Notable Now Vancouver: March 8, 2013

Coming Up: Celtic Fest Vancouver (March 9 to 17, various venues)
Get ready and dust off your kilt and bagpipes for nine straight days of Celtic fun and fervour.  There will be no end to the rowdy food, music, drinks and dancing taking place around Vancouver. With special comedy nights, various concerts, Scotch-tasting and the 9th Annual St. Patrick`s Day Parade providing the ultimate grand finale, it`s one festival you don`t want to miss. For full schedule listings and venues, click here.

Note this: Vancouver International Women in Film Festival (Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street)
This weekend, and in conjunction with International Women’s Day, celebrate the ongoing contributions of talented women working in the television and film industry. Now in its 8th year, there will be a number of opportunities to participate in the weekend-long festivities, including screenings, Q&A sessions, meet and greets with industry insiders and gala events – including the Spotlight Awards and Closing Night Awards Ceremony. Learn more by visiting here.

Opening Soon: Bestie (105 East Pender Street)
Be sure to add the pending opening of Chinatown`s latest, Bestie, to your must-try mix. This self-proclaimed `friendly little sausage and beer parlour’ is just about ready to welcome discerning Vancouver sausage fanatics into its 25-seat space… very, very soon. Fuelled by a penchant for good food, co-owners Clinton McDougall and Dane Brown went to work by garnering start-up funds through Indiegogo. Expect classic currywurst and German street fare with locally sourced beer on tap. Learn more and keep posted on their site.

Worthy Cause: Fundraiser for Film: Shamed – The Girl Who Wouldn’t Stay Quiet
Support independent films and be a part of helping an important story get told on the cinematic screen this Friday evening. Celebrate at host venue Charqui Grill (1955 Cornwall Avenue) and enjoy delicious food, a live ‘date’ auction, take in performances, and mingle with other like-minded supporters of Motion for Change. With only $7K left to raise, it’s a do-good party worth noting. Tickets ($25) and more information about the pending production can be found here.

Recently Opened: Lost + Found Cafe (33 West Hastings Street)
Craving locally-roasted coffee and tasty, fresh baked treats, salads and sandwiches to satiate your appetite? You’ll inevitably find what you’re looking for at Lost + Found Cafe in Gastown. With its clean, fresh feel and just the right touch of cozy, it has the perfect mix of eclectic cool. Owned by a young creative photographer-turned-social sustainability activist, the space doubles as part gallery to raise funds for The Dirty Wall Project Foundation. Learn more about the cafe and upcoming events here.

Worth Noting: 13th Annual Vancouver International Dance Festival
If you haven’t heard or yet had the opportunity to grab tickets to this (almost) month-long festival celebrating an amazing collection of world-class dance performances from around the world, don’t delay. Running until March 23, this three-week long festival has amped up their offerings to include new performances, exhibitions, workshops and venues to showcase the dynamic creativity brought to life through dance. Visit here for full schedule details and to purchase tickets.

Photo courtesy Vancouver-Chinatown Info