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The works of Ted Harrison already adorn coasters and commemorative plates in the Yukon. So why shouldn't they grace the walls of the Yukon Arts Centre public art gallery?

VISUAL ARTS

Forget it, Jake, it’s Harrison’s town.

The works of Ted Harrison already adorn coasters and commemorative plates in the Yukon. So why shouldn’t they grace the walls of the Yukon Arts Centre public art gallery? The exhibition is of original illustrations from children’s books The Shooting of Dan McGrew and the Cremation of Sam McGee.

Also at the gallery is Whitehorse artist Joseph Tisiga premiering Indian Brand Corporation, a sometimes-satirical look at westernized depictions of First Nations culture—and vice versa.

Opening reception is Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the Yukon Arts Centre public gallery.

Psychedelic calligraphy

French-born artist Cecile Girard takes the time-tested, age-old rules of Chinese calligraphy and transplants them into abstract colourful depictions of western and Chinese symbolism.

Girard’s canvases on Asian rice paper are not simply a medium; they are a critical backbone to the work.

The World According to Cecile opens Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Arts Underground.

DANCE

Flicker, leap, groove and shimmer

Almost three per cent of Whitehorse dances with Leaping Feats Creative Danceworks.

At their epic year-end recital, be bombarded with high-energy salvos of hip hop, ballet, breakdancing and jazz.

Recreation shows are on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Friday at 1 p.m.

Repertory shows are Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. All shows at the Yukon Arts Centre.

OBSERVATION

A legal use for your binoculars

With Russian bombers once again skirting the edges of Canadian airspace, it’s not a bad idea to have citizens going out and sharpening their observation skills.

A toast to the Yukon birdathon, the territorial’s annual 24-hour birdwatching extravaganza.

It works like this: Find a donor willing to put up a set sum of money for every bird that you see. Then, rack up as many bird sightings as possible in 24 hours.

It sounds like a pyramid scheme, but it isn’t. And all proceeds go to the Yukon Bird Club and the Yukon Conservation Society.

Grab a favourite bush, pack a sandwich and marvel at the miracle of flight without lost baggage.

From 5 p.m. Friday to 5 p.m. Saturday at Robert Service Campground. Call Wendy at 668-7370 for more information.

SPORTS AND RECREATION

Damn the bergs!

The Yukon’s river ice has once again returned to the frigid bosom of Hades. And good riddance, too, because there’s canoeing to be done.

On Sunday, the Yukon Canoe and Kayak Club officially breaks the crushing spell of winter with its 28-kilometre Icebreaker Race from Marsh Lake dam to Schwatka Lake.

It’s just a name. No ice will actually be broken.

New to paddlin’? What better place to come and hobnob with the sport’s most die-hard veterans.

Sunday, May 31. Registration at the Schwatka Lake parking lot at 11 a.m.

GARBAGE

Trash for cash

“Have time but no money?” asks the Yukon Green Party.

For Green Party supporters caught in this unfortunate quandary, relief has come in a remarkably green way.

The Yukon government pays $250 for highway clean up, meaning the enviro-conscious activity of picking up litter can also generate some coin for Green Party coffers.

Wednesday from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. along the Alaska Highway from Two Mile Hill to the Copperbelt Railway. Call 633-3392 for more info.

Partying in garbage

The name-giving guy was probably in the john when the “Dumpster Dining” moniker was chosen, but it’s all part of the fun.

The Mount Lorne Recycling Centre has remounted its community gathering and fundraiser.

At the dump cafe, catch music, BBQ, soft drinks and a bake sale. Roam through an assembled mass of garage sales. Or, haul up your bike and learn to fix it from Wood St.-based bike repair guru Philippe LeBlond.

Saturday at the Mount Lorne Recycling Centre from 1 to 4 p.m.

FILM

Paging Spielberg’s hairdresser

If your “Jews from the future” screenplay is having a bit of trouble getting off the ground, then the newly-formed Whitehorse Screenwriting Group may be just what the doctor ordered.

Convene with other writers, fish for motivation, brainstorm or try out material. It takes a community to raise a masterpiece.

The Whitehorse Screenwriting Group

convenes its first meeting on June 4 at the Whitehorse Public Library.

UTILITARIAN

Emission impossible

Finally, a useful listing for this God-forsaken community events page. If you’re like 90 per cent of Whitehorse and your car puffs more blue smoke than Rene Levesque—think seriously about getting it checked out this weekend.

For the low price of zero dollars, get your tire pressure corrected, your gas cap and your carbon monoxide output checked. After only 10 minutes worth of tweaks, your car’s fuel economy will noticeably improve.

All participants will be entered in a draw for a free oil change.

Thursday and Friday, June 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Canadian Tire parking lot.

MUSIC

Where dreads look even more ridiculous

During the Beijing Olympics, the Canadian government decided to ship Whitehorse’s Ashley Brothers to China as cultural ambassadors of some kind. Based at the Canadian pavilion, adjacent to Beijing’s beautiful Tiananmen Square, the brothers entertained reporters, tourists with fanny packs, and suited investors, and for weeks, the Yukon was painfully robbed of the brothers’ signature brand of meandering electronica and hip hop.

But not to worry, because they’re paying us all back with a picture show about their amazing oriental adventure.

Thursday, 8 p.m. at the Old Fire Hall. Doors open at 7:30.

Devil’s music

Springtime hit Paris on May 29, 1913, as hundreds of audience members filed into the Theatre des Champs-Elysees to hear the Rite of Spring, the latest work by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky.

Unbeknownst to his audience, Stravinsky had laced his ballet with a jarring passage of unprecedented discord. The Rite of Spring was about the ritual killing of a virgin—it was supposed to be disconcerting.

Three minutes and 17 seconds into the performance, Stravinsky unleashed his chef d’oeuvre. Instantly, screams erupted from the horrified attendees. For well over a minute, the Rite of Spring pounded the ears of concertgoers without mercy, sending them into a state of primal frenzy.

Soon, Paris’ societal elite had denigrated into savagery. Old ladies attacked one another with umbrellas; men and women alike engaged in anonymous fistfights in the aisles.

Brain chemists have since explained the riot as a mild case of group schizophrenia.

HISTORY

President of smackdown

Embroiled in a duel over his wife’s honour, on May 30, 1806, future US president Andrew Jackson took a bullet in the chest from political opponent Charles Dickinson. Even as the bullet nestled snugly against his heart, Jackson returned fire, fatally wounding Dickinson. Dueling was no stranger to the hotheaded Jackson, who engaged in no less than 13 duels over his life. He was defending his wife’s honour, mostly, but also took time to settle gambling debts, political spats and minor disagreements.

“Is America ready for a homicidal president?” asked political commentators during Jackson’s 1828 presidential bid.

One Canada beats your Ireland

The American Civil War—still the deadliest war in US history—was finally over. But for a group of Irish nationalists, armed and battle hardened, the party was just getting started.

Many Irish-Americans had fought in the Civil War specifically to gain experience that they could later use against the British. Confederate or Union didn’t particularly matter, so long as they could shoot at something. In several coincidental Civil War battles, aspiring Fenians from both sides clashed with each other in pitched battles.

On May, 31, 1866, in a Quixotic bid to capture Canada and trade it for Northern Ireland, a few thousand Fenians surged across the border and started to take over targets in New Brunswick, Manitoba and Ontario.

Minister of militia John A. MacDonald, who would become Canada’s first prime minister in only a few months, responded by going on a week-long bender.

Fortunately, Ontario militias were decidedly less drunk, and managed to beat back the invaders.

After you’ve run out of continents …

Six years ago this Wednesday, the European Space Agency launched the Mars Express probe, the Old World’s first voyage to another planet.

“We promise not to colonize it,” said an ESA spokesperson.

Where the freedom wave broke

In the autumn of 1989, 44 years of oppressive communism came to a swift end in countries across Eastern Europe. Freedom was in the air, and hundreds of optimistic Chinese students lunged at the opportunity, congregating in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in a peaceful bid for economic change and democratic reform.

After weeks of protest, the Chinese military eventually responded with a vicious crackdown, killing between 200 and 7,000 protesters.

Chinese citizens are generally restricted from learning about the tragedy. For those born after Tiananmen, China’s brief taste of freedom in 1989 lives on only through whispered rumours and hearsay.

June 4 is Tiananmen Square memorial day.

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