There's more than a hint of Mad Men in the latest production from Between Shifts Theatre Company, though it's a little more cheerful than the popular TV drama.
Boeing Boeing, set in the 1960s, is a farce about a groovy architect in '60s Paris — and his messy romantic live with three airhostesses. It was written by Marc Camoletti.
Artistic director Kathy Daniels says the play was chosen because it is popular with audiences.
"Everyone is into the Mad Men thing. We liked the fact that it's a farce, which is challenging to do. There are seven doorways and you need split-second timing going in and out," Daniels says.
This is the second farce in a row for Between Shifts, following Noises Off last year.
The production's director is Michael Hewitt.
The play runs Wednesdays to Saturdays from April 23 to May 2 at the Eagle Eye Theatre in Squamish. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Wednesday tickets are $10.
Tickets can be purchased at Billie's Bouquet or at www.betweenshifts.com.
WFF Canadian Film Day at GO Fest
The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) is celebrating Canadian cinema at GO Fest.
The festival is sponsoring the screening of two new Canadian movies for National Canadian Film Day on Wednesday, April 29, at Millennium Place.
Mommy, directed by Xavier Dolan, was Canada's Best Foreign Language Film entry for the 2015 Academy Awards and was the Grand Prize winner at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.
It is the story of a widow who has problems with her teenage ADHD son. A new neighbour offers to help them regain balance.
Map To the Stars, directed by David Cronenberg, stars Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson and John Cusack. It is the story of a Hollywood family about to implode, a social satire on celebrity-obsessed culture. It also stars WFF 2014 honouree Sarah Gadon.
Entry to the event is by minimum donation of $8. It is for 19+; there will be a cash bar.
For more information visit www.whistlerfilmfestival.com.
Sacred Headwaters show at Millennium Place
The work of wildlife and environmental photographer Paul Colangelo, who has extensively photographed the Sacred Headwaters region in northern B.C., is the subject of a special reception at Millennium Place on Monday, April 27.
In recent years, the Sacred Headwaters, the source region of the Skeena River, has been threatened by possible oil pipelines and LNG projects.
The reception is part of the Whistler Arts Council's latest exhibition Sacred Headwaters, which shows the work of Colangelo and artist Anne Perodeau.
The exhibition runs at The Gallery at Millennium Place from April 7 to June 7.
Six women from the Tahltan First Nation, who live in the region, will be there to talk about the issues and tell stories. There will also be a yet-to-be announced film shown.
Colangelo, a National Geographic grantee, is giving a 20-minute slide presentation of his work at 6:30 p.m. Entry to the event is by minimum donation of $15.
For more information visit www.artswhistler.com.
Pemberton Hotel holds second artists show
The Prospect Pub in the Pemberton Hotel is holding its Second Artists Collective night on Sunday, April 26 from 5:30 p.m. until midnight.
Fifty-four artists from the region are putting their work on display, says manager Nick Miragliotta. Large crowds attended the first one — and the pub plans to hold one every two months.
"It's great to have 200 people rolling through on a Sunday night," Miragliotta says.
"I wanted to open up our artists to the community more, make them accessible, and introduce a different view on art in general. I think a lot of it doesn't get showcased."
The pub is not taking a commission from sold works, which will range in price from $80 to $800.
"There is something for everybody," Miragliotta says.
Twisted Slipper team going to Cannes
Thanks to the generosity of friends and colleagues in Whistler and beyond, the writer, director and producer of Twisted Slipper are going to support their short movie at the Cannes Film Festival.
To date, around $6,700 has been raised to send Sharai Rewels, Angie Nolan and Siobhan McCarthy to the festival through a GoFundMe campaign and other donations.
The film has been selected for the Short Film Corner as part of the Cannes Court Métrage, a program that gets thousands of submissions each year.
The Twisted Slipper was made in February as part of the Crazy8s film competition, for which director Nolan and her team were winning finalists. The prize was support and funding in getting the film made.
Director Nolan says they are "blown away" by the generosity and will use the time to try and place Twisted Slipper at other festivals.
"It's everybody's film now, a Sea to Sky corridor film," she says.
First Father Ted Fest at Dubh Linn Gate
The Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub is hosting its first Father Ted Fest on Sunday, April 26.
Father Ted was a cult TV comedy from the 1990s about three priests and their tea-loving housekeeper banished to Craggy Island off the coast of Ireland. The show, turns 20 years old this year, and ran until 1998.
In recent years, Father Ted Fests have sprung up in Britain and Ireland, where the show was made.
"What we wanted to do was have a party," said the pub's assistant manager Gordon Auld.
"I thought it was a great idea and although we are an Irish pub, it's another thing that adds authenticity. The Irish guys we work with appreciate it and they deserve credit. We are going to have fun with it."
The Dubh Linn Gate is encouraging costumes and Irish swearing, and there will be quizzes and a priests' sports day with egg-and-spoon races.
The event kicks off at 7 p.m. and is free.