Entertainment Briefs

Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2001

Tuxedo Junction set for Saturday

Black ties and the big band sound will jazz up the slopes of Mount Roberts Saturday night as Tuxedo Junction revelers cruise between festivities centered near the upper and lower terminals of the Mount Roberts Tram. The event benefits the University of Alaska Southeast's student scholarship program.

Tuxedo Junction kicks off at 8 p.m. with the theme "Romance and Roses." Guest trombonist Bruce Polson will perform with the Thunder Mountain Big Band at the mountain terminal of the Mount Roberts Tram. The soft rock band the Generation Gap will perform at the Twisted Fish near the tram's lower terminal. The Robert Cohen Trio will perform jazz aboard a catamaran in Gastineau Channel; the boat will make five dessert cruises over the course of the evening.

"People start at the bottom of the tram and wander amongst the three," said University of Alaska Southeast activities and housing director Tish Griffin, who helped organize the biennial event.

Griffin called the event a dance party. In past years Tuxedo Junction featured mock casino style gambling, but Griffin said that's no longer a part of the event.

"People always assume Tuxedo is going to have the casino, but we've dropped that part," she said. "We can't do the casino gambling anymore because of the laws."

A bus shuttle will run between the downtown parking garage and the tram terminal. Music and dancing will continue until 1 a.m. aboard the catamaran and at the tram, and until 2 a.m. at the Twisted Fish.

Tickets are $75 each and are available at Hearthside Books and the UAS cashier.

Visual artists invited to submit for show

The Alaska State Museum is now accepting applications for solo exhibitions. Exhibitions will be scheduled for the 2002, 2003 and 2004 calendar years. The deadline for application is Nov. 9.

Solo exhibition review applications are available at the Alaska State Museum and the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council offices. An electronic version of the application will be available next week on the Alaska State Museum web site at www.museum.state.ak.us

Planetarium offers first show

The Marie Drake Planetarium will offer three free presentations next week. An introductory presentation, "Spend an Evening Under the Stars," will be held from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday for young children, with a more extensive version for longer attention spans offered from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. An all ages presentation titled "Music under the Stars" will be held 8:30 to 9 p.m., Wednesday.

The Marie Drake Planetarium is located between Juneau Douglas High School and Harborview school.

Planetarium activities are planned and performed by a volunteer group, the Friends of the Marie Drake Planetarium, to educate people about space and the features it contains. Shows are conducted each month during the fall, winter and spring. This year's programs include the aurora borealis, eclipses of the earth and moon, the solar system, navigation by the stars and, myths and truths concerning galaxies, space travel, comets and black holes, and more.

The Marie Drake Planetarium has been in existence since 1971.

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