Halifax, here's your going out guide for Jan 23-25 | The Coast Halifax

Halifax, here's your going out guide for Jan 23-25

A launch party for one of The Coast's favourite books of 2022, lecture series and more.

Sylvia D. Hamilton's poetry book tender was one of The Coast's most-loved books of 2022. Attend the official launch of the book on Wednesday.
Sylvia D. Hamilton's poetry book tender was one of The Coast's most-loved books of 2022. Attend the official launch of the book on Wednesday.
January lives up to its mental image as a dry month, a time for trimming away the extras, when you look around the world of events. There's simply not as much going on as the other 11 months of the year. This isn't me hating on the month: After December's hectic pace, it feels like a dose of peacefulness. It might be the perfect time to invite your pals over, or maybe even start a semi-scheduled, low-lift hangout (trust, it's a thing).

But if you are hellbent on not being housebound, you're still in luck: There are some must-see, can't-miss events happening. Mark that brand-new calendar:

Attend the first lecture of the new "Representations of Colonization and De-colonization" series Jan 24

An eight-part lecture series hosted by University of King's College (and held at the school's Alumni Hall) kicks off with this talk by Dr. Lisa Binkley at 7pm. Event organizers summate the discussion as follows:

"Dr. Binkley’s talk will interrogate a single object - a silk patchwork quilt that is without visual representation and mentioned by the Indian Agent in his 1883 report to the Superintendent of Indian Affairs. The study of this object is indeed decolonial in its very nature and disrupts an art historical approach to examining Indigenous craft: the object no longer exists and therefore has not been evaluated for its beauty or its presence in a museum or photographic collection, and it is explored as material culture, which reframes the quilt from an Indigenous perspective, reinterpreting the object as a symbol of resistance and resilience during a period in which Canadian and provincial governments were engaged in aggressive assimilation and erasure tactics."

Attend the Spatz Chair in Jewish Studies Inaugural Lecture Jan 24

Dalhousie University's McInnes Room (on the second floor of the Student Union Building) is the venue for this public talk by the Simon and Riva Spatz Chair in Jewish Studies, Eva Mroczek, PhD. The title of the talk? "The Myth of the Lost Torah."  Event organizers summarize the 7pm discussion—which asks you to RSVP in advance—as follows:

"The decline or loss of a once-powerful tradition is a common modern complaint. But surprisingly, the idea that the Torah – Jewish Scripture – keeps getting lost or destroyed has been a key theme in Jewish thought for many centuries. In ancient and medieval texts, the Torah is bound up with loss, whether by fire, flood, or political disaster. What does it mean for Jewish tradition that sacred texts are so often described as missing, drowned, or burned? And what do Jewish tales of the lost Torah have to say about how to live in the midst of loss and catastrophe today?"

Hear some verse at the book launch for tender Jan 25

Sylvia D. Hamilton's poetry book was one of The Coast's favourite releases of 2022: tender mixes stories, reclaimed historical accounts and memories to explore and chronicle the experiences of Black people, especially women. Here, at the book's official launch event, Hamilton—a multi-hyphenate who has created documentary films and travelling art installations—shares the stage with special guests Sarah Poko and Grace Rowan-Quansah. It all goes down at 7pm at University of King's College's Alumni Hall.