A brand new artist has broken onto the Yukon’s art scene. And even if you missed the opening reception this week, there is still lots of time to check out SHE. Artist Amber Church’s exhibit of original works walks through the whimsical world of femininity. The girly pieces will be adorning the walls of Baked Cafe until October 2. The mixed-medium pieces are a great compliment to your morning coffee, soup and sandwich at lunch, or maybe a chocolate treat whenever you’re in need of a little choco-rush.
The art of curation
This week’s edition of Art Talks, at the Old Fire Hall, features Earl Miller.
Tonight, from 5 to 6 p.m. Miller will delve into the world of the curator, in its many different forms: the independent, versus the institutional, the cultural, and the nomadic. Miller, himself, is an independent and is also a writer. He lives in Toronto and has been published in a range of North American art publications. He also has upcoming exhibitions at the Yukon Art Centre. Admission is by donation.
Only the lonely
From September 7 to 10, My Brother Sang Like Roy Orbison, will be playing at the Old Fire Hall. It’s storytelling, it’s performance art, it’s entertainment! Randy Rutherford wrote, and will be performing, the evening. He is a Best of Fringe veteran winner. Tickets are $22 for adults, $17 for seniors and children. You can pick them up at Arts Underground, the Yukon Arts Centre box office (at the centre or online) or grab them on your way in, at the door.
Yukon goes Down Home
Ryan McNally’s newest album, Down Home, is a true Yukon production – even if most of the tales and tunes originate from as far south as New Orleans. Recorded at Black Smith Productions, mastered by Old Crow Recording Studio and complete with cover art from Whitehorse’s own Eleanor Rosenberg, it is a piece of work in itself. But you should really check out the wonderful mix of blues, folk and R&B yourself by checking out the CD release party-concert tonight at the Yukon Arts Centre. There will be three acts in total, including a final, all-out dance set – just to prove there’s no telling what genre this guy will break.
The show starts at 8 p.m. and runs until 11 p.m. Tickets are $20.
Of blood and brains
This Sunday is set for the day of the living dead. Beginning at noon, at the Elijah Smith Building, Whitehorse’s first ever zombie walk will be staggering off. Bring blood and all the rest of your zombie-ware and get ready for a stiff, arms-out, shuffle all the way to Shipyard’s Park where everyone is welcome to simply bask in the joy of being undead. Festivities are set to keep going until about 4 p.m. Call Sheila at 335-3106 if you have any questions, or brains to offer up.
The Skookum Jim Friendship Centre and its traditional parenting program and prenatal nutrition outreach is hosting the annual Berry Harvest next week. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. September 7, 8 and 9, you can join elders as they share traditional teachings on parenting, berry picking and making jams and jellies. Transportation from the friendship centre will be provided, but don’t forget your own bucket!
Stories from the ground
Local nurses Trish Newport and Eli Savoie will be sharing stories and pictures from their recent work in Niger and Chad where they were working with the organization, Doctors Without Borders. The event is being held on September 6 and 7 at the CYO Hall (the basement of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Steele Street) and will be a fundraiser for Famine Relief in Somalia. One hundred per cent of donations will go to Doctors Without Borders. Tax receipts are available for any donations larger than $10 and Ottawa will match all donations. Both nights begin at 9 p.m.
A little help from friends
Former Yukon musician Kendall Sullivan has lyme disease. So does her daughter Ella. The costs to curb the painful symptoms through rigorous diets and cleanses – on top of the costs of doctor and specialist appointments – can really add up. And while the Sullivans have moved back to Ontario, friends here in Yukon want to help out. There will be a concert-fundraiser on Thursday, September 8 at l’Association franco-yukonnaise. There will be food, auctions and many great Yukon artists, including Nicole Edwards, Vanessa Marshak, Jim Vautour, Kim Rogers and Joe Bishop, performing. It will run from 5 to 10 p.m.
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