Weekend Best Bets

Posted: Friday, November 09, 2001

Two comedies are your best bets for entertainment this weekend.

"Noises Off" and "The Merry Wives of Windsor," two entertaining and upbeat theatrical productions, wrap up in the next few days. Catch them while you can.

"Noises Off" is one of the most enjoyable productions I've seen at Juneau-Douglas High School. I don't go to high school music or drama events as a parent or Crimson Bear booster. I go for the entertainment. Some events are weak, but I've seen more energy and imagination in some high school garage bands than some local working bar bands.

"Noises Off" is fast-moving, funny and well-executed. It's definitely well worth $10. It runs at 7 tonight and 2 p.m. Saturday, and the final show is 7 p.m. Saturday at the JDHS auditorium.

"The Merry Wives of Windsor," a production by Theatre in the Rough, closes this weekend. It's an imaginative, professional staging of one of Shakespeare's sillier comedies. Great performances all around. It shows at 7:30 tonight Saturday and Sunday, with the last show Sunday night. Tickets $14 in advance at Hearthside Books, $16 at the door, $8 for students and seniors and $6 for kids under 12. Some shows sold out last weekend so get tickets in advance or come a little early.

Some kids would certainly love "Merry Wives," but it's hard to know with kids and Shakespeare. "A Crazy Show," a family event with clowning, comedy, magic and music, is probably a sure bet for kids. The 75-minute show starts at 2 p.m. Saturday at Centennial Hall and includes three sets by local entertainers.

Jeff Brown will do magic, Julie Mae Pigott will sing and play guitar, and Roblin Davis will do comedy as Mumbles the clown. All three have lots of stage experience. Dawn Pisel will serve as emcee - reprising her character as "Clarabella" from the two Perseverance Theatre productions she was in.

The event is a benefit to support art at Harborview Elementary School. Tickets are $3 for kids, $8 for adults and $20 for families at the door.

There's a wealth of artwork in town now. The Alaska State Museum opened two new exhibits last week, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum has a display of beadwork, and the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council is featuring the work of Juneau landscape painter Jim Fowler.

An exhibit opens tonight just for this weekend highlighting the work of three Atlin artists. Called the "Atlin Road Show," it includes sculpture by Maureen Morris, wall-hangings by quilter Shirley Connolly and oil paintings by Linda O'Neill.

Morris builds and carves her sculptures from bone and antler, and O'Neill paints landscapes of the Atlin area. The art is at Sharron Lobaugh's studio at Gallery Art and Framing, 3340 Fritz Cove Rd., through Sunday. Gallery hours are 5-9 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and noon-3 p.m. Sunday.

Sonya Kelliher-Combs' show at the Alaska State Museum is impressive and enigmatic. One work titled "80 Secrets" features an assortment of hand-stitched finger-size pouches, made of seal intestine and walrus stomach, human hair, beads and fabric. The idea of these little bags as personal secrets is a well-executed, clever metaphor.

Other pieces are a complete mystery. Her technique is intriguing - she builds up layers of polymer and pigment, with fabric, hair, clothing and such worked in. The surface is skin-like. It's an imaginative way to comment on layers of personality and the baggage and personal icons that lie beneath our skins.

A story is suggested in some, such as "Her favorite color was purple, for Suzanne," which features a resin-coated purple dress, but there are few clues offered to flesh out these stories. We're asked to look beneath the surface, but the brown blobs and scraps of thread and hair don't reveal much. Check it out for yourself.

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