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100 Ways to Kneel & Kiss the Ground

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No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2014-07-05
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In a rare Vancouver appearance, Coleman Barks leads the audience on a journey through the life and works of Rumi. His recitations will be accompanied, as Sufi poetry often was, with music. On stage with Barks are a group of exceptional musicians. On the barbat (precursor to the Persian oud) is the foremost player of the instrument, Iranian musician Hossein Behroozinia. Behroozinia performed with Barks on his last Vancouver visit, almost a decade ago, at the Chan Centre. On sitar is maestro Mohamed Assani. The musicians will trace Rumi's own life journey, by playing music from Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey. 

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Video

Passages: Cultural Legacies of the Komagata Maru

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Date created: 
2014-07-06
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Jazz, poetry and the visual arts meet in this presentation of cross-media storytelling. Inspired by the Komagata Maru Episode and other narratives of the South Asian Canadian experience, eight brilliant artists take to the stage to produce a collaborative work. Artists include: The Neelamjit Dhillon Quartet, Phinder Dulai, Renee Saklikar Priscila Uppal and Orijit Sen.

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Video

Artpolitik: Culture and the Graphic Novel

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Date created: 
2014-07-09
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Listen to these three-image makers talk of their work, and the intersections between art, aesthetics, memory and politics. For Orijit Sen, David Wong, and Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, the graphic novel is an extension of an older form of storytelling. It is a format that they have each reinvented or used in particular ways to commemorate and to question. 

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Video

Laughing All the Way to the Mosque

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Date created: 
2014-07-09
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Zarqa Nawaz (creator of the hit TV series Little Mosque on the Prairie) has always straddled two cultures. She finds herself agonizing about which sparkly earrings will ‘pimp out' her hijab, or flirting with the WalMart meat manager just to score the best Halal chicken just before Eid. Little Mosque on the Prairie's success brought Zarqa's edgy, irreverent, laugh-out-loud humour to the world. Now in her just-released book Laughing All the Way to the Mosque, Zarqa tells the sometimes absurd, sometimes challenging, and always funny stories of being Zarqa. Spend an evening with this delightful, sharp, witty storyteller, as she invites us into her world.

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Video

Lunchbox Legends: The Dabbawalas of Mumbai

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Date created: 
2014-07-10
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Mumbai prides itself on being a resilient, make-it-happen, 24 hour city, and no one embodies that spirit more than the Dabbawalas. Every day, 5000 Dabbawalas (or lunch couriers) deliver 350,000 lunches to their clients in stacked metal lunchboxes. Each lunchbox is picked up at the client's home (where it has been filled with home cooked food by a family member) and delivered to the office (still warm, in time for lunch). On this trip across the mega-city, each lunchbox will pass through the hands of at least twelve Dabbawalas, travelling by bicycle, local train, and foot. This in itself is an incredible enough operation, but what makes it truly remarkable, is the operation's error margin - an unbelievably low 1 in 6 million. A 125 year old operation, the Dabbawalas have only recently shot to fame, with a Forbes Magazine article in 2002, which acknowledged them as having exceeded the criteria for Six Sigma certification. Meet the men behind the world's most efficient organization. Two representatives of the Mumbai Tiffin Box Suppliers Association traveled for the first time to Vancouver. Spokesperson Subodh Sangle, and Supervisor Kiran Gavande, showed a short film about their work, and shared their stories, organizational methods, and tips for entrepreneurial success.

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Video

5x15

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No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2014-07-10
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5x15 is a speakers series that originated in London, with the simple but brilliant format of five speakers, speaking for fifteen minutes each, on any topic they are truly passionate about. The only rules are, the talks should be unscripted, and no more (or less) than fifteen minutes. 5x15's Indian Summer Edition is the first time the series comes to Canada. Vancouver gets to host the premiere, with five brilliant local and international storytellers: spoken word poet Ivan Coyote, filmmaker Zarqa Nawaz (Little Mosque on the Prairie), artist/graphic novelist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, and Iranian-American writer Reza Aslan.

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Video

The Jesus of History, The Christ of Faith

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Date created: 
2014-07-11
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An evening with the internationally bestselling author of No god but God and Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. Reza Aslan offers us a fascinating, provocative, and meticulously researched biography that calls into question everything we thought we knew about Jesus of Nazareth.

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Video

Changing the Story on Homelessness

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Date created: 
2019-04-12
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Last year, Megaphone readers funded a 6-part in-depth series seeking solutions to the homelessness crisis. As Megaphone wraps up part 6 of the project, experts in policy and folks with lived experience to explore what we can do to ensure we all have access to safe and affordable housing. This talk covered tools, approaches, and possibilities ahead of the provincial election.

Learn more, watch the videos, and read Megaphone's 6-part reader-funded series here: www.megaphonemagazine.com/solutions

 

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Audio

Andy Yan: Vancouver in the 21st Century

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Date created: 
2014-09-24
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Andy Yan, senior urban planner with Bing Thom Architects, researcher with BTAworks and adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning, looks at various aspects of life in Vancouver through the lens of social statistics and community cartographies. From real estate ownership to electoral participation to school enrollment, Yan looks at the social, economic, and political opportunities and challenges facing the City and its region as it moves from a British colonial transit point to a Pacific metropolis.

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Video

Performing Home: Enacting a New Choreography of Belonging, a Lecture by Carrie MacLeod

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Date created: 
2014-09-30
Abstract: 

Is there an art to reinventing home in the upheaval of displacement? This presentation offers a feast of poetic narratives on how communities in transition are creating new spaces of belonging – against all odds. In considering the multiple meanings of home in this contemporary global culture, we ask who is making room for whom when frictions from forced migration play out in Vancouver neighbourhoods and across international borders. Arts-based approaches that are unsettling the usual home fronts will be highlighted when diverse worldviews unexpectedly converge and collide. 

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Video