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Arts Digest

Posted: Thursday, November 19, 2009

The hills are alive this weekend at TMHS

Northern Lights Junior Theatre will present "The Sound of Music" Friday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, Nov. 21, at 2 and 7 p.m. All performances will take place at the new Thunder Mountain High School auditorium.

Cinnamon Simpson directs the classic musical, and performers include Lydia Smith (Marta), Lauren McDowell (Gretl), Hannah Edwards (Louisa), Alyssa Fischer (Maria), Megan Wright (Leisl), Zack McCracken (Captain Von Trapp), Leah Edwards (Brigitta), Robert Newman (Frederick) and Elias Antaya (Kurt).

Tickets for adults are $12 in advance, $14 at the door; for children and seniors, $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Advance tickets are available at Hearthside Books and at the door.

For more information, visit www.nljtheatre.org.

JDLT wants your script for its annual Playwright Project

Juneau Douglas Little Theatre has announced the details of their third annual Playwright Project.

Local writers of all theatrical genres are welcome to participate. Scripts should be organized into one act, covering roughly 30-45 minutes. The deadline is 4 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11, at the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council offices; this is a firm deadline and not a postmark deadline.

To view complete guidelines, visit www.jdlittletheatre.org.

Plays will be judged by blind panel, but questions can be directed to gkirsch@gci.net.

Two first-prize winners will be announced in early 2010. They will be awarded $250, and have their scripts produced by JDLT for a three-performance run sometime in spring 2010.

The contest is sponsored by the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council.

Open auditions for actors will be held shortly after the winners are announced. JDLT will also be looking for directors, stage managers, tech, and anyone who has anything to add (and is willing to work for free food and copious thanks).

For more information, visit www.jdlittletheatre.org.

Thanksgiving eve events include two turkey bowls

On Wednesday, Nov. 25, two local turkey bowl events help usher in the holiday.

First up, at the Treadwell Arena, a Turkey Bowling Disco Skate event will be held from 6:45-7:15 p.m. Roll a turkey across the ice and get a chance to take home a free turkey. The event coincides with the 6:30-8 p.m. open skate. For more information, call 586-0410.

Later that evening, Marlintini's Lounge will host its 14th annual Turkey Bowl beginning at 10 p.m. Participants will bowl frozen turkeys to knock down pins. Six turkeys will be given away to the bowling champs of the evening. DJ Dan-o-Mite will provide musical entertainment. For more information, call 789-0799.

Predator control the focus of Egan lecture

This week's Evening at Egan lecture will feature Victor Van Ballenberghe, a wildlife biologist, who will present "Predator Control in Alaska: Is Sound Science Constrained by Politics?" Van Ballenberghe will review the scientific basis of the current wolf and bear control programs in Alaska and discuss the political constraints that can inhibit the application of sound science.

Van Ballenberghe, who holds a doctorate in wildlife ecology from the University of Minnesota, moved to Alaska in 1974 and has worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Forest Service. He was appointed to the Alaska Board of Game three times beginning in 1985.

The lecture will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, at the UAS Egan Lecture Hall.

This is the last Evening at Egan event for the fall 2009 season. UAS is working on a more limited series of lectures for spring 2010.

For locations and complete list and descriptions of the Evening at Egan series, visit www.uas.alaska.edu.

Sealaska lunchtime lecture held today

The Sealaska Heritage Institute's brown-bag lecture series, held this month in honor of Native American Heritage Month, continues this week with featured speaker Wally Olson. Olson's talk will be about the early exploration of Southeast Alaska and the pragmatic relationship formed between explorers and Alaska Natives. Olson is an author, a professor of anthropology with the University of Alaska Southeast and a fellow of the American Anthropological Association.

The lecture will be held from 12-1 p.m. today in the fourth floor boardroom at Sealaska Plaza.

The next lecture, held Tuesday, Nov. 24, will be led by Richard and Nora Marks Dauenhauer, and will focus on their book "Russians in Tlingit America: the Battles of Sitka, 1802 and 1804."

For more information, visit www.sealaskaheritage.org.

Haines musicians to perform three shows

Haines duo Kris and Lindy Jones will take part in several shows in Juneau over the Thanksgiving holiday week.

First up, on Wednesday, Nov. 25, they'll perform acoustic originals from 7-9 p.m. at the Island Pub.

Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, Kris Jones will host open mike from 9 p.m. to midnight at the Alaskan Hotel & Bar.

And on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 27 and 28, the Jones duo will join forces with local musicians Bob Banghart and Maridon Boario in the rockin' country band Honky-Tonk Habit. The band will play from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. at the Alaskan.

All events are free.



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