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Stroke moon for animals The Mae Bachur Animal Shelter is in trouble and only a wicked concert and silent auction can save it. So goes the 1980s-teen-movie basis of Moonstroke, a one-night festival of Whitehorse...


Stroke moon for animals

The Mae Bachur Animal Shelter is in trouble and only a wicked concert and silent auction can save it.

So goes the 1980s-teen-movie basis of Moonstroke, a one-night festival of Whitehorse musical elites to generate badly needed funds for the cash-strapped shelter.

Sponsored by 30 local businesses, Moonstroke will feature the skilled strains of the Sophisticated Cave Men, the Gordie Tentrees band and five other Whitehorse acts.

Mae Bachur has a “no kill” policy for adoptable pets, meaning that the shelter and its network of foster homes is often bursting at the seams.

Meanwhile, reduced fundraising and mounting vet bills have forced the shelter into dire financial straits.

“It’s foreseeable we’ll have to minimize our expenses in some way and it’s foreseeable that it could be reduced hours or not being able to take in as many animals,” said Jordi Mikeli-Jones, a director with Mae Bachur and organizer of Moonstroke.

Advance tickets are at Triple J’s Music and at the door. Moonstroke is a licensed event.


Gentle ways

If you like your martial art without strikes, thrusts or weapons, judo’s just the thing for you.

On Saturday, judoka (judo practitioners) of all stripes are invited to come to the Selkirk School Gym, throw on a judogi and show off your opponent-flipping skills.

Since eye-scratching is generally frowned upon as a judo move, participants are asked to arrive with clipped finger and toe nails.

From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Selkirk School Gym.


Holocaust echoes

Fresh from the Singapore Fringe Festival, the Invisible Life of Joseph Finch is a one-man production telling the story of Holocaust survivor Joseph Finch through disparate scraps of memories, characters and emotions.

A coherent and linear narrative it is not, says Vancouver’s, but the skilled, dance-heavy performance of Jonathon Young “could not be better.”

It starts at 8 p.m., February 4 and 5 at the Yukon Arts Centre.

Lore of folk

In its 36 years, the Skookum Jim Folklore Show has expanded from a small line-up of local talent at the FH Collins gymnasium into a premiere event showcasing both local and national First Nations talent.

Amid a unique sound derived from traditional indigenous influences as well as “hip-hop, folk, reggae, blues, and root,” headliner Digging Roots, composed of Raven Kanatakta and Shoshona Kish, present a lyrical base rife with the themes of culture, freedom and identity.

“Don’t let the cool sound fool you; this is inspiring stuff,” said the Metis Voyageur.

Art Napoleon, the “bushman troubadour” from Canada’s boreal forest will also take the stage with songs of “Indian bush country blues,” sung in both Cree and English.

The event also marks the annual presentation of the Keish elders award, this year presented to 89-year-old May Roberts from Carmacks, a celebrated singer, storyteller artist and guardian of traditional language and culture.

Saturday from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Yukon Arts Centre. Tickets at Arts Underground and the Yukon Arts Centre.


All the Fidler’s a stage

There’s 37 characters and you’re going to sit there while Brian Fidler plays every single one of them.

Fully Committed, at the Guild Hall, features Fidler as Sam, a struggling actor working as a reservations-taker at an upscale New York restaurant. Housed in a dingy basement, and surrounded by a hellish tapestry of ringing phones, Sam takes on the characters of customers angling for a table, the restaurant’s maitre d, the overbearing chef and hosts of other peripheral characters.

Much more than simply a guy doing 37 wacky voices, the essence of Fully Committed is a witty and masterfully structured storyline. By play’s end, you may well have forgotten that you are witnessing the efforts of only one cast member, even if he did lose nine litres of sweat in the process.

Fully Committed opens Thursday, February 5th at the Guild Hall and runs until February 21st.


Fly, false thanes, and mingle with

the Whitehorse epicures

To those who doubt the prevalence of quality non-caribou cuisine in Whitehorse, the Canadian Cancer Society invites you bring your palate to Epicurious, a night-long showcase of top-quality fare from 15 of Whitehorse’s finest chefs.

But be sure to quell your gastronomic orgasms long enough to catch an appearance by famed Canadian chef David Adjey, best-known for his Food Network show Restaurant Makeover.

On Thursday, February 5th from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the High Country Inn ballroom. Tickets are available at the High Country front desk for .


Jazzy times with Janke and Co.

On Sunday evening, settle into some cabaret seating at the Yukon Arts Centre, and watch Whitehorse’s own Daniel Janke Trio join forces with Montreal saxophonist Jean-Pierre Zanella.

Sunday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets available at Arts Underground and the Yukon Arts Centre.


Good times, furry propulsion

Leave the bloodthirsty rivalries for the Quest, because Saturday’s Carbon Hill race is all about “fun and friendly community.”

Based out of the Mount Lorne Community Centre, mushers compete in a six to eight dog 30-mile race winding through the scenery of the Watson River Valley. For the sled-dog poor, you can take to a 10 mile race with only four dogs. Or, just take two dogs for two miles. Or, just strap yourself to the family dog and get yanked along for 200 metres.

Either way, the field of competition is broad.

Sunday, February 1 at the Mount Lorne Community Centre.



See a film, buy a heart

No Yukon Quest sled is complete without a sack of hearts.

Feelie hearts are small cloth hearts first conceived as reminders of family members that have passed on.

“They’re a really nice tangible reminder of someone,” said Suzanne Picot with Hospice Yukon.

For the second year running, Yukon Quest musher Michelle Phillips is toting a bag of special gold-rimmed feelies on the 1,600-kilometre race, selling them for 0 each as a fundraiser for the hospice.

The journey of the 100 feelies will be announced at a screening of Dog Gone Addiction, a documentary about three women—Phillips included—completing the 2004 Yukon Quest.

The film ties in well with Phillips’ support of the feelie hearts program, as it features Agata Franczak, a 48-year-old Polish adventurer who died of cancer soon after filming.

It will be shown 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday at the Visitor Information Centre.


Can anybody speak groundhog?

Despite jointly celebrating a holiday that asks a rodent to predict the weather, the United States and Canada continue to remain First-World nations.

Naturally, Groundhog Day is redundant in the Yukon as our supply of groundhogs is woefully low, and their hibernation usually extends until late April.

In 1953, several Whitehorse residents put forward an alternate “Cat Day.” The enterprising folk proposed leaving an ordinary cat outside on the night of February 2. If the cat had frozen to death by the next morning, Yukon residents could be assured that they still had four more frigid months ahead.

The expense of Cat Day soon barred it from taking hold.

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