Pink Taco Party returns for ladies' night 

Arts News: Whistler Literary Award announced, Audain Mexican art talk, LNG doc screening

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The Pink Taco is back and it's ready to party.

Whistler's fundraising ladies' night brought women together to party, win prizes and wear pink as a sign of female pride.

There is an all-you-can-eat taco buffet, man servants, and music by DJs Whitness, Rob Baanks, Foxy Moron and Vinyl Richie.

It takes place at the Garibaldi Lift Company on Monday, March 21. Tickets are $20 and are available at the GLC.

Men are allowed, eventually, with the doors opening for them at midnight.

This year, organizer Sharai Rewels says Lara Cooney will be the recipient of the night as she battles pancreatic cancer.

The event did not take place in 2015 but Rewels says she is happy to have restarted it and, as usual, it is expected to sell out.

"The Pink Taco Party is such a great night out for girlfriends wanting to get together, have fun and dance," she says.

Writers festival announces literary prize

The Whistler Writers Festival has announced the creation of the Whistler Independent Book Awards.

Competition will be open to Canadian authors or permanent residents who have independently published a book or books in the past five years.

There will be a single winner, plus two finalists, in four categories: fiction, non-fiction, crime fiction and poetry.

There is a cash prize of $500 in each category, with winners participating in an event or reading.

Winners will also have their books carried at Whistler's Armchair Books for three months following the festival.

Finalists will receive a prize package and will be invited to attend festival events. The winners will be announced at the Literary Cabaret event during the festival.

The Whistler Writers Festival will take place from October 13 to 16.

Mexican Modernists talk by Michael Audain

Michael Audain, founder of the Audain Art Museum, is taking part in an In Conversation talk with the museum's chief curator Darrin Martens on its latest temporary exhibition, Los Trés Grandes: Diego Rivera, David Alfaro Siqueiros and José Clemente Orozco.

Audain loaned 24 key works by the three, plus Oaxaca artist Rufino Tamayo, to the museum as its first temporary exhibition. He has spent decades collecting the paintings and one sculpture. He has extensive historical knowledge of the pieces, and has met family members of the artists.

The Mexican government does not currently allow art by Rivera, Siqueiros, Orozco and Tamayo to be sold abroad. Audain acquired his collection piece by piece outside of Mexico.

The talk takes place on Thursday, March 17, at 7 p.m. Admission is covered in the cost of entry to the museum.

Tickets are $18, with admission to children under 16 free.

LNG screening at SLCC

A Last Stand for Lelu, a documentary about the grassroots movement calling for protection of First Nations and environmental rights in an ecologically pristine areas of B.C.'s north coast, will be shown at the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre on Thursday, March 17, at 7 p.m.

The screening is to raise funds for the Lax Kw'alaams First Nations currently protesting the proposed construction of an LNG terminal on Lelu Island and Flora Bank. A decision on the terminal is due shortly.

"We hope that the federal government does the right thing by denying this project," said the filmmaker Farhan Umedaly of VoVo Productions. "Approving this project is a serious human rights violation."

Admission is by donation.

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