What: If you prefer your movies in colour, and scary as hell, here’s a throwback for you. Steven Spielberg’s JAWS retains its rightful place in movie history as a true classic four decades after its release. Best enjoyed on the big screen (if you dare!).
Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
When: Monday, July 4, doors 8:35 pm, movie 9 pm
Tickets: From the Rio, $12 on the door, $10 in advance, 19+
What: An interactive, hands-on evening, designed to give you the tools you need to grow your own food. In this two-hour workshop, you’ll learn about soil, spacing and timing, what can grow now, how to use different spaces in gardening, and much more.
Where: The Juice Truck – 28 West 5th Avenue, Vancouver
What: The Comics’ Table is a unique comedy experience – a live version of the backstage conversations and busting chops so rarely seen by an audience, with four of Vancouver’s best comedians. And you get to ask the questions.
What: The Evo Summer Cinema Series of free outdoor movies, shown on a four-storey inflatable movie screen starts in Stanley Park this week. This year’s schedule includes Purple Rain, Dirty Dancing, and more.
Where: Ceperley Meadows (Second Beach), Stanley Park
When: Every Tuesday from July 5 to August 23, movies start at dusk
What: A chance to find out more and tell the City what you think about its plans for Grandview-Woodland area, stretching from Broadway to Burrard Inlet, and from Clark Drive to Nanaimo Street, with Commercial Drive at its heart.
Where: Croation Cultural Centre, Room A – 3250 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
What: Two special screenings ahead of the Vancouver Latin American Film Festival later this year. The Amazing Catfish (Mexico) tells the story of a lonely woman taken in by another family, while The Mystery of Happiness (Argentina) is part buddy movie, part detective story, and part romance.
Where: The Cinematheque – 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver,
What: Direct from Broadway comes Newsies, the smash-hit new musical from Disney. Based on true events, it follows a band of underdogs – the men delivering the papers – who become unlikely heroes when they stand up for what they believe in.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver,
When: Tuesday, July 5, from 7:30 to 10 pm, through Sunday, July 10
What: A double bill of cross dressing at the Rio – Marilyn Monroe’s iconic screwball comedy, Some Like It Hot, and the glittering delight of The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, a road trip movie quite unlike any other.
Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
When: Wednesday, July 6
Some Like it Hot, doors 6 pm, movie 6:30 pm
The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, doors 9 pm, movie 9:30 pm
Tickets: From the Rio, $12 on the door, $10 in advance
What: Join chef Cory Bildstein and sommelier Rachelle Goudreau on an adventure for your palate, as they pair five unique wines with different flavours and dishes. Seating will be at a single long table and lively conversation is encouraged.
Where: Harkness and Co. Butchers – 666 East Broadway, Vancouver
What: Learn how to make appies and desserts that need no oven time and almost no cooking, including hummus, gazpacho, ceviche, blueberry panna cotta and fruit sorbet. Tickets include a snack, all food made, plus wine, chosen to pair with the food.
Where: The Uncommon Cafe – 477 Powell Street, Vancouver
What: Vancouver Greek Summerfest is returning to the city for its 30th consecutive year, bringing you delicacies like barbecued lamb and loukoumades, a traditional Greek dessert. Who can resist gyros, spanakopitas, and souvlaki?
Where: St. Nicholas and Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church – 4641 Boundary Road, Vancouver
When: Thursday, July 7 to Sunday, July 17; Monday to Thursday: noon to 10 pm and Friday to Sunday: noon to 11 pm
What: Glamorous guests, fine sips and delectable nibbles curated by Vikram Vij – Indian Summer Festival’s Opening Gala is one of the city’s most sought after summer parties. Dress code is your finest saris and handmade bowties.
Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre – 181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver (enter through Turntable Plaza on Davie Street)
When: Thursday, July 7, from 7 to 11 pm
Tickets: On Eventbrite, priced $95, includes food (vegan and vegetarian options available) and a complimentary beverage
What: Trova songs, which evolved in Cuba in the 19th century, are a cultural expression, in which lyrics convey ideas and emotions. At the International Trova Fest you’ll be able to enjoy a rainbow of music from Latin America and Spain.
Where: Tom Lee Music Canada – 929 Granville Street, Vancouver
What: Dance the night away for free as DanceSport BC brings back the Robson Square Summer Dance Series. This Friday, it’s waltz time, with a free lesson from Zillion Wong, followed by demonstrations from the Crystal Ballroom.
Where: Robson Square – 800 Robson Street, Vancouver
When: Every Friday through September 2 between 7:30 pm and 11:30 pm; lessons at 8 pm, demonstrations at 9 and 10 pm, general free dancing in between.
What: A Stone’s Throw apprentice show telling the story of Anna, who moves in to the basement suite below Patrick. An unlikely romance ensues, but as she suffers increasingly strange behaviour in her sleep, it sends them both down a dizzying spiral.
Where: Pacific Theatre – 1440 W 12th Avenue, Vancouver
What: The opening reception for a new exhibition, tackling the myth of the tattooed woman and her supposedly wildness and unpredictable nature, through watercolour works of tattooed female subjects by Gwen D’arcy and Aaron White.
Where: Hot Art Wet City – 2206 Main Street, Vancouver
When: Friday, July 8, from 7 to 11 pm; exhibition runs through July 23