Arts Briefs 

First Night holding talent show auditions

Performers, jugglers and, yes, even yodelers are invited to participate in a First Night talent show on New Year’s Eve at the Telus Conference Centre.

Sea to Sky corridor youth ages 13 to 18 are eligible to participate in the non-competitive event.

All talent is welcome: rappers, comedians, dancers, singers, pig callers, air bands, musicians, impersonators, baton twirlers, magicians and daring feats of bravery — anything goes.

Talent show auditions are being held Wednesday, Dec. 20 and Thursday, Dec. 21 at 3:20 p.m. at Whistler Secondary School in the Music Room.

Book a time by calling Carmen Traub at 604-905-0932 Ex. 1.

Artist show opportunity

Maxx Fish hosts a new night called Audio/Visual, which combines art with music every Monday night.

Jon Parris, who hosts the night, invites artists to submit a portfolio of their work for consideration. He is looking for a variety of styles, mediums and expressions of creativity.

Contact Parris at jparris@telus.net or by visiting him on Monday nights at Maxx Fish .

For those who haven’t even begun their Christmas shopping, local artisans have come up with the perfect one-stop shop at the Days Before Christmas Artisan Market Saturday, Dec. 16 and Sunday, Dec. 17 at Snow City Glassworks in Function Junction.

“It is an opportunity for local artists to give people last minute gift ideas for Christmas,” said organizer Duane Perrett. “It’s a family event, so people are more than welcome to just come down and check out the art.”

More than 1,000 shoppers visited the market last year. Along with the market showcasing more than 20 local artists, live demos of glassblowing, painting, quilling and jewelry making will also take place.

The event is presented by the Whistler Artists Guild, a group of 40 artists working together to organize events promoting local talent.

The market is open Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Unit 16 - 1005 Alpha Lake Road behind Home Hardware. Admission is free.

 

Filipino community raising funds

Celebrate the spirit of giving in Philippine fiesta tradition at the Pasko Na fundraiser Saturday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. at Our Lady of the Mountain Church.

“We, the Filipino community here in Whistler, would like to share this unique and wonderful Christmas experience with (the community),” said organizer Rudy Bueno. “There is no winter or snow in the Philippines at Christmas time, and Santa Claus, though visible in displays and believed by most Filipino kids to exist, seldom comes bearing gifts.”

The evening of music, fun, food and friendship raises funds for Gawad Kalinga, a non-profit organization that provides housing for the poor in the Philippines as well as other parts of the world.

Each home costs $1,500 to build. Pasko Na organizers hope to raise enough money at the event to build three homes for Christmas.

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