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For the past eight weeks, six artists have been creating theatre from scratch through a collective called Open Pit.

Visual Art

Weathered photographs

Manu Keggenhoff’s feature show Facing the Elements is currently on at the Copper Moon Gallery. Keggenhoff has put her own unique twist on the northern climate and our ever-changing weather. The Exhibition is landscape photography focused on capturing abandoned historic artifacts in the northern wilderness. The painting-like character of her photographs is not to be missed. The show will be up until August 31.

Watching a painter paint

Richard Shorty will be painting on location at North End Gallery on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Everyone is welcome to come by and check out the creative process at work. North End Gallery is on the Whitehorse Waterfront, at the corner of First Avenue and Steele Street. For more information call 393-3590.

Filling the void

Martin Guimont’s exhibition Vacant States is currently showing at the community gallery at the Yukon Arts Centre. Guimont explores the relation to time, place and the idea of territory through multidisciplinary installations of photography, video, sound and text. The show runs until August 27.

Everything is Illuminated

Take a personal tour of celebrated and treasured favourites, including some rarely displayed works that tell stories of particular times, people and places at the Yukon Arts Centre. Illuminated features works from the Yukon Permanent Art Collection. For more than 30 years, the collection has evolved and grown, tracing and echoing changes and developments in this place and its people as interpreted through the eyes of visual artists. It’s at the Yukon Arts Centre until August 27.

Female faces

Also at the Yukon Arts Centre this week is Valerie Hodgson’s portrait collection Yukon Women: 50 over 50. The portraits are paired with audio clips by Claire Festel that present a glimpse of what life was, and is, like for Yukon women.


River rodeo

The Yukon Canoe and Kayak Club is having its annual Whitewater Rodeo on Wednesday. It takes place on the Yukon River at the Rotary Centennial Bridge. It’s a chance to come out and show off your talents handling the Boogie Board, kayaking and canoeing on the wave. There are going to be tons of prizes and a barbecue later in the evening. Registration is at 5 p.m. and the rodeo kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with a boogie board competition. It costs $10 for nonmembers to sign up and $5 for Kayak Club members.


Open Pit

For the past eight weeks, six artists have been creating theatre from scratch through a collective called Open Pit. Three public presentations of the new physical theatre show will be held on Friday, August 19 and Saturday, August 20 at the Yukon Arts Centre Studio Theatre.

Nowhere Near tells the story of six strangers who have survived a bus crash and find themselves outside and nowhere near warmth, safety or society. Their world has exploded all over the highway, and they must try to survive.

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Lunch launch

On Wednesday, the Friends of the Yukon Arts Centre annual barbecue is doing something different. This year, it is pairing its thank-you barbecue with the 2011-12 season launch. Artistic director Eric Epstein and gallery director Mary Bradshaw will present the season and be on hand to answer questions. The doors open at 4:30 p.m. the barbecue is at 5:30 p.m.


Beefing up for a good cause

The Senora Evangelical Ministries is hosting the Rib-eye Steak Pitchfork Fondue to raise money for its missions in northern Mexico. It’s happening at the Copperbelt Mining Railway Museum on Saturday. The event starts at 2 p.m., but steak doesn’t start sizzling until 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for children under 12. For more information, or to buy tickets, call 668-6033 or 334-8807.


Parking lot prose

Tonight in the Coles parking lot, across from Canadian Tire, David Thompson is reading from his book Talking at the Woodpile, Jessica Simon is reading from her collection From Ice to Ashes and Ellen Davignon will give a reading from her book, The Cinnamon Mine.

The readings are from 7 to 8 p.m. under the blue canopy in front of the store.

It’s free.


First Nation sports

Clap hands

The 24th annual Hand Games Championship Tournament is being hosted by Kwanlin Dun from August 19 through 21. It’s taking place at Helen’s Fish Camp (near Whitehorse).

For more information contact Alicia Vance at 633-7800, or Darlene Smith at 633-7855.

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