Posted: Thursday, February 01, 2001

NEA grants $33,000 to Juneau arts groups

JUNEAU - Juneau Jazz and Classics, Perseverance Theatre and the Anchorage Concert Association have received grant awards this year from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Juneau Jazz and Classics was awarded $5,000 to support the production and presentation of its annual May music festival. Perseverance Theatre was awarded $28,000 to support spring productions at the Douglas theater. Plays will include an original Alaskathemed adaptation of "Moby Dick" and a presentation of "In The Blood," playwright SusanLori Parks' inner-city reworking of Hawthorne's novel "The Scarlet Letter."

The Anchorage Concert Association received $20,000 to support a residency and performances by The Moscow Festival Ballet.

The NEA supports nonprofit arts organizations nationwide, art education, the preservation of cultural heritage and the creation of new works.

Mystery lovers convene in Anchorage

JUNEAU - Ethics, the modern detective and putting sex in your mystery novel are among the topics for Left Coast Crime 2001, a convention Feb. 15-18 in Anchorage for writers and lovers of crime and mystery novels.

About 100 authors of crime fiction have been invited, and writer Dana Stabenow, one of the organizers, said the group expects 400 to 600 readers and fans to attend. The Alaska Sisters in Crime, an Anchorage-based group of mystery and fiction writers, is hosting the writer's convention at the Anchorage Hilton.

There will be three days of programming, a large book sale and opportunities to meet and talk with writers. Programs include panel discussions with authors on topics such as killing your characters and writing historical settings. There also will be side trips, such as a tour of the Anchorage FBI center.

The convention rate is $165, which includes seven meals, two and a half days of programming, a reception with a performance by Pamyua, a party with music and dancing, and a mass signing by all attending authors on Sunday morning. The Hilton is renting rooms to attendees for $80 a night.

All the events and programs are listed at, or call (907) 566-7500, or write LCC2001, P.O. Box 100382, Anchorage, AK 99510.

Left Coast Crime also is sponsoring an Authors to the Bush program, providing visits to other communities in Alaska for 50 of the attending authors. Ridley Pearson is going to Fort Yukon to talk in classrooms and at the library about writing. Anne Perry is coming to Juneau on Feb. 20. Authors also will be going to Sitka, Wrangell, Petersburg and Hoonah and dozens of Interior communities.

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