Tommy’s hosts Bartender Challenge
Hope you’re thirsty for Tommy Africa’s special Master of His Craft ‘90s party edition of the club’s successful Bartender Challenge series. Starting at 9:30 p.m., on Thursday (Sept. 12), local mixologists vie for top honours, while Chili Thom, Fidel Cashflow and others lay down some bumping ‘90s tunes. There will also be tons of prizes for the best retro outfits.
WAG K9 Wine and Dine
Prove that dogs truly are man’s best friend and take yours out for a special dinner at this year’s K9 Wine and Dine at the Four Seasons on Saturday (Sept. 14) from 6 to 9 p.m.
The canine culinary event is Whistler Animal Galore’s annual fundraiser, and gives hungry pups the chance to feast on a three-course meal. After the furry contingent is served, WAG volunteers will care for the dogs while their owners get to enjoy a sumptuous buffet prepared by the Four Seasons.
Tickets are $45 for people and $20 for pooches, available at the Whistler Animal Shelter, or by calling 604-935-8364.
Easy Star All-Stars
Reggae collective Easy Star All-Stars, famous for reinterpreting the Pink Floyd album Dark Side of the Moon, are at the GLC Saturday (Sept. 14) starting at 9:30 p.m. Celebrate the 10th anniversary of that recording - which still sits on the Billboard reggae charts - with a full, live performance of Dub Side of the Moon, plus songs from the group’s covers of Radiohead, the Beatles and more. Tickets are $20 at the door.
Artists in Wonderland
Dig out your wackiest and most flamboyant hat to take part in the upcoming Artists in Wonderland fundraiser for the Whistler Arts Council (WAC) on Sunday (Sept. 15). The Mad Hatter-themed event celebrates local arts and culture, and features artistic edible chef creations, Namasthe tea, DJ music by Chili Thom, harp music by Alison Hunter, silent auction, 50/50 draw and much more. Even if you don’t have a stylin’ chapeau, you can create one during the party at a hat-making workshop. The fun all goes down from 4 to 7 p.m. at Nita Lake Lodge’s Cure Lounge, which will be transformed into an outrageous and fantastic Wonderland straight out of the Alice books. Admission is $50 and can be purchased at Scotiabank, Millennium Place, or online at artswhistler.com.
Film Movement Series: The Iran Job
The Whistler Public Library’s Film Movement series continues on Monday (Sept. 16) with the documentary film The Iran Job at 7 p.m. The flick follows an American basketball player as he accepts a job with an upstart leage in Iran. The film is unrated and may not be suitable for minors.
Community Kitchens cooking class
Monday (Sept. 16) you can learn how to prepare delicious eggs in a nest of veggies during a $10 cooking class (free for financially restricted folks) at 1519 Spring Creek Road hosted by Whistler Community Services. Email email@example.com for info, or to register.
Painting workshops in plein air
This Federation of Canadian Artists dream event brings top North American painters to the Sea to Sky to teach five days of classes for both small and large groups in the scenic outdoor beauty of Whistler and Pemberton.
Instructors include landscape painter Michael Workman from Utah, California plein-air colourist Camille Przewodek and watercolour master Michael Reardon, out of Oakland.
The workshops also include an evening social, a photography show, group critiques, a gallery tour, a banquet and more.
The Whistler 2013 Workshop starts Monday (Sept. 16) and concludes next Saturday (Sept. 21). Registration costs $650. Go to www.artists.ca to register, or for more information.
Bliss N Eso
Award-winning Aussie hip-hop act Bliss N Eso play Garfinkel’s on Tuesday (Sept. 17) with doors opening at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20, available at Billabong, Showcase, Garf’s or online at www.ticketzone.com.