5 Hearty Events to Bulk Up Your Calendar this Week (August 13 – 19)

No messing around this week: those story slams, double features, and four-course dinners aren’t going to attend themselves.

(Photo: Outdoor Movies BC.)

Sing Through Summer Nights

August 14

If you are that friend that other friends refuse to watch musicals with, now is your opportunity to show them just how good your rendition of “Beauty School Dropout” really is. A Vancouver classic, the Evo Summer Cinema series is showing a sing-along version of Grease this Tuesday. This outdoor movie is the perfect chance to show your Danny just how intense your summer glo-up is. Oh, oh, those su-uh-mmer nights…When: Tuesday, August 14 at 8:30 p.m.Where: Stanley ParkCost: FreeMore Info: freshaircinema.ca (Photo: Lozan Yamolky.)

Watch a Word War

August 14

Once upon the second Tuesday of each month, 10 competitors gather to share their stories. The Vancouver Story Slam is the longest-running monthly competitive storytelling event in Canada. This month’s slam features special guest storyteller Tawahum Justin Bige, a Lutsel K’e Dene and Plains Cree writer from Surrey whose work embodies decolonization and resurgence. The plot thickens—your $5 entry fee gets you a ballot to vote for your favourite tall tale teller at the end of the evening.When: Tuesday, August 14 at 8 p.m.Where: Cottage BistroCost: $5More Info: facebook.com/vancouverstoryslam (Photo: Vancouver Queer Film Festival.)

Do a Double Feature

August 14

Indian filmmaker, writer, producer and cinematographer Debalina Majumder has not just one, but two groundbreaking films in the 30thVancouver Queer Film Festival. The film …And the unclaimed follows the story of two young girls who committed suicide in a West Bengal village, while If You Dare Desire explores an imagined future they could have had together. Majumder herself will be present for both features, and will lead a Q&A session in between the films.When: Tuesday, August 14, 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.Where: VIFF Vancity TheatreCost: Standard pricing $12, access pricing $8More Info: queerfilmfestival.ca (Photo: Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry.)

See Poultry in Motion

August 17

Pesco pollo vegetarians, rejoice! (also: make up your mind.) “When Poultry Meets Wine” is the pop-up dinner and tasty lovechild of Edible Canada, Fraser Valley Specialty Poultry and Ripples Estate Winery. Chefs from Edible Canada have put their culinary skills to the test preparing chicken, duck and squab (a.k.a. pigeon) and artfully pairing their creations with wine. Attendees can look forward to crispy duck hearts with garam masala honey, grilled squab with chermoula, and butter poached chicken breast with golden beets.When: Friday, August 17, 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.Where: Edible CanadaCost: $80More Info: eventbrite.ca (Photo: RBC Granfondo Whistler.)

Cycle and Sip

August 18

There’s no denying that there is beauty in balance, but some of us go about finding balance in different ways. Some meditate. Some keep bullet journals. Others burn a ton of calories cycling only to consume an equal number of calories in beer in the very same day. If you fit into that last category, you should definitely check out PrimaFondo #3. This morning bike ride/afternoon beer party is put on by Red Truck Beer, and it’s the last in a three-part pedalling series. You also can skip the ride and just show up at 11 a.m. for the party–we won’t tell.When: Saturday, August 18, 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.Where: Red Truck Beer CompanyCost: FreeMore Info: eventbrite.ca