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Sure the vodka might be better, but Moscow's Red Square has nothing on Whitehorse's. Local filmmaker Max Fraser documented the story of the Yukon's Red Square - located to the, er, far left of the bar at the High Country Inn.


Drunken commies

Sure the vodka might be better, but Moscow’s Red Square has nothing on Whitehorse’s.

Local filmmaker Max Fraser documented the story of the Yukon’s Red Square – located to the, er, far left of the bar at the High Country Inn.

The film is an entertaining gesture of solidarity with working people around the world, especially those in the polar regions.

Check out Fraser’s documentary as well as other labour related films this Saturday from 7 to 10:30 p.m. at the Beringia Centre.

See ya there, comrades.

Other film festivities

Tonight and tomorrow Amnesty International will be bringing its annual film festival to Whitehorse.

Things kick off with an opening reception at 6 p.m. Friday and seven feature length films and documentaries will follow.

There are films about Burma, Darfur and other bleak places.

If you haven’t gotten your fill of humanitarian causes, check out the film Angels in the Dust at the Old Fire Hall on Sunday.

It’s being screened by the Yukon Chapter of Grandmothers to Grandmothers to raise money for the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

Doors open at 7 p.m.

And for true cineastes, KINO Whitehorse will be presenting a number of short films created by local aspiring filmmakers.

The event will be held on Thursday, December 3 at 7 p.m. at the Golden Apple (2163 2nd Ave.).

Admission is by donation and everyone is invited to go check out the films.

And for all of those auteurs out there, the deadline for submitting your film to KINO is November 30, so try to wrap your masterpiece up this weekend.


Gifts galore

Remember that puppy you bought your loved one for Christmas last year – that yappy little fur-ball that won’t shut up?

You might want to buy a less boisterous gift this year.

If so, the Barking Dog Xmas Art Sale might be just the place.

With glass work, vintage cloth gift bags, hand-painted clothing, quirky photo cards, silk-screen prints and more, you’re likely to find something to suit your fancy.

And everything is guaranteed not to pee on the rug.

The art sale will run this Saturday from 11 to 4 p.m. at 122 Falaise Rd.

But use your time wisely because the 9th annual Ice Fog Finds fine craft fair is also setting up shop on Saturday.

Ice Fog will take place at the Gold Rush Inn / Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On offer will be everything from natural soaps and sauces to potpourri and pillows.

And for more craftiness, check out the Cranberry Fair on Sunday when more Yukon Designers and Crafters will peddle their wares.

This fair is being held at the Westmark and doors open at 10:15 a.m. for those with mobility difficulties and at 11 a.m. for everyone else, running until 4 p.m.


Musical jamborees

The Fiddle Kids are hosting a community musical jam this Saturday at the Riverdale Baptist Church between 5:30 and 8 p.m.

Musicians and their groupies are invited for an evening of musical fun and improvisation.

It’s suggested that guests bring finger foods to keep the energy up, and everyone knows that jams go better with peanut butter.

And on Sunday afternoon, the Whitehorse String Orchestra will be filling Christ Church Cathedral will musical merriment.

Special guests the Suzuki Senior Orchestra will also be in attendance.

Corelli, Vivaldi, Bartok … all your favourites will be showcased, along with a Sound of Music medley.

Tickets cost $10 and the show starts at 3 p.m.


I want to ride my bike

When Queen wrote their song Bicycle Race – about fat-bottomed girls and being a rebel on a bicycle – they probably didn’t have winter in Whitehorse in mind.

Well, a few irrepressible individuals are still out there peddling around in subzero temperatures.

These brave (insane?) cyclists will be gathering today at 6 p.m. outside the Old Fire Hall for a Critical Mass bicycle ride.

If you decide to join them remember that it can get a bit slippery out there so please wear your helmet.


Soul Menders

Patti Flather’s play the Soul Menders is playing at the Guild Hall until December 5.

Check out the show this weekend for $20 or, if you’re feeling thrifty, wait until Wednesday or Thursday when it will only cost you $18.

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