Posted: Thursday, June 23, 2005

SEAGLA to celebrate diversity this weekend

JUNEAU -The Southeast Alaska Gay and Lesbian Alliance will celebrate its annual Diversity Week with a series of events around town.

• 8 p.m. Friday - The Back Room at the Silverbow Inn will screen "Cowboys & Angels," an Irish coming-of-age film that follows two friends (one straight, one gay) from youth to their brushes with the law. Doors will open at 7, and snacks and beverages will be served. Cost: $5.

• 7 p.m. Saturday - The Back Room will show "Goldfish Memory," a comedy-drama about a group of young gay, lesbian and bisexual Dubliners finding their way. Cost: $5.

• 9 p.m. Saturday - Free diversity dance with no-host bar. The theme is "pool party." Loud and crazy beach shirts are encouraged.

• 3-7 p.m. Sunday - SEAGLA and PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) host a family picnic at Sandy Beach. Look for the Pride flag. Bring a salad or a dish to share. The main course will be provided, as will soft drinks, paper plates, napkins and utensils. Families are welcome.

Atlin prepares for third arts and music festival

JUNEAU -Atlin, the British Columbia town of 400 people at 2,200 feet, 90 miles across the Juneau Icefield, will host its third annual Atlin Arts & Music Festival from Friday-Sunday, July 8-10.

Last year's festival drew more than 1,400 visitors, more than 60 musicians, storytellers, clowns and dancers from the Yukon, British Columbia, Alberta and Alaska, almost 30 artisans and craftspeople and at least 24 visual artists. Much of the event is held under a giant red and white circus tent in the middle of a park.

"It's an absolutely precious two-and-a-half day event," said Juneau resident Elaine Schroeder, who has been going to Atlin with her family for the last 20 years. "It's different from our Alaska folk fest. It includes arts and crafts from all over northern B.C. and the Yukon, and lots of different food. It's really Canadian. You feel like you're going to a foreign event."

The festival celebrates the history, environment and art of the area. The lineup usually includes some jazz, as well as rock, folk and world performers. There will also likely be some Tlingit dancers from Juneau as well as Canada.

For more information about the festival, and registration information for performers and arts and crafts vendors, check out

Felkl, Kreiss-Tomkins win at concerto competition

JUNEAU - Franz Felkl and Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins were the grand-prize winners on June 4 at the Juneau Symphony's 2005 Youth Concerto Competition. As the winners, they will perform with the symphony this October.

Felkl, a freshman at Juneau-Douglas High School and a violin student of Guo Hua Xia, played M. Bruch's "Concerto No. 1 in G minor for Violin." Kreiss-Tomkins, a junior at Sitka High School and a cello student of Roger Schmidt, played M. Bruch's "Kol Nidrei."

In the junior division, Colin Zheng and Robin Woodby won the top prize for their performance of J.S. Bach's "Concerto for Two Violins."

The competition included 13 musicians and was judged by high school music teacher Julia Bastuscheck, Juneau Symphony conductor Kyle Wiley Pickett and keyboardist J. Allan MacKinnon. Jacob Sanders, Maggie Ross, Kristina Paulick, Evan Fritz, Lisa Imamura, Ann Robertson, TJ Hovest, Kera Newman and Kyle Savikko also participated.

The competition was open to all young musicians in Southeast Alaska. Applications for the 2006 competition will be available in January 2006. For more information, contact the Juneau Symphony office at 586-HORN (4676).

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