Arts & Culture in brief

Posted: Thursday, January 17, 2008

Roughhouse boxing to feature cage-style fighting on Friday

Longtime boxing promoter Bob Haag will bring cage-style fighting to Juneau at 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Marlintini's Lounge. This will be the first-ever boxing card in Juneau where there is no smoking.

The fight card will feature six to eight regular boxing matches between the best fighters from Juneau and Ketchikan, Haag said.

The promoter says he did not like cage fighting when it first appeared a few years ago. After judging the Alaska Fighting Championship in Anchorage for three years, and watching its popularity on a national level, he agrees cage fighting is here to stay.

"Juneau is ready for this," Haag said. "My fans want to see it."

Ketchikan had its first show in January. Ketchikan promoter Jack Duckworth said his fans love it.

Admission is $25 general admission and $38 ringside. Call 789-0799 for more information.

Tickets now on sale for Wearable Art Extravaganza

Tickets are now on sale for the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council's eighth annual Wearable Art Extravaganza, which has now expanded to include two shows on Feb. 9 and 10 at Centennial Hall.

On Feb. 9, Collette Costa and Ben Brown will emcee. Sharon Gaiptman and Ron Clarke will host the new Sunday matinee on Feb. 10. Each show offers bar service, including sparkling wine. Premium seating is available in the Flash Zone, which affords a front and center view with cocktail tables and wait staff.

"The two performances give our audiences the choice of an evening over-the-top experience or a matinee that may include tea with crumpets," producer Deborah Smith said. "In the past, we've sold out weeks in advance, so we hope with two performances no one will be turned away."

The annual event raises funds for the student scholarships and individual artist grants that the arts council awards annually. Proceeds from the second performance will be earmarked for renovations converting the old National Guard Armory building to the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration to be held Jan. 21

The Black Awareness Association of Juneau is sponsoring the Martin Luther King Day celebration at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at the Juneau Christian Center, across from Fred Meyer. The theme for the celebration is "What Are You Dreaming Of?"

Participants include Gov. Sarah Palin; Mayor Bruce Botelho; Admiral Gene Brooks; the Revs. Daymond Geary, Richard Green and Mike Rose; the Tongass Alaska Girl Scout Flag Corp.; Kolene James; Sherry Patterson; Michelle Monts; and Ken Cook.

Admission is free. All are invited and encouraged to attend. Call 790-9371.

Visit World Quest 2008for facts, food and fun

World Quest 2008, an annual evening of international trivia and exotic foods sponsored by the Juneau World Affairs Council, will take place from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Jan. 18 at Centennial Hall.

Now in its seventh year and played throughout the country, the game was invented by Jennifer Watson Roberts, a former executive director of the World Affairs Council of Charlotte, N.C. Participants create a team of one to as many people as they'd like to test their knowledge of international affairs, geography, history and culture.

Emceed by Mike Doogan, humorist, columnist, author and state representative, the event features 10 rounds of questions presented verbally and visually, which touch on everything from the United Nations to international law. Categories will be "Current Events," "People in the News," "World Geography" and seven other contemporary topics.

A buffet of international cuisine and a silent auction round out the evening's offerings, with proceeds going to help support the Juneau World Affairs Council year-round program offerings.

Tickets are $50 and are available at Hearthside Books, from individual board members or at the door the evening of the event.

For more information about World Quest 2008, including the 2008 study guide and sample questions, visit, or call Mayor Bruce Botelho at 723-9999.

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