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Posted: Friday, June 23, 2000

There are no male dancers stripping in Juneau this weekend.

There is a concert of classical music, a couple of comedies and a good rock band, though. The alpine country is opening up nicely for hiking and backpacking, and this weather is predicted to hold, for what that may be worth.

There is also an opportunity coming up for performers and writers to improve their skills and maybe gain some inspiration.

Classical quartet in concert: A quartet of musicians from the Sitka Summer Music Festival are performing in Juneau Saturday night at Northern Light United Church. As many can attest, violinist Paul Rosenthal and cellist Jeffrey Solow are top-notch musicians. They will be joined by pianist Edward Auer and violinist Diane Monroe.

They wrap up the Sitka festival today, and the concert in Juneau is a post-festival finale. The Juneau Symphony does not perform in the summer, and there are few concerts of chamber music offered this time of year. This would be a good one to catch.

Auer will be featured with a set of Brahms piano solos. He'll be joined by Rosenthal for a Beethoven piano and violin sonata. The show will close with a piano trio by Czech composer Bedrich Smetana and Auer will be joined by Monroe and Solow. The concert is at 8 p.m., and tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for students.

Perseverance Theatre ends the 1999-2000 season this weekend. ``Fry Tales'' closes Sunday at the Douglas theater. Although it targets kids 5 to 14 or so, I found it very funny and liked the characters. It's fast-paced and lasts about an hour. Shows are at 7 p.m. tonight, Saturday and Sunday, and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $11 for adults, $9 for kids 13 and under.

For the past 11 summers, the Alaska Theatre of Youth has offered a three-week acting and theater conservatory in Juneau. Each closes with a production, and this weekend the young actors will present a comic version of ``Robin Hood.'' Showtimes are 7 p.m. tonight and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday as well. The show is at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School. Tickets are $6 at the door.

The Millennium Prophets, a four-piece rock, blues and funk band, plays 9 to 1 tonight and Saturday at the Alaskan bar this weekend. The group includes Jay Caputo on guitar, Robert Cohen on keyboards, Vern Fowler on drums and Ford James on bass. All are excellent, seasoned musicians, and they play a good mix of familiar and unusual music.

The Millennium Prophets is actually pretty funky, unlike Funk Mighty Five, which is actually a top 40 and pop band. That's not to disrespect FM5, which also boasts some good players. They haven't had too much trouble getting folks out on the dance floor at Marlintini's Lounge.

Perseverance Theatre is offering a series of classes on writing, performing and the creative process over the next two weeks. Each of the eight classes meets three times for 2 1/2 hours, so they're not a big commitment. Three meet the first week and four begin July 3. One class continues for two weeks. The classes begin Monday.

Some are fairly straightforward -- an overview of screen writing basics, or an introduction to the Suzuki acting method. But most deal with the juxtaposition of arts, and how the study of one form can inspire another.

In some ways, a painting is like a song. Elements such as tension, balance and contrast exist in visual arts, poetry, music and dance choreography. Understanding those common threads can help an artist create. Call Perseverance at 364-2421, ext. 21, for more information.

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