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Going green(er) in honour of Earth


In honour of Earth Day (Thursday, April 22), at least one local group is hosting a party in hopes of raising awareness and funds for environmental issues.

The festivities start at 3 p.m. on Thursday at Merlin's, with the second annual Green Gathering. The event features an open jam session, which starts in the afternoon and runs until 8 p.m. It's followed by performances from Kostaman, Adam Bowen and his crazy live looping rock show from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., and a dance party with DJ JimiRay, Milton (a.k.a. Gnome Chompski), Miss Kosmik (a.k.a. Marie Fortin) and Stevie James (a.k.a. POD) playing a mixture of electronic dance music. There will also be a special appearance by MC Lozen and Garuda on the didgeridoo and djembe.

Performing artists will be working in the mezzanine all evening, creating live art and encouraging others to contribute to the Earth Day Community Canvas Project. Farfalla Hair and Esthetics will be running a beauty booth at the event. There will also be a raffle, with gift certificates, sporting goods and other swag up for grabs. Entry is a $5 donation, with all proceeds from the door and raffles going towards 1STEP, Mark Abma's environmental foundation, and the Sea to Sky corridor's Bands Against Hunger Society.

Learn the art of laughter

Local comedienne Michele Bush is offering up a new workshop for anyone who has always wanted to perform for the Whistler Arts Council's Street Entertainment program.

"I'm always asked by interested locals how they can get started," Bush said in a recent press release. "I tell them to come up with an act and pitch it, but this is harder than it looks. Your act could fall flat, rowdy kids could steal your props and drunk guys usually think you're some insane weirdo."

To help get people started, Bush has created a workshop that will teach performers some of her tried-and-true acts, the do's and don'ts of entertaining the public and how to develop your own act "in a less scary environment."

Workshops will be starting at the end of April and run through the middle of May. Then, students will have the opportunity to audition for WAC to land a performance contract for this summer's Street Entertainment program.

"I've always wanted to go out as the Fashion Police with a couple of rookies as back up!" Bush quipped.

So, fashionistas, here's your chance to learn from the best! Interested performers should call Bush at 604-907-1495.


Time to disco down!

As part of the after-hours Kokanee Freeride Club Series that's ongoing during the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival, partygoers should prepare for one very special party, the second annual Silent Disco.