Memorial Day weekend: Lots to see and do

Posted: Sunday, May 30, 2010

Juneau will have a lot to do this Memorial Day weekend, even if the weather doesn't accommodate. The local forecast calls for showers today through next weekend, but temperatures are expected to stay in the 60s.

Ceremony at Evergreen Cemetery

Also at Evergreen Cemetery, The City & Borough of Juneau Parks & Recreation Department will have staff on hand Monday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to help assist in locating grave sites. Vehicle access on Irwin Street will run through the middle of the cemetery, with both entrances open. Exiting will not require turning around.

Peratrovich honored

Native rights activist Elizabeth Peratrovich will be honored at 10 a.m. during a ceremony at her gravesite in Evergreen Cemetery.

Reverend Doctor Walter Soboleff will lead the ceremonies. Alaska Native Sisterhood Grand President Emeritus Selina Everson will say the Lord's Prayer in Tlingit. Mayor Bruce Botelho, Sen. Dennis Egan and ANB Grand Camp Vice President Ray Dennis will give presentations on human rights. The ceremony will close with Tlingit song.

ANB memorial

The annual Southeast Alaska Native Veteran's Memorial Day Program will be featured Monday from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. There will be an outside program and a procession into the main hall for lunch and a continued program.

Jazz & Classics wraps up

The 24th annual Juneau Jazz & Classics ends tonight at the UAS Student Recreation Center with a performance by the Royal Crown Revue at 8:00 p.m. Swing dance instruction starts at 7:30 p.m., and then Eddie Nichols will perform with band members Mando Dorame (tenor sax), Daniel Glass (drums), Scott Steen (trumpet), Mark Cally (guitar), Dave Miller (bass), and Jim Jedeikin (baritone/alto sax).

"Jazz never ends," Jazz & Classics artistic director Linda Rosenthal said. "The stylings stay in your heart long after the music stops. This has been one of our best gatherings ever."

Farewell Hanzel and Gretel

The last chance to watch the Perseverance Theatre production of "Hansel & Gretel" is 7:30 p.m. tonight. The production is both musically and visually entertaining, from the voices of Clara Weishahn, of Haines, and Juneau-Douglas senior Katie Poor, as Hansel and Gretel, to the musical stylings of Bob Banghart, Rob Cohen and Ceann Murphy.

The Weishahn and Poor interactions are alone worth the meager ticket price of admission. Under the direction of Norway's Henning Hegland, and featuring the Shona Strauser's Perseverance Young Company performers as spirits and gingerbread men, the enchanting vocals of Christina Apathy, Kari Groven, Patricia Hull, and Chris Murray lend to a performance that will be remembered.

"It has been one of our most well received productions," Perseverance Theatre art director Art Rotch said. "It is more than a fairy tale and a bed-time story ... it has been a labor of gingerbread love."

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