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Arts & Culture

Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
Haida carver TJ Young works with apprentice Jerrod Galanin on the Eagle totem pole for the Gajaa Hít building in July. TJ and his brother, Joe, have been working on two poles and a screen to replace the aging ones in front of the building. The totem poles will be erected today at 11:30 a.m. during an event at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall on Willoughby Avenue.

Community invited to Gajaa Hit pole raising

Two totem poles will be raised at the Gajaa Hit building in the Willoughby District today, an event that will be celebrated with a formal ceremony at 11:30 a.m. at the Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall.

by Amy Fletcher

Art in unusual places

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

Alaska-grown improv

As a creative process, improvisation is not unlike dreaming, according to recent research.
Amy Fletcher

Alaskan Style: Form follows function

Form follows function: arguably the most famous mantra for the modern designer.

Opportunities to support new Valley Library include engraved bricks

Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries, a non-profit organization that assists the library with special projects, is helping to raise funds for the ongoing construction of the new Mendenhall Valley Public Library by taking orders for...

Booker season: It's complicated in Calcutta

"The Lives of Others" by Neel Mukherjee is exactly what I'd expect from a Man Booker Prize shortlistee. It's deep, it's complicated and it's rather exuberant with the commas.

Brandenburger practices a 'Grizzly Trade'

Once upon a time, Dale Brandenburger wrote dark fiction. It was when he relaxed and began to incorporate the humor he saw around him into his writing, however, that he came into his own.

Alaska Book Week scheduled for Oct. 4-11

Alaska Center for the Book and 49 Writers, with the assistance of the Alaska State Library and Anchorage Public Libraries, have organized the fourth annual Alaska Book Week, Oct. 4-11.

Artists invited to participate in Downtown Open Studio Tour

A Downtown Open Studio Tour of local artists' workspaces has been planned for Nov. 8, the Saturday after November First Friday, from 12-3 p.m.

Upcoming releases highlight beer and bars of Alaska

Two unusual Alaskan guidebooks are set to be released this fall. In November, Shorefast Editions will release "Beers of the North: A Field Guide to Alaska & the Yukon" by Clint J. Farr, Katie Devereaux and Colleen Mondor.

Arts calendar

EVENTS & MUSIC THURSDAY, Sept. 25 Storytime, 11 a.m., Douglas library. Details: 586-5267. Poetry Omnibus Writing Workshop with Emily Wall, 5-6:30 p.m., JACC. Free. Details: www.jahc.org. Third Thursday family night, 5:30 p.m., Valley...

Poetry Omnibus workshop scheduled for Thursday

Juneau's Poetry OmniBus contest is currently accepting submissions from local poets through Oct. 15. Local poets from fourth grade through adult may enter to have their work considered for placement on Capital City Transit buses.

Daughters of the New Moon to host workshops, performance

Daughters of the New Moon will host five workshops and a dance performance this week, featuring visiting instructor Karim Nagi. Nagi is a native Egyptian drummer, DJ, composer and folk dancer who arrived in the US in high school.

Cohen to debut jazz contrafacts at KRNN concert tonight

KRNN's Alaska Originals Series will host the Rob Cohen Jazz Group tonight, Sept. 25, for an intimate in-studio concert, "Contrafaction.
Amy Fletcher

Evening at Egan to feature sociocultural anthropologist Tom Thornton

This Friday's Evening at Egan lecture will feature Dr. Tom Thornton, who will present "Raven, Rocks, and the Anthropocene: The Bird's-Eye View of Future Earth." His talk begins at 7 p.m. at the Egan Library.

Eagle and Raven totem poles to be raised Monday

A public totem pole raising ceremony will be held Monday, Sept. 29, for two new poles, a Raven and an Eagle pole, created for the Gajaa Hit building in downtown Juneau.

Gross and funny 'Boxtrolls' is the best animated film of the year

There's something about stop motion 3D animation - the not-quite-real textures of skin and hair, the quite real cloth and metal, the subtle gloomy lighting effects - that says "spooky.


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