Jeff Melanson weighs in on the future of the arts in Canada on May 24.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
People are hungry all year round, so why do we tend to think about the Daily Bread Food Bank only on Thanksgiving and Christmas? Give it your attention as spring sets in when the cool Bluebird art event unfolds at the 918 Bathurst Centre (918 Bathurst) on Saturday (May 21) from 7 pm to midnight. Check out edible and non-edible food-related art designed to make the connection between creativity and what goes into our mouths. Bring a non-perishable food donation and you're in. bluebirdto.com.
The evolving role of the arts in Canada - a weighty subject in budget-cutting Harperland - is the focus of a talk at the Gardiner Museum (111 Queen's Park) by the mayor's arts adviser, Jeff Melanson, who's leaving his post for a new position with the Banff Centre in Alberta. Tuesday (May 24), 7 pm. Free. Pre-register 416-531-1483.
USING SCIENCE FOR GOOD
Science for Peace hosts a dinner and conversation with academic Monia Mazigh, the wife of rendition detainee Maher Arar, on Wednesday (May 25) at 7 pm. Up for discussion: Canada as bystander or player in the Middle East. Hot House Café (35 Church). $60 (includes dinner). metta.spencer.name/sfp.