The 29th annual Juneau Jazz and Classics festival kicked off Friday night, May 1, as the Jones Family Singers performed in Centennial Hall. The Texas-based gospel group includes Bishop Fred Jones Sr., Fred Jones Jr., Alexis Roberts, Theresa Jones, Velma Davis, Sabrina Freeman, Matthew Hudlin, Ernestine Ray, and Kenneth Freeman. The festival continues through May 16.
The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Safe Routes to School program invites schools statewide to participate in this year's National Bike to School Day. Students in communities across the nation will bike to school on Wednesday, May 6.
Mozart was quite famous as an opera composer. In his short life, beginning at age 11, he composed 22 of them. He was only 3 when his famous predecessor, Handel, died, leaving the operatic scepter for this prodigy to carry into the next generation. Several of the 42 operas by Handel had pitted sopranos Faustina Bordoni and Francesca Cuzzoni against each other. Each had her own claque, and Handel wrote increasingly difficult music for them, giving each the opportunity to outshine the other. It was a bitter rivalry, which resulted in hair-pulling during a 1727 performance.
This Sunday is Mother's Day and I felt it fitting to write something special for my mom. I must confess that my mother and I don't always see eye-to-eye, but she is my mom and I love her very much. As I sat at my desk pondering the topic of this column several examples of why I have a terrific mom came to mind.
The Craig Public Library is one of 10 winners of the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, one of the nation's most prestigious library and museum awards, for its contributions to the community.
For the hundred or so years cruise ships have been visiting Southeast Alaska, the residents of Yakutat haven't been so sure about them. But this summer, prompted by a declining population and economy, the town will come out in force to welcome two shiploads of tourists.
May's First Friday Art Walk includes participation by local businesses gearing up for the tourist season, as well as a four-part opening of summer exhibits at the Juneau Douglas City Museum. Read on for details.
I heard about National Poetry Month the usual way: my Facebook friends. In this case, my friend Alfred A. Knopf publishing. Why am I friends with Knopf publishing on Facebook? I don't know. I'm not sure how it happened. (I suspect algorithms.) But I'm not complaining. For National Poetry Month, they published a poem a day on their Facebook feed and it was most educational. Check out April 22's offering, "Poetry," by Richard Kenney: www.facebook.com/aaknopf.
They divorced and I packed my books, piano music, and journals to move away from the house with the chair by the kitchen window and my secret mountain. I gave my homeless friends the rest of my money and my large, well-organized bundle of bus transfer slips before hugging each of them good-bye.
Photographer and University of Alaska Adjunct Instructor Ron Levy recently had a photograph selected for exhibit in an international Art Festival in Barcelona and Rome. The exhibit is part of the Artists in the World project that is in its second year and has involved hundreds of artists and photographers worldwide.
The 29th annual Juneau Jazz & Classics festival kicks off this weekend with the modern gospel, soul and R&B sounds of the Jones Family Singers Friday night at Centennial Hall, and continues without pause until swing revival band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy plays the same stage May 16. In between, music of many different genres will grace venues traditional and unusual all over town, performed by musicians renowned for their talents. It all happens thanks to the efforts of artistic director Linda Rosenthal, who founded the festival in 1987 along with a small group of musicians and supporters. Here's a quick look at what's happening and who will be performing this year. For full details, visit http://www.jazzandclassics.org,