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Thursday, November 29, 2018


Duke of Kent Legion, 227 McDermot Avenue

Free, everyone is welcome to come and join the discussion.

Japanese literary titan Jun'ichiro Tanizaki's short essay "In Praise of Shadows" offers sublime and at times peculiar insights into all things delicate and nuanced, heightened by shadows and the patina of age. This informal conversation will explore and critique Tanizaki's random selection of themes encompassing architecture, theatre, lacquerware, food and skin colour.

Reading: Jun'ichiro Tanizaki, "In Praise of Shadows" (1933, translated into English in 1977)

Kae Sasaki, a transplant from Tokyo to Winnipeg, is an oil painter with focus on portraiture and architecture. Her work speaks of the complexity of modern identity and displacement felt when straddling different cultures. Sasaki obtained a BA in German Literature from Rikkyo University in Tokyo and a BFA Honours from University of Manitoba, and she has been shortlisted for the Kingston Prize, the Salt Spring National Art Prize and Jackson's Open Painting Prize.

About Theory & Beer

It's fun! It's theoretical! And you don't have to drink beer! MAWA presents informal critical discussion led by guest facilitators. Theory and Beer convenes on Thursday evenings, once a month. Each meeting has a text-based focus, with weblinks to readings provided in advance (go to to click on the links). Do the readings beforehand or come to the Legion at 6:15pm and pick up a copy of the text(s). The more familiar you are with the readings, the more the conversation will "cook"! The Legion is wheelchair accessible. People of all genders welcome.