Ghanaian sculptor Brahim El Anatsui's father was a master weaver who taught the tradition of strip-weaving Kente cloths to his sons. This textile technique has become a staple of El Anatsui's art: he amasses and refashions the debris from his community to create majestic, visual narratives that address his personal history and global issues like environmental sustainability. The North American premiere of his four-decade career retrospective When I Last Wrote to You About Africa is at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, having been extended to Feb. 27.
Everyone has at least one moment of magnitude -- at what may be a workshop, a talk, a film, a concert or a play -- when they arrive unprepared, or perhaps exhausted and late. Much to their own bewilderment, however, they leave with great insight, validation or perhaps a newly-formed outlook through which they see culture and the finite resources of its structures.
This bewilderment ending in insight is the best way to sum up the mission behind Corporations in Our Heads, the interactive play from Headlines Theatre about people's relationships to corporations.
Same Old Wal-Mart? Discussion of the high price of low cost in the era of the Bangladesh factory disaster, plus film screening. 7 pm. Free. Good Times, Bad Times Tea Shop, 1421 Bloor W, 416-707-3509,
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Let's admit it. Christmas shopping can be the worst. Even when you avoid large chains and shopping centres like the plague.
There's something about the obligation this particular holiday -- that, no, not everyone celebrates --has to demonstrate affection in the act of purchase, that's pretty counter to what the guy this holiday supposedly set out to celebrate supposedly spoke about.
Interviewer: How would you describe your own style?
Os Gemêos: A tiny boat in a huge ocean with all its infinity and surprises.
- Artists Os Gemêos in Art Crimes
Over the past half-century -- since the days of the actual "Madmen" -- advertisers have transformed public space. The former understood that in an age of cutthroat economic competition, every surface of the city needed to become a canvas for publicizing the joys of consumerism. Along with the advertisers, mainstream policy-makers have pushed for the transformation of civic geography across the world into giant shopping malls that would attract public consumption and thus greater corporate investment.