What to Do in Vancouver This Week (May 8 to 14)

Spot prawn feasts, beer-inspired comedy, calligraphy performances and design tours—it’s shaping up to be an excellent week.

Listen to Dynamic Writers

Tuesday, May 9

EMMA Talks brings together women identified writers, activists and storytellers for a series of engaging talks and community events. This month join Vancouver journalist Jackie Wong who facilitates workshops in writing for inner-city adults and Astra Taylor, a writer and documentary film maker whose most recent work The People’s Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in the Digital Age won a 2015 American Book Award.When: 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.Where: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.Cost: By donationRegistration: Eventbrite

Fill Up on Comedy

Tuesday, May 9

Everyone needs a night where they can hardly finish their beer from laughing. Full Pint Comedy serves up just that with a roaring roster of stand-up comedians held at Granville Island Brewery every two weeks. This week’s guests include Kathleen Mcgee, Kevin Banner, Jenny Toews and Ross Dauk.When: 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.Where: 1441 Cartwright St.Cost: $5More info: Facebook

Revel in the Wonder of Words

Thursday, May 11

The Museum of Anthropology invites you to discover the beauty of the written and spoken word with the opening of their exhibit Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia (May 11 to October 9). This multimedia exhibit explores different forms of expressions including Sumerian cuneiform inscriptions, Qu’ranic manuscripts, graffiti art from Afghanistan and contemporary art using Tibetan and Thai scripts. Opening night will include a large-scale calligraphy performance by Kimura Tsubasa set to an improvisational soundtrack by cellist Marina Hasselberg.When: 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.Where: Museum of Anthropology, 393 N.W. Marine DriveCost: FreeMore info: MOA

Nerd-Out About Design

Friday, May 12 to 14

Do you sigh with pleasure at the sight of a well thought out font or building? Have you ever wanted to see inside the studios (and minds) of Vancouver’s designers? Vancouver Design Week(end) opens up the doors to everything from architecture and shoemaker studios to expertly devised buildings and shared working spaces for artists. Along the way enjoy talks and workshops around design and creativity, as well as tastings from innovative Vancouver breweries.When: May 12 to 14Where: Various locationsCost: Up to $30More info: Vancouver Design Week(end)

Dine at a Fishermen’s Wharf

Saturday, May 13

The Spot Prawn is a delicious B.C. delicacy known for its sweet flavour. Now in it’s eleventh year, the Spot Prawn Festival features a huge feast with prawns served fresh off the boat! The full day festival includes cooking demos from some of Vancouver’s finest chefs (so you can pretend you know what you’re doing when you bring a bag of prawns home).When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.Where:  False Creek Fishermen’s Wharf, 1505 West 1st Ave.Cost: $19.75 (includes meal and beer/wine samples)More info: Eventbrite

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