Food For Thought

Updated 2014/10/14

Did you have a good Thanksgiving?

The sharing of food has a deep symbolic importance through all cultures. Sometimes that goes well, sometimes less well, as we can see in this weeks NFB Film Club short, Impromptu.

This short animation takes a look at the redemptive power of food, wine, music and love through the eyes of our protagonist, Chuck. A husband and father, Chuck is jovially cooking dinner and listening to Chopin when his wife Sylvie spontaneously invites a group of boisterous colleagues over for dinner. The festivities begin to spiral out of control, and Chuck must find his way through a planned diner à deux that has turned into pandemonium. Filmmaker Bruce Alcock follows the fine tradition of beloved food films such as Babette’s Feast, using the preparation of a meal as a vehicle for exploring the grand themes of love and life through simple yet evocative line drawings. Source: NFB.

Impromptu is followed by the main feature My Prarie Home, an official selection at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

In this feature documentary-musical by Chelsea McMullan, indie singer Rae Spoon takes us on a playful, meditative and at times melancholic journey. Set against majestic images of the infinite expanses of the Canadian Prairies, the film features Spoon crooning about their queer and musical coming of age. Interviews, performances and music sequences reveal Spoon’s inspiring process of building a life of their own, as a trans person and as a musician. Source: NFB.

NFB Film Club meets at 7pm on Thursday 16th October.

Our youth art programmes continue on Saturday with our regular Youth Drawing Workshop at 2-3pm in the Teen Meeting Room.

This week local illustrator Aidan Cassie is running a Youth Character Design Workshop for 11-14 year olds from 11am to noon on Saturday. Seating is limited. Please register.

Also on Saturday we have a double book launch at 3pm. Salt Spring poet Lorraine Gain, together with Nanaimo author Mary Anne Moore read from their recently published works The Blue Halo and Fishing For Mermaids.

The Blue Halo by Lorraine Gain. |
Wars, aging, illness, death, and natural disasters are juxtaposed with luminous encounters in nature and with loved ones to awaken a deeper perception—what ancient sages have known for thousands of years and quantum physicists have discovered in the last forty: We live in a vast universe of interrelatedness where the possibilities to meet and be met by beauty are open to us in every moment. Source:

In Fishing For Mermaids, her first full-length book of poems, Mary Ann Moore takes the reader on a sensuous journey of self discovery: as poet, as woman, as lover in worlds both near and afar. The famous and infamous appear in vignettes, tableaux and through the voices of ghosts. Pablo Neruda, Frida Kahlo and her monkey Fulang Chang, D.H. Lawrence, Emily Dickinson, Rilke, Sappho, the Queen of Sparta, all invoke the poet’s desire to praise. She reminds us that Neruda spent his Nobel prize money “on mermaids and shells,/wrote odes to honour ordinary things.” Source: Leaf Press.

To find out more about these activities and our other regular events take a look at our full calendar of events.