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Tyee editor to open SPUR Vancouver; free tickets for Builders!

The Tyee is pleased to sponsor SPUR, Canada's first national festival of politics, art, and ideas. The five-city festival wraps up in Vancouver May 22 to 25, after touching down in Winnipeg, Toronto, Calgary, and Ottawa.

The Vancouver festival opens with a talk moderated by our founding editor, David Beers, entitled This City in Seven Years: My Greenest City. It's free, and will explore what it's going to take to make Vancouver a resilient city. (It's on Thursday May 22, 7 p.m., Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema.)

If you're a Tyee Builder, and you'd like a pair of tickets to one of the following six events, email Michelle Hoar here and indicate your top three choices. First come first serve!

Not a Tyee Builder yet? You can become one for as little as $5/month, or a one-time contribution. It's fast, secure, and you get to join over 1,700 other Tyee readers in supporting the production of award-winning public interest journalism. Oh, and if you join up at the $15/m level, you also get some great federal political leader paper dolls. Who doesn't want those?!

For a complete list of all SPUR Vancouver events, go here.

Signal& In conversation with Paul Holdengraber and Evgeny Morozov

Join Paul Holdengraber, writer, curator, and literary programmer at the New York Public Library, and Evgeny Morozov, author of The Net Delusion and To Save Everything, Click Here, as they discuss how new technologies are changing the way we think.

Friday, May 23 | 7 p.m. |  SFU Woodwards | Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema

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Quantified Culture

In the data age, every book you read, TV show you watch and movie you see feeds into the spreadsheets of companies such as Netflix and Amazon. Their data scientists "know" what makes a hit and have started creating programming like House of Cards based on the data metrics they think are important. Spur, in partnership with SFU Public Square, invites the cultural data practitioners to discuss their craft with Salon's Andrew Leonard and the Globe and Mail's Marsha Lederman.

Saturday, May 24 | 2 p.m. | SFU Woodwards | World Arts Centre

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The World in Seven Years: Public Transit

What does the future hold for our growing cities, and for the people that flock to them? Find out with Taras Grescoe, author of Bottomfeeder and Straphanger, as he looks down the line to public transit in 2021.

Saturday, May 24 | 4 p.m. | SFU Woodwards | World Arts Centre

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In Praise of Noise: That's Punk Rock

Spur makes some noise with with Chris Walter, Susanne Tabata, Tim Bogdachev and Jesse Gander to discuss the punk aesthetic and the pivotal role of the renegade artist in society and culture.

Saturday, May 24 | 7 p.m. |  SFU Woodwards | Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema

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Spur Cabaret: Signal, Verse, Noise

Cocktails, comedy, song and dance, a little bit of drama: this literary cabaret is the essence of refined relaxation.

Saturday, May 24 | 9 p.m. | SFU Woodwards | Studio T

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Signal & Noise in the Brain: In Conversation with Chris Turner & Paolo Pietrapaolo

Award-winning journalist and author Chris Turner joins the CBC's Paolo Pietrapaolo to discuss the growing challenge of discerning PR policy press releases from objective scientific research.

Sunday, May 25 | 2 p.m. | SFU Woodwards | World Arts Centre

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Managing a Political Brand

How does one manage a political personality amidst the noise of, well, politics?

Sunday, May 25 | 4 p.m. | SFU Woodwards | World Arts Centre

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