Issue: 2010-12-02

Assignment: Fred Penner

About six years ago, Fred Penner came to town and I was very excited. I was freelancing for the Yukon News at the time and I pitched the idea of a profile to my editor. Alas, it had been promised to someone else. But now I am an editor and, when I heard Mr. Penner …

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World of Words: From Dryland to Northland: One Musher’s Tale

According to John Firth’s new book One Mush, Jamaicans hate dogs. So what was Caribbean musher Newton Marshall doing on the Yukon Quest in 2009? One Mush, self-published jointly by Firth and the Jamaica Dogsled Team, tells that story. “I thought it was a great story because of the cultural gap between the beaches of …

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Community Film Showings

There’s a lot happening in Whitehorse at local community venues for film this upcoming week. The Alpine Film Night series returns with a powerful documentary, the Yukon Film Society highlights two features in its Fire Hall Films series, and local filmmaker Max Fraser has scheduled a special showing of six short documentaries. Look at What …

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Artrepreneur: An Uneasy Wonderland

Valerie Salez gives voice to her mixed feelings about beauty in Fourth Nature up at the Yukon Arts Centre. Italian Renaissance grottoes inspired this show. Salez was fascinated by those layered spaces. One generation of art patrons commissioned artists to create “sculptures, murals and architectural friezes” in caves as part of elaborate and controlled gardens. …

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Sharing the Secrets of a Beautiful Craft

If you think those home-tanned moccasins you’ve been eyeing are too expensive, taking one of Shelby Blackjack’s workshops might change your mind. For the past three winters, Blackjack has been teaching Yukoners how to make slippers, mukluks and mittens, in conjunction with the Yukon Arts Centre. “I learned to bead from my grandmother when I …

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