An arty party 

ArtWalk 2010 is officially up and running already, but art enthusiasts should start warming up for the main event - the opening reception - which takes place Friday, July 9.

The free walking tour showcases a range of local and regional artists and artisans whose work is on display in cafes, retail stores, commercial galleries, hotels and restaurants throughout the summer months. The premise is pretty simple: pick up an ArtWalk brochure, and meander throughout the village, checking out the wares along the way.

The opening party kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday night, as ArtWalkers make their way from Marketplace to Skiers Plaza, taking in the visual arts and tunes provided by Dr. Dave, Brother Twang and Stone Soup Marimba. Whistler Brewing Company and Barefoot Wine & Bubbly will provide the drinks at HotSpot venues. Finally, anyone who still hasn't gotten their fill of artistic offerings from the three-hour opening reception can make their way to the official after party, which will be hosted at the FireRock Lounge.


Summer of Funny, Part II

The countdown is on for anyone out there who thinks they can tickle people's funny bones with the written word: they've got just a few short weeks to craft a comedic piece for the second annual Summer of Funny humour-writing contest sponsored by Pique Newsmagazine .

The inaugural competition in '09 yielded so many quality submissions that Pique staffers simply couldn't agree on a clear winner. So the powers that be decided to divide the $400 prize purse among the eight entries that stood out from the pack.

And since none of the writers complained, Pique has decided to give the contest another whirl this year. The rules are the same - all written submissions will be accepted, from anywhere in Canada, and can be in the form of stories (up to 2,000 words), poems, plays/scripts, or long-format jokes. We'd even accept cartoons.

The prize money will be the same, as will the review by Pique writers and staff. If there is a clear winner this year they may receive a larger share of the purse at our discretion, otherwise we may decide to simply run a wide selection of pieces this year and divvy up the prize money equally. Humour is subjective after all, and we'd like to give our readers a chance to decide.

Send all entries to before Monday, Aug. 23 for inclusion in our Labour Day long weekend issue. Please include a brief biography and mailing address.


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