What: Mother Matters
When: Saturday, July 28, 9 p.m.
Where: Lost Lake Park
Be like Goldilocks and get to know the Whistler mama bear on her home turf, only bring your own porridge.
“In 1994, I set out to record the complete life history of a female black bear,” said bear researcher Michael Allen. “The purpose was to open a window into the life of the most frequently misunderstood and abundant large carnivore that shares our ecosystem.”
Allen will host a talk called Mother Matters: The Secret Lives of Whistler’s Female Black Bears on Saturday, July 28 at 9 p.m. in the great outdoors of Lost Lake Park as part of the Whistler Museum Summer Speaker Series.
Allen’s observations and photos over his past 14 years of research will become larger than life at the under-the-stars event staging his stunning images on the big screen.
Participants will gain insight into what Allen calls one of the most adaptable and successful creatures in North America. Allen’s observations continue to give keen insight into understanding bear population dynamics. These four-legged mothers are providing information to help develop progressive bear management needs in an effort to reduce the number of bears destroyed each year.
Bring a blanket or chair for sitting, warm clothes, picnic and bug spray for the free event.
For more information, visit the Whistler Museum or whistlermuseum.org.
LUNAFliks continues to crank out indies under the stars
A local filmmaker gets mountain bike festival festivities rolling at LUNAFliks Thursday.
Jamey Kramer’s short film Crankworx 2004/05 will screen before the feature film of the night, Little Athens on July 26 at Lost Lake Park.
The sunshine returns for the outdoor screening under the stars event presented by LUNA (Late and Unique Nighttime Alternatives) and Sharp’s Audio Visual.
Crankworx revelers will get ramped for the weekend of festivites with Kramer’s gravity-pushing, off-road-running time capsule of past Crankworx adventures.
Little Athens will follow, recounting a whirlwind day in the lives of small town youth caught in a dead-end, post-high-school void. The lives of these twenty-somethings unfolds in four storylines all converging at one explosive house party.
Little Athens may be an indie, but it boasts an all-star cast including John Patrick Amedori ( The Butterfly Effect ), Jorge Garcia (television’s Lost ), Shawn Hatosy ( Alpha Dog ), Michelle Horn ( Hostage ), Michael Pena ( Crash ), Erica Leerhsen ( Texas Chainsaw Massacre ) and others.
Films begin at dusk, roughly 10 p.m., with DJ FSU spinning out summer beats at 9 p.m.
Bring something to sit on, warm layers, a picnic and friends, but leave the booze at home for this alcohol-free event.
Admission is $3 for LUNA members (theatre goers between the ages of 18 and 29 years old) and $5 for non-members.
Catch a bus to LUNAFliks via WAVE for $.50. The first bus leaves at 9 p.m. from the bus loop located across from Skier’s Plaza.
Granting art wishes
Have you envisioned a new must-have photographic exhibit for Whistler? Or need new sheet music for that perfect Christmas choir concert?
If you are a non-profit society or unincorporated group dedicated to the fostering of Whistler’s burgeoning arts scene, the Whistler Arts Council is currently accepting applications for arts funding. The deadline for funding applications is Friday, Aug. 10 at 4 p.m. at the Whistler Arts Council.
The council will apply to the 2007/08 Member Group Grants through the B.C. Arts Council’s Member Groups Assistance for funding projects that occur between Sept. 1, 2007 and Aug. 31, 2008.
Applicant groups must be members of the Whistler Arts Council.
Projects eligible for funding include professional development workshops for writers, artists and performers; assistance with programming and productions; art exhibitions; and project-related costs such as venue, equipment and facilitator fees.
Funding is not available for general operating expenses, deficits, capital or equipment purchases.
The total grant budget is $3,000. Depending on the number of applications received, grants range from $400 to $1,000 per group.
For more information or an application form, visit whistlerartscouncil.com or call 604-938-9221.
Barn Dance kicks up
Live country concerts rock out the 12 th annual Pemberton Barn Dance on Saturday, July 28 at 8 p.m. at the Root House on Pemberton Meadows Road.
The Pemberton Barn Dance is one of spud valley’s biggest events of the year with farmers, ranchers and partygoers pulling out all the cowboy stops to party it up in an old root house, still used today to store Pemby’s famous spuds.
This year’s lineup includes Squamish’s Brent Lee Band as well as Pemberton’s own Hay Fever and solo entertainer Pierre.
In addition to live music, the barn dance also hosts a mechanical bull, a beer garden and Lions Club barbecue.
Buses will run from Whistler to Pemberton leaving the Telus Conference Centre in Whistler at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Buses will return, leaving Pemberton at 11:30 p.m. as well as 12:30 and 1:30 a.m. The two-way bus tickets are $10. Buses from the Pemberton Legion will leave throughout the night starting at 8 p.m. Bus tickets are $5 return.
Barn Dance tickets are $35 each.
All proceeds will benefit the Pemberton Chamber of Commerce, Pemberton Lions, Pemberton Legion and Pemberton Rotary.
Advance tickets are available at the Whistler Question, Pemberton Valley Supermarket, Pemberton Legion and Pemberton Esso gas station.