Thanksgiving marks the unofficial start to the holiday season, and here in Juneau that means a dizzyingly full range of opportunities to get out and enjoy the arts. The list of dancers dancing, actors acting, singers singing and others making the community more beautiful with the fruits of their labors would easily overflow multiple renditions of the "12 Days of Christmas," making weekend plans difficult to narrow down.
In the performing arts, there's "King Island Christmas" (Nov. 26-Dec. 5), Juneau Dance Unlimited's annual production of "The Nutcracker" (Dec. 10-12), Janice Holst's "Grumpsicle" (Dec. 18-19) and Juneau Lyric Opera's Holiday Pops concert (Dec. 11-12) as well as Perseverance Theater's "This Wonderful Life" (Dec. 3-26), among many other events.
In the visual arts, there's next weekend's Gallery Walk (Dec. 3), the biggest city-wide art opening of the year, and this weekend's Public Market, showcasing the work of Alaskan artists and crafters of all types (see this week's Alaskan Crafter column).
On top of all that, the evenings are full of musical opportunity, such as this Saturday's concert by Alaskan bluegrass stars Bearfoot (see this week's Northwest Sound column) and next week's Gold Street Music, as well as multiple appearances by John Lee Hooker Jr. beginning with a show Wednesday at Centennial Hall.
For those who reach their social saturation level, or who crave a solitary hour or two in between holiday events, Juneau's literary artists can provide creative company of a quieter sort. Check out the Empire's list of recent releases from local and Alaskan authors in this week's Arts for some ideas.