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Underground art show exhibits kittens and bunnies at local garage

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What: Attack of the Kittens and Bunnies

When: Saturday, Jan. 26, 9 p.m.

Where: Mike’s Garage

Tickets: $5/$10

And you thought kittens and bunnies were cute.

Blindmute Productions presents another cutting-edge, totally unique art extravaganza with Attack of the Kittens and Bunnies group art exhibition on Saturday, Jan. 26 at 9 p.m. at Mike’s Garage in Function Junction.

“We want to bring up artists from out of town to showcase their work and give up and coming local artists that don’t have a venue to exhibit their work,” said Dave “Pepe” Petko, artist and co-producer of Blindmute Productions.

Petko and partner Randy Smith last shook up the traditional art world with the staging of the Circus Billy Freak Out at Mike’s Garage. In the latest exhibition, guests will browse bunny and kitty art among car hoists and tools for an underground experience.

All artwork will centre on the theme of cats and rabbits. Vancouver artist Nicole Steen, whose work is no stranger to shows in New York, Chicago and L.A., will hang a portrait of Catwoman for the show while artist Hayley Wirsching snaps the real thing with animal photographs and Pilar Alvarez paints the Day of the Dead Bunnies.

Familiar local names to look out for at the show include Petko, Jon Parris, Dan Poisson, Lauren Javor, Pamela Mason, Josee St Amour, Arne Gutmann, The Incredible Amoeba, Devin White, Chili Thom, Andrea Tucker, Tom Meraw, Xandra Grayson and many more.

DJ R3 will spin out this funky night of acrylics, oils, multi-media, photography, film, paper maché, metal work and sculpture.

Must be 19 years plus to attend.

The first 50 tickets are $5. Tickets are $10 thereafter as well as at the door.

Advance tickets are available at Evolution and Mike’s Garage.

Filmmakers needed for new Pemberton film fest

Pemberton gets into reel outdoor adventures with the new Pemberton Mountain Film Festival, and organizers are looking for filmmakers to roll into action.

Homegrown filmmakers are invited to share their backyard adventures at the inaugural event, which intends to cover all facets of the great outdoors. From base-jumping to backcountry skiing and beyond, summer or winter, organizers are looking for adrenaline pumping and heartwarming films from filmmakers who are veterans in the field of extreme.

The festival gets rolling Feb. 11-13 at the Copperdome Lodge in Pemberton Meadows. Each night will focus on a different theme: paragliding, base jumping, speed flying, skiing, snowboarding, sledding, ice climbing, mountaineering, kayaking and rock climbing.

To submit a film, contact Michele Murray at 604-698-5795.

Pro Photographer Showdown ups the anti

The search is on and going global for the infamous Pro Photographer Showdown at the Telus World Ski and Snowboard Festival with new rules and an increased prize purse this year.

The 11th annual showcase will be held Apr. 17 in Whistler and will showcase the work of five of the world’s best action-sport and lifestyle photographers.

A jury of industry professionals will select the five competitors.

Participants interested in competing must submit a three-minute DVD presentation of their images set to music by Feb. 19. The submission must reflect the work that would comprise the nine-minute production in the showdown.

Shutterbugs will battle it out in front of an audience of 2,000-plus people while their images are played out on multiple big screens at the gala event. A Best of Show will be selected, earning the photographer not only bragging rights, but also a $10,000 cash prize. New this year, the four runners-up will each receive $1,500.

The Showdown’s worldwide call was issued earlier this month, already garnering interest from photographers in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and North and South America.

Entry procedures are available at www.whistler2008.com.

Casting call for all ages

Discover your inner thespian and get it out on stage at YouthFest, presented as part of Wild At Art celebrations Mar. 13-15 in Squamish.

YouthFest is a collection of short plays for the entire family, which will be presented at Eagle Eye Theatre.

Children, teens and adults from the Sea to Sky corridor are invited to audition for a variety of acting roles. Production crews are also needed.

Contact Adriane Polo at 604-898-5930.