Wednesday, 17 February 2016




The long awaited Reading Week is here! Once you've made your way through Maya's museum related movie recommendations, I hope you can take some time off from your school work to get out to some of these events.

1. Thursdays at Gibson House Museum

Every Thursday between 5:00 and 8:00 pm Gibson House Museum hosts a pay-what-you-can social evening, 1850s style. On the last Thursday of each month, between 6:00 and 8:00 pm, they also welcome beginner and veteran quilters to their Community Quilt Group. You can bring along your own quilting project, or purchase supplies for a reasonable price. Best of all, this program is free! If, like me, you are daunted by the prospect of making your way all the way out to North York, don't be. Gibson House Museum is only 25 mins from the U of T campus on the subway.

Gibson House Museum. Source

2. iSchool Colloquia Series presents: Elizabeth Semmelhack and Alison Matthews David

Elizabeth Semmelhack, the senior curator at the Bata Shoe Museum, and Alison Matthews David, an associate professor at Ryerson University, discuss the Fashion Victims exhibit which is currently on at the Bata Shoe Museum. They will discuss their partnership, as well as the context, content, and the process of creating the exhibit. Don't forget to visit the Fashion Victims exhibit before it closes in June 2016!  

Where: 140 St. George St, Bissell Building room 728
When: Thursday, February 25th, 5:00–7:00 pm
Cost: free!
Photo credit: Maya Donkers. 

3. The Gardiner Museum's New Exhibit: Beneath the Surface, Life, Death, Gold and Ceramics in Ancient Panama

Opening tomorrow, this exhibit features incredible finds from the banks of the Rio Grande Coclé in Panama. A cemetery used by the Coclé people that was undisturbed for more than one thousand years yielded incredible finds to the Penn Museum archaeological team that excavated it in the 1940s. How crazy that we can now stroll over to the Gardiner to see these finds right here in Toronto?!
The archaeological site in Panama, c. 1940s. Source

Our honourable mention goes to the Alliance Française which often hosts free cultural events like concerts, film screenings, and lectures. If you're feeling a little fancy, you can even attend their monthly wine and cheese events for 20$.

Well that's all from me this week. Enjoy your Reading Week if you're a student, and try not to be too jealous if you aren't! 

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