Posted: Thursday, October 23, 2003

JAHC film series continues Friday

"Academy Award Nominated Shorts," a collection of the Oscar-nominated animated and live-action short films from 2002, is the second film in the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council's 2003-04 film series.

The movie plays at the Gold Town Nickelodeon Theatre, 171 Shattuck Way behind City Hall, at 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24; 4, 7 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25; and 4 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26.

The film is unrated and lasts 105 minutes. Tickets are $8 for general admission, $4 for students and seniors. All tickets are available at the door.

For more information, call 586-ARTS.

The animated short films:

• "The Chubbchubbs!" (U.S.) Oscar-winning short introduces the residents of the planet Glorf, including Meeper, the local hero. Meeper tries to save the patrons of a bar, then finds himself confronting some of the toughest creatures in the universe.

• "Das Rad" (Germany) Two rocks, Hew and Kew, stand on a hilltop and discuss humans.

• "The Cathedral" (Poland) A pilgrim travels to a strange forest-like cathedral.

• "Mt. Head" (Japan) A man eats cherry seeds and a cherry tree grows out of his head.

• "Mike's New Car" (U.S.) Mike buys a new sports car and wants to take his friend Sulley for a ride.

The live-action films:

• "This Charming Man" (Denmark) In this Oscar-winner, Lars' identity is confused with that of an immigrant and he finds himself enrolled in a class taught by a woman he used to tease.

• "Fait d'Hiver" (Belgium) A man finds himself stuck in a traffic jam and decides to call his wife on his cell phone.

• "I'll Wait For the Next One" (France) A 29-year-old man makes an unconventional attempt to find a single woman in a subway.

• "Inja" (Australia) On a South African farm during apartheid, a white landowner tries to sever the ties between a black boy and a puppy.

MacKinnon to play Dylan on the organ

JUNEAU - Bob Dylan has been releasing music since his self-titled "Bob Dylan" album came out in 1962, but it's safe to say that he's never written exclusively for the theatre organ.

That won't stop Juneau musician J. Allan MacKinnon from playing a medley of Dylan songs at noon Friday, Oct. 24, in his latest semi-weekly concert on the Kimball Theatre Organ at the State Office Building.

This week's medley and show, the idea of local resident Michael Orelove, is a tribute to Alaska Folk Festival volunteers. Admission, as always, is free.

"Anything sounds good on the theatre organ," said Orelove, a fan of MacKinnon's Friday afternoon concerts at the state building. "It's just a great space and sound."

"I'm a longtime Bob Dylan fan and I not only enjoy Bob Dylan singing Bob Dylan songs, but I enjoy other performers doing Bob Dylan songs," he said.

MacKinnon plays a brownbag lunch show on the theatre organ on most Fridays, though this will be his first in about a month. His programs usually include pieces of Sousa marches, patriotic tunes, Mancini, theme songs, show tunes, Cole Porter, Bach, standards from the 1920s and 1930s, and some pop - anything from Barbra Streisand to Lionel Ritchie. MacKinnon has played Dylan before on the Kimball.

"Some of his songs translate well to the theatre organ; you have to pick and choose," MacKinnon said. "A lot of it has to do with the interpretation and the voice and the style. Folk-style music may not translate well to the organ. It's just a whole different kind of feeling. Broadway show tunes, semi-classical stuff and certain kinds of popular music translate fine."

MacKinnon has not finished choosing the songs in the Dylan medley. Possibilities include: "Blowin' In The Wind," "Mr. Tambourine Man," "The Times They Are A-Changin,' " "It Ain't Me, Babe," "Don't Think Twice, It's All Right" and "Subterranean Homesick Blues."

" 'Subterranean Homesick Blues' is not a tune that would translate well," MacKinnon said. "You really need the lyrics and his type of inflection. The melody line itself is not real exciting. 'Mr. Tambourine Man' is a good one."

JDHS gets ready for fall concerts

JUNEAU - Juneau-Douglas High School will host a choral and orchestra show at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, and a band performance at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30. Both are in the auditorium.

Donations will be accepted at the door.

The treble choir will begin the Tuesday show with versions of "Danny Boy" and "The River Sleeps Beneath The Sky." The men's choir will sing "The Rhythm of Life," "My Girl" and "Three Times a Lady." The concert choir will offer a few Shakespeare selections and a Randall Thompson arrangement of a Robert Frost poem, then the jazz choir will perform "In The Mood" and "All That Jazz."

Following a brief intermission, the string orchestra will play "The Entrance of the Queen of Sheba," and the chamber orchestra will play a Russian gypsy song, as well as pieces by Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky.

The Oct. 30 band concert will include showcases for the jazz band, wind ensemble and concert band.

On Nov. 2-4, 38 students from the JDHS choir and band will travel to Craig for the honor festival. Sixteen JDHS students will play at the all-state music festival in Fairbanks on Nov. 20-22.

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