Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2004

Lentfer to lead discussion for 'Fireside' series

JUNEAU - Conservationist Hank Lentfter will present "Walking the Wild Side" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, as the final installment in the Wilderness Fireside series at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

Lentfer walked between Haines and Gustavus along the western beaches of Lynn Canal and reflected on the value of public lands such as the Endicott Wilderness and St. James Bay State Park.

The 120-mile wilderness walk became a metaphor for the determined, individual effort required to save wild places, as well as a celebration of the true value of public lands.

Bennett chosen for NW Film & Video Festival

JUNEAU - Juneau filmmaker Joel Bennett's "Kaktovik Nights" has been selected from more than 300 entries to appear in the 31st Northwest Film & Video Festival, Nov. 5-13 at the Guild Theater in Portland, Ore.

Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Sam Green selected the festival lineup. It includes films from Alaska, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

Bennett filmed the 412-minute "Kaktovik Nights" in Kaktovik, an Inupiat Eskimo town of 293 on the Beaufort Sea. He was there in Sept. 2001 to film a documentary on polar bears, when the villagers brought in a 32-foot male bowhead.

The film ties his experience to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. For more information about the festival, visit

UAS Art department to host open house

JUNEAU - The University of Alaska Southeast art department will hold an open housestudio warming from 4:30-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at the UAS Auke Lake Camps, 11120 Glacier Highway, in the Soboleff Building art studios.

Panhandle Crabgrass Revival Band will play and appetizers will be served. Meet artists and students at work in printmaking, painting and ceramics. The art department will also introduce new ceramics professor Jeremy Kane, who has just completed a year-long Taunt Fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Mont.

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