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

“Departing Ferry” by Michael Levin

“Departing Ferry” by Michael Levin

Get up close—we mean really close—and personal with the lush landscapes at Elissa Cristall Gallery before deciding if they were brought to life by brushstroke or photographer at Is It a Photograph? Is It a Painting? (Apr. 2 to 23). The exhibit features two artists, who both employ muted palettes and a playful approach to realism. Michael Levin’s chromogenic photographic prints are nothing short of dreamy (“Departing Ferry,” pictured), while Nathan Birch splits his serene scenes across canvases as a reminder that his paintings aren’t real. Definitely worth a closer look.

Spine-Tingling Cinema: Movies in the Morgue

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Catch a flick in the city's old morgue. (Photo: KK Law)

Catch a flick in the city’s old morgue at the Vancouver Police Museum. (Photo: KK Law)

Bored to death of the same old movie experience? Liven things up at Movies in the Morgue. The second Tuesday of every month, the Vancouver Police Museum brings silver-screen favourites to the city’s old morgue, including popular flicks such as Hot Fuzz (Apr. 12). Bring along blankets and some friends, and try not to be distracted by the…ahem, surroundings.

For Shutterbugs: Capture Photography Festival

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"Hot Properties #3" by Jim Breukelman

“Hot Properties #3” by Jim Breukelman

From Apr. 1 to 28, the Capture Photography Festival takes the city by storm in a snapshot spectacular that features over 75 exhibitions, events and public art projects, plus more than 40 participating galleries. To see the city through a new lens, watch for billboard-sized installations of Jim Breukelman’s series Hot Properties: Urban House Portraiture (“Hot Properties #3,” pictured). The photos of quirky, well-tended Vancouver homes also capture a portrait of the people within. Time to get snap-happy.

Paul Harrison and John Wood at the Contemporary Art Gallery

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"2 Balls of String" by British duo John Wood and Paul Harrison

“2 Balls of String” by British duo John Wood and Paul Harrison

Unsure about modern art? Well, one thing’s certain: I Didn’t Know I Didn’t Know It, the first Canadian solo show by British duo John Wood and Paul Harrison, challenges all preconceived notions. The artists are famed for deadpan artworks that highlight their views of human trials and tribulations, with an unexpected edge of humour (“2 Balls of String,” pictured). See their thought-provoking works at the Contemporary Art Gallery, to Apr. 24.

Home Decor by Samantha Pynn

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Fall in love with decor by Samantha Pynn

Fall in love with decor by Samantha Pynn

Fallen out of love with your home decor? Well, we’re sure that what Samantha Pynn loves, you will, too. The Canadian decorator, TV host and stylist is head over heels for pretty colour palettes, mix-and-match styles, and feel-good fabrics. Make a date with Simons for her new line of beautiful bedding, kitchen linens, shower curtains and rugs, all perfect for layering to create your very own sweetheart style. Now that’s amore.

Macaron Day at Faubourg

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Delicious macarons from Faubourg

Delicious macarons at Faubourg

If any dessert deserves to be celebrated, it’s the confetti-coloured macaron. On Mar. 20, bakeries do just that, at Vancouver’s fifth-annual Macaron Day. Need another reason to indulge? Faubourg will match the $1 price of each mini-confection sold and donate all proceeds to the BC Cancer Foundation. With flavours ranging from raspberry rose to salted butter caramel, it’s truly a sweet deal.

The Vancouver Art Gallery’s MashUp Exhibit

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

(Photo: © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./SODRAC)

“Jackie II” by Andy Warhol. (Photo: © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./SODRAC)

In an era where collage is commonplace and remixes rule the radio waves, the Vancouver Art Gallery presents an exhibition that traces the melange movement back to its beginnings. It’s no small task: MashUp: The Birth of Modern Culture (to Jun. 12) covers the gallery’s entire four floors—their largest exhibition yet—and features 371 artworks by 156 artists. Head up to the fourth floor, where mixed-media history begins with early-20th-century works by innovators such as Pablo Picasso and Marcel Duchamp, before descending through the ages, all while taking in pieces by Andy Warhol (“Jackie II,” pictured), Quentin Tarantino, William Burroughs and many others. It’s a creative tour de force—and it’s all under one roof.

Had a Glass 2016

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Had a Glass 2016

Choose your next wine with this unique handbook

The eternal liquor store struggle: choosing a top-notch wine without breaking the bank. Enter Had a Glass 2016 by Vancouverite James Nevison (Random House; $19.95). Loved by penny-pinchers and oenophiles alike, this cool compendium outlines the top 100 reds, pinks, whites and bubbles under $20. Handier still, barcodes for every wine make finding that bottle of vino—whether in the liquor store or through an app—easier than popping a cork. Now to find a wine to celebrate. At local bookstores.

Learn the Ropes at Bill Reid Gallery

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

"The Great Box" by Gwaai and Jaalen Edenshaw. (Photo: Laura Peers/Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford)

“The Great Box” by Gwaai and Jaalen Edenshaw. (Photo: Laura Peers/Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford)

Artists are earning top marks at Bill Reid Gallery, where two replicas of ancestral bentwood boxes are teaching formline design to emerging Haida artists. The originals reside in museums in England and New York, but they inspired artists a little closer to home: Richard Sumner (“The Final Exam”), and brothers Gwaai and Jaalen Edenshaw (“The Great Box,” pictured). Study these teaching tools for yourself, or earn extra credit with a peek into the gallery’s other exhibit, Gwaii Haanas: Land Sea People, all on display until Mar. 27.