Weekend Best Bets

Posted: Friday, September 08, 2000

The CrossSound Music Festival continues this weekend with a second Juneau concert. The musicians flew to Sitka last week for two performances and return this weekend with some Sitka musicians for a completely different concert.

The show includes new music composed especially for the festival. CrossSound co-founder Stefan Hakenberg has written a duet for the koto and trombone, and there will be works featuring the solo koto and the solo marimba.

The concert is at 7 p.m. Sunday at Chapel by the Lake. There will be an opportunity to meet the composers before the concert at 6 p.m. They're interesting folks, and I have enjoyed their perspectives and insights. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students, and will be at the door.

Juneau's Panhandle Crabgrass Revival Band plays tonight and Saturday at The Alaskan. As a treat for their audience, the band is serving blueberry pancakes and bacon at midnight tonight.

"The first time we did it I didn't think anyone would eat it," said singer Maridon Boario. "But it was gone in about five minutes."

The seven-piece band plays a mix of folk, bluegrass and old-time, a blend they've dubbed crabgrass music. They play from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., and there's no cover.

"Being John Malkovich," one of the best movies of 1999, plays Saturday at the Backroom Cinema at the Silverbow. It's dripping with imagination, clever and very funny.

John Cusak, at his best, plays a file clerk and puppeteer who discovers a portal that allows one to enter John Malkovich's body for 15 minutes and ride along. Cameron Diaz is almost unrecognizable as Cusak's frumpy, neurotic wife, and Cusak plays the long-suffering artist-puppeteer to the hilt. They're great, but Catherine Keener as the femme fatale is even better. (I first saw her in another well-written, bizarre comedy, with Steve Buscemi, called "Living in Oblivion" which is also well worth renting on video.)

"Being John Malkovich" plays at 9 p.m. Saturday. Beginning Tuesday is acclaimed Spanish director Pedro Almodovar's 1997 comedy-drama, "Live Flesh."

The Tiller's Folly performs next Friday in Juneau, and musicians and dancer enthusiasts may be interested in a series of workshops offered next Thursday. The Tiller's Folly is a five-piece Celtic-influenced folk band, and they'll be performing with four Irish step dancers. The British Columbia-based band has blended Irish and Scottish musical styles with contemporary acoustic and folk styles.

I listened to their latest CD, "Ghosts of the Mighty Fraser," and it's good. The band is made up of accomplished, award-winning players and I'm sure the workshops will be well-worth the $15. Drummer Shawn Soucy will teach a bodron and percussion workshop, multi-instrumentalist Craig McGregor will teach an elementary jazz guitar class, Mike Sanyshyn will teach fiddle, and dancers Emma Towsen and Joel Hanna will teach beginning and intermediate Irish step dancing.

All workshops will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Juneau-Douglas High School, and classes are $15. Call the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council at 586-2787 for more information and to register. The Tiller's Folly will perform a week from tonight at 7:30 p.m. at JDHS.

The Ninth Annual Beaded Bag Show opens Saturday at Spirit Beads. Antique and vintage beaded bags will be on display, as well as contemporary beaded and quill bags by Alaska bead artists. The bags are from private collections and are on loan until mid-October.

It's a fairly informal display, and can be viewed at Spirit Beads at 217 Fifth Street downtown anytime during regular business hours, 11a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Proprietor Salty Hains,, bead artist and teacher, has gathered almost three dozen bags for the show.

If you only fish occassionally, this is a good time to get out. Coho are in and trout are following them around. Halibut are moving in as well. Try fishing the incoming tide an hour or two before high. I'd tell you where, but I can't.

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