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Magical realism and free films
A class on magical realism in film and literature is bringing two free films to the University of Alaska Southeast Student Activities Center. "Orlando," will show at noon Monday, Oct. 30, and "Like Water For Chocolate," will show Nov. 13.
The public is invited to bring a brown bag lunch and enjoy the films. Each will be introduced with a brief lecture and discussion by a student or by instructor Alexis Easley.
"Orlando" is the story of a comely immortal youth who experiences life from the point of view of both genders as she/he moves through four centuries of social change. "Like Water For Chocolate," one of the most successful films in the history of Mexican cinema, tells of a lovelorn woman's power to magically influence others with her recipes and dishes. The title refers to the way chocolate is melted in water just below the boiling point. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles.
Workshop explores "American Experience"
Critically acclaimed playwright Lucy Thurber of New York will be teaching and working in Juneau in November. Thurber will teach an intensive three-day writing workshop Nov. 3-5 at Perseverance Theatre.
Titled "Exploring the American Experience," the workshop will look at race and class, and how a writer's voice reflect a sense of place. Participants will look at what it means to be an American writer, how they view others and themselves and their perspectives as writers.
Thurber has written four critically acclaimed plays which have been staged by theater companies in New York City and elsewhere. She is an experienced teacher as well. Thurber will be working with Perseverance Theatre on the adaptation of the upcoming play by Eugene O'Neill, "Desire Under The Elms."
The weekend workshop will meet for three hours Friday evening and four hours each Saturday and Sunday. The cost is $150. To register call 364-2421, ext. 21.
Alaska's Hobo Jim to sing in Juneau
Alaska's Hobo Jim comes to Juneau this week for a concert at 1 p.m. Sunday at the JuneauDouglas High School auditorium.
"He's really a lot of fun," said Bill Lawrence, the president of The Juneau Shrine Club, which is sponsoring the concert as a benefit for local Shrine charities. He's seen Hobo Jim perform a number of times and said the singer and guitarist tailors his performances for the audience.
"This will be a family show," Lawrence said.
Hobo Jim has worked as a logger and commercial fisherman, and has been a professional musician for 20 years in Alaska. He is a prolific songwriter and has eight recordings. Many of his songs address Alaska themes.
Tickets will be available at the door. Lawrence said local businesses have sponsored tickets sales, and the door price hasn't been determined, but would probably be less than $10.