Luna fliks, hockey star stand-ins and a bear talk 

This week's pick of what to do, hear or see

Last two weeks for LUNA fliks

Thursday evenings just won’t be the same not sitting by Lost Lake watching a film with a gazillion other people. But there’s still two weeks to go to take in the annual summer film series hosted by LUNA. Bring a blanket and take the extended Lost Lake bus service for just 50 cents after 9 p.m. from the Gondola Transit Exchange. $5/$3 with LUNA card.

Thursday, Aug. 24

It’s all Gone Pete Tong . The fall and the rise of Frankie Wilde the deaf DJ who fell from grace in Spain’s clubbing scene after years of pounding music wiped out his hearing. He redeemed himself, spun his way back into the scene and then disappeared. Directed by Canadian Michael Dowse ( Fubar).

Thursday, Aug. 31 Double Bill!

Phil the Alien

Surrounded by hunters, prostitutes, an ex-CIA operative in a town where even children drink hard liquor and carry a gun, an alcoholic alien named Phil comes of age in small-town northern Ontario.

V for Vendetta

Natalie Portman and Hugo Weaving are two surreal do-gooders in a futuristic totalitarian Britain.

Stand back from the Berries

Bear aficionado Michael Allen presents another of his lively, informative bear talks/media show Saturday, Aug. 26. This time it’s all about the girls: Ursus variety. From choosing mates to caring for cubs, Whistler’s female bears are the ultimate single moms encountering and adapting to challenges of living near an international resort.

Michael has spent 20 years observing bears, yet is constantly astounded by the resilience of Whistler’s bear population.

"Follow in the Footprints of Whistler’s Black Bears Boyfriends and Berries — The Biology of Female Black Bears." Saturday, Aug., 26, 7-9 p.m., Maurice Young Millennium Place, $15 adult, $13 senior/student.

You want to play in the big leagues?

Get out the blades and head to Meadow Park Sports Centre this weekend. Vancouver director Ken Hegan ( Remission Impossible, William Shatner Lent Me His Hairpiece) is in town filming a five-minute action comedy and needs adult hockey players and 100 screaming fans.

The winner in Whistler Film Festival’s Whistler stories script contest , Heart of Whistler is about a bored Whistler waiter who discovers her inner Olympian when she must race a frozen human heart to a dying transplant patient.

Adult hockey players with gear and 100 extras (fans) are needed between 1 and 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 at Meadow Park. Potential players and fans should contact Angie Nolan at 1-604-902-2643 for more information.

Dine and Dog

Hoping to raise enough cash for another year, Whistler Animals Galore (WAG) is hosting its fourth annual K9 Wine and Dine fundraiser. Hilton Whistler Resort and Spa is the place for you and your pooch to be Sunday, Aug. 27, 6-9 p.m. The evening will include a three-course dinner for dogs and a buffet for humans, as well as tunes by the Hairfarmers, paw and palm readings by Oracle staff, a canine dog show, a slide show featuring adopted animals, and of course, the silent auction.

"It’s probably the only event where you can go to a fine hotel for a three-course meal and bring your dog and your dog gets a three-course meal as well," said WAG’s Carol Coffey.

About 100 people and 50 canines are expected to attend.

Tickets available at WAG or Hilton Whistler, $45 for humans, $20 for dogs.

Documentary dogma

Whistler Film Festival is adding a two-and-a-half day documentary conference to its annual five-day festival Nov. 30-Dec. 3, 2006. Doc Talk will introduce documentary filmmakers from western Canada to broadcasters from around the world and will include an opportunity for 10 filmmakers to pitch script ideas. Conference sessions will include documentary production and financing, one-on-one meetings, networking lunches and receptions with broadcasters and distributors.

Deadline for applications is Oct. 4, 2006. For more information on how to apply visit www.whistlerfilmfestival.com or call 604-938-3203.

Selling of the bears

Have a hankering for a bear that won’t get into the garbage? Head to Westin Bayshore Resort in Vancouver Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2006. Thirty spirit bears, the brightly painted, life size fiberglass art works placed around Vancouver, Victoria and Whistler will be auctioned off, with benefits going to B.C. Lions Society’s Easter Seal Services and the Canucks for Kids Fund. Tickets are $150 for the event and includes a sit-down meal.

For tickets or more information call, 604.873.1865

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