Art and Entertainment
January gets all of the pressure to switch things up, to make fresh starts. The challenge is to carry that initiative into February and beyond. One way to avoid slipping into the same old ruts, however, is to always have something new to look forward to.
February 1: While Welcome to the Rileys may not promise to be a great film, it does promise to be an interesting one.
Human beings have always been fascinated by magicians. Whether it’s the old testament tale of Moses parting the Red Sea or Prospero summoning storms to torment his brother in Shakespeare’s The Tempest, people have always been enamoured of the idea that somewhere out there, there are individuals who can alter the world simply by concentrating really hard and uttering a few magic words.
February’s review is a no-brainer: a book set in Fernie, written by a Fernie writer and published by a Fernie press. Of course, you’re going to read Lisa McGonigle’s ski-bum memoir Snowdrift. With any luck, you can also share a beer with Lisa at the Brickhouse and have her sign your own locally purchased copy. Isn’t Fernie great?
Instead of fighting with your New Year’s resolutions this year why not build something instead? The Raging Elk Cardboard Derby on Saturday 22 at Fernie Alpine Resort is a great opportunity to get together with your partner, friends or kids and enjoy creating your very own masterpiece and a whole host of memories that will last well beyond that ubiquitous list.
January 4: You may have heard folks talking about Mao’s Last Dancer after Indie Films Fernie brought it in last September. This biopic about ballet dancer Li Cunxin is spellbinding, as it follows Cunxin’s journey from a small Chinese village to principal dancer for the Houston Ballet. Mao’s Last Dancer is not perfect—some of the performances are too wooden and some of the scenes are too sentimental—but it hits all of the right notes and the dancing is spectacular.
Other releases: Dinner for Schmucks, Machete & Case 39
It has to be frustrating to have a band halfway around the world taking ownership of your music, songs that you’ve played in front of thousands of sweaty, satisfied fans. And it has to be maddening that this band is so blatant in its plagiarism that it can’t even think of a truly original name.
But Mad Cow, BC/DC guitarist and the artist formerly known as Angus Hung, is pretty blasé about the apparent success of the BC/DC tribute band AC/DC.
Let’s start off the year with a poetry recommendation. Poetry is where I go when I need to slow down and reflect, really absorb the world around me in all its fullness and complexity.
Not so long ago, vampires were seen as predatory beasts; vile creatures who fed off the blood of fair damsels, slept in coffins and hated humanity. It was not until fairly recently (in the last 16 years) that vampires have begun to be viewed more sympathetically in North American popular culture.
Warriors of the Zombie Hamlet: Prose and Poems of the Great Zombie Apocalypse
by Bubba T. Cook
Hello, I'm Adam Rigby, owner/operator of Rigby Sign. I have been operating in Fernie for the last five or six years.
Mr. Bean, man-child, mini-enthusiast and pop-culture icon, first graced British TV screens on January 1, 1990. His television show, simply called Mr. Bean, ran for five years and showed his ability for getting into trouble doing everyday tasks such as going to church and going shopping. It gained a large UK audience pulling in 18.74 million viewers for the 1992 episode The Trouble with Mr. Bean.
What makes Mr. Bean so appealing?
I meant to recommend Here and Gone for its vivid and moving depictions of fishing. Poems about fly-fishing, thought I, this book is made for Fernie readers! But when I sat down to write my column, I found myself consumed, instead, with thoughts of death. Death and life are everywhere in these poems, which shouldn’t be a surprise: poems are always about life and death. However, I’ve never seen the two placed so starkly together. In poems absolutely teeming with life, the presence of death is, every time, uncomfortable and startling.
If all you knew about Colin Linden was that he released his 11th solo album—From the Water—29 years after his first, you could rightly say that he has had a good, solid career.