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Tuning out for a break



The annual all-female musician showcase called Tuned Women, originally slated for February at MY Millennium Place, is postponed until next year.

Organizers Gillie Easdon and Tessa Amy are no longer living in Whistler and the size of last year’s full-on rock concert has left the two music troubadours looking for a break.

"Tuned Women will be taking a break for a year," said Amy from her Vancouver home. "It’s amazing how many people stopped me (while I was in Whistler last week) asking when auditions were going to be. We just need a break and are taking the time to focus on our music."

Amy said she was unsure whether she and Easdon would host the show next year. Another organizer for the show will be looked at if needed. The show will go on, just not until next year.

Photographer Showdown call

It’s last call for the ninth annual Pro Photographer Showdown with the Feb. 15 deadline for submissions fast approaching.

The $10,000-prize-money competition, presented by the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival, showcases an evening of action/lifestyle photography at the festival with five photographers battling it out.

Photographers must submit a three-minute DVD presentation of their images set to music. Submissions will be reviewed by industry professionals and past showdown winners to determine the final five.

Finalists will be flown to the gala April 19 where a Best of Show will be elected and awarded $10,000.

For submission forms, visit www.whistler2006.com .

Pucker up

Alta Lake School celebrates the arts, music, community and romance with the Pink Martini Smooch Saturday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Den at Nicklaus North Clubhouse.

Food, live music, silent auctions and of course a complimentary pink martini can be expected from the evening fundraiser to benefit the Waldorf school.

Highlights include Latin jazz and Flamenco from the Kadabra trio, an outdoor fire-throwing show, a live auction that includes a 2006-07 season pass and a three-run day with Whistler Heli-skiing and a silent auction sporting hotel nights and Canucks tickets, just to name a few.

Tickets are $75 and are available at Alta Lake School at Spruce Grove Park, Adele Campbell Gallery and Mountain Cellular on Main Street.

Dining on award-winning music

Put on your dance shoes and stretch waistband pants for the Valdy Wingding Dinner and Dance Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Brackendale Art Gallery.

The award-winning folk music of Valdy includes Jim McGillivary on drums, Lee Morin on guitar and Doug Edwards on bass.

Dinner includes salmon bisque, Caesar salad and dessert. Dinner at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $30.