Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2005

Americana icon to play Holy Trinity

JUNEAU - Americana songwriter Tom Russell - who plays a combination of rock, country and roots - will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 325 Gold St.

Andrew Hardin will open, and tickets are $15 at Hearthside Books.

Russell is on a three-month tour in support of "Raw Vision: The Tom Russell Band 1984-1994," a Rounder Records anthology of his work on Philo Records. He has 18 albums in all - seven on Hightone and five on Rounder/Philo.

Russell is known as one of the pioneers of Americana. He and fellow musician Dave Alvin were credited with creating the genre after co-producing "Tulare Dust," a tribute to Merle Haggard.

Russell's songs have been covered by Johnny Cash, Nanci Griffith, Joe Ely, Suzy Bogguss and others. "Outbound Plane," popularized by Bogguss, was a huge hit in the 1990s.

In 1999, Russell released "The Man from God Knows Where," the first release in a concept trilogy about American history. The second chapter, "Hotwalker," came out this year. It includes a narration of letters between Russell and author Charles Bukowski, as well as a series of quotes from Lenny Bruce, Jack Kerouac, Harry Partch and others.

'Joy of Women's Voice' set for Saturday

JUNEAU - The Alaska Women's Network will host "The Joy of Women's Voices in Song," a day of singing and conversation, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

Ernestine Hayes, an author, professor and Juneau Empire columnist, will be the keynote speaker. Anchorage singer Shirley Mae Springer will be the guest performer.

Local talent includes the Juneau Pride Chorus, the Alaska Youth Choir, drummer and singer Megan Phillips, singer and performer Gani Et Se, Percy Martin and Carol Trebian.

Admission includes lunch and is $20 for adults and $15 for students. Seniors older than 65 are free. Tickets are available at Hearthside Books and at the door.

The event is part of a global movement called "Gather the Women," dedicated to bringing women together next year in "Six Congresses on Six Continents in 2006." More information is available at and

KTOO show to celebrate Native heritage

JUNEAU - KTOO will celebrate Native American Heritage Month in November on Cy Peck Jr.'s "The World's Greatest Jazz Show," 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays.

Jim Pepper, Lionel Hampton, Illinois Jacquet, Rita Coolidge, Keely Smith, Louis Prima, Charles Jefferson, Robbie Robertson and others will be featured.

Race, Daughhetee, Hayes win art grants

JUNEAU - Three Juneau artists won Individual Artist Project grants in the latest wave of awards from the Anchorage-based Rasmuson Foundation.

Patrick Race was given $5,000 for his filmmaking. Mark Daughhetee won $4,990 for his work in art photography. Ernestine Hayes was awarded $2,200 for literary arts.

John Haines, a Fairbanks literary artist, won the $25,000 Rasmuson Foundation Distinguished Artist award.

The following artists were awarded $12,000 Individual Artist Fellowships: Ayap'run Jack David Abraham, folk and traditional (Yup'ik), Anchorage; Kathleen Carlo, folk and traditional (Athabascan), Fairbanks; Olena Davis, literary (poetry), Anchorage; Seth Kantner, literary (creative nonfiction), Kotzebue; Thomas Malapanis, folk and traditional (guitar maker), Palmer; and Susan Share, crafts (book arts), Anchorage.

Individual Artist Project grants were awarded to: John Luther Adams, music composition, Fairbanks, $5,000 (mature artist); Sarah Beaty, crafts (clay), Fort Yukon, $5,000 (emerging artist); Michael Conti, visual art (photographer), Anchorage, $4,400 (emerging artist); Judith Lindenfelser, literary arts, Chugiak, $3,000 (emerging artist); Charles Mason, visual art (photographer), Fairbanks, $5,000 (mature artist); Mavis Muller, visual art/crafts (basket maker), Homer, $4,000 (mid-career); Alexandra Phillips, visual art (mixed-media), Anchorage, $5,000 (emerging artist); and Jake Pogrebinsky, folk and traditional (blacksmith), Fairbanks, $5,000 (emerging).

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