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Issue: 2009-12-10

The stories behind Nutcracker

As audience members at the Yukon Arts Centre allow the Christmas tradition of Nutcracker to wash over them – joined, for the first time, by an audience in Dawson City – it would be interesting to note that this is a production...

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Gifts for Wine Lovers

As the Christmas and holiday season roll around, several friends have asked me for gift suggestions for the wine enthusiasts on their gift list. Without knowing the wine tastes of their enthusiast friends, I am hesitant to...

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Vigils bring people together

In Philadelphia to attend a science-fiction convention, I received an email telling me that a young gay teen, Jorge Lopez Mercado had been dismembered, partially burned and decapitated in Puerto Rico.It was also only three weeks...

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Grey Mountain Adventures

As December begins, we reflect on the “High Lights” of November.Unsettled weather, with cloudy nights, high winds and snow flurries, offered few good opportunities for observing. From the observer’s log...

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Mistletoe Made Merry!

Kissing underneath the mistletoe is among the most favourite of traditions celebrated during the holiday season.But where did this unique symbol of the season come from? The interesting telltale folklore of the mistletoe dates...

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From dress rehearsal to final performance

I was lucky enough to be able to see The Soul Menders twice. Because of travel plans, I had to miss opening night and reviewed a dress rehearsal, instead, with all the rules about certain things I couldn’t talk about.One...

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Nicholas Mah, Guitar on Two Wheels

Nicholas Mah is obsessed with music.But obsessions are good: “You know how, when you are an adolescent, you can get obsessed with things?” he asks. “For me, it was music. All I wanted to do was to be a...

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