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.
Gallery 295 is an Eastside exhibition space that focuses on showing the photography of emerging Canadian artists. This month, the gallery presents Locate, a collection of works curated by ECUAD grad Avalon Mott. This show is all about place, transience and permanence, as Gallery 295 explains: "Through physical or social spaces, one aims to find a setting that they can inhabit and define. This action of locating oneself becomes increasingly difficult during periods of transition and instability. Locate brings to light this desire to find one's place, and provides the viewer a space to contemplate their own act of location." The exhibition features photographers Andrew Jenkins, Avalon Mott, Bahar Habibi, David Peters, Jeff Downer, Shannon McCubbin, and Tess Sereda. Slip in through the alley entrance at The Lab on East 2nd for the opening reception on Friday night.
Friday, Jan. 10, 7p.m., Gallery 295 (295 East 2nd Ave.), www.gallery295.com
The Italian Film Festival is showcasing modern and classic films, so expect everything from Federico Fellini to John Turturro. Our picks: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow (1964) a series of three stories set at different locations throughout Italy, starring Marcello Mastroianni and Sophia Loren. I mean, does it get any better than that? From Vancity: "In Naples, they are poor but resourceful, selling black market cigarettes on the streets. In Milan, Loren is costumed in Christian Dior and debates her preference for a Rolls Royce or her husband. And in Rome, Mastroianni is an industry scion who helps Loren's prostitute set a wavering priest back onto the spiritual plane." And John Turturro's Passione, a chronicling of Neapolitan music. The Italian Film Festival runs Jan. 10-16.
Now till Jan. 16, various times, Vancity Theatre (1181 Seymour St.), www.viff.org
Words can be beautiful, not just in meaning but in form, with each letter offering different curves and lines. Head to the Hot Art Wet City gallery on Main Street this Friday night to catch the opening of Typo, a typography-based art exhibit that focuses on words as art. If you're a design wonk with a type fetish, this is a show you won't want to miss. Featuring local artists Bennett Slater, Scott Sueme and Frazer Adams, with guest artists Ben Knight, James Knight, Erin Gibbs, Brandon Cotter and Ali Bruce. The show runs till Jan. 25.
Jan. 10, 7 p.m., Hot Art Wet City (2206 Main St.), www.hotartwetcity.com
The Vancouver Symphony Orchestra shakes things up with a James Bond-themed concert this weekend. Fifty Years of James Bond will present songs from some of your favourite Bond films (expect tracks from Dr. No and Goldfinger as well as From Russia With Love, For Your Eyes Only and Skyfall.) Pro tip: grab a seat at Uva Wine Bar – just across the street at 900 Seymour St. – for a proper Bond-worthy cocktail before or after the show.
Jan. 10 & 11, 8 p.m., The Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe St.), $25-$88, www.vancouversymphony.ca
If you've ever been curious about getting into photography , this weekend brings a great opportunity to get a feel for classes offered at Vancouver Photo Workshops space (without having to commit or spend any cash) at their open house. The weekend will offer 30 different one-hour sessions covering all manner of topics (think fine-art printing and creative lighting techniques to travel, portrait and landscape photography).
Jan. 11 & 12, various times, 14 W. 7th, Vancouver, free, www.vancouverphotoworkshops.com