Banff film festival this weekend at Skylight

From scaling buildings in Boulder, traversing the East Ridge in Annapurna to a young disabled athlete raising the limits of human achievement on the ski slopes, mountain adventure has many avenues.

This year’s Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour captures them in Hood River at the Skylight Theatre Friday through Sunday only with showtimes at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 5:30 and 8:45 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Films in this year’s tour bring the spirit of adventure to life on the screen. A wide variety of stories — from mountain sports, mountain culture and the environment — will be covered. The tour’s lineup includes films from Canada, the United States, Poland, Norway, Slovakia, the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia.

Tour highlights are plentiful. In “Front Range Freaks - Urban Ape,” renowned climber Timmy O’Neill turns his howmetown of Boulder into a playground where he scales buildings, leaps across walls and hassles locals, all in the name of fun. While on the other side, Kevin Connolly, a 16-year-old champion ski racer who was born with no legs, displays his positive attitude and commitment to racing. For more information, visit the Banff website at

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Director Judie Hanel presents the Steve Braunstein play “The Tangled Skirt” in an unusual theatrical setting, River Daze Café. Here, Bailey Brice (Bruce Howard) arrives at a small town bus station and has a fateful encounter with Rhonda Claire (Desiree Amyx Mackintosh). Small talk turns into a deadly game of cat and mouse and both seek advantage. The actors present the story as a staged reading in the café, where large windows and street lights lend themselves to the bus station setting, according to Hanel. Performances are 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, Saturday, Sept. 30 and Sunday, Oct. 1. (There is no Friday performance.) Tickets available at the door or Waucoma Bookstore: $15 adults, $12 seniors and children under 15. No children under 9. Enlarge

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