For seven summers, Whistler's Late and Unique Nighttime Alternatives (LUNA) group has transformed the shores of Lost Lake into a cinematic paradise designed specifically to appeal to Whistler's film aficionados.
A parade of locals and tourists wind their way to the park via free shuttle or by foot along the Valley Trail, armed with blankets, chairs, hoodies and good friends to join in the experience. As the sun sets, music from local DJs fills the air and the smell of popcorn and BBQ goodies wafts across the audience, enticing the taste buds and senses as everyone waits for the film to roll on the inflatable screen set up against the beautiful backdrop of the lake.
This year, the eighth season of the Lunafliks series, promises to transport the audience from Whistler on a journey around the world through a selection of films set in Sweden and across the North Sea to Buenos Aires and Paris.
The series kicks off on Wednesday, July 7 with the screening of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, a film based on the first of a trilogy of books by the late Swedish writer Stieg Larsson. The story centres around the dysfunctional, powerful Vanger family and their search for a young girl who disappeared almost 40 years ago. Disgraced financial journalist Mikael Blomkvist is hired to investigate the mysterious disappearance and he finds help from a tattooed and troubled computer hacker. The pair link the girl's disappearance to a number of murders, and the mystery begins to unravel.
Entry to Lunafliks events is $7 per person, or $24 for a season pass, with music and BBQ starting at 8:30 p.m. and the film starting around 9:30 p.m. Free shuttle service from the village is provided by local adventure companies. In the event of rain, the screenings will be moved indoors to the Lost Lake Passivhaus. Check for weather updates on the afternoon of each screening by calling 604-966-4800.
WAC on the lookout for Bizarre art
Okay, well not exactly bizarre art, but art for Bizarre Bazaar, Whistler's original artisan market.
The annual event features over 100 artisans from throughout the Sea to Sky corridor and the province working in a range of mediums including ceramics, fine art, wood, glass, jewelry, metal, leather, aromatherapy, food and clothing. In addition to the assortment of handcrafted goods, the two-day event also includes local entertainment and a silent auction, attracting over 5,000 visitors each year.
The Bazaar is a juried process, with the majority of products handcrafted. At least 65 per cent of accepted artisans will be from the Sea to Sky region. Anyone interested in selling their wares at the 2010 Bizarre Bazaar must submit an application, which includes clear photos, a detailed description of their work and a photo or drawing of their booth set-up. Visit www.whistlerartscouncil.com for guidelines and to apply online. The deadline for application is Friday, Aug. 13 at 4 p.m.