Toronto storyteller comes to the Silverbow
JUNEAU - Storyteller Rico Rodriguez will perform at the Back Room at the Silverbow at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31. The show is sponsored by PFLAG of Juneau and donations will be accepted.
Rodriguez, not to be confused with the Jamaican-born trombone virtuoso of the same name, lives in Toronto.
He "is a storyteller, performer and percussionist," according to his Web site. "He tells folktales, fairytales, fables and legends from the extremely rich and diverse Latino and Hispanic cultures. He also writes and tells stories about his life, his family and his trials and tribulations with a soccer ball."
For more information, call the Silverbow at 586-4146 or Pat McLear at 586-4137.
Groundhog's Day party at the Alaskan
JUNEAU - Friends of Peabody Monster songwriter/guitarist Bill Kozlowski will hold the first Bill Kozlowski Groundhog's Day Memorial Festival at 8 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, at the Alaskan.
Mr. and Mrs. Groundhog will be crowned at the celebration and many groundhog-themed games, including a hand-shadow contest, will be played. The 21-and-over party will continue until at least midnight, and admission is free. All party-goers are required to bring a flashlight.
Kozlowski, the CEO of Juneau Information Service Technology, died Jan. 13.
Winter Classics show set for Feb. 14
JUNEAU - The Alaska Airlines Winter Classics, an affiliated event of the Sitka Summer Music Festival, will bring violinist Paul Rosenthal, cellist Armen Ksajikian and pianist Arnulf von Arnim to Northern Light United Church at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for youth (high school and college students) and seniors and are available at both Hearthside Books locations. The venue is accessible. Children must be at least 6 to attend.
Rosenthal, a native New Yorker, founded the Sitka Summer Music Festival in 1972. The festival attracts musicians from all over the world and is recognized as one of the outstanding chamber music festivals in the United States. Rosenthal has lived in Alaska since 1969, served on the University of Alaska faculty in Anchorage and Fairbanks, has given master classes in Europe, Japan and Korea and has performed in every part of the state.
He plays a violin made by Joseph Guarnerius in Cremona, Italy, in 1706.
Von Arnim has appeared in recital and as soloist in most European counties, the United States and Japan. He has been engaged to perform at the Berlin Festival, Schwetzinger Festival, Ludwigsburg Festival and has performed with the Brodsky Quartet of London, cellists Julius Berger, Maria Kliegel, Ivan Monighetti, David Gerings and violinists Valery Klimov and Sasehko Gavriloff. This will be his first visit to Juneau.
Ksajikian has participated in such music festivals as Cabrillo, Colorado, Banff, Sitka, Fairbanks and the Juneau Jazz and Classics. Since 1992, he has been a member of the Armadillo String Quartet, a group known for unusual ventures. He has toured with Mikhail Barysknikov and the White Oak Dance Project throughout the U.S. and Europe.
In 1994, Ksajikian appeared in the action-adventure film "True Lies" with Arnold Schwarzenegger. He has performed on more than 800 motion picture soundtracks.
The concert is sponsored by Alaska Airlines, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Juneau Oratorio Choir.
Museum hosts raffle for grant committee
JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas City Museum's Juneau history grant committee will sell raffle tickets at Alaska and Proud market, Nugget Mall and Mendenhall Mall for the next three Saturdays in order to replenish grant funds that have been depleted from 11 years of grant-giving.
Since 1992, the committee has awarded 21 grants and nearly $15,000 to individuals and school groups to assist them in the completion of a project that improves access to the history of the Juneau-Douglas area.
"With a fund-raising goal of $15,000, the raffle committee has currently raised over $4,700," said Jane Lindsey, who works in education and public programs at the City Museum.
"We are hopeful that we will reach our fund-raising goal to ensure another 10 years of discovering and learning about Juneau history," she said.
Former grant projects include: "China Joe," by Brett Dillingham; "Schooling in the Juneau-Douglas Area: A Perspective from the Native Alaskan Community," by Lorrie Wright; "Mary Joyce," a play by Pat Denny; "Alaska Dialogues: Fighting Intolerance," by Dianna Saiz and the seventh-grade Wolf team; and "The Gold Creek Flume trail guide and brochure," by Dave Haas and his third-grade class.
The City Museum will hold a prize drawing at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14.
Glacier Bay Cruiseline has donated first prize, an eight-day Southeast Alaska cruise. Beasley's Art Gallery, Mt. Juneau Trading Post, Dockside Jewelers, Northern Lights Candle Company, Suzan Anderson, Paul Voelckers and Mary Pat Wyatt also have donated gifts.
The raffle is sponsored by the Gastineau Channel Historic Society.
For more information about the History Grant Raffle and the Juneau History grant, contact the City Museum at 586-3572.