Light on Lumet
Now that CGI and comic book heroes rule the big screen, it's hard to believe that the movie scene was once dominated by progressive filmmakers and their socially conscious, story-driven movies. Sidney Lumet was one of them. Critic Shlomo Schwartzberg honours the late director - who died in 2009 - with a series of talks at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre (750 Spadina). On Monday (October 29), in the third of eight lectures, he shows clips to spotlight Lumet's skill with actors: Al Pacino in Serpico and Dog Day Afternoon, Rod Steiger in The Pawnbroker and Paul Newman in The Verdict. 7 pm. $12, stu $6. mnjcc.org/arts.
Women's agenda rules
Does Feminism Still Matter? We know the answer to that one, don't we? This discussion examines women's politics and the broader social change movement and features writer and rabble.ca founder Judy Rebick, Mi'kmaq lawyer and Ryerson poli-sci prof Pamela Palmater and York U equity studies prof Haideh Moghissi. Today (Thurday, October 25), 7 pm. Free. YWCA, 87 Elm. 416-961-8101 ext 322.
The politics of catastrophe
Every major natural calamity generates the same questions: What happens to the aid money? And what social forces lose out in the reconstruction? Science for Peace hosts Disasters Without Borders: The International Politics Of Natural Disaster, with U of T sociology prof John Hannigan, Thursday, November 1. Free. University College, room 144, 15 King's College Circle. scienceforpeace.ca.