• Scattered clouds
  • 46°
    Scattered clouds

Arts & Culture

Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
Selena Everson, right, sings with Barbara Searles, ANS President Freda Westman and Lillian Austin, left, during a sit-in outside of Sen. Lesil McGuire's offfice at the Capitol on Sunday. The protest was organized to support House Bill 216, which passed the Senate early Monday morning. The bill recognizes 20 Alaska Native languages as official state languages.

HB 216 and the emotions of language revitalization

In the long hours of waiting for the State of Alaska to recognize Alaska Native Languages as equals to English, the group of advocates for the bill laughed as hard as we ever had. It is a coping mechanism. It's medicine.


Symphony announces finalists for conductor position

The Juneau Symphony has announced the three final candidates for the position of conductor of the Juneau Symphony.
Amy Fletcher

Author Straley to visit Juneau this weekend

After publishing his sixth successful crime novel in 2001, Sitka writer John Straley was ready for a change.
Amy Fletcher

Without a net: Festival showcases the fearless art of improv

I'm terrified of improvisation.

Pioneers for pioneers: Music legends Chick Corea and Bela Fleck play Alaska

Not many nationally touring acts brave the distance, logistics and, frankly, sometimes perilous landings that accompany performing in Juneau - let alone world-renowned musicians like Chick Corea and Bela Fleck.
Geoff Kirsch

Ripples in the water

For University of Alaska Southeast Assistant Professor of English and poet Emily Wall, literary journals aren't a simple agglomeration of writing, but rather represent the razor-sharp edge of art set in a temporally present frame.

Art in unusual places

The Empire's Arts & Culture section welcomes reader-submitted images of art in unusual or unexpected places.

National Poetry Month: John Straley

ANVILS By John Straley Down the road, curtains billow out open windows, and the boys delivering eggs have the collars of their coats turned up waiting for tiny b.b.s to begin falling.

In the Stacks: New chapter books

New chapter books include new books from Edgar Award winner Blue Balliett ("Hold Fast"), "Deltora Quest" author Emily Rodda ("The Golden Door"), and E.B. White award-winner Natalie Babbit ("The Moon over High Street") as well as the books...
Kathy Ward

Art of Place series concludes Friday with Happy Time

The final event in the fourth season of the Art of Place presentation series will be held this Friday, April 25 at the University of Alaska Southeast.

Juneau Cabaret scheduled for Sunday

An evening of cabaret music performed by Juneau vocalists and accompanists will be held Sunday, April 27, at Rockwell beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is pay-as-you-can.

Juneau Jazz & Classics begins May 2 with Dave Bromberg

This year's Juneau Jazz & Classics festival begins next week, May 2, with a performance by American "roots music" icon David Bromberg. The 17-day festival will conclude with a grand finale performance on May 17 by Manhattan Transfer.

Artists, merchants, food venders: time to register for Community Day on Campus

Community artists, nonprofits, merchants and food venders are invited register now to reserve a spot for Community Day on Campus, a community event highlighting the arts in Juneau.

Performers needed for UAS "lip dub" video Saturday

A "lip dub" video will be filmed on the University of Alaska Southeast campus on Saturday, April 26, starting at 11 a.m. in Mourant Cafeteria. Performers of all kinds are needed for filming day, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

Perseverance Theatre's Young Company presents 'The Odyssey'

Perseverance Theatre's Young Company will present Gregory A. Falls' adaptation of Homer's "The Odyssey" on the Second Stage April 24-29. Written down sometime between 800 and 600 BCE, "The Odyssey" is one of the best-known works of ancient...

Discovery Southeast to celebrate 25 years Saturday

Discovery Southeast will celebrate its 25th anniversary this Saturday with a celebration and banquet at Centennial Hall, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Two "Percent for Art" projects announced

The Alaska State Council on the Arts, on behalf of the University of Alaska Anchorage, has announced application requests for exterior and interior public artwork to be commissioned for two different public buildings: the new Alaska...

Local production company wins Telly Award

Jireh Productions of Juneau was named a bronze winner in the 35th Annual Telly Awards for their commercial "One Store" created for Orion Sporting Goods in Sitka.

Arts calendar

Events & Music THURSDAY, April 24 Storytime, 11 a.m., Douglas library. Details: 586-5267. Fourth Thursday TEDx Talks, 6 p.m., downtown library. Improv Festival, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., McPhetres Hall. Details: http://asifest.


  • Switchboard: 907-586-3740
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-586-3740
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-586-3028
  • Business Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-523-2230
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback