Five comics, five weeks 

Arts news: Seeking Whistler's arts and culture champion; Quest brings events to library

click to enlarge PHOTO SUBMITTED - Laughter lounge Vancouver comedian James Kennedy appears at the Crystal Lounge on Wednesday, Jan. 27.
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  • Laughter lounge Vancouver comedian James Kennedy appears at the Crystal Lounge on Wednesday, Jan. 27.

Five comedians will be taking to the stage over the next five weeks in a new Wednesday laugh night series at The Crystal Lounge.

First up is Vancouver comic James Kennedy on Jan. 27.

Kennedy is the winner of the 2014 people's champ of the comedy at the Vancouver Yuk-off.

Next up is John Beuhler on Feb. 3, winner of the Corner Gas Comedy contest and the Just For Laughs Home Grown Comedy Competition.

"'Stand Up Comedy' definitely is growing in Whistler at an awesome rate, it's like a snow ball coming down the mountain," says the Crystal Lounge's manager Jono Young.

"We host an Open Mic Comedy Night on the first Monday each month, but we feel that people want to laugh more than once a month."

Other comedians include by Damonde Tschritter on Feb. 10, Kathleen McGee on Feb. 17 and Brett Martin on Feb. 24.

Each week is hosted by Whistler comedian Jonathan Baum.

All shows start at 9 p.m. Admission is $10.

Nominations open for Whistler Champion of Arts & Culture

The Whistler Arts Council has opened the nominations for the Whistler Champion of the Art & Culture Award.

The award is open to individual artists of all disciplines, volunteers, cultural workers, or a business leader or business/organization that has made a significant impact on the growth of the arts, culture and heritage in the resort.

The winner is recognized for supporting events and programing, demonstrating support beyond basic commercial benefits. The recipient is nominated by arts, culture and heritage organizations of Whistler.

For more information or to nominate an individual or business, visit www.artswhistler.com.

The 2015 Whistler Champion of the Arts & Culture is Stella Harvey, the executive director of the Whistler Writers' Festival. Past recipients have included arts council co-founder Joan Richoz and the TD Bank.

Artists hold garage and art sale

Ten Whistler artists are holding a three-day art and garage sale — Diamond in the Rough.

Doid, Pepe, Andrea Mueller, Vanessa Stark — to name just a few local painters and sculptors — decided to pull their work together and clean out their homes at the same time, says organizer Randy Smith.

The sale takes place at Podium Auto Detailing on Alpha Lake Road in Function Junction from Thursday, Jan. 21, to Saturday, Jan. 23. It is open from 3 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., with music by Degenerates in General.

This Changes Everything doc at Quest

The documentary This Changes Everything by Canadian environmentalist and filmmaker Avi Lewis will be screened at the Quest University Canada in Squamish on Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

The screening is part of Quest's event series in Whistler.

It is followed by a faculty panel led by Ahalya Satkunaratnam, John Reid-Hresko, Mai Yasue and Ian Picketts.

The film asks if confronting the climate crisis is the best chance humanity has in building a better world.

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