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Film night in Vankleek Hill

The Arbor Gallery Cultural Centre will be starting a documentary film night series with the first film to be shownMarch 23.The series begins with a Genie award winning documentary called Up the Yangtze, by Chinese Canadian Director Yung Chang. In keep with the gallery’s mission to grow into a full cultural centre, a documentary film night series will be launched on the third Wednesday of the month for the next four months. Films are chosen for their visual beauty, topical interest, and will favour local filmmakers as much as possible. The March 23 presentation will also include one of the co-producers of the film, Mila Aung-Thwin, on hand to answer questions and be part of a discussion after the film. Mila Aung-Thwin is the award winning producer of the films Chairman George and Too Colourful for the League , and is also the co-founder of EyeSteel Film, a Montreal-based film company dedicated to creating social and political change The Arbor Gallery is well known for its winter Speaker Series, as well as art exhibitions. The gallery is now working on bringing much more to the area with fundraisers, concerts, and shows in the works. The gallery is working on an April fool’s fundraiser with a Murder Mystery Dinner theatre on April 1 st . This suspenseful theatrical experience will allow audience members tomingle with the characters, ask questions, and solve the crime. As dinner is served, amurder will unfold and each of six characters will have possiblemotives. After themain course, guests will have the chance to vote on who they think the guilty party is. The final scene unfolds as dessert and coffee is enjoyed, revealing the killer. The actors who have volunteered to be part of this dinner theatre night are all from the Vankleek Hill area and, no doubt, are well DIANE HUNTER

through cinematic expression. Aung-Thwin, a graduate of Laurentian Regional High School in Lachute and McGill University in Montreal, recently returned from being a juror at the Sundance Film festival. Up the Yangtze is about the effects of the building of the Three Gorges Dam in China in 2007-08.This visually gorgeous film focuses on two young people who have been hired to work on a riverboat cruise ship that is floating up the Yangtze. One is a sixteen- year-old girl froma very poor family, who has been forced from their home by the flooding that accompanied the building of the dam. The other is a nineteen-year-old boy, froma more prosperous family, whose experience is quite different. Despite the exotic setting, the larger themes of the filmare ones that many people in our area can relate to: the transition from a farming-based economy to one based on consumer capitalism, the double-edged sword of progress, and the destruction of known to many people in the community. They will all have been through multiple rehearsals with the writer/director of the play, Sandy Hatfield, whose “Doc” McCoy Murder Mystery Productions have been seen bymany audiences over 30 years, in a variety of locations throughout the Laurentians, Ottawa, West Island and Montreal. The murder mystery theatre begins at 6:30 p.m., but people are encouraged to come around 6 p.m. to socialize, enjoy a glass of wine, and read the labels on the five varieties of gourmet spaghetti sauces which are being prepared, especially for this event. The dinner theatre will take place at The Anglican Church Hall in Vankleek Hill which is located just off Highway 34. There is also a house concert scheduled for March 16 at 7:30 p.m., and a documentary film night on March 23, both at the Arbor Gallery. Information on tickets and times can be obtained by calling the Arbor Gallery Cultural Centre at 877-616-5086.

nature in order to provide energy to fuel the economy. The film will begin at 7 p.m. at Arbor Gallery Cultural Centre. There is no charge to attend themovie, and no reservations are

necessary, however, a voluntary donation to the gallery is encouraged. More information can be obtained by contacting the Arbor Gallery Cultural Centre at 877-616-5086 or at 514-209-0259.

New events at the Arbor Gallery

Spiritual study at Arbor Gallery The reason for existence has occupied people’s minds for centuries and over the March 19 weekend, the Arbor Gallery offers a Saturday evening session with Vivianne LaRivière, a multi-media artists with master’s degrees in pastoral and theological studies, as well as being trained in reiki and other disciplines.“There’s More Than One Way to Get There” is the theme for the evening as LaRivière poses questions and observations about spiritual baggage, the importance of forgiveness, and preparing oneself for the spiritual journey after leaving this world. Part of the Arbor Gallery’s 2016 Speaker Series of “Interesting Talks with Interesting People”, the event begins at 7:30 p.m. at the gallery at 36 Home Ave., Vankleek Hill. More details available at 613-678-5086 or at – Gregg Chamberlain

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