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Still Films just opened at the Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery. Curated by Lance Blomgren, it's an exhibition of photography that investigates the narrative potential of still images.

VISUAL ART

Frozen motion

Still Films just opened at the Yukon Arts Centre Public Art Gallery. Curated by Lance Blomgren, it’s an exhibition of photography that investigates the narrative potential of still images. Presenting overt strategies of serialization and sequentiality, the artists in this exhibition share a fundamental interest in the effects of movement, tension and drama that occur when images come into direct contact with one another. The exhibit runs until May 21.

Picturing the land

Catch Cathy Henderson’s show Migration at Arts Underground. Using handmade, limited-edition, relief prints the exhibit features landscape images from the Yukon and Ireland. It ends April 5.

Clean up and clutter

On Saturday there’s a studio supplies and equipment sale at Arts Underground. Get a jump on your spring cleaning and haul all those supplies you never got around to using, or just don’t need anymore, down to our studio.

Artists who would like to participate pay a “table” fee of $25 ( studio equipment that doesn’t fit on a table is still welcome).

Even if you don’t want to buy, sell or trade, come down and hang out with the other artists … drink coffee, enjoy snacks and maybe meet someone new and talk about art.

It’s March 26 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

For more information call 667-4080 or email reception@artsunderground.ca.

MUSIC

Pickin mojo

US mandolin champion Radim Zenkl is in the Yukon to play his original music, a mix of bluegrass, flamenco, gypsy, Irish, and classical, combined with Czech and eastern European traditional songs and instrumentals.

Radim has extended the technical possibilities of the mandolin by inventing new playing styles such as the fingerpicked duo-style, allowing him to sound like two instruments simultaneously.

The house concert is on March 25 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. Email jamisee@hotmail.com or call 335-1428 for more information.

Radim is also offering a two-hour mandolin workshop Saturday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to noon. It costs $35. Call Kim at 335-1428 or email kimmer1427@gmail.com to register.

Musical high

Join Valorie Salimpoor as she discusses Music, Dopamine, and the Brain: Where Emotions Meet Pleasure. Music is merely a sequence of tones. Yet, music listening has been described as one of the most intensely pleasurable human experiences, causing states of craving and euphoria. How does this happen?

What happens in our brains that motivates us to spend considerable amounts of time and money to achieve musical experiences?

Why do we experience chills or goosebumps in response to highly emotional music? What does dopamine release in the mesolimbic reward circuitry during music listening do for us? What role does anticipation and high-order cognition play in experiencing pleasure in response to music? And what happens in the brain when we first start to like a piece of music?

Music has existed in every culture throughout history. An exploration of how pleasurable responses to music are processed in the brain can help us better understand why.

The talk is Sunday, March 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre.

It’s also happening in Dawson on Monday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dänojà  Zho Cultural Centre.

The lectures are free and so are the cookies.

For more information visit: http://www.zlab.mcgill.ca/emotion/

DANCE

Kick up those heels

Dance the night away at the Yukon Convention Center for the Yukon Native Bonspiel. Common Knowledge is kicking off the night at 9 p.m. Rockers CHS go on at 10 p.m. and play all night.

It’s Saturday, March 26. Doors open at 9 p.m. and tickets are $20.

Intermission contests include:

Boots’ N Buns and Best Cheer Squad – make a song, poem, cheer for your favourite team.

For more information call 335-7054 or 334-5695.

WRITING

Yukon history from Newfoundland

Berton House author Sara Tilley will present a reading at Whitehorse Public Library on Wednesday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. Sara Tilley is a writer, theatre artist and clown who lives and works in her home town of St. John’s, Newfoundland. Her novel The Skin Room won both the 2004 Newfoundland and Labrador Percy Janes First Novel Award and the inaugural Fresh Fish Award for Emerging Writers in 2006. She is currently completing a novel based on her great-grandfather’s journals and letters, which relate, among other things, to his experience working on a Yukon River steamer.

The reading is free and refreshments will be served.

For more information call the Whitehorse Public Library at 667-5239.

FILM

DEW time

For 11 days, starting Saturday, March 26 the Old Fire Hall will serve as an art gallery for the installation of The DEW Project – a conceptual sculpture and media work by Dawson City-based artist Charles Stankievech. It will also house Welcome to BAR-1: The DEW line in Northern Yukon, an exhibition of images and artifacts by Whitehorse-based artist Joanne Jackson Johnson and Parks Canada Yukon historian David Neufeld. The show opens with a reception, artist talk with Charles Stankievech and film screening on Friday March 25 from 5 to 8 p.m.

These works are an exploration of the Cold War air defence system, the Distant Early Warning Line and its relationship to communication, architecture, Modernism, the development and colonization of northern Canada, and the experience of living in an industrial outpost in the Arctic.

“Their exhibit is a microscope on one DEW Line station (to Charles’ macro exploration of the DEW system) and offers a strong documentary glimpse into the design, systems management, and the human experience of living and working in a remote DEW Line station,” said programmer Andrew Connors.

The gallery at the Old Fire Hall will be open from

noon to 5:30 p.m daily from March 26 through April 6.

On Friday, March 25, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. the opening reception will include: Under the Rainbow, an artist talk by Charles Stankievech and Under the Radar, a curated programme of Cold War films by Charles Stankievech featuring Radar Station (NFB, 1953, 15min), Radar: The DEW Line Story (western electric/US DoD, 1958, 28min) and On Guard! (iBM Military Products Division,1960, 12min).

On Thursday, March 31 at 7 p.m. Parks Canada’s Yukon and Western Arctic historian David Neufeld is giving a talk on the Dew line and Modernism in the Arctic.

ENERGY

Turn off the lights

What are you doing Saturday night? Yukon Energy and the Yukon Conservation Society are encouraging everyone to spend part of the evening taking action to reduce energy consumption. Earth Hour is an annual global event hosted by the World Wildlife Fund. This year it happens on Saturday March 26th from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.

“The idea is for everyone to show their support for the fight against climate change by turning off their lights for one hour and reducing energy usage any other ways they can,” said Yukon Energy spokesperson Janet Patterson.

“Yukon Energy will track the electrical consumption for that hour to find out how much was saved. People will find the results the following Monday morning on our blog (http://blog.yukonenergy.ca/).”

Last year, during Earth Hour, Yukoners reduced their consumption by 800 kilowatts (the equivalent of turning off 8,000 100-watt light bulbs for one hour).