Country star rootin’ for Porter Creek
Canadian country singer Aaron Pritchett will headline a charity concert at Porter Creek Secondary School on Saturday, December 3.
Proceeds from the concert will go to the families of four boys struck by tragedy in October.
Giles Jim, Dustin Huebschwerlen and Jake Maynard were burned when gasoline was thrown on a bonfire October 20. Cody Kelpin died as the result of an October 3 dirtbike accident.
When Pritchett recently visited Whitehorse for the BreakOut West music festival, school principal Brendan Kelly asked the singer to help.
“Brendan asked for something like a signed promotional picture or a video message to the boys and their families but I wouldn’t have felt right with giving so little,” Pritchett said in a release.
“Being that Whitehorse is a fairly small community, I knew that if I offered a bit more, people would come together and focus on what was important – these boys and their families.”
The concert starts at 7 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 so people can bid on a silent auction. Additional acts in this acoustic set include Arabella and Porter Creek student Maya Poirier.
Tickets are available at Midnight Sun Coffee Roasters and Arts Underground.
Saturday, December 3. The Whitehorse Folk Society presents Fawn Fritzen, who will play a one-hour set after the open mic wraps up. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. $5. It’s in the United Church basement, on Sixth and Main.
Peekeekoot to perform
Ed Peekeekoot, a Vancouver Island aboriginal folk singer, will perform for the Home Routes concert series at Copper Moon gallery on Tuesday, November 29. Peekeekoot is a man of many talents – beyond the guitar, he also plays fiddle, banjo, and traditional native flute and drums. $20. Show starts at 7 p.m.
Join an evening of storytelling at the next meeting of the Moth’s Yukon chapter, on Monday, November 28. The group is a spinoff of a New York-based group that conducts live storytelling events.
The rules are simple: All stories have to be true. No story can be longer than five minutes. No poems, and no notes.
The topic for the evening is trust. Stories will be recorded and may be sent to the Moth in New York, or aired on CJUC community radio.
It starts at 7:30 p.m. at Well-Read Books. The event is a potluck, so bring an appetizer to share.
If you plan to share a story, email Lauren Tuck in advance at Laurenyukon@gmail.com.
MAD about winter
High school students in Yukon’s Music, Arts and Drama program perform this year’s original production, Once Upon a Winter. It’s the story of a brother and sister who set out to find winter and bring it home. Featuring puppets, animation, singing, dancing and lots of sparkly winter fun.
It’s on Thursday, December 1, and Friday, December 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Wood Street Centre, 411 Wood Street. $5. Arrive early – it fills up fast.
A satirical study
Qallunaat: Why White People are Funny is a fresh and original mockumentary, in which Inuit anthropologists cast their critical gaze on the curious behaviour of white people.
“Qallunaat ritualistically greet each other with inane salutations, repress natural bodily functions, complain a lot about being cold, and seem to want to dominate the world,” says the film blurb.
It’s on show Friday, November 25 as part of the Yukon Literacy Coalition’s regular screening of National Film Board flicks.
Film starts at 7 p.m. at the Family Literacy Centre, on the second floor of the Canada Games Centre.
Appropriate for ages 12 and up. All welcome.
Helping human rights
Amnesty International’s film festival hits Whitehorse’s Old Fire Hall on December 2 and 3, then visits Haines Junction’s convention centre on December 5.
It features eight award-winning documentaries from around the world.
Subjects range from the fight against a gas pipeline in northern Ireland to the child soldiers of Uganda.
For the full schedule, visit whitehorseaifilms.weebly.com.
How we got in this mess
On Sunday, December 4 at the Old Fire Hall, Occupy Whitehorse is sponsoring a showing of the riveting documentary Inside Job, which won the 2010 Academy Award for Feature Documentary.
The film, narrated by Matt Damon, tells the story of how the global economic crisis of 2008 costs tens of millions of people their savings, their jobs, and their homes. The movie’s been lauded by critics and received a 97 per cent favourable rating by Rotten Tomatoes.
“If you’re not enraged by the end of this movie,” wrote Time magazine, “you haven’t been paying attention.”
Doors open at 7:30 pm. Show starts at 8 p.m. Admission by donation.
Arts Underground is having a Gingerbread House Contest and silent auction fundraiser.
Prizes will be awarded for best overall, people’s choice award, family effort and age 10 and under. Houses must be edible, with bottom dimensions no larger than one square foot.
To participate, bring gingerbread houses to Arts Underground by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30.
Silent auction and voting will take place on Friday, December 2nd from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Arts Underground is also having their annual holiday show, opening Friday, December 2 from 5-7:30 p.m.
Buy Nothing Day
This Friday and Saturday, drop by the Family Literacy Centre space in the Canada Games Centre to pick up a free book, or leave one behind for someone else to enjoy. Also featuring other family events.
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