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Posted: Thursday, January 20, 2011

'Singin' in the Rain'  performance to be held Friday

MICHAEL PENN / Michael Penn
MICHAEL PENN / Michael Penn

“Singin’ in the Rain,” a winter cabaret production of Juneau Jazz & Classics, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21 at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.

Jazz pianist Barney McClure, who has been leading a winter cabaret workshop this week, will be joined by local cabaret singers, including: Alyssa Fischer, Rachel Sanders, Pat Belec, Ardyne Womack, Christina Wallace, Shelly Wright, Megan Wright, Tom Melville, Janet Sanbei, Beth Hixson, Kathy Ruddy, Alaska’s Kit, Katrina Lee,, Janet Schempf, Kristina Paulick, Beatrice Caujolle, Siara Kelly, Mary Graham, Myron Welling, Stan Lujan, Amy Lujan, Missouri Smyth, Bonita Rohla, Jill Matheson, John Haywood, Frances Field, Mary Jane Shows, Cheryl Crawford, Marsha Sousa, Christina Bruce and Sarah Johnson.

A no-host bar and complimentary hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

This event is a benefit for Juneau Jazz & Classics. Tickets are $15 for general admission. Purchase tickets online at www.jazzandclassics.org, at the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council Box Office, and at Hearthside Books.

For more information, visit www.jazzandclassics.org.

Coffee & Collections highlights new publication

This month’s Coffee & Collections presentation will feature “The Sword and the Shield: The Defense of Alaska Aboriginal Claims by the Alaska Native Brotherhood,” a new publication by Peter M. Metcalfe with assistance of Kathy Kolkhorst Ruddy, Professor Stephen Langdon, UAA and Richard Dauenhauer. The lecture will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

Metcalfe and Kolkhorst Ruddy will discuss how the successful defense of aboriginal claims by the ANB and its allies deflected, delayed, and in some cases defeated adverse legislation, holding the line until the national climate became more favorable to Native Americans.

Copies of the new publication will be available in the museum gift shop.

Coffee for this series is provided by Heritage Coffee Company.

For more information on this presentation or other upcoming events at the museum, visit www.juneau.org/parkrec/museum or call 586-3572.

Symphony plans pre-concert, planet-themed events

In preparation for their upcoming performances of Gustav Holst’s “The Planets,” the Juneau Symphony will host a series of planet-themed, pre-concert events. The orchestra will be playing Holst’s seven-movement piece on Jan. 29 and 30, and has scheduled presentations in other formats as part of its effort to build awareness of how classical music relates to our everyday lives.

The first event will be “Symphony at the Cinema” Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Gold Town Nickelodeon Theater. The music of “The Planets” has been used in dozens of movies, television shows, commercials and video games and the symphony will highlight a few of these on the big screen. The audience will see the full-length film, “Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit,” plus a few shorts using Holst’s music. Symphony conductors Kyle Wiley Pickett and William Todd Hunt will inform the audience when Holst’s music plays. Admission is $5: children under 12 are $2. There will be a matinee showing at 4 p.m. and an evening showing at 7 p.m.

The second event will be a night at the planetarium on Wednesday, Jan. 26, sponsored by Friends of the Marie Drake Planetarium. Kyle Wiley Pickett will begin with a talk about Holst’s music and its connection to astronomy. This will be followed by the planetarium show, “The Stars Tonight,” and a special presentation on the solar system. The event will run from 6:30-8 p.m. at the planetarium, and admission is free.

The main event will be the Juneau Symphony’s winter concerts on Jan. 29 and Jan. 30, where they will perform Holst’s “The Planets,” Anton Dvorak’s “Scherzo capriccioso” and Mozart’s “Violin Concerto No. 5” featuring youth soloist Ethan Seid. Tickets are on sale now at Hearthside Books and the JACC. For more information, visit www.juneausymphony.org.

On-air memorial for Bob Rose to be held Monday

On Monday, Jan. 24, from 7-9 p.m., KRNN-FM will host a special two-hour on-air memorial for Bob Rose, a longtime volunteer and staff member, who recently passed away of natural causes. The special radio program will feature lots of classical music, as well as selections from operas Rose was involved in.

KRNN will also be opening the microphones and phone lines to allow for personal memories from the public, as well as reading e-mails from some of Rose’s fans. The community is invited to come in to the station and share their thoughts on the air live, or by e-mailing jeff@ktoo.org.

'Sweeney Todd' audtions scheduled for Sunday, Monday

The Juneau Symphony will be holding auditions for a semi-staged concert production of “Sweeney Todd, The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler, tentatively scheduled for Oct. 29 and 30. The symphony is seeking singer-actors for principal and ensemble roles.

Auditions will take place from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 23, and from 7-9:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 24, at Resurrection Lutheran Church.

Participants should bring one or two songs — Sondheim or other modern Broadway preferred — and sheet music; accompanist will be provided.

For an appointment, call the Juneau Symphony at 586-4676 or e-mail val@juneausymphony.org.

For more information, visit www.juneausymphony.org.

Fireside Chat to focus on tsunamis

This week’s Fireside Lecture at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center will focus on “The Great Waves: Tsunamis on the Gulf of Alaska and Inner Channels.”

National Weather Service Forecaster Joel Curtis will lead the audience around the Gulf of Alaska for a look at tsunamis, past and future, as well as discuss different types of tsunamis, how they form, and how scientists evaluate the threat for tsunamis at specific locations.

The lecture will be held twice, at 6:30 p.m. and at 8 p.m., Friday at the visitor center.

For more information, contact Laurie Craig at 789-6635.

City museum, Canvas team up for class

In conjunction with the upcoming “12x12” exhibit at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, the museum has teamed up with the Canvas Art Studio to offer “12x12 Self Portraits with Paint & Word” for youth ages 10 to 16. Participants will create self-portraits with a combination of partial photographs, paint and words with instructors MK MacNaughton and Christy Eriksen from 2-4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 20 from at the Canvas, located at 223 Seward St. All participants are asked to bring at least one photo that can be manipulated.

The cost is $14.44 for youth 10-12, and $19.96 for youth 13-16.

Artwork created in this class may be submitted for the museum’s annual “12x12” Community Art Installation. A completed entry form and entry fee of $12.12 must accompany each entry. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 26.

To register or for more information, contact the city museum at 586-3572 or visit www.juneau.org/parkrec/museum.

Arts Council invites public comment on changes to code

The Alaska State Council on the Arts has invited public comment on its proposed regulation changes in Title 20 of the Alaska Administrative Code, dealing with grant and program requirements administered by the council.

The public is invited to comment on the proposed changes, including the potential costs, by submitting written comments to: Charlotte Fox, Executive Director, Alaska State Council on the Arts, 161 Klevin Street, Suite 102, Anchorage, AK 99508-1506. The comments must be received by 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25.

Those needing special accommodation in order to participate in this process should contact Fox at 269-6610 or 1-888-278-7424 no later than Feb. 11.

For a copy of the proposed regulation changes, contact Fox or go to www.eed.state.ak.us/aksca.

After the public comment period ends, the Alaska State Council on the Arts will either adopt these or other provisions dealing with the same subject, without further notice, or decide to take no action on them. The language of the final regulations may be different from that of the proposed regulations.

Fairbanks groups seek 10-minute plays

The Fairbanks Drama Association and The Looking Glass Group Theatre invite Alaskan residents to send in their best 10-minute plays to be considered for the 10th Annual 8X10 Festival of New Alaskan Plays.

Eight 10-minute plays will be given rehearsed staged readings at the festival, which will be held April 15 and 16 at FDA’s Riverfront Theater in Fairbanks. The contest is open to Alaskan residents only. Other guidelines include: one entry per playwright, one author per play, no musicals or children’s plays, no more than eight actors, and a length between 8 and 12 minutes.

Submissions must be postmarked no later than March 15 and sent to: 8X10 Festival, Fairbanks Drama Association/ Looking Glass Group Theatre, 1852 Second Avenue, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701

For more information, contact Peggy MacDonald Ferguson at 907-456-PLAY or pegferguson@gci.net.

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