The fourth annual Sound and Motion Spring Arts Series started Friday, Jan. 18. This line-up is the most exciting yet, featuring partnerships with community organizations including the Juneau Symphony, Alaska State Film Library, Woosh Kinaadeiyí Poetry Slam and the Goldtown Theater. For the first time, some events will be held at the UAS Rec center, one of Juneau’s best kept secrets as a great facility for arts events. Student government is sponsoring the visit of one of the best singer-songwriters in the country. San Francisco’s John Elliott will do a concert Friday, Feb. 1 at the Rec and will also be on hand that weekend for workshops with students. On Feb.22 Alaska Constitutional Convention delegate and author Vic Fisher will present on the autobiography of his fascinating life, from Russia to Alaska. Alaskapella will round out the season with a rousing concert in the Egan Lecture Hall on April 26.
Jan. 18, 7 p.m., Egan Lecture Hall
The Symphony and Multimedia
Juneau Symphony Music Director Kyle Pickett and JSO Resident Artist Roald Simonson
Pickett and Simonson will talk about the process and pitfalls of putting together orchestral performances accompanying film. They will also show clips of past collaborations, including the JSO and North State Symphony Our Town Project, and the Juneau Symphony’s upcoming Tenderland film project.
Feb. 1, 7 p.m., UAS Rec Center
The Hereafter is Here
Singer-Songwriter John Elliott
Sponsored by UAS Student Government
San Francisco musician John Elliott’s catchy tunes, clear voice and chill-inducing melodies have been likened to artists from Paul Simon to Ben Gibbard.
“He has a lullaby of a voice that’s likeable and believable. There’s a stylistic melancholy tone and charisma...” wrote Chuck Schiele, of The San Diego Troubadour.
Feb. 8, 7 p.m., Egan Lecture Hall
Treasures from the State Film Library
Damon Stuebner, Alaska State Library Historical Collections
The fourth annual festival of vintage and historical films and videos from the Alaska State Library Historical Collections.
Feb. 15, 7 p.m., Egan Lecture Hall
Woosh Kinaadeiyí Poetry Slam: Sweet and Sour
Kate Laster, UAS student and Jacqueline Boucher, UAS alumni, hosts
In the fourth slam of Woosh Kinaadeiyí’s third season, Juneau’s spoken word artists come together to do battle in the friendliest competition in town. Performers of all types are encouraged to take part in the non-competitive open mic portion of the evening, while original poetry is welcome in the slam. Sign-ups begin at 6:30 p.m., and the show begins at 7:00 p.m.
Feb. 22, 7 p.m., Egan Lecture Hall
Victor Fisher, Author of “To Russia with Love: An Alaskan’s Journey” with Charles Wohlforth; University of Alaska Press
An autobiography that traces the author’s experiences in World War II, his role as a delegate to the Alaska Constitutional Convention and other government appointments, and continuing relationship with Russia. Victor Fisher held several government positions and was on the faculty at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks and Anchorage, where he was director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research.
“Here is an epic memoir that reads like a best-selling thriller. This fast-paced page turner has it all: Russian intrigue, spies, narrow escapes, adventure, political hi-jinx, mavericks, monsters, the birth of Alaskan statehood, and an ongoing love affair that spans the roller-coaster history of the Last Frontier,” wrote R.J. Rubadeau, author of The Fat Man.
March 1, 7 p.m., Rec Center
“The Finger” (El Dedo), Film, Argentina
Sponsored by Global Lens Series, Goldtown Theater
Hidalgo, a slick and ingratiating scion, is eager for the new post of mayor of a remote village. Smelling a rat, Baldomero (a beloved natural leader with a habitually tapping digit) opposes him with his own candidacy — and soon turns up dead. The Global Film Initiative promotes cross-cultural understanding through the medium of cinema and supports the work of new and emerging film directors from around the world.
March 29, 7 p.m., Egan Lecture Hall
College Track 3 Premiere and Panel Discussion
The Alaska College track series shows the challenges faced by rural Alaska Native students on their path toward graduation as they balance cultural obligations with work and school. This is a public television documentary premiere followed by panel discussion with staff, faculty and students.
April 5, 7 p.m., Rec Center
Irene Muller and Band
“Irene’s music is quirky and inventive — locally grown folk rock with a touch of blues. Backed by friends Sammy Burrous, Dale McFarlin and Simon Taylor she’ll share songs from her recent first album ‘Victory’ and more.”
April 19, 7 p.m., Egan Lecture Hall
Tidal Echoes Launch
Tidal Echoes is a literary and art journal that showcases the art and writing of Southeast Alaskans, published by UAS. The 2013 featured author is Richard Dauenhauer and featured artist is UAS Art faculty Jeremy Kane.
“Tidal Echoes is proof that many of Alaska’s finest writers and artists are living in and inspired by Southeast Alaska in all its natural and human glory, and that UAS is the heart of a modern Alaskan creative renaissance.” Heather Lende wrote.
Fri., April 26, 7 p.m., Egan Lecture Hall
Alaskapella A Capella, UAS Student Choir Club
The talented members of Alaskapella will perform classical to pop to parody in vocals-only arrangements.
Sound and Motion 2013 web page: http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sound_motion/