Adventures in Public School (J)

Opens Saturday, April 27
@@Shinjuku Cinema Qualité
@@and other cinemas throughout Japan

Vancouver-born Kyle Rideout has appeared as an actor in Warcraft, Deadpool (both 2016) and other films.

He turns to directing and co-writing for Adventures in Public School, a look at the experiences and growth that take place when a 16-year-old named Liam, full of hopes and fears, enters public school for the first time after being home-schooled by his mother.

The result is an enjoyable and heartwarming comedy that also offers a unique take on what it means to leave one's parental nest and start to grow up.

Distributed by Espace sarou

Through July 10
Take Your Seat, together –
photo exhibition

Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery (Tokyo)

April 10 – 13
Infinitheatre to perform
Kafka's Ape in Japan (J)
Theater X (Tokyo)

April 12 – 21
Being at Home with Claude (J)
Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse Warehouse No. 1

April 12 – 30
Four bands from Alberta
coming to Japan
Venues throughout Japan

April 19 – May 29
Daihatsu presents Kurios
by Cirque du Soleil
Sendai Big Top

April 27 –
Adventures in Public School (J)
Shinjuku Cinema Qualitée and other cinemas throughout Japan

Prediction Machines:
The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence
(in Japanese translation) (J)
(ISBN: 9784152098375)

By Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans and Avi Goldfarb
@@Translated by Eri Kosaka
@@Published by Hayakawa Shobo (1,700 yen plus tax)

The fact that artificial intelligence (AI) is dramatically reducing the cost of predicting outcomes is fundamentally rewriting the rules of economics. Whether it is manufacturing, distribution, marketing, human resources, finance, medicine, translation, law, war or anything else related to business, AI is bringing about tectonic changes in the economic landscape. This noted work by three University of Toronto economists, active on the front lines of AI research, points to strategies for survival and victory in this period of rapid change.

Infinitheatre to perform Kafka's Ape in Japan (in English) (J)

Wednesday, April 10 – Saturday, April 13
@@Theater X (Tokyo)

The Montreal-based theatre company, Infinitheatre, is coming to Japan to perform Kafka's Ape, which Ottawa-born stage director Guy Sprung describes as "a theatrical experiment reflecting important social and political issues, combined with entertainment." The play is Sprung's adaptation/modernization of Franz Kafka's short story, "A Report to an Academy," in which an ape captured in Africa explains to an academic committee how he acquired language and learned to live as a human being. The play stars veteran Canadian actor Howard Rosenstein.

Four bands from Alberta coming to Japan (J):
Astral Swans, Eamon McGrath, Jesse and the Dandelions, Jom Comyn

Friday, April 12 – Tuesday, April 30
@@Venues throughout Japan

Four indie/rock bands, all based in either Edmonton or Calgary, Alberta, are coming to Japan for sixteen performances around the country, from Hokkaido to Hiroshima. The wide-ranging lineup includes Astral Swans (experimental music), Eamon McGrath (cool folk rock), Jesse and the Dandelions (punk rock), and Jom Comyn (psychedelic pop). Some of the artists will be releasing albums to coincide with the Japan tour. The recordings to go on sale include Tantramar by Eamon McGrath, Give Up The Gold by Jesse and the Dandelions, and Crawl by Jom Corbyn. Crawl has the added distinction of being produced by Chris Dadge, winner of a "JUNO" – Canada's prestigious record industry award. Please check here (J) for details on the performances and venues.

Canadian Association for Japanese Language Education – Annual Conference

Tuesday, August 6 – Wednesday, August 7
@@University of Victoria (British Columbia)

The Canadian Association for Japanese Language Education (CAJLE) holds annual conferences with speeches, teacher training, research presentations, a general meeting, discussion sessions, and more. The theme of this year's conference, to be held at the University of Victoria, will be "eHyogen' Literacy: Exploring Japanese Language Education in a Diversifying Society from the Perspective of Communication." The keynote address by Japanese playwright/stage director Oriza Hirata will address the theme of communicative theory, as will teacher training sessions. Please see the CAJLE website for further details.

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