Posted: Thursday, August 04, 2005

Ex-Juneau resident to return to Hangar stage

JUNEAU - Seven years to the day after he got up on stage at the Hangar on the Wharf for his first-ever public performance, Cleveland singer-songwriter Joe Rohan will return to the Hangar for a show at 9 p.m., Friday, Aug. 5.

A Norwegian Cruise Lines employee for nine years while he was living in Juneau, he also will play at the Hangar the next day, 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6.

Rohan released his second album, "These Days," on July 27, with a launch party at the House of Blues Cambridge Room in Cleveland. He's been touring nationally for two years, after his 2003 debut, "Walk Along."

He has played at the Cutting Edge Music Conference in New Orleans for the past three years. He's also been featured in the Alt-Country Hoedown and Billy Block's Western Beat, two prominent showcases in Nashville, Tenn.

He has opened for James Taylor and Dave Matthews, and his songs have been featured on MTV's "Real World vs. Road Rules."

Rohan was running the adventure programs for Norwegian Cruise Lines, when his staff took him out for his birthday on Aug. 5, 1998. They talked him into singing five songs.

"I'm sure you remember the moment that the tuning fork went off in your head and you realized, 'Hey, I could do this,'" he said in an e-mail. "In short, that was mine that night."

One month later, he resigned and moved back to Cleveland to play with Mothertrain, a popular band in the area.

"A friend of mine directed me to a Web site that maintains a newsletter and database for people that used to work in the cruise line industry," he said in the e-mail. " I added myself to the directory and sent an e-mail to the administrator telling him about the upcoming show. He already announced it in a newsletter and I've already received over 40 e-mails from people I haven't heard from in seven to 10 years."

'Sadako' to encore for Hiroshima anniversary

JUNEAU - Northern Lights Junior Theatre will hold a one-night-only encore presentation of "A Story of Sadako" at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6, at Northern Light United Church, in memory of the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima.

Admission is pay-as-you-can, and the show is not recommended for children under 6.

The play tells the true story of Sadako Sasaki, a girl who was born in Japan during World War II. Sasaki was 2 when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Aug. 6, 1945, on Hiroshima. She was diagnosed with leukemia at age 11, and in accordance with a Japanese legend, folded 1,000 paper cranes so she could be granted one wish. She completed all 1,000, but died on Oct. 25, 1955.

Visitors bureau releases Juneau Dining Guide

JUNEAU - The Juneau Convention & Visitors Bureau recently released the Juneau Dining Guide - a comprehensive, full-color directory listing of Juneau's full-service and take-out-only dining establishments.

The directory serves primarily as a tool of the convention sales department, as well as a resource for leisure visitors, business travelers and local and regional residents.

The dining directory is available for $1 at the Centennial Hall Visitor Center.

Apps available for Artists in Schools Program

JUNEAU - The Alaska State Council on the Arts' Artists in Schools Program has announced a second round of applications for residencies in the upcoming school year (2005-06).

Matching fees paid by schools have been substantially reduced, and, at the same time, the Artists in Schools Program has increased the amount paid to individual artists.

The program is supported through a partnership between ASCA and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as the Rasmuson Foundation.

The deadline for applications is Nov. 1. Online applications must be submitted to the ASCA office by 5 p.m. Nov. 1. Late applications will not be considered.

Applications are available online only at Guidelines are also available at

For more information about the State Arts Council's Artists in Schools program, call program director Susan Arnold at (907) 269-6682, e-mail, or call toll-free (888) 278-7424.

Armstrong, Hudson to talk about dragonflies

JUNEAU - Juneau biologists Bob Armstrong and John Hudson will discuss their new book, "Dragonflies of Alaska," at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 9, at Hearthside Books in the Nugget Mall.

The book explores the 31 species of dragonflies in Alaska. Of those, 18 can be seen in Juneau.

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