Posted: Thursday, April 21, 2005

Tango master to lead weekend workshops

JUNEAU - Internationally known Argentine tango teacher Pablo Repun, now living in Naples, Fla., will conduct Argentine tango workshops during two weekends, April 22-24 and April 29-May 1.

The workshops are for novice and experienced dancers. Partners are not required.

Times and locations are:

At the JRC/Alaska Club downtown - 7:30-10 p.m. Friday; 12:30-2:30 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. Saturday; 12:30-2:30 p.m. and 3-5 p.m. Sunday; 8-10 p.m. Wednesday.

At the Hangar Ballroom at Merchants Wharf - 7:30-10 p.m. Friday, April 29; 10 a.m.-noon, 1-3 p.m. and 3:15-5:15 p.m. Saturday, April 30; 1-3 p.m. and 3:15-5:15 p.m. Sunday, May 1.

For more information, call 364-2334 or e-mail

Repun has taught in universities and cultural centers in Buenos Aires, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Germany and the United States. He performs with the Quintango quinet across the country and modeled for their latest CD, which won a Grammy.

Since moving to Florida in July 2002, Repun has performed at the Tropigala Theater, the Florida Grand Opera; the Ars Flores Symphonic Orchestra and the Argentine Embassy in Washington, D.C. He organizes tours to Buenos Aires, where he shows his students the birthplace of tango. He also organizes the Miami Tangothon, Florida's tango marathon.

Earle, Bishop, Love to headline state fair

JUNEAU - Tickets for the Southeast Alaska State Fair in Haines, July 27-31, are expected to go on sale next week.

Rock-country artist Steve Earle, an alt-country star since his debut album, "Guitartown," came out in 1986, is scheduled to play Saturday, July 30, at Payson Pavilion. Tickets are $25.

Bluesman Elvin Bishop will play Thursday, July 28, and Laura Love will play Friday, July 29. Tickets for Bishop and Love are $20 each.

To contact the fair, call (907) 766-2476 or e-mail

Chandonnet to lecture on food to writers

JUNEAU -Juneau writer Ann Chandonnet will lecture about "Trends in American Food History: From Centennial to Bicentennial to Mark Kurlansky," at 2 p.m. Saturday, during a meeting of Juneau Writers at 8452 Kimberly St. in the Mendenhall Valley.

All Juneau Writers meetings are free and open to the public. Call 790-3038 for more information.

Chandonnet will also read her essay on Alaskan food from the Oxford University Press two-volume "Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America," as an example of writing to precise specifications. The presentation may be of particular interest to anyone who is writing cookbooks or nonfiction.

Chandonnet is the author of "Gold Rush Grub: From Turpentine Stew to Hoochinoo," forthcoming from the University of Alaska Press in June.

The hardcover book is the first of its kind, covering what was eaten during the gold rushes of California, the Klondike and Alaska - a period of about 60 years.

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