You may be at work reading this right now, or maybe at school, on the bus, or lounging around the house in your pjs, but no matter where you are you’re reading this on some sort of technological device. This week’s This Week in Vancouver is all about how you can take that glowing rectangular screen in front of you, be it a laptop, an ipad, a smartphone, what have you, and make it a tool for social change. Turn those Angry Birds into angry words – actually, carefully thought out, well reasoned words would be preferable – and make something happen!
Image credit: Gen Why Media
Tuesday, Nov. 1st, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Contemporary Arts Theatre, SFU Woodwards
Have you ever come across the site ParentsShouldn’tText? The gems of hilarity on that site alone are justification enough for Gen Why Media’s second Bring Your Boomers event. Yes, Boomers struggling to comprehend technology that we young whippersnappers can navigate with our eyes closed always makes for a great punchline, but it also makes for a great panel discussion. Gen Why is bringing together activists, media personnel, and politicians representing three generations to talk about how we can support the causes we’re passionate about at any age. Tickets are available through (what else?) a social networking site, but don’t worry moms and dads, it’s pretty straightforward!
Image credit: National Association of Asian American Professionals
Thursday, Nov. 3rd, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
SFU Segal Graduate School of Business
The National Association of Asian American Professionals Vancouver branch (oy, that’s a mouthful!) is honouring individuals in our community who are leaders in the fields of art, media, culture, community, and more. The theme for this year’s awards is Faces of Change: Sustaining Culture & Cultivating Community. And I hate to brag, but Schema’s very own Alden Habacon, the fearless leader himself, has been nominated for an Arts & Media Leadership award. Hip hip hooray! Plus, world-renowned and homegrown architect Bing Thom gives the keynote.
Image credit: Museum of Vancouver
Thursday, Nov. 3rd to Sunday, November 27th
Museum of Vancouver
Speaking of Bing Thom…ok fine, speaking of architecture, the Canadian architects who are entrants in this year’s Venice Biennale are giving Vancouverites a sneak preview of their submissions. Through videos and architectural models, the architects from across Canada will illustrate how migration and cultural memory affect design. Canada has long been called a “Nation of Immigrants,” so I suppose it’s about time this migrant nation got some stylish dwellings that are custom made to suit our perambulatory persona.
Image credit: UBC
Thursday, Nov. 3rd to Thursday, Nov. 17th
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC
This past year we’ve seen uprisings and social movements momentous enough to rival the worldwide student uprising of the 60s. Here in Canada, protests like the SlutWalk, the Occupy movement, and Arab Spring solidarity protests have made politicians, media, public figures, NGOs, and academics alike all sit up and take notice. Now UBC is gathering together those very same politicians, media, NGO and non-profit representatives, and academics to discuss the effect that diversity has on grassroots movements for social change. Can we stand united and divided at the same time? Have your say on Thursday.
Image credit: South Hill Community
Thursday, Nov. 3rd, 7:00 pm
Alice MacKay Room, VPL Central Branch
How well do you know your neighbours? Probably not as well as you’d think. South Hill Community wants to introduce you to your neighbourhood through storytelling. Now, I know I don’t have to tell you more than that because you’ve already read about Schema’s INSIDE STORIES contest, and you’ve already submitted your own story to South Hill for a chance to win tickets to Headlines Theatre’s Us and Them. So head downtown to the VPL this Thursday, and hear your stories and the stories of your friends and neighbours being shared.
Image credit: Japanese Canadian National Museum
Wednesday, Nov. 2nd, 7 pm
Japanese Canadian National Museum
A year ago Canada’s last WWI veteran died. In a short time the few remaining men and women who survived WWI will have passed away too. Though there will be no one to lay the wreath at this year’s Remembrance day ceremony, it is important that we remember the men and women who sacrificed so much for us. Canadian Historical Society President Lyle Dick gives a lecture this Wednesday on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France, and the Canadian Japanese War Memorial here in Vancouver, and how these memorials contribute to our collective memory of this dark time in human history.
Genie is an editorial assistant for Schema Magazine and self-appointed seeker-out of Schema-worthy events in Vancouver. She is a certified bookworm with a special fondness for Shakespeare and CanLit. You can follow her on Twitter @geniemak