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Editor's Note: Globe B.C. has joined forces with Scout Magazine to give you the best of what's happening in Vancouver this weekend. For a full week's worth of listings, head over to the complete Scout List, updated each Monday. See the list in calendar view here.

Architecture: Get to know a little more about the architecture of the city at an evening lecture focusing on the Vancouver Special, which popped up so prolifically across the city in the 1960s. Local architect Stephanie Robb will be at Vancouver Special (the store) on Main Street on Thursday night to discuss her work refreshing, updating and transforming several of these houses. There are no tickets, so just come by. Snacks and a cash bar.

Thursday, March 27, 6-9 p.m., Vancouver Special (3612 Main St.), Free,

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Imagine: Vancouver's distinct character and urban aesthetic emerged from urban planning policies and decisions over the years. On Thursday night, the Museum of Vancouver and Vancouver Urban Sketchers will look at significant urban development projects that did not happen but might have changed the face of the city. From The Museum of Vancouver: "Vancouver Imagined: The Way We Weren't, guest curated by Jason Vanderhill of Illustrated Vancouver, showcases the work of architectural illustrators and model makers in the context of unrealized urban development projects, and provides a unique way to understand the city." You don't need to be a skilled sketch artist to participate – just curious. Paper, pens, and pencils will be provided but you are encouraged to bring your favourite sketchbook and preferred drawing implements.

Thursday, March 27, 6-8 p.m., Museum of Vancouver (1100 Chestnut St.), by donation,

Film: The story of this U.S. street photographer is a fascinating one. A nanny for well-to-do families, Ms. Maier would have been described as introverted and plain. She died in 2009, and an amateur historian bought the contents of a locker she left behind in a thrift auction to discover more than 100,000 photographs that he immediately saw as significant. Her images (predominantly in Chicago and New York during the 1950s and 1960s) convey strong and clear senses of time, place and feeling that have compelled critics to compare her to Diane Arbus, Weegee, Robert Frank and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Finding Vivian Maier pieces together the life and works of this mysterious woman and offers a posthumous guess at the motivations and vision that inspired her.

March 28 to April 09, Various Times, Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.), $11,

Seize the night: Carpe Noctem is a group exhibition featuring the artwork of 20 talented illustrators. Head to The Fall Gallery on Seymour Street on Friday for opening night and enjoy a line-up of diverse works that range from pencil and pen to animation and computer-generated images from student artists in Emily Carr's Illustration Gallery Practices class of 2014.

Friday, March 28, 7 p.m., The Fall Gallery (644 Seymour St.),

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Lipservice: A Jimmy Fallon-style lip-sync battle is happening at The Imperial on Saturday night that should be worth a few laughs. Lipservice organizers have a line-up of brave locals to hit the stage with 30-60 second lip-sync performances and have asked Vancouver comedy team The Sunday Service to MC the insanity. Funds raised will be donated to imagine1day (a local charity that supports development in Ethiopia).

Saturday, March 29, 8 p.m., The Imperial (319 Main St.), $20,

Michelle Sproule

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