Posted: Thursday, March 17, 2005

NPR news mag to spotlight Perseverance

JUNEAU -All Things Con-sidered, National Public Radio's daily afternoon news magazine, will air a segment on Perseverance Theatre on March 24, as part of "American Stages," a seven-part series on the regional theater movement in the United States.

Correspondent Lynn Neary and producer Jeffrey Freymann-Weyr interviewed theater founder Molly Smith and artistic director PJ Paparelli in Washington, D.C., and arrived in town Monday, March 7, to begin a week-long series of interviews throughout the community. They left Saturday, March 12.

"We're hoping to get a sense of Juneau and how that's reflected in the theater," Neary said on Tuesday. "Almost everybody has said that Alaska is a kind of place where people say, 'Yes, you can do something.' There's this sense of encouraging people to go ahead and try it. That's a really strong part of what Alaska is about and what theater is about."

The Perseverance segment will run at least eight minutes. It will coincide with the March 25 opening of "The Long Season," a musical about Filipinos who came to Southeast Alaska to work in canneries.

The series schedule: March 3, "How We Got Here," an overview of the regional theater movement; March 10, "Women at the Helm," a look at the role of women in the movement, highlighting Arena-Stage in Washington, D.C.; March 17, "Money," a look at the economics of theater, focusing on the Borderlands Theater in Tucson, Ariz.; March 24, "Community," the Perseverance segment; March 31, "Theater Shape & Design," an examination of theater shapes beyond the proscenium arch; April 7, "Partnership," commercial hits at not-for-profit venues; April 14, "Repertory," the challenge of acting, designing and producing six plays in rotation.

Unzicker to host double bass workshop

JUNEAU - Juneau native Jack Unzicker, the principal bassist of the Plano Symphony Orchestra, has organized a seven-instrument recital at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

Unzicker will play double bass, with: Sue Kazama, piano; Steve Tada, violin; Kaya Boettcher, violin; Jenny Quinn, viola; Jared Carlson, cello; and Tasha Walen, double bass.

The program includes: Faure's "Apres un Reve"; Piazzolla's "Contrabajeando"; Bottesini's "Concerto No. 2 in b minor (Andante, Allegro moderato)"; Bloch's "Prayer" from Jewish Life and Misek's "Concert-Polonaise."

Unzicker played electric bass in rock and cover bands as he was growing up in Juneau. He played one gig with the Juneau Symphony and also performed at the Alaska Folk Festival.

"When I was in Juneau, I never heard anyone play double bass," Unzicker said. "I had no idea what the possibilities were. I would like to show it to some of those people who may have never heard it before."

Unzicker graduated from Juneau-Douglas High School in 1993, moved to Seattle and worked for a year before enrolling at Western Washington University in Bellingham.

"In college, I listened to more and more jazz and started hearing double bass," Unzicker said. "That's where I met the professor I study with now, and that was a mind-boggling experience. Then I came here and found there were a lot of people doing these things, and maybe I was a little naive.

"It started pulling me into classical music and other types of music that utilize the bow more than plucking strings. That's how I ended up where I am now."

Music Folk, Little City Gallery to host demo

JUNEAU - The Music Folk and the Little City Gallery, above the Gold Town Nickelodeon in the Emporium Mall, will host a free bluegrass banjo demonstration and clinic from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, March 19.

The open house stars five-string banjo players Howard Dixon, a long-time player from Kentucky, and Matt Coppick, recently of the Berklee College of Music.

All ages are welcome and the setup will be informal, with chances to ask Coppick and Dixon questions.

The gallery is at 171 Shattuck Way. Call 586-4048, for more information.

Dewitt to discuss tectonics at chat

JUNEAU - Nick Jans will read from his upcoming book on the deaths of California bear activist Timothy Treadwell, companion Arnie Huguenard and two Katmai National Park during the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center's upcoming fireside chat, 6:30 and 8 p.m. Friday, March 18.

"The Grizzly Maze -- Timothy Treadwell's Fatal Obsession with Alaskan Bears," will cover Jans' three trips to the Katmai coast and to Kodiak, and include photos from his upcoming book, to be released in June 2005.

For more information, call 789-0097.

Thunder Mountain Big Band returns to Elk's

JUNEAU -The Thunder Mountain Big Band is back at the Elks Lodge on Friday for the second in its ongoing series of monthly dances.

The evening begins at 8 p.m., with dance instruction lasting until 8:30 p.m. and the night continuing for about three hours.

Vicki Van Fleet will sing with the group, known for its adaptations of torch and swing standards. Alcoholic refreshments will be served and snacks will be on each table. Admission is $10 at the door.

The Elks Lodge is located at 109 S. Franklin St.

Sons of Norway plan folk dance workshop

JUNEAU - The Sons of Norway, Svalbard Lodge of Juneau, will host a Scandinavian folk dance workshop from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at the Juneau Yacht Club, near Aurora Harbor.

Juneau instructor John Laskey and Seattle instructor Don Greenberg will lead lessons in the Hambo, Schottische and waltz.

Admission is $10 for the two-hour workshop and open to the public.

At 7:15 p. m., local photographer Jack Hermle will present a slide show of backpacking in the high country around Juneau, as well as some of his canoe expeditions. Thordis Moe will teach a song called "Sommer Kommer," to welcome spring and summer.

Accordionist Dale Wygant and Laskey will lead another folk dance session from 8-9 p.m. That workshop is also free.

Museum to celebrate Women's History Month

JUNEAU - Local storyteller Anne C. Fuller will lead an interactive storytelling workshop from noon-3 p.m. Saturday, March 19, at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

The event will help celebrate Women's History Month. Fuller will discuss the social and historical aspects of storytelling, teaching students to create their own interesting oral stories.

Adults and youth ages 12 and over are welcome, class size is limited and pre-registration is required. Call the museum at 586-3572.

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