Art & Entertainment

Vanashing and Other Stories

Short stories are an under-appreciated art form. Agents encourage their writers to craft novels instead. Novels sell better.

Posted by Angie Abdou on Feb 27, 2010 in Art & Entertainment

Shred Kelly - I HATE WORK

Every band remembers their first gig.

Posted by admin on Feb 27, 2010 in Art & Entertainment

Widows of Hamilton House by Christina Penner

Christina Penner’s Widows of Hamilton House is both a postmodern ghost story and a postmodern romance. Expect nothing typical. Penner’s beautifully rendered novel leads readers to re-examine their most staid notions of love, family, science, and spirituality. In fact, Widows of Hamilton House challenges our confidence in language itself. In Christina Penner, we find a writer who doesn’t trust words.

Posted by Angie Abdou on Jan 30, 2010 in Art & Entertainment

Matty Westcott and Joel Whalen are Extra.Ordinary.

Matty Westcott

Posted by admin on Jan 30, 2010 in Art & Entertainment

Milk

In 1993 Hollywood produced the movie Philadelphia. It was a film about Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks), a gay lawyer at a prestigious law firm, who was wrongfully dismissed because he has AIDS.

Posted by Andrew Vallance on Jan 30, 2010 in Art & Entertainment

The Wooden Sky

It’s not difficult to see how life in a band is a lot like a marriage. There needs to be certain chemistry between members. Life on the road and the creation of music involves decision-making and compromises for the good of all players, and it’s pretty difficult to continue happily when there isn’t a shared vision of the future. It’s not difficult to see because it is the relationship between people.

Posted by Carolyn Nikodym on Jan 30, 2010 in Art & Entertainment

Fernie Loves Film February!

Like a lot of great ideas, the Fernie Mountain Film Festival was conceived on a skiing trip and born just four months later after an intensive planning process. Four years on, Brian Bell is blown away by the support and interest he’s seen in the festival. He says that selecting the films is still a lot of fun and the possibilities are endless.

Posted by Rebecca Hall on Jan 30, 2010 in Art & Entertainment

RAVE

Have you ever been stared down by a grizzly? Have you looked into a free-flowing river so clear you can make out every grain of sand on the bottom?

Have you ever seen the Flathead River Valley?

When I asked people this question their answer was often “no”. Even people who have lived in Fernie their whole lives. Outside of Fernie, people had never even heard of the Flathead.

Posted by admin on Dec 30, 2009 in Art & Entertainment

The Raven’s Gift: A Scientist, A Shaman, and Their Remarkable Journey through the Siberian Wilderness by Jon Turk

In December, I had the privilege of reading a pre-publication version of Jon Turk’s The Raven’s Gift in manuscript form. This month, we all get the privilege of having Jon launch the real thing right here in Fernie. On January 22, you can hear Jon speak about the trials and tribulations that led to his startling and revelatory third book – a memoir that questions some of Western culture’s primary modes of thought and being.

Posted by Angie Abdou on Dec 30, 2009 in Art & Entertainment

Zombieland

Zombies and film go together like peanut butter and jam. They are a mainstay of the horror movie genre.

The first modern zombie movie, Night of the living Dead, was created independently in 1968 by George Romero. The film is considered a classic and spawned a number of other splatter-flicks including Hell of the Living Dead and Return of the Living Dead.

Romero’s version of the zombie-monster has inspired numerous film-makers in recent times to create such movies as 28 Days Later, a post-apocalyptic gore-fest starring Cillian Murphy, Christopher Eccelston, and Naomi Harris.

Posted by Andrew Vallance on Dec 30, 2009 in Art & Entertainment

Fernie Loves Film!

So you’ve put in a full day on the mountain, you’ve apres’d your ski boots off and you’re scrubbed, buffed and full of sushi. What next? Well, do you know that Fernie has more film screenings per capita than any other town in Canada? Okay, I made that bit up; but it could be true, - we really do love film here, and there’s no shortage of great screenings in more genres than you can shake a snowboard at.

Posted by admin on Dec 30, 2009 in Art & Entertainment

Where You Lay Your Guitar is Home

You walk into a bar on a cold winter’s night and its warmth greets you. Some folks at the back are laughing and talking, but the ones closer to the stage are quiet. You notice the band on stage and immediately recognize something familiar. When the singer’s closed eyes open and alight on you, the moment lasts, like she is singing to you, singing the words right out of you.

Posted by Carolyn Nikodym on Dec 30, 2009 in Art & Entertainment

Mark Kowalchuk

I think I realized that my job in life was to make art when I was in Grade 4. Actually I know it was Grade 4 and I remember the exact moment. We all had a cheesy art task to paint some still life fruit with tempra paints…everyone’s work looked like they had done it with the wrong hand but mine was surprisingly accurate (for a Grade 4). My teacher came up to me and said, “I know what you will be when you grow up.” He was right.

Posted by Fix on Nov 26, 2009 in Art & Entertainment

The Day the Music Lived

We’ve all heard the cries that the music industry is dying, but the cries are more bombastic than anything. Music is older than writing and older than words, and it’s impossible to imagine a world without it. A good band or DJ sets the mood, whether it’s wafting out of a home stereo or blaring out of the bar’s double-stacks.

Posted by Carolyn Nikodym on Nov 26, 2009 in Art & Entertainment

Island Lake Lodge: the cookbook

I buy books for Christmas presents. Always and for everybody. Whenever possible, I stick to Canadian books. For the price of a decent bottle of wine, a book gives the recipient an art object, hours of entertainment, inspiration, a space for productive introspection, a cast of imaginary friends, and an excuse to spend the day curled up by the fire.

Posted by Angie Abdou on Nov 25, 2009 in Art & Entertainment

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