Every other year, the Stroller White Pipe, Drum and Dance group celebrates Robbie Burns night with a big shindig. This is the year, and Saturday is the night.
The festivities start at 6:30 p.m. at Centennial Hall and the party runs until midnight. The ballrooms will be opened up so the bagpipe-and-drum group can march around. They'll march and play, and play for the dancers as well. They'll play for the haggis, the traditional Scottish main course that will be served.
After music and dinner, David Hunsaker, Joyce Parry Moore and others will sing some Scottish songs and recite poetry written by Burns. Fiddler Rex Blazer and guitarist Lis Saya will play Scottish dance tunes, and Odette Foster will call dances.
It's a night for Burns, but really it's a celebration of Scotland and all things Scottish. Tickets are $20, $15 for UAS students and $10 for kids. The event is sponsored by the Stroller White Pipe, Drum and Dance group.
Dancing of the Spanish variety will be celebrated Saturday night as well. Jose Greco II Flamenco Dance Company will perform at 8 p.m. at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium.
A friend has told me the legends of Jose Greco the elder - how he came to America in the 1950s and 1960s and wowed folks with his Flamenco dance performances. The younger Greco has pursued a career in dance as well. After years of studying ballet, Greco focused on Flamenco. He joined his sister's dance troupe for a few years, then formed his own.
Greco is traveling with five other dancers, a guitarist and a singer.
Tickets are $20, $15 for students and seniors and $12 for kids 12 and under. The event is sponsored by the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council.
Saturday is Live Day. Every year, KTOO-FM celebrates its birthday with a day of live broadcasting. Some years they've hosted concerts in coffeehouses, or Centennial Hall, and broadcast them live. Other years they travel around and do remote broadcasts of various events.
This year, KTOO music director Jeff Brown has set up a series of performances in the studios of KTOO. Folks can tune in, or come down to the station at Whittier and Egan.
During the afternoon, storytellers, poets and musicians will perform. There'll be Irish music and jazz, and ``Prairie Home Companion'' at dinner time.
From 8 p.m. to midnight, a series of musicians will perform every half hour, including Rory Stitt, Buddy Tabor, Jane Roodenburg, Sarah Hanson, John Palmes, and the bands The Cause, Compass Rose and Mudslinger. All of these folks are songwriters and should offer plenty of original music.
Chilkat Weaver Anna Brown Ehlers will demonstrate Chilkat blanket weaving 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Sealaska Plaza. She's a good teacher and a gifted weaver - I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a better person to demonstrate and talk about this traditional fiber art.
Musicians of the Sitka Summer Music Festival will perform at 8 p.m. next Wednesday at Northern Light United Church. This annual chamber music festival consistently offers top-notch classical music. Founder Paul Rosenthal and company have added this winter component, and they'll perform in Anchorage as well.
Simon Wynberg will play classical guitar, Rosenthal will play violin, Eugene Osadchy will play cello and Alan Chow will play piano. The church is a good venue for chamber music, especially if you sit near the front. Tickets are $14, $12 for students and seniors.