Posted: Thursday, February 03, 2005

Swingin' singers benefit Jazz & Classics

Jazz pianist Barney McClure will perform with more than 25 Juneau singers in the second annual Swingin' in the Rain on Friday, Feb. 4.

The show is at the ANB Hall, with doors opening at 7 p.m. and the music starting at 8. Tickets are $15 and are available at Hearthside Books and on the Internet at

The evening includes solos and group performances arranged by McClure. It includes a silent auction, fruits and cheeses and a no-host bar.

Proceeds benefit the 19th annual Juneau Jazz & Classics festival, which is scheduled for May 20-28.

Actress presents historical account

Actress Pippa White of the Nebraska Repertory Theatre will perform "The Orphan Trains" at Juneau's downtown library Friday, Feb. 4.

The 75-minute show, beginning at 7 p.m. with free admission, is based on a historical account of the dispersal orphaned and neglected children in the Midwest. From 1854 to 1929, more than 150,000 children were sent by train to farming communities to be adopted.

White trained at the American Conservatory Theatre and travels with solo productions for "One's Company." Her Juneau appearance is sponsored by Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries.

More information about "The Orphan Trains" is available at:

Opera presents acting lessons for singers

European freelance opera and theater director Michael Kerstan will conduct acting workshops for singers next weekend.

Kerstan, who also works as public relations manager for the Nuremburg Opera, will lead the workshops Friday evening, Feb. 11, at 6 and 9, and Saturday at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at McPhetres Hall. The workshops have limited space and will cost $40.

Kerstan also will offer an acting class for students age 12 to 18 Sunday afternoon, Feb. 13, at 1 and 3. The cost is $15 per student.

The classes are presented by Opera to Go!

University lecture series set

Two University of Alaska Southeast faculty members and two University of Alaska Fairbanks professors will present this month's Science for Alaska lecture series, the university announced.

Juneau's portion of the lecture series runs every Monday in February at Centennial Hall. The free multimedia lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. and run for about an hour.

The series begins Feb. 7 with "The Sounds of the Aurora and other Persistent Mysteries," by Dirk Lummerzheim, professor of aeronomy at the UAF Geophysical Institute. The lecture considers the possibility of crackling sounds varying with the movements of the aurora, as are sometimes reported.

Daniel Montieth, assistant professor of anthropology, will speak Feb. 14 about "Alaska's Caves: Unlocking the Secrets of Our Past." Montieth's research of the state's caves has helped show how they are both integral parts of their ecosystems and depositories of knowledge about past human activities and geology.

Buck Sharpton, UAF professor of geology and geophysics, speaks Feb. 21 about "The Search for Water and Life on Mars." The lecture considers the significance of the finding of high levels of minerals that are associated with water.

UAS Arts and Sciences Dean Brendan Kelly, an associate professor of marine biology, will conduct the Feb. 28 lecture, entitled "Arctic Sea Ice: Diminishing Habitat for Seals and Walruses." Kelly will discuss the effects of global climate change on the species, with observations from more than two decades of research using snowmobiles, icebreaking ships, ultrasonic tracking devices, underwater video cameras and trained Labrador retrievers.

More information about the lecture series is available online at:

A fireside chat about melting glaciers

A University of Alaska Fairbanks professor will discuss Alaska's shrinking glaciers at free fireside chats Friday, Feb. 4, at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Roman Motyka of the university's Geophysical Institute will present findings on thinning and retreating glaciers at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Ninety percent of the state's glaciers are shrinking.

Motyka's presentation will include a comparison of 1948-1950 aerial photographs against satellite images from 2000.

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