Notable Now Vancouver: January 4, 2012

Instagram-o-rama (Saturday, January 5th)
It’s a Polaroid party worth noting and back for another year of charitable good. Five Sixty (560 Seymour Street) is set to host a selection of more than 200 Instagram photo prints, limited edition collages available for purchase with proceeds supporting imagine1day’s notable cause. Check out this original art show starting at 6pm and get your groove on to DJ beats until late. Tickets are only $10 and sold out last year.

Watch: The Cultch Presents Grim & Fischer (1895 Venables St)
Add a little live theatre to the mix and be sure to catch The Cultch’s latest offering featuring a performance pitting an aging grandmother against the Grim Reaper. This acclaimed full face mask dark comedy is presented by physical theatre dynamic duo the Wonderheads, who tell the story of one woman’s plight for survival and her ensuing battle against Death himself – one (mis)adventure not to miss. Grab your tickets here.

Just Opened: Pig & Mortar (1529 West 6th Ave)
Tired of those New Year healthy eating resolutions already? The owners of popular food truck Pig on the Street have recently opened the doors to their equally pork (and fork) friendly 30-seat restaurant near Granville and Fir streets. Enjoy digging in to some delicious and casual pub-style grub while you sip from a selection of wines on tap (courtesy of Vancouver Urban Winery) as well as rare rotating keg and craft beers.

Coming up: Art Battle 40 (1046 Hamilton Street)
Grab your brush set and head down to Raw Canvas on Tuesday, January 8th for the return of their popular competitive painting event. It’s an action-packed and inspirational evening fuelled by eight featured artists who unleash their talents on canvas during three rounds of competition. Art will be available via silent auction and the winner will move on to the Art Battle Vancouver finals and inch toward the National Art Battle Championships.

Coming Up: Shop Local Market (January 13th)
Part farmers market, craft fair and culture crawl rolled into one, this annual fair features a wide selection of farmers market, culture crawl, and craft fair handcrafted jewellery, unique gifts, vegan botanical cosmetics and supplements, wild organic food, art, home accessories, and live music.

Recently Opened: Chipotle Mexican Grill (818 Howe Street)
Courtesy of our neighbours below the border comes Vancouver’s first-ever Chipotle hot spot for quick, tasty Mexican fare. Conveniently located right downtown (near Robson at Howe), hungry Vancouverites unable to make it to Mexico can find respite in noshing on flavourful and filling items from this popular US-based chain’s menu. Look for simple ingredients, zesty sauces and easy on the post-holiday wallet price points.