I miss school, now that it's out, mostly because I spent a lot of time this year thinking and writing about it for a Star series on public education. Luckily, there's the summer movie, Bad Teacher. People like me, who are on the left or, as Alexander Cockburn wickedly says, "pwogwessives," are supposed to hate it because it portrays teachers negatively at a time when they're under right-wing attack for being the chief cause of U.S. education failure. But I adored the film.
Terrence Malick's film, The Tree of Life, opens today. It won the Palme d'or at Cannes, a big prestigious deal. Like his others, it inspires something nearer reverence than mere respect: for its "audacity and vision" in "excavating primal, eternal meanings" and for its "sheer beauty."
These abstractions are like the solemn voice-overs in his films, which scatter words like evil, wicked, "the spark." There are always gorgeous shots of nature that you tend to be aware of as gorgeous. I don't mean there's anything phony in his obsessions; he's a Christian seeker who makes lush films he agonizes over. For critics they may come as relief after too many movies about hangovers and superheroes.
Celebrate May Day poetically!
Join local, published, first-time and established poets,
reading 5 minutes each, non-stop for five hours. Featuring Amai Kuda, Belladonna, Vivek Shraya, Dainty Smith, Zoe Whittall and many many more!
Wheelchair accessible (washrooms have limited access),
all are welcome to attend.
$10 to $25 Nobody turned away for lack of funds.
Vegetarian-friendly refreshments available for purchase.
$6, $4 for students, seniors, partners and Front Row passholders.
Directed by John Walker. 2010, 85 minutes
A rare and unique assembly of some of the greatest drummers in the world. Explosive talent, passion, humour and irresistible personality come together in a magical setting when seven diverse drummers create a profound and unforgettable experience.
NFB Mediatheque, 416-973-3012
Join us for music, dinner, dance performances and hear first hand account of the situation in Afghanistan from Spogmai Akseer, spokesperson for Afghans for Peace. Spogmai recently visited Afghanistan and will talk about the realities facing the Afghan people under the NATO occupation.
Peggy Nash, Former NDP MP, Canadian Auto Workers Union
Featuring special performances by Matadanze, AcidFlow, and musician Alborz Atashband.
Admission $10 - $25 sliding scale
The concept of angel investing is very important in this economic time.
We are holding a fundraiser, taking the angel investor concept literally.
Come out and purchase an image of an area angel and support the opening of That's Women's Work. Take home limited edition, high quality prints by That's Women's Work's very own Michelle van Looy.
Prices range by $5.00 or more for a 5x7, $25.00 or more for an 8.5x11 and $50.00 or more for an 11x17.
A great holiday gift for that hard to shop for friend, colleague or family member!
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