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Blind Mute Productions, Arne Gutmann host Gearbox exhibition during Crankworx

Blind Mute Productions has hosted quite a few shows in Whistler this summer, including their most recent, “Circus Billy Freakout and Art Extravaganza 2” just two weeks ago, which saw about 100 people attend to check out all of the art, plus the music provided by DJ Buddha and Sean Rose.

Next weekend, Blind Mute Productions and Arne Gutmann are teaming up to put on their last show of the summer — the Gearbox show.

Organizers Dave “Pepe” Petko and Randy “Randoid” Smith have invited their favourite artists from throughout the Sea to Sky region to participate in this three-dimensional show, asking each and every one of them to use a vintage wine box to create a piece which will then be included in a silent auction at the show. Each piece starts at $75, so snagging a unique piece of local art is a very affordable possibility if you make it to the show, and all of the proceeds will be going towards the Whistler Skateboard Association.

“Their skateboard park is getting torn down right now, and they need a home,” Smith explained.

All of the artwork will incorporate wine boxes, which have been provided courtesy of Gutmann. The idea is that artists can alter the material in whatever way they see fit, or leave the box intact and use all of the surfaces, inside or out. So far, artists like Taka “TifDyl” Sudo, Liz Thompson, Hayley Wirsching, Pamela Mason and The Incredible Amoeba are on board to create pieces for the show.

“They’re kind of our top shelf artists. We kind of brainstormed the artists that we liked, whose work we respected and were like, okay, let’s invite them to the show,” Petko said. He added that some others simply weren’t able to create a piece in time for the show.

The evening will also feature performances by fire spinners and burlesque dancers, and Sean Rose and DJ Buddha are again set to provide a vast variety of music to inspire visitors and artists alike, so come prepared to be entertained.

They also plan to auction off some of the painted shoes that were created for their “Let’s Talk About Feelings” show, and additional gear, like a bike frame from Cro-Mag, helmets and other equipment that may be painted live during the show.

The Gearbox show takes place at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16, after the Kokanee Crankworx slope style event, at No. 3-1375 Alpha Lake Road.

Tickets to the event are $10, and can be purchased from Evolution, Podium Auto Detailing or Black Ohm Tattoo.

Music from Beneath

West meets East in an upcoming underground performance at the B.C. Museum of Mining.

The Men of the Deeps, North America’s only all men’s mining choir, is coming to Britannia Beach on Sunday, Aug. 10 to perform in the recently restored 20-storey mill building.

For over 40 years, the group has shared through song the rich history of coal mining from their own experiences living and working as Cape Breton coal miners. Now, they’re coming to B.C. to share their stories.

The performance is supported by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources and Teck Cominco as part of the province’s celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of B.C. as a Crown Colony in 1858.

“One-hundred-and-fifty years ago, our earliest explorers launched coal mining towns across the province with the discovery of gold, copper and coal,” Kevin Krueger, former minister of state for mining said in a press release. “The Men of the Deeps will help us celebrate B.C.’s mining success story — past, present and future.”

Tickets are $35 for adults and seniors, and $20 for students, and are available through the B.C. Museum of Mining gift shop or by calling 1-866-640-9881.