It's fall, and everyone in the ski and snowboard world knows exactly what that means: it's time to go to the movies! Well, not just the movies, but all of the new ski films that are sure to get everyone's adrenaline racing for the upcoming season.
First up is MSP Film's latest flick, In Deep , which takes an original look at the sport of skiing by talking to every kind of skier out there - park rat and big mountain chargers alike - about what draws them to the sport. The film stars pros like Mark Abma, Sean Pettit, Eric Hjorleifson, Daron Rahlves, Henrik Windstedt, and TJ Schiller, and there's some footage of the late, great Shane McConkey.
In Deep premieres at MY Millennium Place on Friday, Sept. 25 and returns Saturday, Sept. 26. Screenings are at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. each night. Tickets are $17 and are available at Helly Hansen or the MY Place box office. People who come in their best Saucer Boy get-up will have a chance to win prizes that include a trip to Alaska, and other swag.
The following week, on Friday, Oct. 2, MY Place plays host to the latest film by the Teton Gravity Research's crew, Session .
Doglotion.com, Whistler's local freeskiing magazine, brings TGR's latest 16mm and high-def ski and snowboard film to town, featuring four local riders on the big screen, as they go beyond the norm and tackle a "revolutionary realm of action sports entertainment," following the crew into Italy, Poland, Colorado, Utah, Alaska, and, of course, the Pemberton backcountry. Featured riders include Ian McIntosh, Dana Flahr, Kye Petersen and Callum Pettit alongside TGR regulars Sage Cattabriga-Alosa, Seth Morrison, Dylan Hood, Erik Roner, Tanner Hall, Sammy Carlson and Jeremy Jones.
There will be two showings, one at 7 p.m. and one at 9 p.m., with an official after-party at the Longhorn Saloon. Tickets are $10, and are available through MY Place or Ticketmaster.
An evening of ocean-inspired art
Go on a trip to the beach, right here in Whistler, at an upcoming art exhibition dubbed Swell, which features the stunning surf photography of Clark Little.
Little's work has been featured on Good Morning America, the Today Show, and Inside Edition, and within the pages of Surfer, Surfers Journal, and Natures Best Photography. Now, he's making his Canadian premiere right here in Whistler with a show at the Telus Whistler Conference Centre on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m.
Little will be joined by some talented local artists: North Vancouver and Whistler based photographer, Jordan Manley, will present a slideshow of his own, while Whistler's own artistic wild child, Chili Thom, showcases some of his vivid paintings.
The evening will also a feature performance by the Rutherford Creek Trio, a silent auction and an insightful short film.
Walsh Restoration and Whistler Friends are presenting the event, with proceeds going to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of Canada in support of research to find a cure for Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Tickets are $15 in advance at The Core, Escape Route, and the Whistler Visitor Centre, or $17 at the door.
All the world's a stage
The Missoula Children's Theatre is in the area, recruiting Whistler's young, talented actors to take part in a performance of Rumpelstiltsken.
MCT programs are designed to develop personal and professional skills of all participants, using everything from Broadway musicals to comedies to help develop children's life skills through participation in the performing arts.
Two actors from the theatre group have already visited Pemberton and Spring Creek Elementary Schools, auditioning and rehearsing with kids in preparation for the Spring Creek performance on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. at the Spring Creek gymnasium.
Next, the group will visit Myrtle Philip, where they will hold auditions in the gym on Monday, Sept. 28 from 1 to 3 p.m., and final performances on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 3 and 7 p.m.
Orkidz give back
During the final week of Orkidz Studio's summer camps, the kids created "pencilheads" to herald their return to school at the beginning of September. They were so enthusiastic about the project that they decided to create a few more of the fun and funky creations (50 so far) to donate to the B.C. Children's Hospital for all of the kids who are too sick to go to school this year. Some even have little get well notes attached.