Issue: 2011-02-03

Barlow Times Two

Have you ever had a relationship so intense that you have to live on opposite sides of the country? If you have, you’ll understand why the Yukon’s Kim Barlow, a renowned cellist and banjo player, likes to keep 8,000 km between her and her Spring Breakup collaborator, former Ontarian now Newfoundland resident Matthias Kom, the …

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Ready to Hit the Broom

It’s Thursday night at Dawson City Curling Club. Club president Akio Saito explains the finer points of the pivoting head on a blue, light-weight curling broom to a teammate who’s contemplating a purchase before this weekend’s 112th International Bonspiel. The annual, open-entry tournament attracts about 16 teams, mostly from Dawson, Whitehorse and other Yukon communities. …

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Play Makers: Produce pains

Wash your produce. We are taught this from a very young age, but it particularly holds true up here in the North. Some of the things I’ve seen people to do in the fruits and veggies department is especially appalling. They squeeze it, they sniff it, they caress it, they poke it, and they throw …

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Learning to Say Hello

Tansi! For those unfamiliar with Aboriginal languages, ‘tansi’ is a friendly greeting in the Cree language somewhat akin to ‘hello’ in English. It is a word used often in one of APTN’s most popular children’s programs, Nehiyawetan. Set to premiere its third season on APTN February 15, Nehiyawetan is an energy-driven, interactive series that invites …

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Affected by Festivals

Coachella, Shambhala, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo! What language am I speaking? I’m speaking music festivals, maaan. We’ve all been to one, and we’ve all earned that piece of clothing we wear proudly like a badge. A band T-shirt is something that will forever be in style. I’ve saved all of mine so my kids can one day …

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To Be a Cicerone

When I grow up I want to be a cicerone. Sigh. The above statement is true. A cicerone is the sommelier of the beer world. A lucky soul who gets to order beer for fine restaurants, recommend parings to chefs, write lengthy articles for beer connoisseur magazines and work in specialty beer stores giving wonderful …

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Star Clusters and Ringed Giants

The month of February offers long, clear, cold nights, and a chance to explore five of the finest star clusters in the Yukon Night Skies. To begin our cosmic journey look high overhead and you will find the constellation of Auriga, the Charioteer. To identify this constellation, locate the brightest star overhead. This will be …

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Orderly Chaos

”Hello, everybody. Welcome to mayhem and madness.” It’s precisely 7 pm and Anton Solomon is just kicking off a rehearsal for the Moving Parts Theatre production of Noises Off, which is scheduled to open 15 days later. “We’ve got two weeks. Lots of time,” Solomon adds encouragingly. For the nine-member cast, this is the most …

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2011 ALFF at a Glance

Among the 25 international and Canadian features at next week’s Available Light Film festival are four of the films the Toronto International Film Festival ranked as “Canada’s top ten” for 2010 (www.tiff.net/topten.ca). The Yukon Film Society’s ninth annual festival will also offer the official selections from three countries for the 2011 Academy Award for best …

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Truths from the Earth

Arlette Alcock is a storyteller. Her stories are hard truths told in song, unapologetic and bare. “I’m a vessel for the stories. I like the narrative. The stories are truths that come from the earth.” In her second visit to the Yukon, Alcock will be one of the featured performers at the 38th annual Skookum …

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