Art and Entertainment
I must begin with a small request: please forgive me if I become a little over enthusiastic with this month’s events; allow the odd yippee and permit me at least one woohoo. In March I will become a fully fledged Canadian and it seems the whole of Fernie wants to celebrate with me in true northern style. It might not be Canada Day just yet, but for Fernie, March could be called Canada Month. From our beloved annual winter festival to Canadian film and provincial hockey, March is one long Canuck party. It’s time to giv’er.
If the hills were alive with the sound of music, what kind would tickle the Griz’s pelt? It’s hard to imagine him being classy enough for jazz, and Latin rhythms would be too steamy for Fernie’s snow deity.
March 1: Caught in a Utah canyon, Aron Ralston was faced with an unthinkable decision: die or hack off a limb and—maybe—survive.
Well, this recent run I had with Canada Reads 2011 is something I sure never envisioned for myself.
From national and international ice stars to extreme sports adventurers and even an Olympian and Paralympian, there's no limit to the sporting heights that can be reached if you start out in the Elk Valley.
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.