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Still I Rise & Screening of Just Eat It

Weekly culture picks from The Daily

Rosie’s Pick: Still I Rise

February is one of those months that disappears before your eyes; it’s the November of second term, but shorter. Before it ends and we all go into hibernation for reading week, make sure to take the time to check out some of the events happening all over Montreal for Black History Month.

Still I Rise, one of many options, is an evening devoted to artistic performances and interpretations of the work of renowned poet Maya Angelou. Performers include members of Montreal’s Black Theatre Workshop, as well as up-and-coming local artists Odessa Thornhill and Jonathan Emile. Saxophonist Julian McIntosh will score the evening. A night of storytelling and poetic expressions of resistance, Still I Rise is a commemoration and celebration not to be missed. Over thirty years after “Still I Rise,” the poem, was first written, check out the event to see how its power lives on today.

Niyousha’s pick: Screening of Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story

If you need a night off this week, head to ECOLE on Thursday for a cozy community movie night. You don’t even have to feel guilty about procrastinating because this screening promises to be both entertaining and educational. Co-presented by the AUS Environmental Council and Cinema ECOLE, the featured film is the 2014 documentary Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story. Exploring the nitty-gritty details of food waste “from farm to fridge,” the documentary takes a real life experiment as its focus. For six months, Jen Rustemeyer and Grant Baldwin commit to living only off of discarded food, and through their personal experiences and interviews with food industry experts, they shed a dark light on our consumption habits. Don’t worry about having to handle the ugly truth alone – there’ll be snacks to comfort you during the screening and a discussion afterwards for collective reflection.

The screening of Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story is on Thursday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m..

“Still I Rise” is Friday, February 20 at 6 p.m. at the Universal Negro Improvement Association, 2741 Notre Dame West. Entrance is free.