Arts, culture and politics 

With the municipal election right around the corner, members of the arts, culture and heritage community are wondering what political candidates have to say about the sector.

So, they’ve arranged for an arts, culture and heritage all candidates meeting, where constituents will have a chance to ask their candidates questions and share their concerns about the arts in the community. Two floor microphones will be available for an open discussion, and people will have one minute to pose specific questions to a specific candidate.

Presented by the Whistler Arts Council, Whistler Museum and Archives, Whistler Public Library, MY Millennium Place, Whistler Film Festival Society, and Squamish Lil’Wat Cultural Centre, the meeting will take place at MY Millennium Place at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28.

 

Creepy crawly creative writing comp

 

Halloween is right around the corner, and Pique is looking for your more horrifying, harrowing tales for a short story competition. Submit as many of your original, unpublished scary stories, poems or scripts as you like (up to 2,000 words each).

The winner will take home $300, the runner up wins $100 (that’s a lot of candy!), and both will be published in the Oct. 30 issue.

All entries should include a short biography of the writer, and be sent to andrew@piquenewsmagazine.com by Monday, Oct. 20.

 

A Reel Alternative

 

Local film lovers have another option to pick from at the Village 8 Cinemas this week, as the second film of the Reel Alternatives screening series is shown on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

The series is a lead-up to the Whistler Film Festival in early December, introducing some of the latest Canadian and international independent feature films and documentaries.

This week, “Blindness,” an adaptation of a novel by José Saramago, premieres. The dramatic thriller, which focuses on a society suffering an epidemic of blindness, stars Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Danny Glover and Gael Garcia Bernal.

“Blindness” premiered as the opening film at the Cannes Film Festival in May, and was released in the U.S. earlier this month.

 

Artists reconvene

 

Calling all members of the arts community — it’s time to talk shop!

After the success of their first artists’ meeting at the Path Gallery back in May, the Whistler Arts Council has decided to hold yet another event where local artists can get together and discuss issues of mutual interest and look to the future. While there promises to be plenty of unstructured socializing, there are two central items on the agenda for discussion — the creation of an award of excellence to recognize local artists, and the potential of the West Side artist-in-residence program, workshops and studio space at the Alta Lake Station House.

The Whistler Arts Council is hosting its second artist’s meeting from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 23 at Alta Lake Station House, which is situated on the south-western shore of Alta Lake directly across the lake from Wayside Park. It is accessible by foot, bike or boat.

If you’re interested in attending, please contact WAC at info@whistlerartscouncil.com or at 604-938-9221.

 

Sweet strings

 

Squamish’s Howe Sound Performing Arts Association (HSPAA) is starting their 2008-09 season off in a big way, with a concert featuring acclaimed Korean violinist, Jinjoo Cho, and accompanist, Justyna Maj. Normally performing on big stages across North America and Seoul, Korea, Cho plays in a much more intimate setting on Friday, Oct. 17 at St. John’s Church in Squamish. The concert begins at 8 p.m., and admission is free for anyone 18 or under.

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