Posted: Thursday, May 03, 2001

Storytelling sisters perform Monday

"Sibling Revelry," a performance by storytelling sisters Grace and Cecile Elliot, Therese Harvey and Mary Sturgis, will include tales ranging from comic to poignant and from the sublime to the ridiculous.

The storytelling at 7 p.m. Monday at The Back Room at the Silverbow Inn is part of the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council's Between the Lines Literary Reading Series. Organizer Alexis Ross Miller said the four siblings were raised in a storytelling family and each developed a unique style. The sisters grew up in Chicago and have migrated to Southeast Alaska over the past 20 years. Grace lives in Juneau, Cecile lives in Gustavus, Mary lives in Douglas and Therese in Elfin Cove.

Grace Elliott is a storyteller with the Juneau School District and hosts a blues program on public radio. She has performed at venues throughout Juneau for many years. Therese Harvey, winner of Pacific Fishing magazine's "Fishermen's Chronicles 2000" series, will read her award-winning story and tell other fish-related tales. Also a poet and humorist, she is at work on her first novel. The youngest sister, Cecile Elliott, chairs the Gustavus Arts Council. The eldest sister, Mary Sturgis, wrote a biographical sketch that was used as the script for a video on healing multi-generational grief.

The cost is $5 for adults and $3 for students. The final reading in the series will be May 28, with poet Christine Marie of Sitka. Marie is currently studying to become an Episcopal minister, and she will share her poetry and her thoughts on the connection between creativity and spirituality.

Five artists collaborate for group show

Jewelry, pottery, stained glass works and hand-woven wire baskets will be among the artwork showcased by five Juneau artists at a show and sale this weekend.

The Third Annual Spring Studio Art Sale will feature the work of Patty McDonnell, Lisa Blacher, Jenna O'Fontanella, Nell McConahey and Leah Sturgis. Sturgis will have jewelry and hats, and McConahey's stained glass work includes handbuilt glass lamps. Potter Blacher has carved tiles, functional and sculptural pieces. The show will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in the Spiral Design studio at 418 Harris, suite 218, in the Arcticorp Building.

Concerts in the Park performers sought

Performers are invited to participate in Concerts in the Park, which run from June 8 through Aug. 10. Sybil Davis of the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council hopes to line up performers this month for the upcoming concert series.

The free public concerts, outdoors in Marine Park on the downtown Juneau waterfront, are held from 7 to 8:30 on Friday evenings. Past performers have ranged from rock bands to bluegrass musicians, solo singer songwriters, magicians, dance groups, big bands and percussion ensembles. Three acts perform half-hour sets each evening. Emcees are also needed.

Contact the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council at 586-2787 or pick up a registration form at the office at 206 Franklin Street.

Glacial Erratics in concert Saturday

The Glacial Erratics, a four-piece group with members from Juneau and Whitehorse, Y.T., will perform two concerts, at 4 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in McPhetres Hall.

A kid's show will run from 4 to 5 p.m., and cost is $5 per person, or $20 per family. A full concert will be held at 7:30.

"The afternoon show is a kid's show, kind of a special matinee," singer Betsy Sims said. "The later show isn't geared especially for kids, but we always have kids at our show. We figured we'd stick an extra, early show in."

The musicians are Martha Scott and Betsy Sims of Juneau and Kim Barlow and Andrea McColeman of Whitehorse. The Erratics have three CDs, "Moving Mountains," "Tides of Change," and "Ice worm Wiggle." Kim Barlow has one CD, "Humminah." They play a variety of instruments including guitar, mandolin, accordion, jimbe, cello and banjo, and all four sing.

"We're going to do a lot of new stuff," Sims said. "Martha has tons of new stuff. Kim has a whole new album that's going to be released in May, and hopefully we can convince her to do some stuff from that."

Admission is $10, $5 for kids.

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