Ugly, mean, drunken
vindictiveness on parade
Three male relatives gather together, drink until they can barely move and bask in a hideous soup of conniving, bullying and prejudice.
Clearly the work of an Albertan playwright.
On the first anniversary of his wife’s death, Leo Carlin gathers his two adult sons to bond through cascades of insults, liberal alcohol imbibement and other rituals of awful beauty.
“A mean, ugly, profane slice of lowlife about mean, ugly people with no redeeming qualities to speak of. It’s the most enjoyable night I’ve had at the theatre in a while,” said Scott Lingley with See Magazine.
Starring Saskatoon-based Joshua Beaudry, Canadian stage veteran John Wright and Whitehorse’s own Brian Fidler.
The Mighty Carlins opens at the Old Fire Hall on Tuesday, March 17th.
Eirinn go Brach
Ask people who St. Patrick is, and they’ll tell you that he drove the snakes out of Ireland, or, they’ll simply regurgitate nine pints of Guinness into your lap.
Whoever he is, Patrick’s name has become associated, in modern times, with a mid-March celebration of all things Irish, namely, U2, heavy drinking and schoolyard colour conformity.
Oft-glossed over are Ireland’s other achievements, such as the Riverdance “phenomenon,” Arctic explorer Ernest Shackleton and John Tyndall, who explained why the sky is blue (amazing, considering he came from a country where the sky is grey.)
According to recent archaeological findings, Ireland actually never had any snakes in the first place.
Johnny Pogue and the Colleens are playing Coasters on Tuesday night starting at 6 p.m. and running until midnight.
Taking the tophats to task
On November 26, 1942, the word ‘Casablanca’ was plastered across American newspapers. Only a few days before, Allied troops had rolled into the city, recapturing it from the Nazi-backed French Vichy regime.
What luck that a movie – also by the name of Casablanca – should premiere on that very day. You can’t buy that kind of publicity.
The International, now playing at Landmark Qwanlin Cinema, wins a similar current events jackpot. The film follows an intrepid sexy pair of investigators who try to bring justice to a worldwide corruption scandal by one of the world’s most powerful banks.
At a time when hating the monocle-wearers on Wall Street is high fashion, watching CEOs get shot in The International may be an exercise in pure vicarious joy.
No way out
The Earth is finite, so respect it, says a one-night-only arts show by painter Julie Marchessault.
Because of a Lack of Emergency Exits takes a Spaceship Earth view of the planet – promoting healthy coexistence with nature, if only for the simple reason that we can’t leave.
Animals are given “god-like” portrayal, says Marchessault, in a style inspired by First Nations culture and beliefs.
Even if nature paintings don’t float your boat, there will also be some live music and storytelling.
Sunday March 15th at 7 p.m. at the community hall of the Centre de la francophonie.
And? Or? A?
The tiny European nation of Andorra, jammed between France and Spain, celebrates its Constitution Day on March 14.
Landlocked, and only of 468 square kilometres, the country is ruled alternately (“co-princed”) by the French president and a Spanish bishop.
Andorra’s villages having escaped Europe’s centuries-long penchant for near-constant war, making them a prime target for tourists – who provide 90 per cent of the country’s GDP.
Andorra actually declared war on Germany in 1914, but neglected to send any soldiers to make good on the declaration. Understandably, the country forgot to undeclare war with Germany after the Armistice, unwittingly remaining in a state of war with Germany until 1957.
“Strength United is Stronger,” says Andorra’s Latin motto. A remarkably jingoistic moniker for a geographic footnote.
Sober assessment pending
It might be the conflict of interest talking, but Sasquatch Prom Date is the greatest artistic endeavour ever to have been fathomed by humankind.
In 1977, astronomer Carl Sagan was tasked with summarizing the whole of human achievement to be inscribed onto a golden disk, bolted onto the Voyager spacecraft and fired into the outer reaches of the cosmos.
“This is a present from a small, distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts and our feelings. We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours,” said a recorded proclamation by US President Jimmy Carter.
Were the disk to be compiled today, gone would be Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto the night chants of the Navajo. Even Beethoven’s immortal String Quartet would have found its way onto the cutting room floor.
In their place would be nothing but the 30-song, Rockabilly strains of the Sasquatch Prom Date catalogue – the purest embodiment of more than 10,000 years of human civilization.
Sasquatch Prom Date plays Friday and Saturday night at the Gold Pan Saloon at the Gold Rush Inn.
It’s that time of the month Ã‰
Yukon poets, crawl out from your caves, cabins and government desk jobs and once again make your way to Baked Cafe for Brave New Words.
Hipness will come close to corroding the drywall as poets brandish moleskines and once again regale the packed assemblage with thoughts, rhymes and slams tapped from their murky cranial depths.
Wednesday March 18th, 7 p.m. at Baked Cafe
Don’t forget your snake and basket
Ali Baba had 40 thieves, but Middle Eastern dancing choreographer Nita Collins has 21 costume changes.
One night only, Collins’ Celebrations Bellydance! will take the Yukon Arts Centre stage – touching the exotic depths of sensual belly dancing.
Raqs Farrah, the Dance of Happiness, will cap the evening, the culmination of one year’s choreography work by Collins.
Live Middle Eastern music will be provided by Seattle’s Saqra and the Mediterranean Raqs Band.
Saturday, March 14 at 8 p.m. at the Yukon Arts Centre.
Contact Tristin Hopper at