Fall arts preview

In his poem “Immortal Autumn,” Archibald Machlesh wrote, “I praise the fall / it is the human season.” This phrase seems particularly apt when applied to the creative activity that takes place in Juneau around this time of year. Most of our major arts groups launch their seasons in September, making the fall an artistically vibrant time of year, and keeping us stimulated and connected at a time when we need it most.


This year’s schedule has plenty to excite the arts lover. In the coming months, you can:

• Watch two of our finest actors, Aaron Elmore and Katie Jensen, take on two of the most famous theatrical roles of all time, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth;

• Listen to one of the world’s most accomplished cellists, Zuill Bailey, perform Bach’s “Six Suites for Unaccompanied Cello;”

• Enjoy a four course meal at the Gold Room while being serenaded by musicians from the Juneau Symphony;

• Tap your toes to the music of “Oklahoma!” and “Hairspray,” productions that involve collaboration between local arts groups;

• Take in a silent film with a live soundtrack performed by local musicians at the Gold Town Nickelodeon.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Locals can hear Beethoven’s Ninth and a brand new opera by Rory Stitt. They can watch a production of Steinback’s classic story “Of Mice and Men” as well as the world premiere of “the road weeps, the well runs dry” by Marcus Gardley. They can gear up to write a novel with the library’s Gather Inspiration series, or get in the holiday spirit with “King Island Christmas,” JDU’s “Nutcracker,” and Theater at Latitude 58’s “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” It’s all happening right here, in our little city.

The listings provided below offer an indication of what to expect from our local arts groups this fall. Please be advised that this information is subject to change; for the latest updates, and for ticket information, visit the web sites of each group, listed at the end of each entry.




The Juneau Symphony has planned an extended program of events this year in celebration of its 50th anniversary that includes four mainstage concerts, four chamber music concerts, four gourmet food events, and a family concert, among other things.

The first event, a wildlife cruise with Kyle Wiley Picket, now in his 13th season with the symphony, takes place this Saturday.

Mainstage concerts:

Oct. 13 and 14: “The Firebird” at the JDHS auditorium. Featuring Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite,” Bernstein’s “Overture to Candide,” and Brahms’ “Violin Concerto” featuring soloist Yevgeny Kutik.

Jan. 26 and 27: “The Tender Land,” at the JDHS auditorium. Featuring Copland’s “Appalachian Spring” and “The Tender Land Suite,” and Bruch’s “Violin Concerto No. 1” featuring youth soloist David Miller

April 6 and 7: “Ode To Joy” at the
JDHS auditorium. Featuring Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Juneau Symphony Chorus.

June 15: “Motown!” at Centennial Hall. With the award winning Motown quartet, Spectrum.

Chamber Music Series:

Sept. 14: Chamber Concert I at
Northern Light United Church. With Sally Schlichting, flute; Lisa Ibias, violin; Sue Kazama, piano; and Mary Watson, piano.

March 2 and 3: Chamber Concert II, The Symphony Showcase, at
UAS Egan Library and Northern Light United Church.

April 20 and 21; Chamber Concert III at the Shrine of St. Therese and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. With Candace Livolsi, harp; Beth Madsen Bradford, voice; and Bill Paulick, horn.

June 29 and 30: Chamber Concert IV at UAS Egan Library. With Alexander Tutanov, piano; and Franz Felkl, violin.

Gourmet Food Series:

Oct. 6: Dinner at the Gold Room. A four-course gourmet dinner created by chef Patrick Benvin at the Baranof Hotel with live music by symphony chamber musicians.

January 19: Chocolate at the Rookery. With chocolate truffles created by Chef Stef and music by symphony chamber musicians.

March 30: Wine Tasting at the Hangar Ballroom. With fine wines from Specialty Imports, appetizers by the Hanger Restaurant and live chamber music.

June 8: Barbeque at the Yacht Club. With pulled pork and ribs from the Spinning Pig and dancing (outside if possible) to the sounds of Motown.

Additional events:

Sept 1: Wildlife Cruise with Kyle Pickett at Don Statter Public Boat Harbor in Auke Bay. Wildlife sight-seeing on board an Allen Marine catamaran with symphony chamber musicians Lisa Ibias, Allen Engstrom, Gou Hua Xia, Tyree Pini, Franz Felkl and Kyle Pickett. Complimentary wine tasting provided by Specialty Imports and hors d’oeuvres.

Jan. 25: Family concert at the
JDHS auditorium. With visiting guest Doctor Noize and the orchestra.

For more, visit www.juneausymphony.org



The Juneau Student Symphony, led by conductor Rick Trostel, is made up of musicians of a wide range of ages, youth through adult. An audition is required to join (visit www.juneausymphony.org/studentsymphony for more).

Nov. 3 and 4: Fall concert at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. Rehearsals begins Sept. 12.

March 9 and 10: Winter concert at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center and Glacier Valley Elementary. Rehearsals begin Jan. 9

For more, visit www.juneausymphony.org/studentsymphony/



The JAHC organizes an annual concert series every fall, as well as a selection of other arts events such as the Wearable Art Extravaganza (listed below under “Other arts events”) and Poetry Out Loud (listed under “Literary Events”). Check their website for the full listings.

Concert Series:

Sept. 24: Riders in the Sky at the
JDHS auditorium. Music, comedy and cowboys.

Oct. 9: New York Polyphony at the TMHS auditorium. Male classical a cappella quartet

Oct. 29: Break of Reality at Centennial Hall. Cello rock quartet.

Feb. 24: Gospel Choir with Rev. Bobby Lewis and Eustace Johnson at the JACC. Workshop Feb. 19-23. Offered in conjunction with Black History Month in collaboration with Juneau Black Awareness Association.

March 17: Ladysmith Black Mambazo at the JDHS auditorium. Grammy Award-winning world music from South Africa known from Paul Simon’s album “Graceland.”

For more, visit jahc.org.



Last year’s featured special guest was Taj Mahal, this year it’s Arlo Guthrie. Though the stars are dazzling, there’s lots more on offer during this extended week of live music.

Sept. 8: Zuill Bailey performance at the University of Alaska Southeast Egan Library. Featuring the complete Bach Suites for Unaccompanied Cello. A benefit for the 2013 Juneau Jazz & Classics Festival.

May 3-18: 27th Annual Juneau Jazz & Classics festival. With headliner Arlo Guthrie on May 3 at Centennial Hall.

For more, visit www.jazzandclassics.org.



Back this year is “Who’s Your Diva?” which premiered last year and this year moves to Centennial Hall to accommodate a larger crowd.

Sept. 15: Who’s Your Diva? at Centennial Hall. Nine local singers compete for the title of Juneau’s top diva.

Nov. 2-4 and 9-11: “Hairspray!” a joint production of Juneau Lyric Opera and Juneau Douglas High School.

For more, visit juneauopera.org.



Highlights from the upcoming season include a brand new opera by Rory Stitt, commissioned by Opera to Go’s William Todd Hunt.

Oct. 20 and 21: Rory Stitt workshop: “Bennu’s Birds – an operatic fantasy” at Northern Light United Church. With music and libretto by Rory Merritt Stitt, commissioned by William Todd Hunt.

Nov. 17 and 18: Amalga Chamber Orchestra in concert. Program to include a Mass by Mozart, an excerpt from Rory Stitt’s new opera, Bennu’s Birds, and Schubert’s “Unfinished Symphony.”

For more, visit www.operatogo.net.



A Juneau Tradition, Gold Street Music is offered the first Saturday of each month of the winter. No longer held on Gold Street, the local music events are held at Resurrection Lutheran Church on Glacier Ave.

Sept. 14 and 15: Mountain Music Fest at the Chilkat Theater at the top of the Mount Roberts Tramway. Two nights this year, featuring touring musician John Lilly and local performers.

Oct 6: First Gold Street Music concert of the season at Resurrection Lutheran Church. With five sets from local musicians including Martha and Jim Stey.

Subsequent concerts take place on the first Saturday of each month of the winter (Nov. 3 and Dec. 1).



Established last year, the KRNN concerts series offer audiences a chance to hear local musicians of different genres perform in an intimate setting (the Gold Town Theater) as well as live interviews with the musicians, presented by different local DJs.

Sept. 26: KRNN Singer/Songwriter Showcase at the Gold Town Nickelodeon. Featuring Liz Snyder, Brooke Morgan, Dean Franck and Irene Muller, with host Angelina Ahrens. Music and conversation.

Nov. 28: KRNN concert: An evening of Soul, Gospel and Blues at the Gold Town Nickelodeon. With host Grace Elliott. Musicians TBA.

For more, visit www.krnn.org



April 8–14: 39th annual Alaska Folk Festival. Guest musicians TBA.

For more, visit akfolkfest.org/


The Alaska Youth Choir (www.alaskayouthchoir.com) also plans music events throughout the year, as does the Juneau Bach Society.

And local bars such as the Rendezvous and Marlintini’s often offer live music events; check their Facebook pages for details.





Theater in the Rough will take on Macbeth for the first time ever, in a production that will feature lots of new costumes created by Aaron Elmore (leather armor figures prominently in this show, he says) and the theater’s cofounders, Elmore and his wife Katie Jensen, in the lead roles. Later on they’ll present a Shakespeare-related new play, “Equivocation.”


Oct 26-Nov. 18: William Shakespeare’s “The Tragedy of MacBeth,” at McPhetres Hall.

Later in the season: “Equivocation” by Bill Cain.

Other events:

Sept. 1: First Annual Friends of Fourth & Gold Spectacular at McPhetres Hall and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. Featuring vocalists Mark Calvert, Brett and Cheryl Crawford, Philippe Damerval, Patricia Hull, Jay Query and Dan and Kathleen Wayne, accompanied by pianists Kim Andrews, Tom Locher and Rosie Humphrey, as well as acting by Theatre In The Rough.

For more, visit www.theatreintherough.org.



Perseverance will present an interesting mix of plays this season, from the classic Steinback story “of Mice and Men” to the brand new play “the road weeps, the well runs dry” by Marcus Gardley.

Sept. 14 – Oct. 7: “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck. Directed by Art Rotch, and starring Kevin Bennett as George and Bostin Christopher as Lennie. Preview performances will run Sept. 9 and 12.

Nov. 9–Dec. 9: “Oklahoma!”
by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Directed by Shona Strauser, with choreography by Juneau Dance Unlimited’s Ricci Adan.

Jan. 11 – Feb. 3: “Betrayal” by Harold Pinter. Directed by Bostin Christopher.

March 8–31: “Seminar” by Theresa Rebeck. Directed by Cynthia Croot.

May 3–26: “the road weeps, the well runs dry,” by Marcus Gardley. Directed by Lydia Fort. A world premiere.

For more, visit www.perseverancetheatre.org.



The theater department at JDHS will be heading to Scotland next summer to perform at the Edinburgh International Festival Fringe, having been invited to join the extremely competitive American High School Theatre Festival, which performs at the Fringe festival every year. They will be presenting “the Fantastiks,” which Juneau audiences will get to preview in May.

Nov. 2-4 and 9-11: “Hairspray,” a joint production with Juneau Lyric Opera.

February: “Annie.”

May: “The Fantastiks.”

For more, visit www.jdhsdrama.com.



Theatre at Latitude 58 began their inaugural season this summer, with a series of radio theater programs produced on KTOO. They have another round planned for this winter, but in the meantime will present two stage productions for all ages.


Nov. 15-18: “Once Upon a Mattress” at the JACC. Directed by Cinnamon Simpson with choreography by Janice Hurley and Ricci Adan, vocal direction by Megan Felts and accompaniment by Luann Schetky. Musical comedy.

Dec. 7-9. 14-16 and 21-24: “ The Best Christmas Pageant Ever” at the Juneau Urgent and Family Care Center. Directed by Cinnamon Simpson, with accompanist Kate Hudson. A family-friendly holiday classic.

Other events:

Oct. 31: Halloween Extravaganza at Juneau Urgent and Family Care. Music, Light Show, Drive In Movies with popcorn.

Dates TBA: Holiday Radio Theater with KTOO. Show to include two plays.

For more, visit www.theateratlatitude58.com.



Last presented in 2010, King Island Christmas is a Juneau tradition.

Nov. 29-Dec. 1 and Dec. 6-9: “King Island Christmas Oratoria” at Aldersgate United Methodist Church and the JACC. This production might also travel to the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2013. The oratorio is based on the children’s book of the same name written by Jean Rogers and illustrated by Rie Muñoz. Libretto by playwright Deborah Brevoort, music by David Friedman. Organized by Deborah Smith, Missouri Smyth and Sharon Gaiptman.



JDU’s production of the Nutcracker Ballet is another annual tradition, showcasing JDU’s advanced dancers.

The dance studio also presents performances throughout the year, sometimes in conjunction with other arts groups, such as the Juneau Student Symphony. This year JDU instructor Ricci Adan will bring her knowledge of musical theater to Perseverance for their production of “Oklahoma!”

Dec. 14, 15 and 16: “The Nutcracker” at the JDHS auditorium. Open auditions Sept. 8.

For more, visit juneaudance.org.



Morally Improv-erished, a local improvisational theater group, schedules workshops and performances throughout the year. New this season is The Improject, a collaborative series held at the Canvas that combines classes with open performances -- a great opportunity for those who want to give improv a try in a low-stress environment, or for those who want to practice their skills in front of a live audience. 

Every second Friday: The Improject, at the Canvas. Free improvisational theater class followed by open performance opportunities.

Every Sunday: UAS Improv Club at the UAS Rec Center. Weekly improv jam that is open to the public. The group sometimes performs on local stages such as Perseverance's Second Stage.

April 18-20: The Alaska State Improv Festival (AS IF!), at McPhetres Hall. Featuring a variety of improv ensembles from Alaska and beyond, including Andy Eninger of The Second City in Chicago. For more, visit www. asifest.com. 



The Wearable Art show, held every year for the past 12 years, has become one of the most popular art events of the year.

Dec. 19-30: Hit the JACC Putt “Fairytales” at the JACC. Miniature gold meets sculpture garden, featuring holes designed by local artists.

Feb. 16 and 17: Wearable Arts Extravaganza “Organix” at Centennial Hall. The 13 annual celebration of wearable works of art.

For more, visit jahc.org.


Other local dance groups include the Juneau International Folkdancers (www.jifdancers.org, TAFY (The Arts For Kids, www.tafy.org) and the Janice Holst School of Dance (www.janicedholst.com).





Evening at Egan lectures are held on the UAS Auke Bay campus on Friday nights throughout the fall, either in the Egan Library or in the Egan Lecture Hall. These talks showcase a wide range of speakers, from authors to artists to political scientists. A new series of talks will be presented in the spring.

Sept. 14: “Breaking Ice for Arctic Oil” with author Ross Coen at Egan Library.

Sept. 21: “Monitoring the Mendenhall Outburst Flood” with Eran Hood, Associate Professor of Environmental Science, and Jason Amundson, Assistant Professor of Geophysics, at Egan Lecture Hall.

Sept. 28: “Israel, the Occupied Territories, and Nonviolent Resistance” with photographer Skip Schiel at Egan Lecture Hall.

Oct. 5: “Big Arts in a Small Town” with Juneau Symphony Music Director Kyle Pickett, Perseverance Theatre Artistic Director Art Rotch, and Juneau Jazz and Classics Founder Linda Rosenthal, at Egan Lecture Hall.

Oct. 12: “Collaborative Research in Southeast Alaska” with Dr. Allison Bidlack, Director, Alaska Coastal Rainforest Center, at Egan Lecture Hall.

Oct. 19: “China’s Legal System: Prospects for Reform” with Professor Alison Conner, University of Hawaii, at Egan Library. This presentation is offered as part of the Juneau World Affairs Council China Forum.

Oct. 26: “UAS in Cuba: A Semester-long search for Che, Hemingway, el Papa’, and the Authentic Tourist,” with UAS students and facilitator Kevin Maier, Assistant Professor of English, at Egan Lecture Hall.

Nov. 2: “What shall we do with our histories?” with Ernestine Hayes, Assistant Professor of English, at Egan Lecture Hall.

Nov. 9: “Human-Caribou Relations from a First Nation’s Perspective” with Randall Tetlichi, Vuntut Gwitch’in First Nation Elder in Residence, at Egan Library.

Nov. 16: “Being Caribou: Five Months on Foot with an Arctic Herd” with author Karsten Heuer, at Egan Library. Heuer’s book, “Being Caribou,” is part of the UAS One Campus-One Book program for 2012.

For more, visit www.uas.alaska.edu/eganlecture/



The Juneau Public Libraries’ Gather Inspiration series, offered for the first time last year, comes a month ahead of NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, in November, with its emphasis on getting down to work. The October series highlights the idea of gathering inspiration from a wide variety of sources and of the library’s role in this process of discovery. Last year’s featured speakers included Peggy Shumaker, Ana Maria Spagna and David Vann. This year, speakers include Pulitzer Prize finalist Mary Doria Russell, local writers Emily Wall and Sarah Isto, and Fairbanks writer Nicole O’Donnell.

Gather Inspiration Series

Oct. 5: First Friday Reception with Teri Sloat, Illustrator and author, at the Downtown Library

Oct. 14: Book Discussion Group on Mary Doria Russell’s books “The Sparrow” and “Thread of Grace” at the Valley Library

Oct. 20” Roblin Gray Davis storytelling workshop at the Douglas Library

Oct. 26: “Live Aboard” reading and book discussion with Emily Wall at the Downtown Library

Oct. 27: “Eat, Drink, and Write” writing workshop with Emily Wall at the Douglas Library

Nov. 10: Reception and presentation with author Mary Doria Russell at the Downtown Library

Dec. 6, “Fur Farms” and “Steam Laundry” readings with authors Sarah Isto and Nicole O’Donnell at the Downtown Library

Dec. 7: “Innovation & Inspiration through Primary Resources” presentation at the Alaska State library with Nicole O’Donnell and others.

Other library events

Sept. 4: Family Night at the Valley Library

Sept. 9: Family Movie Afternoon at the Douglas Library

Sept. 15: CBJ Day of Play at the Valley Library

Sept. 28: Storyteller Pete Griffin at the downtown Library

Sept. 29: The World of Reptiles, presentation at the Valley Library and the Douglas Library.

Ongoing weekly programs

Toddler times are offered at 10 a.m. Mondays at the downtown library and 11 a.m. Mondays at the Valley library. Storytimes are offered at 11 a.m. Wednesdays at the downtown library and 11 a.m. Thursdays at the Douglas library and 11 a.m. Fridays at the Valley library. Toddler and storytimes run through Dec. 15.

For more, visit www.juneau.org/library.



The Juneau World Affairs Council organizes presentations, lectures and panel discussions with the goal of encouraging dialog and understanding of important international, economic, political and social issues. Most presentations are free and the public is welcome.

Sept 20: ‘The Hydropolitics of Palestine and Israel’ with Skip Schiel at the KTOO Studio. A presentation on the controversies and conflict over water allocation in Israel and Palestine.

Oct 3: ‘That troubled African nation’ with Nigerian writer Chris Abani at the KTOO Studio. A presentation on Abani’s experiences as a writer born and raised in Nigeria. Abani has been imprisoned three times for his novels and plays.

Nov 10: Presentation by Farideh Farhi at the KTOO Studio. A presentation on the impact of Iran’s nuclear policy on the region and on Iran. This date also marks the JWAC’s fall meeting.

Dec 5: Presentation by Chris Preble at the KTOO Studio. Preble is the vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute.

Dec 12: Presentation by Jack Perkowski at the KTOO Studio. Perkowski is widely recognized as an expert on doing business in China and on ongoing developments in that country.

Jan 25: • WorldQuest 2013! at Centennial Hal, JWAC’s largest fundraiser.

For more, visit www.jwac.org.



Wildlife Wednesday lecture series

The Alaska Wildlife Alliance, a nonprofit founded by Alaskans in 1978, works to promote the conservation and protection of Alaska’s wildlife.

The Wildlife Wednesday lecture series in Juneau is sponsored by the group’s Southeast chapter, and is organized by AWA Board president Tina Brown, who lives in Juneau. Lectures are offered about once a month on a variety of topics pertaining to Southeast wildlife, and normally begin at 7 p.m., They are free, and refreshments and coffee are served.

Sept.12: “The Dolly Varden Predator Control Program: One of the Greatest Boondoggles in the History of Alaska’s Fisheries,” presented by Bob Armstrong at the UAS Glacier View Room (Egan 221).

Oct.17: A presentation on the Marine Mammal Protection Act by Kate Savage of NOAA at the UAS Glacier View Room (Egan 221).

Nov. 7: A presentation by Michelle Ridgway, Marine Ecologist, Chair of Alaska Chapter of The Explorers Club, at the UAS Glacier View Room (Egan 221).

For more, visit www.akwildlife.org



The Alaska Design Forum lecture series will be back this fall, with talks beginning in October at the Silverbow Backroom. The lecture series, which takes place in Juneau, Fairbanks and Anchorage, features nationally and internationally recognized architects, designers and artists. Board members include local architect Evelyn Rousso of NorthWind Architects.

This year's series is called "HERE: From Global to Hyperlocal." Here's a look at the speakers.

Late October: Raumlaborberlin, architectural collective from Berlin. The eight architects of Raumlaborberlin run an experimental architectural practice, working at the intersection of architecture, city planning, art and urban intervention.

Dec. 7: Plasma Studio, architects from London. This firm's work includes  furniture design, houses, hotels, cultural projects, landscape and urban planning, combining complex geometries with local materials. 

Jan. 9: Takaharu Tezuka, architect from Tokyo. Tezuka and his partner, Yui Tezuka, work on projects ranging from private houses to community building, integrating their spatial designs with the outside environment. 

Jan. 9: Carlo Ratti, engineer and architect from Boston. Italian architect and engineer Ratti teaches at MIT, where he directs the MIT Sensible City Lab.

Feb. 6: Amy Balkin, artist from San Francisco. Balkin's work focuses on how humans create, interact with, and impact the social and material landscapes they inhabit. 

March 6: Snøhetta, architecture firm from Oslo. Snøhetta is an international architecture, landscape architecture, and interior design office based in Oslo and and New York City. Their designs consider a structure’s social experience — how the user enters, passes through, and lives in a building — to be as important as its form.

April 4: LUST, multidisciplinary graphic design from The Hague, Netherlands. LUST works in a broad spectrum of media including traditional printwork and book design, abstract cartography and data-visualisations, new media and interactive installations, and architectural graphics.

For more, check out alaskadesignforum.org.



This monthly event, hosted by Christy NaMee Eriksen and Na Haan, occurs every third Friday.

Sept. 21: Monthly poetry slam and open mic, location changes every month. The slam is open to all poets and the open mic is open to performers of any type.

In October the group will celebrate its second anniversary with a grand slam. Details TBA.




Launched last year by two local women, Amanda Compton and Alida Bus, Mudrooms is a live storytelling event modeled on Anchorage's Arctic Entries. Held once a month, the event features seven-minute personal stories from seven people on a particular theme. Past themes have included "Secrets" and "Cabin Fever."

The first Mudrooms event of the season will be held Oct. 10 at the Holy Trinity sanctuary, at Fourth and Gold Streets downtown. The theme is "Visitors."

For more information, visit mudrooms.org.



Poetry is celebrated nationwide in March. Locally, the Poetry Out Loud competition gets started in the fall, with students working on poems in their classrooms, and culminates in the spring at the state finals, held in Juneau.

Around the same time, Poetry Omnibus will be holding their poetry contest, open to all Juneauites. Poetry Omnibus is a national program that posts poetry on public transportation -- in this case Capital Transit buses.

March 11: Poetry Omnibus local poetry competition, citywide. March 11 is the deadline for local poets to submit their works. Winning poems will be posted on Capital Transit buses for the year.

March 19: Poetry Out Loud state finals at the JACC. Listen to high school students from around the state recite three poems in this live literary competition. The winner moves on to national finals in Washington, D.C.

For more, visit jahc.org.



Two recent additions to the annual arts calendar are the Annual Food Festival, now in its fifth year, and the Capital BrewFest, a brand new offering.

Juneau’s two major music festivals, Juneau Jazz & Classics and the Alaska Folk Festival, are listed above under Music.



Sept. 1: Fifth Annual Food Festival at the JACC. A local celebration of stainability that will include locally grown foods, speakers and workshops.

For more visit jahc.org.



Sept. 15: First-ever Capital BrewFest at the JACC. Featuring local, state, national and international craft beers

For more, visit www.capbrewfest.com




This fall the Gold Town will continue to live up to the great reputation it has been building as a local arts venue in addition to its primary role as an arthouse theater. Back this season are the KRNN live music concerts, which debuted last fall (see listing under “Music,” above), and new this season is the Not-So-Silent film series, which pairs classic silent films with live accompaniment from local musicians.

On the big screen, two upcoming feature films the Gold Town’s Collette Costa recommends in particular are “Sleepwalk With Me,” co-produced and co-written by Ira Glass, opening on Sept. 20, and “Samsura,” the follow-up to the cult sensation, “Baraka,” opening in October. “Samsara,” shot entirely on 70mm film, is a nonverbal documentary filmed over five years in 25 countries.

Film series

DocFest. Eight new documentary feature film releases, which will all play on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays. Upcoming titles and play dates include: “You’ve Been Trumped” (Aug. 27-28 and Sept. 1); “Side By Side” (dates TBA);“Queen of Versailles” (Sept. 3-4 and 8); “5 Broken Cameras” (Sept. 10 -11 and 13); “Meet The Fokkens.” (Sept 17-18 and 22); “Beauty Is Embarrassing” (Sept. 24-25 and 29).

“Explore The Outdoor” Film Festival (aka G.E.T.O.F.F.). Monthly adventure/outdoor films including “40 Days At Base Camp,” “Superheroes of Stoke,” The Telluride Mountain Film Festival, and others.

Alaska-In-Film Week, held Oct. 15-21 to celebrate Alaska Day. Nightly screenings of movies filmed in Alaska, including “Limbo” “Timber Tramps,” ” Claws!” ,and “Flying Saucer.”

Manhattan Shorts Film Fest, Oct. 1 and 2. A short film festival and a competition featuring 8-10 award-winning short films from around the world. Audiences worldwide vote on the best.

The Not-So-Silent Film Series: Classic silent films paired with live accompaniment. Includes Nosferatu with Playboy Spacemen (Bridget Cross & George Kuhar) on Oct. 31, and Steamboat Bill Jr, and Sherlock Jr. with Rumblefish (Andy Ferguson, Sergei Morosan, Erik Chadwell, and Jack Fontenella) on Dec. 1.



The Juneau Underground Motion Picture (JUMP) Society organizes two film festivals annually, in summer and in winter, and this past year celebrated their 10th year of festivals. Both celebrate locally produced short films.

For more, visit jumpsociety.org.



UAS will host an Environmental Film Series every other Thursday evening on the Auke Bay campus. Organized in conjunction with "Environmental Film," a UAS English class, the films are free and open to the public. All begin at 5:30 p.m. 

Sept. 13: "Wall-E," at Egan 112 on the UAS campus.

Sept. 27: "The Cove," at Egan 112.

Oct. 4:  "Manufactured Landscapes," at Egan 112.

Oct. 18: "Maquilopolis," at Egan 112.

Nov. 1: "Gasland," at Egan 112.

Nov. 15: "Being Caribou," at Egan 112.

Nov. 29: "Red Gold," at Egan 112.

For more, www.uas.alaska.edu/calendar/events/humanities/environmentfilmseries.html




Every First Friday, galleries and shops all over downtown present new art exhibits. Opening receptions generally run from 4:30-7 p.m. Check that week’s Empire for more details.

The city’s two main museums, the Juneau Douglas City Museum and the Alaska State Museum, often schedule exhibit openings to coincide with First Friday events, showcasing some of Juneau’s best-known artists in solo shows. Here’s a look at what they have planned in the coming months.



Sept. 15: Parks and Recreation/Museum Day of Play Event at the Museum.

October First Friday: “ The Alaska Native Brotherhood: A Centennial Celebration,” opening with a First Friday reception.

December First Friday: Elizabeth Knecht solo exhibit

January First Friday: Rob Roys solo exhibit.

February First Friday: Trevor Gong solo exhibit.

March First Friday: 12x12 community art exhibit.

May First Friday: Dan Fruits solo exhibit.

For more, visit www.juneau.org/parkrec/museum.



November First Friday: Alaska Positive 2012 exhibit opening. The best of Alaskan photographic art, judged by photographer Holly Andres.

November First Friday: Kristin Link solo exhibition. Link is an artist, naturalist and scientific illustrator from Glennallen.

November First Friday: “Coastal Impressions: A Photographic Journey along Alaska’s Gulf Coast.” The exhibit highlights Alaska’s coast through photographs that represents a range of ecology, geology, geomorphology, and natural forces that create the mosaic of habitats along Alaska’s gulf coast.

Jan. 25: “Nunavut’s Culture on Cloth: Traditional Wall Hangings from Baker Lake.” exhibit opening. A collection of wall hangings created by the women of Baker Lake, curated by Judith Varney-Burch, is a research collaborator to the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center.

February First Friday: Drew Michael solo exhibit and Ben Huff solo exhibit openings. Michael, of Anchorage, is an Alaska Native, Yupik/Inupiaq, and Polish European, mask sculptor. Photographer Huff, of Juneau, explores the people and landscape of Alaska’s Dalton highway in this series.

Other solo artists that will be featured this season, with opening dates TBA, are Nicholas Galanin, a Tlingit/Aleut multi-disciplinary artist from Sitka; Kay Field Parker, Raven’s tail weaver from Juneau; Dick Benedict, a painter from Juneau; Dave Rubin, a painter from Ketchikan; and Nancy P. Burnham, an encaustic painter and sculptor from Ester.

For more, visit www.museums.state.ak.us.



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