Weekend Guide - Jan 14-16

Ice, Ice Baby
Ice On Whyte
What: An international ice craving competition featuring artists from China, the Netherlands, Russia, Armenia and Canada.
Why: Warm up with hot beverage with a donation in the YESS café, chill to some live entertainment and watch in awe as snow cravers create a fantasy filled park.  
Where: Festival Park (85 Avenue & 104 Street). Adult Admission is $5, Kids 2-12 are $2.50.
When: Thursday, Jan 13 – Sun, Jan 23. Monday to Friday gates are open 2pm-10pm. On Saturday and Sunday, festival is open from 10am-10pm.

Love Winter Yet?
Winter Light
What: Winter Light captures and celebrates why Edmonton is such a beautiful city.
Why: Still not crazy about winter? This will sway you – a ski/snowboard freestyle competition, a star party, the silver skate festival, glowing ice, ice craving and winter adventure walks.
Where: Stay informed with the downloadable Winter Light Calendar.
When:  Jan 8 – March 5.

A Crafty Statement
The 16% Exhibition
What: The plinths will be empty and labels will tell the story of how a 16% cut to the arts impacts the Alberta Craft Council gallery.
Why: After viewing an empty gallery, head upstairs to view the work of the 2010 Craft Award Recipients.
Where: Alberta Craft Council (10186 106 Street)
When: The 16% Exhibition runs from Jan 15 – March 26, opening reception on Saturday, Jan 15 from 2-4pm. The award-winning crafts will be available for viewing until Feb 19.  

Meet, Tweet & Greet
EPL Celebration
What: Have you met Marty Chan? Here’s your chance to meet the Edmonton Public Library’s 2011 writer in residence. Plus, there will be over 30 writing organizations in attendance chatting about adapting your novel to a screenplay, discussing poetry and sharing an overall love for fiction and non-fiction. Who are all these cool people? Check it out here.
Why: Designed for book and social media lovers, you’re encouraged to bring a book to swap and your phone for a little tweet-tweet (#EPLwriteR).
Where: EPL Whitemud Crossing Branch (4211-106 Street)
When: Saturday, Jan 15 from 2:30-4:30pm.

Live Music
YEG Live
What: A round-of Edmonton’s music scene.
Why: When was the last time you spontaneously stumbled upon live music? Remember how great it was? Small, intimate venues, and artists playing because they love it - music at its best. Go take in a show this weekend.
Where/When: Every night, across Edmonton. For an insanely comprehensive listing of venues and artists, visit yeglive.ca and hit up Edmonton’s music scene.


*image bysanchez & mongiello for the nytimes