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Q and A with the Dali Lama


A local organization is trying to raise money and consciousness amongst Whistler’s youth.

The philosophical and spiritual documentary, 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama will be screened at the Whistler Youth Centre at MY Millennium Place. The filmmaker, Rick Ray, travels to visit the 14 th Dalai Lama, asking tough questions, like, “Why are the poor traditionally so much happier than the wealthy?”; “Is it necessary for a society to abandon its centuries-old traditions to move into the future?”; and “How does one committed to non-violence respond when faced with inevitable violence?”

For answers to these questions and more, come to the screening on Monday, April 14 at 7 p.m. Admission is $10.


Creative kids

Whistler’s longest running summer festival, the Whistler Children’s Art Festival, is coming back to celebrate its 25 th year this summer.

The weekend of arts and entertainment, which will take place in Creekside on the weekend of July 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., features a wide range of performances and activities to get children’s creative juices flowing.

Last year’s festival featured a variety of wacky and outrageous acts, from the Vancouver Aquarium’s sea-loving squad, Bobs & Lolo, the First Nations storyteller and musician, Art Napoleon, and the magical musical stylings of Zany Zack.

“The 2007 festival was a hit,” said Traci Despatis, event manager of the Whistler Children’s Art Festival. “Not only did our main stage performers entertain, but our roving performers kept the crowds captivated all week despite the beach-enticing weather.”

The festival’s Scotiabank Workshops also offer kids a chance to dig in and get their hands dirty, with 65 hands-on workshops in sketching, dance, drumming, mural painting, dress-up, photography, wood carving and chocolate dipping to appeal to all ages and interests.

Entrance to the festival grounds is $5 per day for children over the age of two, while parents play for free.

A full schedule of workshops and performances will be available by mid-June at www.whistlerartscouncil.com .


Calling all local artists…

The Whistler Arts Council (WAC) wants you! Well, only if you’re a talented local artist.

WAC is asking visual artists and artisans within the Sea to Sky corridor to apply for the fifth annual ArtWalk, which will feature a variety of paintings, photos, multimedia, fibre arts, sculpture, pottery and jewelry throughout Whistler Village from July 1 until Aug. 31.

ArtWalk’s walking tour aims to connect local businesses, like cafes, bookstores, retail outlets and hotels with the local arts, and create opportunities for the artists to showcase their work in high-traffic venues.

Last year, ArtWalk included 30 venues and 50 artists.

Interested applicants must provide three to eight photos of their work on a hard disk or in a high-quality portfolio, half of which should be images they intend to display at ArtWalk. Deadline for applications is Monday, May 5 at 4 p.m. For more detailed application guidelines, visit www.whistlerartscouncil.com


Celebrating the new library

The new Whistler Public Library (WPL) is opening in grand style, with a full week of “Libration” celebrations planned.

Events kick off on Friday, April 11 with a teen write-off. The next day, four new and noteable Vancouver-based authors discuss their influences and inspiration with Whistler Read’s founder, Paula Shackleton. On Sunday, local figures join in discussion about limits to free expression in Whistler, and on Monday afternoon, children from the Lil’Wat Nation perform First Nations drumming and dancing. On Tuesday afternoon, four well-known local chefs discuss their inspirations and favourite cookbooks, and the following evening, Ivan Coyote regales audience members with her kitchen table stories. Finally, festivities wrap up on Thursday, April 17 with a martini party, featuring literary-themed martinis, hors d’oeuvres and live entertainment. While most events are free, some are ticketed. For a detailed schedule of events, visit www.whistlerlibrary.ca .


Kids croon in spring concert

This year, the Whistler Children’s Chorus, a 55-member choir ranging in age from six to 18 years, will join voices with the Kamloops Thompson Honour choir to present their spring concert.

Together, 105 children will perform in this free concert on Friday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church.

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