Green beer guzzling galore 

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at the only authentic Irish pub in town. Dubh Linn Gate Old Irish Pub offers up their true 20-ounce pint alongside some great Irish entertainment starting at 1 p.m. March 17, including Cam Salay & Shannon Saunders, Murphy's Lagh, Moritz Behm, Damian Brennan, and Shamma Sabir.

 

The first pint will be served at 9 a.m., so get there early.

 

Whistler's Led Zeppelin cover band, Whole Lotta Led, plays a special St. Paddy's Day show at Buffalo Bill's, starting at 10 p.m, and in Creekside, Roland's Pub plays host to a special annual performance by The Pickled Livers, who reunite once again for the big day, playing all Irish, Celtic and Scottish tunes to get the crowd dancing a jig from 8 p.m. until late. The collection of Whistler musicians includes Rob Funk, Gary Yoshida, Raj Andas, Glenn Mishaw, Greg Garland, Kostaman, and other special guests.

 

King of the backcountry

For a second year running, local photographer Brian Hockenstein has captured the Out of Bounds crown.

 

Organized and presented by the Whistler Arts Council and Coast Range Heliskiing, the Out of Bounds photography competition featured a month-long exhibition at MY Millennium Place with over 600 voters coming out to vote for their favourite work by amateur and professional photographers.

 

Hockenstein's "Method with Dark Clouds" was ultimately selected as the favourite entry, with Blake Jorgensen's "Eric Hjorleifson" coming in second place, and Bruce Rowles's "Jia and the Swedes" placing third.

 

For his efforts, Hockenstein will receive a heli-skiing trip with Coast Range Heliskiing.

 

 

Dig out your reading glasses...

With a dizzying array of winter activities on offer in Whistler, it's easy to neglect the more sedentary intellectual hobbies, like reading, in favour of the snowy slopes. But literary lovers can get their feet wet once again at the upcoming Whistler Reads event, which is being held on Thursday, March 19 at Nita Lake Lodge.

 

The local literary group will host a discussion about Mohsin Hamid's "The Reluctant Fundamentalist," a short work of fiction that focuses on a chance encounter between two strangers. Graham E. Fuller, a writer, analyst, lecturer and consultant on Muslim world affairs, will be leading the book discussion. He served 20 years as a CIA operations officer and later acted as vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA. He has lived in Turkey, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, North Yemen and Afghanistan, and now lives in Squamish.

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