More to tell
It’s been at least a few days since performer Brian Fidler did some local theatre.
And, hey look—he’s directing Tell Me More, a joint production by Gwaandak Theatre and the Yukon Association for Community Living.
The production features the return of Ynklude, a troupe of performers all with physical and intellectual disabilities.
Original songs, poetry and wheelchair choreography—disabilities be damned.
Musical direction by Andrea McColeman, choreography by Jude Wong.
April 24 and 25 at 8 p.m. and April 26 at 3 p.m. All performances at the Old Fire Hall.
Back in time
In the 14th and 17th centuries, Europeans resurrected the long-lost teachings of Greek and Roman wisdom, ushering in modern science and development.
The 1980s, unlike the Greek and Roman empires, don’t deserve a revival.
But nobody told Vanier Catholic Secondary. That’s why it has decided to mount Back to the ‘80s, a musical featuring a crippling gauntlet of that decade’s attempted music. Particularly depressing is the fact that every performer in the production was born long after the 1980s were over.
Endowed with the city’s premier band program, orchestrated musicals are uniquely within the reach of the school.
Like a runner dragging heavy steel ballast from both legs, rest assured that Vanier students will do good with bad.
Thursday, April 30 and Friday, May 1 at Vanier Catholic Secondary School. Showtime at 6:45 p.m.
Now that the snow has melted, it’s about time we had a good chess tournament.
This Sunday, channel your inner Kasparov, don your lucky chessing gloves and make your way to four hours of king-tipping mayhem.
Sunday, April 26th, 1 to 5 p.m. at the Whitehorse Public Library.
Plying the heated waves
Step-aside, fox hunting, the world of resource-intensive recreation has a new champion.
Kayaking season is just over the horizon, but in the meantime, why not dust off the paddles and troll the mysterious reaches of an indoor swimming pool?
Evade the treacherous waterslide, navigate the forests of foam kickboards and rejoice in the majesty of the pure, rushing water beneath your humble craft.
April 24, 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the Canada Games Centre pool.
Harpoons not welcome.
The ‘t’ is silent
Students at Ecole Emilie Tremblay have multied their medias and mediaed their multis, and now you can go look at what they’ve squeezed out.
Gallery open from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the Association franco-yukonnaise (302 Strickland St.). Exhibition runs until June 10th.
Next stop, mountaintop.
Gospel music virtuoso Louise Rose is coming to Whitehorse to lead a growing flock of Whitehorse’s aspiring gospel singers.
Hailing from Victoria, Rose conducts the 200 voices of the Victoria Good News community choir, and is a coach with both the Victoria High R and B Band and the music program at Esquimalt Community School. Each one is a nationally renowned reservoir of student talent.
Rose’s gospel music workshop is Saturday, April 25th from 2 to 4 p.m. at Whitehorse United Church.
Watch out for the chi
Gather in a park, do some slow, flowing movements, and presto! Healing waves of chi sent all over the planet.
At 10 a.m. this Saturday, join people from over 65 countries at Shipyard Park for a group session of Tai Chi and Qigong to celebrate World Tai Chi and Qigong day.
Tai Chi loosely translates to “supreme ultimate fist.” A daring title one of the world’s slowest martial arts.
Saturday, 10 a.m. at Shipyards Park.
What? A riot
Giving the word ‘mob’ a bad name
In 1849, 12 years after a motley group of French Canadians had taken up arms against the British Crown, elected authorities decided to compensate everyone, including the rebels, who lost property in the melee.
When the compensation was authorized on April 25, Montreal’s Tory citizenry responded with outrage. After a few days of rioting, they burned down the Montreal parliament buildings.
It was around that time that somebody decided to move the capital away from Montreal.
The April 1849 riots have since become a prominent milestone in Montreal rioting history.
The Rocket Richard riot, the 1969 taxi driver’s riot, the Concordia computer riot and last year’s spate of car-burning riots were all exceptionally destructive, but they’ve never quite been able to best the smouldering prize of 1849.
Weren’t you on CSI?
Fifty six years ago, molecular biologists James Watson and Francis Crick rushed into the sinking U-boat of genetic knowledge. When they emerged, in their hands lay the codebook: the very blueprints of human existence.
Whether you had blue eyes, whether your hair was curly, whether you were born able-bodied or with Down syndrome—every single trait of the human body lay encoded in their discovery.
They called it DNA.
The biological connection between generations has been illuminated, and the complex stream of life linking ancestors to descendants had been charted.
Freed of a crime you didn’t commit? Found out your geographic origins lately? Resurrected an extinct dinosaur?
Then tip your hat to Watson and Crick.
April 24 is DNA Day, the anniversary of the first published article on the structure of DNA.
The other, other genocide
In Germany, Holocaust denial is a crime.
In Turkey, Armenian genocide denial is au couture.
In the midst of the First World War, the Ottoman Empire started a systematic slaughter of 1.5 million Armenians in what is now modern-day Turkey. Once the mass graves were filled, they set about eliminating the foundations of Armenian culture.
To this day, nine million members of the Armenian diaspora are hard-pressed to find anyone to admit that a wrong was committed.
The Republic of Turkey maintains that the systematic death of 1.5 million Armenian civilians was a natural byproduct of the Great War. Don’t try refuting it, or get slapped with an “insulting Turkishness” charge from the Turkish Penal Code.
More than 120,000 Canadians are descended from the original genocide refugees, including photographer Yousuf Karsh and filmmaker Atom Egoyan.
Armenian Genocide Memorial Day is April 24th.
Casualties of work
Yukon workplaces are among the most dangerous in the country. In the past 15 years, they have injured more than the equivalent of the territory’s entire workforce.
Every year, a misstep, an unclipped harness or an unshielded toxin claims hundreds of Canadian lives across the country.
On Tuesday, April 28—the Day of Mourning—workers across Canada gather to remember those lost and pledge that their fates not be repeated.
Hey kids, join local artist Helen O’Connor and search for things to make art out of.
Shiny things, small things, pointy things—your canvas awaits.
Sunday April 26th 1-4 p.m. at the Yukon Arts Centre public gallery.
Waggishness on parade
This Thursday, Baked Cafe will host a brand of laughter far different than the establishment’s usual farrago of latte-fueled snickering.
Seven Yukon comics will be given a week to write new comedic material on three pre-supplied topics.
On Thursday, hear their hilariously pathetic attempts at scripted comedy, and then watch with delicious cruelty as they are sternly adjudicated by a panel of judges.
No need to Irish up your coffee with a smuggled flask; a licensed bar will be available.
Thursday, April 30th at Baked Cafe. Comics start at 8 p.m.
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