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Posted: Friday, April 21, 2000

Earth Day, Easter, music and masks are in store for the weekend.

Tonight's performance of ``Mask Messenger'' by Robert Faust and Paola Styron promises to be entertaining and enlightening. A blend of comedy, dance, mime, theater and culture, ``Mask Messenger'' is heartily recommended by those who have seen it.

Movies show again and again, and music can be replayed, but this is a one-shot opportunity. ``Mask Messenger'' is a look at how masks work to transform, and why they are so popular in cultures throughout the world.

Faust and Styron have extensive performing backgrounds. Faust has written and choreographed all the material in the 75-minute presentation, and made the masks as well. They take the stage at 8 tonight at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium, and tickets are $8 to $14 in advance from Hearthside Books, and $2 more at the door.

Saturday night Anchorage songwriter, singer and guitarist Libby Roderick performs at Northern Light United Church. Roderick is a nationally recognized artist with five albums to her credit. She is known for her work and her songwriting, which emphasizes tolerance, openness and working for a healthy planet. I know folks who saw her performance last year are looking forward to her return.

It's an appropriate, if unintended twist of synchronicity that her concert is on Earth Day. The 7 p.m. show is a benefit for Shanti of Southeast. Tickets are $20 at Focal Point and Rainy Day Books, $25 at the door.

Speaking of Earth Day, Southeast Alaska Guidance Association is sponsoring Earth Day Games, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at SAGA's Eagle Valley Center. Turn off the highway as if you're going to Almaga Harbor, it's marked as one of the first turn-offs on the way to the boat ramp. For more information, call 789-7035.

Another option for Saturday is the Community Easter Egg Hunt, at 10 a.m. at Adair-Kennedy Park. The event, which features prizes, festivities, a big Easter bunny and good, clean family fun, is sponsored by the Zach Gordon Youth Center, with a number of businesses contributing support and volunteers.

The event is for kids 10 and under, and is $3 per person. Pre-register at Big Kmart or the Zach Gordon Youth Center, or at 9:30 a.m. at the park. Registration enables hunters to qualify to win a mountain bike. Other prizes include roller blades, stuffed animals and Easter baskets. Kids will be divided into age-appropriate groups to hunt for treats, real eggs and plastic eggs with candy, prizes and coupons. Come early, it goes fast and is generally all over with by 10:30.

For something completely different, the University of Alaska Southeast and Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays are sponsoring a couple of events exploring transgender issues this weekend. Tonight there will be three transgender films beginning at 7 p.m. at the Lake Room Cafeteria at UAS - two documentaries (``Trappings of Transhood,'' and ``Transgender Revolution'') and the feature film, ``Ma Vie En Rose.'' At 5:30 p.m. Saturday there's a potluck at the same location, followed by a panel discussion on the subject featuring folks who know.

A few other films worth noting: ``U-571,'' opens tonight downtown. This action-suspense thriller about a submarine crew in World War II has gotten good reviews. The cast includes Matthew McConaughey, Jon Bon Jovi, Harvey Keitel and Bill Paxton. John Cusak's new film, ``High Fidelity,'' opens in the Mendenhall Valley tonight. This quirky, character-driven comedy has also gotten excellent reviews. If you like to have a beer and watch Sid Vicious go down the tubes with his girlfriend, the surprising poignant love story ``Sid and Nancy'' is showing Saturday night at The Silverbow.



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