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Upcoming SFU Vancouver Events - Week of November 21 - 27, 2014

posted on 3:10 PM, November 20, 2014

Coming up next week at SFU Vancouver:

Thursday, November 20: SFU Public Square- City Conversations
Time: 12:30pm Place: Rm. 1600, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St. Cost: Free

Does Vancouver need a city-wide plan? The basic layout of Vancouver’s streets, neighbourhoods, schools, parks and basic infrastructure dates back to the Bartholomew Plan of 1929. This plan was the foundation for many local area and community plans, for transportation plans, and for zoning maps identifying what could be built and where. After half a century of growth and change, and with extensive public process, in 1995 Council adopted CityPlan, a 20-year framework for decisions on programs, priorities and actions on funding, programs, and actions that has been the basis for many community and other planning programs. What would be the benefits of a new attempt to create a city-wide plan that defines where growth would take place, what could that process look like, and what hazards would that process face?

Thursday, November 20: Coast Salish Singing & Drumming Workshops Fall 2014
Time: 7pm Place: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St. Cost: Free, no RSVP required

SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement and SFU's Office of Aboriginal Peoples present three free workshops in fall of 2014. Join us on November 20 and learn social songs, drumming and dance.


Friday, November 21: The Changing Profile of Aging Families in Canada: Why Demographic Shifts in Immigration and Ethnic Diversity Matter – 12th Annual Ellen M Gee Memorial Lecture
Time: 4pm  Place: Rm. 1425, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St.  Cost: Free, register with

Paying tribute to Ellen’s innovative research on aging, health, ethnicity, and the family, this presentation will explore the changing profile of aging families in Canada and its implications for social and health care policy and practice in the second decade of the new millennium. With a focus on the increasing ethno-cultural diversity of the older adult population, we will address issues related to immigration, generation, gender, class, and power, as they have emerged in the context of recent research discussions on social support and family relations in later life.

Friday, November 21: TYWZAZN e RXCLZATY - An offsite exhibition of new video works
Time: 7pm Place: Offsite, 356 Powell St. Cost: Free

Second year SFU School of Contemporary Arts students are pleased to present TYWZAZN e RXCLZATY, an offsite exhibition of new video works.

Saturday, November 22: Critical Geographies – Mini Conference
Time: 8am Place: Djavad Mowafaghian World Art Centre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St. Cost: Free

Critical geographers view the spaces of our world with a mixture of anger and hope. We believe that society and nature do not represent themselves: we must analyze them, map them, and thus involve ourselves in their remaking. We are delighted to announce that the Department of Geography at Simon Fraser University will host the Ninth Annual Mini-Conference for Critical Geographers who live and/or work in our region.

Saturday, November 22: Information Session: SFU's Business-to-Business Communications Certificate
Time: 10am Place: Rm. 1425, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St. Cost: Free, register

Business-to-Business (B2B) Communications focuses on interactions between manufacturers and wholesalers, and between wholesalers and retailers. In this program, you will learn the required skills and techniques in developing corporate content and social networking, which includes writing for executives and using the latest social networking tools and digital technologies.

Saturday, November 22: Exhibition Tour: The Production of the Artist as a Collective Conversation
Time: 1pm Place: Audain Gallery, 149 West Hastings St. Cost: Free

Join us for a tour of the exhibition led by curator Amy Kazymerchyk and SCA Assistant Professor Sabine Bitter. Afterward, walk with us to the Satellite Gallery for a 2pm tour of The Port, led by curator Cate Rimmer, then continue to Contemporary Art Gallery for a 3pm tour of Shimabuku, led by director Nigel Prince.

Saturday, November 22: Selections from The Human Rights Watch Traveling Film Festival 2014
Time: 12pm Place: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St. Cost: Free, except To Be Takei ($10)

The Human Rights Watch Traveling Film Festival bears witness to human rights violations and creates a forum for courageous individuals on both sides of the lens to empower audiences with the knowledge that personal commitment can make a difference. The film festival brings to life human rights abuses through storytelling in a way that challenges each individual to empathize and demand justice for all people.

Each year highlights from the London and New York festivals are presented in the Traveling Film Festival.

Tuesday, November 25: Carbon Talks: District Energy and the Role of the Private Sector
Time: 12:30pm Place: Rm. 2270, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St. Cost: Free, register

The purpose of this dialogue is to explore district energy from the perspective of the private sector and the following questions: What is the private sector’s role in developing and operating district energy? What do municipalities, developers, and financiers need to do in order to encourage the development of district energy systems? What is the potential for district energy in Metro Vancouver?

Tuesday, November 25: Database Documentaries: Orchestrated Voices and the Rhetoric of Listening
Time: 7pm Place: Rm. 7000, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St. Cost: Free

As the economic models of the cultural industries shift, documentary production has become increasingly untenable in traditional formats. At the same time, numerous film- and video-makers have embraced digital platforms as new sites for understanding—and intervening in—mediated social relations. In this presentation, Associate Professor Zoë Druick considers the work undertaken by feminist digital documentary-makers to orchestrate the chorus of microscopic and mundane expressions of our increasingly distributed social and political life so that they may be recognized—and heard—as political speech.

Wednesday, November 26: Attutauniujuk Nunami/Lament for the Land: Film Screen and Discussion
Time: 5pm Place: Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St. Cost: Free

Told through the voices of 24 people from Nunatsiavut, Labrador, Lament for the Land weaves together the voices of wisdom of Labrador Inuit with stunning visual scenery to tell a powerful story of change, loss, and hope in the context of rapid climate change in the North.

Wednesday, November 26: Counter Narratives: Troubling official discourses on the “war on drugs” in Mexico
Time: 7pm Place: Rm. 7000, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St. Cost: Free

According to the Mexican government, violence in Mexico today results from turf wars between drug cartels. Mexico-based journalists Julián Cardona & Dawn Paley’s investigative reporting contests these narratives by showing how the Mexican military’s so-called war on organized crime has sparked widespread violence.

Wednesday, November 26: MA & MFA Information Session
Time: 7pm Place: 4390, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St. Cost: Free

Hosted by Professor Laura Marks, Acting Graduate Chair. With optional facility tours at 6:00 and 8:00 pm.

Wednesday, November 26: “The Mediterranean Experience during Fatimid Rule” – a public lecture by Dr. Shainool Jiwa
Time: 7pm Place: Rm. 1400, Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St. Cost: Free, register

This lecture will examine Fatimid Shia Ismaili Muslim governance and its impact on the medieval Mediterranean world of the 10th-11th centuries – a region inhabited by people from diverse ethnic backgrounds and religious persuasions.

November 19-22: EPIC – Fall 2014 Dance Mainstage
Time: 8pm, (2pm Nov. 22) Place: Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St. Cost: $15/$5, online

New works by Crystal Pite + Kidd Pivot, Wen Wei Wang and Katie DeVries. Performed by SFU Repertory Dancers, Arts Umbrella Graduate Program Dancers, Modus Operandi Dancers. Over 60 dancers perform in three premieres!

See Vancouver's next generation of contemporary dancers as they emerge on the scene - a bold ensemble combining raw physicality and passion - not to be missed!

November 26 & November 28: Top Line Vocal Collective – Voices in Colour
Time: 7pm Place: Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St. Cost: $25, online

Studio Cloud 30′s forty-member vocal ensemble will perform contemporary pop, R&B, gospel and reggae songs in a one of a kind choral and multi-media experience.


November 15-December 6: SFU SCA Info Sessions + Tours
Time: Various times  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.

October 30-November 21: Directing Projects Fall 2014
Time: 7 & 9pm  Place: Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings St.  Cost: Free

Directing projects by students from FPA 453. Including:

Two Iphigenia Plays
by Ellen McLaughlin
directed by Ashley Aron
October 30 & 31, 7 & 9 PM

The Governor of the Dew
by Floyd Favel
directed by Deneh Thompson
November 6 & 7, 7 & 9 PM

16670
by Erik Ehn
directed by Dan O’Shea

Sganarelle
by Molière
directed by Cathy Falkner
November 13 & 14, 7 & 9 PM

The Love Talker
by Deborah Pryor
directed by Keely O’Brien
November 20 & 21, 7 & 9 PM


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.