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Sun Tower soirée: The Vancouver Heritage Foundation has arranged an amazing 1930s Newspaper Glory Days evening of music and cocktails inside the storied Sun Tower on Thursday night. Listen to jazz (Vancouver musicians James Danderfer and David Blake), enjoy 1930s-inspired cocktails and sample canapés. Historian Daniel Francis will bring his wealth of knowledge, and guests will get guided tours of the newly renovated upper floor of the tower (recently restored but retaining original fixtures, old-school radiators, marble staircases, single-paned glass windows and stunning tile work). There will also be some lively conversation about history, architecture, design and the preservation of Vancouver heritage buildings. There will be a raffle, and one of the prizes will be a tour of the dome. Proceeds support Vancouver Heritage Foundation's education programming and your ticket includes a $35 charitable tax receipt.
Thursday, June 19. 6-9 p.m., Sun Tower (128 W Pender St.) $75 www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org
Studio time: Carylann Loeppky is an East Vancouver artist who paints portraits. Her style sits somewhere between cute and creepy, and the walls of her studio are full and ready to be experienced. On Thursday, Ms. Loeppky is opening her studio for Petit Palais, a show of recent works. There's something great about visiting artists in their natural habitat. The studio visit brings you the artist, the work, and the process all in one.
Thursday, June 19. 6-10 p.m., Studio 338 (1000 Parker St.) www.carylann.com
Explore: Take the small people to the Vancouver Art Gallery for Family FUSE Weekend. From the VAG: "Our sense of home, community and the world around us is affected by many influences. Join artists, musicians, dancers, performers and educators as they take you Here, There and Everywhere through a range of interactive activities, performances and hands-on workshops!" As always, it will have excellent live music and some extra fun activities to encourage creativity (count on Malaspina Printmakers, The Vancouver Lego Club and The Now Society to help out in that department). Kids under 12 get in for free with a paying adult. This is also a good time to check out Douglas Coupland: everywhere is anywhere is anything is everything.
Sat.-Sun., June 21-22. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Vancouver Art Gallery, $22.50 for grown-ups, www.vanartgallery.bc.ca
Book arts: Head down to the Vancouver Public Library this Saturday to check out the Book Arts Fair. If you're curious about the book as an object of art, this is the perfect venue to see some interesting stuff. Bookbinders and artists will be on site to show you altered books, bookbinding techniques and styles, the process of letterpress printing, and a variety of paper arts. You can touch, buy and ask questions (the event is put on by the B.C. Lower Mainland chapter of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild).
Saturday, June 21. 10 a.m.-1 p.m., VPL Central Library (350 W Georgia St.) www.vanbookarts.wordpress.com
Go Greek: Walk, take the bus or ride a bike to Greek Days this weekend. I mention modes of transportation because you won't be the only one there and you'll want to focus on having fun, not parking. Spend the day roaming a car free Broadway taking in live entertainment and enjoying good food. Expect Greek goddesses, warriors and heroes, Greek coffee and mountain tea, olives and lots of baklava. There'll also be an Hellenic Experience Tent, cooking demonstrations, kids activities and more. This event is free (until you start ordering souvlaki, Greek salad, gyros, roast lamb, filo pastries etc.).
Sunday, June 22. 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Broadway, from McDonald to Blenheim, free www.greekday.com