Arts Whistler Live! lineup unveiled

Also in arts briefs: Whistler Reads hosts event, Rocky Horror Picture Show hits the big screen

The Arts Whistler Live! performance series is set to kick off next month featuring a beloved children’s performer, an improv comedy team and plenty of musical acts, the organization revealed last week.

The annual series is set to kick off on Nov. 2 at the Maury Young Arts Centre with a show by Vancouver party-starters Five Alarm Funk.

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That will be followed by the family friendly The Canada Show: A Monster Theatre production on Nov. 18, Vancouver folk act The Paperboys on Dec. 15 and indie-pop act Belle Game on Jan. 12.

Improv group Vancouver TheatreSports League will hit the stage on Jan. 25, while Fred Penner will perform a family show on Feb. 3 followed by an “after dark” performance later that evening. Rounding out the series will be Roots & Grooves on Feb. 14, Th’owxiya The Hungry Feast Dish: An Axis Theatre Production on Feb. 18 and Brain & Other Stories on March 10.

“There truly is something for everyone with Arts Whistler Live!, an eclectic mix of music, theatre and comedy with one vital thing in common — the performances are always excellent,” the organization said, in a release. “While we all enjoy a good Netflix session, shake up those long winter nights with acclaimed live entertainment at the arts centre.”

Keep an eye on artswhistler.com for more information on prices and tickets.

Whistler Reads hosts reading event

Humanitarian and physician Dr. James Maskalyk is coming to Whistler on Thursday (Oct. 19) to discuss his new book Life on the Ground Floor: Letters from the Edge of Emergency Medicine.

The book offers “deeply personal insights into modern-day medical practice with all of its paradoxes, ambiguities and uncertainties,” according to a release.

The new book comes on the heels of his last book, Six Months in Sudan: A Young Doctor in a War-Torn Village, a look at what it’s like to work in the African country.

Leanne Hutchins, program administrator for Whistler Reads, will host the event and bring her own experience of working with the Red Cross in Africa to the conversation.  

The event will take place at the Audain Art Museum from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Tickets are available at bookbuffet.com.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show to screen

Arts Whistler is hosting a screening of cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show on Oct. 28.

The 19-plus crowd is encouraged to wear costumes, bring props and make some noise. (There will also be prop bags available for $3). For those unfamiliar with the film — a favourite around Halloween — follows a couple who have car problems and seek help at the creepy mansion of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Along the way, they meet a collection of wild characters, including Frank-N-Furter’s creation — “Rocky.”

Doors at the Maury Young Arts Centre will open at 8 p.m. with the show starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 ahead of time and $20 at the door. Get them at artswhistler.com.

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