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Upcoming SFU Vancouver Events - Week of December 5 - 12, 2014

posted on 1:55 PM, December 4, 2014

Coming up next week at SFU Vancouver:

Thursday, December 4: Getting to Groundbreaking 2014
Time: 8:45am  Place: Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings St.  Cost: Free, register

This panel event will release the inaugural report for Getting to Groundbreaking, a partnership research project into the residential building approvals process in Metro Vancouver municipalities. Come to find out about the project, see the results of the 2014 data collection on how our region are doing with regard to laying the groundwork for building to meet housing demand.

Thursday, December 4: Coast Salish Singing and Drumming Workshop
Time: 7pm  Place: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.  Cost: Free

Join us in learn social songs, drumming and dance with Russell Wallace. Workshops are free and open to everyone!

Thursday, December 4: Film Screening – New Films by 3rd Year Students
Time: 7pm  Place: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.  Cost: Free

A screening of the short films made by the third year film production students.

Thursday, December 4: Philosophers’ Café - Electronic Cigarettes—A Safe Substitute to Smoking?
Time: 7pm  Place: False Creek Community Centre, Fairview Rm, 1318 Cartwright St.  Cost: Free

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are becoming more and more popular, not just among smokers, but non-smokers alike. Proponents of e-cigarettes claim that they are a safe alternative to regular cigarettes. But where is the evidence to back this claim? How do e-cigarettes work and what are the risks involved in this activity?

Thursday, December 4: The Writer's Studio Reading Series in Vancouver
Time: 8pm  Place: Cottage Bistro, 4470 Main St.  Cost: By donation

Our creative writing program, The Writer’s Studio, hosts a popular monthly reading series featuring local and out-of-town writers and authors. These mixed-genre readings are open to the public.

Friday, December 5: CreativeMornings/Vancouver
Time: 8:30am  Place: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.  Cost: Free, online

Cree-Saulteaux performing artist, Margo Kane is the Founder and Artistic Managing Director of Full Circle: First Nations Performance. For over 40 years she has been active as a performing artist and community cultural worker. Moonlodge, her acclaimed one-woman show, an Aboriginal Canadian classic, has toured for over 10 years nationally and internationally. She developed and runs the annual Talking Stick Festival and an Aboriginal Ensemble Performing Arts Program in Vancouver.

Friday, December 5: Taking Leadership on Climate Risk: Mike McGinn in conversation with Tzeporah Berman
Time: 7pm  Place: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.  Cost: Free, register

As part of the Vancouver Climate Risk Forum, McGinn joins Tzeporah Berman for a conversation about taking leadership on climate risk. They will discuss the impact climate change and unburnable carbon reserves will have on our municipal and institutional investments and pension and retirement savings.

Saturday, December 6: SFU SCA Info Sessions + Tours
Time: 10am  Place: 1st floor lobby, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.  Cost: Free, RSVP to

This info-session will go over how to apply for the School for the Contemporary Arts including an overview of admission to SFU. Our School is interdisciplinary and each area has its own audition, interview or portfolio. We'll cover all areas, and answer general questions about the programs. With tour of the facility and some info-sessions include performances.

Saturday, December 6: Shimabuku
Time: 3pm  Place: Contemporary Art Gallery, 555 Nelson St.  Cost: Free

Join us as we explore the major survey of acclaimed Japanese artist Shimabuku. The exhibition will include installation, video, drawings and performance never before seen in Canada. Shimabuku holds a fascination with the natural world and the countless manifestations of human culture within it. Incongruity characterizes much of his work, inventing the way things are usually seen to encourage us to break with established habits and to enjoy experiences as if happening for the first time.

Saturday, December 6: SFU Vancouver Speaker Series Presents: Matt Besser
Time: 7pm  Place: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.  Cost: $15/$10, online

Few names are as synonymous with Improv as Matt Besser. A founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB) along with Amy Poehler, Matt Walsh and Ian Roberts, Besser’s credits include appearances on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Spin City, Frasier, Human Giant, Curb Your Enthusiasm, How I Met Your Mother, Reno 911, Key & Peele, Parks & Recreation, & Comedy Bang! Bang!

As part of his speaking engagement at SFU Vancouver, Besser will be performing a live version of his celebrated podcast improv4humans with members of Vancouver’s own The Sunday Service.

Sunday, December 7: Film Screening – Ran Rasiya
Time: 3pm  Place: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.  Cost: $10/$18, cash at the door

Praxis presents a screening of RANG RASIYA, written and directed by Ketan Mehta, with a post-screening Q&A with the filmmakers.

Wednesday, December 10: Information Session: SFU's Aboriginal Bridge Program
Time: 5pm  Place: Rm. 1510, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.  Cost: Free, register

SFU's Aboriginal Pre-Health and Aboriginal University Prep programs are for people of Aboriginal heritage (First Nation, Métis, and Inuit) who want to pursue a post-secondary education, who are looking for new challenges and career paths, and who are motivated to explore what university has to offer.

We encourage recent high school graduates as well as students who have been away from school for some time to attend the session and consider applying.

Wednesday, December 10: Philosophers’ Café - Euroscepticism: Causes and Consequences
Time: 7pm  Place: Milano Espresso Lounge Gastown, 36 Powell St.  Cost: Free

In the recent elections for the European Parliament, parties that question the desirability of European unification made significant gains, especially in the U.K. and France. What are the possible causes of this change and what are the consequences for Europe and the rest of the world?

December 5-December 7: Ascension: SCA Student Performance Series
Time: 8pm  Place: Studio T, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.  Cost: $15/$5, online

Featuring seven premieres of contemporary music + dance + design, Ascension is a great opportunity to see the work of SFU’s newest emerging artists.

Going into its third year, this student lead production is a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary collaboration that engages a large portion of the students from the music, dance and theatre areas. These original works of composition, choreography and lighting design are accompanied by live musicians to create a full evening of exciting collaborative art.

December 8-December 12: 605 Collective Winter Intensive: Technique, Repertoire, and Creation Workshop
Time: 10am  Place: 4th Floor, Courtyard Studio, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.  Cost: $360, online

Led by 605's co-directors, Lisa Gelley and Josh Martin, each day of the Winter Intensive will be comprised of three parts: Technique Class, Repertoire, and Creation Lab.

Throughout the week, short collaborations will be attempted, where the group will practice and apply various approaches to collaboration,  experiencing compromise, buidling a shared vocabularly and forming a collective voice.

December 11-December 20: Bah! Humbug! 2014
Time: 7:30pm & 2pm matinees Dec. 13 & 20  Place: Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.  Cost: $29/$15, online

Bah! Humbug! returns for a fifth year featuring Juno-Award Winning musician Jim Byrnes as Ebenezer Scrooge. Don't miss this festive, seasonal Woodward's tradition! Each show features a turkey draw and an audience sing-along of holiday favorites!

With a script that is fine-tuned annually in response to the current issues affecting Vancouver’s DTES, Bah! Humbug! is Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol reconceived: a modern-day, sushi-loving Ebenezer Scrooge owns a pawn shop on Vancouver’s Hastings Street, where he is timing Bob Cratchit’s late arrival to work on his iPhone.

October 15-December 13: Ricardo Basbaum: The Production of the Artist as a Collective Conversation
Time: Gallery hours  Place: Audain Gallery, 149 West Hastings St.  Cost: Free

Since the early 1990s, Brazilian artist Ricardo Basbaum has incited artistic encounters by inviting people to engage with and respond to systems of symbols and rules embedded in objects, scripts, diagrams, maps and games. In his projects, Basbaum quotes artistic and graphic communication tactics that are both vernacular and abstract, thereby easy to learn, interpret and memorize. Through interaction with these fluid sets of visual and linguistic terms for the production of an artwork, Basbaum seeks to collectively consider the material, social and spatial membrane between artist, contemporary art system, art object and participant. The Production of the Artist as a Collective Conversation is an emerging exhibition that frames the gallery as a critical site of pedagogical and artistic production.