Posted: Thursday, January 27, 2005

Panhandle to play Friendly Planet before SF festival

JUNEAU -Panhandle Crab-grass Revival Band will play a rare non-bar show at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, at the Friendly Planet.

The venue, 200 Seward St., has a 60-person capacity. A $5 donation will be collected at the door, and all proceeds will go toward the band's upcoming trip to the 2005 San Francisco Bluegrass & Old-Time Festival, Feb. 3-13.

Panhandle played the festival in 2004, as part of a West Coast tour, and was invited back this year.

The band plays Saturday, Feb. 5, at The Plough and the Stars Pub, a famous Irish pub in Second Avenue. They headline a three-band bill on Sunday, Feb. 6, at the Makeout Room, in the Mission District, with All Wrecked Up and Whiskey Puppy. And they play at McGrath's, across the bay in Alameda, on Monday, Feb. 7.

For more information about the festival, visit

Panhandle has a new CD coming out, sometime before the 31st Alaska Folk Festival, April 11-17.

Sons of Norway to host 70th anniversary celebration

JUNEAU -Kim Nesselquist, the executive director and CEO of the Norwegian American Foundation in Seattle, will be the main speaker at the 70th anniversary celebration of the Sons of Norway, Svalbard Lodge #33, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, at the Juneau Yacht Club.

He will speak and lead an open forum on "Norway's Approach to World Peace." The event is free, open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

Co-sponsors are the Sons of Norway and the Juneau World Affairs Council.

Nesselquist was born in Norway. He later became involved in Norwegian politics. The foundation is coordinating all the events nationwide for the 100th anniversary of Norway's independence as a modern democracy. Both events will be celebrated on Jan. 28.

Norway's dissolution from Sweden in 1905 was accomplished without going to war.

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Arts for Kids to host free art workshop Saturday at DZ

JUNEAU - Arts for Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting arts education in Juneau's elementary schools, will host "A Community Arts Celebration" from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, in the Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School commons.

The event is free and open to the public. Anyone can drop in and leave at any time. Some food will be available for sale.

There will be a variety of "make and take home" art projects sponsored by the Alaska State Museum, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, Tlingit and Haida, the Juneau-Douglas High School Art Club, elementary Extended Learning students and the Ravenstail Weaver's Guild.

The projects will include constructing paper dolls with Native regalia, portrait making with mixed media, glass mosaics, garage art painting and yarn basket weaving.

Potters Kathleen Wiest, Marcia Miller and Joe Buck, painter Constance Baltuck Hartle and weaver Vicki Soboleff will be on hand, as will storytellers Greg Brown, George Holly, Gary Waid, Grace Elliot, Margie Hamburger and Liana Young.

First-grade teacher Marcia Liliedahl will help children weave a group wall hanging that will tour the public schools.

Chandonnet signs contract to publish "Gold Rush Grub"

JUNEAU - Juneau writer Ann Chandonnet has signed a contract with the University of Alaska Press in Fairbanks to publish her food history, "Gold Rush Grub." The book will be available in May.

"Gold Rush Grub" presents a panoramic view of comestibles during 50 years of American history - from the cooking of the Forty-Niners to the "snowballs and pepper" of the winter of 1880 in Juneau to the beans and sourdough biscuits of the Klondike.

Miners' menus are contrasted with the delicacies available at hotels and in roadhouses. Recipes range from stewed porcupine to Rabbit Tea. Beverages, holiday fare and housekeeping are all covered in this book.

The volume will be published in hard cover and sell for $34.95. It includes more than 60 contemporary photographs as well as etchings from Harper's Weekly and other periodicals of the time.

For details, the publisher contact is Erica Hill, Ph.D., The University of Alaska Press is a nonprofit press that publishes an average of ten books a year.

Chandonnet's previous titles include "Chief Stephen's Parky," "The Alaska Heritage Seafood Cookbook" and "Alaska's Arts, Crafts and Collectibles."

Perseverance raffle raises $17,500

JUNEAU -Perseverance Theatre held its 21st annual raffle drawing on Sunday, Jan, 16, after the final performance of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

The raffle raised more than $17,500 for the theater's operating budget and exceeded the organization's budgeted goal.

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