Posted: Thursday, October 07, 2004

McClure, Moore, Alexander sing for UAS

JUNEAU - Soprano Joyce Parry Moore and singer Jason Alexander will sing Cole Porter tunes and jazz works to the accompaniment of pianist Barney McClure in a fund-raiser for the University of Alaska Southeast's Piano Campaign at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, at the Egan Library.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for UAS students and those 18 and younger. Tickets are available at Hearthside Books, the UAS bookstore and at the door.

UAS and its College of Fellows has started the campaign to purchase a piano for the Egan Lecture Hall, to raise money for maintaining existing campus pianos and to fund a semester of piano courses for the community.

McClure will also teach a class, "How to Play Jazz," from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 9, in the Egan Library. The fee is $20. To enroll, call 586-3485.

Registration begins Dec. 15 for McClure's Second Annual Winter Cabaret Workshop, Sunday, Jan. 30, to Thursday, Feb. 3.

Now living in Fairbanks, McClure has visited Juneau several times in the past few years as part of the Juneau Jazz & Classics series. Concerts have taken him all over the world, and he's played with such greats as Ernestine Anderson, Big Joe Turner, Don Shelton, Joe Pass and Buddy Tate.

Parry Moore founded Juneau's Opera to GO! which presented Ravel's children's opera "L'Enfant et les Sortileges" earlier this year and is producing Donizetti's "Don Pasquale" for November. She sings, acts and teaches voice at UAS and for her own company, Vocal Inspirations.

Alexander has acted in theater and opera in town. He was most recently in "L'Enfant." He is working on his master's of divinity degree at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, Calif., and plans to enter the Episcopal priesthood.

'Choice' film to show at Hangar Ballroom

JUNEAU - "A Voice for Choice," a documentary about the current crisis in reproductive freedom in the United States and the April 2004 March for Women's Lives in Washington, D.C., will screen at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 10, at the Hangar Ballroom.

The film is sponsored by the Juneau Pro-Choice Coalition,

The movie explores "the systematic attacks by the Bush administration on a woman's right to choose," according to the film's Web site,

" 'A Voice for Choice' exposes the Bush administration's anti-choice agenda through interviews with some of the nation's leading politicians, activists and artists and tells the personal stories of several women on the road to Washington," the site says.

Mandala ceremonies to be held Saturday

JUNEAU - Closing ceremonies for the sand mandala created by Juneau-Douglas High School students and the community will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, in the Alaska State Museum.

The students began the project on Thursday, Sept. 30, during the first day of the four-day visit by the Tibetan monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery.

A sand mandala is a round or square sculpture comprised of millions of colored grains arranged in shapes and symbols. In Tibet, the art of dul-tson-kyil-khor, or "mandala of colored powder," is a way of cleansing the Earth.

Glacier Visitor Center to host wilderness series

JUNEAU - To honor the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Wilderness Act, "American Values, American Wilderness" will be screened at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8, at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

The film explores the personal side of wilderness - why people use and value land. Wilderness visitors are sometimes characterized as young, fit and affluent, but the documentary features physically and mentally challenged persons, elders and people of different races.

The series began Oct. 1. On Oct. 15, kayak ranger Kevin Hood of the U.S. Forest Service will speak about the challenges of managing wilderness areas. The series concludes Oct. 22 with Gustavus conservationist Hank Lentfer. He will muse about wild places in Lynn Canal he visited during his walk from Haines to Gustavus along Lynn Canal's western beaches.

All shows are free and begin at 7:30 p.m. Fridays at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

City Museum jam session set for Saturday

JUNEAU - Celtic and Irish music fans Greg McLaughlin, Liz Saya and friends will lead the casual, drop-in acoustic jam. Local musicians and the general public are invited to bring their instruments and share their favorite Irish or folk tunes in a friendly, informal jam session. All ages are welcome to stop by and enjoy the music and the museum.

More monthly jam sessions are scheduled for the second Saturdays in November and December. Sessions are free and open to the public. For more info, call 586-3572.

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