March 31: Fact and Fiction: The Making of a Political Roman à Clef

Based on his transatlantic white collar crime thriller, Acqua Sacra, novelist Keith Henderson will discuss the relationship between news, political research and the making of fiction. Key examples will include SNC-Lavalin, Heenan-Blaikie and Montreal’s infamous “Sixth Family” Mafia bosses.

March 31, 7:30 PM @ Westmount Park United Church

March 10: The Captive Viewer: Glamour and Desire in the Hollywood Musical

Don’t miss the first event of 2020!

Glamour is addictive. Hollywood stylists and music arrangers developed a fund of enhancement techniques so that visual, tactile and sonic surfaces could arouse inner desires. If we want to understand this experience better, how do we give in to its spell without letting our rational faculties drift off to sleep?

Our speaker, Lloyd Whitesell, will use musical production numbers from the classical studio era to illustrate how sound and image were shaped and styled to generate allure, encouraging particular frames of mind in the viewer.

March 10, 2020, 7:30 PM @ Schulich School of Music

October 1: The 13 Clan Mothers of the 13 Moons

Join us in welcoming Sylvia Bertolini who will present a series of 13 tableaux interpreting the 13 wisdoms in indigenous medicine teaching, each one of them associated with each of the 13 moons of the year.

This talk will begin with a native ceremony, the opening of sacred space and a traditional drum song.

October 1 – 7:30 PM @ John Simms Community Centre