Arts/Culture Category

I had the good fortune of seeing Human Flow this month courtesy of our local film festival. The theatre was packed on a nondescript Wednesday night and the film did not disappoint. In it, filmmaker and artist Ai Weiwei paints a very dramatic and very human picture of the insane scale of the current refugee crisis. Despite the fact that stories of refugees regularly appear in my news feed, I had no idea of the true magnitude of the crisis. Over 65 million people around the world have been forcedRead More
The Book of Separation is a detailed and gripping autopsy of what happens when you feel your inner consciousness calling you away from the religious path you have known your whole life. In the case of author Tova Mirvis, she needed to come to terms with the reality that she no longer resonated with Orthodox Judaism. Mirvis was your typical Orthodox Jew… until she wasn’t. She followed the rules of her family and faith. She studied dutifully. She married another Orthodox Jew and became the attentive mother who cooked kosherRead More
Musical artists that have been in the pop machine for two decades risk running out of things to say. But that doesn’t seem to be a problem for Beck. His new record Colors has so much going on that he could have titled it Technicolor. It leads off with the title track – a positive, light, playful and totally colourful blend of sparkles and synths and beats. He sings “All my colors, see the colors, make the colors, feel the colors. Tell me, do you feel alive?” This record marksRead More
Time IV Change is a young Australian company on a mission to create watches that are not only stylish but also made with the least amount of damage to our planet and all those on it. Parvati Magazine met with co-founder Monique Medved to learn about their new Pinatex Range. Parvati Magazine: What inspired you and co-founder Marko Stevanja to take the leap and launch Time IV Change? Monique Medved: When Time IV Change first started back in 2016, there was no independent vegan watch brand around. I know thisRead More
This month Parvati Magazine spoke with Derrick Emsley, CEO of tentree, an outdoor lifestyle brand that plants ten trees for every item purchased. By combining social and environmental consciousness with lifestyle apparel, tentree allows consumers to have a direct impact on the environment and communities worldwide. Parvati Magazine: Congratulations on reaching the milestone this August of planting 15 million trees in your first five years of business. This is a great demonstration of your vision to protect and give back to the environment. How does that commitment translate into theRead More
Brené Brown is a storyteller, proud Texan, professor and researcher turned TED talk star and sought-after speaker. For over a decade, she has been evangelizing the importance of courage, vulnerability, empathy and the high cost of shame. Already the author of three #1 New York Times bestsellers, Brown prepares to jump up the bestseller list again with her most recent offering Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone. In it, Brown defines true belonging as “the spiritual practice of believing in and belongingRead More
The ridiculous amount of cold and wind and rain that suddenly arrived on my Edmonton doorstep this fall inspired me to peruse the latest releases on Netflix instead of taking a trip to the theatre. And so, this month, I watched First They Killed My Father. The movie is based on the memoir by Loung Ung and her experience as a child during the Cambodian genocide under the rule of Khmer Rouge in the 1970s. Directed by Hollywood megastar Angelina Jolie, herself an adoptive mother of a Cambodian child, oneRead More
This modern world is so fast-paced, we have become conditioned to expect instant gratification. If a website does not load in two seconds we move on. If a song does not grab our attention in the first few bars, we skip to the next. If the news doesn’t capture our attention, we flip the channel. Conversely, there is nothing fast about The National. They started releasing albums in 2001 and it’s been a slow build. They started to find their way to the charts almost nine years later with theRead More
Amy Kellestine, Book Editor: I first stumbled upon The Work, conceived by Byron Katie, approximately six years ago. To say it has been life-altering would be a gross understatement. In her latest literary offering, A Mind at Home with Itself, she collaborates with her husband, the poet and translator Stephen Mitchell, who has published modern translations of works such as the Bhagavad Gita and Tao Te Ching. A Mind at Home with Itself brings a fresh perspective on her approach and philosophy by providing reflections and commentary in response toRead More
We live in an age where people’s attention is the most valued currency. Amidst the constant noise of sound bites, video memes and text bites it’s not easy for any band to hold attention for long. So how does a band that has been off the radar for over four years manage to do it? For James Murphy, and his band LCD Soundsystem, it seems effortless. After a vocal retirement four years ago, LCD Soundsystem is back with a new album, an arena tour and plenty of buzz. When askedRead More