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Help launch a dancing career by attending the annual Go Nuts! Student Choreography Showcase tonight. A silent auction will be held at the Yukon Arts Centre, starting at 7 p.m.

DANCE

Will choreograph for money

Help launch a dancing career by attending the annual Go Nuts! Student Choreography Showcase tonight.

A silent auction will be held at the Yukon Arts Centre, starting at 7 p.m.

Organized by Extremely Moving Youth Society, the funds will go to pre-professional dance programs for youth in Grades 7 to 12.

Tickets are $18 and are available in advance at the arts centre and Arts Underground.

Shouldn’t it be called Roma jazz?

Celebrate Django Reinhardt’s 100th birthday with a night of high-tempo gypsy jazz at the Capitol this evening.

Whitehorse pianist Grant Simpson and Vancouver guitarist Don Ogilvie will play Django-infused tunes starting at 7:30 p.m.

Ogilvie has travelled to Romania to research the roots of gypsy jazz and even toured China in recent years.

COMEDY

Back from the fringes

The annual Pivot festival is back next week with another stellar lineup to get your mind off the winter blues.

Canadian comic Ron James will be performing and giving a talk on how he creates comedy. Transsexual Nina Arsenault will present The Silicone Diaries. And Whitehorse’s own Brian Fidler will show his newest play, Broken.

Tickets are available at the Yukon Arts Centre and a full schedule can be found at nakaitheatre.wordpress.com.

The shows begin on Tuesday, January 26.

LECTURES

Pull the plug on private power

Simon Fraser University prof John Calvert will share his thoughts on British Columbia’s controversial endorsement of privately owned power plants tonight.

His presentation is being organized by the territorial New Democratic Party and several unions, and will be followed by a discussion on the Yukon government’s decision to explore the potential of private power.

The citizens’ forum will be held at Hellaby Hall in the Anglican Church building at seven p.m.

READING

Literacy corner to open

The Canada Games Centre will open a new room devoted to expanding the literacy skills of young people.

The TD Canada Trust Family Literacy Centre will celebrate its grand opening on January 27 on the second floor of the sports facility.

The room features books and other literacy tools to help children develop their reading, writing and social skills.

The centre will host visitors and introduce the new resources between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and then again between 4 and 6 p.m.

THEATRE

Stolen stories and a bunny costume

Playwright James Long is presenting his play Clark and I Somewhere in Connecticut at the Old Fire Hall this weekend.

The Vancouver-based artist created the play with tidbits of information he found in an abandoned suitcase.

Long will be presenting tonight and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m.

CAUSES

Come help pay Trevor’s legal fees

The third annual Moonstroke Festival kicks off tonight with a hefty schedule of premier Yukon bands.

Gordon Tentrees, Sophisticated Cavemen, Sasquatch Prom Date and Ben Mahoney are just some of the artists you can hear tonight at the Mount McIntyre Recreational Centre.

The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $10 at Tripe-J’s and $15 at the door.

All proceeds go to the Yukon Humane Society and the Mae Bachur Animal Shelter.

HOCKEY

Mustangs to battle BC hockey team

The Mustangs’ midget team will play two games against an Oceanside team this weekend at the Canada Games Centre.

The first showdown is at 9:30 p.m. this evening, and will be followed by another game at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The Oceanside team hails from Vancouver Island, near Nanaimo.

ART

Bunny Days for anxious times

Manitoba artist Chris Reid is presenting a series of images at the Yukon Arts Centre on the trials and tribulations of troubled minds.

Featuring paintings of cats, planes and buildings in high-strung situations, Bunny Days adds some humour and playfulness to an oft-neglected side of the human psyche.

Her work is being displayed at the Yukon Arts Centre’s public gallery until March 13.

Artwork by Whitehorse artist Lara Melnyk and Dawsonite Veronica Verkley are also on display at the gallery.

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