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Head into the deep Jan. 15



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It will be the Whistler premiere of Carl Bessai's Fathers & Sons, a brilliant comedy that explores the universal and sometimes very complex relationships that a varied group of men share with their fathers.

"Reel Alternatives offers film-goers the opportunity to experience some of the year's top indies and get Whistlerites in the mood to see some fabulous films that are otherwise not available," WFF's artistic director, Stacey Donen, said in a release.

Subscription packages for Reel Alternatives screenings are available at www.whistlerfilmfestival.com, and ranging in price from $10 to $30. Tickets to individual screenings are $10 in advance online, or $12 at the door one hour before each screening, based on availability.


Riding on the Roof with John Hetherington


Have you always wanted to visit Everest Base Camp, but haven't managed to make the trip just yet? Well, come out and live vicariously through the tales of Whistler resident John Hetherington, as he presents Riding on the Roof of the World - A 1,000-Kilometre Mountain Bike Ride from Lhasa, Tibet to Kathmandu, Nepal. Hetheringtons's presentation will chronicle his three-week journey through a remote land that is undergoing a period of rapid change. His bicycle journey included time spent at 17,000-feet elevation and a ride to Mount Everest Base Camp, complete with photos that Hetherington took during his travels.

The presentation is first of a series being organized by the Whistler Museum, scheduled to take place on Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. The remainder of the presentations, which feature a wide range of speakers and topics, are scheduled to take place on the third Wednesday of each month. The cost to attend is $7 or just $5 for Whistler Museum members (a Whistler Museum membership is $25). Complimentary tea and coffee will be served, while wine and beer will also be available for a small fee.

This first presentation in the series is also the perfect excuse to come check out the new museum, which officially reopened last December. For more information on the event, visit www.whistlermuseum.org. n



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