Art and Entertainment

Royalty has been portrayed many different ways in many different films. Royals have been variously presented as benevolent (Mufasa in the Lion King), mentally ill (King George the Third in the Madness of King George), polite (Jack Skellington in the Nightmare before Christmas) and, of course, completely evil and underhanded (Emperor Palpatine in Return of the Jedi, The Queen of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland). There are, however, very few films that portray Kings and Queens as ordinary people just as flawed and vulnerable as the rest of us.

Last month was my one year anniversary column, so I turned to my editor for a little guidance. I could write about the spectacular Canada Day Celebration on Friday 1 at Prentice Park - last year’s event was unanimously voted ‘best ever’ by Fernie’s locals or perhaps I could write about the Furious3, a new staged mountain bike race for Fernie held over Canada Day Weekend.

July 5: It doesn’t take a big stretch of the imagination to figure out what Hobo with a Shotgun is about. Rutger Hauer stars as the titular Hobo who is looking for a fresh start in Hope Town. It sounds like a good idea until he realizes that the town is anything but hopeful, overrun as it is with corruption and violence. He gets himself a shotgun with the money he earned from hobo-exploitation films and embarks on a vengeful mission. Everybody gets it.

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I’ll be in Fernie this month to teach a song writing course at the Fernie Writers’ Conference. There will be nuts and bolts approaches, but some of what I have to say will be about stuff that you can’t teach.

Just about every weekend in June offers a great outdoor event, from the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life on Saturday June 4 to the Annual Lizard Range Disc Golf Tournament on Friday July 1. Athletes can get their run on in Elkford on Sunday June 5 or in Wasa Lake on June 11-12 while bikers will be happy to see the return of the Fernie Mountain Bike Club’s Two-Knee Tuesdays. Fernie Golf and Country Club kick things into gear with the Men’s Pro-Am and Couples Alternate Shot in the second week of the month and Fernie Alpine Resort opens for summer biking on Saturday 25.

Capturing Weather

As the sun sets, a storm brews over Koocanusa. I love the texture in the sky and the cool blue tones of this picture.

Photo by Duane Clemens
6:8 Photography

Fernie can get some spectacular evening thunderstorms. This was captured in 2009 after a beautiful sunny day of biking and fishing.

Photo by Todd Weselake

This month photographers were challenged to Capture Weather.

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When Jesse Northey’s family moved from Fernie to Lethbridge, he was pretty stoked to be heading to a bigger city. Who could blame him? Not only did he get beat up for being a figure skater, but also, he was 16. Whether it’s parents, hometown or school, almost everything seems provincial at 16, no matter where someone grew up.

June 7: Middle-aged couple Tom and Gerri live through Another Year, more blissful and in love than ever. Trouble is, the other people in their lives haven’t been quite as lucky. Some struggle with loneliness, some with alcohol, some with both. While it’s easy to fall into British writer-director Mike Leigh’s films, they are not what you would call “escapism.” He gets so close to his characters, relying on them more than pure plot, that you usually feel like you’ve known them for longer than the length of the film, and—just like real life—some you love, some you don’t.

In 1994 Kevin Smith, comedian, writer, director, comic book nerd and minor celebrity, began his rise to geek stardom with the release of his first film, Clerks. The film was shot in the convenience store where Smith worked, and was about two 20-something clerks discussing their angst-ridden love lives, Star Wars, and how much they hate serving customers, while at the same time failing completely to do their jobs. It was made in black and white and was edited by Smith and his friend Scott Mosier. While it was an admirable first effort, the film was terrible.