By Jeff Lee, Vancouver Sun May 15, 2012
Former Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan is holding a “public salon” Wednesday night at the Playhouse Theatre to highlight people he believes have a passion for their community.
From Lululemon founder Chip Wilson sharing his counterintuitive approach to life to Dr. Unjali Mulhotra describing the challenges in achieving women’s sexual health, Sullivan has asked nine people he respects to entertain people with thought-provoking discourse.
“The idea is to introduce people who are so different that we just wouldn’t see them all together in one place,” Sullivan said Tuesday.
Sullivan’s public salon, which is limited to 500 people, arose out of a private salon he and his companion Lynn Zanatta began holding in their home after Sullivan was dropped as the Non-Partisan Association’s candidate for the 2008 civic election.
“I’m kind of like a chef; I take ingredients and put them together and see what happens,” Sullivan said. “The only theme here is that they all have to have a passion for the community, a passion for creating change.”
He now hosts the event through his Global Civic Public Society.
Sullivan said other speakers at Wednesday’s event include scientist Jim Bolger, who is tracking the mysterious movement of fish in the deep ocean; Aaron Sanderson, “who champions the young professionals who have chosen to work in the social sector”; Dr. Hal Gunn, who combines alternative and mainstream medicine for those with cancer; television journalist Jas Johal on his insights covering the Egyptian uprising at Tahrir Square in Cairo.
Three artists will also perform: Charles Barber and City Opera will share an aria from his new opera Fallujah and jazz musician, Carolyn Chan and her Metal Dog company will introduce Butoh Japanese dance and Hugh Fraser “will prepare your minds to be entertained, provoked and informed,” Sullivan said.
Tickets are $16 at the door. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. and goes to 9:30 p.m.