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A gold rush theme on a Yukon event and/or festival? What will they think of next? Dawson City's Discovery Days is back. Games, races, movies, a parade and more.

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A gold rush theme on a Yukon event and/or festival? What will they think of next?

Dawson City’s Discovery Days is back.

Games, races, movies, a parade and more.

According to the Tourism Yukon website, “there’s barely enough hours in the day to do and see everything!”

Look out, Las Vegas!

Starting Wednesday in Dawson City. Phone (867) 993-2353 for more info.

Waterfront art-gawking

While the rest of Dawson celebrates the shiny, pretty things of days past, you can celebrate the shiny, pretty things of the present day.

In a tiny riverside tent village, artists from across the Yukon and NWT will converge on Dawson City to showcase and hawk their creative fruits.

It’s not all soapstone carvings and abstract forest scenes! Past festivals have included everything from willow basketry and blacksmithing to caribou hair tufting.

This year, organizers are also welcoming installation and performance art (performance art will not be for sale).

The Yukon Riverside Arts Festival starts this Thursday at the Dawson City waterfront. More information at kiac.org/artsfest.

FILM

Myanmar this!

When monks and students started clashing with the Burmese military junta in 2007, a strict media blackout largely shielded the government’s violent crackdown from the rest of the world.

In response, a group of underground journalists began a campaign to document locals criticizing the regime, and smuggled their stories out of the country for distribution to international media outlets.

Eventually, the journalists were documenting violence right on the front lines.

The 2008 film Burma VJ assembles their footage, giving audiences a direct glimpse at a forbidden world documented only because of the bravery of a few.

In one scene, the dangerous nature of filming is highlighted when a hidden camera catches a reporter being shot simply for the crime of possessing a camera.

Monday, 7 p.m. at the Old Fire Hall.

I just can’t quit you

Homosexuality did comedy, musicals and drama.

But it wasn’t until 2005, that Brokeback Mountain took it into the heterosexual stronghold of the mainstream dramatic romance.

Filmed in the wilderness of Alberta, Brokeback Mountain follows two former farmhands as they negotiate a clandestine homosexual romance amidst the rampant homophobia of their home turf.

A key stepping stone in cinematic depictions of homosexuality, the film also raked in a ton of cash.

To this day, it is among the top 10 highest grossing romance films of all time.

Brokeback Mountain plays Wednesday, 8 p.m. at the Old Fire Hall.

The next day, catch 133 minutes worth of Yukon-made films (only two of them are experimental).

Picturing the Yukon plays Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Old Fire Hall.

ART

Non-stylized

Tlingit art is typically seen as highly stylized colour-minimalist depictions of wildlife.

Tlingit artist Jean Taylor pays homage to those roots, but seeks to depict a more rounded version of Tlingit life and art.

Taylor celebrates the Tlingit people as the Tlingit celebrate wildlife.

A Taylor canvas can depict anything from traditional footwear and regalia to ceremony.

In both 2007 and 2008, Taylor’s work fetched a People’s Choice award at Inuvik’s Great Northern Arts Festival.

From These Eyes, Taylor’s newest show, opens this Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Copper Moon Gallery.

JESUS

Outdoor religion

God has largely checked out of the wildly secularized Yukon territory.

But this Saturday, let the rocks and stones of Shipyards Park sing out with G-rated Christ-sanctioned good times .

The Northern Christian Festival is Saturday at Shipyards Park. Workshops from 4 to 6 p.m. Outdoor concert until 9 p.m.

TV

More engrossing than the Main Street camera channel

Even in the age of the TV satellite dish, many Whitehorse residents can only obtain access to a meagre 500 channels.

To appease an entertainment-starved Yukon public, Northwestel has decided to throw two more channels onto its basic cable offering.

On Cable 9, check out the “Whitehorse Information” channel, showcasing classifieds, coming events and even advertising.

Q: “Don’t we already have a channel like that?”

A: “Shut up!”

Cable 8 takes things up a notch with “Community TV,” where you will be able to tune in to public-service announcements and local video programming.

The Waynes and Garths of Whitehorse anxiously await.

MOVEMENT

Glacier droppings

Nothing is more pleasing to mount than a boulder. Nothing.

Once again, the Ibex Valley Bouldering Festival has returned to quench the thirsts of folks who like to scamper up large round thing very quickly.

But hey, it’s not all big rocks.

A full schedule of good food, music, juggling, and slacklining will also be on hand to woo attendees.

Sunday starting at 9 a.m. in the Ibex Valley. Directions and more information at yukonbouldering.com, or call 456-2477.

HOLIDAYS AND COMMEMORATIONS

Ready or not, here we come

On August 10, 1792, King Louis XVI of France got word that an angry mob was marching towards the Tuileries Palace in downtown Paris to arrest him and his family.

Alarmed, Louis went down the street and hid in the legislative assembly building.

Confederate president Jefferson Davis was caught while fleeing through the American wilderness.

Even Saddam Hussein had an underground spider hole.

But not Louis.

Within hours, his subjects had discovered his hiding place.

Within months, they had his head.

Hug a southpaw

In early Christian and Hebrew traditions, the left hand was associated with evil.

Western European culture, for the most part, followed suit.

In Arab countries, it is still considered an insult to eat with the left hand – since that is the hand typically reserved for washing.

These stigmas, combined with a left-hander’s penchant for smudging wet ink while writing, largely condemned left-handedness as a social taboo until recently.

But now, in the age of Rocky Balboa and smudge-proof ink, this proud seven per cent of the population can hold their heads high.

International Lefthanders Day is this Thursday.

Contact Tristin Hopper at

tristinh@yukon-news.com

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