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Posted: Friday, September 07, 2001

Classical music lovers won't be disappointed this weekend. An art exhibit opens downtown offering a show of new work and fans of character-driven films have something to look forward to as well.

I made a mistake in Thursday's Preview regarding Alaska writer Dana Stabenow's visit to Juneau. Stabenow will not be in Juneau Sunday, Sept. 9. She comes a week later on Sunday, Sept. 16.

Four or five years ago the St. Petersburg String Quartet performed in Juneau and garnered enthusiastic reviews. That's not surprising, as the quartet has earned a slew of accolades for performances across the country. The quartet's recordings have been Grammynominated, and it has won top honors at music festivals and competitions around the world. The Russian musicians return to Juneau this weekend for a performance at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Juneau-Douglas High School auditorium.

The program features music by Russian composers Tchaikovsy, Glazunov and Prokofiev. The performance will undoubtedly be impeccable.

"This is a rare opportunity," said Juneau violinist Jim Hanes, a fan of string quartets.

The group was scheduled to play with pianist Mack McCray, but he developed appendicitis this week and is out of commission for a while. I'm sure the concert will still be excellent. Advance tickets in book stores are $20, $18 for students and seniors, and $2 more at the door. The event is sponsored by the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council.

The Photon Band has canceled this weekend. The Anchorage rock group was scheduled to perform at the Hangar on the Wharf but is not coming to Juneau after all.

Artist Noelle Ders will exhibit 40 or 50 emulsion transfers this month at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council gallery.

Emulsion transfer is an intriguing and rarely practiced technique. Image transfers, or Polaroid transfers as they are sometimes called, are seen a bit more often. These are small, painterly, one-of-a-kind pieces, and Ders has some of these as well. Emulsion transfers also use Polaroid film, but the skinlike emulsion membrane is removed from the film and mounted on glass, stone, watercolor paper or some other surface.

Ders shoots her original photographs as slides, and then picks from these images that will work well as transfers. She said the scenery of Southeast lends itself to this technique and many of the images in the exhibit are landscapes.

I've seen a few pieces and I'm looking forward to seeing this large collection of her work. Her show opens with a reception from 4:30 to 6:30 tonight at the gallery at 206 North Franklin St.

"Proof," opens next Friday at Perseverance Theatre, and the theater is offering three preview performances. The first is a free dress rehearsal Sunday evening, followed by two pay-as-you-can performances on Tuesday and Thursday, Sept. 13. These baptism by fire shows give the cast and crew a chance to fine-tune the play in front of a live audience.

Fans of hard-boiled mysteries should check out "Sexy Beast," a British independent film, showing at 7 and 9:30 tonight and Saturday night at the Goldtown Nickelodeon Theater in the Emporium Mall downtown. Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley stars in a decidedly nonGhandi role as an aging British mobster who convinces a retired associate to return to crime. Praised for its plot, acting and dialogue, this should be a winner for folks who enjoyed "Snatch," "The Usual Suspects" and others of the genre.

Be warned, though. It deserves its R rating. The same reviewers who praised the dialogue describe Kingsley's character as foul-mouthed and spewing obscenities. "The language is strong even for the genre, and the violence is short but brutal," according to the New York Times.

The Goldtown Nickelodeon is a small theater, and I've seen it sell out quickly. It may be wise to come early.

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