The Whistler Arts Council will hold its annual general meeting on Wednesday, May 30. Yes, there will be cake.
WAC is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with several events to be held throughout the summer, including an anniversary cake at the meeting, made by — who else? — Whistler Cooks. Naturally, there will be other bits and bites as well. Perhaps even some coffee.
With that staggering bit of news out of the way, let's get down to business: the election of the 2012-2013 directors. Two new board members will be sworn in: Lisa Geddes and Maureen Douglas. Fiona Famulak will be re-elected to the board.
Normally, WAC members vote on directors, but this year only three people have been nominated for the three spots available. Great art is defined by tension but behind the scenes, in Whistler at least, there shall be no drama.
The meeting will also review the programs, events and festivals delivered by WAC in 2011, along with other relevant news that everyone should keep abreast of because it's good to be knowledgeable about these things.
So come, eat some cake, share some laughs, maybe a few tears and sign up for a WAC membership while you're at it. It only costs $25 — a steal of a deal that includes full voting rights.
Note: Members and non-members are entitled to the same amount of cake.
WFF makes submissions call
The Whistler Film Festival has issued its call for submissions.
As in years past, Canadian and international filmmakers are invited to submit films of all lengths and genres. The 2012 festival, slated to run from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2, will present up to 90 films — 40 features and 50 shorts.
Now in its 12th year, the festival will also feature six juried competitive sections and one audience award selected from up to 1,000 submissions.
Deadline for early bird submissions, with a discount on application, is May 31. Short film deadline is June 29 and the feature film deadline is July 6. Late film deadline in July 27 and the Withoutabox late film deadline is Aug. 3.
This year will also mark the beginning of the China Canada Gateway for Film initiative through the China-Canada Script Competition, where Canadian writers will pitch their ideas to Chinese production houses for development into a film.
For more information, visit whistlerfilmfestival.com.
Miss Representation screened at Whistler Secondary
A screening of Miss Representation will be held at Whistler Secondary School, as we've clearly stated above. Sometimes, it's important to repeat ourselves to drive the message home.
The film challenges mainstream media's portrayal of women and discusses the media's contribution to the under-representation of women in power and influence.
Please note that Pique does not have this problem, as it portrays women as the cosmic and empowered harbingers of eternal compassion and intelligence that they are. Just sayin'.
A panel discussion will follow the film, highlighting key points made in the film and, hopefully, driving home the fact that Pique is fundamentally better than all media combined.
Please note that Pique is biased in this regard and is not sponsoring this event.
The film starts at 6 p.m. Be there.
Whistler Garbage set to speak
OK, not really, but sort of. British artist Sparky Mark Baldwin will present an audio-visual performance installation at Millennium Place that "aims to set free the voice of some of Whistler's recyclable garbage" in "Whistler Bottles." Will this mean water bottle puppetry? Wine bottle percussion? Come find out this Friday, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
For the record
Last week we reported that the RMOW will spend $140,000 per night for free concerts, versus $500,000 to $600,000 spent per night in 2011, based on comments made by Mayor Nancy Wilhelm-Morden in a media scrum following a council meeting.
In fact, the RMOW will be spending $140,000 for all free concerts this summer. Likewise, the $500,000+ for all free Whistler Presents concerts in 2011.