Weekend Best Bets

Posted: Friday, November 16, 2001

A conspiracy in the art world could not have contrived a weirder or richer assortment of entertainment in Juneau this weekend.

The "Beyond Heritage" event tonight at ANB Hall is a perfect complement to the "Native Playreading Festival" Sunday through Tuesday at Perseverance Theatre. Two acclaimed independent films, "The Deep End" and "Pollock," show at Juneau's alternative moviehouses. Blues-rock singer and guitarist Rev. Neil Down from Skagway has a few local cats backing him up at the Alaskan; Hell's Belles, an all woman AC/DC tribute band rocks Marlintini's tonight, and the Juneau Symphony is back in black with a concert of American music Saturday night. CrossSound brings imaginative contemporary music to Juneau on Sunday.

Eaglecrest and the Juneau Gun Club reach out to the community with activities and open-house events, respectively celebrating shotgun-related sports and snow recreation.

"Beyond Heritage" and the "Native Playreading Festival" offer genuine Alaska art - art that is a unique product of this culture and environment. Both combine traditional Alaska Native art forms with contemporary American style.

The playreading features an assortment of actors performing with minimal props and staging. Seven plays will be presented over three days, drawing upon Tlingit legends and history. A dance group will open the festival with a performance at 1 p.m. Sunday, two plays will be read Monday night at 7 and three plays on Tuesday night at 7. I have seen some of these plays staged and others told as stories and I'd recommend this event.

"Beyond Heritage" blends contemporary and traditional Native arts and includes drama, music, dancing, two short films, storytelling, visual arts and food. That's quite a bit to juggle and it may be a little chaotic. I have seen some of these performers and these pieces elsewhere and there's no shortage of talent involved. The event kicks off at 6 tonight.

Saturday's Juneau Symphony concert promises to be good. Three of the pieces on Saturday's program are tone paintings, composed expressly to evoke images and scenes. Vocalist Joyce Parry Moore will be featured on one piece. I have always enjoyed conductor Kyle Wylie Pickett's insights and I'd recommend his preconcert talk at 7 p.m. The music starts at 8.

CrossSound will take tone painting one step further Sunday afternoon at Resurrection Lutheran Church. A piece based on the book "Harold and the Purple Crayon" and another inspired by the paintings of Edvard Munch will be performed, with visual accompaniment projected while the musicians play. Eleven highcaliber musicians will form a halfdozen different ensembles for the afternoon concert, beginning at 3:30.

Was the song "For Those About to Rock, We Salute You" written for you? Fans of straight-ahead three-chord rock won't be disappointed with Hell's Belles, a Seattle rock band playing the music of AC/DC. Unlike some tribute bands, these band members don't impersonate members of AC/DC. Given Angus Young's reputation for drooling during his scathing guitar solos, that's probably a good thing.

No turkeys will be shot at the Turkey Shoot Saturday at the Juneau Gun Club. Many turkeys will be given away as prizes. The event, beginning at 10 a.m., is an annual open house and sporting event for the community, with trap shooting and other shotgun sports at the focus. Ammo is provided and cost is minimal. The gun club is on Montana Creek Road near the community gardens.

For those about to ski, we salute you. Eaglecrest offers a free open house and an ice cream social from 2-5 p.m. Sunday afternoon at the Eaglecrest Lodge. There will be activities for kids and a primer for the upcoming season.

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