Past Events

June 14, 2017, 8 p.m. - June 14, 2017, 9:30 p.m.

June 9, 2017, 7 p.m. - June 9, 2017, 10 p.m.

"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." --Maya Angelou

Join us for an evening of storytelling. This is a space to learn about and engage with members of your community in a deeper way. If you are interested in being a part of the official storyteller lineup, please see below. For this event, we also welcome anyone who would like to read a poem or short story that they have written.

If there is time available at the end, we will open the floor to spontaneous storytellers!

Join us at 7pm, please don't be ...

June 1, 2017, 8 p.m. - June 1, 2017, 10 p.m.

We're Building the Metaverse - Answer the Call

In the first decades of the 17th century, two new lenses opened our eyes to new frontiers and inspired 350 years of scientific exploration.
The telescope let us look up and out — it reconfigured our relationship with the infinite and divine. The microscope revealed our inner cosmos and shed light on the origins of life and DNA. VR is the 3rd Great Lens - a Telescope for the Mind — with it we will be able to magnify our own imaginations, dance within the creations of others, and explore galaxies unknown. What we discover ...

May 25, 2017, 8 p.m. - May 25, 2017, 10 p.m.

In Sept 2015, Chenyu returned to LA from Shenzhen and lived on Airbnb for 365 days, during which she knocked open 99 doors and shared a piece of their lives, from pilots to filmmakers. Chenyu “travelled” within the city of Los Angeles, explored 20 neighborhoods and experienced the full spectrum of humanity from empathy, conflict, help from strangers, and culture differences. This journey made her belong to LA, a mega-city that she used to feel distant to.
Her live blog and lifestyle has become a media phenomenon in China, and inspired hundreds of Chinese travelers to use Airbnb. Female travelers ...

May 19, 2017, 7:30 p.m. - May 19, 2017, 9:30 p.m.

A musician, researcher, and educator, Graham's investigation of sound and culture have taken him from the damp and verdant Pacific Northwest on a continent-spanning journey of aural exploration. As a guitarist he's most at home playing very new and very old notated musics; Graham's ethnomusicological bent orbits around how music serves as a portal to the human experience. Pedagogy meets somewhere in the middle and, likewise, somewhere in the middle of all of this Graham found himself living and musicking in Toronto, a place he is learning to call home.

The diverse aspects of his career have ...

May 11, 2017, 8 p.m. - May 11, 2017, 10 p.m.

Join us for the first of 12 episodes of a 2012 documentary series directed, produced, and narrated by Oliver Stone comprising under-reported events in American history.

The documentary miniseries for Showtime had a working title Oliver Stone's Secret History of America. It covers "the reasons behind the Cold War with the Soviet Union, U.S. President Harry Truman's decision to drop the atomic bomb on Japan, and changes in America's global role since the fall of Communism."

Stone is the director and narrator of all ten episodes. The series is a reexamination of some of the underreported ...

May 4, 2017, 8 p.m. - May 4, 2017, 10:30 p.m.

Our society is in the early stages of collapse. Climate change is spiking, and the resulting destruction is fueling wars (e.g. Syria) and waves of refugees that are destabilizing governments. Inequality is driving popular discontent with the status quo, and it too is growing. American democracy has failed on many fronts. Nuclear war is suddenly a real possibility again.

What do all these problems have in common? The archaic separation of our global community into separate countries is at the core of all of them.

What can we do about it?

Visionary leaders have an opportunity to build a ...

May 3, 2017, 7:30 p.m. - May 3, 2017, 11 p.m.

Come enjoy Tarantino's penultimate masterpiece.
A digressive, jokey, giddily brutal, ferociously profane movie where a freed slave (Jamie Foxx) with the help of a German bounty hunter (Christoph Waltz), sets out to rescue his wife from a brutal Mississippi plantation owner (Leonardo DiCaprio).

Movie starts at 8. Popcorn and tea will be served. Feel free to bring any other drink or food you'd like to enjoy.

April 27, 2017, 8 p.m. - April 27, 2017, 10:30 p.m.

Einstein taught us that space and time are two sides of the same creature, named spacetime. In modern physics, spacetime is the stage on which (literally) everything happens. It's considered continuous and fundamental - there are no know "atoms" of spacetime, nor are there any accepted theories that explain it's emergence. It's just there.

In this salon, we'll explore several presumed precursors for the "doom" of spacetime as a fundamental concept. These include an overview of theories for emergent space, open problems in quantum gravity, and fine-tuning examples.

We'll start off with a short presentation on ...

April 26, 2017, 7:30 p.m. - April 26, 2017, 10 p.m.

New movie from Danish director Thomas Vinterberg.

The setting is an emotionally fraught commune – what other kind is there? – in 1970s Copenhagen. When Erik inherits his late father’s gigantic family home, Anna suggests they invite various friends and professional acquaintances to move in with them, and so stave off middle-aged, middle-class ennui with a daring experiment in collective living and a stimulating atmosphere of group creativity.

Popcorn and tea will be served, feel free to bring anything else you'd like.