Mario Biagini is a genial, 49-year-old Italian theatre worker who's one of two designated successors to theatre pioneer Jerzy Grotowski. He's in Toronto with a troupe of colleagues to perform and teach at U of T. I know theatre worker sounds mundane but the term "The Work" appears often as he talks; it's spoken with reverence, the way hockey players say "The Game."
I keep encountering anthropologists (mostly but not only in print) who help more in understanding how the world works today than other experts do, even in their own fields. For example, Debt: The First 5,000 Years by young U.S. anthropologist David Graeber, who did fieldwork in Madagascar, illuminates more about the current economic crisis than anything I know by economists. It even points to ways out. U.K. anthropologist Sir Jack Goody, who's 93 and studied tribal cultures in West Africa, has expanded the idea of democracy far beyond a thing invented in Athens, and then perfected in the U.S. and U.K.
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Even if you do not worship Jesus Christ, consider yourselves a Christian, or observe Protestant or Catholic rituals, Christmas still stands out as a holiday feature of the calendar. And, amidst the misery in the world, there is still much to celebrate on this December 25, whatever your religious affiliation, or status.
For a few days this week, my son and I had some Muslim Arab kids from the Mideast, ages 8 and 12, up at the cottage. They've been in Canada for two years. Since it was Ramadan, we decided to fast with them. It's not mandatory for children but lots do it.
Has watching Rod Ford got you down? If you ask me, the right-wing surge is getting way too close for comfort. What the hell is going on in the psyches of this once-considered intelligent species?
I ask myself questions like this regularly which may be part of the problem (note to Klein-haters -- that is a joke).
Nevertheless, when I heard that home-grown psychic heavy-hitter Collette Baron-Reid was coming to town to give a show tonight (Friday, October 15) with medium John Holland at the Isabel Bader theatre (7 p.m., see listing), I decided ask her for her thoughts.
We are living in "exponential" times, says this video. Here are some numbers that give you some perspective on how fast the world is moving.
Toronto ALPHA and Toronto Article 9 invite youth to take part in an ongoing platform for inter-community dialogue based on a shared understanding of our common humanity and commitment to social justice.
Engage with Jasmine Wong from Facing History and Ourselves and Sheena Resplandor from Harmony Movement to use art as a tool for unearthing history and moving towards social justice. This will be followed by a live play performance of Diana Tso's Red Snow, a new Canadian play inspired by survivors of the 1937 Nanjing Holocaust.
$15 includes show and lunch
The University of Saskatchewan's Humanities Research Unit (HRU) will be hosting Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East's (CJPME) Human Drama in Gaza photo exhibition.
CJPME and the HRU invite Saskatonians to view the exhibition and learn more about the Gaza situation. "The suffering of the Palestinian people in Gaza during the Israeli onslaught, and the increasing misery brought on by Israel's blockade of Gaza are issues that should concern all Canadians," adds Woodley. The exhibition has been seen by thousands in Montreal, Lévis, Ottawa, Toronto, Yellowknife, Hamilton, London and Edmonton.