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WILDLIFE Now with more cranes For sheep-saturated countries such as New Zealand, the concept of an actual sheep-viewing festival is charmingly quaint. However, kiwi sheep aren't known for climbing cliff faces.


Now with more cranes

For sheep-saturated countries such as New Zealand, the concept of an actual sheep-viewing festival is charmingly quaint.

However, kiwi sheep aren’t known for climbing cliff faces. Nor do they engage in epic horn battles for a mate.

For the sixth year running, Faro’s sheep and cranes are basking in the wildlife viewing spotlight. As hundreds of revellers descend on the town for yet another bacchanal of sheep-filled edu-tainment, the old maxim definitely applies: whatever happens in Faro, stays in Faro.

In workshops and tours spanning the entire weekend, learn about fire ecology, migratory fowl, local plants and everything in between.

Saturday afternoon, the Faro Recreation Centre will be rife with arts workshops. Learn to paint rocks, wood and fabric or try your hand at some fly tying.

On Saturday night, cap off a day of wildlife viewing by eating some wildlife. With skewers, burgers and sausages donated by local outfitters and residents, a vast wild meat barbecue will be available by donation.

Afterwards, the weekend’s keynote presentation will look at the vast migratory routes that join the Yukon territory with the United States’ Yellowstone National Park.

Don’t mention the mine.


Take “ACTION!” by passively watching some films

In recognition of Sexual Assault Prevention Month, the Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre is screening Sexy Inc., a look at the “hypersexualization” of young girls in modern society.

Right after, watch of Violence Against Women and the Darfur Genocide, a production of the international advocacy group Save Darfur.

Rape is used as a weapon of war by Sudanese government forces, who use it to break down social structures through intimidation and terror, says the film.

Films begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday at the Alpine Bakery.


Yard sale symphony

Acclaimed Toronto-based drummer Jean Martin and guitarist Justin Haynes are casting off their bulky guitar and drum kit, playing Whitehorse with only a ukulele and a suitcase. Ryan Driver will join them, equipped only with a bass crafted from a discarded bristle from a streetsweeper.

Minimalist, but in the hands of these masterful virtuosos, you’ll never look at a thrift store shelf the same way again.

Saturday at 8 p.m. at the Old Fire Hall. Workshop on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Music Yukon.

An acoustic guitarist and a singer/songwriter

Jointly promoting two new solo albums, fingerstyle guitarist Don Ross and singer/songwriter Brooke Miller are playing Whitehorse.

Hailing from punk roots, Miller transitioned into folk in her late teens, developing a slate of acoustic songs set against a “smoky” acoustic vocal style.

Ross’ bios frequently mention that he has twice won the National Fingerstyle Guitar Championship, a sidebar to the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, Kentucky.

On his website, Ross states that he’s successfully avoided the influence of too many of his acoustic brethren, “as it had made it easier for him to focus on the composing and playing of music, rather than focusing on technique-based pyrotechnics.”

Tuesday, May 12 at 8 p.m. at the Yukon Arts Centre.


Strike up the timpanis

It’s not just any band society, it’s the All City Band Society.

Despite their orthographic hyperbole, however, the band does not contain the entire city.

Drawn from six community and school bands, the band provides practice and performance opportunities to legions of student and adult musicians.

At their year-end concert, check out what a season’s worth of rehearsals has yielded for this motley gang of instrumentalists.

Monday, May 11, 7 p.m. at the Yukon Arts Centre.


Coifs on parade

For a town in which greasy, unwashed hair is common, it’s always nice to see what a little shampoo and styling gel can do to a scalp.

At the Old Fire Hall, check out Hair Show 2009, an Individual Learning Centre fundraiser exploring the stylistic bounds of dead, epidermal protein filaments.

Friday at 7 p.m.


Profiting from the losses of others

After another year of seizures, busts and confiscations, the RCMP will once again auction off an impressive fleet of unclaimed bicycles.

Unfortunately, the city’s new crop of municipal bike lockers may soon put a stop to some of the more desirable bike thefts, so stock up while you can.

Profits from the auction will be divided among Citizens on Patrol and the First Porter Creek Boy Scouts Troop.

Saturday at the Takhini Arena. Viewing from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Auction after 11 a.m.


When we get tired, we’ll just hesitate

Direct from Bueno Aires—Tango Ground Zero—two professional tango dancers are coming up on their first trip to Canada, in a bold attempt to inject spice into Whitehorse’s two-step-ridden dance culture.

Classes run from May 10 to 14, and May 18 to 22 at the Wood Street School from 7 to 9:30 p.m.


Call 667-6450 for more info.

Dress code: leotards

In an explosion of ballet, tap, jazz and other routines, Northern Lights School of Dance is once again ushering out another successful year.

May 8, 9 and 10 at the Yukon Arts Centre.


It’s the real thing

When Atlanta, Georgia, passed prohibition legislation in 1886, druggist John Stith Pemberton suddenly saw his most popular health tonic—Pemberton’s French Wine Coca—made illegal.

Desperate for a replacement, the inventor unveiled his non-alcoholic alternative on May 8.

Filled with kola nuts, caramel and ample doses of cocaine, Pemberton claimed it was an “ideal brain tonic” with the capacity to remedy everything from dyspepsia, neurasthenia, headache and impotence.

Pemberton—a closet morphine addict—also hailed his brown, fizzy brew as an effective cure for morphine and opium addictions.

Today, 123 years later, the world knows Pemberton’s cure-all tonic as Coca-Cola.

Back to Blighty

In a small office building in Rheims, France, German president Karl Donitz, the successor to Adolf Hitler, put his shaky signature onto a crude, typewritten piece of paper. It was May 8, 1945, and the Second World War in Europe had just come to an end.

To this day, the post-war jubilations of a war-torn Europe continue to resonate in holidays and celebrations across Western Europe.

Asia and North America, for their part, generally reserved their victory jubilations until late August, after Japan surrendered following atomic blasts in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The Soviet Union, jealous the surrender was signed on French soil, only began their victory celebrations a day later, after a separate surrender had been signed outside Berlin.

Russia and many former Soviet republics continue to observe May 9, Victory Day, as a national holiday.

Most countries in Eastern Europe, on the other hand, still see VE Day as a bitter pill to swallow. While history’s most brutal war was indeed over, more than 40 years of Soviet occupation was just beginning.

The United Nations, the Second World War’s most corporeal relic, gives the day a much more wordy, politically correct title: Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War.

Maternal appreciation

Childbirth was one thing, but 12 years of out-of-tune band recitals was quite another.

Carnation, brunch or otherwise, on the second Sunday of every May we try to properly thank our mothers for everything they’ve done, but we know we’ll never be able to.

Enjoy it now, because the stoic handshakes of Father’s Day are only a month away.

The Tagish Mother’s Day pancake breakfast runs on Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Tagish

Community Hall.

The Marsh Lake Community Centre is holding a Mother’s Day Brunch. Seating at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

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