Seven music groups perform at free concert
JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas High School spring music concert will feature all seven groups in the school music department. The free concert begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, at the high school auditorium.
The concert band, symphonic band, jazz band, concert choir, treble choir, jazz choir and the orchestra will perform. Each group will perform 10 or 15 minutes, and the concert should last about two hours.
Ken Guiher, the music director at JDHS, said he plans to have some of the selected soloists and ensembles showcased in command performances at the Southeast Alaska Music Festival perform as well.
Author Jane Langton visits Juneau
JUNEAU - Jane Langton, the author of 14 mysteries and numerous children's books, will be in Juneau for a reception and book signing at 7 p.m. Friday at the downtown library.
Langton's book for children, ``The Fledgling,'' was a 1981 Newberry Medal Honor Book. She's also written a trilogy of fantasies for children, ``The Diamond in the Window,'' ``The Swing in the Summerhouse,'' and ``The Astonishing Stereoscope.''
In 1964 she wrote and illustrated an adult mystery novel featuring the character Homer Kelly called ``The Transcendental Murder.'' This month her publisher released ``The Thief of Venice,'' her 14th mystery in the Homer Kelly series.
Langton, 77, has a degree in astronomy and advanced degrees in art and writing. She teaches writing at Simmons College in Boston, and is a children's book reviewer for the New York Times Book Review. She lives near Walden Pond in Massachusetts.
Aztec Legend comes to life
JUNEAU - Students at Auke Bay School are performing ``How Music Came to the Earth,'' an original musical and theatrical production based on an Aztec legend.
Auke Bay School music teacher Ann Boochever said students have been working for months to build sets and costumes and rehearse for the performances. There will be two shows for parents only this week, and a public performance at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Auke Bay School Gym. Admission is free but donations will be accepted.
Boochever wrote the play based on a myth of the Nuhautl or Aztec peoples of Mexico, with the assistance of Suzanne Malter. Pam Cure developed the choreography. Students in four classes are staging the production.
Hypnotist Attila to perform
JUNEAU - Canadian hypnotist and magician Attila Kun will perform two hypnotism shows this weekend. Club 2000 is sponsoring the entertainer's Juneau visit, and he'll perform a show at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Club 2000 in the Mendenhall Mall Annex, and admission is $15. Attila will perform a family show at 5 p.m. Sunday in the mall annex hallway, and tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.
In past performances, Attila has hypnotized volunteers who impersonated characters such as James Bond and the Flintstones, and singers Madonna, Elvis and Michael Jackson.
Attila has performed throughout Europe and North America. He was trained in Hungary, and in addition to performing he teaches stage hypnotism at the Hypnosis Training Institute of Alberta.
JDHS Theater Fest Friday
ANCHORAGE - Scenes from ``Alice in Wonderland'' and short original scripts by Juneau-Douglas High School students will be featured at JDHS Theater Fest Friday. The presentation, about 1 hour in length, begins at 7 p.m. at the JDHS auditorium and admission is free.
``There will be two plays and a number of scenes and monologues,'' said drama department director Bethany Bereman.
The plays are directed, cast, acted and produced by about two dozen students in the JDHS drama department. Some also wrote their own plays as well.
Anchorage history subject of book by Juneau author
ANCHORAGE - Juneau author Ann Chandonnet's latest book, ``Anchorage: Early Photographs of the Great Land,'' was released April 20 by Wolf Creek Books of Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. The book features more than 100 historic photographs of Anchorage and the Cook Inlet area.
Chandonnet, a 28-year Alaska resident, completed most of the research in Anchorage before moving to Juneau a year ago. She wrote seven original historical essays for the book, covering topics such as ``Chugach Eskimos and Tanaina Athabascans,'' ``Explorers and Russians in Cook Inlet,'' and ``Old Town Anchorage,'' as well as the 100 photo captions. The 128-page paperback also includes a chronology of significant dates in Cook Inlet and Anchorage history.
Chandonnet's other books include ``The Alaska Heritage Seafood Cookbook'' and ``Alaska's Arts, Crafts & Collectibles,'' as well as more than a dozen books of poetry.
The book should be available at Hearthside Books next week.