Posted: Thursday, January 26, 2006

Yaakoosge Daakahidi to host auction

JUNEAU -Artwork by Native artisans and students will be auctioned during an open house for Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School, 3-6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit the school's scholarship fund and its totemic house screen project, led by David R. Boxley.

Boxley and Doug Chilton will have work in the show, as will Jim Fowler, Sue Kraft, Jon Van Zyle and others.

The alternative high school moved into a new building last fall at 1208 Glacier Ave. Now in its 11th year, the school serves 140 students.

Arts for Kids to put on 2nd arts celebration

JUNEAU -Arts for Kids will hold its second annual free Community Arts Celebration from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School commons.

More than 500 kids attended last year's event. Arts for Kids is a group of Juneau parents, school district personnel and community members who have joined together to support the arts in Juneau public schools.

The hands-on activities for kids will include: blind drawings using chalk pastels with multimedia artist Heidi Reifenstein; pencil drawings of birds with science illustrator Kathy Hocker; branch weaving with Auke Bay teacher Marcia Liliedahl and Harborview Elementary teacher Erin Mitchell; clay-hand building with ceramic artist Kathy Wiest; two-dimensional construction paper still lifes with painter and Juneau-Douglas City museum director Jane Lindsey; leather wrist bands, paper crafts and pouches for treasure with art teachers Marianne Manning and Jan Neimeyer, student Troy Choquette and Juneau-Douglas High School art club members; clay on potter's wheels with ceramic artists Joe Buck and Marcia Miller; charms from modeling clay in the traditional Inupiat style with graphic designer Elizabeth Knecht.

The afternoon will also include art demonstrations by pastel artist Barbara Craver, pysanky artist Charlie Detjen, Tlingit carver Doug Chilton and Floyd Dryden Middle School art teacher Linda Vallie.

Davis, Gott to teach 'bedroom burlesque'

JUNEAU - Melissa Davis and Doniece Gott will teach, "Burlesque for the Bedroom: an Exciting Dance Class for Women," a fundraiser for the Pelican Boardwalk Boogie.

Session 1 is from 4-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 28-29. Session 2 is from 4-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 4-5.

All classes will be held at Juneau Dance Unlimited, and the cost of each two-session class is $110.

To register, call Blue at 364-2198 or e-mail blueriley@acs

City Museum gears up for second '12x12'

JUNEAU - Artists of all ages are invited to participate in the Juneau-Douglas City Museum's second annual "12 x 12" installation.

All art must be 12 inches-by-12 inches, ready to hang and dropped off at the museum between noon and 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, Friday, Feb. 24, or Saturday, Feb. 25. Artists are limited to one entry.

Entry forms can be picked up at the Museum, Fourth and Main streets, or downloaded from The form and a $12.12 donation must accompany each submission. The donation will benefit the museum's Art Acquisition Fund.

The exhibit runs from March 2-25. There will be an opening reception from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, March 3, during First Friday.

All artwork must be picked up between noon-4 p.m. Thursday, March 30, Friday, March 31 or Saturday, April 1.

Rasmuson grant deadline set for March 1

JUNEAU - The deadline for the Rasmuson Foundation's biannual Individual Artist Project Award grants is March 1, 2006. Artists from across Alaska are encouraged to apply.

The grants are up to $5,000 for emerging, mid-career or mature artists to accomplish short-term projects that illustrate the development of their work. So far, 49 artists have received grants, totaling $367,176.

The awards are part of the foundation's Arts and Culture Initiative, a 10-year, $20 million investment approved by the board of directors in December 2003. Program guidelines and application information can be found at, by calling (907) 297-2700, or calling toll-free in Alaska, (877) 366-2700.

Ice-Floe seeks poems for journal

JUNEAU - The Alaska-published poetry journal Ice-Floe is accepting poetry submissions.

Submission is free, and the magazine will accept up to five poems at a time. Include a 50-word paragraph of biographic information and a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Send all poems to Ice-Floe: International Poetry of the Far North, P.O. Box 92878, Anchorage, AK 99509-2878, or e-mail to

The deadline is March 7.

8x10 festival looking for 10-minute plays

JUNEAU - The Fairbanks Drama Association and The Looking Glass Group Theatre are inviting Alaska residents to send in their best 10-minute plays to be considered for the 5th Annual 8x10 Festival of New Alaskan Plays.

Eight 10-minute plays will be given rehearsed stage readings at the festival, April 21-22 at the drama association's Riverfront Theater.

The contest is open to Alaska residents only, one entry per playwright and one author per play. Musicals and children's plays will not be accepted. Submit five copies of each script, typed and bound, with pages numbered. The cover page should include the title and playwright and contact information. A cast of characters page with brief character description should follow the cover page, and each play should have no more than eight actors.

Plays should last between eight and 12 minutes. Scripts will not be returned. Electronic submissions and express mail will not be considered.

Send all works to 8x10 Festival, Fairbanks Drama Associa-tion/Looking Glass Group Theatre, 1852 Second Ave., Fairbanks, AK 99701.

The deadline is March 1.

Habitat for Humanity prepares benefit

JUNEAU - Habitat for Humanity will host a Cajun dinner and benefit for its Hurricane Relief Fund at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28, at St. Ann's Hall, Fifth and Harris streets.

Dinner will be served from 6 to 8. The menu includes shrimp etouffe, Cajun pecan halibut and king salmon, red beans, rice, dirty rice, corn maquechoux, Louisiana roasted pecan pie, and French bread baguettes with butter.

Juneau jazz combo Fleet Street will play from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Advance tickets are available at Hearthside Books and cost $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and students, $10 for children and $60 for families. At the door, tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and students, $15 for children and $70 for families.

An auction will also be held throughout the evening.

Poet laureate accepts Web submissions

JUNEAU - Alaska poet laureate Jerah Chadwick is accepting submissions for the Alaska National Poetry Month Web page he will create in April 2006 in conjunction with the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

Poets should send up to three short (less than two pages) poems, and a statement granting Chadwick permission to print the works. Previously published works are fine.

Send all materials to The deadline is Feb. 25.

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