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Posted: Friday, February 11, 2000

Outdoor recreation is my recommendation for the weekend, but there's plenty to do indoors as well. You can even watch the outdoors while indoors.

Divers and marine-life enthusiasts John and Su Lachelt present a brand new program of video and slides called ``Octopus Garden'' tonight. These folks are the owners of Channel Dive Center and while diving is their business, they genuinely love sharing the underwater world. John is an accomplished underwater photographer and videographer, and I've always enjoyed his shows.

```Octopus Garden' is a new diving area we discovered in Barlow Cove last November,'' Su Lachelt said. ``It looks like Atlantis. There are these rock formations that look like columns, some are upright and some are tipped over, and it's created these octopus grottos.''

The free presentation is appropriate for the whole family - divers and nondivers - and runs from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Every year, filmmakers from around the world compete in the ``Banff Festival of Mountain Films,'' and a few are included in a highlight film. It's an eclectic mix that can range from short films on extreme skiing and snowboarding to short documentaries on nature and the people in mountain communities.

The film shows at 7 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Hall. Admission is $8 for University of Alaska Students and $10 general.

Lisle Hebert wraps up his series of classic American films Monday night with Orson Welles' 1958 masterpiece, ``A Touch of Evil.'' This stars Charlton Heston as a narc and Welles himself as a corrupt cop tangling in a sleazy Mexican border town. The film shows at 7:30 at the Gold Town Nickelodeon. Admission is $10. Hebert is planning a new series for March or April. For more information, call him at 586-2875.

There's some fine musical opportunities this weekend as well. The Juneau Symphony performs Saturday night at the high school auditorium. The program looks good, with a nice mix of classics and contemporary works. Classics include ``The William Tell Overture'' (as in ``Where does the Lone Ranger take his garbage? To the dump, to the dump, to the dump dump dump.'')

Violinist Mackenzie Slater, a talented 14-year-old soloist, will be featured in a Mozart Concerto. A contemporary work by John Luther Adams, a Fairbanks composer, will be part of the first half as well. The entire second half of the program will be Bruckner's ``Fourth Symphony.'' Conductor William Todd Hunt will deliver a preconcert talk at 7 p.m., and the concert starts at 8.

Rock 'n' roll fans can catch Kelly Moneymaker, a rock band from Los Angeles tonight and Saturday at the Hangar on the Wharf. The Hangar generally features local rock groups, but plans to bring in occasional out-of-town guests, like the Seattle reggae group Clinton Fearon and the Boogie Brown Band, which performed last fall. Kelly Moneymaker plays 9:30 to closing, and there's a $5 cover.

The Knight Riders, a Juneau swing and country band, hasn't performed much recently. In past years this was a hot band and I'm glad to see brothers Mark and John Knight out and about again. Both are top-notch musicians. Mark drums and John is one of the few pedal steel guitarists in Southeast Alaska, and both sing well. The band is playing at 8 p.m. tonight and Saturday at Mike's Place in Douglas, and there's no cover.

Panhandle Crabgrass Revival plays from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. tonight and Saturday at the Alaskan. It's a seven-piece band delivering crabgrass, their own style of bluegrass and old-time music. The band will be serving bacon and blueberry pie at midnight - no kidding.

``Turn up your pacemakers and bring your dancing shoes,'' said Crabgrass singer and harmonica player Sean Tracy.

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