Posted: Thursday, January 12, 2006

Fairbanks author Cole to speak at Hearthside

JUNEAU - Fairbanks author Marjorie Kowalski Cole will read from her new book, "Correcting the Landscape," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at the Hearthside Books in Nugget Mall.

Cole's book won Barbara Kingsolver's Bellwether Prize for socially and politically engaged fiction. It follows Gus Traynor, an Alaska newspaper editor who fights the destruction of the natural environment at the hands of big business, tries to solve the murder of a local girl and begins a romance with one of his reporters. The story is set in Fairbanks.

Cole's poetry and fiction have appeared in the Chattahoochee Review, Grain, the Alaska Quarterly Review, the Los Angeles Times, American Poetry Review and Poets & Writers.

JWAC to host WorldQuest 2006 Friday

JUNEAU - The Juneau World Affairs Council will host its annual fundraising event, WorldQuest Juneau 2006, at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at Centennial Hall.

The WorldQuest team game tests contestants' knowledge of world affairs, geography, history, culture, flags, sports, current events, world organizations, countries and more. Each team consists of four to eight players. Most teams are formed in advance of the event, but anyone can attend and join a team.

There are approximately 60 questions, presented orally and visually. Team members have a maximum of one minute to decide on an answer. The team with the highest score wins, and in the event of a tie, one or more elimination rounds will be held.

The event will include exotic foods from around the world, along with a no-host bar. There will also be a silent auction with items from local businesses and individuals.

The event is a precursor to the national high school WorldQuest contest in Washington, D.C., to which the Juneau World Affairs Council will send a student team from Juneau Douglas High School. JWAC also supports the high school's Model United Nations program.

Tickets for the event are $50 and available at Hearthside Books, the Observatory, from council board members and at the door. For further information, call 364-2334.

Upcoming JWAC speakers include:

Feb.1: Douglas Causey, Vice Provost for Research at University of Alaska Anchorage, "Avian Influenza: Alaska at the Crossroads."

Feb. 15: Lt. Gen. Douglas Fraser, Alaska Air Command, "Alaska's Role in America's National Defense;" Feb. 21: "Tuesday Night Travelogue: Touring South Africa and Botswana," with Scott and Denice McPherson.

March 8: Ole Tougaard, EU Fellow at the North Pacific Fisheries Commission, "European Union Environmental Policy: An Overview;" March 22: Karen Mathhias, Canadian Consul for Alaska, "The Canada-U.S. Partnership: An Alaska Perspective."

April 11: Justice Phillip Rapoza, Massachusetts Court of Appeals and Chief Judge, International War Crimes Tribunal, "East Timor, War and Peace in East Timor;" April 25: "Tuesday Night Travelogue: Trekking Transylvania," with Bart Watson; April 26: Robert Wittman, senior investigator of the FBI's Art Crimes Unit, "International Art Theft."

May 5-6: "Juneau World Affairs Forum 2006: Europe Realigned," speakers include Jean-David Levitte, ambassador of France to the United States; Jonathan Clarke, Cato Institute; Desmond Dinan, George Mason School of Public Policy; Thomas Graham, National Security Council; Ronald Wixman, University of Oregon; and Mr. Paul Henze, RAND Corporation; May 16: "Tuesday Night Travelogue: Portals of Portugal," with Elizabeth Selfridge.

Juneau Symphony seeking singers

JUNEAU - The Juneau Symphony is looking for 120 to 150 singers to join the chorus for its upcoming performances of Verdi's "Requiem," 8 p.m. Saturday, April 8, and 3 p.m. Sunday, April 9, at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium.

All singers are welcome to join, and there are no auditions. William Todd Hunt will be the chorus rehearsal conductor, and Bruce Simonson will assist. The work will be sung in Latin.

Vocal scores are now available, and practice compact discs will be available at the rehearsals.

The cost is $30 to register and helps cover rehearsal costs and vocal scores. Singers can register by stopping by the Symphony office located at 522 W. 10th St. or by coming to the first rehearsal on January 30. For more information, call 586-HORN (4676).

Chorus rehearsals will be held from 7:30-9:30 p.m. most Mondays and Thursdays, Jan. 30, Feb. 6, 13, 16, 20, 23 and 27; March 2, 6, 9, 13, 20, 23 and 27; and April 3, at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 740 W. 10th St.

The chorus and orchestra will rehearse together from 7-10 p.m. Thursday, March 30; 7-10 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, April 4, 6 and 7; and 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, April 8.

For more information, visit or call the office at 586-HORN.

Tuesday salsa classes back on at VFW

JUNEAU - Heather Haugland and Antonio Diaz have resumed their Tuesday salsa classes at the VFW Hall.

Beginning classes are 6 to 7:30 p.m. Intermediate classes run 7 to 9:30 p.m. Both cost $10 for adults, $8 for students.

Call 586-5825 for more information.

Rotch to lead visual design workshop

JUNEAU - Set designer and New York University graduate student Art Rotch will lead a theater design workshop for visual artists beginning with an initial meeting at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Ruby Room, on the lower floor of the Emporium Mall. Four more sessions will be held on Mondays.

Rotch has designed the set for Perseverance Theatre's production of "The Crucible" and will also design the space for Opera to GO!'s upcoming presentation of "Don Giovanni." He will discuss dramaturgy and guide artists in transforming text into visual images that can tell a story in a theater space. The workshops are open to students of all ages, and no previous theater experience is necessary.

The four-meeting course costs $60 and is limited to 15 students.

For more information, call Joyce at 321-0885.

Waxman, Houston to lead writing workshops

JUNEAU - The Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries are sponsoring two writing workshops - "Memoir Writing," with Stephanie Waxman, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Feb. 1; and "Landscape as Metaphor," with Pam Houston, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 11.

Both workshops will be held at the downtown library and are free and open to the public.

Waxman has worked in the theater as a director and performer. Her fiction has appeared in "The Missouri Review," "The Bitter Oleander" and "North Dakota Quarterly," among other publications. She teaches in the UCLA Writer's Program.

Houston will also present slides of her writing on Friday, Feb. 10, at the downtown library. She has written many travel publications and several books, "Cowboys are my Weakness," "Waltzing the Cat," "A Little Bit More About Me" and "Sight Hound." For more on Houston, check out

Sons of Norway to install new officers

JUNEAU - The Sons of Norway, Svalbard Lodge, will meet at 5:30 p.m. Sat., Jan. 14, at the Juneau Yacht Club for the installation of their new officers for 2006.

A potluck and meeting will follow the installation.

At 7:30 p.m., poet and writer David Moe will speak on "Norwegians in Alaska." His talk will emphasize Roald Amundsen's flight over the North Pole aboard the airship "Norge;" aviators Bernt Balchen and Carl Eielson; and dog musher Leonhard Seppala.

The event is free and open to the public. Call David at 789-2857 for more information.

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