Weekend Best Bets

Posted: Friday, January 19, 2001

This might be a good weekend to see "Gypsy," which opens tonight at Perseverance Theatre. There's going to be an incredible amount of stuff happening in the next few weeks, and it'll take some planning to fit it all in.

Next weekend "Fry Tales" opens, as well the Juneau-Douglas Little Theatre comedy, "The Foreigner." And the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council is bringing a Korean drum troupe to town next Saturday. Early February brings art shows, the Juneau Symphony with Linda Rosenthal performing, the Dance The Dark Away weekend events and the Moscow Chamber Orchestra.

I saw a good preview of "Gypsy" this week and it promises to be quite a show. "Gypsy" is remarkably well-cast and there's real chemistry between the players. The band is hot as well.

This really is a family show. There's a buzz about the strip scene near the end, but Gypsy Rose keeps pretty well covered. There's certainly nothing nasty about it. Your average network sitcom is far racier.

As a show about kids, played by kids, and full of catchy music, I think it would appeal to all ages. I'm looking forward to seeing it again.

"Gypsy" runs at 7:30 Thursdays, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 6 p.m. Sunday, through Feb. 18. There's a pay-as-you-can show Wednesday, Feb. 7.

Perseverance is serving free deserts and hot beverages before the shows this Saturday and Sunday, beginning about an hour before the curtain. Folks can hang out in the lobby and visit, drink coffee and eat sweets.

Damon Stuebner's exhibit at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Gallery, "Ellis Island Unrestored," is well worth seeing. He has a couple dozen photographs of the famed immigration center in New York Harbor, which has largely been abandoned since 1954. Well-written text accompanies the photos, with interesting stories about specific people and a good overview of the history of Ellis Island.

Stuebner captures the grandeur of the heyday as well as the decay of the years. Photos show incredible tile work, stone masonry and architecture, as well as a restaurant with grass and bushes growing on the floor. The immigration center's facilities were designed with large windows and skylights, which is ideal lighting for photography.

The gallery is open weekday afternoons. "Ellis Island Unrestored" will be up in the arts council gallery another week.

The arts council is sponsoring a free workshop from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Kodiak Coat Co. in the Emporium Mall to help folks create art for the upcoming "Wearable Arts Extravaganza." Arts council director Sybil Davis said several experienced designers will be on hand to help with ideas or with executing ideas. Several sewing machines, glue guns and other tools will be available.

There will also be materials available, and Davis is looking for more donated materials for artists to use. Fabric, paint, art supplies, tarps - you can call the arts council at 586-2787 if you have any questions or if you have something you think might be useful.

Several more workshops are planned for upcoming weeks. There will be a display of wearable arts in the arts council gallery during February, and Davis is still accepting submissions. There will be a show with models wearing the creations Feb. 24.

On Wednesday the arts council presents the new film "Girlfight" at 7 p.m. at the Juneau- Douglas High School auditorium. This has gotten great reviews. It was produced by John Sayles and Maggie Renzi and their associates, and was written and directed by Karyn Kusama. "Girlfight" won the Grand Jury Prize for best dramatic film at the Sundance Film Festival.



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