The range of options provided by our arts community is often most evident in the fall, when many arts organizations launch their seasons and the changing weather prompts a shift indoors.
Among the offerings this season are concerts by Hot Club of Cowtown and duets by Bela Fleck and Chick Corea; presentations by visiting author Kij Johnson and by local Mudrooms storytellers; performances of Mozart’s “Requiem” and Tyree Pini’s “New Work for Electric Cello and Orchestra”; and productions of Tennessee Williams’ “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and Rory Merritt Stitt’s “Bennu’s Birds.”
One of the interesting threads that runs through this season is the work of Alexandre Dumas and his son, also named Alexandre Dumas, (formally known as Dumas fils). The Thunder Mountain High School theater department will perform Dumas’ “Three Musketeers;” Theatre in the Rough will perform a play based on Dumas fils’ novel “The Lady of the Camellias;” and Juneau Lyric Opera will perform an opera based on that same Dumas story, Verdi’s “La Traviata.”
It’s also an interesting season for those who wish to explore a less obvious art form: Fashion design. Among the offerings in that realm are the Alaska Design Forum’s lecture series, “Bling,” which focuses on role of ornamentation in contemporary design, from fashion to architecture; a performance and workshop led by artist Sha Sha Higby, who creates intricate, sculptural body costumes (and who previously worked in Juneau with Dave Hunsaker at Naa Kahidi Theater); the ever-changing Juneau Arts & Humanities Council’s Wearable Art Show in February, this year built around the theme of “technicolor;” and finally, a new event, Sealaska Heritage Institute’s indigenous fashion show, part of the 2014 Tináa Art Auction, planned for February. Each of these events touches on the topic of design for the body from a completely different angle.
This season also brings some changes in the lineup: It will be the last for Juneau Symphony conductor Kyle Pickett, who will be moving on to conduct the Topeka Symphony in June, and the first for Sara Radke Brown, as the symphony’s executive director. Also new in their roles are Rosie Humphery as artistic director of Juneau Lyric Opera and Tyree Pini as conductor of the Juneau Student Symphony.
Below is a list of upcoming events, organized by group. Please be advised that this information is not exhaustive and 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.
JUNEAU ARTS & HUMANITIES COUNCIL
The JAHC is celebrating its 40th anniversary with an expanded concert series, featuring guests including musical legends Chick Corea and Bela Fleck and multimedia artist Sha Sha Higby, who combines the artforms of dance and sculpture. The JAHC also organizes a selection of other arts events such as the Wearable Art Extravaganza and Poetry Out Loud. Check their website for the full listings.
Sept. 20: Boston Brass and The Enso Quartet, JDHS Auditorium. “Notes from the Balcony” celebrates Shakespeare’s 500th Anniversary with music inspired by Romeo and Juliet, performed by an ensemble of brass and strings.
Oct. 5: Keola Beamer and R. Carlos Nakai. JDHS Auditorium. Grammy-nominee Keola Beamer on Hawaiian slack key guitar and R. Carlos Nakai on Native American flute.
Nov. 16-17: Sha Sha Higby performance and workshop. Higby, an artist who “approaches dance through the medium of sculpture,” has performed and studied all over the world, including Japan, Bali and India. Her sculptural costumes take an average of two years to make.
Jan. 27: California Guitar Trio & Montreal Guitar Trio, TMHS Auditorium. Six virtuoso guitarists representing four countries, performing jazz, classical, and even surf-rock.
Feb. 17–23: Gospel Choir with Rev. Bobby Lewis & Eustace Johnson, JACC. This annual event includes a week-long workshop and a gospel celebration, and is held in conjunction with Black History Month in collaboration with Juneau Black Awareness Association.
March 7: Ruth Moody, TMHS Auditorium. Moody is a multi-instrumentalist, song-writer and singer and the winner of five Juno awards.
March 25: The Flying Karamazov Brothers, JDHS Auditorium. Tumbling, juggling, dancing, singing, comedy and more.
April 3: yMusic, TMHS Auditorium. Indie classical chamber music with a band aesthetic performed by a sextet of young performers on strings, flute, clarinet and trumpet.
April 28: Chick Corea & Bela Fleck, JDHS Auditorium. Duets by two “living legends.”
For more, visit jahc.org.
JUNEAU JAZZ & CLASSICS
The annual Jazz and Classics festival, now in its 28th year, is held every spring, typically in early May. Under the direction of founder Linda Rosenthal, JJC also organizes concerts throughout the year, such as last week’s performance by cellist Zuill Bailey and pianist Lara Downes. For full information about the spring lineup, check out www.jazzandclassics.org.
Sept. 22: Hot Club of Cowtown, Centennial Hall. This western swing band was a super popular guest artist at the 30th annual Alaska Folk Festival in 2004.
Oct. 20-25: Swingin’ in the Rain” with Barney McClure, JACC. This annual event features five days of workshops led by McClure and a cabaret performance Oct. 25.
Dec. 31: “Swing in the New Year” celebration. Also an annual event, this year’s celebration will feature the Thunder Mountain Big Band.
For more, visit www.jazzandclassics.org.
JUNEAU LYRIC OPERA
JLO is now under the direction of Rosie Humphery, a well-known local performer. This fall’s events include this weekend’s highly popular “Who’s Your Diva?,” event, a fundraiser for JLO, and “La Traviata,” Verdi’s opera in three acts based on a play adapted from a novel by Alexandre Dumas.
Sept. 7: Who’s Your Diva?, JACC. Featuring Callie Conerton, Cameron Brockett, Christina Bruce, Erin Messing, Hannah Hoshide, Leslie Wood, Lori Daniels, Mary Graham and Taylor Vidic. This event premiered in 2011, and showcases local singers, allowing audience members to vote on their favorite through monetary donations.
Sept. 28-29: “La Traviata,” JDHS Auditorium. An opera in three acts by Giuseppe Verdi set to an Italian libretto by Francesco Maria Piave.
For more, visit juneauopera.org.
OPERA TO GO
The Opera To Go season includes a vocal masterclass and a conducting masterclass, the details of which are still being finalized. Also in the lineup is “Seussical,” a musical that will presented in collaboration with Theater at Latitude 58, and the Amalga Chamber Orchestra Concert in November.
Sept. 15: Masterclass by Mark Kratz. Kratz’ recent vocal performances include soloist at the Kennedy Center and Don Jose in the Cinnabar Theater’s “Carmen.” He will be performing in “La Traviata” with JLO this fall as well. The masterclass has space for 8 participants and practically unlimited auditors. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
Nov. 1 and 2: Conducting Masterclass with OTG Artistic Director William Todd Hunt. The class will be divided into two sessions, the first with piano, and the second with instrumentalists.
Nov. 21-25: “Seussical the Musical,” by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, TMHS Auditorium. This musical performance will be a collaboration with Theater at Lattitude 58.
Nov. 23-24: Amalga Chamber Orchestra Concert, Northern Light United Church. Conducted by William Todd Hunt, and featuring Étienne Nicolas Méhul’s “Symphony no. 1,” Ralph Vaughn Williams’ “The Lark Ascending” with Lisa Ibias on violin, and Tyree Pini’s “New Work for Electric Cello and Orchestra.”
Feb. 22-March 1: “Bennu’s Birds,” JDHS Auditorium. This opera for children and adults features music and libretto by former Juneau resident Rory Merritt Stitt.
For more, visit www.operatogo.net.
The 2013-14 symphony season will be the final round of concerts under the baton of Kyle Wiley Pickett, whose departure from the organization will be marked with a Farewell Concert, June 14 and 15. Pickett will be taking a position as conductor with the Topeka Symphony. Heading up the organization as new executive director is Sara Radke Brown, currently a candidate for a Doctor of Music in vocal performance at the Jacobs School of Music.
Oct. 12-13: Russian Romantics, JDHS Auditorium. Conducted by William Todd Hunt and featuring Mussorgsky’s “Scenes from Boris Godunov” and Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 5.”
Feb. 1-2: The Wild West: Symphonic Pops, TMHS Auditorium. Conducted by Kyle Wiley Pickett and featuring Newman’s “How the West was Won,” Grofe’s “Grand Canyon Suite,” Rogers’ Oklahoma Suite,” Copland’s “Billy the Kid,” and E. Bernstein’s “The Magnificent Seven.”
April 5-6: Mozart Requiem, JDHS Auditorium. Conducted by Kyle Wiley Pickett and featuring Dan Pinkston’s ”Symphony No. 2,” Dvorak’s ”Romance, Op. 11” with Lisa Ibias on violin, and Mozart’s “Requiem.”
June 14-15: The Farewell Concert, JDHS Auditorium. Conducted by Kyle Wiley Pickett and featuring Brahms’ “Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor” with Tanya Gabrielian on piano, Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Procession of the Nobles,” from Mlada, and Respighi’s “The Pines of Rome.”
For more, visit www.juneausymphony.org
JUNEAU STUDENT SYMPHONY
The Juneau Student Symphony is made up of musicians of a wide range of ages, youth through adult. They usually perform at least twice a year, sometimes in conjunction with other arts groups. This year the orchestra is under the direction of Tyree Pini, following former JSS conductor Rick Trostel’s move to Oregon. Pini, who teaches music at Thunder Mountain High School, is also a composer, whose work will be featured in Opera To Go’s Amalga Chamber Orchestra Concert at Northern Light United Church in November.
For more, visit www.juneausymphony.org/studentsymphony/
Juneau Cabaret is an evening of cabaret music sung by some of Juneau’s best known voices accompanied by Tom Locher on piano. The event was first held in 2009 has included 14 previous performances.
Sept 15: Juneau Cabaret, Rockwell. Singers will include Dan Wayne, Bobbi Mitchell, Derrick Grimes, Heather M. Mitchell, Becky Bear, Jacque Farnsworth, John Haywood, Katrina Lee, Madi Nolan, Mimi Herrmann, Therese Thibodeau, Tom Melville and longtime cabaret pianist Tom Locher, who will do a duet with drummer David Sheakley.
ALASKA FOLK FESTIVAL
This year the Alaska Folk Festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary, a milestone it shares with the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council. The guest artist for this season has not yet been announced.
April 7-13: 40th annual Alaska Folk Festival, Centennial Hall.
For more, visit akfolkfest.org/
ALASKA YOUTH CHOIR
The Alaska Youth Choir, who recently returned from performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, plans music events throughout the year. Under the artistic direction of Missouri Smyth, the organization is open to young choral singers ages 6 and up.
Oct. 19: Fall Concert, Northern Lights United Church.
For more, visit www.alaskayouthchoir.com.
JUNEAU BACH SOCIETY
The Juneau Bach Society, led by Bruce Simonson, usually performs a couple times a year, focusing on the choral and orchestral repetoire of Johann Sebastian Bach. They welcome musicians of all ages, and hold regular rehearsals at Resurrection Lutheran Church, in downtown Juneau, at 10th and Glacier Avenue.
For more, visit juneaubachsociety.org.
GOLD STREET MUSIC
Gold Street Music is an informal concert series 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. Check the Arts section for details.
MORE LIVE MUSIC
Local bars are another great place to see musicians perform -- both local and visiting. Rockwell, which opened last year, has been one of the hot spots, hosting bands and other events in their upstairs ballroom, which is more like a performance space than a bar. The Rendezvous is also a good place to check, as is the Alaskan Hotel & Bar, the Viking, the Island Pub and, out in the Valley, Marlintini’s. Check each venue’s Facebook pages for details.
THEATER and DANCE
Perseverance opens their 35th season next week with “God of Carnage.” Here’s a look at the full lineup.
Sept. 13-Oct. 6: “God of Carnage,” by Yasmina Reza. A comedy of manners about two married couples meeting to sort out a playground fight between their sons. Winner of the 2009 Tony Award for Best Play.
Nov. 8-Dec. 8, “Treasure Island,” by Ken Ludwig, based on the novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. A classic adventure story built around young Jim Hawkins’ friendship with hero-villain Long John Silver.
Jan. 10-Feb. 2: “Rush at Everlasting,” by Arlitia Jones. A world premiere and Perseverance debut by Alaskan playwright Jones, this play centers on two women in the 1930s who make plans to rob a bank.
March 7-30: “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” by Tennessee Williams. A classic drama, this play tells the story of southern family in crisis, especially the husband and wife, Brick and Maggie “The Cat.”
May 2-25: “Boeing Boeing,” by Marc Camoletti, translated by Beverly Cross and Francis Evans. This Tony award-winning comedy follows the misadventures of Bernard, an American playboy living in Paris who has one Italian, one American and one German flight attendant fiancée.
For more, visit www.perseverancetheatre.org.
THEATRE IN THE ROUGH
Theatre in the Rough will present two comedies this season, “The Lady of the Camellias,” and “Rivals.”
Nov. 1-24: “The Lady of the Camellias,” McPhetres Hall. This play, based on a novel by Alexandre Dumas (fils), centers on two divas and a Russian anarchist in Paris in the 1800s. The story also provides the base for Verdi’s opera “La Traviata.” (See entry for Juneau Lyric Opera.)
March 7-30: “Rivals” McPhetres Hall. Written by Richard Brinsley Sheridan, this comedy of manners focuses on two young lovers and features the character of Mrs. Malaprop, whose tendency to misuse words led to the origin of the word “malapropism.”
For more, visit www.theatreintherough.org.
The Juneau Douglas High School Theatre Department, which brought their production of “Pippin” to the Ediburgh Festival Fringe last month, is gearing up for a new season under the direction of powerhouse Michaela Moore. Dates for their upcoming productions are sill being worked out but the titles are in place.
Fall production: “Almost, Maine” by John Cariani. Nine vignettes about falling in and out of love in a town called Almost.
Winter musical: “Spamalot” by Monty Python. A musical comedy based on “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” Winner of three Tony awards.
Spring production: “The Imaginary Invalid” by Molière. A comedy in three acts that centers on a rich hypochondriac and the quacks who promise to cure him. A theatrical classic that includes dance and music.
For more, visit www.jdhsdrama.com.
Thunder Mountain High School drama department starts out their season with “The Three Musketeers,” under the direction of new leader Barbara Jo Maier. Maier has already teamed up with some interesting collaborators for the season, including Juneau’s anachronistic society, who will help the Musketeers make their sword fight scenes more realistic, and actor/artist/educator Ryan Conarro, who will be helping Maier’s students create puppets and devise stories with seven classrooms at Glacier Valley Elementary School.
Fall production: “The Three Musketeers” by Alexandre Dumas. Dumas’ 1844 novel on which the play is based focuses on the adventures of four friends, Athos, Porthos Aramis and d’Artagnan.
Oct. 24: Puppet storytelling at Glacier Valley, led by students from Thunder Mountain High School and teaching artist Ryan Conarro.
THEATER AT LATITUDE 58
Theater at Latitude 58, a local youth- and family-centered theatrical company directed by Cinnamon Simpson, usually organizes two or three performances a year. Last year’s productions included a Christmas show and “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”
Nov. 21-25: “Seussical the Musical,” by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, TMHS Auditorium. This musical performance, based on the books of Dr. Seuss, will be a collaboration with Opera to Go.
For more, visit www.theateratlatitude58.com.
JUNEAU DANCE UNLIMITED
JDU produces the Nutcracker Ballet in December every year, and usually hosts a spring recital and a performance by Boston-based dance group Weber Dance in the summers. They also offer dance instruction throughout the year, and have recently added classes in Musical Theatre. The fall session runs from Aug. 26-Dec. 20.
December 6-8: “The Nutcracker,” JDHS Auditorium.
For more, visit juneaudance.org.
Morally Improv-erished, a local improvisational theater group, will once again host AS IF -- the Alaska State Improv Festival -- in Juneau, featuring multiple performance groups from Alaska and beyond. The group also schedules workshops and performances throughout the year. This season is a little different, as Morally Improverished mainstays Eric Caldwell and Mike Christenson will be taking their show on the road, with performances already lined up in Hawaii and Anchorage. But before they go, you can catch them at the Hangar Ballroom.
Sept. 13: “Road Warriors of Improv” featuring Eric Caldwell and Mike Christenson, Hangar Ballroom. The duo will perform a classic shortform comedy show and their touring piece, Rorschach Pattern 9.
April 24-27: AS IF, McPhetres Hall, Holy Trinity Church.
OTHER ARTS EVENTS
The Wearable Art show, held every year for the past 13 years, has become one of the most popular art events of the year. The JAHC also organizes the annual Hit the JACC Putt miniture golf course/sculpture garden in December, as well as many other events.
Feb 8 & 9: Wearable Art Show, Centennial Hall. Theme is “Technicolor.”
Dec 18-29: Hit the JACC Putt, JACC. Theme is “Movies” and hole builders are still needed.
For more, visit jahc.org.
PRESENTATIONS AND LITERARY EVENTS
EVENING AT EGAN
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. A new series of talks will be presented in the spring.
Sept. 13: “Changing Shorelines, Early Habitations, and Marine Reptiles of Southeast Alaska,” with geologist Jim Baichtal. Egan Lecture Hall. Baichtal kicks off the series with a presentation on the discovery of 220 million year old Triassic marine reptile fossils from several localities in Southeastern Alaska.
Sept. 20: “The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and Sealaska Lands Legislation,” with Albert Kookesh, Chairman of the Board, Sealaska Corporation. Egan Lecture Hall. A presentation on roadblocks faced by Native corporations when it comes to land rights and the impact on proposed Sealaska Lands Legislation.
Sept. 27: “Outdoor Studies Capstone 2013: Ski Mountaineering in Ecuador,” with Associate Professor of Philosophy Kevin Krein and students Egan Lecture Hall. Members of a January 2013 study group share thoughts and images from their expedition to Ecuador.
Oct. 4: “Modern Slavery: Human Trafficking”: “Not My Life” film and panel, with World Affairs Councils of America, Egan Lecture Hall. A film depicting the practices of global human trafficking and modern slavery will be followed by panel discussion with Robin Bronen of the Alaska Institute for Justice, Juneau FBI Agent Matt Judy, and a member of the Governor’s Task Force on Human Trafficking.
Oct. 11: “Anatomia Italiana: the History of Anatomy, Medicine, and Art along the Italian Peninsula,” with Assistant Professor of Marine Biology Heidi Pearson, Egan Lecture Hall. This presentation will feature the history of anatomy, medical education, and art in the Medieval and Renaissance eras in Italy.
Oct. 18: “The Sinking of the Princess Sophia: a Canadian-American Disaster,” with author Bill Morrison, Egan Lecture Hall. Morrison, co-author of “Sinking of the Princess Sophia: Taking the North Down with Her,” will discuss the sinking of the Canadian ship Princess Sophia near Juneau in 1918, a disaster that killed all 354 passengers and crew. Part of the Juneau World Affairs Council Fall Symposium on Alaska-Canada Relations.
Oct. 25 “People and Forests: Using Behavioral Experiments to Reduce Global Deforestation,” with Assistant Professor of Political Science Glenn Wright, Egan Library. Wright will describe his ongoing simulation research on forest and fisheries governance in Alaska, Bolivia and Uganda.
Nov. 1 “Juneau’s Berner’s Bay: A Living Laboratory for Studying Environmental Change and Social Adaptation,” with Associate Professor Geography Sanjay Pyare and the Alaska EPSCoR Research Team, Egan Lecture Hall. A University of Alaska research team from the Alaska Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research program will present on multi-disciplinary research in Berners Bay.
Nov. 8: “At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Human-animal communication after The Change,” with author Kij Johnson, Egan Library. Johnson, author of the UAS 2013 One Campus One Book selection, will talk about her writing and our attempts and failures to communicate with the “alien intelligences” of animals.
Nov. 15: “Deconstructing Racism: Power and Privilege in our Community,” with Lance (X’unei) A. Twitchell, Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Languages, Egan Lecture Hall. Twitchell and a panel of community leaders will talk about ways to tackle issues of racism, power and privelege.
For more, visit www.uas.alaska.edu/eganlecture/.
SEALSKA HERITAGE INSTITUTE
Sealaska Heritage Institute organizes art events and lectures throughout the year, including Celebration, a major Alaska Native dance and culture festival held every two years. This winter they’ve also organized the Tináa Art Auction, which will showcase work from some of the best-known artists of the Northwest Coast, including Preston Singletary, Robert Davidson, David Boxley, Delores Churchill, and Nathan Jackson. Funds from the auction will benefit the construction of the Walter Soboleff Center.
Feb. 1: 2014 Tináa Art Auction. Events will include the auction of major works and a Alaska Native and American Indian fashion show.
June 11-14: Celebration 2014. Celebration will kick off with the institute’s biennial Juried Art Show and Competition awards ceremony on June 11.
For more, visit www.sealaskaheritage.org.
Now in its third season, Mudrooms continues to grow in popularity and attendance. Founded and hosted by Amanda Compton and Alida Bus, the monthly storytelling event features seven speakers who each speak for seven minutes, prompted by a different theme. Volunteer speakers and musicians are encouraged to participate. This season Mudrooms will move to a new venue, Northern Light United Church at 400 West 11th Street. Here’s a look at the upcoming themes.
Oct. 9: Coming Home, Northern Light United Church.
Nov. 12: Scars, Northern Light United Church.
Dec. 11: Awkward, Northern Light United Church.
Jan. 14: Grace, Northern Light United Church.
Feb. 12: On the Road, Mendenhall Valley venue TBA,
March 11: Wild Life
April 2: Deception
May 13: Close Calls
To find out more, or to sign up, visit mudrooms.org.
ALASKA DESIGN FORUM
This season the Alaska Design Forum’s annual lecture series will focus on the role of ornamentation in contemporary design. The series, “Bling,” will explore the ways various designers -- from fashion designer Steinnun Sigurd of Reykjavik to architect Will Alsop of London -- manipulate materials and the laws of physics to bring beauty to an object and to signify culture and meaning. The Alaska Design Forum lecture series takes place in Juneau, Fairbanks and Anchorage, and features nationally and internationally recognized architects, designers and artists. The final dates for the lectures are still being worked out but here is an initial look.
Jan. 28: Steinnun Sigurd, fashion designer from Reykjavik
March 4: Ball-Nogues Studio, integrated design firm from Los Angeles
March 18: Will Alsop, architect from London
April 8: Supermachine, design firm from Bangkok, Thailand
Dates TBA: Fuhrimann Hächler, architect from Zurich
Solid Objectives, architecture firm from New York
Oliver Hess, artist from Los Angeles
For more, check out alaskadesignforum.org.
JUNEAU PUBLIC LIBRARY
The Juneau Public Libraries offers a range of literary events over the season. visit their online calendar for the latest updates.
Sept. 26: TEDxJuneauLibrary, Downtown Public Library
Nov. 9: Author Visit Kij Johnson, Douglas Library. Johnson is the author of “At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Human-animal communication after The Change,” which is the UAS One Campus One Book selection for 2013.
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.
JUNEAU WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL
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. 11: ‘Alaska-Philippine Relations: Exploring the possibilities’ with Jenny Gomez Strickler, Honorary Alaska Consul to the Philippine, Egan Room at Centennial Hall. Strickler is Juneau’s first female president of the Filipino Community and the first Honorary Consul to the Republic of the Philippines for the State of Alaska.
Jan 24: WorldQuest 2014!, Centennial Hall. This annual event, JWAC’s largest fundraiser, features an international buffet, no-host bar, silent auctions, and a trivia contest.
For more, visit www.jwac.org.
WOOSH KINAADEIYí MONTHLY POETRY SLAM
This monthly event occurs every third Friday in a different location. Directed and founded by Christy NaMee Eriksen, the organization welcome performers of all types for the open mic portion of the evening. Poets of all ages and all levels of ability are encouraged to participate in the slam; slam participants should bring 3 original poems. Winner takes home $25.
For more, visit www.facebook.com/wooshpoetry
MORE LITERARY EVENTS
Local writers Ernestine Hayes and Emily Wall will be reading their Poetry of Place poems this weekend, Sept. 7, in Ketchikan, as part of the dedication for the poems’ placement at Totem Bight State Historical Park. The installation is part of a statewide project organized by the Alaska Center for the Book, in collaboration with Alaskas State Parks. Hayes and Wall will also lead a writing workshop as part of the dedication events.
The Poetry Out Loud competition, also a statewide program, gets started in the fall, with students working on poems in their classrooms. This program culminates in the spring at the state finals, held in Juneau.
Also, Poetry Omnibus hosts an annual poetry contest, open to all Juneauites. Poetry Omnibus is a national program that posts poetry on public transportation -- in this case Capital Transit buses.
For more, visit jahc.org.
GOLD TOWN NICKELODEON
This fall the Gold Town will continue its popular Not-So-Silent film series, which pairs classic silent films with live accompaniment from local musicians. To see the full lineup of films, visit their website at www.goldtownnick.com.
Dates TBA: Not-So-Silent Film, “The Black Pirate,” Gold Town Nickelodeon. The film, starring Douglas Fairbanks, will be accompanied by live music by Rattletrap Ruckus, a four-piece band from Bellingham, Wash.
The theater also hosts a range of other film series, including the Gathr Preview screenings, which give local audiences an early look at feature films.
The Juneau Underground Motion Picture Society hosts two film festivals a year, showcasing about a dozen locally made short films under 10 minutes each. Find out more here: jumpsociety.org.