Season for the Arts

About 75 arts events are in the works for the coming months, including plays, films, musical productions and art exhibits

Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2002

This fall will offer more dancing and fewer concerts in the capital city. A half-dozen concerts ranging from country to classical will be staged, but the renovation project at Juneau-Douglas High School has closed the city's best venue for large concerts until at least March 2003.

Folks looking to dance won't need to look far, however. Dance instruction will be offered weekly for ballroom, folk and contra dancing, and dances will be held twice a week throughout the fall. A variety of local and visiting musicians also will perform in Juneau's bars and clubs.

The Juneau International Folkdancers group is expanding its weekly Friday night dances to include ballroom dancing as well as folk dancing. The Friday night dances are held at the Juneau Dance Unlimited studio in the Scottish Rite Temple at Fourth and Seward streets. They will alternate between ballroom and folk dancing, with a one-hour dance lesson followed by a two-hour dance. Dances begin at 7:30, and instruction will be offered in folk and ballroom dancing styles. Request dancing follows from 8:30 to 10 p.m. Shane Wirtz will teach ballroom dancing; Bruce Botelho, Judy Regan, John Laskey and Don Greenberg will teach folk dancing.

"We try to incorporate all levels and age groups, and families are welcome," Regan said. There is no charge but donations are accepted.

The group also is sponsoring weekend dance workshops this fall, two focusing on tango and one on Turkish folk dance.

Dances of Universal Peace will be held on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. Beginners are welcome, said Leah LaBar, one of the organizers.

"These are simple and uplifting group dances that represent and integrate many of the world's spiritual traditions," she said. The dances draw elements from Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Sufi, Goddess, African and Celtic traditions. The goal of the dances is to create greater peace within the person and the society.

The University of Alaska Southeast will once again offer the free "Evening at Egan" series this fall, with presentations on topics ranging from slavery in the modern world to Nazi Germany. All presentations will be at 7 p.m. Friday in the Egan Library on campus.

Perseverance Theatre and Chinook's restaurant at the Goldbelt Hotel are hosting two parties this fall to celebrate opening nights for the plays "Dirty Blonde" on Sept. 20 and "The Glass Menagerie" on Nov. 15. The events will include food, dancing, a reception and a no-host bar.

"Perseverance opening night parties are big this year," said Patricia Hull, community relations director for the theater. "It's more for all theater-goers who want to celebrate the opening and not just the opening night audience and cast."

Events on this comprehensive calendar may be subject to changes. Check This Week for updates and more information as the events approach.

September

Sept. 6: Paintings by Charles Whipple, opening reception, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council gallery.

Sept. 7: Anne Wilkes Tucker, slide show and free public lecture by curator of photography at museum of Fine Arts in Houston, 7 p.m. at Alaska State Museum. Tucker is the juror of Alaska Positive 2002 exhibit.

Sept. 14: Dances of Universal Peace, 7-9 p.m. at The Unity Room at 119 Seward St., call Leah for details, 789-3993.

Sept. 14: Saturday night contra dance, 7:30 p.m., Scottish Rite Temple (Fourth and Seward).

Sept. 15: Concert with solo classical guitarist Paul Galbraith of the Brazilian Guitar Quartet, 7 p.m. at Chapel by the Lake, sponsored by Juneau Arts and Humanities Council.

Sept. 18: Motivational speaker Jay Risenbary, "No Excuses," 8-9:30 a.m., Student Activities Center, sponsored by UAS student activities.

Sept. 20-Oct. 13: The play "Dirty Blonde" opens at Perseverance Theatre. Opening night party follows at Chinooks.

Sept. 20: Weekend tango workshop with Anchorage dance instructor Purcell St. Thomas, Juneau Dance Unlimited studio, sponsored by Juneau International Folkdancers.

Sept. 20: Alexis Easley and Pamela Parker, "Literary Tourism and the Victorian Writer: Charlotte Bronte and Harriet Martineau," UAS "Evening at Egan" series, 7 p.m., Egan Library.

Sept. 24: Fern Dayne, internationally known women's poet, 8 p.m., Student Activities Center, sponsored by UAS student activities.

Sept. 26: Thursday night contra dance, 7:30 p.m., Terry Miller Legislative Building gymnasium.

Sept. 27: Lynne Schrum, "Is That Robot Setting Your Table? The Future Role of Technology in our Lives." UAS "Evening at Egan" series, 7 p.m., Egan Library.

Sept. 28: Dances of Universal Peace, 7-9 p.m. at The Unity Room at 119 Seward St., call Leah for details, 789-3993.

Sept. 28: Photography workshop for kids, connected to Alaska Positive exhibit, 10 a.m.-noon for grades K-five, 1-3 p.m. grades six-eight, at the Alaska State Museum.

Sept. 28: Northwest Coast Design workshop for kids, artists instruct students in basic elements of Tlingit design, 10 a.m.-noon for grades K-three, 1-3 p.m. grades four-eight, at the Alaska State Museum.

October

Oct. 4: Gallery opening, paintings by Patrick Ripp and Nikki Morris, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Juneau Arts and Humanities Council gallery.

Oct. 4: Jonathan Anderson, "Ethnic Conflict: Will It Ever End?" UAS "Evening at Egan" series, 7 p.m., Egan Library.

Oct. 4-6 JAHC Film: "The Business of Fancy Dancing" intro and Q&A with actor Gene Tagaban, sponsored by Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, at the Gold Town Nickelodeon theater.

Oct. 4: Alaska Positive photography exhibition, opening reception 4:30-8 p.m. Friday, free admission, exhibit shows through Feb. 16 at Alaska State Museum.

Oct. 4: Sex educator Jay Friedman tells all, "The J-Spot," 7 p.m., Student Activities Center, sponsored by UAS student activities.

Oct. 5: KTOO Seafood Festival, 5-7:30 p.m., Juneau Yacht Club, dinner benefit for KTOO.

Oct. 10: Thursday night contra dance, 7:30 p.m., Terry Miller Legislative Building gymnasium.

Oct. 11: Robin Walz, "The Twisted Path to the Holocaust: Social Outsiders and Jews in Nazi Germany," UAS "Evening at Egan" series, 7 p.m., Egan Library.

Oct. 11: Weekend tango workshop, with Anchorage dance instructor Purcell St. Thomas, at Juneau Dance Unlimited studio, sponsored by Juneau International Folkdancers.

Oct. 12: Dances of Universal Peace, 7-9 p.m. Location TBA, call Leah for details, 789-3993.

Oct. 13: Classical concert with the American Chamber Players, 7:30 p.m. at Centennial Hall, sponsored by Juneau Arts and Humanities Council.

Oct. 18: Rhonda Hickock, "Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights." UAS "Evening at Egan" series, 7 p.m., Egan Library.

Oct. 18: Musical memorial for Jane Stewart, includes performances by members of Juneau Symphony and Juneau Lyric Opera and others, 7:30 p.m. Centennial Hall.

Oct. 19: Saturday night contra dance, 7:30 p.m., Scottish Rite Temple (4th and Seward).

Oct. 19: Fine Art from the Permanent Collection of the Alaska State Museum, exhibit runs through March 8, 2003.

Oct. 20: Belamy Brothers in concert, sponsored by Fraternal Order of State Troopers, Centennial Hall.

Oct. 19, 20: Musical performance Palm Court Tea, 4 p.m. at the Baranof, sponsored by Juneau Lyric Opera.

Oct. 22: Australian Dance Theatre master class, time & place TBA, sponsored by Juneau Arts and Humanities Council.

Oct. 23: Performance by the Australian Dance Theatre, 7 p.m. at Centennial Hall, sponsored by Juneau Arts and Humanities Council.

Oct. 25: Sherry Tamone, "Marine Invertebrates in Medicine and Physiology," UAS "Evening at Egan" series, 7 p.m., Egan Library.

Oct. 24: Thursday night contra dance, 7:30 p.m., Terry Miller Legislative Building gymnasium.

Oct. 25 Opening night for "King Lear," time TBA, at McPhetres Hall, runs four weeks, produced by Theatre in the Rough.

Oct. 26: Juneau Symphony in concert featuring Sally Schlichting, flute, 8 p.m. at Centennial Hall.

Oct. 26: Dances of Universal Peace, 7-9 p.m. Location TBA, call Leah for details, 789-3993.

Oct. 26: Juneau Dance Unlimited general membership meeting and recital, performance 2-2:45, meeting 3-5 p.m. at JDU studio at Fourth and Seward.

Oct. 26: "Antigone," Perseverance Theater's Young Shakespeare Training Company goes Greek, production location TBA.

November

Nov. 1: Gallery opening, paintings by Kathy Hocker and ceramics by Lisa Blacher, 4:30-6:30 p.m. Juneau Arts and Humanities Council gallery.

Nov. 1: Carol Hilgemann solo exhibition, small sculptures created from found and antique objects, opening reception 4:30-8 p.m. Friday, free admission, exhibit shows through Jan. 15, at Alaska State Museum.

Nov. 1: Don Mohr solo exhibition, Anchorage sculptor and assemblage artist known for work with found objects, opening reception 4:30-8 p.m. Friday, free admission, exhibit shows through Jan. 15, at Alaska State Museum.

Nov. 1: Kevin Bales, "Slavery in the Modern World." UAS "Evening at Egan" series, 7 p.m., Egan Library. Bales won a Peabody Award for his film "Slavery, Global Investigation." His book "Disposable People" was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 2000.

Nov. 2: "Chills and Trills," ghost stories and music, at House of Wickersham, time TBA, sponsored by Opera To Go.

Nov 7: Thursday night contra dance, 7:30 p.m., Terry Miller Legislative Building gymnasium.

Nov. 8: Weekend Turkish dance workshop, with dance instructor Ahmet Luleci, at Juneau Dance Unlimited studio, sponsored by Juneau International Folkdancers.

Nov. 8: Beyond Heritage, Native culture event featuring traditional and contemporary native performances, ANB Hall, coordinated by Ishmael Hope and sponsored by Juneau Arts and Humanities Council.

Nov. 8: Jim Hale, "Theater and Theology." UAS "Evening at Egan" series, 7 p.m., Egan Library.

Nov. 9: Dances of Universal Peace, 7-9 p.m. Location TBA, call Leah for details, 789-3993.

Nov. 9: Bishop Kenny fund-raising gala and benefit, auction and music event, at the Twisted Fish, sponsored by Perseverance Theatre.

Nov. 15, 16: "Sound of Music" presented by Northern Light Jr. Theatre, at Northern Light United Church, Nov. 22 and 23.

Nov. 15: Concert with Huun Huur Tu, Tuvan Throat Singers from Mongolia, 7:30 p.m., at Centennial Hall, sponsored by Juneau Arts and Humanities Council.

Nov. 15: Ashley Ahrens, "The Economics of Spaceship Earth: Infinate Substitution or Malthusian Entropy," UAS "Evening at Egan" series, 7 p.m., Egan Library.

Nov. 15-Dec. 8: The play "The Glass Menagerie" opens at Perseverance Theatre. Opening night party follows at Chinooks, show ticket, season ticket or pay for admission.

Nov 16: Saturday night contra dance, 7:30 p.m., Scottish Rite Temple.

Nov. 17-23: Native Play Reading Festival, workshops, performances and readings, coordinated by Ishmael Hope and sponsored by Perseverance Theatre and the Juneau arts council, at Perseverance Theatre and ANB Hall.

Nov. 22: Reading by poet Luci Tapahonso (tentative), UAS "Evening at Egan" series, 7 p.m., Egan Library.

Nov. 23: Dances of Universal Peace, 7-9 p.m. Location TBA, call Leah for details, 789-3993.

Nov. 29-Dec. 1: Alaska Juneau Public Market, Centennial Hall.

Nov. 29: Contra dance, 7:30 p.m., location TBA (day after Thanksgiving dance).

December 2002

Dec. 5: Thursday night contra dance, 7:30 p.m., Terry Miller Legislative Building gymnasium.

Dec. 6: Gallery opening, paintings by Charity Green and Elise Tomlinson, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Juneau Arts and Humanities Council gallery.

Dec. 6: Ginny Eckert, "Marine Invertebrates," UAS "Evening at Egan" series, 7 p.m., Egan Library.

Dec. 6-8 JAHC Film: "Italian for Beginners," at the Gold Town Nickelodeon theater.

Dec. 10: Concert with the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific, Centennial Hall, free.

Dec. 6-15: "Amahl and the Night Visitors," musical production by Juneau Lyric Opera at McPhetres Hall.

Dec. 13 and 14: "Nutcracker" ballet excerpts, 7 p.m., with a matinee at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at Juneau Dance Unlimited, at studio in Scottish Rite Temple.

Dec. 14: Saturday night contra dance, 7:30 p.m., Centennial Hall.

Dec. 17: Choral Extravaganza featuring four choirs from Juneau-Douglas High School, 7 p.m. at Northern Light United Church.

Dec. 21: "The Grumpsicle," holiday production by the Janice Holst Dancers, at Centennial Hall.

Dec. 31: New Year's Eve contra dance, 7:30 p.m., Scottish Rite Temple.



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