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 (mobile users go here).
Pecha Kucha: Pecha Kucha Night Vol. 28 goes down this week. As usual, local creatives will present 20 images for 20 seconds each on what inspires/drives/tickles them. The speaker lineup has great range of Vancouverites with plenty of insight to share (architect Jeff Doble of Perkin+Will; ethical mining advocate Gen Hume; Shawna Olsten of Native Shoes; Ish Jhaj of Shooting for Hope; among others). Grab a seat and hear about where they drew/draw their inspiration from and what motivated them to take their vision(s) global. June 13. Doors 6:30, Vogue Theatre (918 Granville St.). $15. pechakuchanightvancouver.com
City: Appropriately timed for the eve of city-wide car-free celebrations, SFU presents a free public lecture: How to Increase Cycling and Walking – Lessons from Cities Across the Globe. John Pucher (professor at Rutgers University) will discuss ways cycling and walking can become integrated modes of transportation when they are supported by local government. As a specialist in travel behaviour in cities, transportation economics and government policies on transportation systems, Mr. Pucher will likely have a few valuable suggestions. Reserve a seat through the SFU website at sfu.ca. June 14, 7 p.m. SFU's Vancouver campus (515 W Hastings St.), free.
Park the car: Sunday is Car Free Day. That's four street festivals and four neighbourhoods without cars, exhaust, traffic or grumpy drivers. Expect live music, spoken-word performances, dancing, hockey, bike and skateboard demos, good food, and locally made trinkets. More information at carfreevancouver.org. Commercial, Main Street, West End and Kits, June 16, 12pm-7pm .
Hotel takeover: If you've been too suspicious to cross the threshold under the plastic sign that reads "Your Waldorf is Back" at the eerily quiet Waldorf Hotel on Hastings Street, but have been missing the vibe, Color Magazine has arranged for a one-night fix. Hotel Takeover will see 24 rooms at the Burrard Hotel transformed by local artists, live music by Humans, a Jamcouver skateboard ramp and a garage party with bands and DJs. And just for that authentic Waldorf feel, Nuba will be there, as will food trucks and DJs Cherchez La Femme and My!Gay!Husband! Tickets and more information at hoteltakeover.eventbrite.ca . June 15, 6 p.m.-1 a.m. Burrard Hotel (1100 Burrard St.), $22.
Art: Artist-run centre The Western Front turns 40 this year. As a promoter of interdisciplinary art with an emphasis on media art and new music, the celebratory open house planned for this weekend is guaranteed to be unusual. It will have interactive music installations, film screenings, costumes, a talking periodical, food, games, activities for kids, and more. Turning 40 is no small achievement for a non-profit arts institution. June 16, Western Front (303 E. 8th Ave.), free. front.bc.ca