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Arts council’s releases lineup for winter series

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Touching humour, award-winning musicians and awe-inspiring dance. The Whistler Community Arts Council has it all for the 2001/2002 season.

The always anticipated Performance Series will feature four evenings of distinctly different entertainment. The antics of well-known author, Patrick McManus, kicks off the series on Oct. 26 . A Fine and Pleasant Misery is a recollection of the wacky, crazy and just plain stupid antics children get themselves into.

Actor Tim Behrens is the driver of this pleasure ride, a trip down memory lane as he rummages through a pile of junk his wife wants him to throw out. Although this is a one-man play, be prepared to meet at least a dozen characters, many of then so endearing and real you’ll recognize them as neighbours, family, perhaps even yourself.

Whistler will welcome back Lyle Victor Albert Nov. 2. You may remember this playwright/actor for his first appearance in the resort in Scraping the Surface , an exploration of the mysteries of adolescence through the simile of shaving – which for someone with Cerebral Palsy is a daily death-defying situation. His latest play, Objects in Mirror Are Stranger Than They Appear is an autobiographical one-man Fringe play, also depicting the basic trials and tribulations of growing up, ending relationships, learning to drive – all with the added struggle of Cerebral Palsy. Albert has a sharp eye for an amusing situation, polished timing and the gift of charm.

Remember Hoagie Carmichael? "Is that a sandwich?" you ask. He most certainly is not, and after Nov. 23, you’ll be left commenting, "Oh, Hoagie wrote that?" The Joel Sealy Trio performs a tribute to one of the 20th century’s most enduring pop artists. Sealy is a Juno award winning pianist and composer and is joined by bassist extraordinaire George Koller – who has been performing for 26 years with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Peter Gabriel and Holly Cole – as well as vocalist Cindy Church.

You know that annoying fog horn sound you get when you blow across your empty pop bottle? Well leave your bottles at home and let the experts show you how it’s done with The Juggernaut Jug Band: Don’t Try This at Home . With nearly 40 years under their belts, this could just be the most experienced jug band on the planet. And they couldn’t be more authentic. Juggernaut hails from Louisville, where the first jug bands became popular by serenading crowds at the Kentucky Derby. Their combination of unique vocal harmonies, instrumentation and arrangements makes for an exciting evening Dec. 9.

Beyond the Performance Series, the arts council has confirmed a handful of additional shows. The Dance Theatre of Oregon, whose scheduled performance last year was cancelled due to delays in the construction of MY Place, will grace the stage of the new theatre, as will The Missoula Children’s Theatre, The Bill Hilly Band, jazz maestros Carlos del Junco, Don Ross & Lisa Lindo, the family show, Harriet Tubman, William Orlowski’s tap dance project, Oliver Button , and Shannon Culcutt’s, Burnt Tongue and It’s Me, Only Better.

Tickets for the Performance Series events are now on sale through Ticketmaster. They can be purchased in person at the Ticketmaster outlet in MY Place or by calling 604-935-8418. Prices for the Performance Series are as follows: $15 for members, $18 for non-members in advance, $23 at the door, $7 for youth under 18 years of age, $40 for a family of two parents and two youths.

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